August 30, 2017

Peach Blueberry Cobbler

We are currently taking advantage of the abundance of fresh peaches and are enjoying the last of the summer desserts. Soon it will be all about pumpkin and apple, but for now I am sharing a yummy recipe that was given to me by a friend...

Peach Blueberry Cobbler

  1. 1 stick butter
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1 cup flour
  5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. Sliced peaches
  9. Blueberries
Topping Ingredients:
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup warm water
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon 

Spray your pie dish with cooking spray.
Then line it with your fresh, juicy peaches and blueberries.
As many as you want!

Mix first set of ingredients together...minus the fruit... to make a batter.
Then spoon the batter over the fruit and spread it all around.

Mix the topping ingredients...sugar, water, and cinnamon...together and pour over top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes until it is golden brown, and until your house smells amazing.

Serve warm with your favorite ice cream


August 29, 2017

Light A Candle, Say A Prayer

Often, when unimaginable tragedy strikes others and we witness the images from afar, we feel a sense of helplessness. The horrible destruction and suffering caused by the flooding in Texas and surrounding areas is one such time. Perhaps one way we can help is to join together in prayer and offer our support to those affected as well as those aiding them.
Will you join me this evening at 6:00 EST in lighting a candle in your home and offering a prayer from your heart?
Together we may bring hope and comfort to others, and in turn to ourselves.

Thank You, my friends.

August 28, 2017

Bring Blogging Back

This little blog recently turned five years old. Before I began writing my own blog, I read several others written by women very much like me. They inspired me with their love of home and family. They shared ideas, recipes, and photos of their homes. I felt connected to an entire community of women who shared my interests and values, and despite the fact that they lived all across the country, I felt as if we were neighbors, sharing coffee and talking about our days.

I was so inspired that even though I knew nothing about blogging, and even less about computers, I jumped in feet first and began my own little blog. Because of this space, I have met some of the most amazing women, and have developed the most wonderful friendships with women from all over the world. I have even met several of my blogging friends and their families in real life, and know that these people will be part of my life forever.

Where am I going with this? I am making a plea. I am making a plea to anyone out there reading blogs to jump in and begin a blog of her or his own. Throughout the past several years, I have noticed a drastic decline in the number of new bloggers joining this world of online scrapbooking. I have also witnessed many of the amazing women I so enjoyed reading abandoning their blogs for one reason or another. I totally understand that one of the most important aspects of blogging is timing. You must be at the right time and place in your life to be able to devote yourself to your blog and enjoy it as well.  If now is not the time, I understand. I have been there! Babies and schoolwork...home and and laundry...these things come first.

However, if you do have the time, and feel like you have something to share, do it! Simply choose a name, pick a theme, and start writing! Visit other blogs and introduce yourself. Those bloggers will, in turn, visit you. All you need is something to share and a phone or camera to snap a few pictures. That's it. Write about what you know. Upload a few pictures. Speak from your heart. And others will read.

I would be remiss if I neglected to mention one of the main reasons I believe blogging is less popular today than even a few years ago...That being the increase in usage of Instagram and Twitter. I have nothing against either. In fact, until a few years ago, I maintained an Instagram account that I really enjoyed. I also had a Twitter account that I used occasionally. Instagram is fun. It is easy. The response is quick. In today's world of instant gratification, Instagram is a big draw. But it was that instant chaos that finally made me stop. I felt compelled to respond to the likes and comments as quickly as they came in. I felt the need to post multiple times a day. And there was so much to see! I found myself scrolling way too long. And it never ended.

Blogging takes place in a slower paced world. I feel at ease when I open a favorite blog and read a post. I sit down and even drink a cup of coffee as I spend some time visiting. And if I miss one? I visit later, when I have time. It may be me, but I find blogging to be mindful and cozy. Please note, I am not against Instagram. I am simply putting out a plea to others to not view it as a replacement for blogging.

Blogging is my hobby. It is a place to write and share and document moments of my life. Here, you share as much or as little as you want. Someday, I know I will be thankful that I took the time to write about my everyday life with my family. I will be grateful I didn't try to fit it all into those tiny Instagram squares. And I will be able to look back and see how I decorated my Christmas tree or what we had for dinner on any given Halloween. I will see the beautiful fall trees and the smiles on my children's faces on Easter morning. That is why I blog. Why not give it a try sometime? You will be gad you did. Promise. : )

My very first picture from my very post...
A teeny, tiny Flynn!

Sometimes I post pictures of pumpkins...

And sometimes...pie!

I was thrilled when I met my first ever blog friend Tara...

And again later when she brought her beautiful family to visit!

We met Kathleen and her amazing family when she so kindly picked up my Madison at an airport and let her stay in her lovely home!

And I also met my dear friend Joey and her precious family when they visited our home last summer!

We all made so many wonderful memories.
Flynn found a forever friend in Joey's husband Roger.

The community of bloggers is full of wonderful people...
Perhaps you would want to join us?

August 25, 2017

Random Photo Friday

Happy Friday, my friends! Here are some photos of the past end-of-August- week here in our country home...

Saturday afternoon we went to Mass...

And Monday morning we made waffles.

We enjoyed a couple of hot days and decided to pull out, clean up, and fill our little inflatable pool...

And that made one little lady very happy!

The pups enjoyed the beautiful afternoon too. 

I began one of my very favorite things ever...
Lesson planning!
I love getting ready for a new school year!

The mornings were perfect for walks together...

And we enjoyed all the beauty of late August in Pennsylvania.

We spent some time relaxing too...

We lit a cozy candle...

And enjoyed a piece of Peyton's delicious peach pie.

August means peaches.
And peaches mean pie.

Have a cozy weekend with your people, my friends.
Thanks for visiting!

August 23, 2017

Ordinary Moments

Ordinary moments of ordinary days are my favorite...

Embrace your Ordinary, my friends.