In case you haven't noticed, there is an additional child in our family photo. I would like you all to meet the newest member of our family. She is the pretty little 7 year old in the purple dress. "Eloise" now has a little sister. We have decided to call her, "Amelia Bedelia".

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Enjoying This Glorious Fall Weather.....

As much as I love the beautiful fall foliage of the northern states, I must say that living in the south has it's advantages. Where else can you enjoy going to the park practically all year long? I can't wait till Thanksgiving when they transform this park into "Christmas in the Oaks".

Friday, October 15, 2010

Easy As Pie...

 Today I decided to try a new dough recipe, because I'm kind of picky about the consistency of my pizza dough. I don't like it too thin and chewy, but I don't like it too thick and bread like either.
I pulled out this little deck of cards and selected the
"Neapolitan-style" pizza dough. The author says that this is the style favored by Italian and New York pizza bakers. I don't know about those guys, so I will have to see for myself.

 The trick to this crust is the use of a little cake flour. The author states that this is the way to create a "tender" crust.

 After the dough had risen I formed and covered it with sauce.

 I added some cheese and more cheese, then topped it off with pepperoni.

Finally, the moment of truth.
My first thought was that the crust was too thick, but after taking a bite; I changed my mind.
It wasn't too cake or bread like. It was a little chewy, but it was tender as promised.

If you would like to try it for yourself, scroll to the top of this page and click on the recipe tab.

Love & Prayers,

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sharing Truth and Breaking Bread.....

 I know you have all seen several pics of Eloise's nap quilt, but I had to share a pic of our recent fall arrangement. Eloise helped me decorate these oranges with cloves to add a fragrant festive touch to this grouping. 
Today for our pre-Bible study lunch, the ladies and I enjoyed:
lobster ravioli w/garlic butter sauce
butternut squash ravioli w/brown butter sage sauce
bacon-chicken-ranch foccacia
tossed salad with homemade black raspberry vinaigrette
(thanks to Plain Old Kristi for the recipe)

I know I was born on the west coast, but I guess I have spent too many years living in the south. I cannot bring myself to hold any kind of meeting at my house without making sure that all of my guests leave full.

On to the truth part...
Our lesson was about why Christians should love their non/christian friends and family, but do so without compromising their beliefs. I am truly enjoying the blessing of teaching, because I always learn something new every time I reflect on the scriptures.

P.S. check "Ecole" for pics of our recent outing.

Love & Prayers,

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I am bursting at the seams.......

 Physically, because I ate so much food at the "Dinner Bell"
on the way up to women's conference this past weekend.

 This is a picture of a few of the ladies at the back table. I didn't have room to walk around, so this will have to suffice.

 Two of our ladies were asked to sing in the praise group.

I am spiritually bursting with Joy, because my long lost "Prodigal Mom" has found her way back to the Father's house.
*Note my mother hates cameras and this picture was taken before she was renewed. She was grinning all the way home, but I didn't take a pic, because I didn't want to run the risk of causing her to lose her Holy Ghost.

Another reason I am so excited is that one of my friends, that I have been teaching a Bible study to, also received the beautiful gift of the Holy Ghost at this meeting.

This is one weekend that will forever be filed in my happy memories collection.

The theme of the conference was, "Stand" and the slogan was as follows:
"Taking a stand for Jesus ......in cute shoes".

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Please tell me why.....

 I brought my niece & daughter to the local marina to watch the fish swim and jump. Eloise borrowed a net from Grandpa to see if she could catch anything. She ran to the edge of the water and started shouting, "somethings wrong!"

She had a net full of fish, but they were all dead.

There were hundreds more floating around the boat slips. Some say that this might be the result of an algae bloom and some say it is a result of the dispersal chemicals that they are still spraying around here due to the BP issue. I don't know what to think. If anyone out there in blogland has an answer could you please tell me why?