Where Gratitude Runs Deep


Oh how I am craving and desiring an attitude of gratitude despite circumstances!

When was the last time you were with somebody who was experiencing a difficult situation and doing so with ease and grace? Isn’t it contagious?

Recently, I hosted a bridal shower. It was perfect in my book…not because of the festivities and fun, but because of the simple lesson gleaned from the morning.

So many of us seem to mingle with our peers. The ones that are close to our age…friends that have children close to the ages of our children, friends we enjoy spending time with that have similar tastes…but on this special day there was a wide range of ages. There were the young girls, the middle-aged mommas and an elderly Gramma…the one with wrinkled hands, a dressy outfit and glasses. A Gramma filled with wisdom that only comes from living a long life that has held colicky babies, washed laundry by hand and who has learned the value of gratitude through the most difficult of times and the best of times.

As we finished our brunch and gathered for the bride-to-be to open her gifts, it struck me at how different every.single.gift was. There were big gifts, neatly wrapped gifts with bows and frillies, gifts that had been placed into gift bags with recycled tissue paper peaking out of the top and one small box with a handmade card with the most beautiful handwritten message to the bride.

Inside the small gift box were two myrtle wood candle holders with cash rolled up to resemble candles.

This heartfelt gift was given by the Gramma of the group. She is no longer able to drive and get out to purchase gifts, but she had stashed away a few of these candle holders years ago. She assured us they were NOT re-gifted. As I listened to her apologizing about not including the candles, I wanted to hug her and cry!! I know she had no idea that she had most likely contributed the sweetest gift of the day!

As she explained that the money could be used to purchase the color of candles the bride would like, she asked to have everybody’s attention, because she had a question. She clearly already had our ears. She was curious how many of the married ladies took time to make candle light dinners for their husbands. Very few hands popped up. After I reluctantly raised my hand, it came to me that I made candle light dinners for my family, but not as much for my hubby. She then saw to it that we all knew how important it was to do so! What amazing wisdom!

Here after all these years…she was a wise woman to share the gratitude she had for the love of her life! We all have different schedules, and excuses why it may not work, but ladies try it!

Grace that runs deep is not affected by circumstances...

It may not be at dinner, it may mean getting up early and having candle light for two minutes over a bowl of frosted flakes with teenagers still in bed or a rootbeer float and candle light while the children are playing in the yard. It is showing gratitude to your hubby for the the hard work he does in providing a shelter for you and for your family. It is being a content wife no matter what the circumstances. The lawn may be filled with wild edibles {weeds!} and your home may be in the process of being painted and the honey-do list may be a mile long, but I challenge you to take the time to make your home a shelter that he looks forward to coming home to at the end of a long hard day. Forget the projects and enjoy an evening together.

As the shower ended, I was filled with joy for he guests that filled my heart, the little box, the candles and the attiude of gratitude that was quite plain, yet extraordinarily beautiful with a life lesson that will flicker every time I light a candle for my family and the love of MY life.

{Vintage Peter Rabbit} New Momma Meal

 

 

 

 

Hello, little lovelies!  Happy Wednesday…almost Thursday!

 

 

Spring is in the air and I loved watching the grey doves flirting on our back fence this morning.  I always look forward to their return.  They usually are to be found out front under our three tall pine trees, but for some reason they were out back.  Maybe, they, too, have had it with Mr. Woodpecker!

 

 

It is also that time of year when we start receiving wedding invitations and baby arrival announcements, which I LOVE!!!

 

 

Although it is impossible to take every new momma a meal, it is one of my favorite things to do.

 

 

 

Generally speaking, I like to pick out a new theme every year and kinda go with that.  This year, in planning Twinsie’s birthday party, I decided to go with the vintage Peter Rabbit…and decided to adapt it to a new momma meal.  It will be altered according to food allergies and “the wish list” favorites…but it was fun and easy to make and take and to prepare extra for our family.

 

 

 

Leftover curtain fabric, diaper pins, and glass containers were included for a bit of whimsy.

 

 


The veggies were made for a birthday party and were fun to include!  A scrap piece of paper with a monogram would also work out perfectly!

 


I thought I would mimic plant markers for the food labels.

 

 

What is a Peter Rabbit meal without a garden salad?  :}

 

 

 

All little bunnies LOVE lemonade with lavender and mint.  It's true!

 

 

 

The food, drinks, plates and silverware were packaged in a KRAFT BOX with the evening menu  attached to the

outside of the box.

 

 

 

The gift for babycakes, the ice cream, and the mini pita breads were tucked inside the gift bag.

 

 

 

{The gift:  a Peter Rabbit set of baby silverware}

 

Isn't the gift of new life one of life's most wonderful miracles to CELEBRATE!!

{roasted} RED ONION & ASPARAGUS SPEARS

It is nothing new that I love having a table filled to the gills, and best of all, cooking for those I care for so deeply brings so much JOY!!  

Here, in the Pacific Northwest, we have had more cold weather and a bit more SNOW, so last night's dinner called for fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade, crusty bread, old.fashioned pot roast, a LARGE side of  creamy garlic baby red mashed potatoes, snickerdoodles and MONSTER cookies!!

 

{roasted} RED ONION & ASPARAGUS SPEARS

red onion, cut into wedges

asparagus spears, washed and trimmed

olive oil

kosher salt

thyme

Place veggies in baking pan.  Drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with desired amount of kosher salt and fresh thyme.  Bake at 400* for about 30 minutes or until veggies are tender and a bit charred.  Serve piping hot!!

{sweet & salty} SALMON

There are times for decadent loooong recipes that take hours {NOT for me, however!!} and then there are times when you want to have a delicious, healthy dinner that can come together in minutes.  This is one of them...and it isn't even really a recipe.  There is no way you can mess this up...unless you burn it.  All you need is a few ingredients, a slab of salmon and tin foil.  I think everybody will love the fancy schmancy dinner and the extra time you will have to enjoy a special dinner!!

There are times for decadent loooong recipes that take hours {NOT for me, however!!} and then there are times when you want to have a delicious, healthy dinner that can come together in minutes.  This is one of them...and it isn't even really a recipe.  There is no way you can mess this up...unless you burn it.  All you need is a few ingredients, a slab of salmon and tin foil.  I think everybody will love the fancy schmancy dinner and the extra time you will have to enjoy a special dinner!!

sweet & salty

S A L M O N

 

Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce

2 cloves of garlic, pressed

Soy sauce

Filet of salmon

 

Lay the filet of salmon on top of a large piece of heavy duty tin foil.

Pour a generous amount of sweet chili sauce on top of salmon.

Mix the garlic in with a bit of soy sauce and pour on top of chili sauce.

Use the tin foil to wrap around the salmon.  I kinda make a tent, so I can peek at the salmon during cooking.

Place on medium/hot grill and cook until juices run clear.

Plan on about 25-30 minutes.

Once the juices run clear, remove from grill and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.

 

Serving suggestions:

Serve with roasted potatoes, rice, quinoa, roasted asparagus, tossed green salad