Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, July 21, 2014

~A GRATEFUL HEART~

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~Terri Guillemets

Lovely heart made by my friend Mona of My Old Crow Primitives

This past month has been one of deep sadness for me, but with each day comes a sense of hope, peace, healing, and above all.....Gratitude!!  I am grateful to you, my special friends, for your outpouring of kind and comforting words through your warm comments, lovely cards and emails!!  You will never know how much your words helped me and please know HOW VERY GRATEFUL I AM!!  Thank you for taking the time to care and showing it!!  

During this past month another thing that has helped tremendously has been creating!  I believe I got my love for thread and needle from my mother and it was another way for me to heal as well!  She loved the color blue and so most of my new creations were inspired by that restful and peaceful color!  I was able to do a lot of reflecting and renewing as I stitched some new projects and finished some that had been started and never completed!!  As a result, I have a nice selection of items in mostly blue, so I have decided to have a small update in honor of my mom!  I know she would want me to continue to do what I love and now that I feel refreshed I am ready to move forward!!  

I would love to invite you to visit my Picturetrail later today to view my newest offerings!  I've titled my new album, WONDERFUL BLUE (with red and cream too) and it will be open at 2 PM, EST, (11 AM, PST) and I hope you will join me!!  Here is a little peek!

 

Thank you again for your kindness, friendship, and love and know that I am a better person because of it!  

Wishing you a day filled with refreshment and renewal, my friends~

Julie  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

~FINALLY HOME~

All of us long for a place to belong, a place of safety, freedom, peace and rest......our Forever Home!!

 
 My mother finally left this world behind and was welcomed into her Forever Home by her Lord and Savior Jesus, this past Thursday and though my heart is broken because of my own loss, it is filled with joy because of her gain!  She had a strong faith and believed all of God's promises as I do!
 
  
 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going."  John 14:1-4, NIV.


This picture was taken over 20 years ago, but still remains one of my favorites and will be how I remember her....a beautiful, amazing woman that I always admired and loved!! I will miss you Mom!!
  
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One of her favorite hymns was IN THE GARDEN and I thought I would share it with you along with some pictures I took this morning!!
  

I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses,
 and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, 
the Son of God discloses,


And He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own!
And the joy we share, as we tarry there,
None other has ever known! 

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As a result of all that has happened, I have decided to take a small break from blogging, in order that I can have some much needed time to grieve and heal emotionally!!  I thank you in advance for your thoughts, prayers and well wishes and am so very grateful for the love I feel from your friendships!!
  
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I will leave you with one final song that seems so very fitting at this time!

But just think of stepping on shore
and finding it Heaven!
Of touching a hand,
and finding it God!
Of breathing new air,
and finding it Celestial!
Of waking up in Glory,
and finding it HOME!!


I am so happy that you are FINALLY HOME Mom!!  How very thankful I am that I will see you again!!

All my love~

Julie
 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

~DUTCH TREAT~

Hello and Happy Day, dear friends!

Have you ever awakened from your slumber and immediately had something to eat on your mind??
  (Please tell me that I am not the only one who ever does this!!)

Well, that happened to me this fine day and what do you suppose I was thinking of??


A DUTCH BABY PANCAKE!!!

If you have never had one of these, may I just humbly say you are missing out on something that is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!

It takes 4 very simple ingredients that you probably already have- Eggs, Flour, Butter, and Milk!!  You also need fresh lemons and powdered sugar after it is baked!!  Also if you happen to have some fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or oranges,  they make a great topping and make it even better!!!

The first time I ever had one was back in 1979 (was it REALLY that long ago???) in Redding, CA.  I was part of a traveling ministry and we stayed in our hosts homes during our crusades in their churches!  My hosts were awesome people who really spoiled me and they made me a Dutch Baby more than once while I was staying with them!!  They even graciously gave me the recipe and it is STILL the one I use when I get a craving for this amazing pancake! 

One other thing I forgot to mention is that you need an oven proof pan or dish to bake it in that has sides!!  I have always just used a pie dish,  or large pyrex dish, but recently came across THE PERFECT PAN at Goodwill!!


  It is nice and large and has handles and can go in the oven!!!  The best  $5.00 I have spent in a while!! 

All you do is melt your butter in your pan in the oven at 450 degrees and while it is melting you beat the eggs in a large bowl, (I use a whisk),  add milk and flour and beat till smooth!! You could do this in a blender, but I find  the whisk works perfectly for  me!  Your butter should be melted and then you pour your batter into the hot pan, return it to the oven, set the timer for 20-25 minutes, and get all your other things ready!

This is what happens when you take it out!


It PUFFS!!!


Look at all those hills, valleys, and crevices of sheer deliciousness!!!


Here is my plate, all ready to enjoy!!! 



Strawberries + lemon + powdered sugar = SHEER BLISS!!!



Boy, was it EVER YUMMY!!!!
Yes, I WILL eat those last few bites, Thank You!!!

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Would you like to try it?  If so, I am going to share my recipe with you! 


My recipe for Dutch Babies!!


Here is the breakdown for your pan sizes too!!  The one I made today was for the 4 1/2 size!

Nothing could be EASIER or MORE DELICIOUS!!! 


Hope you enjoy it!!!  I would love to hear if you decided to give it try!!   

Wishing you a day filled with being adventuress~

Julie