In July 2014 we visited the National Christmas Center in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I really enjoyed that visit and now I am very happy that I was able to get there. I wanted to return earlier this year and discovered that they closed and were looking for a buyer to keep it going. I recently … Continue reading National Christmas Center
Here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country one of the most popular recipes to the region is the Shoo-Fly Pie. There are so many versions of this pie available including the Chocolate Shoo-Fly Pie with Peanut Butter icing over the top portion which we receive each Christmas from our Amish neighbors. That is so delicious! The one … Continue reading Pennsylvania Dutch Shoo-Fly Pie
I enjoy standing under the canopy of a Weeping Willow tree to see the sky. Such an amazing view!
This is Holy Week. The most important week of the year in the Christian calendar and the reason we are Christians. It is even more important than Christmas. Today is the day in which Jesus Christ was crucified and on Sunday we will celebrate with zeal His resurrection. I am not a minister; however, after reading Bible … Continue reading Good Friday and His Plan
I love the look of photos when taken during the 'golden hour' of the evening while the sun is setting. These flowers look especially beautiful with the sunset glow on them.
I love the deep purple of this flower against the darker background. This was taken one evening when the sun was going down.
She and her pals are always happy to see us come with food to share.
I love this tree and am sad to see it is dying. It is such a huge tree with a thick trunk; must be very old. I love the look of the bare branches against the blue sky with the red sun light on the mountain. This was taken around 7:40 p.m. one evening this … Continue reading Rural Sunset
I must admit that I have struggled with understanding the three elements which create the exposure of an image. It hasn't been easy for me to understand; however, this week I watched some episodes of an instructor teaching all the elements of a DSLR camera and he explained the exposure elements in a way that … Continue reading Getting into Manual Mode
I took the camera for a short walk today and captured a handful of images.
This is our go-to recipe for easy-to-make and tasty pancakes. No more boxed mixes for us! Give them a try and you'll never go back to boxed pancake mix either. Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a bowl. Whisk … Continue reading The best homemade pancakes
If I could I would bottle the time of those long and lazy summer days of my childhood. When I wasn't in school and my only daily priority was play with no worries and responsibilities. I would say those are the best days. I've been contemplating a written piece concerning that time and how to best convey … Continue reading Those Golden Hours
After Wednesday's Powerball drawing with someone else winning the 750 million jackpot, and I having only one of the numbers, the reason we'll never win such a huge amount of money dawned on me; we are filled with common sense, and sometimes frugality, in regards to spending money. If we would come into such a … Continue reading Dreaming about house plans
This was the recipe which my grandmother made and I love it. I don’t know where it originated from and I haven’t found it yet in any vintage cookbook I own. Maybe it was a recipe she created or was one her mother made. Debone the salmon and mix everything together in a 5 quart … Continue reading Salmon soup
Here’s our favorite Red Beet Eggs recipe which I found in a church cookbook I bought. Great recipe for Easter! Happy cooking!
I came across this Grange Book recipe and just had to make it because we really enjoy lemon desserts. I added a bit of Limoncello to the batter to ramp up the lemon flavor. If you give this a try let me know if you enjoyed it. Happy cooking and baking!
Since Columbus Day cookie baking has been in full swing for me. I plan to have all cookies done before Thanksgiving as I did last year, when I was able to create a wonderful cookie tray to share on Thanksgiving. I plan to make this a yearly tradition. When do you begin cookie baking?
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Doesn't that sound wonderful?! I've felt a heavy burden on my body for most of my life. I've come to realize that it mostly has been due to being surrounded by so much "stuff." And it wasn't all of mine. My family always held onto so much and the more acquisitions only led to more … Continue reading Would all the “stuff” just disappear?