Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Zeke in Florida

For the most part, this picture sums up Zeke's vacation in Florida. He loved to walk along the beach. I'm not exagerating when I say he would walk for miles. He seemed to enjoy being alone. He didn't pay much attention to the rest of us. He never did spend much time in the water but he'd hang out on the water's edge just walking and walking and walking. Content, at peace and maybe full of awe? I wonder if he could feel the Creator near? I certainly would like to think so. Zeke is 20 months old but I've prayed for him for years already. And since his conception, I've prayed specifically that the Holy Spirit would speak to him. Maybe the beach was part of that answer to prayer.

How is your fountain of beauty?

The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.
~ Francis Quarles

Tomato Basil Soup

Thankfully, I have an abundance of fresh tomatoes right out my back door. When they start piling up a bit too high, I make this soup that everyone in our family loves. It is so fresh and just screams of summer! And it is so easy it feels like you are cheating.

Heat a couple tbsp. of olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add about 8 medium chopped tomatoes (give or take). Throw in a cup of fresh basil (adjust for your taste). Cook tomatoes until somewhat soft (no big deal on this either). Puree in blender with 2 cups of cream, milk, chicken broth, or a combination of the above. I then strain the soup. And that's it! Couldn't be easier!

Saturday, July 14, 2007


For our supper, we enjoyed Garden Fresh Tomato and Basil Soup, Squash Anyone?, and whole grain crackers with Soft Goat Cheese from the Vermont Butter and Cheese Co.

Food can make me feel so blessed!

I looked for someplace to purchase this online but can't seems to find anyone that carries the goat cheeses. Amazon does carry some of their other products, though.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Another great food blog

I've been enjoy Eat Well food blog. There are lots and lots of raw food recipes and they always sound great! I'll be trying th Watermelon soup this week.

Watermelon Soup

5 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed
2 cups mango, peeled and diced
1/4 cup lime juice
3 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbsp honey
1/8 tsp ground cardamom

  1. Place 3-1/2 cups watermelon and 1 cup mango in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Dice up the remaining 1-1/2 cups watermelon and 1 cup mango into tiny pieces and add to the puree.
  3. In a small, separate bowl, combine the lime juice, mint, ginger, honey, and cardamom. Add this to the previous mixture and stir well.
  4. Chill and serve.

***I wanted to make sure everyone read Cristy's comment about this recipe. Here it is:
Hi! So glad to have you visit Eat Well!

I made the soup and have been enjoying it. The ginger is pretty strong, so use a little less if you aren't too keen on that flavor.

Also, be sure to mix it really well. I had to mix it in my blender to get it smooth enough. It was definitely worth it!

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Monday, July 02, 2007


I love this place we call home! And it is so good to be back to our humble abode. Truly, to my children the first days at home are as exciting as all the happenings while we were away. We got in around midnight and so didn't do much Saturday night but fall into bed.

But Sunday morning we had a blast! :) It was raining but that didn't stop Nathan from checking all the animals, and grabbing some fresh produce from the garden. Then we noticed that Kiersten's butterfly had hatched from it's cocoon. Out came the field guides to see if our identification of the caterpillar had been correct. And it was! During this whole process everyone is talking at once, laughing and just plain excited.

A few minutes later Nathan comes in thrilled to death that he had caught a field mouse/rat in a live trap in our shed. He proceeds to bring it in to show all of us. Kiersten loves it and wants to keep it as a pet. The rat is currently enjoying cat food. Lest you are concerned, IT WILL NOT BE A PET!

Our gardens looked like a jungle! They had grown so much and the beds are filled to overflowing! The beauty of the beach is amazing and fills me with awe but my gardens are a place just as enchanting! How I love that little plot of ground. Truly, it is one of my favorites places in all of the world. The gifts God has given me in that little spot never cease to inspire me!

Who was it that wrote about the importance of going away so that your senses are sharpened when you return to the ordinary? Can't remember but it's true!