As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Blogging Break

When your laptop is taking three times as long as usual . . . 

and when you can't visit many of your blog friends because their sites won't load . . . 

or they do load, but you only see half of their pictures . . . 

and your comments go into bloggy space . . . 

it might be time to do this: 

Yes, I am going to take a little blogging break (and save myself a whole lot of frustration) until I get it all sorted out! 

In the meantime,

Happy summer!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Baby Shower: All Things Grow With Love

After we learned that Kristin and Brian's new baby is a boy, we started planning to have a little family shower.  A baby is never "old hat!"  Each baby is a new person, a new creation, a new delight. And so we celebrate! 

Kati had the idea of using succulents to decorate for the shower. She created an invitation on PicMonkey and showed me.

I hemmed and hawed. (What? Succulents? For a baby shower? That doesn't seem very "baby." What about teddy bears or puppy dogs or baby blue? Something old school.) 

Then Kristin gave me a lovely dish garden of succulents for Mother's Day. 

I conceded. 

And since Kati was the one with a vision for this theme, she was named the Chairman of the Decorating Committee.

I think she did a fabulous job!

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

Bekah and I were on the Food Committee, which worked out well as Kati was house sitting for friends most of the week.  Our brunch menu was:

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

One of the dads had to work, so I invited all of the boys to come over for donuts and a movie in the library. (They ate brunch food later.) They were so quiet that my mom was startled when they came out after their movie was over. She had not even known that they were back there!

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

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Big sister Macie was very interested in the gifts . . . until there was one for her! Then she happily put her hedgehog puzzle together over and over again. Her mommy had to open the rest of them by herself.

Wrapping Paper Antics (with a feminine flair):

photo by Kati

photo by Kati

Now we excitedly await the arrival of Judah, our eleventh grandchild! He is due to be born in August . . . the month in which we celebrate six birthdays and three anniversaries!

We love him already and can't wait to meet him! 

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.Psalm 127:3

Monday, June 4, 2018

When a Procrastinator Likes to Set a Pretty Table

Last week, Kati helped me clean out the linen closet. We found an embarrassingly large stack of clean linens waiting to be ironed.

So for a couple of evenings, I ironed through . . . 

a winter dinner party

I'm all caught up! 

(for now)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Half Gallon of Ice Cream Twenty-Five Years in the Making

It was one of those "antique" stores that looked more like a depository for junk. Old rusted signs all over the outside, "stuff" spilling out of the doors and all along the walkway, and it didn't say "Come on in." To me, that is. To Ron, it beckoned. He insists that these kinds of stores are full of hidden treasures. And in this store, he found this little half-gallon ice cream freezer. 

That was about twenty-five years ago.

Last weekend Ron decided that we needed to try it out.

So we put in this and that, and we cooked and stirred and Ron churned our inaugural batch! 

Strawberry ice cream was on the menu. Yum!

I sort of used Pioneer Woman's recipe for Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Except I am out of vanilla beans so I used vanilla extract. And I halved the recipe. And I added some mashed, lightly sugared strawberries. But it was kind of the same thing. 

Can you tell how small this freezer is? (Can you tell how pleased Ron is? He is all about homemade ice cream!) 

Smooth and creamy and refreshing on a humid Sunday afternoon. 

I opened up my package of strawberry napkins from Target's Dollar Spot and we had a little party. Just the four of us. 

A party that was twenty-five years in the making. 

makes one half-gallon*

1½ cups half-and-half
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sliced, lightly sugared strawberries, mashed

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, heat half-and-half and sugar over medium heat, turning off when fully heated.

In stand mixer, beat egg yolks until pale yellow and slightly thick.

Temper egg yolks by slowly pouring some of the hot half-and-half mixture into the eggs while the mixer is running. Then pour the egg yolks into the saucepan of half-and-half mixture.
Cook on medium low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick and custardy.

Pour hot custardy mix into the can of the ice cream freezer.
Add heavy whipping cream and vanilla.
Add mashed strawberries. (These were already capped, sliced, lightly sugared and allowed to macerate in the fridge.)

Place dasher in the can; attach lid.

Surround the can with crushed ice and rock salt; crank until firm!
(Or follow the manufacturer's instructions for your electric freezer.)

(It would have been prettier with a few more strawberries on top, but we didn't wait for that! It was a hot day and we were trying to eat it before it melted!)

*Double ingredients for a one gallon ice cream freezer.

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