Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas to All ...

and to all a good night.  xoxo

Saturday, December 22, 2012

"No one could ever look quite so merry as Peter, and the loveliest of gurgles was his laugh.  He had his first laugh still."
J.M. Barrie,  Peter Pan

Their first laugh.  This is the perfect description for it.  I instantly thought of Tell's infectious laugh, if only he could hang on to it forever....

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Just a few favorites ...

Braving the bugs, sacrificing my ankles, and learning again, as if for the first time, the magical allure of the sea.  The ocean during the day is magnificent, at night it is simply enchanting when lit by the light of the moon.  I don't believe we are ever the same once we experience it.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Breaking my own rule.

I had made my own rule to stay off of the computer until after dark, but already on the first day I am breaking that rule.  Dang it.

But I just had to put out in the world how much my heart aches for the recent school shooting.  I am so confused.  I am so heartbroken.  What is going on in the world?  More directly, what is going wrong?  Where has the link broken?  The only thing I can come up with is the breakdown of the nuclear family.  I know it's not that simple, but sometimes I think the answers to complex problems might be hiding in the most simplest of places.  Sometimes I think in the rush and stress of being successful and surviving ourselves, we forget to take a second and think of others and really look at them.  Care for them.

My heart hurts for all the children and people effected and lost.  My prayers go up.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Photo Bomb.

From the top:
:: new-school pogo stick
:: little cowboy had to have his hat on before saddling up
:: the evidence of cutting and stacking all the wood at -30
:: trying out Papa's big boots
:: gotta try on Mama's big boots too
:: warming up our muscles for the beach :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A couple good ones.

:: Some words for us to tuck away in our hearts.  Especially when I feel these little ones slipping through my fingers faster and faster... 

On Children. By Khalil Gibran.

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and he bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He love the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

:: And a definite keeper of a recipe found on the blog Annie's Eats.  You won't regret baking this one.  Perfect flavors for the holidays.  I left the kisses off the top, simply because I didn't have them, and they were delicious straight out of the oven, melting chocolate and all.  

Link:  Annie's Eats

Peppermint Brownies
Yield: 1 9×13-inch pan (about 36 brownies)
8 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1½ cups unsalted butter
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1½ tsp. peppermint extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 (1.55 oz) milk chocolate bars, broken into segments
1 bag Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses, wrappers removed and coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Combine the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water; heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth.  Remove from the heat.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the chocolate mixture with the sugar and eggs until well blended.  Whisk in the peppermint and vanilla extracts and the salt.  Whisk in the flour just until incorporated.
Spread half of the brownie batter into the prepared pan.  Layer with the milk chocolate pieces.  Spread the remaining batter evenly over the milk chocolate pieces.  Bake 30-35 minutes.
Remove the brownies from the oven but maintain the oven temperature.  Sprinkle the chopped Candy Cane Kisses over the top of the brownies and return the pan to the oven for 3 more minutes.  Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool to room temperature.  Chill the brownies until the candy topping has firmed up.  Slice and serve.
Source: slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction

P.S.  It's been -30 degrees below zero for about three weeks.  We are all going a little crazy in here, up here, whatever ....