Sunday, November 27, 2011

red roses in a green teapot

 This post will be entirely made up of photos of red roses. If you do not care for red roses, this would be a good time to stop reading. If you are like me and you find red roses to be a thing of beauty then you will find this post most satisfying.
Justine picked these roses and arranged them in the little green teapot. When I saw them sitting there above the sink and I observed the light outside, photos had to be taken.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


I was sick for twelve days. I had all the symptoms of Bronchitis. I never went to the doctor, so I can't be sure, but this was gnarly, whatever it was. I had a low fever and it caused me to have no energy. I was on the couch the whole time. A lot of movies were watched. And I found a lot of  photography blogs to follow. Also my facebook presence was a bit overwhelming, I am sure, to all my friends. I drank more tea and orange juice than I thought possible. And swallowed a lot of pills. Every. Day. I strongly dislike pills.

One thing I disliked about being sick was that I missed fall at it's peak. By the eleventh day of my sickness I couldn't stand it anymore. The late afternoon sunlight was too beautiful for me to ignore. Here are three images from my fifteen minutes outside.

I have picked up my knitting again for the first time in months. I finished a pair of leg warmers for my friend and Justine made a cowl. It inspired me to make a cowl also. I made one yesterday and started a new one today. It is very nice to be knitting again. I hope to make some for Christmas presents. My favorite things to knit are accessories. They are relatively quick and make perfect gifts.

We listened to a sermon today and it caused me think about obedience in a way I never had before. I knew everything that was said, but I thought about it in a new way and on a deeper level.
I am a daughter in my parent's home. As such I am to obey them. I have more freedom now than I had when I was five. But. I still am under their authority. I am to obey them and honor them.
At times I think one day I won't be under any authority.
Here is where the reality comes in.
I will always be under someone's authority. Right now my dad, anyone I work for, my church elders, the leaders of the state, one day my husband, and most importantly at all times, God's authority. Honoring the people that are in authority over me should be by my actions. But not only my actions, which are very important, but my attitude as well. How I speak of them when they are not there, my body language, and my tone of voice when I am addressing them.
Such a huge and impossible task. Without God. But as a Christian, I have God's Spirit dwelling in me and by His power I can obey God and the people He has given authority.
I will never be out from under authority. And God has designed it that way for my good and His glory.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

a quote and a fallish photo

"...the Bible itself does not call us merely to read it in order to get through it as quickly as possible in a perfunctory manner - on the contrary, the Bible tells us to devour it, to search it, to meditate on it, to delight in it, to let it dwell within our hearts richly, and to hide it in our hearts that we might not sin against the Lord. We rightly affirm the complete, word-for-word inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, yet we fail to study it word for word, thought for thought, phrase for phrase, and thus fail to grasp the very basic meanings of the eternally weighty and glorious words that God Himself has graciously revealed to us." -Burk Parsons (Tabletalk November 2011)
| Canon 50D | Macro 100mm USM f/2.8 | f/2.8 | 1/800 | ISO 160 |

Thursday, November 3, 2011

a day at home: chocolate cheesecake and oreo balls (you can't have too much chocolate can you?) and sewing

I didn't work today so I made myself a list of things to do. My list went like this.
  • Go to the store and pick up the necessary ingredients for a chocolate cheesecake
  • Make said cheesecake
  • Go to The Y
  • Do my finances (record money I have made and money I have spent, pay monthly expenses, and set aside money for the coming month)
What actually happened today
  • I went to the store
  • The cheesecake was made
  • Oreo Balls were made
  • I sewed on my dress that was started last January, more on that later
So while only half of my list was accomplished, I would say it was a profitable day because my day was spent doing things that needed to be done and I wasn't wasting it, which is one of the points of making a list, making sure you don't end up wasting your day being lazy. The other point is so that you can remember what needs to be done. I definitely make lists for this reason also. Because I forget. Often.

I made this cheesecake. I made it last year for Justine's birthday so I decided to make it again this year.
  • 1 1/2 cups of crushed oreos with chocolate filling
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups oreo, 2 tablespoons sugar, and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of  a 9 inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. The bottom should be bubbly and looked cooked. Allow to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  2. Take a 9 inch springform pan and set it on top of a piece of tin foil about 4 inches longer than the pan. Fold and press the tin foi; up the sides of the pan. Use another piece of tin foil to do same on the opposite sides of the pan. Make sure the tin foil is far enough up on all the side so that when you submerge the pan into a pan of water no water will leak in. Using a large roasting pan, set the springform pan into the roasting pan and add about 1/2 inch of water to the roasting pan.
  3. To Make Filling: In a small saucepan, heat 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring constantly, until chips are melted. Remove from heat.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth. Add cocoa and beat well. Add eggs and beat on low until just blended. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and reserved chocolate mixture until blended. Pour over crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 -60 minutes or until center is close to set. Then turn off the oven. Leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door closed for about 4 hours. Once the oven is basically room temperature open the oven door for a few minutes before removing the cheesecake. Leave the cheesecake on the counter until it is no longer warm, then add the topping.
  5. To Make Topping: In a small saucepan, heat 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla until just before boiling. Stir constantly and be careful not to boil over. Have 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips ready in a small bowl. Pour in the hot cream and stir with a spoon until smooth. Spread over baked cheesecake and refrigerate overnight.
Hopefully a photo will follow soon. I still have to make the topping and some raspberry sauce to drizzle on top. Here is a photo of it last year.
We had coffee with it and watched Sherlock.

I also made Oreo Balls because there were a lot of Oreos sitting in the package begging me to do something with them. You can view the recipe here.

I started a dress last winter. It is from a green wool I bought two years ago. I wanted a simple sheath dress that I could wear in the winter with sweaters. Everything went fine with the sewing until I had the bodice completely together and I realized that the front piece was too short. So instead of ripping that piece out and replacing it with a longer one. I am embarrassed to say I cut the rest of the bodice to match. Surprise, surprise, it didn't work. So I put it away frustrated. I didn't pull it out until about a month ago and thought about how I needed to fix it. I pulled out the bodice and that was as far as I got. I hated the thought of redoing the bodice. I don't mind sewing and I will even tell you that it wasn't hard. But the thought of doing the same pattern again causes me to run the other way. I don't know why, but I hate the thought of doing something again. That is why you will never see two of the same dress or skirt hanging in my closet.
I recut out the bodice and sewed it up today. It wasn't as horrible as I imagined it to be. Now to sew the skirt and the bodice together, put the zipper in, and hem the dress. That will be for tomorrow.
If you would like to see the pattern it is here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

vintage blog

So I found a new blog to follow. Oh So Lovely Vintage. It has great ideas.

Yesterdays post was on halloween costume ideas. I thought this one was clever.

Oh, and The Joys of Jello we so own that book. It is pretty great. I think the below recipe looks pretty good. And beautiful.

I want my house to look like this. This is my favorite style. That sofa is awesome. I love the design. Go here for the full post.
You should definitely check out this post. Especially if you love mint.