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Five on Friday {June 16, 2017}: Recipes

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Here are five recipes that we made this week.  No pictures of the meals, but I promise they did happen!

Summer Berry Picking inspired the first three recipes:
1. Summer Berry Pie:
--this was delicious and I will add the recipe at the bottom.  I will definitely be making this again--maybe next week for a dessert competition fundraiser at church.

2. Blueberry Scones:
--(in honor of my friend Pat who has recently shared her love for scones with me)--we decided these tasted like really good biscuits with blueberries and they were also a hit.

3. PW's French Toast with Blackberry Butter:
--I maybe enjoyed these more than anyone else, but they were also good leftover and toasted in the toaster with some butter spread over them.

4. Alfredo Sausage Pasta
--one of the few recipes that I have 'made' up over the years and it is easy enough and good enough that it makes its way into the rotation fairly regularly.

5.  Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream with Oreos and Chocolate chips:
--I hav…

Thankful Thursday {June 8, 2017}

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I am bringing this back at the request of William.

Several years ago, I spent a year recording One Thousand gifts after reading Ann VosKamp's book.  Even though I didn't always document on the blog, I maintained my gratitude journal for a few years. Then, it got set aside and packed away.  Before leaving to go to Quebec City with my students in March, I pulled it out and took it with me and have been maintaining the practice each day of starting my day by adding several things that I am thankful for.  It has been balm for my soul to recount God's blessings as well as to look back over the years and entries and see the graces He has filled my life with.  I am reminded over and over of Psalm 103:5 "...who satisfies your years with good things."

Here are a few things that I am thankful for this week:

Incredible weather--Oklahoma is notoriously hot and miserable, but so far this summer and spring, we have had pretty mild temperatures (some crazy storms, but not too mu…

starting fresh....

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We had a visit last week from Uncle Shane and Aunt Joy and somehow in the midst of the visit, the boys pulled out the scrapbooks and the blog books and spent countless hours reliving their childhood.  Then, they started to ask me why I didn't blog anymore and when am I going to finish the Project Life books for probably 2015 and 2016.....all the questions!!!!  They told me they really loved reading Thankful Thursday and Tuesday's Tidbits, etc.

I have lots of reasons why I haven't blogged, some of them valid, some of them less valid perhaps. I think like all things, it has perhaps mostly been a matter of priority.  While blogging has never been my greatest strength, I am so thankful for the years that I blogged that allowed me record what surely would have been lost in the depths of my barely existent memory.  I certainly love that the boys get such joy reading the stories of their early days--they were pretty entertaining little ones.

This week the boys have been out gall…