Month: November 2015

“I love Grandma! This is hilarious!”

“I love Grandma! This is hilarious!”

“This is literally the best thing in my entire life!” Rebecca is in the middle of transcribing her great-grandmother’s journal, and she’s cracking up at the description of a man who great-grandma met: “a very quiet, shrewd, calculating, completely self-centered but not cocky man, not…

“Norman Rockwell was a cool guy.”

“Norman Rockwell was a cool guy.”

That’s what Eliza said just now when I read this quote from the Norman Rockwell Museum website: I’d been reading up on comparative religion. The thing is that all major religions have the Golden Rule in common. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto…

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce

You get a real view at my blog! My presentation isn't always perfect, but it still tastes great!
You get real life at my blog! Our family life isn’t picture-perfect (especially after a child carrying it over made it safely without spilling but not without sloshing),  but we still love it!

I tried (and adjusted) a recipe on the back of the big Columbia Fruit package of cranberries that I bought at Costco.  (I bought the bag several weeks ago, and the cranberries have lasted so well in my fridge as I’ve used them in different recipes.) It turned out great for our Thanksgiving dinner! This cranberry sauce recipe made enough for both tables to have a dish of sauce (=about 3-4 cups of sauce). I especially loved how fast and easy it was to make it!

Cranberry Sauce

1 cup water
2 cups cranberries
1 orange, zested and juiced
3/4 cup honey

In a medium saucepan, heat water and cranberries until boiling. Stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes (until the skins pop). Add the orange zest and honey and allow to simmer. The longer you cook the sauce, the thicker it will be as the liquid evaporates. Remove from heat and pour into serving dishes. Allow to cool and then chill before serving. Makes about 3 cups.

 

 

 

Texas pecan pie

Texas pecan pie

We are SO excited to have Thanksgiving at our home this year! The 20-lb. turkey just went into the oven, so it was time to pull out the pecan pie recipe and finish our pies. This pecan pie recipe is definitely one we want to…

Christmas on Exeter Street (or, “Welcome! We’ve got room on the mantle.”)

Christmas on Exeter Street (or, “Welcome! We’ve got room on the mantle.”)

We were finishing up dinner last night when Sarah made a comment about how someone could sleep on the mantle if we needed extra beds, a reference to Christmas on Exeter Street, a book we have loved ever since we read it first. This charming…

Elder Livi Update

Elder Livi Update

Elder Livi laughing
This must have been when they were making their movie on P-day. Somebody’s having a great time…. Who says a mission has to be all work and no fun?

I have 5 minutes to post! It’s been that kind of a month. Lane and I went to Montreal for a week–heavenly!–and the prep, trip, after-trip catch-up, and now pre-Thanksgiving week all snowballs together to make for not a lot of blogging time. My goal to blog every day is certainly taking a back seat to reality!

But Elder Livingston’s time is clicking away! He will be home in about 3 months!  I had to take a few minutes to post his most recent email:

Hello! It’s been a great week! Thanks for all your emails; I love
hearing from yall!

This [week] was good, not only because of fun stuff that happened but because Elder H. came to the office. He is the new personal secretary [to the mission president], and I’m sure he will do an excellent job serving President and the mission. I’m also excited to leave the office and serve the Lord in another aspect. It will be really different, and I’m kinda worried, but I pray for the Spirit, and that’s the most important [thing]. I’d love your prayers.

This week, I heard about B—– (a contact who came to church). He is in another ward, but I went on divisions a while back and taught him a lesson. It was great, and now his baptism is planned for this Saturday!! I’m so excited, and I hope I have the privilege of attending his baptism. He is a wonderful son of God and a good guy. I love finding people and helping [them discover] the truth and come unto Christ. Well, B—- did that himself, with some help from the Spirit and an [Elder] Neil L. Andersen talk.

Also, we had a super fun P-Day, and after playing some [basketball], we decided to make a movie! I [don’t know] why, but it was pretty funny. It’s too long to send, but it was hilarious.

I hope everyone is doing well. This next week is Thanksgiving, and the
transfer, so [it will be] busy. Love y’all!

 

 

 

Baby smiles (Please pray for Maddi)

Baby smiles (Please pray for Maddi)

Baby smiles are the best! I was visiting with my friend Merilee, whose daughter has been in a coma for weeks now (see Pray4Mad on Facebook). We were talking about how the little things make a big difference, and how smiling babies isn’t just gas.…

“Dad’s wearing a Christmas shirt! It’s official!”

“Dad’s wearing a Christmas shirt! It’s official!”

  Lane came out in a plaid button-down shirt on Sunday afternoon after church, and someone declared it was a sign of the season. We already had Christmas music going in the kitchen–we started before Halloween this year–and the pine-scented candle has already been lit on…

Show a little love in the morning

Show a little love in the morning

 

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What happens when a husband doesn’t kiss his wife goodbye in the morning? A grumpy wife criticizes her son for wearing a dirty shirt, then that little boy gets mad at his sister, who then says an unkind thing about her friend’s rain coat, and so on down the chain of interactions until a little boy kicks his dog.

Happily, the dog thinks the boy is playing, and so he doesn’t return the anger, and the boy responds with love to the dog. He forgives his grumpy sister, and the unhappy chain of events reverses until finally, when the husband returns home and kisses his wife hello, all is well in the world again.

The Quarreling BookThe Quarreling Book by Charlotte Zolotow is one of the books I love to give as a wedding present. It underlines the significance of small and simple ways we can show love one to another. It also reminds us of the importance of how loving interactions affect not only the “weather” in our home but also in the lives of those around us. We can “scatter sunshine all along the way” with affection, kind words, smiles, etc.

Charlotte Zolotow and Arnold Lobel gave the world a sweet gift with this book!

 

The Oak Inside the Acorn

The Oak Inside the Acorn

  I went to Activity Days this week, where the other mom/co-teacher, Lori, had prepared the activity. She and her husband had walked across the street to our neighbor’s home to gather acorns for the girls to use in making a frame, but the acorns were all…