Today was a beautiful day! A little chilly at 33 degrees, but beautiful none the less. By 7:00 the snowflakes were falling and I was enjoying a cup of coffee with my girls. The Handy man was a dear and went out and cut the cauliflower and broccoli. It was just too cold to have the girls outside today. We ended up with 8 qts of cauliflower and 6 qts of broccoli for the freezer, not too bad. I’m still not sure what the merits of the leek is over the onion but we got those in the dehydrator too. Maybe I’ll add some to a pot of corn chowder next time.
Sunshine and I had a great time baking cookies this afternoon. (chocolate chip) I did manage to get them all on the cookie sheet without her eating the dough. She loves to bake as much as I do. Once I asked her if she wanted to help me, I think it took her all of 30 seconds to go wash her hands and get our aprons from the pantry. Speaking of baking, I can’t wait to start Christmas baking! A few of the local grocery stores have baking goodies on sale this week. I’ve always found that the baking supplies for Christmas are usually on the best sales a few weeks before Thanksgiving. It’s about time to get the Christmas lists done on paper.
My favorite website for Christmas time planning is I’ve used it for the last 2 years and I’ve been pretty success in using some of their calendar pages to help tame the chaos of the holidays. I think I’ll get started right now!
Oh yeah, the cauliflower casserole was delicious!



Putting the garden to bed

I am excited to have a day off tomorrow. Im going to work on bringing in the rest of the broccoli and cauliflower from the garden. I found a recipe for a cheesy cauliflower casserole that looks wonderful for cold winter days. I am going to dig the sweet potatoes at moms (ours didn’t do too hot this year) We will have to get some of the legendary Southern Ohio sweet potatoes from Grandma again this year. There are leeks in the kitchen garden that need to get pulled and sliced up to go in the dehydrator. The brussel sprouts and cabbage and wait awhile longer.
I think we will try to make our garden a little larger next year. I had hoped to get some winter squash in but hopefully next year.   The Handy man does such a great job with the garden, thank goodness for his green thumb! Im not sure what he will be working on in the greenhouse tomorrow but he may need some help there, so we’ll see. Ill let you know how the casserole turns out.

Cauliflower Casserole
1 head cauliflower
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs or French fried onion crumbs
Trim cauliflower and separate into flowerets. In a saucepan combine cauliflower with peppers and onion; cover with water and salt. Bring to a boil; cover and cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until tender
In another saucepan; melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour and stir until smooth and bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. Pour sauce over cauliflower and transfer to a lightly buttered 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Top with buttered bread crumbs or French fried onions. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese the last 5 minutes of baking time.

A Godly Woman

Like most woman, my mother and I have had our share of issues over the years. Today I had the joy of witnesses the strength and power of a godly woman. It has been 16 long days since she drove the 2 1/2 hours to the hospital to have dad admitted for tests. Over the past 2 weeks there have been good days, bad days and down right awful days. Its been 12 days since they took him back to perform the 10 hour procedure, 10 long days since he has spoken, smiled or laughed with us. As deeply as I am hurt and as much as I yearn to have my daddy back, I cannot image the depth of her pain of the intensity of her anquish. But today as I cried on her shoulder before I left to come home for another week, I saw the gentle joy and wisdom of a truely godly woman. Today she spoke not of fear but of all the ways God had placed people, circumstances and timing in place to take care of us. Tonight I was lead to this passage in James and wanted to share it. God is Good.

James 1:2-6
Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds. because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by wind.