Tuesday, August 4

4 August Vlog


Join me as we weather tropical storm Isaias, do some cleaning, tidy up the parking lot, and weed. Plus, we get a parcel from House of Brinson!

Sunday, July 26

Beauty at the Hospital


My husband had to visit a sweet baby boy at the hospital today to bring him Holy Communion. Please pray for him and his family as he was born with only half a heart. 

The property of the hospital has several beautiful buildings. I loved seeing this tower. I could almost envision Rapunzel letting down her long hair from the turret. Can you see the swan on the weathervane? It is so charming! 

We just finished painting the trim on the house and church building and really need to choose a color for the shutters. I loved the color scheme of this house at the hospital and it would look perfect for our stucco and red tile roof. I have to see if we can get some paint samples to test the sage color!

Saturday, July 25

A New Yarn Project

It's time to start another knitting project. This yarn caked up beautifully.  It's Cascade Ultra Pima color no. 3768. It looks just like cocoa powder in real life.

Friday, July 24

Cupcakes


My friend, Mirona, made these wonderful plum and apricot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They are based on the New York Times Plum Torte recipe that we all know and love. They are lovely treats at any time of day. Thank you, dear Mirona!

Thursday, July 23

My Favorite Summer Fruit


There's nothing like a fragrant white peach on a hot summer day.

Thursday, May 7

Tales from Exile: 7 May


I spent a little time searching for the perfect quote for our letter board this month and finally happened upon this one by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans).  It's lovely for this situation that we find ourselves in.  Lovely for any day and age, when you get right down to it.

Wednesday, May 6

Tales from Exile: 6 May


I look for thin spears of asparagus whenever I am able to shop. They are a true taste of spring for me. I prepare them simply with a bit of olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, and some crushed cloves of garlic. They are baked in a hot oven (450 degrees) for ten minutes or so...  just until there are lovely crisp edges. Once they are out of the oven, I grate some Parmesan cheese right on top, which melts perfectly. 

Tuesday, May 5

Tales from Exile: 5 May


My eyes have really been opened to all the many things that are blooming at Rectory House. There are those things that we have chosen to plant: daffodils, lily of the valley, roses, ivy, rosemary, lavender, lamb's ear, hydrangea bushes, etc. And those that just spring up of their own volition: violets, mock strawberry, dandelion, lady's slipper butter cups, etc.

It's been glorious to watch unfold.

Monday, May 4

Tales from Exile: 4 May


The children and I assembled this Ukrainian pysanki egg puzzle in two days. It was lent to us by their grandmother who used to put it together with her mother. It's a wonderful activity to work on during these Paschal days. 


Sunday, May 3

Tales from Exile: 3 May


Here is an evening scene from the couch. My husband and I have taken to seeing a news programme each night which is rather depressing, but also rather addicting. I've also taken to eating dessert while we watch, but it would probably be better if I did some knitting instead. My hands would be busy and my kitchen  washcloth stack would be my better served. That said, I do believe that ice cream and chocolate are medicinal at this particular point of quarantine. What say you?

Saturday, May 2

Tales from Exile: 2 May


My sister sent our daughter a cashmere sweater that took an unfortunate ride through the wash and shrunk. It's a perfect fit for our girl and she looks great in Auntie Juju's style! 

Friday, May 1

Tales from Exile: 1 May


Window stars in Plain Jane white.

To make these you'll need kite paper (though origami will work in a pinch!), a glue stick, and a tutorial from Bella Luna Toys

Thursday, April 30

Tales from Exile: 30 April

 

An absolute deluge flew in from out of nowhere this afternoon. The sky turned black and the rain came down in sheets. We lit candles and enjoyed the sound and scent through the open doors of the garden room. Eventually the rain stopped and gave way to a magnificent sunset. The woods looked like they were on fire. I loved seeing the puddles glow. It lasted such a short time, but I am thankful that I witnessed it.

Before and After

 

Pasta and Roses

 
 

I made sausage and pepper pasta à la Old World Home for lunch today! Here's the recipe: boil some pasta (I used penne today) and sauté some ground sausage and bell pepper (I also sliced in an onion and added salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning). Once pasta is cooked, add a ladle full of pasta water to the sausage pan and a bit of heavy cream. Allow sauce to thicken and then pour over drained pasta. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Scrumptious!  
 
In other news, the first roses bloomed at Rectory House today!

Rocking the Day Away

 
Our daughter's room got a little upgrade in the form of new seating today. One of our parishioners found an oak rocking chair at a thrift store he volunteers at and thought of us! She's so pleased! 

Wednesday, April 29

A Jar Full of Cherries

 
My Pascha present just arrived! Fancy maraschino cherries from Yummy Bazaar for sophisticated ice cream sundaes. 

Thank You Notes

 
Thank you notes are more easily written with a fountain pen and beautiful cards, don't you think? 

Near the Flower Farm

Tuesday, April 28

Tales from Exile: 28 April


My Pascha present just arrived! Fancy maraschino cherries from Yummy Bazaar for sophisticated ice cream sundaes. 

Remember This Day

 
1. Godiva makes pudding mix.
 2. It is delicious.
 3. I forgot that I made pudding for dessert. When I remembered, I pulled the kids out of bed to eat it.
 4. They better remember this the next time I scream at them. 😇 

Cliché

 

The children left their father and me some presents. I have Iron Man staring me down from my bedside table and my husband has some guy from Star Wars. These kids drive us batty all day long and then we desperately miss them once they've gone off to Dreamland.  

Unexpected Beauty

 

Monday, April 27

Tales from Exile: 27 April


I made sausage and pepper pasta à la Old World Home for lunch today! Here's the recipe: boil some pasta (I used penne today) and sauté some ground sausage and bell pepper (I also sliced in an onion and added salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning). Once pasta is cooked, add a ladle full of pasta water to the sausage pan and a bit of heavy cream. Allow sauce to thicken and then pour over drained pasta. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Scrumptious! 

Saturday, April 25

Tales from Exile: 25 April


I've been going to a nearby flower farm once in awhile to buy a cheering bouquet of flowers. Though I can take a busy two lane road to get there quickly, I opt to take the back roads.  I love looking at the houses on the way, but this is my favorite thing to pass.

Clean Dishes All Stack Up

Friday, April 24

Tales from Exile: 24 April


1. Godiva makes pudding mix.
 2. It is delicious. 
3. I forgot that I made pudding for dessert. When I remembered, I pulled the kids out of bed to eat it. 4. They better remember this the next time I scream at them. 😇 
 
Our mailbox has been in rough shape for the eight years we've lived here. Recently, someone hit it (and quickly propped it back up so no one would know 😂) and it went from being dilapidated to being basically unusable (taking in water from multiple holes and not staying closed). We're finally installing a new one after all the letters we got today were soaked. I can't wait to see our mail carrier's face when she sees that we have a respectable mailbox for her to use! In our defense, we were trying to wait to get a new one until we did some work on the front entrance (tree removal, stone wall and arch, and new sign) so that it wouldn't get accidentally broken and the style would match the work. 

Good Like Saints

 
Belinski looked at the bedside table with its lamp, its carafe, its silver biscuit- box, it's two books, one of them in German. A lower shelf held cigarettes, matches, ash-tray. He looked at the primroses on the bureau. The warmth of a hot-water bottle communicating itself, he shifted a little and looked at the small mound it made through the bed-clothes. Then he looked at Andrew.
 
"It is unbelievable, " said Mr. Belinski.
"What is?"
"All of it. That I should be here-- in this house-- with your parents-- is like a dream."
 
Belinski nodded seriously. "I had forgotten that such people were. No, that is wrong: I never knew such people. They are good like saints.

From Cluny Brown by Margery Sharp 

Wednesday, April 22

A Mere Trifle

 
Trifle is our dessert of choice for Pascha and Bright Week. Layers of pound cake (Paula Deen's recipe), vanilla pudding, and berries topped with homemade whipped cream really hits the spot. 

Paschal Candle

 
I am really enjoying this beautiful beeswax Paschal egg candle that my friend, Mirona, gave us! 

Tuesday, April 21

Tales from Exile: 22 April


  The children left their father and me some presents. I have Iron Man staring me down from my bedside table and my husband has some guy from Star Wars. These kids drive us batty all day long and then we desperately miss them once they've gone off to Dreamland. #cliché

Dramatic Skies

 
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