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.

Tuesday, April 28

Tales from Exile: 28 April

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

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! 

Sunday, April 26

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.

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. 😇 

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

Friday, April 3

Tales from Exile: 3 April

I am obsessed with Persuasion by Jane Austen. I watched one version yesterday, downloaded a free sample of the book on my Kindle app last night, watched a second vision of the movie today, and am thisclose to getting the audiobook read by my fav Juliet Stevenson. I'm not really sure why I am so obsessed, but I am!

One of my darling goddaughters, Vivienne, sent me a watercolor card this week, so I painted her some daffodils. I always want to watercolor in the spring.

The tulips on our table are getting so blousy. Tulips are one flower that looks better and better as they age. 

The bluebells are up!

Thursday, April 2

Tales from Exile: 2 April

I planted these giant snowdrops at least two years ago and this is the first year they bloomed.God's perfect timing.

Our twelve-year-old son is making a shield out of a scrap of wood! He painted on this dragon and later Papa will help him apply a coat of gloss to protect the image.

Wednesday, April 1

Tales from Exile: 1 April

Our daughter has been really enjoying all of this free time to create. She finished knitting this darling wee lamb (the pattern is by @mamma4earth). She accidentally left him in our room a couple of nights ago, so I've just been setting him in the center of our bed ever since.

I bought some tomatoes on the vine last week that were terrible. Since I didn't want to waste them, I found a recipe for tomato sauce and it is delicious. Google 'Feasting at Home simple oven-roasted tomato sauce'. I didn't have fresh herbs or a shallot, so I used dried seasonings and half an onion. I don't have a potato masher, but a slotted spoon worked just fine. I also didn't bother to peel the tomatoes. It is amazing... especially on a piece of homemade bread, lightly toasted.
I finished the first sleeve of my sweater this evening! Casting on for the second as soon as possible...  hopefully tonight!
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