Sunday, July 25, 2010

Because We All Can't Come and Go By Bubble

About 12:30 yesterday afternoon, I pulled a surprise out of the mommy fun bucket and bought tickets for me and the 3 big sisters to see a 2 pm Wicked show at the Hobby Center.  We almost needed to "defy gravity" to make it downtown in time, but we made it and what an afternoon at the theater it was.  The "thank you, Mommy" responses were priceless, the tickets and souveneirs, well, not so much, but worth every penny. Thank you, Daddy, for making it possible. A few weeks ago I came across this recipe for a wickedly good peach cobbler by Patti LaBelle which I made with the peaches we picked from E and B Orchards in Navasota.

1 Piecrust for Double Crust Pie (I used ready-made pastry crust dough)

3 lbs Medium Peaches , peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4-inch slices

2 Tbsp Cornstarch

1 Cup Sugar

2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon , plus more for the top of the crust

4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) Butter , chilled, cut into small pieces


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking dish.

2. In a medium bowl, toss the peaches, cornstarch, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Fold in the butter. Spoon half of the peach mixture into a prepared dish.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the smaller disk of dough into an 8-inch square about 1/8 inch thick, trimming the dough as needed. Place over the peaches in a baking dish. Top with the remaining peaches. Roll out the larger disk of dough into an 11-inch square about 1/8 inch thick, trimming as needed. Fit over top of the baking dish, letting the dough hang down on the sides of the dish. Pinch the dough firmly onto the top edge of the dish. Press the overhanging dough onto the sides of the dish. Cut a few slits in the top of the dough. Place the dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips. (I used a star cookie cutter to make the shapes for the top crust.)

4. Bake until the fruit juices are bubbling and the top is golden brown, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle the top of the dough with cinnamon. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Star-Spangled Tribute to The Forgotten Verses

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

'Tis the star-spangled banner!

Oh long may it wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,

A home and a country should leave us no more!

Their blood has washed out of their foul footsteps' pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave'

From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war's desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto:

"In God is our trust."

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Words by: Francis Scott Key

Music by: John Stafford Smith
Adopted: 1931

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

The final two word political testament of John Adams that he sent to the Selectmen of Quincy, Massachusetts in June 1826—“Independence Forever.”

God bless all the brave men and women who have served and are serving to defend our great nation and preserve the freedoms we hold so dear. Happy Independence Day, Happy 234th Birthday America! As Michelle Malkin states, "As an annual public service reminder of the reason for the season," here is the Declaration of Independence transcribed in its entirety via the National Archives.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Be-You-tiful You

Finding your identity in C-H-R-I-S-T

Created wonderful- Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Held- Psalm 18:16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me.

Redeemed and Restored- Psalm 103:4 Praise the Lord who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.

Image-bearer of God- 2 Cor. 2:14 through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

Sufficient- 2 Cor. 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you.

Taken care of- Deut. 33:12 Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.