Ginger Pear Tea

Last week my daughter’s brownies troop had an apple orchard outing on the calendar.  Nevermind that it was 38 degrees and raining, they were determined to carry on.  “Always be prepared” is one of their mottos.  With our rain boots, coats, hats, mittens, and umbrellas, we were good to go.  We toured the cider mill, drank cider and donuts, and then it was time to pick apples in the biting wind and rain.  Most of girls toughed it out cheerfully, happy with their rainy day adventures.  Not my daughter though.  She made sure to let me know about how freezing she was, and how she just wanted to go home and take a bath.  Later that evening we discovered that she had a fever of 102.  Poor girl.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Mushroom Pasta

My sister’s family visited for a few days last week and although the physical distance between us makes me a bit sad, it makes the times we do share feel that much sweeter and special.  When we only have three days together, we make the most of it.  I welcomed her family that first evening with cozy bowls of this chicken mushroom pasta along with a heaping platter of this salad.  I relish being around the table together, sharing a meal, nourishing our bodies and our hearts.

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Cornmeal Quinoa Waffles with Honeyed Cinnamon Ricotta

After writing last week’s post and reminiscing about my past dreams of living in Maine, I realized how far I had come in my struggle to have a content heart.  For the longest time, my eyes failed to see the beauty around me because I was so focused on all that I didn’t have but so badly wanted.  Looking back now, it all seems crazy.  Today I find it difficult to comprehend just how much I have.  I am more able to appreciate the little things around me.  The leaves are changing into a splendor of colors, and the air feels clean and crisp.  This past weekend we enjoyed doughnuts at the cider mill and apple picking afterwards.  Small joys build a grateful heart.

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