Thankful Thursday

by rosemary. January 27th, 2011. Posted in Giving Thanks. 3 Comments.

Today, I’m very thankful:

that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
for traveling mercies for my husband and son.
to finally be over the pneumonia, with just a little cough left. Pneumonia is a vile thing, and I recommend avoiding it with all your might.
for time to watch Secretariat with Aaron. He loves anything about animals.
for encouragement gained from good books.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Astonishment and Wonder

by rosemary. January 26th, 2011. Posted in Quotes. 1 Comment.

Who can be astonished at anything when he has once been astonished at the manger and the cross? What is there wonderful left after one has seen the Savior? -Charles Spurgeon

Sunday Hymn: Lamb of God, We Fall Before Thee

by rosemary. January 23rd, 2011. Posted in Hymns. 3 Comments.

Lamb of God, we fall before Thee,
Humbly trusting in Thy cross.
That alone be all our glory;
All things else are only dross.

Thee we own a perfect Savior,
Only source of all that’s good.
Every grace and every favor
Comes to us through Jesus’ blood.

Jesus gives us true repentance
By His Spirit sent from Heav’n;
Whispers this transporting sentence,
“Son, thy sins are all forgiv’n.”

Faith He grants us to believe it,
Grateful hearts His love to prize;
Want we wisdom? He must give it,
Hearing ears and seeing eyes.

Jesus gives us pure affections,
Wills to do what He requires,
Makes us follow His directions,
And what He commands, inspires.

All our prayers and all our praises,
Rightly offered in His Name—
He that dictates them is Jesus;
He that answers is the same.

-Joseph Hart, 1759

Thankful Thursday

by rosemary. January 20th, 2011. Posted in Giving Thanks. 5 Comments.

Boy oh boy. I’m thankful it’s Thursday! I’m also thankful…

that I’m feeling better. Not well, but better. Nate is feeling better too.

that we were both able to return to work.

that Harry has stayed well, and Aaron had only a couple of days of a mild cold.

for your concern and prayers for us. Although I’ve never met you in person, I value your friendship. That you care and pray means much.

that I’ve made a big dent in the mountains of lodge laundry. I plan to finish it today.

that since Harry will be seeing clients in WI, I don’t have to make up the beds at the lodge. Saves a lot of lifting for my old and complaining back. I’m going to fake it with just the quilts and shams. Tricky, eh?

for a new grand-nephew who arrived safely this week, weighing in at 10 lbs. 9 oz! He is an adorable gift of God.

that because our Father’s bestowments are always wise (see Sunday hymn), there’s no cause for worry or fear. That thought has been much on my mind this week, and much thankfulness expressed. How good He is to us!

Sunday Hymn: Day By Day

by rosemary. January 16th, 2011. Posted in Hymns. 5 Comments.

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

-Karolina W. Sandell-Berg, 1865

Thankful Thursday

by rosemary. January 13th, 2011. Posted in Giving Thanks. 9 Comments.

We have a houseful of clients at the lodge. Nate’s been sick and unable to help me prepare meals in the kitchen. This morning I woke up with a 102 fever. Not good. I’m thankful that I was able to get an appointment with my doctor, due to a cancellation. I’m in the beginning stage of pneumonia. I always wondered what we would do if Nate and I were sick at the same time. In eleven years, this is the first time it happened. I’m thankful for a husband who without question put out a continental breakfast and an assortment of sandwich stuff for lunch. That’s in addition to counseling and teaching.

Nate’s been on an antibiotic and will hopefully be able to take over kitchen duties tomorrow. With my antibiotic I hope to mend quickly, stop coughing and get back to work. That’s my plan, anyway. I’m very thankful for antibiotics.

I’m thankful for Aaron, champion dishwasher unloader, sweeper, and table setter.

For several reasons, one of which is to relieve me of “the hotel business,” Harry is going to be seeing clients out of our Wisconsin office, beginning February. The current session at the lodge is, we think, our last one there. We’re relieved, excited, with a fair amount of disbelief thrown in. Because it’s our last group of guests, I thought it would be fun to prepare extra special meals, sort of as a fond farewell. My brilliant idea, of course, has been thrown to the wind. Instead, these guests are getting a couple of days of much-less-than-usual fare because I’m sick. I haven’t a clue why this has happened; it doesn’t seem good for anyone involved, especially my husband who had to go it alone today. What I do know is that God is in charge of even these annoying circumstances, and he has purpose in them. I’m thankful for the mysterious way in which he works and the comfort that comes as we trust him, even while clueless as to what he is doing. Perhaps that’s the point.

We’re being so careful not to spread this, and I hope and pray that Harry and Aaron don’t get sick!

Sunday Hymn: In the Cross of Christ I Glory

by rosemary. January 9th, 2011. Posted in Hymns. 5 Comments.

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me,
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
Adds more luster to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

-John Bowring, 1825

In case you were wondering…

by rosemary. January 8th, 2011. Posted in Family. 5 Comments.

Our Libby Lab’s surgery went well and she is making good strides toward getting back to her normal self. She hated the process, and will not tolerate the huge lampshade of a cone guard they sent her home in. So, being the nice, compassionate and desperate people that we are, we took it off. We’re just watching to see that she doesn’t get at her stitches. We’ve had a lot of people surgeries in our family, and those are definitely more difficult than this. But it is still hard to see a beloved pet suffer.

The tumor on her chest surrounded her jugular vein, so they were unable to remove all of it. It may grow again, and that would be problematic, to say the least. For now, though, she’s fine, and we’re thankful. The old girl is very dear to us.

Got this?

by rosemary. January 7th, 2011. Posted in Homekeeping. 5 Comments.

This iSi cream whipper is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I first saw one  in a home kitchen twenty years ago when a friend pulled one out of her fridge and I watched as she assembled a gorgeous strawberry shortcake, making sumptuous swirls of cream. Very impressive! So one fine day a few months later, I happily walked into a kitchen supply store and bought one of my very own. The beauty of the whipper is that it keeps cream fresh for a couple of weeks in your fridge. Cool, eh? The whipper uses N2O (nitrous oxide) chargers to do the whipping, with only a few shakes when you use it. Just fill with heavy cream, sweetener, and flavoring; you’re good to go. No yucky preservatives, just pure ingredients. And no wasted leftover whipped cream that turns watery in your fridge. Use the whipper to make your dessert and then….ta da! swirl leftovers on top of your morning coffee. Nice.

Friday Food Fix: Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Pie

by rosemary. January 7th, 2011. Posted in Recipes. 2 Comments.

We’re having dinner with friends this weekend, and I was asked to bring the dessert. This pie can be put together quickly ahead of time, then pulled out of the freezer on our way out the door. Aaron, who loves chocolate mousse, says this is like having frozen chocolate mousse. He licked the spoon and bowl with great enjoyment. I hope you do, too. free instagram followers

1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate morsels
1 2/3 cups crushed chocolate wafers
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 (3 1/2 oz) jar macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
2 cups whipping cream
Garnishes: whipped cream, chocolate shavings, toasted macadamia nuts

Place chocolate morsels in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook Free itunes gift card codes until chocolate melts, stirring often. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Combine crushed wafers penny stocks to watch and butter. Firmly press mixture in bottom of a lightly buttered 9-inch springform pan. (It’s not called for in the original recipe, but I like to bake the crust for 10 minutes @ 350 degrees, just to make it a bit cohesive and crunchy. Cool thoroughly before filling.)

Combine melted chocolate, cream cheese, sugar, and how to make money on ebay vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Fold in macadamia nuts.

Beat 2 cups whipping cream at high speed until soft peaks form. Add about one-fourth of whipped carpet cleaners dallas cream to chocolate mixture, and beat until blended. Fold remaining whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Pour into crust.

Cover and freeze 4 hours or until firm.

To serve, carefully remove sides of springform pan; let pie stand 10 minutes carpet cleaning houston tx before serving. Garnish, if desired, with a swirl of whipped cream topped with a sprinkle of toasted macadamia nuts and chocolate shavings.