Sunday, October 2, 2011

Into The Woods

Hi Folks!

I love the change of seasons and enjoy anticipating each one. Fall is my absolute favorite. It brings cool air, early evenings to settle in with a good book, the smell of a bonfire, and many great memories.

Memories of my dad raking and burning leaves, wearing his favorite warm flannel shirt which smelled of Old Spice and cigars. The warmth of my mom's kitchen, her fabulous pies made of apples and spice. My sons, nephews and my brothers excitedly planning their time in the woods for hunting and enjoying nature.

As I walked into this trail the other day, I found it was so beautiful that I hardly wanted to leave. The best relief in difficult times is to get out and connect with nature. Connecting often with nature is nourishment for your soul. Go into the woods to find yourself a peaceful place to pause.

Separation and divorce is a trying time.  There is so much that will make you feel as if the whole world is on your shoulders. You don't know what to do next, and you want nothing more than for someone to tell you that everything will be alright.

Yes, it is difficult and there is so much yet to face as you go through the process. I can tell you that it will come to pass, it will get better! You can find happiness, know it is in your everyday choices that you make. It is within you to be happy.

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens

Fall is also a time to warm your oven, light some candles, put on some lovely music and be the queen or king of your kitchen! Make something that will warmly scent your home on a fall night.

Here is a Cobbler that will make your family drool. So, be kind and share.

Fruit Cobbler from Pioneer Woman
Butter a 9 inch pie pan, I use a stoneware pan.
Mix together
1 C Self Rising Flour
1 C Sugar
Add 1 Stick Melted and Cooled Butter
1 C Whole Milk
Pour into pan.
Top with 3 C Fresh or Frozen Mixed Berries
Sprinkle Cinnamon and Sugar over Berries

Or, in place of Berries, try Apples Sauteed in Butter, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon - Lovely!

Bake at 350 degree oven for 1 Hour

Serve Warm with Whipped Cream - no cheating with the fake stuff!