It snowed on Saturday....just enough flurries to make me smile! It didn't stick though.
And I've been reading....lots of books....but my favorite so far is "20 Compelling Evidences that God Exsists" by Kenneth Boa. Here is a quote from one chapter:
Well, I have since read it, and I really really liked it. First off, I liked their dictionary definition of Hospitality:
"Being disposed to entertain with generous kindness."
It was a great book of encouragement and little tips to practice having guests in your home, enjoying them, and they enjoying you (by you not being too flustered or busy). Here are some of the points:
Then, interspersed throughout the book were all sorts of recipes and tips....not all of which I really thought sounded delicious....I mean, I'm not really up for making Olive Creamed Potatoes or Charcoal Grilled Rock Lobster Tails....but some others were manageable.
M. and I love having people over. It definitely has been a crash course for me in cooking sometimes....as I'm learning how to cook Vegetarian, Vegan, Lactose Intolorant, All-American, Indian, Asian, and African. But it's been fun. And I've gained confidence that we can invite any and every one over and have something I can cook to eat. (You'd think with all these recipes I'd know what to cook every night for supper!!)
Another book I've read and enjoyed, is The Hospitality Commands.
And while I was looking for this book on CBD, I found a WHOLE PAGE of books on that subject....look! I'm going to look at the library for a couple of them......
I'm thankful for the example of hospitality set by so many families as I've grown up.... my family, the williams, the cobbs, my sis & bro in law, my in-laws, Ula, my aunt and uncle, and so many more! I've loved watching and learning, and look forward to growing in this area.....because I do have a lot to learn. I still find myself getting flustered when company is coming...which isn't very relaxing to be around....and I get easily upset if the food doesn't turn out right....and I'm not always good at conversation.....but it's nice to have encouragement through others and good books and prayer!
What are some of your favorite Hospitality Tips?
And just for kicks...here is one of my favorite desserts to serve:
Chocolate Chip Blondies
In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla just until blended. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to brown sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread into a greased 13x9 inch pan.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cut.
Other things I have been enjoying this week are playing with my new camera, the fall leaves and weather, and catching up on laundry (yes, I am enjoying that).
Today was fun...we visited a friend, and then went shopping for gifts for M.'s family. And we scored some good deals. That made it even more fun! I was going to take a picture, and I forgot. So, use your imagination:
We also picked up a bag of reduced fruit at Marketplace - 99cents for 4 grapefruit, 2 oranges, 2 lemons, and 4 apples - a free bag of lettuce and a free box of poptarts. I was going to pick up lots of Chex Mix and try and get it free, but I couldn't convince other half we needed them!
Tonight we are going to a fish fry. I hope we aren't rained out....because I don't know what to make for supper.
I think I will turn the oven on tonight, and get stuff ready for fellowship dinner tomorrow. And also try and cook my pumpkin. Yes....I've been trying to get it cooked for 3 days now! It probably is bad now...since I keep cooking it a couple hours, then taking it out till the next day, and trying it again....it just won't get done! I'm beginning to wonder what went wrong..........
And I think tomorrow I'll make some brownies...with that delicious frosting...(just a warning to those coming, hee hee) And some potatoes....potatoes sound good.
Here are some internet links to bird facts:
Because I forgot, and because someone asked me, I thought I'd look up why leaves turn color. Oh yes....I remember now....here's the short version:
A chemical called Chlorophyll is green in color. It fills leaves and makes food for the plant. As the days get shorter (less sun), the Chlorophyll goes away, thus less green....and more other chemical colors. Colors vary per type of tree....
For more in depth articles and science projects to do at home, check out these links:
And this is what happens to tomato plants after frost/fall. One of these days I really will move my three dead plants off the front steps.....
As a side note about tomatoes, not leaves, is I did manage to grown a few tomatoes. Two to be exact. I had more coming, but some animal or small child thought they were pretty neat too. And plucked off all my green tomatoes and left them in a pile in our front yard.....of which I didn't see until one turned red....and by then the others rotted. Ha! Oh well.
It really was a lot of fun. It happened to be two of our birthdays that day, so we celebrated those too, with a surprise Ice Cream Cake. (So we ended up not eating any of our delicious desserts at lunch time!)
Then Jeff and Becky and Mom whipped up the dishes, and we played Cranium, while others left for naps.
After church that evening, we had alot of fun inviting everyone over for leftovers and pie. We had a great time visiting and eating pie! (I ate my pie first, then my leftovers....ha ha)
It really was a fun weekend. I'm so blessed with so many crazy and fun family and friends!
Pucha and Buster were busy raiding Dad and Mom's leftover garden....Buster will eat and vegetable he can find. Pucha just likes dirt and catnip.