Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Series of life's little moments

Lately I've been experiencing life's little moments, the one's that give you this natural high on life, the kind of moments where you stop and live in the moment. It's these live in the moment type feelings that always stay in you memory and when and if dark times come you can relive these little moments and you'll realize that maybe they're not so "little"
The type of joys I get over the smallest things may seem mundane to some but to me it's all the small joys over time that add up to a grain tower full of happiness, bottled away and ready for you to open and take a peak, relive things like, taking an evening walk and watching the moon creep over the tree line and the light breeze on your face and the smell of fresh cut grass, enjoying your neighbors hard landscaping work )cause let's face it, i just don't landscape for me but i also do it for my neighbors and passer byers to enjoy as well.) ,The deer and her young grazing in your yard in mid day and watching the lively mother stomp her feet at you trying to protect her young(even though i was just taking pictures), watching my garden grow and picking the blueberries from MY blueberry bush, eating the fresh veggies from the earth , the seeds i sowed and the plants i cared for also watching my chickens grow into pretty little ladies and watch their personalities bloom and shine before me, going on a small road trip and finding the most beautiful farm land and realizing it's only 8 miles from your home. These are some of my little moments i live in, i roll around in them and get them all over me like a mud bath but unlike a mud bath these little "mundane" things can't be washed off. I urge everyone to roll around in life's greatest pleasure...living in the moment.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

You're turning violet, Violet

I went out to the garden yesterday and picked some fresh blueberries and of course I had to stop myself cause i found that I eating more then i was dropping in the basket, I could picture myself turning into a blueberry like the girl from Willy Wonka. This is our first harvest of blueberries and i got one pint from all that i had harvested (went to the sotre for a few things later that night and saw that my local gorcery store was selling pints of blueberries for $3.29) i made a wonderful blueberry sour cream coffee cake and it was so delicious and moist i had to share my recipe. so here it is

Blueberry sour cream coffee cake
2 cups flour
1 tsspoon baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tspoon vanilla
3 eggs
8 ounces sour cream
2 cups blueberries

Stir together flour,soda and 1/2 tspoon salt, set aside. combine brown sugar,nuts and cinnamon; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter on med. speed for 30 sec. Add sugar and vanilla, beat until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. By hand, fold in blueberries.

Spread half of batter in a greased 13 by 9 by 2 inch baking pan. sprinkle half of brown sugar mixture evenly over batter. dollop remaining batter on top; spread the rest of brown sugar on top. bake for 40-50 min on 350