With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 6/5/11 - 6/12/11

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lavender Lemonade

lavender gathered from the garden
 Lavender Lemonade
Recipe source: Taste of Home
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers (I used lavender from last years harvest)
2 1/2 cups cold water
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
Ice cubes

In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat; add lavender. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Strain, discarding lavender. Stir in cold water and lemon juice. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.
Note: If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.
such sweet prose
 I am not sure why this verse came to  mind for this photo.
Maybe because the flower seems to be reaching upward... heavenward.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Our Sons-in-Law ~ An Anniversary Post

June 8th, 2002
Nine years ago, our twin daughters were married in a double ceremony to two very special young men.
(click to read about how the decision to have a double wedding came to be)
Joshua Alexander & Jamie Lorraine   ♥   Jill Arlene & Brad Emery

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hashed Browns Potatoes

Sometimes we have breakfast for dinner.
It is really one of Johns favorite.
Eggs, bacon, toast, orange juice and this recipe from Ina Garten for hashed browns.
Hashed Browns

Ina Garten recipe



  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and 1/2-inch diced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced scallions (white and green parts)


Melt the butter in a large (10 to 12-inch) saute pan. Add the potatoes, onions, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally with a flat spatula, until the potatoes are evenly browned and cooked through. (Allow the potatoes to cook for 5 minutes before turning.) Turn off the heat and add the parsley and scallions. Serve hot.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Re-purposed Curtains for the Patio

We spend a lot of time on our patio
and usually have most of our meals here.
Every time I visit my friend Sue @Pear Tree Lane Farmhouse
I admired her front porch with curtains.
(actually I admire everything about Sue!)
I asked her how they held up through the season and she
reassured me that with just a washing they would be fine.
 I had two pair of those really long sheer panels (from the 90's) that I have used in several bedrooms.  I cut each panel in half and hemmed them.  I actually used the original hem as a pocket for the rod because I had just enough fabric for the length I wanted.
 John bought and cut electrical conduit for the rods and simply hung them using large teacup hooks.
 The white lights have been here of a few years and add a warm glow and lots of ambiance.
The curtains add a romantic flair and are beautiful as they blow in the breeze.

 The curtains look pretty tied back or hanging freely.

 I didn't have enough curtains to hang in every opening but I wouldn't really want them in the other areas.
The side of the patio where the picnic table sits has a backdrop of ferns (and hibiscus).
Once while staying at a B&B (Lovelace Manor in Lancaster, PA) we admired the huge
field of ferns they had growing.
We were happy to accept a boxful to take home to our own garden! 
 Care to sit a spell?
A view from the family room French doors.


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