March 31, 2013

March 29, 2013

Old Card from Mom

I've kept this old card for 8 years.  I thought it was a birthday card until I opened it and realized it was a one year anniversary card to Andrew and I.  Oh well.  I love the colors and the sentiment!

March 25, 2013

Knowing When You've Had Enough

Hard to do!  But, so worth it.

March 24, 2013

Love from Weisha


My Book Spine Poetry

I made this one today with some of the boys' books.

March 21, 2013

Book Spine Poetry

Medina created this today with some of our books after seeing a project Jean Gritter had her high school kids do.  I love it!

The Quiet That Lies Beneath The Chaos

The Living

“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.” – Johann von Goethe

March 19, 2013

Last Friday...Furlough Morning!

Leaning Into Joy

Thank You from Ken

Ken called me the morning of New Year's Day and asked if I would go to the local Christian bookstore for him.  He was stuck in the hospital (had been since Christmas) and wanted a couple of books to read.  By the time I got to him that afternoon, he was not feeling well so I dropped them and ran.  He sent this thank you card back to the office a few days later with Ray.

I didn't get to know him as well as I would have liked. He ended up passing away later that month.  I don't want to forget him though.  I loved his infectious laugh and so enjoyed talking bees.  At his service, his daughter surprised me by telling me he left me his hives that were overwintering at the house.  I still haven't seen how many there are but it was such a gift and worth so much more than the $35 dollars I spent on the books.  Thank you Ken!

Thank You Card from Deb

Literally brought tears to my eyes when I saw this on my chair!  I was having a bad morning and feeling like crap and came to work to this.  What a gift!


Kind note on the inside!

March 12, 2013

Raw-ish "Cheesecake" with Ganache Topping

I say raw-ish because I heat stuff up in the microwave to melt it...and it's not vegan because I use honey.  

WHO CARES!!! It rocks the taste-buds!  

I adapted this recipe to use what I had in the house.  It was a co-worker's birthday so that's always a good excuse to try something like this out on them.  They seemed to think it was pretty darn good too!  Next time I think I'll actually use orange juice like the original recipe called for.  I used the pomegranate juice this time since I had some I got for free and didn't want to squeeze the orange juice. The color was a little bleh but no one seemed to care too much.

Raw-ish "Cheesecake"

1/2 c almonds 
1/2 c pecans
4 dates (if the nice big ones, 8 if they're the cheap ones like in the bulk section at Winco), soaked until soft (I pour boiling water over them) 
1/4 c cacao powder

1. Place almonds and pecans in food processor or Vitamix and process until finely chopped. 
2. Add dates and cacao. Process until well blended. Mixture should stick together when you pinch it.
3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a spring form pan (I sprayed it with a little oil but I'm not sure it was necessary). Make sure you press it well.

zest from two oranges 
2 c cashews, soaked until soft (4+ hours or about 20 minutes if covered with boiling water), rinsed and drained well 
1 1/4 c coconut oil, melted 
1 c pomegranate juice or fresh orange juice 
2/3 c honey
1 tsp fresh grated ginger

1. Zest oranges and set aside.
2. In Vitamix, combine cashews, coconut oil, juice and honey. Blend until smooth. 
3. Add zest and ginger. Pulse just to combine. 
4. Pour over crust. 
5. Refrigerate overnight.

Optional Ganache Topping (adapted from same site
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/2 c honey
1/4 c coconut oil, melted

Mix everything together.  I used about half of this on the cheesecake (more would have been okay but it's really rich!) and added about 1-2 T bittersweet marmalade.  

This tastes best and is firmest straight out of the fridge.  But, it's good pretty much anyway you slice it ;)

Love Letters to My Sons..