Days of Our Lives & Apple Salad

Watches are so named as a reminder — if you don’t watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you. ~Drew Sirtors

Time…on my mind so often recently. It marches on, always changing, this road of life with all of its twists and turns.  Our days and weeks seem to keep us ever busy and yet, it seems sometimes that we are moving on a wheel. ‘Round and round…each day those same familiar movements, yet somehow a little older and hopefully a little wiser.  Tending the gardens, mowing the lawn, working,  folding the laundry, cooking, cleaning & caring for our family. Sometimes, I sit and wonder, simply marvel at the swift passing of time. When did my hands change to look like those of my mother? When did my babies suddenly grow up? When did my reflection suddenly change into that of a rounded, middle aged woman? Time…when 
we are young, it seems to be our friend…as we get older…it seems to get away from us. 

I thought I would share some of the ins and outs of our days here in our little home, the tapestry of our little world.  Our little life…though seemingly insignificant to the outside world, is vastly important to those who make up our own small corner. May we live each day…to show love for one another…to be kind…to remember that however small our existence may seem, we matter. We are an important thread in God’s beautiful tapestry that he is weaving from on high. 
My Clematis and Phlox. A work in progress. We are busy mulching our many flower beds and preparing our gardens for the summer heat.

The patio peach tree. Only a few years old. But coming along quite nicely. =) Wish I had gotten a picture of the gorgeous flowers this produces in early spring. 

One of our many Hosta Plants. Just peeking out from their long winter nap. Such a lovely site to see the tender green spikes after a long cold winter. Signs of new hope. 

Our freshly painted porch and white columns. My favorite place to sit and crochet in the spring and summer. A fresh coat of paint always makes the porch a cheerier place.

The Patio Peach is one of my favorites. =)
The squirrels love the tiny fruit that this tree produces. Haven’t found a way to keep them away from it. 
My little dolly. She loves the flower gardens.

                                       

My apricot colored Carpet Rose in the corner is growing. To be only two years old, it has spread to fill up the whole corner!

Our humble living room. Not decorated to the nines…but so much
of life happens here. The center of family time. In winter warm, cozy nights by the fire. In spring, open windows, capture the songs of the birds and the cool breezes. We are constantly in this room, we school here, play here, work here. One of my favorite places to be.
                      
Speaking of the passage of time. My son just turned sixteen!
The youthful glow of promise and opportunity, in the warmth of sixteen candles. =) Time is marching on.
   
                        
So I snapped this photo of my sweet husband last week, he looks like he is deep in thought.
We visited the venue, where our daughter’s wedding will take
place in May. It was a bittersweet day.
A day for contemplation.
We are finally realizing, our little girl is all grown up.

We spent the Saturday before Easter dying eggs, another tradition, that we often take for granted. A fun time, yet a fleeting time. Enjoyed for a short time by our little ones.

Sometimes we can appreciate moments so much more deeply, when we realize that time is fleeting. Time is precious. It will not wait on us to “get ready.” We must enjoy the here and now. We are not promised a tomorrow. We have today. I want remember what someone wise once said…
“Time is an old firmly rooted tree; we are the breeze rustling its leaves.”I want the breeze that is my life to be sweet and filled with kindness. I want to be a blessing while I may! To help the world in some small way, be a peaceful and lovely place to stay.

In closing, I wanted to share with you all a recipe that is a favorite with my family. We enjoy it often. It is simple and in its simplicity, lies its beauty. The most wonderful things in life are often the simplest of pleasures. So may I present one of my personal favorites:

Southern Apple Salad
Serves 4 to 6

You will need:
1/3 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup milk or heavy cream
1 large can crushed pineapple
4 large apples, cored & cubed
1 can of mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix flour and sugar. Add pineapple and milk. (If you choose to use cream, it gives it a richer flavor.) Mix well. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.  Cool.  Pour over your chopped apples (I like to use a mix of Granny Smith’s and Pink Ladies) and mandarins. Add nuts if you choose to use them. Mix well to coat evenly.  Refrigerate. Can be prepared ahead of time.

This is always a crowd pleaser at our house.
Enjoy!
Have a great week!


4 Responses to Days of Our Lives & Apple Salad

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are the most beautiful woman I have ever met. Not only outwardly, and perhaps most importantly, inwardly. I love reading all the updates of the ins and outs of your daily home life. I wish that I could be a part of it more often.

    I love you dearly. And I keep you in my prayers always.

    Hugs and Love,
    Chlo

  2. Valerie says:

    My sweet Chloe girl,
    I love you more than you will ever know. I do not feel worthy of those lovely compliments, but I'm glad you stopped by for a visit. I miss you always…
    All my love,
    Momma

  3. Lauren says:

    Dear Valerie,

    What a meaningful post. Thank you for your words that made me think! And for a look into your everyday. You have a such a wonderful home and a beautiful family. I can feel the love!

    I can only imagine the emotions as your daughter gets ready to marry. What a happy occasion though, I hope the day brings you great joy!

    Thank you for the yummy looking recipe too. I will have to try it!

    Sending a hug. (>'-')>
    Your friend Lauren

  4. Valerie says:

    Dear Lauren, You are so sweet to read all of my posts! Thank you for your kindness.
    It has taken a lot of adjusting having an almost 22 year old! I can't believe she is getting married.
    Hugs,
    Valerie

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