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Friends, Writing, Journals

10 Jan

My girlfriend sent me the most beautiful gift, a journal. Not just any journal, the picture above is the journal she sent me. She made it. She is an artist ; she designed the cover and hand stitched the paper inside of it. The beautiful paper inside has love jumping off the pages. I cannot wait until I begin to use it in this new year. She graciously sent me a card as well. The card has the art work on it as well. She knows of my blog and really meditated on how she wanted to design my journal. Inside the card she wrote this to me:

“The blue is for peace, love is the fiery yellow/orange as you are both happy/mellow, but can be also very passionate. And soul – a mixture of gray/brown which are elemental earth colors that are tied to your down to earth personality.”

Yes, I have a tear in my eye. That was so sweet and special to me. How beautiful she wrote and then captured it in her artwork. What is most important is that she helped me really understand my own blog and why I titled it as I did. Thank you my friend; I hope everyone can have a friend such as this. The amazing thing is that we were friends in college, not real close, but friends and she has always been so sweet and kind. We have reconnected through Facebook and are finding so many similarities and parallels in our lives. She is a beautiful soul and I am glad she is back in my life. I hope everyone can have a friend as this.

Now, I am even more committed to writing in my journal, blogging and sharing. My desire is to just help myself through this life and if it helps someone else than all is well.

Here’s to friends! Here’s to writing – do it if you can, find a journal, it can be healing and cathartic to the soul.

Peace – Love and Soul Y’all (After 10 years this Californian is truly turning into a Southerner!)

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Apples to Apple Pie

22 Oct

I hit the jackpot this week! A wonderful friend of mine loaded me up with lots of goodies. First, of all she watched my youngest son while I taught the fitness club at my middle son’s elementary school afterschool. That was a blessing if ever! He is usually running around the gym, going into the offices, classrooms and media center coveting all of the candy sitting on everyone’s desk. And, he is so darn cute that everyone acquiesces to him and just lets him run rampant. He is sweet but he is BUSY!!! I digress…

When I went to pick him up, from my friends and his playdate with her son, she sent me home with him (trust me he didn’t want to come home and her son didn’t want him to leave), and bags of food! I SCORED! What mother wants to be given food to go home with…everyone of them!

So this is my stash…

She picked some fresh apples from the North Georgia apples and gave me a bagful! YUMMY!!!!

Then I got these:

Homemade apple butter, homemade applesauce and a strawberry from the summer! I will be making homemade biscuits tomorrow for sure!

Now, I was inspired to make an apple desert so…

My apples I already had at home,Store bought apples

 

 

 

 

 

Were transformed  into an apple pie filling

Cut up apples, add sugar, a little flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon

 

 

 

 

And then Apple Pie!

It smelled so good, and looked so yummy that we dove in before I even remembered to take a picture for this blog!

 

 

 

Here’s a bowl of it with vanilla ice cream. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was heavenly!!!

I rationalize eating all this yumminess by first of all using all natural ingredients and then the plan of exercising it off. Well, I was out of organic turbinado sugar, and I really wanted sugar in it so  regular granulated had to suffice. My pie crust was already made, didn’t feel like making it from scratch and my 8am morning run around Stone Mountain today…well, suffice it to say that didn’t happen either. But, I have no guilt. I am happy, the 3K’s (my sons) were happy, and my hubby who was in his man cave working on a top-secret car project tasted it and he doesn’t like apple pie! All was well on my Friday night.

Oh and one more thing…my friend’s husband jarred pickles this summer and my son LOVES them and guess what?