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July 10, 2014

Popping In













Just popping in to ask you to join me at Love, Catherine Ann, where I am doing most of my writing these days.  I've been writing about my favorite Summer Brew, Rest, and Summer Blossoms.
Please stop by and share what's blooming in your world these days!

Blessings,
Catherine

April 26, 2014

A New Space

Hello Friends,

Just a quick note to let you know that I have created a new blog here:

Love, Catherine Ann

After 5 years in this space, I feel that it is time for a change.  
I'll still be posting about living simply and loving much, as well as what is on my heart at the moment.  
These days that would be things like:
herbalism
gardening
healthy, simple meals
tea
a thousand and one Pinterest ideas
Sri Lanka 
...

 I hope you will also join me at Love, Catherine Ann and tell me what is on your heart this season.

Blessings,
Catherine



April 22, 2014

HAPPY EARTH DAY

 

earth day

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for He founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.  Psalm 24:1-2

February 24, 2014

Monday Musing

Signs of spring popping up:

I am so thankful for these little surprises popping up here and there- signs that spring is indeed coming after what seems like a long, cold, hard winter.  

Good Things found on my visits around the web this past week:

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup making this soon!

Lemon Pudding with Raspberry Sauce  and this one, especially since I seem to have an abundance of lemons hanging out in the fruit bin.

READ THIS Oh how He blesses when we give all to Him!

The Impact We Have  yes.


What Brings You Joy  lovely, encouragement here friends.

As we bring this month to a close, I pray you find great joy in the journey, and that the God of Hope brings you peace.  

Grace and Peace to You my Friends,

Catherine










January 23, 2014

Embracing Old Paths



As I EMBRACE my life this year, I find myself returning to old paths-
life-giving practices that nurture heart and soul.

Steeping myself in the WORD, reading and meditating on one chapter a week from the book of Mark. Loving this app for reading and listening on my iphone.

Memorizing scriptures from the book of John- #TheJesusProject.

Rising early for silence and solitude.

Journaling gratitude. 1000 gifts

Daily Morning Pages- 3 pages scribbled into a composition book which clears the air for creativity to speak.

Studying the Classics- Mentoring in the Classics (continuing education for mom)

Herbcraft for the  Home- a daily practice for many years

What paths are you walking this season?








December 31, 2013

Word for 2014- EMBRACE

















EMBRACE
1. To take, clasp or enclose in the arms; to press to the bosom, in token of affection.
2. To seize eagerly; to lay hold on; to receive or take with willingness that which is offered
3. To comprehend; to include or take in
4. To comprise; to enclose; to encompass; to contain; to encircle.
5. To receive; to admit.
6. To find; to take; to accept.

(from Webster’s 1828 dictionary) 

As I've pondered and prayed for a word for the coming year,
this one embraced me.
Kind of snuck up and grabbed me, you know,
like one of those hugs that you aren't expecting,
but are thankful for once the initial shock is over?  

And as I sat with this word- embrace ... it fits.
  
It is time to embrace this life; this simple,
home-centered,
Christ-centered,
mama life that I live.  
The life that is messy and often loud,
crowded with people and projects that all vie for my attention,
sometimes all at the same time.
And also the life that calls me to slip away for solitude and silence,
time alone with my Lord and my pen and the page.

It is the year to EMBRACE who I am,
even if I have heard "You are something else"
too often for comfort lately ...
something else, well maybe I am, and I'm OK with that ...
especially since I'm not even sure what the comparison is ;) .  

So, here's to 2014- the year to EMBRACE
the something else that I am,
the journey I am on, the life I've been given,
my work in this world,
and the beautiful souls I am blessed to share it with.  

What are you embracing this year?

Do you have a word for 2014?  If so, I'd love to know what it is!

Prayers for many blessings this year my friends,

Catherine



December 13, 2013

PEACE



For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
Isaiah 9:5-7

Hoping you find PEACE in the Advent waiting ... 

In this busy season, take time for seeking peace, slip away for a few quiet moments, 
have a cup of tea, read a few lines of a favorite book, go for a walk and take in the beauty of nature, listen for that still small voice that whispers 'My Peace I give to you'.

Where do you find peace this season?







December 9, 2013

Simple Breakfasts- Muffins
















During the busyness of this season, simple meals are a must.
And because my family members morning routines are all different,
it helps to have something that can be eaten when hunger strikes or there is a free moment to sit down and have a cup of coffee or tea and a bite to eat.

One of our favorite simple breakfasts is muffins.  
I can quickly stir together a batch of muffins and have them ready to eat in less than half an hour.
They are infinitely adaptable it seems, making it easy to make them from whatever I find in the pantry- white flour, whole wheat pastry flour, cornmeal, chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, fresh, frozen, or canned fruit.  You get the idea.  
Below is my basic muffin recipe, which gets tweaked in various ways.
These muffins are just barely sweet, this is breakfast after all; but you can add more sweetener if you prefer a sweeter pastry. 

Muffins
2 cups flour – 1 cup whole wheat pastry
                     1 cup unbleached all-purpose
2 tsp. baking powder (Rumford)
Pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup agave nectar (or honey)
1 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer unsweetened soy) *see note below
1/3 cup oil (safflower)
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup nuts, dried or diced fresh fruit, chocolate chips, etc.- your choice of add-ins 

Note:  You will need about 2 cups total liquid ingredients, so add more 'milk', apple sauce, etc. if need be.

Preheat oven to 425
Grease, spray, or line muffin tin with paper liners
Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl
In separate bowl, mix egg, sweetener, oil, non-dairy milk, and vanilla
Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix just until well-combined
Gently fold in nuts, fruit, etc.
Fill muffin cups to about 2/3  full.  I use an oiled ¼ cup measure and it works well.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned and a tester comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack.
Makes 12 muffins

For a savory muffin, mix in shredded cheese, sauteed veggies, and/or ham or cooked bacon.  I leave out the sweetener in these, though some might want to leave it in.
I like this version made with part cornmeal.

More simple breakfast ideas:
skillet granola
yogurt topped with fruit and/or granola
fruit with cheese- cottage, cheddar, whatever you prefer
peanut butter and honey rolled in a tortilla and slightly warmed in the microwave
green smoothie
leftovers from the night before (cold pizza is one teen daughter's favorite!)

What is your favorite simple breakfast?

A cup of coffee or tea and a Christmas cookie (or 3)  is mine these days!

I pray you have a JOY-filled week my friends.

Blessings and Bliss,

Catherine







December 7, 2013

HOPE




It's a cold and frozen day, with ice on the roses and wind playing the frozen leaves of the pecan tree like chimes.
As we wait to see if there will be snow or only cold, my daughter practices a song for Sunday-  Winter Snow .
And I think of how He comes when we seek Him-
His Spirit comes, soft and slow, and fills our hearts with HOPE.


And in this first week of Advent, I search for hope and find it- in the hard and hurting moments, in the joy and the pain.  My HOPE is found in the Word, in Jesus, Immanuel- God with Us.

This God, who comes to earth as a babe, walks with us in our mess and our madness.
This God with Us who takes our sin and our shame upon his sinless Self, and dies for us.
He now LIVES, now LOVES, now ABIDES with us, and brings us HOPE.

HOPE even in the pain of losing a beloved friend this week.
HOPE even when lungs harden and breath doesn't come, and the doctors say there is nothing they can do.
HOPE when I stand in a hospital room holding my grieving friend, praying silently for mercy.
HOPE as we wait, and her husband breathes his last, and he is gone.
HOPE in the dark days following death, when the calendar marked with cruise, is replaced with a casket.
HOPE when even though we know this is real, it still isn't yet on so many levels.




Yes, even in death there is HOPE.
Because heartbroken as we are right now,
we know, without a shadow of a doubt,
we have all confidence in our HOPE in HIM-
that one day, some day, we will see our loved one again;
and we shall see JESUS, He who is our only HOPE,
face to face.

And so, as we gather to sing and pray, laugh and cry,
and say goodbye for now-
we HOPE.















And on this wintry day, when my heart hurts,
I search for gifts of HOPE from World Vision, Harvest of Hope, IJM-
gifts of animals, seeds, medicine, Bibles.
Help and hope for those who can't help themselves.
And I smile, knowing that along with these small gifts
will come a greater gift-
hearing the story of JESUS, our HOPE and HELP.  

And I smile as I remember last Sunday,
when I gave the teens a sheet with
I HOPE
I HOPE
I HOPE
I HOPE
I HOPE

scribbled on it and asked them to share their hopes with us.
And there, amidst the hopes for passing grades, college, and family were these:
"I HOPE to go to Africa"
"I HOPE to go on many mission trips"
3 friends, all desiring to take HOPE in JESUS into this world.
And that my friends, brings me great HOPE and tremendous Joy this season.


 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

What are you hoping for this season?
What gives you hope these days?
Who are you hoping in?

December 6, 2013

Share Joy

Consider sharing a little Joy today ...





World Vision Gift Catalog is filled with simple ways to bring great joy to children in need.

Consider adding a few rabbits,chickens, or a even a donkey to your shopping list today?