Fried Apple Rings

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I was in the middle of deep-frying supper (yeah, we are health nuts) and Levi was slicing apples to dehydrate and suddenly we had the brilliant idea to deep fry the apples. Giddy with the possibilites of this new invention, we mixed up some Krusteaz pancake batter, dumped in some cinnamon and sugar, dipped the fresh apple rings and fried. We let drain on paper towels and sprinkled with liberal amounts of the cinnamon and sugar.  Oh my! In seconds we had a delicious, fresh apple pie.  We called the family that live across the woods so that we could share this bit of yummy genius. They came. We ate every last one while reminding ourselves that it was a good thing that I accidentally added salt instead of sugar to the fresh whipped cream or this dessert might have been fattening.

(a quick internet search found that we are not the only brilliant people that thought of this and deep fried apple rings have been around for ages)

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Lydia June


Lydia June in eden’s bouquet

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Hazel Jean

Our Hazel Jean turned five. That is an important milestone in a little girl’s life. She was showered in love from dawn to dusk by the whole family. Above is a little cameo of it all.

Five Months

Landon 5 months

Landon with brand new cousin Lydia and sister Violet

I am so thankful to be counting in months. The critical time that I wrote about, here, seems unreal now.  My boy is a different person.

Still, it hasn’t been easy.

Summertime has been a challenge, but I remind myself this is his first attempt at going through a summer, sober, in all his adult life.  The warm weather and long hours have triggered many memories of using drugs and this season has been a rollercoaster of failure and success.  His victories make the failures more painful.  He has not used opiates, but has fallen into old behaviors that would lead back to opiate use if not dealt with.

Landon is learning a whole new way of living. Getting sober is one thing. Staying sober is a conscious, every-single-day battle for him.  It can be exhausting and discouraging for all of us.  He wears his war on his sleeve and sometimes I wallow in the grief of this disease.  I wonder if my son will scratch and claw his way through life, scrounging around for joy, only to die like my dear uncle?  Or like his best friend?  My faithless self crosses many bridges before I get to them.

Despite my doubt and fear, God is Faithful. Always.

I thank God for HIS renewing strength because without Him we have none.

Keep praying, friends.  Our mighty God hears.

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, brother of mine

Heirloom Style at Costco

costco eb roadshowI am excited to announce that we are testing a new market.  This roadshow is just a test and if successful we hope to design an exclusive line for this project.  Simple heirloom style that will give you lower price points without compromising quality.

(think Rachel Ashwell’s “Simply Shabby” for Target)


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Lydia June

Liddy JuneI am one niece richer today. My baby sister had a baby.

Meet Lydia June.


Twenty Two Years

We celebrated twenty two years of marriage last week.  The captain and I stayed at the ocean for two days and then all of our children (except one) joined us there for two more days. We started out in Depoe Bay, Oregon, and made our way to Astoria for the second night and ended up in Long Beach, Washington.  Levi went way out on the ocean for tuna and I brought the kids to town for the customary beach shopping, carousel riding and curly fry eating.  Above is a cameo of it all.

County Fair

Outdoor Baby Shower

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 It wasn’t long ago and these two were saying vows on this very same plot of earth.

It was a lovely evening to sit outside and celebrate soon-to-arrive baby Lydia.  We hauled out the kitchen table and loaded it with gourmet cheeses, meats, crackers, fancy jams, jalepeno stuffed olives, grapes, blueberries, mom’s yummy scones and dainty cookies. We filled a bucket with ice and bottled apple cider and carbonated fruit drinks. Easy and delicious.

R and L Rach and Lydia rach baby collageThe golden light was irresistible.

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The little girls were so darling all dressed up in their eden’s bouquet and gathered around their beloved aunt to “help” open gifts.

Jessie Pearl: Indgid Dress

Ella & Hazel: Sonnet Gown

Violet & Mabel: Betsy Dress

Claire: Jessamine Dress

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I N S T A G RA M    P H O T O S

 join me there?

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On Screen

Lizzy Caplan


Eden’s Bouquet captured on the TV screen.