Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:1

Thursday, November 22, 2012


For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,

Perseid Meteor Shower at Mono Lake

For the love which from our birth, Over and around us lies, Over and around us lies
Lord of all to thee we raise, This our joyful hymn of praise

For the beauty of the hour, of the day and of the night
Hill and vale,

And tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of light

( Me and Jacqueline, ages 2& 6)

For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth
And friends above
For a gentle thoughts and mild, For a gentle thoughts and mild
Lord of all to thee we raise, This our joyful hymn of praise

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For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given
Graces human and divine
Flow'rs of earth and buds of heav'n
Flow'rs of earth and buds of heav'n

Lord of all to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn, our joy ful hymn of praise
This our joyful hymn of praise

 For the Beauty of the Earth- Words by John Rutter

Monday, November 19, 2012

Granola Bars


We haved subscribed to this magazine for a year or so.  The recipes are tasty and easy to follow.  The photography is excellent and what we like most is that there isn't any advertising.
This issue included a recipe for granola bars.

     2 c old fashioned rolled oats
     1/2 c whole raw almonds

     2/3 c peanut butter
     1/2 c honey
     1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

     1 c crispy rice cereal
     1/3 c dried fruit (we used chocolate chips)
     1/2 tsp. table salt

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Coat an 8-inch pan with nonstick spray; set aside.

A tip we gather from Cooks Country is to save your butter wrappers and use them to coat your pans--it works great.

2.  Toast oats and almonds in the oven on a
baking sheet in a single layer until browned, about 10 minutes.
 3.  Heat peanut butter, honey, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat until peanut butter melts.

4.  Combine cereal, dried fruit and/or chocolate chips, salt,  toasted oats,  almonds and peanut butter in a large bowl until ingredients are coated with the peanut butter mixture.  Press mixture into the prepared pan and let it chill until firm, 10-15 minutes.


5.  Cut into bars and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper.  Wrapping them individually insures that they won't stick together and they are easy to grab and go.

This batch didn't last a week.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.