Friday, October 24, 2014

Afternoon With A Movie

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 “I wanted it to be you.
I wanted it to be you so badly.”


It was the perfect afternoon to watch one of my top favourite romantic comedies with two of my favourite actors. I don't need to tell you the title, do I?

I love watching it this time of year. I've never been to New York but seeing all those lovely tree-lined streets makes me want to go there. Truth of the matter, most places I haven't visited but want to someday, I'd like to see them in the fall time.

Don't you just love the cozy little bookstore around the corner ... with  the twinkle lights and flowers and pumpkins? Not to mention the story-reading corner.


It doesn't matter how often I watch this movie, when I hear Brinkley bark in that last scene and Hanks slowly comes round the corner and she's standing there, I feel this sense of completeness -- mit happy tears. It's life as it ought to be.

So that's what I did this afternoon (well, and folded laundry).  How about you, what were you up to today?

Wishing you a *´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * happy day! *
 
Hugs,
Brenda
xox

 PS.  In case you don't know the title of this 1998 movie,



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Remembering...

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Remembering  
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo




Susan Branch says it best....

Go. Be. Love. The world needs you!


Hugs,
Brenda
xox

 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lunch: Potato and Ham Pie

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Most mornings, once we get home from working at the performing arts centre, hubby heads off to the gym and I head up to my office where I can look out at my little world in the backyard as I dream up something new to post or write ... or while away time checking emails, Facebook and visiting my blogging friends.

You will notice I do not head off to the gym with hubby -- I often feel I've done my workout for the day pushing vacuum cleaners and dust mops around for several hours.

By the time hubby gets home, it's near lunch time. He's ravenous (me too) and so I always like to have lunch thought out and mostly ready before I get lost in my world of computer-ing. That way, if I lose track of time, it's easy to finish up once he's home. 

Today I made a potato and ham pie. I knew I had some potatoes. Poked in the frig to see what else would go. Ham and eggs and cheese. What could go wrong with ham and eggs and cheese? With about 20 minutes prep time, it was ready for the oven. 

Brenda's Quick-What-Will-We-Make-For-Lunch Potato and Ham Pie
Serves two generously ~ delicious and filling

Bake:
2 medium russet potatoes, till mostly done, peel, and slice

Saute:
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 cup cubed ham

Beat together:
4 - 5 eggs
1/4 cup milk or cream
1/4 cup or so grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
parsley, something to add a little colour

1/2 to 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

Assemble:
  • Saute onion and ham for 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Now saute potato slices in olive oil or butter or both till a little crispy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • In a pie plate, layer 1/2 the potatoes, 1/2 the onion/ham mix and 1/2 cheddar cheese. Repeat.
  • Pour egg mix over everything, and sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 325 F for 30 - 35 minutes -- until eggs are set and top is browned.
  • Serve with a salad.


'You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made,' [Chef Bugnard] said. 'Even after you eat it, it stays with you - always.'  ~ Julia Child, My Life in France



Wishing you a *´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * happy day! *


Hugs,
Brenda
xox


Photo: Brenda C Leyland, 2014


Monday, October 20, 2014

Guest Blogging Elsewhere: Cook What He Loves

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Cook What He Loves

In one word I can tell you what makes my husband happy. P-A-S-T-A!

He could eat pasta in the morning, pasta at lunch, pasta in the evening. Spaghetti, rotini, and fettuccini. ... Click to read more at The Koala Bear Writer where I’m a Guest Blogger today as part of Bonnie’s series:




Wishing you a *´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * happy day! *


Hugs,
Brenda
xox



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Simply Sunday: Meditation

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Wrote this piece some months ago, but it stayed in draft;
I feel drawn to post it today.....

Oh yes, there is so much going on in this world of ours that I tell you quite candidly I sometimes feel like asking Him to come and end the torment of this creaking, wailing world of ours. So many people hell-bent on wrecking anything that has value and truth and beauty. Taking precious lives with them in the carnage. How can we carry on with it all pressing on our minds and piercing our very hearts?

And, then I come to my heart senses and remember... there are too many who have not found their way Home to the Father yet -- so many who still need that drawing near to Divine Love. Even the ones doing the carnage... yes, even those ones (for, surely they did not start out life that way).

So I ask for grace to lift up my eyes toward the Light and not let the dark news fill my soul with a quiet despair that it's all going to hell in a hand basket. But to continue to reach out in love to those around me here at home and further afield. To speak peace. To walk in kindness. To focus on Him.

If we all give up, then they win.

At the very beginning of 2014, as I wondered what would unfold in the forthcoming months, these words began to form in my heart:



Don't let the cares of this world choke out the words of Eternal Life. Let those words wash over you and refresh you. Cast all your burdens onto Me. ~ the Lord Jesus



It's a good reminder for me to re-read those words. We lift our heads and tune our ears to hear the voice of our Beloved One who says, in spite of all you see and hear around you, be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. I will never never you nor forsake you. Call on My name and I will save you ...

And so I take Jesus at His Word. And trust that all is well and all shall be well. For we see in part through a glass darkly.

But He sees the ending... and it's good.


With a gentle kiss*´¨)
> ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
> (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * atop thy heads! *


Hugs,
Brenda
xox


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