Beccalynn married a Counting Mutant. Together they created a Renaissance family. Wild Oat found them in his 20s and now is married with three kids. Ase and Zany, former dancers who now bravely face life as emerging adults. Girly dances, collects dead things and faces her teen years with superpower logic. Creatively they navigate life through Jesus’ gift, asking uncomfortable questions to discover the deep love that awaits us all.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Ten Things of Thankful-27
Today is the beginning of the end. It is the first day of
technical rehearsals for Nutcracker. The Counting Mutant, Ase, Zaney and GirlyK
are all in it. I do a little sewing with the costumes, embroider names on the
show jackets and the odd delivery of food or supplies. Next week will be the Ten
Things of Thankful: Nutcracker Edition. This week, however has been full and I
am tired, so this is the quick and dirty edition.
First order of business though, because you asked so nicely, here is the Cranpear recipe:
3 c fresh or frozen cranberries ¼ tsp sea salt
¾ c maple syrup1/3 c Orange juice
2 medium pears peeled, cored and diced3 tbsp kuzu dissolved in 2 tbsp water (You can use cornstarch)
1 tsp vanilla extract1
tsp orange extract
¼ c fruit only jam heated with 1 tbsp water
Combine cranberries, salt syrup, orange juice and
pears in a medium pot. Bring to a
boil and simmer 5 minutes or until
cranberries begin to pop open.
Stir dissolved kudzu and extracts into fruit
and cook until thickened. (About 1
minute.) Transfer filling to a shallow
glass bowl and chill.
Roll one chilled pie dough into a 12-inch
circle between 2 pieces parchment paper.
Roll ½ recipe to ¼ inch thickness.
Cut into desired shapes such as maple leaves. Refrigerate both, wrapped in plastic with
parchment paper still underneath, for 30 min.
Remove unbaked crust from refrigerator and
carefully peel off plastic. Spread dough
with chilled filling, leaving outer 3
inches of dough bare. Use parchment to
help fold edge of dough up and over
filling. Press down lightly and form
tucks between you thumb and forefinger.
Bake pie in lower third of a preheated 400*
oven for 35 minutes.Reduce heat to
350-*, brush crust with jam mixture and bake 15 min longer, or until crust is
firm and filling is bubbly.
Now to the Thankfuls:
Catching Fire: The
holidays are tricky for me and this year is especially so- I will write about
it soon- and my PTSD/anxiety was at an all time high. We went to Catching Fire on
I cried through the whole thing.
Because of my family and life experiences, I really relate
to Katniss. Watching it purged all the anxiety and for the first time in five
nights, the nightmares did not come. I slept soundly. I might get the movie
just to have it on hand when I need to clear my head.
Mondays: Yup. I said it. I am thankful for Monday:
especially the one after Thanksgiving. With four days “off” so full of fun, it
was nice to have a normal day. I woke up slowly. Had a nice long walk with the
dogs and mentally prepared for the rest of the week.
Damned Joy: I am part of another blog hop on Wednesdays. It is
at A Mother Life’s Hump Day Hook Up. After Sunday’s movie, I felt at a loss for
words. I pulled out this little gem and dusted it of. Why wouldn’t I want to
pour salt into my anxiety wound? ANYWAY reading through it and editing it gave
me a bit of my voice back and reminded me why am working so hard at healing. It
is about JOY.
Homeschooling: This week I taught a craft class for our
homeschool group. The Christmas class is one of my favorites because of the
handmade ornaments. We made Cinnamon Christmas Stars from Rosy-Posy's blog. The kids had a great time and they
looked fabulous. GirlyK helped at two of the other stations: decorating a foam
wreath and a how to draw from Art Projects for Kids. I love watching the kids’ collaboration and creativity explode.
Gary Hoey: A musician friend introduced me to him years
ago. His Christmas albums are a refreshing twist on old favorites. I actually
look forward to him all year long.
Brian Setzer: Yup, the guy from Stray Cats in the 80s.
His regular stuff is fun and if you ever get a chance to see either of these
guys in concert: GO! BUT his Christmas stuff is the perfect extra shot of espresso
in my Carols.
John Stewart: His commentary on The War on Christmas was
the absolute perfect therapy to my holiday anxiety. The whole thing just adds
to the anxiety I already feel about the holidays. Aren’t we supposed to be
getting along? Why are we fighting?
I have decided to abstain from “Merry Christmas” and “Happy
Holidays” all together. Consider this my sit in as I wish everyone a HAPPY
Dr. Seuss: For creating Whos and Whoville and the Grinch.
Icey cold temperatures: I know. Again with the cold. But
let me ‘esplain Ricky. In the Central valley of California our winter weather is rain. Now, if
we have warm temperatures we end up with this:
It hangs around for days and even weeks. NO SUN for days and
weeks. Just dirty, brown gray.
When we have cold temperatures- low here is in the
mid 20F/3C- fog doesn’t form. We have bright, shiney, sparkly days. I am happy
to wear a hat and a jacket on my morning walk.
For my back yard: On stormy days like today, the colors
as the sun peaks out make every glance out of the window a surprise. Instagram’s
Weekly Hashtag Project was Liquid Landscapes. I had so much fun running outside to snap these today when I needed to clear my sewing brain.
During the Wholidays, people decorate their back yards. Simply magic...
Have a great week! What is your favorite post Thanksgiving/early December thing?