Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dancing at the wedding....

I wanted to share a few dance pictures from the wedding last Saturday. We all had a great time in spite of the fact that no one seemed to understand the caller for square dancing as you will see in the first picture. One of the groom's six brothers in a great hat looking on.

Wilson and I square dancing...

and working on our ballroom dancing

Scott and I doing the fox trot

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mom and I have started biking again this week. It has been a while since our last bike ride so we have been discovering some muscles that we had forgotten about!

Biking has always been one my favorite forms of exercise so it's great to be back at it.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Wedding - Michael and Stephanie

Last night our family were able to attend the wedding of a special couple who we know. It was a wonderful day. We wish you all the best Michael and Stephanie!

The bride and groom

The bride getting ready to throw the bouquet... and I caught it! :)

The theme in their wedding was 1 Corinthians 13 - though I have previously shared it with you I thought I would share it with you all again for this occasion -

1 Corinthians 13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

The sign on the side of their truck...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Best Banana Muffins

I have been looking for a healthy and tasty muffin recipe with lots of different types of things in them. I didn't find what I was looking for so last week I made up my own recipe with some interesting ingredients. Our whole family enjoyed them. Let me know what you think!

1 1/4 cups rice milk*

2 cups oats

Stir oats and milk in small bowl, let sit while you mix up the other ingredients.

Dry ingredients -

3 cups flour**

1/2 cup coconut

2/3 cups raisins

3/4 cup sucanet***

4 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

Wet ingredients -

3 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil - melted****

3 large bananas - mashed

1 small tin crushed pineapple - drained

1 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl measure first 7 ingredients. Stir well to mix. Make a well in center.

In a small bowl beat eggs until frothy. Mix in coconut oil, bananas, pineapple and vanilla. Stir well and add oatmeal mixture, then stir into flour mixture in large bowl. Stir just until moist. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400° for about 21 minutes. Makes about 27 muffins

I made this recipe with substitutions in mind :) where the stars are in the recipe I have some ideas if you are making this recipe with common ingredients.

*cow or goat milk

**white or whole wheat flour

***1 1/2 cups white sugar

**** margarine, butter or olive oil

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Birthday Post

I had wanted to do a little birthday post but our internet has been down the whole past week which explains my lack of posting.

I was very blessed to have two wonderful friends here for my birthday, Tannis and Louise (you will know them from previous posts). Thank-you so much for coming girls! It was a lot of fun to have you. We will have to do it again soon.

Thank-you also to my wonderful parents, brothers and my grandparents for giving me such a nice birthday. I love you all!

Shawn, Scott and I

The cake

My grandparents and I

Christmas in June?

Pretty flowers

The three of us and Ralph

Louise, Tannis and I

The girls in the tent

I have a few more things I want to post for you in the next week! Good to be back in blog land :)

Great evening to you all, Erin

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hello everyone out there in blog land...My friends Marg and Niki think I should get my own blog....well for now I think this is the closest it will be.

I asked Erin if I could check something on her blog, she gave me the info and here I am!

I actually wanted to sneak on here to say "HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY ERIN" 17 on June 17 - "Happy Golden Birthday" so our friend Caroline has told us it is...

Love from,

Dad, Mom, Shawn and Scott


Piano Recital

Scott and I had our piano recital last night :) Our teacher Ursula is moving out west so this was our last performance with her. We will all miss you Ursula!

Ursula and I

Scott and Ursula

Scotty and I

Monday, June 14, 2010

“The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.”

- G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.

Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox Christian, and came to identify such a position with Catholicism more and more, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton's "friendly enemy" according to Time, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius".

Taken from Wikipedia

Our family have really enjoyed his books over the years. One of my favorites is - The Father Brown Stories collection.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ.

C.S. Lewis

Monday, June 7, 2010

Whole Wheat Thins

These are so easy to make and they'll save you tons of money - if you're the sort of person who can't resist buying those little boxes of snacking crackers at the supermarket.

4 cups whole-wheat flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. sugar

1/2 cup shortening or lard

2/3 cup water or milk

Mix the dry ingredients then cut in the shortening until finely blended. Pour in the water and stir until batter forms into a soft ball, like pastry. (if you have a food processor all this can be done in a few seconds) Divide the dough into 4 parts. Roll each part as thin as possible. Slide the sheet of dough onto a non-buttered cookie sheet, With a pizza cutter or pastry wheel or knife, mark the dough into small squares. To prevent bubbling, prick the dough all over with the tines of a fork. Sprinkle with salt (we use celtic sea salt).

Bake at 400° for almost 10 minutes, or until crisp and pale brown. Slide the sheet onto a cooling rack and break them were you marked them before cooking.These keep very well, if they last long enough!

~My own notes:

-I use water

-whole spelt usually as Mom and I try not to use the wheat flour

-Less sugar (or sometimes I have used none - but they taste better with a bit)

-I have been using organic coconut oil in these crackers - it tastes great! I only use about 1/4 cup as you do not need much of it

-I usually store in a large jar

Taken from "Schmecks Appeal" By Edna Staebler

(Edna lived to be 100 years old...and she loved these crackers!)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Scott and I went out tonight to the annual CWL potluck dinner. I am a member of the CWL and Scott was asked to come to provide about fifteen minutes of solo violin music after dinner. You played really nice Scotty! Thank-you for coming.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Friends Are A Gift From God

Caroline and I went out for lunch yesterday. It was so good to see you Caroline! See you again in a few weeks.

Love, Erin