Monday, March 31, 2014

Gathering the Moments......March!

This is a new and delightful event for me.....Gathering the Moments with Cheryl (
(Please, oh please work, dear Blogger, and let me have a link to Cheryl's blog on her name!)
So, looking back on the month of March.....

We had snow, ice, and cold.  Even this past Sunday, we got an inch of slush.  All of which is gone, now....Hallelujah!

In the midst of all the wintry weather, we had the perennial anemones bloom.

I gathered my cast iron skillets and started using them daily.  For meat, veggies, bread and dessert!

Spent lots of time in the kitchen...a good thing.  Made Danishes from scratch.  Homemade dough.  Homemade filling.  The works.  That's future blog fodder, 'cause there are lots of pictures.

Made applesauce.  After I made it a few months ago, Chickie decided that all our applesauce must be homemade.
Made laundry detergent.  Nothing new there.  But that's what's in the little pan.  15 minutes of work, 6 months of detergent for pennies.

Gave a cat a lion cut.  Now that was interesting.

Oh, and Mister retired!

I had a most encouraging email exchange with Cheryl where she 'got' what I was expressing in a post, and she described dealing with change this way, "Sounds as if you are in the midst of lots of changes at your house and are finding the courage to forge ahead with joy!"  Isn't that a beautiful description of life with Jesus??!!

Thank you Cheryl for hosting and for sharing yourself with the rest of us!


ellen b. said...

That is a great description of life with our Lord. Your blooms are beautiful and your danishes are calling my name. Blessings on getting used to hubby's retirement.

Cheryl said...

Carol, it has been such a blessing to chat with you! I loved seeing the glimpses of your month as you gathered the moments! (I'd have loved to share some of your cast iron pan creations, as our diet here has been quite limited this month.) :)

You are indeed facing the changes with grace and joy!

Thanks for linking up...

Wanda said...

Hi Carol. What great pictures. I do like your stove with a griddle. Had one like that years ago.

After my brother passed away in February, his wife gave my daughter all his Cast Iron Skillets. (I didn't need them and Julie loves using them daily).

Hal's wife is gluten free and had her own skillets.

Your blog friend has some good words of wisdom.

Sending hugs and smiles.

Sarah said...

Hi Carol, I love the pictures. I LOVE the lion cut on the cat. I would like to do that to my cat but I don't think I would survive it.

podso said...

You have been spending time in the kitchen. Sounds and looks wonderful. That quote sounds like Cheryl. Your lovely photos have gathered your March moments well. Wishing you much grace for this new season in life.

Vee said...

Cheryl is very good at "getting it" and articulating it!

if all that had happened in the month was the lion cut, it would have been plenty exciting. I loved when my grandmother's kitty had her lion cut. She looked quite lovely.

Have a wonderful April!

Linda O'Connell said...

My daughter's cat just got a lion cut, and she does look just like a mini lion. your iron skillets took me back to a week in my life when my (late) best friend and I made pancakes in her iron skillet every morning for a week. I can still taste the crunchy edges.

Melissa Gill said...

Do you have any tips for using cast iron skillets? My stuff alwasy sticks so bad to the pan i don't like to use it.

Joanne Mitchell said...

I recently started using my cast iron pans, too. It does take some effort (and heft!), but I like the idea of it and how it feels that it is connecting me to history somehow. I'll be checking out your recipe for laundry detergent since I've started doing things like that as well. Wonder if I could get it to smell like my beloved Gain? haha! Cheryl is indeed a woman of grace and wisdom. Our Mama Coffees together are priceless to me!

Maryann said...

Something about the cold just makes me want to cook, we've been doing a lot of it here too, trying new recipes etc. I like my iron skillets but Like Joanne I have a hard time keeping things from sticking, any advice?

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Carol, Just so nice to see your sweet blog! It is so fun to meet a new friend! I always try to meet someone new fairly often, never know when you're going to just hit it off. The cat hair cut was a crack up!! We had some friends that gave their dog a lioness haircut every summer. The kids just loved it!
Blessings to you, and really nice to meet you!

Sue said...

Your March of gathering Moments sounds fantastic, Carol. Please share your recipe on making the danish rolls. Congratulations to you and your dh on this new adventure. It only gets better.
I do love my cast iron pans.

Debbie said...

Yes to the last part about the comparison with our life with Jesus. If I had not been so turned around with my own "changes" around here, I might have read your post in real time.

I'm so excited for your Mister and his retirement! Oh the places you'll go now! (OK, maybe you'll just go out on the porch or down to the garden, but you'll go there together so it will be a big old retirement adventure. )

Barbara Neubeck said...

Hi Carol... Love your March photos..
LOVE the cat with the lion cut... gorgeous..
I would like to use cast iron but ..alas.. too heavy for me....
Have a great weekend..
Hugs and Blessings...
Barb xx

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I'm not sure but that cat cut might be a lawsuit offense -LOL-. Cast iron, wonderful stuff although heavier to use every year.

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Love the anemones. I have started using my mom's old cast iron skillets. Since I found out I am anemic and I don't eat red meat, it is one good way to get some iron. xo Laura

The Old Parsonage said...

Wow that was a full life and post! I so love coming along with you on your journey and treasure our friendship!

Happy Spring!!!


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment!!

We are finally having some nice weather this weekend and I am off so i am thrilled!!

Congrats to your Mister on his retirement!! I am so jealous!!