"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Friday, Shelby Dog and our family celebrated my son-in-law's birthday!

The weather continues to be news as many struggle with the harm it is bringing.
I am grateful for the safety I am enjoying and praying for many
facing difficult struggles, as I continue my normal routine,
trying to be open to offering practical help to others
when I can.

In the last few days
I  crocheted another of Teresa Kasner's hearts.
I played computer games of Scrabble, Word Feud, and Words with Friends.
I proof read the Gospel of Mark for a friend who graduated from
an American Orthodox Seminary over 30 years ago.
In his retirement he decided to translate the Gospels
from an early manuscript.  It is a fascinating
project. He says he now understands why translations
are done by committees!
I attended church
I swam 11 laps at the pool.
And I took this cookbook from my bookshelf.

When my youngest daughter was in her teens she had the opportunity
to travel to England.  She brought Mrs. Beeton's Family Cookbook
home to me.  It is so interesting to get to know more about a
country through learning about the country's cuisine.

England is of special interest to me because my ancesters, the Bradstreets, were
Puritans who immigrated to Massachusetts on the Arabella
in the 1600s.  Reading some of Ann Bradstreet's poems in which she
wrote of her faith in God encouraged my own faith in God.  And
reading that she was educated in part at Tattershall Castle in east Lincolnshire, England,
totally ignited my romantic imagination!

Today I decided to try the recipe for Flapjacks (not like U.S. pancakes but more like granola bars).
The measurement conversions taxed my weak math skills, but thanks to some Google searching
the Flapjacks were...


What have you been doing lately?


  1. Where did you get the golden syrup? I've seen the flapjacks on the English blogs and really wanted some. Thanks for the mention.. I'm so happy that you're enjoying making the hearts! Have you starched any yet? Where are you swimming at? I swam today, too! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. I ordered the syrup from http://www.englishteastore.com/golden-syrup.html?gclid=CJSylbqk7a0CFQWDhwodzy975g
    but I think that Fred Meyer sometimes carries it. I almost have ten hearts done, but haven't starchd them yet...I will I promise (: I signed up to swim at the athletic club in Sandy. Thanks for your good example of regularly swimming! <3

  3. Ha! Two weeks ago, I too made an attempt to make my own granola bars. I took some to work and everyone loved them! They came out delicious (and sweet as I put in a tad too much honey when I read the amount wrong) and are gone. Must take a photo of my second attempt.


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