OUT MY WINDOW: Cloudy skies, trees blowing, clouds heavy with rain.
FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:10-12, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (NIV)
FAVORITE SONG: “WE BELIEVE” ~NEWSBOYS ~
BLESSINGS: Life changes, but the love of a child and the love a mom has for her child never does. No matter how old they get, they will always be our babies, and one day they will understand it themselves as they see firsthand the circle of life and how the mother/child bond of love truly is forever.
~Tracie Miles ~
IN MY KITCHEN: KEY LIME PIE IN MASON JARS
1 cup crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 egg yolks
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter with a fork. Divide mixture among eight 4 oz canning jars (about 2 tablespoons per jar). Press crumbs down into the bottom of the jar. In medium bowl, combine egg yolks, milk, and juice. Beat on low, just until smooth. Spoon and divide mixture evenly into canning jars on top of the graham cracker crust (each jar will get a bit less than 1/4 cup). Place jars on a baking sheet, about 2" apart from each other. Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30-40 minutes on counter top. Cover jars (with canning lids, foil, plastic wrap, etc) and place in refrigerator to chill. When fully chilled and ready to serve, top with whipped cream and garnish with key lime zest and/or wedge (if desired).
WEEK IN REVIEW: Bradford Pear tree fell next to our house. Luckily no damage, just a big mess to clean up! This is the third we have lost in two years. I love the blooms in the Spring and the vibrant color leaves in the fall, so these trees will be missed! Research shows that the splitting normally occurs when the trees reach the latter stages of maturity. While young, they maintain a beautiful pyramid shape. However, when they fully mature, the canopy will open up which then causes the branches to start hanging outward from the center of the tree. This is when the splitting usually occurs. The tree cannot hold the weight of the outwardly hanging branches, and the pressure causes the tree to split where it forks at the trunk. Sad!
WEEKEND PLANS: Clean my house and my screen porch on Saturday and ride the Harley on Sunday. Maybe even get in a little fishing!!