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Hello, folks, and happy fall! I have been greatly enjoying a northern fall, when it actually feels like fall in September! (Previous experiences were South Carolina and Louisiana.) This is my absolute favorite time of year, probably because I’m not a summer person and the relief from heat is sweet. (Not that it ever gets all that hot here in Ohio, comparatively, although the locals start sweltering at 80 degrees.)
I’ve been enjoying hot Vanilla Chai with a squirt of liquid stevia the last few mornings, so that’s what I’ll be having while we chat and update each other on life and what’s interesting. My windows are open, the breeze is tousling the curtains, Hadassah is sleeping, and the flowerbeds are calling for attention before snow falls (but I’m ignoring them until this afternoon).
Hadassah’s first birthday was a sweet finale to summer, especially since Ryan’s parents and sister could be here from Canada to celebrate with us! A few weeks later, some more Canadian relatives were here, including Hadassah’s little cousin who is 6 months older than she is. They’ll be best friends someday – at least that’s what their mothers like to think.
RMHA International Show 2021
More recently Hadassah and I were able to meet up with my family at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, for the annual RMHA (Rocky Mountain Horse Association) International Show! This has been a family tradition of ours for years – one that I have missed out on since getting married. But this year, since Ohio is much closer to Kentucky than Louisiana is, I was bound and determined to go. 😛 So go we did, and what a good time we had!
Previous years at the Internationals (way back in the day):
Looking back at old pictures and videos and realizing how green we were is highly amusing (and slightly cringeworthy). I am happy to report that my sister Katelyn has taken the horse training thing farther than I ever did, and she has educated herself in the ins and outs of show things like attire and grooming and etiquette. We were absolutely ecstatic when she won first place in a huge class of 20+ horses, then placed second in a grand championship class. Definitely made my week. 😉
What is a Rocky Mountain Horse?
The Rocky Mountain breed originated fairly recently in Kentucky. They are known for their gentle disposition and smooth, four-beat gait (instead of a bouncy trot). Their signature color is chocolate, with a flaxen mane and tail, although they can be any solid color. You can read more about the history of the breed here.
Hadassah enjoyed all the activity! She loves animals, especially horses and dogs, so she was in her element.
She also got lots of Grandma time.
“Just trying to keep my balance!”
Recent family picture from a visit to Penn’s Cave:
In other news, Hadassah is walking! She still loses her balance sometimes, and walking with shoes is out of the question, but she does laps around the house for fun and her favorite pastime is walking while drinking a bottle to demonstrate her superior balance skills.
I think she’s getting her one year molars, so that’s fun….
Recent recipe experiments:
- Candy Bar Granola (chocolate and coconut)
- Caprese Salad (all summer long with my fresh basil!)
- Low Carb Poppy Seed Ham & Cheese “Slider” Wraps
- Sugar Free Lemonade
- Tomato Basil Soup
- Updating a lot of old recipes (new pictures and maybe some recipe tweaks)
- Kheer (Indian rice pudding – still working on this one)
You’ll be seeing all of these at some point, although when is hard to say. I have a backlog of about 100 recipes to post right now, and my goal is one blog post per week. 😛 I love creating new recipes, but it’s hard to find time to edit pictures, make graphics, type up the chicken scratch from a piece of paper into the computer, turn it into a readable recipe, answer all the questions people will ask, write the blog post, and share it so people can see it. I’m trying to find solutions for how to make this easier, but in this season of life it’s hard. And I don’t want to focus on the wrong things and have regrets later.
That being said, you can follow along via email to make sure you see when these new recipes are released! Social media is hit and miss about showing my posts to the people who follow me.
Fuel Type Index for Convenient Food!
Necessary Food has a fuel type index built into it (check the very back of the book), but I didn’t include one in Convenient Food due to space issues. I finally got one typed up though, and you can click here to download and print it!
What I’m Reading
- Recently finished Peanut Butter and Dragon Wings: A Mother’s Search for Grace by Shari Zook. Highly recommend!
- Also just finished an audiobook of Redwall, the first book in a long series. It’s geared towards grades 5-12 but I found it enjoyable for something light.
- Recently finished Irena’s Children (young readers edition), the story of a Polish woman who orchestrated the rescue of thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto in WW2. Very good, sobering read. Thrift store find that I wanted to read before putting on my shelf.
- Recently finished A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is a young adult book and most of the information will be familiar to those who have read the Little House series, but I found it an interesting chronological read of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Another thrift store find that I wanted to read before putting on my shelf.
- 1 Kings
- The Father Brown Mysteries by G.K. Chesterton. Not Sherlock Holmes’ level, but they usually involve some pleasant surprises.
- The Beast that Crouches at the Door by Rabbi David Fohrman. Asking and answering some interesting questions about Genesis. I really enjoy Fohrman.
Haven’t read but want to
Seasonal recipe recommendations:
This has been going through my head lately…
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
James Whitcomb Riley
CLICK HERE to read the whole poem!
An excellent article on fast fashion
Some of Ryan’s cousins:
I want to hear from YOU! This is a chat over tea/coffee, after all. Here are some questions to get you going. Pick one, or answer several – your choice!
- Have you read or listened to anything good lately?
- What is your opinion on fast fashion, and how do you try to help solve the problem, or at least not add to it?
- If you’re a stay at home mom, how do you keep yourself mentally sharp/stimulated? (For me that’s currently reading or listening to thought provoking books, sermons, and/or podcasts and trying to cut back on screen time.)
- Do you have any use for easy, cheap, and delicious THM Crossover recipes, for yourself or for your family?
- What’s interesting in your life right now?
- What activities do you want to do this fall?