Happy New Year – Welcome 2016

A New Day Lies Before Us

Happy New Year - 2016

“The future lies before you
Like a field of driven snow.
Be careful how you tread it
For every step will show.”

We have before us … a new year, a new season, and a new day filled with new hours.

My mother has always taught us from her life & favorite scripture:

“So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Psalm 90:12

And it is so true!

We each have the opportunity to invest ourselves more in the lives of others, so that
we will leave this year so much richer that when we started it!

How will our lives will interact with others?
Have we loved?
Have we really lived?
Have we mattered?

The wonderful news is, as long as we have breath, we can decide to live a life walking
with God, with purpose, and full of love for others.

Please never take for granted the life you have!

I encourage you to …

Put your life in God’s hands.

Show kindness more than you ever thought you could.

Enjoy the little things about each day – the sunrise & sunset, the stars, and a simple smile.

Love others like you’ve never loved.

And live each day to the fullest!

Let’s walk purposefully in 2016, because others will be following in our steps!

* I took this picture from the mountain above our little village.

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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Lake Delta Rome NY
    This is Lake Delta, a beautiful lake not far from our village.
     

    I want to share one of my favorite writings with you today. It’s a short letter
    that Fra Giovanni wrote to his friend in 1513. It’s called – “Take Peace”

     

    I salute you. I am your friend and my love for you goes deep.

    There is nothing I can give you which you have not got. But there is much,
    very much, that while I cannot give it, you can take.

    No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven!

    No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instance.
    Take peace!

    The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
    Take joy!

    Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty . . . that you will
    find earth but cloaks your heaven.

    Courage then to claim it, that is all! . . . And so I greet you, with profound
    esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and
    the shadows flee away.

     
     

    May your table be surrounded with love & laughter this Thanksgiving, and may your heart
    be filled with thankfulness, as you’re reminded of the many blessings that God has
    brought to your home.

    Pearl

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      Dining Room Decorated For Autumn

      Autumn Dining Room Mantel

      I absolutely love the beautiful surroundings that God has blessed us with, and as each season
      unfolds, I try to bring as much of that beauty inside as possible for our family to enjoy. With
      the rich bounty that Autumn brings to the woodland, finding little treasures to feather our nest
      for the long winter ahead, is both an easy, and a favorite thing of mine (I have many ;)!

      Every year different things catch my eye, and this year, one of those things was our hydrangeas!
      They did amazingly well over the summer, and bringing them inside allows us to enjoy them for the
      rest of the year as well!

      I’m also in love with the fact, that our oak trees seemed to produce an overabundance of acorns
      this year! I’ve tucked them here and there all over the place, & I think our squirrels would
      definitely approve. Next week, I’ll turn them into Christmas decorations, so we can continue
      to enjoy them.

      I like to hang a hops wreath each year, and this year, a local farmer friend made me a larger
      one to hang hang over the mantel. I love the delicateness and soft shades of green in the
      beautiful hops flowers … hops wreaths are one of my favorite things.

      I hope you had all the shades of white & green at the farm stand this year like we did! They
      were amazing! Just look at that chunky green beauty on the mantel! When I saw it, I knew it had
      to have a place of honor among the hydrangeas.

      Autumn Dining Room Mantel
       

      I started with a green and white table runner, then a piece of burlap, topped with some dried
      gourds that I’ve had for a few years now, assorted pumpkins and gourds, acorns here & there,
      and some beautiful strands of bittersweet. Did I mention that bittersweet is one of my favorite
      things? :)

      Autumn Dining Room Table
       

      I found this darling little french bakers rack in a little antique shop not far from the
      village. The shop keeper hated to part with it, and told me how it was one of their favorite
      things in the shop… now it’s one of my favorites as well. It’s fun to go through my
      cupboards, and pull out different things to display on it. Vintage yellow ware bowls,
      hand carved butter bowls, quilts, linens, and dried flowers all speak of the season with
      their beautiful deep shades of autumn colors.

      French bakers rack
       

      The use of deep blue & orange is new for me this year ~ and I love it! I was surprised at
      how the dried hydrangea blossoms kept their deep blue color. And those orange Chinese
      lanterns give the arrangement such an unexpected pop of color!

      Hydrangeas and Chinese lanterns
       

      This year, I decided to use a lot of green & copper on the open shelves & buffet table that
      my husband made for our dining room. See my cuckoo clocks? The one on the far right is the
      first clock that I took completely apart & fixed. Here’s another recent cuckoo clock I repaired.
      I’ve repaired 3 so far, and have 3 more in various stages of repair.
      I love cuckoo clocks… they’re a favorite!

      Autumn Dining Room Decor
       

      The light green of this beautiful gourd, next to the deep green of the vintage yellow ware
      bowl is a beautiful combination. I’m hoping this little gourd dries nicely, so I can use
      it again next year :)

      Vintage yellow ware
       

      And… oh those greens in the hydrangeas! They look so pretty against the matte black finish
      of the vintage bread bucket we found at the antique show this year. They add such life to our home!

      Hydrangeas in The Dining Room
       

      While it’s true that I love all of the things our home is made up of, my favorite
      things are not “things” at all! My favorites are the people that fill our home, the
      family & friends that God has so graciously blessed us with.
       

      Pearl

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        How To Cook a Perfect Turkey

        With the season of feasting upon us, I thought I would share a new way of preparing the PERFECT turkey, that my
        friend Sue shared with me!

        How to cook a turkey

        Wait a minute… is there really a perfect way to cook a turkey? What you need to find out is, what is the
        perfect way for you & your family :)

        If the thought of …
        Juicy dark meat, as well as juicy white meat
        All the skin being crispy, instead of half of the bird having soggy skin
        Quick cooking times
        Delicious juices to make gravy
        Having a platter filled with beautiful slices of meat
        And my personal favorite… not having to spend half the day picking a carcass clean to get the meat

        Then you’ll love this cooking method!

        It’s called “Spatchcocking” your turkey.

        Here’s a full video to teach you these “secret” methods 😉

        Enjoy your feast… and the compliments on the juicy meat… and all the extra free time you’ll have!!

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          Acorns to Oaks – Take Joy in The Journey

          Acorn to Oak

          While walking through the forest yesterday, I was reminded again of the seasons of our lives.
          It seems like every time I take a walk, I’m reminded of yet another life lesson. And because
          I’m in another new season of my own, the change in seasons seems to be speaking the loudest
          lessons right now.

          When I came upon the acorns scattered here & there on the forest floor, it took me back to
          one of my favorite memories as a little girl (I have many :) )

          One of my fond memories as a little girl, was playing in the grass & coming across the
          tiny little treasures left by the mighty oaks that lined our schoolyard. I had pockets
          full of the tiny beauties.

          Acorns

          Now, years later, I am thankful that someone took the time so many years before, to plant
          those gorgeous trees, so that I could have the adventures that I did beneath them.

          Every little acorn has such potential. Inside is everything needed to produce a
          mighty oak tree. All it needs is the right conditions to begin growing.

          With Autumn being upon us, we see such changes everywhere we look. Leaves are bursting
          with color, there’s a chill in the air, animals are putting away food for the colder days
          ahead, & wood piles are being stacked to warm families everywhere. The trees are also
          preparing… by giving their fruit in season, to produce a harvest for generations to
          come.

          Perhaps you find yourself in a new season as well. Maybe you don’t have a clear vision
          on what is yet to come, and feel like you’re not growing & changing as fast as you’d
          like. Don’t forget…

          “Within a tiny acorn, a mighty oak is waiting! Great things always start small, so
          embrace beginnings & take joy in the journey.”

          Take Joy,
          Pearl Sanborn

          Acorns

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            Anne of Green Gables

            I just LOVE Autumn! It’s my favorite season, and I especially love the beautiful colors this time of year!
            Instead of just using pumpkins, I like to use all of the things that “speak autumn”, mix them together.

            Enjoy every moment of this gorgeous season!

            “I’m so glad I live in a world with Octobers”
            Anne of Green Gables

            Anne of Green Gables

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