What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A bit of cinnamon


 The year she was born, I wrapped her loosely in pink and went straight from hospital bed to Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws house.  Some thirty people stood shocked as I came in- wondering how less than 24 hours after giving birth I was able to go 'visiting'.

It was the joy that did it.

It was warm that Thanksgiving and I distinctly remember people talking about sitting outside- just like the pilgrims.  Blessings fell down on her head that day, her first day, from all her many admirers.

This birthday, quite unlike her first, blessings fall from snowflakes instead of mouths but they cover her nonetheless.

No school on birthdays in this household!  Adele' is spending her day with her new doll from Grandma and Grandpa and counting down the minutes until Papa comes home and she gets her presents from us and gets to eat cake.  And biscuits and gravy.  And STRAWBERRIES ON THE SIDE.  (Her birthday wish.)

As for me, I am making a quadruple batch of cinnamon and vanilla bean ice cream to bring with us to the Thanksgiving festivities, among other things.  I made a batch last week and about died of goodness.  I immediately thought how amazing it would be cozied up to a piece of pumpkin pie on a dish and new it was just the thing I ought to bring.  (A good way to use up the ever present supply of jersey milk around here too!)

My fingers smell like vanilla and the kitchen smells of cinnamon while the snow blankets the earth outside our windows.

A good way to spend a birthday, methinks.

Cake decorating is next on the docket.

As for the yarn along~ I finished a vanilla version of the calm cowl a few weeks ago using the very last of the lamb hat and snowdrop neckwarmer.  I'll be sad to have that luxurious yarn all used up.  It was lovely to work with.  I didn't make it as large as the pattern suggested because I had only remnants left to work with- so it is missing some bulk...but I like it anyway.  I have a few scarves on the needles and hook this week- two men in my life (both in their 90's) need a bit of warmth from me this year and I am hoping to deliver.

I've been reading plenty of stories to children but haven't had the opportunity to read any books for myself this week.  I got a good one from the library though- that I hope to crack open soon.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a World War II historical novel recommended by a lady in my knitting group.  I love reading about that era, so I look forward to the time when I can crack that book open- whenever that time happens.

Hope you all are warm and snug today!  And a happy, happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Bonnie said...

Just skimmed the pictures since I'm about to head out the door but first- Happy Birthday Miss Adele! and second- Happy Thanksgiving!
My love to all~

Terri said...

Happy Birthday, Adele! Happy Thanksgiving, Newmans!

Rebecca, can I ask where you buy your vanilla beans. They are expensive and I'm always on the lookout for a good source.

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your blog. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I think you will enjoy the book...Once you get in a grove with this style of writing it is a good book.


beth said...

wow - your love-saturated phrasing - "blessings fall from snowflakes" - beautiful -

happiest birthday celebration and thanksgiving ~

Rozy Lass said...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of my favorite books. My mother introduced me to it and I've read it several times. It is just a luscious story. Enjoy! That ice cream looks pretty luscious too. I'm envious, no supply of delicious fresh mild around here to work with.
Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you and yours.

terricheney said...

Happy birthday wishes to your youngest girl. The ice cream sounds awesome good. And you will like the book I think.

Quinn said...

Oh my, what a beautiful cowl! Sure beats the k1,p1- Knock It Out And Move On To The Next Project I'm working on to shame!! A Happy Birthday to Adele! And a Happy day of Thanks Giving to you all!! <3

Ulli said...

Happy Birthday Adele! And, Happy Thanksgiving Rebecca and family! I count you and your blog as a blessing in my life. Thank you.
I would love the recipe for the ice cream, and also to know how you keep it soft enough to scoop. Every time I make ice cream it gets too hard in the freezer and is awful to scoop. Thus, I don't make it often. Is it the container you use, is it the ingredients, is it the time you freeze it in the ice cream maker? I have a need to know! :)4808

Elizabeth said...

I loved that book, i hope you do too! Your day sounds great, can we swap?! Happy Thanksgiving

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed that book, Rebecca. Your cowl is lovely!!! I absolutely love the photo of the vanilla bean & cinnamon sticks on the cutting board. *dreamy* Happy Birthday to your Adele and I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed! :)

Alexa said...

Oh, I tripped over your blog again whilst cleaning gmail, so I had to go exploring again...what a luscious feast of words and picture. Thank you so very much .
I hope to remember to come by again.

Alexa blogging from Sydney, Australia

Full of Grace said...

Please tell Adele' happy belated birthday from Auntie Beth and Uncle Bob, Sorry I missed it (I miss EVERYONE's birthday :P) Hope you had a great Thanksgiving :)

T.J. said...

it is never too cold (nor too hot!) for homemade ice cream!!! You have a lovely blog :)

Abigail said...

I hereby testify that the cinnamon ice cream is Delicious (note-- capital "D" delicious).

I have to return your container still and am simply waiting for whatever month we finally have church again.