Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lemon Legend (also known as Lemon Fluff Freeze)

This has been Steve's favorite recipe for most of his life. Here's the recipe as I received it:

3 eggs, separated
5 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 pint cream
graham cracker crumbs.

Now, the truth:
I usually quadruple the recipe, and I use Cool Whip instead of whipping cream. This is an easy recipe, but it messes up the entire kitchen - lots of bowls and utensils.

Here are the quadruple amounts and directions:

1 dozen eggs, separated
1 1/4 Cups lemon juice
2 Cups sugar
36 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
about 1/2 box of graham cracker crumbs

  • Beat the yolks until they are thick. Add the lemon juice.
  • Beat the whites until they are stiff.  Add the sugar.
  • Fold the two mixtures together.
  • Fold in Cool Whip - this takes a lot of folding.
  • Sprinkle crumbs in the bottom of two 9X12 pans.
  • Spread the lemon mixture on top of crumbs.
  • Sprinkle more crumbs on top.
  • Cover and Freeze.
  • To serve, cut in squares.  
This keeps a long time covered tightly in the freezer.  

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Loving Advice from Those Who Are Traveling Ahead of You

Recently I posted the following request on Facebook:

I have a question for my FB friends over age 40: What one thing have you learned from you years of life experience would you most like to pass on to younger people you love and care for? I'd really like to read the wisdom you have gained from life.

Young people, listen and learn. Here are some of the responses:

  • Life is too short to major on the minors. Pick your battles and which hills you are willing to die on. You will enjoy life much more if you do.

  • With people who are important to me, I'd rather be friends than be right.

  • Living a biblical lifestyle is its own reward; life and relationships just work better when lived within those parameters.

  • I'd have to compartmentalize a bit: Career/Work: I've never been much of a joiner, but learned that committees, boards, task forces, appointments, memberships, etc. are critical. I've never really learned to enjoy them, but they are very necessary to get ahead, or even run in place. Personal Life: Honesty is its own reward. Family: No one in a nursing home ever says, I wish I'd spent more time at the office.

  • Pay attention to the moments -- favorite quote -- Life is not the breath you take, but the moments that take your breath away. If you look around you every day - there will be something to take your breath away.

  • Life is astonishingly short! That 90 year old person was once 10, 15, 18... and the time since then seems very short from their perspective. Time actually moves faster the older you are (I wrote a paper on this when I was in 9th or 10th grade "proving" that time moves faster as you progress through life - prompted by something I heard my parents say - it has turned out to be disturbingly true). So much of what this world tells us is important is trivial. And so much that this world tells us is trivial is of the utmost importance! Make a conscious decision who you want to be. Don't just float through life on the winds of chance. Chance may find the easy road, but it won't find a very fulfilling one. Learn to think critically, and don't accept easy explanations. When you are facing something you need to do that is very difficult or uncomfortable, remember that once you have done it, it will be in the past, then you will have already accomplished it, and in retrospect, it probably will not have been as bad as you feared. If there is healing that needs to be done, the process will have begun.And most importantly, there really is a God. What we do on this earth (in the short time we have), really does matter. Prayer isn't a drive up window where you place an order and and your wish appears. Instead it is how you build and develop your relationship with your heavenly Father. You can't build any sort of relationship on this earth if you never speak to the other person - how could you develop your relationship with God if you don't speak with (and much more importantly listen to) him? I've had two instances in my life where prayer was clearly answered, and they changed my life! They also taught me that prayer isn't for me to necessarily have my wishes granted, it's to open me to what God has to say to me, and at least sometimes, to re-enforce in me that He is there, and can affect my life. I could go on (and on, and on... --after all, there is SO much they need to know!), but I won't!

Thank you, Diane, Norma, Tersi, Jan, Jane, and David. I appreciate the interesting and inspiring commentary. The old expression that "youth is wasted on the young" seems so true as we gain life experience but lose physical strength and stamina through aging. It breaks my heart sometimes that the life-lessons learned through hard times have to be learned over and over by new generations.

Path and Sundial (Watercolors) Daily Art and Writing 05-03-2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

Field Flowers (Acrylics) Daily Art and Writing 05-01-2017

Welcome to the beautiful month of May!

"What is so sweet and dear

As a prosperous morn in May,
The confident prime of the day,
And the dauntless youth of the year,
When nothing that asks for bliss,
Asking aright, is denied,
And half of the world a bridegroom is,
And half of the world a bride?"
-  William Watson, Ode in May, 1880


"The world's favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May."

-  Edwin Way Teale


"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."
-  Robert Frost 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gerber Daisy (Acrylics) Daily Art and Writing 04-27-17

"The Earth Laughs in Flowers.
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Daisies have a special place in my heart.  The bridesmaids at our wedding carried small white wicker baskets filled with white daisies.  I painted my daisies today in a deep crimson as I contemplated the poem "Hamatreya" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  A line that sticks in my mind from that poem - "Earth laughs in flowers."  The red daisy in today's painting is reflecting back the laughter of the Earth.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Butterfly (Acrylics) Daily Art and Writing 04-25-2017

As the caterpillar metamorphoses from drab caterpillar to colorful butterfly, as Jesus went from the tomb to the glory of heaven, I, too, will obtain new life and beauty if I stay true to my calling and destiny.

"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop."  ~Vita Sackville-West

The common and unattractive caterpillar becomes a colorful butterfly by persevering though slow and painful changes.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Polka Dot Plant (Acrylics) Daily Art and Writing 04-24-2017

This Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes Phyllostachya) grows in in a pretty little pot my Mother gave me.  She doesn't remember where she got the little pot, but she's had it for years.  The actual pot has two pretty loop handles on the sides, which I was reluctant to attempt to paint.  Since the pot is so small (about 6 inches tall and with a 4-inch diameter), I rest it on a small cloth-covered pedestal atop a side table in full sun and in full view of my reading chair.  

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rainy Day (Acrylics) Daily Art and Writing 04-23-2017

I sat in the rainroom (previously named the "sunroom" - before the windows began leaking so that massive mopping up is required each time a storm blows through.) As I relaxed to the sound of the rain beating down on the roof, I became aware of another persistent tune. Birds were chirping!  Yes, birds chirp, not only when the sun is shining and warm breezes blow; birds chirp in the rain as well.  There's beauty in every facet of nature; all God's beautiful creation merits our lifting our voices in praise and happiness.  The child in today's painting is taking advantage of the beauty of the rain.