Monday, November 24

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ November 24th Edition

For Today
November 24th, 2014

Outside my window... a day strangely mild, but only a flash in the pan as snow is on it's way

I am thinking...  the pulling of thread through fabric is becoming a meditation

I am thankful... that *everything* that needs done outside is done...let the next season begin

I am wearing... soft grey yoga pants, short-sleeve grey tee and barefeet

I am creating... a January desk calendar page

I am going... to need more pretty candles, my storehouse is depleted and in need of restocking

I am wondering... how this storm will track

I am reading writing... recipes from -----> check out November's book club choice that I shared HERE 

I am hoping... to find an electronic tablet/device that my little guy can use to play educational games/etc. while having fun doing it. Any ideas of what your child uses would be most helpful*

I am learning... that scrappy stitches are just as neat looking than those 5 on the needle quilt stitches

Around the house... lots of talk that centers around deer...must be that time again

In the kitchen... 

I am pondering... the book that holds the below quote

A favorite quote for today... 
"let go of what is outlived to make room for the unlived"
A Year by the Sea
Joan Anderson
(waiting for my wings to get strong enough)

One of my favorite things... watching this girl become a woman

A few plans for this week: taking the pause to count, remember and name our blessings

A peek into one of my days from last week... 

* finally...finding good quality essential oils that are affordable *

Would you like to share with other women your little day to day photos? I have been working on a little area where we can do just that, in a new facebook  group I've put together for us. I hope you will join us!

Also, if you enjoy writing up your daybook you might enjoy the Diary of 5

(If you are new to the daybook, you can go to this link to read over the guidelines.)

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Friday, November 21

In My Kitchen

Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce


4 cups finely chopped apples (using a sweeter apple helps keep the additional sugar lower)
2 eggs
2 cups sugar 
( this is the amount from the original recipe, but I use 1/2 cup white and 1/2 coconut sugar only because we do not like really sweet foods)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cut nuts (I used pecans finely chopped)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda

Caramel Sauce

1/2 brown sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream 
(I used regular milk and it worked fine even though it made a thinner sauce)
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9" x 13" pan.

2. Place apples in a large mixing bowl. Break eggs over apples, and stir. Add the two 1 cup of sugar, and stir. Add the cinnamon, oil, and nuts, and stir to combine. Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda into the bowl of other ingredients, and mix well.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes.

4. When the cake is done baking and has cooled a while, place the brown sugar, cream or milk, butter, flour, and vanilla into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for one or two minutes and pour warm over the cake. I will poke a few holes in the cake which allows some of the sauce to get into the cake. 

This is a rich and delicious tasting cake and your family is sure to want another small piece.

Tuesday, November 18

You are invited to join the *new* A Woman's Lense!

{a photo community}

Behind every picture a woman takes the time to capture, is a story. It may be her child's hands as they color a page, flowers she placed in a mason jar, a special dish she lovingly prepared, a little something she collects and simply wants to share with other women, her stitches sewn onto cloth, a basket of vegetables gathered from her favorite market, a little corner in her home she proudly put together with thrifty finds or her own pretty face focused from the other side of the camera.

Let's share woman to woman...