Aug 31, 2010

A Small Glimmer of Fall

Thought I'd stop by and share with you all the going's on in the Corley home over the last few days. There were a few hours of *blahs* yesterday but today that has all been forgotten....I'm QUITE filled with joy and productiveness...feeling "on top of the world" as they say. I made up a batch of whole wheat hot dog buns for tomorrow's lunch, some oatmeal muffins, and even made a whole wheat pizza crust to just have in the fridge to save me some time...anytime. I've done yoga and had a glass of fresh juice, I've read books to the kids, played puzzles...scrubbed the kitchen and made my bed - ah "on top of the world." At least..."on top of 1114 Mt Vernon."

The weather has been so nice...*finally* some relief from the scorching heat. The kids wouldn't even consider going out for at least 3 about a lot of "pulling out my hair" Alyssa time. Sometimes I could make them and then I would look out the window to see two little souls walking around miserably, sweat running down their little foreheads...too hot to even have imaginary fun. I felt just so awful for them ...I would soon open the door and say "okay, never mind guys, mama didn't know it was quite THIS hot. You can come in and play in the bath." Smiles all around.

But NOW to my greatest delight it has been in the 60's every morning...perfect for drinking coffee on the porch and watching the humming birds hum around the feeder (a new little gift Zac picked up for me a week ago.)

Squirrel is still very much a hoarder in every imaginable POSSIBLE way. She always has a basket or little tote full of items...old bottles and rocks, part of her sandwich, a sippy cup and ALWAYS a dolly.

The other day I came in from mowing the lawn and found all of these little flowers lined up on the table....and there stood little Trin with a "look what I can do" smile across her face. Like I said...SO thankful for the cooling temperatures. Ten days ago it wouldn't have been flowers lining my table...probably something more messy that didn't belong anywhere near her tiny hands. :)

This morning we discovered morning glories twisting their way up the old cornstalks in the garden...the ones we still haven't chopped down...any day now I'm sure. I was so surprised to find these little blue friends because I don't think I've actually seen any up close since I was a girl in the mountains. Sure...I've seen them from the car window on long trips or maybe in pictures but to actually find one growing up my very own dead fun. I squealed and told Brady all about how they are magical because they go to sleep at night, just like people, and then when the sun shines on them in the morning...they lift their little heads...slowly start opening up to the morning before them...shake off their dew and start making the world more beautiful. What a fun job to exist just to make their surroundings a bit more lovely.

I use to always imagine fairies drinking from the tiny vessel shaped plant. Ah...I use to want to be a fairy so badly. I would imagine myself sleeping in a match box on a mattress made out of bright green moss ... drinking from a thimble (morning glory cups were for special occasions) - I even had a pet ladybug. Fairies are just so stinking lucky.

Today has been lovely and it's only half way over. Oh...and for those of you that love children's books with lovely pictures please search for The Ox Cart's so wonderful and full of life...gorgeous pictures. I would love to find another copy and tear it apart JUST SO I could use the pics in some white shadow box frames. Under Trin's shelf in her room I have left the wall completely bare for when that perfect picture comes along...the perfect frame already exists at Ikea...I just have to find time to go get it. :)

And here's a little muffin recipe for those of you that like to eat healthily. If you are partial to cake-like muffins...these aren't for you. :0

Alyssa Oatmeal Muffins

1 1/3 cups of whole wheat flour

3/4 cup of rolled oats

1/3 cup of brown sugar

2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp of vanilla

1 beaten egg

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup of unsweet applesauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the dry ingredients and then add wet ingredients. I like to add 1/4 cup of flaked coconut to mine...or you could even do craisins or raisins....yummy. Grease muffin tin and fill half way...bake for about 15 minuts.

Enjoy...we love to have these with eggs and fruit in the morning and today for lunch my kids had them with some slices of apple and cheese. Super easy and nutritious.

1 comment:

CorleyAunt said...

How many does the recipe make? six or twelve?

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