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Right after our fourth son was born, my husband bought me this Christmas Cactus.  It bloomed beautifully the first year.  Then next fall, I had a few small flowers.  Then, the next two years, nothing happened.  I think it is because the house was bright for too many hours of the day.

Now, it has the most beautiful flowers on it I have ever seen on a Christmas Cactus!  This lovely flower is nearly three inches long.  It reminds me so much of a beta fish.

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Decided to start this year off right, with a pan of gooey, sticky cinnamon rolls.  It is a new year, and time for some new beginnings.  New traditions, more fun, and less rules.

I have really missed writing here, and want to resume.  However, I will be taking a new rout this year.  I am no longer focusing on pretty pictures or deep thoughts.  I am not going to kick myself for sharing the nitty gritty of everyday life.  My goal is to find beauty in the everyday things.  Today, it was the joy of my family as they consumed these rolls.  It was the butter and syrup bubbling all around them, as they cooked.  It was Daniel, joyfully dancing around with his first loaf of bread, proudly sharing it with everyone.  These are the beautiful things.   What are the beautiful things in your life?

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To make these rolls, I melted 3 tablespoons of butter in the pan, poured in some corn syrup and sprinkled on some pecans.  Then  rolled a batch of Hop Yeast Bread dough out into a 12″ x 18″ rectangle, buttered it, sprinkled on cinnamon and sugar, then rolled it up into an 18″ long log.  Sliced the rolls and placed them in the pan to rise.  They were baked for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  To serve, dump pan upside down onto a sheet of waxed paper and scrap all the gooey topping onto the rolls.  Eat while still warm.

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Lately I have been a bit fustrated with this blog… It took on a life of it’s own, one that I never intended for it, and I have been trying to figure out how to get it back on track.  In the meantime, I have started another blog where I write what I want, when I want… no rules.

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Your Personality at 35,000 Feet Is Thoughtful and Contemplative


Deep down, you prefer spending time alone to spending time with others. You enjoy thinking more than talking.You are not too sure what your place in the world is yet. You often feel invisible in a crowd.

Your gift is having a way with words. You know how to express yourself well.

You are inspired by what is possible. Real life is often too ordinary for you.

You are happy but often stressed out. If you can slow down and appreciate life, you enjoy it a lot more.

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Looking for a yummy yet healthy lunch, I decided to see how well boiled flax seed oil worked in a bread recipe.  I used a simple muffin recipe, replacing the eggs and oil with boiled flax seed.  I spooned the bread over pie cherries and baked it all for 30 or so minutes.  It turned out wonderful! 

The kids are begging me to make it again, already.

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Yesterday afternoon I noticed a strange color had taken over the sky, but clouds were building, so I didn’t give it too much more thought.  Then it began to rain and hail.  Odd, the sky was yellow instead of green.  Oh well, I thought, this altitude is so different than the one I grew up at, things may just be that different.

Then the clouds cleared, but the sky didn’t.  It was then we smelled smoke in the air. 

The night before we woke to terrible thunder.  The lightning was so close that it shook the house.  We would hear the initial crack of thunder, then a moment of silence before it began to echo up the valley.  It lasted only a short time, before moving on, but made me grateful for all the controlled burning that the forest service has done this year.

However, even with the controlled burning, the lightning found something.  Evidently, it wasn’t something too big, because this morning, the smoke is gone and the sky is clear!

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I just love the way the morning sun shines through the hollyhocks in the garden.  Every day I take time just to enjoy the view out my back door.  The hummingbirds zoom from flower to flower, chasing each other around and around the stalks and through the fence.  What a delight!

What are you taking time to enjoy today?

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