|Delightful, meaningful image above by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Is there a flower you associate with a particular memory? Explain.
My dad always smiled when he found Mayflowers and other wildflowers in the woods. He would bring my mother a tiny bouquet of Mayflowers (trailing arbutus)
|Photo from Adirondacks Forever Wild, where you can also read more about this plant|
2. Last time you helped someone? Tell us how.
I helped my husband write some emails to others concerning pulpit supply. Poor guy is computer illiterate when it comes to doing email. He either dictates while I type, or writes something up and has me type it.
|A pretty tree in Idaho, a few springs ago|
I do like salsa, both red and green, usually mild. It's nearly always store bought. I did have a recipe which I really liked for a raspberry salsa. It was scrumptious though not at all traditional. I'll see if I can locate it and share here.
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup canned stewed tomatoes with their juice (cut smaller if desired)
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 mild green chile (fresh or canned), chopped
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
Vinegar OR fresh lemon juice, to taste
Using a fork, mash the raspberries in a medium bowl and stir in the next seven ingredients. Add vinegar or lemon juice little by little, to taste. Serve cold. Makes about 2 cups.
This salsa is from Karyl Bannister's book, Cook & Tell, a book I highly recommend. (It's out of print, but you should be able to buy it on ThriftBooks.com. ) I like to double this recipe so as to use up the entire can of stewed tomatoes. Then I would give half of it away.
4. When I was twelve years old...
I loved bike rides, mysteries, and still played with paper dolls, many with wardrobes I designed and made myself. And some days I wish I was still 12 years old.
5. It's the first of May so let's run with it-first things first, don't know the first thing about it, first dibs on something, first impression, first rate, first cousin, first string, first come first served, at first light-which phrase can best be applied to something in your life currently or even recently?
Hmmm... I'm getting a really bad first impression of someone who doesn't appear to know the first thing about a matter he's supposed to be helping me with. I don't think he's on the first string.
My brain is completely fried from dealing with the above matter, which I think is now resolved. My thoughts are all random at this point. I am trying hard to stay my mind on God and His character and remind myself moment by moment that this is all in His control. And He has proved Himself faithful again and again. Truly, His faithfulness is great.