"About every true mother there is a sancity of martyrdom-
and when she is no more in the body, her children see her with
the ring of light around her head."

Godey's Lady's Book, 1867

THE ART OF DOMESTIC BLISS a time lacking in certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of it's lost heart. -Louise Bogan
“And there are my children!
My darling, precious children!
For their sakes I am continually constrained
to seek after an amended, a sanctified life;
what I want them to become
I must become myself”.

~ Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward

Monday, October 25, 2010

Roast Some Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • Clean as much of the “stringy stuff” off of the seeds as you can. This is done most easily right after the seeds have been removed and before the pulp dries.
  • Rinse the seeds in a colander, pat dry with paper towels and put them into a small bowl.
  • For every one cup of seeds that you’ve “extracted,” add 1 T. of olive oil and ½ t. coarse salt, stirring to coat.
  • I found that a medium sized pumpkin yields about one cup of seeds. (Don’t ask how many pumpkins were harmed in the preparation of this recipe!)
  • Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for about 40 minutes, maybe a little less, stirring occasionally.
  • You can serve the seeds warm, or let them cool and store in an airtight container!
  • If you want to get creative, season the seeds before baking with a pinch of a spice like chili, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, flavored salt, onion, or curry.

Try roasting pumpkin seeds this Halloween and let me know how it goes! Happy Halloween to all of you!

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An Island of Security....A Mother at Home

Very largely does the wife hold in her hands, as a sacred trust, the happiness and the highest good of the hearts that nestle there. In the last analysis, home happiness depends on the wife.
  • Her spirit gives the home its atmosphere.
  • Her hands fashion its beauty.
  • Her heart makes its love.
And the end is so worthy, so noble, so divine, that no woman who has been called to be a wife, and has listened to the call, should consider any price too great to pay, to be . . .

the light,
the joy,
the blessing,
the inspiration,
of a home.

The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.

A true mother is one of the holiest secrets of home happiness.

God sends many beautiful things to this world,

many noble gifts;

but no blessing is richer than that which He bestows

in a mother

who has learned love's lessons well,

and has realized something of the meaning

of her sacred calling.

~ J. R. Miller, "Secrets of Happy Home Life, 1894" ~