Mine has been so blessed... I have been excited about so much lately, and am also looooving getting to relax and read and the like. However, the one thing I have not done yet in 2013 is write anything! I have been wanting to, but nothing has come to me over the past few days.
So today I think I will start off a new year of posts with a Daybook, to share some of my recent thoughts in a way that will make sense.
Outside my window...
it is rainy and freezing and I am loving it- since I'm inside and warm. From where I sit, I can see the glow of the lights right outside my window and a dark night sky.
I am thinking...
about the plot of a new book I picked up last night.
I am thankful...
for having the shelter from the cold that I do, that I know some do not have.
In the kitchen...
we are about to make a homemade pizza!
I am wearing...
cozy, soft jeans and a black long-sleeve shirt with snowflakes on it.
I am wondering...
which was the last time I did a puzzle? I think I will do one soon!
I am reading...
Genesis. I am currently in chapter 15.
I am hoping...
for maybe some snow soon. Probably not. But there's always the hope.
I am looking forward to...
the next time our family is home and off together.
I am learning...
that sometimes an answer to a problem or struggle is right in front of you, in the form of a sign or something close to you.
Around the house...
the carpets (which Lucie is walking around sniffing) are looking fresher after a vacuum. Yes, I am one of those people that finds satisfaction in the lines left in the carpet afterward... it really does make things feel cleaner ;)
I am pondering...
having "the eyes of my heart" open, and personal convictions.
A favorite quote for today...
"A room without books is like a body without a soul" -Cicero
One of my favorite things...
looking at photos of places I hope to travel to someday, places where I can see so much of the earth's beauty.
A peek into my day...
The cake I made for my family a couple of days ago... red velvet! Here is the recipe...
1/2 cup shortening, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 (2 oz) bottle red food coloring
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
Cream shortening and sugar together. Add eggs. In small separate bowl, mix together red food coloring and cocoa to form a paste. Add to batter, then add vanilla. Sift flour and salt together; add to batter alternately with buttermilk. Beat well, then fold in baking soda, then vinegar. Pour into round pans, approximately 10 inches, to make a 2 or 3 layer cake. Grease, flour, or butter pans beforehand.
Bake at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
If you'd like to make homemade frosting:
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook cornstarch and water on low heat; set aside to cool completely. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until thick. Add cornstarch mixture. Beat until it forms a whipped-like topping. Spread between and on top of cooled layers.
Thankyou for reading.
Wishing you a wonderful evening!!