Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I have made it a habit to read through C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. From the first time I read these books, Prince Caspian has been my favorite. I can almost remember my first time reading it and being excited by what they might find on that mysterious island.

Through reading it, I have been encouraged, strengthened, humbled and excited by the adventures of the Pevensies.

Last Friday, May 16th, marked the opening of the Prince Caspian movie done by Walden Media/Disney. We had a friend come over from Mobile and go to the theatre with us. We all dressed up Narnian style.

Shannon and I were Queen Lucy and Queen Susan.

We had made our costumes for a Narnian party Shannon had a couple of years ago. Shannon's is based on the older Lucy in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie. Mine was inspired by the illustration of Susan dancing with Tumnus by Pauline Baynes in A Horse and His Boy.

However, I decided I wanted to make a gold petticoat for this movie. So I did.

Well, I really cheated and just added left over gold fabric to the edge of my petticoat.

After we came home from the movie, we had a Narnian feast. There were pyramids

and cataracts
of fruit. As well as a few honey and oat cakes.

We enjoyed our feast for a couple of hours before we had to leave Narnia to clean up. But we didn't leave forever. In two weeks we will be enjoying Prince Caspian again with the school Dad teaches at. And, looking into the future, in two years Voyage of the Dawn Treader will come to the big screen. Now to make this dress:

for the next movie.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day

For a Mother's Day gift, my sister and I put together an afternoon tea. Shannon made scones. I made cucumber sandwiches. Shannon also made a beautiful parfait topped with freshly picked wild black berries. Our garden lent a few beautiful blooms for the centerpiece.
We had such a wonderful time sipping tea and talking with Mom. Happy Mother's Day to all!

In honor of the last day of WIFD, I got some pictures of the Regency gown I wore for the tea party.

Have a blessed day.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

WIFD Saturday

Today was a puttering sort of day. I did various and sundry things. I wore the same thing I wore on Tuesday.

A cream knit shirt with my Ralph Lauren skirt. This is actually, probably one of my most worn outfits.
As I looked up into the tree, I got this amazing view.

Have a Blessed Sunday


Thursday, May 8, 2008

WIFD Thursday

Today is the day I ride my bike to the family I babysit. Out of necessity then, I wore a black a-line skirt that wouldn't get caught in the gears or brake pads of the bike with a turqoise knit top.


Whole Wheat Fruit Shortcake

Here is the recipe for the shortcake I made on Sunday.


1 cup All-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat or tritical flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 T baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 beaten egg
2/3 cup milk
3/4 cup cooked wheat berries
About 3 cups fruit


~In a mixing bowl stir together all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and ginger.

~Cut in butter or margarine til mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

~Combine beaten egg and milk.

~Add all at once to flour misture.

~Add wheat berries, stirring just till moistened.

~Spread dough in two greased 8X1 1/2 inch round baking pans

~Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or till done.

~Cool shortcake in pans for 10 minutes.

~Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

My notes: To make it more whole wheat, I made 1/2 the all purpose wheat into whole wheat. It was still a light cake and didn't make it too heavy. Instead of the nutmeg and ginger, I used an apple pie spice that we had in our spice cabinet. Also, I used all-purpose flour instead of the wheat berries.

To Assemble:

I used whipping cream to make, well, whipped cream. And we picked some wild boisen berries in our neighborhood. We spread half the whipped cream on the first layer with half the fruit. Then placed the second cake on top and used the rest of the whipped cream and fruit.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

WIFD Tuesday

Tuesdays are my busy days. I babysit/homeschool in the mornings. Voice lesson in the afternoon. Then right from there to tutor two children for two hours. Then home, time for dinner, and then right out to gym. Crazy days. It makes me grateful for the less busy days of the week.

Today I wore my basic cream knit shirt with an ankle length Ralph Lauren skirt I got at a thrift store. It's easy to move around in and chase after littles (the youngest girl I babysit is 2 and can run:-).

I will see you all tomorrow.


Monday, May 5, 2008

Week In Feminine Dress-Sunday

The Sense and Sensibility Forum has started their WIFD.

The outfit I wore yesterday isn't a new one, but I hadn't gotten pictures of it yet. It is a skirt and princess shirt out of a sea grea linen-look-alike (it wrinkles just like linen:-P). The over shirt is sheer with sea green color flowers in it. I found it about a year ago at a JoAnn red-tag clearence.

I made it to wear to the SAICFF for their awards night, but ended up wearing a formal instead. I wore this to church the next day. It is more of a Spring outfit, so I put it away until Spring-like weather came along.

Then, this past Tuesday, I went to a Lost Arts group at our church and one of the young ladies there had her hand made jewelry with her and I found a pair of earrings that matched the outfit exactly! So I got them and decided to wear the outfit on Sunday.

We also had guests this Sunday over to have dinner and I made a whole wheat shortcake for dessert. Unfortunately I didn't get pictures until it was almost gone.

The Blackberries, we picked from wild patches in our neighborhood.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tinned Food

I found this quote in a Hercule Poirot book I'm reading and thought it was delightfully expressive of what our family is trying to do with our eating.

To set the quote up, Hercule and some others have been trapped in a hotel high in the mountains without any hope of getting down for a few days.

"His wife, the cook, was more forthcoming. Fortunately, she explained to Poirot, there was a large reserve of tinned food--but she herself thought little of food in tins. It was wickedly expensive and what nourishemnt could there be in it? The good God had never intended people to live out of tins."