Sunday, July 28, 2013

july rains

in nature there are neither rewards nor punishments;
there are consequences. - robert ingersoll

 strawberry bread is the new banana bread!!!
you have to try this!

2 c. chopped strawberries
1 3/4 c sugar, divided
3 c. of all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 c. vegetable oil
1 c. chopped pecans

preheat oven to 350. grease and flour two 9x5 loaf pans.
in a sm. bowl, toss strawberries with 1/2 c of sugar; set aside.

in a lrg mixing bowl, sift together flour, remaining sugar, cinnamon,
salt, and baking powder. in a med. mixing bowl, stir together eggs and oil.
add pecans and strawberries. add strawberry mixture to flour mixture -
mix well. pour into loaf pans and bake for 50 min. loosely cover with
aluminum foil halfway thru baking to prevent overbrowning.

untitled, encaustic mixed media on panel
 the primary purpose of fine art is not decoration. it is a declaration of being,
a revelation of soul, a reaching for expressible or inexpressible truths.
-margot schulzke
the pond out back
since my last post, it has rained 5 more times!!!
if i would theme the month of july - it would be 'rain.'
which is so uncommon for our state. usually it's extremely
hot, dry and in danger of wildfire... but not this year - it's been cooler,
wet and green. it's wonderful.  i've been  swimming in the fresh waters
 of medicine creek. (greg still sits on the bank because the brown recluse
bite is still healing!)  i've also been making important preparations for
some things.  it's an important season. a very blessed one.

thanks for stopping by...
i pray your summer is kind.


  1. That is the strangest, weirdest, most wonderfullest little green thing (bug) I've ever seen in my life!
    Doggone you!! Making me want to make that strawberry bread!
    Oh well, another recipe card for the MP prairie file box. I don't mind!
    I like the little nude behind the dainty flower encaustic.
    Greg sitting on the bank. I bet he's getting tired of that ol recluse ordeal.
    Keep smiling and loving all the good things that come your way, baby!

  2. What a beautiful praying mantis! I saw a huge one last year in our summer holidays in Croatia.
    Here we have an extreme heat wave. Weather becomes more and more unexpected.
    I bet Tody is happy with the rain :) I hope he is well wherever he is now :)

  3. Nice to have a lush summer, and praying mantis and something brewing... I had a little flash of knowing, but who knows. Looking forward to hearing about what your preparations are for. Wishing you a lovely August.