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Friday, January 29, 2016

Pie, stitching and some news...

After showing some photos earlier this month I was asked to share the recipe for this simple Lemon Meringue Pie I made for a family dinner recently so if you're one of those lovely ladies you'll find it over HERE at my food blog...

There's a link in that post for you to download the recipe and save to your computer, or maybe you'd like to print it up and store it in your recipe folder for easy access?

I much prefer to have recipes printed and waiting for me because I browse my home-made recipe folder the same way I'd browse a purchased cookbook. This is especially useful on Monday mornings when I write out the week's menu plan and create a shopping list.
Turning the pages of my battered folder reveals many family favourites that go back further than I can remember, as well as recipes I've found online which now sport scribbled notes down margins and across the ingredients list because I've 'tweaked' them to our personal taste. 

As I shared the other day, my plan this year is to create personal hand written recipe folders as birthday gifts for my daughters, but first I'll compile a new one of my very own as this can be the definitive 'spine' I'll refer to when putting their folders together later.

The nice thing about this project is all the practice it will take.
After all, each family recipe MUST be tested before I add them to the girl's books, right? 

If you like, I'll share a few here along the way.  




Behind the scenes I'm stitching new patterns for the February issue of The Stitchery Club...


...as well as having discussions with my sweet Blossom about her joining Elefantz!
I can't say much right now, but it's no secret we're very close and having her 'here' to work alongside me on a new arm of Elefantz Designs (that will be hers to oversee and run) is giving me a mile-wide-smile.

I've always loved the idea of family businesses. Those "Smith & Sons" kind of signs that swing from the eaves in old western movies appeal to my sense of tradition and keeping people you love close. 
Not at all sure what our sign could be, but working side by side will bless our socks off! 
We can even set up a crib close-by for bubby when he or she arrives in 26 weeks time.

Oops, I am running ahead of myself - better slow down, catch my breath, and let this unfold one small and joyful step at a time.
Good things take time, people take time.
In the meantime we can have as many 'business meetings' over coffee and cake as we like, and when the time is right and if the Lord is leading, things will just fall into step with our lives.
This will be a gentle direction for sweet Blossom, which is perfect for her health needs.
 


...for your prayers over my girls, Aisha & Blossom, and their various health issues this week.
All is well, and though they both need more medical treatment and careful monitoring through the remainder of their pregnancies, they are fine and dandy and taking life much easier.

Right now I'm off to change before I pick up Blossom for our first 'business meeting'...at a cafe with great coffee and delicious cake. Such a chore....yeh, right! LOL!

Have a fabulous day!
hugs

 

28 comments:

Christine M said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe, Jenny. I love lemon meringue pie. Glad to hear your two lovely daughters are doing better. Enjoy your coffee and cake! xx

shirley flavell said...

Jenny that is wonderful news for you having Blossom working beside you.Your lemon meringue recipe sounds lovely and will have to make it.

Little Quiltsong said...

I'm so glad everyone is doing better. Happy about your maybe future 'business' together. That would be special for both of you. Hope to make your Lemon Meringue sometime. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Christina said...

Oh wow, that pie looks delicious, as I have muffins baking right now. LOL I will have to print out that recipe. Love the new designs. I hope everything works out that you and Blossom will be able to work together. Glad to hear that she and Aisha are doing better. Continued prayers that everything stays that way.

Ondrea said...

Yum! Lemon meringue pie is a fav of mine when I take a risk and be naughty lol. Such great news about both your girls and their babes . Wow! How wonderful having Blossom on board. It must be such a beautiful feeling knowing that she has the same interests as you do and is willing to work alongside you. Such gorgeous new designs for your stitchery club. I have enjoyed making things from the last 2 months . Enjoy and embrace your precious time with Blossom.

Rita said...

i am so happy for all of you -- may our heavenly Father continue to bless you and guide you to where he needs you to be. stay strong and healthy!

Leeanne said...

I'm so pleased your daughter and her baby are OK. You know I am down here in NZ and I can feel you buzzing with excitement over this new family business venture! BUZZZZZZZZZZZZxxx

Allie-oops Designs said...

Now that is VERY exciting dear girl - you two make a great team!!! I'll be keeping you in prayer over it all!~

Createology said...

Family business plans...delightful. Coffee and cake will add to the delightful. Happy to hear both daughters are doing better. Lemon Meringue is tryly delicious and thank you for sharing your recipe. Recipe Taste Testing Begins...

Joanne said...

Success with all your new family business adventures!
Coffee and cake at a cafe sounds like the very place to let the creative ideas take place!

Ɓgueda said...

They are better health.This is a very good news. I´m happy for you and yours daughters. Familiar business , i think is a great idea. Two sweet women is two time good . :) God Bless you.

Anonymous said...

Good to hear both daughters doing much better Jenny, and wish them well as they prepare for the arrival of their babies and oh how difficult it will be for you to be working side by side with Blossom and baby close by, ha ha, very special. The both of you will share many happy times over a cuppa planning your venture, so exciting, enjoy. Thank you for sharing your recipe love lemon curd and look forward to your future recipes oh and the Feb stitcheries look gorgeous Enjoy a wonderful weekend, Judithann :-) x

Christine Barnsley said...

Glad to hear your girls are both feeling better. It sounds like there are some exciting times ahead! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

JES said...

Your pie looks divine! And I must say, the "book" embroidery piece is a favorite of mine!!! If only we could visit each other's libraries! Wouldn't that be fun!

annmarie said...

Happy, Happy, Happy for you and your girls!

Kathy said...

Jenny, your stitches are so beautiful. Enjoy the planning time on your next endeavor. Sounds like a good one.

cucki said...

I am so happy for all of you
Love you x

Victoria said...

Thanks for the recipe. Now I have a real craving for lemon!! I will use the recipe for a dinner I am having for friends. They'll love it1

Brenda said...

Such joyous news Jenny! This year is bringing all sorts of wonderful family surprises and happiness in all directions! I am so thrilled for all of you and looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds. Your projects are just as spectacular as always bringing warmth and smiles across the miles. Thank you so much for sharing all that you do and I keep you and yours in my prayers. Have a fantastic business meeting over coffee and cakes along with a fantastic creative day once you arrive back home.

desertskyquilts said...

I like your idea of a business meeting. =) That sounds like a good reason to be excited! I love the new designs, especially the books one. I'm going to HAVE to find time to stitch that soon! 2016 is off to a good start for you, and I couldn't be happier. Thanks for the recipe, and yes, please share others. It would be fun to find out that we share more than quilting commonalities!

Thoeria said...

I am so pleased to read that both Aisha and Blossom are doing well, Jenny. What a trying time it must be for you too!
And what exciting news about you and Blossom! I can't wait to see how that develops :)
Have a lovely weekend x

Julie Crouch said...

So pleased to hear that both your daughters are much better. How exciting to have two grandchildren due.n

Lline said...

So glad to hear Blossom will be joining Elefantz. Since her first patterns you shared way back when the Gum Tree Girls were together I had hoped to see more of her work. It seems your name is also perfect. Elephants are a female run society. Whatever you two decide to do will be wonderful because you both are letting things come about with prayer and planning. Listening, waiting, and listening some more before acting are always a good way to begin any new adventure. I don't know were in the bible but I think it's in Lamentations 'There is a time...' It seems you have come upon one of those moments. Enjoy every idea and thought even the ones you throw out for they also teach you something along the way. I wish every success in this new time no matter how large or small Blossom's part in it may become.

Fiona said...

All sounds very exciting for you.. .congrats and all the best to all the mums!!
Hugz

Winifred said...

That sounds a great idea. A family affair!

Melody said...

How wonderful to have your darling Bloosom working with you, hugs to her and thank you for the book themed Stitchery, I love to read.

Farm Quilter said...

So glad both your daughters are doing better!! I can't imagine having two babies due in the same year - how wonderful and special!!! What a blessing it would be for you to have Blossom working with you; I'll keep that in my prayers for you!

Baa. xxx said...

Praying health blessings on your girls. and I think we definitely need to 'practice' all the recipes - don't you! Hee..hee..... How fun it would be to have Blossom with you creating!