Somebunny Has A Simple Pleasure

I have a confession.
I love bunnies!
Don’t judge me.
Here’s the newest one to hop into my life.
I’m not sure when it started exactly but, as long as I can remember, I have had an affinity for all God’s furry little creatures.
I’m not one to go crazy with collectibles. Trust me, I don’t want to be that lady with 600 bunnies and no where to put them! I just have a few that fit in to my decor without being “over the top”. At least that’s what I tell myself. ūüôā
Anyway, I’m not sure what to choose as my simple pleasure this week.
It could be my new bunny.
Or, it could be the sweet treats hiding inside.
Hmmm…Guess I’ll just have to choose both!

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Sharing The Wonder – A Simple Pleasure

My husband and I like to take walks at the end of the day. We usually head out just before sunset. Tonight we decided to play a little “I spy” with the digital camera, capturing whatever¬†wonders¬†we might find along the way.
I loved this soft green foliage carpeting the woodland trail. Sweet to see something so delicate living among the twigs and stones.
He was drawn to the curiosity of a cactus nestled under a gnarled, leafless tree. Ironic that, in trying to get a closer shot, his arms were pricked by the tangled tree branches.
I became a part of the paparazzi when I came across this little
 cluster of pansies. Hard to resist the first color of spring after
 a long season of brown.
He tried to coax a smile from these shy buds on a hanging branch but they hid in the light of the camera flash. Instead, he caught the fading color of the twilight sky. Just as lovely, I think.
My simple pleasure today? I’ll give you a hint.
¬†It wasn’t snapping pictures or enjoying God’s creation or walking in the glow of another beautiful sunset, although I’m grateful for all these things.
It was being able to experience it all with the love of my life by my side. Spending time with my wonderful husband is something
 I never take for granted. I am thankful to God for such a gift. Thankful for eyes to see the wonder right in front of me.
 He takes my hand and we walk home. I breathe contentment. For him, for this day, for every blessing. And for all the simple pleasures we share together.
Happily linking up with Simple Pleasures and Thankful Thursdays.

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Love Letters – A Simple Pleasure

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach…”

The above quote is an excerpt from Sonnet 43, a famous love poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning found in her Sonnets from the Portuguese.

It was a piece written during her courtship with fellow poet, Robert Browning, whom she would wed in spite of her father having forbid her to ever marry.

This inspiring love story began with a letter from Browning offering praise in admiration of her writing. Elizabeth, an invalid whose sickliness had kept her confined to her room for many years, seemed to gain strength from her correspondence with Browning and, in September of 1846, they were joined in marriage during a secret ceremony with only two witnesses.

Though she was disinherited by her father, the couple built a happy life together. They moved to Italy and both continued to write with much success. They even had a son when Elizabeth was 43 years old. And when she died in 1861, it was in the arms of her beloved Robert.

“Their romance, which she would eventually credit with saving her life, lasted for fifteen years and spawned some of the world’s most beautiful poetry.” (History.com)

With Valentines Day approaching, this story has inspired me to write a letter to my husband.¬†One of the best gifts we can give our spouse is to tell them how much they mean to us. To¬†shower them with words¬†of heartfelt admiration. To¬†“count the ways” we love them.

If you are single or divorced, you have probably found that this time of year is also good opportunity to share your appreciation for the loved ones in your life Рa close sibling, parent or other relative who has always been there for you. Or maybe there is a special friend who has been a great support during tough times.

No matter who or where you are, we all have a need for love. To receive it and to share it is a blessing from God, the Author of Love, whose love letter to humanity is written on the pages of the Holy Scriptures.

‚ÄúI have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3a

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentation 3:22-23

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Isn’t it wonderful how God expresses His love for us through His word and also through other people?

I recently came across a box of¬†letters I’ve kept over the years. The sweet notes from my Mom, now gone, brought tears to my eyes. Encouraging cards from old friends made me smile. And the tender words from my dear husband overwhelmed me with gratitude for all the joy he brings to my life.

Today, my simple pleasure is reading love letters. And, now…I believe¬†it’s time for me¬†to go write one of my own.

All Things New – A Simple Recipe

Today was a first for me. The first time to make one of my favorite snacks – granola. And, surprise! It actually turned out great!

Now, I know this might not seem like a big deal to some.¬†Many of you have probably already made the discovery. But me? Well,¬†let’s just say I’m always a little late to the party.

I have been in search of a healthy granola recipe for a while now.¬†In keeping with my desire to make¬†better food choices, I figured the best way to make sure I’m not eating too much junk is to make the “de-junked” version in my own kitchen.

The following recipe is my adaptation of the many different recipes I came across during what I’m calling “The Great Granola Search of 2011”.

Healthy Homemade Granola
Dry Ingredients
2 1/4 Cups Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup Raw Almonds
1/4 Cup Pecans
1/4 Raw Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seed Meal
Wet Ingredients
1 Individual cup (I think that’s 1/4 C) of Unsweetened Applesauce
1/4 Cup of Agave Nectar
1 Tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Tsp Salt (very important)
Mix wet and dry ingredients thoroughly and spread out on cookie sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper). Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes making sure to turn every 10 minutes during cooking process.
You can add 1/2 Cup (or as much as you like) of dried fruit after granola is cooked and cooled, which I did of course. Keep in airtight container and refrigerate after granola has cooled completely.
There¬†are few¬†things in life that can provide instant gratification and be good for you at the same time. ÔĽŅThat’s why making¬†an easy and healthy version of¬†this scrumptious snack is my simple¬†pleasure today.¬†¬†

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All Things New – A Simple Message

Remember when you were in elementary school and you and your friend swore you would be best friends forever? Then life happened. The friend moved away and, before you knew it, you lost contact.

Well, I am thinking today about the friends I’ve made in my grown up years and how difficult it seems to keep in touch since my husband and I moved out of state a few years ago.

But I also know how much I value those relationships and so I reach out through emails and the occasional phone call and, today, through snail mail.

That’s right. The¬†“new” thing I’m doing today is¬†going “old school”¬†and¬†exploring the lost art of letter writing.

I discovered this stationery set I was compelled to buy some years ago sitting on a lonely shelf and got it in my head that it had gone untouched for far too long.

Today, I will use this forgotten paper to write a simple message to my friends across the miles. A message that says,

“You are not forgotten.”

Because I know words matter and so do friends. And today, with a stamp and a few strokes of the pen I hope to erase some of the distance between us, which makes writing these letters a truly simple pleasure.

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