Sunday, June 23, 2013

With My Soul


Gypsy Slow Down


Saturday Witt and I went fishing. After I killed a huge spider in the front of the boat which was seriously moving in for the kill and after we stopped drifting into the bushes along the bank so that I was sure more spiders were going to land on my head, the sun came out and the breeze died down and we started catching fish. They were all tiny so we couldn't keep them but it was really fun to reel them in and to feel the sun beating down on my shoulders. I grew up fishing in Canada every summer and being on the lake reminded me of Aylen. Being outdoors is not my favorite place to be, unless it involves sitting outside and enjoying a glass of wine, but it was really fun to be out on the lake together. 



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This has been a really good spring, and summer looks just as promising. Winter was tough at times for me and right now my soul feels refreshed. Maybe that's why it's been such a great few months, because I'm paying more attention. Witt and I are having a lot of fun. Just hanging out together, laughing and being together. I feel like not focusing so much on wanting to have a baby has made me focus more on right now. It has been just the mental break I needed. I was talking to my older sister Lauren about it a little while ago and she told me I needed to focus on enjoying the summer and to take a break from trying. And I have, a real soul break, with not a chart in sight. It's amazing how much just plain old fun I've been having since I'm focused on being happy the way things are.

I truly believe it's in God's hands. It feels good to leave it there.



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Gypsy Slow Down


And for North Carolina the temps are amazingly mild. Please dear June, don't take that as a dare to bring on the 100 degree temps. Friday night we went out with our friends, Cathy and Patrick, and sat outside at McCouls for a drink (before which I had the most amazing fish and chips) and there was a cool breeze. I could have worn a sweater with my sleeveless dress and it's almost July. Just one of those nights that makes you happy to be alive. It was just as nice on Saturday which made being on the lake feel really good.




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 I am about two decades late but I am just now reading the Mitford Series, by Jan Karon and of course, loving them. I remember my mom eagerly waiting for the next book in the series to come out when they were being written and seeing the orange and white covers laying around the house. I love small towns and I love living in a small town in North Carolina where there's still a historic downtown and everything is close together and there are fields outside my door. I like the books a lot. They make me feel a little bit like the Anne series does; that I just want to settle down in a little village in the country and make apple butter all day long and sit on my front porch at night while Witt plays his guitar and the cats sit in my lap and the stars twinkle in the crisp sky. And maybe we have chickens and there's local gossip and sunflowers in my garden. 

I like that our small town here has a pretty lake. 




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In other small town news, my small garden is all abloom with flowers. I am so excited that the sunflowers have started to come out. Our vegetables are slowly coming along and I am excited to try the purple peppers I planted. Not too long ago I made a really delicious stuffed pepper dish I made up that Witt loved, with cumin and raisins. Similar to an empanada filling I made once and so savory. I never thought I would like raisins in savory foods but that little pop of sweetness totally transforms a dish and really makes it pop. You won't be disappointed if you try these.


Savory Stuffed Peppers with Spices

4 peppers, any color, hollowed out and seeds removed
1 pound ground beef
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon chinese five spice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup raisins
salt and pepper
1 cup grated chedder cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350. Saute ground beef with onion until beef is cooked. Drain any excess grease. Return to stove and add corn and spices and saute until fragrant about 2 minutes. Add garlic and tomato sauce and simmer for five minutes. Stir in the raisins. Season with salt and pepper. Place peppers in a oven proof dish and fill with the beef filling. Top with grated cheese and bake for 35-45 minutes until peppers are soft. Enjoy!



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