Monday, July 22, 2013

A Simple day!


Woke up quite early this morning, the sun was just starting to come up over the mountain.

I hadn't had quite a good night's sleep as I was so excited at the prospect of my family getting on their flight in the morning.  As we speak they are on their second of FOUR flights to get here.  I'm telling you, it's a rough journey, I've done it once before as you may remember, when I went back home to South Africa.

Praying they are doing well.

Anyway, I do enjoy getting up very early and stepping out onto the deck while the whole household is asleep.

The only sounds are usually the birds and a rooster somewhere behind my property.  Always makes me smile.

Today though there was another sound thrown into the mix.....


Yep, cows. They were all over the field right across from our house. Oh what a beautiful sight to see.


I watched them for a bit while my coffeepot brewed away, and I also checked in our little birdie that just hatched yesterday afternoon.


Just waiting for his little brother/sister to hatch next.

After a big cup of coffee and a quick chat with hubby, I got right onto my homemaking.

First on the list was making the butter using the cream that I skimmed from the raw milk. Not only did the butter form much faster than the heavy cream from the store, but it's just a gorgeous color yellow and tastes phenomenal.


Next on the list, some buttermilk bread. It's been about two months or more since I made my last loaf and I was just itching to get in there and baking the bread.


Got the dough rising on the kitchen table and then went off into the yard to get the sprinklers on



While puttering around out there , I headed into the horse pasture which I hadn't yet been to




Really enjoyed just walking around, snapping some pictures and enjoying the fresh air


Within an hour and a half, I had gorgeous fresh buttermilk bread


and paired with that beautiful butter, it was just YUMMY!

But my time in the kitchen wasn't over, because the Pastor and his wife were coming over tonight to visit and get to know us better.  I wanted to be able to offer something to drink and eat but didn't want to go the cookie route, so first I was going to make Cream Cheese Pound Cake, but then I changed my mind and made  simple but delicious Portuguese 10 Egg White Cake.

It's especially delicious with a cup of coffee, which I think will be my breakfast tomorrow.


Wanna come over? :)

So, that was my day.

Tomorrow is going to be super busy, I want to make sure that all the bedrooms are ready for my family, also have to take the books back to the library as I ended up not getting around to doing it today. By tomorrow night we'll be headed to the airport to pick them up and I am just bursting at the seams. Hope I can sleep tonight LOL

Which I think means I need to take my happy behind on to bed, so that is what I'll do. Have a restful night sweet friends :)


  1. What a wonderful day, filled with lovely thoughts, preparations and anticipation, yummy homemade goodies too.

    Love the photos and hearing about your new life in the country.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  2. Enjoy this precious time with your family. I love your pictures. They really capture the essence of what you are seeing!
    Have a great day!

  3. What a beautiful post Sandra! You are definitely inspiring me to try making my own bread 🌞I can not wait to hear about your family's journey and their plans for their future, I am hoping to hear that you will finally have some family close to you after all these years 😊I loved your posts a while back about your trip home to South Africa. Have a blessed day,

  4. How exciting- have a blessed reunion!

  5. I can just piture myself sitting right there with you enjoying that country air!! Wonderful post, what fun you and your family are having in your new home. God is good!!!

  6. What lovely surroundings you have in your new home. Hope everything goes well with the arrival of your family. What blessings you have! Have a great week.

  7. We have cows directly across from us as well .. and goats next door.. my son is in all his glory having animals surround him.

  8. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family!

  9. Love to see you enjoying your new house. It all looks so pretty outside.

    Praying your family arrive safely. Hugs.

  10. The cows are gorgeous but just looking at them makes my eyes water. Maybe because the grass is different there it wouldn't effect my allergies so bad.

    I love all the pictures of your new place.

    Hopefully by this time you are enjoying time with your family.

  11. Muito bom o bolo!!! Fiz antes do almoço e já vai em quase metade!!!

  12. hello sandra,
    wonderful photos of a beautiful place.
    your buttermilk bread looks yummie.

    wish you a wonderful restweek,


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