peaches – the second ingredient

Flippen’s peach orchard has been in Shawtown all my life. And Shawtown (google that – click here) is just a few miles from Hornbeak. As a child, I remember going there with my grandmother to pick peaches.

On a recent visit home, I stopped at the roadside stand and purchased a ‘fried peach pie.’ They are delicious. But, do I really want to know what’s in the little hand held pie? And, I’m wondering why ‘peaches’ are listed as the second ingredient in my pie.
All ingredients considered, I’ll continue to consume these little treasures given the opportunity.

not exactly the day..but you get the idea

Karen, Amanda, and I sat around the ‘scrapbook’ table today (09.05.09), working on various projects and remembering.
Starbucks
Blueberry muffins from “The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread” (my newest book)
Asparagus Cheese quiche inspired by last week’s Viking class
Chocolate Espresso cheesecake….just because
We had a great day…

repost from 09.07.07

Martha said we should meet….and at the Christmas party, I was nearing the door to leave…and we met.

And through the years, Marcille would say, “we almost missed Gale.”

Thank you, Lord, that we did not miss each other.

We have spent hours and hours working on ‘projects’ since early 2000.

Scrapbooks, food, fun, laughter, tears, hopes and dreams.

In the early years, it was Marcille, Amanda, and Gale. Karen joined us later.

We were reading Hemingway’s, “The Sun Also Rises” when she left. And now she watches over us from upon high…we will miss you…

As her ashes were tossed into the breeze at the farm she loved, granddaughter, Danielle read these words she penned:

God saw you were getting tired,

And the cure was not to be,

So he put his arms around you,

And whispered, “Come to me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you,

and saw you pass away.

Although we loved you dearly

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

Title

Heaven Was Needing a Hero

Artist

Jo Dee Messina

“I came by today to see you

I just had to let you know

If I knew the last time that I held you was the last time

I’d have held you, and never let go

Oh, it’s kept me awake nights, wondering

I lie in the dark, just asking why

I’ve always been told

You won’t be called home

Until it’s your time

I guess heaven was needing a hero

Somebody just like you

Brave enough to stand up

For what you believe

And follow it through

When I try to make it make sense in my mind

The only conclusion I come to

Is heaven was needing a hero

Like you

I remember the last time I saw you

Oh, you held your head up proud

I laughed inside

When I saw how you were standing out in the crowd

Your such a part of who I am

Now that part will just be void

No matter how much I need you now

Heaven needed you more

Cause heaven was needing a hero

Somebody just like you

Brave enough to stand up

For what you believe

And follow it through

When I try to make it make sense in my mind

The only conclusion I come to

Is heaven was needing a hero

Like you

Is Heaven was needing a hero

and that’s you”

I Can Only Imagine

Mercyme

“I can only imagine

What it will be like

When I walk

By your side

I can only imagine

What my eyes will see

When your face

Is before me

I can only imagine

[Chorus:]

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel

Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still

Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall

Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

When that day comes

And I find myself

Standing in the Son

I can only imagine

When all I will do

Is forever

Forever worship You

I can only imagine

[Chorus]

I can only imagine[x2]

I can only imagine

When all I will do

Is forever, forever worship you”

5 Comments

Friday, September 14, 2007 – 10:35 AM

Lisa

Anyone that ever met this beautiful woman for more than 5 seconds fell totally in love with her and she with you. I used to tell her all the time that when I grew up I wanted to be just like her. Her spirit will live with me forever like so many others. Gale I’m so happy for you that you got to be with her through this, she was a blessing.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 – 08:38 PM

Cheryl Lawrence-Moore

I worked with Marcille for 10 years at BellSouth. She was always such a lady, such a classy lady. I loved her and I know her sprit will live amongst all of those who knew this wonderful creature. I hope she finds Scarlet in heaven and she can be her Mom up there until I get there. They would be great friends I am sure

I was so blessed to have known Marcille and enjoyed many great adventures over the 12 years we worked together. She shared her love and family freely. I got to spend some quality time with her while she was in the hospital and then rehab. We talked about the great friends and family we have and love. The Saturday before she left us, Danny and I told her how much she meant to us. IMy last words to her were, ” I can count my very good friends on one hand, she was counted in my heart.”

A friend told me not to worry, Marcille was in Heaven making plans for what we will all be doing when we get there. love Peg & Danny (South Carolina)

Monday, October 1, 2007 – 03:43 PM

Pam Hill

She was my friend, my relative, my church buddy and my co worker, she was so woven into to my everyday life that sometimes it takes my breath away to think she is gone. I miss her so much, but I know she is so much better now. I will never forget all the laughs, the tears, the crafts, the conversations they all hold such a special place in my heart. There are so many times a day when I think Marcille just saw that and cut her eyes, tilted her head and smiled. I went to a show recently and they sang a song from the play Wicked “For Good” and it said just about everything for me.

IT WELL MAY BE

THAT WE WILL NEVER MEET AGAIN

IN THIS LIFETIME

SO LET ME SAY BEFORE WE PART

SO MUCH OF ME

IS MADE OF WHAT I LEARNED FROM YOU

YOU’LL BE WITH ME

LIKE A HANDPRINT ON MY HEART

AND NOW WHATEVER WAY OUR STORIES END

I KNOW YOU HAVE RE-WRITTEN MINE

BY BEING MY FRIEND…

LIKE A SHIP BLOWN FROM ITS MOORING

BY A WIND OFF THE SEA

LIKE A SEED DROPPED BY A SKYBIRD

IN A DISTANT WOOD

WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?

BUT BECAUSE I KNEW YOU…

I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR GOOD…

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 – 12:50 AM

CASSAUNDRA SIMMONS

God put special people in your life for a reason Marcille was that person for me. Marcille was special because of her wisdom, compassion and generosity. the first day that I met her she gave me a gift because she liked my smile ironically it was her birthday. Words cannot express the feelings that I developed for Marcille during the short time we were together. I can simply say that it has been a pleasure to have been her friend. Marcille loved her family and life itself this is why she so bravely met the challenges of coping with her situation on a daily basis. I celebrate your spirit of steadfastness and zest for life. You would have to search far and wide to find a better example of courage and compassion in anyone. Marcille was a woman that led by example i am truly blessed to have known her. I will greatly miss learning from my friend’s wisdom

bran muffins

September is ‘get healthier month’ in my life. Though these muffins are somewhat sweet, they contain bran cereal and raisins. They are simple to mix, and they bake into nice large, dense, moist muffins. The baked muffins freeze well, and make a great ‘grab and go’ breakfast.

These are officially named Six Week Whole Bran Muffins, and the recipe can be found here. I think they are better baked in the first few days after mixing; however, the recipe states that the batter will keep for six weeks in the refrigerator.