Down on the Farm – April in New York

South View Farm (April 2014)

How wonderful it is to be back at South View Farm for a couple of weeks.  This is such a peaceful, quite place to rest and relax.   We loved the snowy landscape and delighted in viewing it with hot chocolate in hand from the warmth of cozy kitchen/living area.  South View Farm is centrally located is just minutes away from surrounding towns and cities, Homer, Cortland, Ithaca, Binghamton.  Our daughter and her family live just 6 miles down the country road.   And for my husband, a Dunkin Donuts, just a few miles away in Whitney Point.

Our grandson makes himself quite at home here at the farm.  He and Grandpa had to go shopping  for activity books, games, and toys specifically for the farm.  He has is own special snack drawer in this beautiful country kitchen, and first thing, had to check that out.  And what could be better than cozying up to Grandpa as Sean Michael recovers from his tonsillectomy.

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Our time here at South View is passing so quickly.   We are thankful for this wonderful respite and treasure the times spent here with family and friends.

Have a most wonderful day,Gen's-Signature

Easter Dessert – Broken Glass Dessert

Serving up Broken Glass Dessert and Pecan Pie for Easter Sunday dinner.  My daughter, Lori will make her Dad’s favorite, Pecan Pie, and I will make something that Sean Michael can eat after his tonsillectomy…Broken Glass Dessert.
Broken Glass Dessert
1 (3 oz.) package each Lime, Cherry, Orange Jell-O
4 c. boiling water
1 1/2 c. cold water
1 package (3 oz.) Lemon Jell-O
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. pineapple juice
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 c. melted butter
2 c. Cool Whip
Prepare 3 flavors of Jell-O separately, using 1 c. boiling water and 1/2 c. cold water for each.  Pour each flavor into 8″ square pans.  Chill until firm, or overnight.
Then combine the lemon gelatin, sugar and remaining 1 c. boiling water; stir until gelatin and sugar are dissolved.  Stir in pineapple juice.  Chill until slightly thickened.  Meanwhile, mix the crumbs and melted butter; press into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan.  Save a little to sprinkle on the top if you wish.
Cut the firm gelatins into 1/2″ cubes.  Blend Cool Whip with lemon gelatin.  Fold in gelatin cubes.  Pour into pan.  Chill at least 5 hours or overnight. Run knife around or spatula between sides of dessert and pan, and remove side of pan before serving.

Cornish slipway singalong

Just discovered this quietly addictive little video from Rough Island Band, channelling their Scillonian charms into the epic Paul Simon tune ‘You can call me Al’.

Complete with oilskins, beanies and the backdrop of some unmistakably Cornish weather – the sort that falls somewhere indeterminate between dry and wet.

Couldn’t be prouder!

     Kindergarten 2014

Today we received a surprise phone call  here in Arizona from the principal of Marathon Christian Academy in New York telling us how very proud he was of our grandson, Sean Michael.  He thanked us for the investment we are making in our grandson’s Christian education and how well he is doing.  He shared with us that two young people today volunteered to pray for the police officer that was killed yesterday in the Johnson City shooting.  Our 5-year old grandson was one of those that volunteered to pray this morning.

Sean Michael tells us how very much he loves his school, his principal and his teacher.  His mom shared with us last night that Sean Michael told her that he hugged his teacher that day.  When his mom asked why he did that, Sean Michael replied with a big smile on his face, “I just wanted to.”  His mom also shared that he runs across the parking lot to hug his principal.  How very thankful we are for Marathon Christian Academy and the impact they are making on your grandson’s life.

We thank God that our grandson is able to learn in such a loving environment.  And he is learning…he can now read the cards and the monthly daily devotional “Call To Glory KIDS” that we mail him once a month.  Yes, we couldn’t be prouder.

 

 

Easter Dinner – Recipe of the Week – Scalloped Pineapple

My daughter called from New York last night, and we were doing a little Easter Dinner planning over the phone.  We’re so excited about being able to be together this year to celebrate Easter.   This is one of our family favorites and is such a compliment to a ham dinner.  The recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar but I only use 1 1/2 cups or even less.

Scalloped Pineapple

Scalloped Pineapple

Mix:  4 cups of bread, diced & 1  1/2 c. sugar

Mix:  3 eggs, well beaten, 1 large can of chunk pineapple, drained, 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 c. butter melted

Mix dry ingredients with liquid ingredients.  Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.