Category: Faith, Family, & Country

Mother’s Day at SFH

When it comes to Mother’s Day, either there are not enough words or there are too many words. For example, I cannot say enough about my Mom and my Mother-in-law, but the cards you buy in the store never ever get it just right no matter how many words they use. – Perhaps the best I could ever say to my Mom and my Mother-in-law or hear from my children is just a simple, “I love you, Mom!”

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DSC_0341 (2)I spent today with wonderful Daughters #1 & #2. They are both mothers and, because of that common experience, we have so much we can share. I’m so proud of the mothers they have become. There is no greater joy.

Daughter-in-law #1, a truly wonderful match for Son #1, is also a great joy in my life. Today, we spent over half an hour on the phone talking about children, and cats, and gardening, and all the great loves of our life. She too is a terrific mom.

Finally, in this beautiful month of May, it is a time to remember our Lord’s Blessed Mother. By His words, she became a mother to us all.

I love you Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

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SFH Journal: 2019-04-14 through 20 – Easter Vacation

Question: Why have there been no posts over the last two weeks?

Answer: Life at Serendipity Farmhouse requires a balance between activity and time for reflection; conversation and silence, work and rest; and spiritual and physical endeavors. That is why Holy Week and the Octave of Easter are so very important to us. – We don’t take a “Spring break” – We take an Easter Vacation.

That is not to say that nothing has been happening here at SFH. To the contrary, much has been going on. But instead of cluttering this post with words, let me show you some pictures so you can see for yourself. Continue reading “SFH Journal: 2019-04-14 through 20 – Easter Vacation”

SFH Godzilla Birthday Bash

Many who don’t know me well think it odd that I often speak of Godzilla movies and Japanese monsters. They would think it even more odd if they knew that the first time I held each of my grandchildren I said, “God, Baseball, Godzilla.” And it would seem to those same people entirely unfathomable why my dear, sweet spouse would choose Godzilla as the theme for my 70th birthday. Yet, so she did. – Here’s the reason why. Continue reading “SFH Godzilla Birthday Bash”

Reflections on Spring at Serendipity Farmhouse

Science or ArtIt will happen in 58 minutes – the Spring Equinox. It happens in an instant of time. It is defined by science, yet, it is the key that opens the artist’s mind to beautiful paintings and it is the muse of the playful poet. Most people, with the exception of meteorologists, will call this the first day of Spring. Religions use this event to fix their liturgical seasons. And, this year, there is the awe inspired by a “super moon”. But, for those of us at Serendipity Farmhouse, all of that is merely the backdrop to events that have even greater meaning.

There are two major cycles to life at SFH. The first is our motto, the way we approach each day – Pray, Prepare, Preserve. The second is the underpinning of our relationships – Faith, Family & Country. Following are some reflections of Spring that evoke those themes. Continue reading “Reflections on Spring at Serendipity Farmhouse”

Chicken with Mushrooms and Cream – or – Chef Monte’s New Bib

We here at Serendipity Farmhouse are in the midst of our Lenten observances. For us, that means there is no meat on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On the other days, meals are based on basic ingredients and we reduce our portions.

This self-imposed austerity, however, does not mean that we can’t have a good meal or try out something new in the soon to be famous SFH Test Kitchen. And so it was yesterday when we prepared Chicken with Mushrooms and Cream from Julia Child’s book The Way to Cook.

I will spare you all the cooking details because you can easily view the whole process on the Youtube link we have provided. Instead, I will recount for you two highlights of our most recent foray into the Julia’s world of cooking.

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Liver & Onions IHO Tim

In our post On Time – For Once, my hubby promised that the soon to be world famous Serendipity Farmhouse Test Kitchen would make liver and onions in honor of his brother Tim’s birthday. He even went out on a limb (as he often does) and committed the entire staff of the SFH Test Kitchen to attempt to master Sauté of Calf’s Liver with Onions from Julia Child’s book The Way to Cook.

My hotshot husband figured that we in the kitchen staff would all jump to the opportunity because we had watched Julia make the dish on a video. He said Julia made it look easy. Surely, we could pull it off. But, when hubby says we, he usually means me. Continue reading “Liver & Onions IHO Tim”

On Time – For Once

Even Mr. Monte knows this simple truth – February is the shortest month of the year. For those of us who seldom consult our calendars, we often realize far too late that we are about to miss an important deadline in early March. And so it was with me. Almost every one of my birthday cards to my older brother, whose birthday was on March 3rd, included a sincere apology for tardiness and an equally sincere promise that next year my card would be on time.

In the picture heading this post, you will see my brother on the day of his First Holy Communion. I was just a recent newcomer to the family, but Tim felt it important to share in the joy of this special day by holding me up for the world to see. I, in my own characteristic way, decided to raise my hand and wave to all of Tim’s adoring fans. It was one of my first lessons in the true meaning of “family”.

For years, Tim and I sat at the same dining room table and enjoyed many meals together. That tradition of enjoying great yet simple, home-cooked meals followed us throughout our lives. He was exceptionally happy when he learned that my beautiful spouse shared a passion for his favorite dish. So, whenever my lovely wife and I visited him and my sister-in-law, Tim would take us out to a local restaurant where that particular dish was a specialty of the house.

This week, combining our celebration of Tim’s birthday and our love of Julia Child’s delightful recipes, the soon to be famous Serendipity Farmhouse Test Kitchen will attempt to master Julia’s Sauté of Calf’s Liver with Onions from her book The Way to Cook.

Yes, Tim counted liver and onions as a delicacy. It was good growing up with a big brother who understood the joy that can come from the simple things in life.

So, on this first day of March, I’m taking the time to say, “Happy birthday, dear brother Tim!” – There, I kept my promise.

 

 

 

Biscuits and Mom’s Birthday

When we were young, my big sister and I would hang around the kitchen watching howMom-biscuits (2) Mom would do what she would do. Many mornings our eyes were fixed on a ritual that seemed so simple and so certain. Virtually no words were said. We knew that too many questions in the kitchen would only lengthen the wait for breakfast. But, we watched – we watched every measurement and every move. Our thinking was, “Someday, someday in the far, far away, we would be able to make biscuits just like Mom’s. Continue reading “Biscuits and Mom’s Birthday”

SFH Journal: 2019-01-05 – Grandsons & Weather

We’ll keep it short today as we play catch up and get ready for my first work week of the new year.

Highlight: Son #1 came over for a visit. He brought Grandsons #1, #2, and #4. It was raining when they arrived. A frontal system had moved through and all the boys were interested in seeing how the new SFH WX Station plotted and graphed the wind speed, wind direction, and  temperature changes. It wasn’t a science lesson, it was a practical demonstration of how to observe what goes on around you and make sense of it. Even more importantly, it was a chance for us to spend some good time together.

Granny outdid herself putting on a good feed for the hungry lads. Of course, there were some of their favorites – corn chips and SFH’s finest G&G H-Bomb III Salsa. Grandson #4 looked a little overawed with the effects of his portion of Peter’s Pickled Jalapeno Peppers. He was not deterred – he ate them all.

There’s nothing like a day with the grand-boys!

Weather: I included the wind information for Saturday the 5th to show wind gusts recorded just as Son #1 and the grand-boys arrived at SFH.

04 JAN, Friday High Low Average
Temperature 45.1 °F 28.6 °F 36.8 °F
Dew Point 41.7 °F 27.9 °F 35.7 °F
Humidity 99% 81% 93%
Precipitation 0.11 in
05 JAN, Saturday High Low Average
Temperature 58.1 °F 35.4 °F 46.7 °F
Dew Point 47.1 °F 30.6 °F 39.4 °F
Humidity 99% 43% 79%
Precipitation 0.18 in
05 JAN, Saturday High Low Average
Wind Speed 15 mph 1 mph
Wind Gust 24 mph
Wind Direction WNW
Pressure 29.79 in 29.39 in

 

“All things have their season” – Even Yard Trash

“All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

There are many ways to prepare for Christmas. By living Advent fully as a time of preparation and prayer, you can find a deeper meaning in the mystery of Christmas. My beautiful wife and her close friend give expression to that sentiment in their yearly tradition of making Advent/Christmas arrangements.

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