Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rainy days are for...




Today is one of those cloudy,
 pouring down rain
 -but almost summer-
 days that soothes my soul and begs me to
slow down 
and get into some projects that have been waiting patiently 
for just such an occasion.

Rainy days are for baking. 
 Well,  nearly everyday we are baking something of other,
 but especially on a soggy chill day,
 a home made yummy
 still warm from the oven
 is ever so welcome.
  We tried yet another Taste of Home recipe, this one is "Golden Raisin Buns".
 I didn't have any golden raisins, so I substituted crasins. 
 These buns are melt in your mouth good, much like a cream puff,
 and were really easy to make.
  They disappeared immediately upon setting them out, a good sign of a keeper recipe. 
Another good sign was the children asking, "Can we make those again tomorrow?"
Golden Raisin Buns
2 c. hot water, divided
1/2 c golden rasins
1/2 c butter
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 c flour
4 eggs
In small bowl, pour 1 c water over raisins;  let stand for 5 minutes, drain and set aside.  In large saucepan, bring butter, sugar, salt, and remaining water to a boil.  Add flour all at once, stir until a smooth ball forms.  Remove from heat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until mixture is well blended.  Stir in raisins.  Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets.  Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.  drizzle with icing and serve warm if desired.
Icing:
  1 tbsp butter,
5 tsp half and half cream
1 c confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
melt butter, stir in cream.  remove from heat, add sugar and flavorings.  mix well.



Rainy days are for reading.
I think I could read to them all day long and they would be quite happy.
Couch time with the little ones is definitely a necessary on a rainy day.



Rainy days are for sewing.
Anna is continuing work on a flannel quilt in pinks and greens.
I have my material box out looking for something bright and sunny
 for a skirt or two for Bethany, and perhaps one for Olivia. 
 The children think sorting through all the fabric scraps
 and dressing themselves, as well as each other, in an array of assorted fabrics is hilarious.
This kept them happily entertained for well over an hour!




Rainy days are for writing letters. 
 The real ones, on fine stationary, are my favorite.
 Is there anything so wonderful to find in the mailbox
 than a lovely letter penned just to you from someone dear far away?



Rainy days are for yellow.
It is like a little spot of sunshine amidst the gloom outside.
My personal favorite would be wildflowers,
but a yellow teapot, tablecloth, tray, or even a yellow notepad,
 are all viable bits of  indoor sun to
brighten the day.



Rainy days are for candles,
 as are sunny days, 
cold days, 
snowy days, 
windy days, 
and not windy days.



Rainy days,
or sunny days,
 all are good days to be ever so thankful
for all the wondrous blessings our loving Lord has heaped upon us!

"Make a joyful noise to  the Lord all ye lands,
serve the Lord with gladness,
come before His presence with singing,
know that the Lord, 
He is God.
It is He who has made us and not we ourselves.
We are His people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise;
be thankful to Him and bless His name,
 for the Lord is good.  
His mercy is everlasting.
His truth endureth to all generations."
Psalm 100


4 comments:

midmofarmfamily said...

I found this post so dreamy! I wish it would rain for a few days here, that slow steady rain that keeps you from "working" outside from sun up to sun down. I love that your children are writing letters. That is definately a "lost art". Everyon emails or texts! Thanks for sharing your rainy day

Kim said...

Julianne,

What a beautiful post. I could use a few days full of peace and simplicity. I do so enjoy baking, sewing, reading, and the soft glow of candles. I would like a slow drizzle of rain for a few days too as our ground here in Ohio is dry.
Thanks for sharing,

Kim

Mrs.Rabe said...

Lovely...

We had a day like that yesterday!

Deanna

Kim said...

Julianne,
I have also enjoyed the slow drip and soft fragrance from the rain we have had, so peaceful. I like how it creates a slow rhythm to my day.
Let Brian know that I have learned so much from his Proverbs series on your church's website. Thank you so much for sharing the messages with me way over here in Ohio. How do I get into the archives?
By Grace Alone,
Kim