Friday, December 07, 2007

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sisterinchrist said...

Woohoo! Oh, I do understand. Thank you so kindly for explaining on my blog the other day. I am a mother whose child was 'prodigal' since a young age and had to exit living in our home with us at the tender age of 18. 4 years later, she is on fire for the Lord. Living with a christian family 8 hours away and heading a drama ministry in her church! I am, of course, referring to the most recent post at Guard the Home. Lady Lydia....if you must, you might want to seek out Halo Scan. It is a commenting form that you put code in for. That should take care of MUCH of the trouble. ;o) You should just google for it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you dear Lydia for blogging! I so loved your article "Better at Home" and know from experience the many benefits, blessing, peace, joy and contentment there's to be found in being a keeper at home through different stages of life. I thank God for the wonderful roles He's chosen for us women. It's simply the best. :) Thanks once again for your inspiration and encouragement. L.M.L.

Anonymous said...

Your site has meant a great deal to me. It is so inspiring and full of wisdom. I only wish I had this wisdom and encouragement to read all the way back when I was a young girl. I still greatly benefit from it, as does my grown daughter, a mother herself now. Thank you! Cindy R.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Dear Lady Lydia, just popping in for a little hello - so nice to be able to do this again!

Anonymous said...

Lady Lydia,

Thank you so much for telling us about the book, "Simple Social Graces". I ordered a used copy from Amazon and have been having a fabulous time reading it. I think that this book is really more of a social history book than an etiquette book despite its title, so I plan to pass it on to my husband to read after I am through. Thanks again for the recommendation!

Anonymous said...

Greetings from an Arizona homekeeper-in-training! My Mom and I have been reading your blog for some time. We thoroughly enjoy it. The whole theme is so inspiring and encouraging. All the old-fashioned pictures are pure eye-candy to this old-fashioned teen. (Yes, there is such a thing as an old-fashioned teen. I tell you, reading Lauara Ingalls Wilder, Jane Austen, and G. A. Henty does something to you! LOL)

Oh, by the way, I *love* that teacup you posted about a little while ago. That was so clever! Even my brother liked it. He took one look and exclaimed, "THAT IS COOL!!!"

Blessings, Christine

Anonymous said...

Dearest lady Lydia,

It's so lovely to be able to comment here again. Your writings are always wonderful and an oaisis of refreshment in an often hostile and difficult world.

The joys of being able to put the home first are so abundant. When one is in a position to do this, hospitality and entertaining friends and family is so much easier, goin at ones own pace re cleaning, cookery, home maintenance is possible and burnout is far less likely to occur.

Such flexibility as can be found only in putting the home first has allowed me to give hospitality to family passing through at short notice on their way visiting friends and family in my state; being able to have a well ordered home and guestroom (aleviating the last minute rush) as well as being able to provide a welcome homecooked dinner for the weary traveller (plus a pound cake for sweets (half gone already) from scratch.

I put this up on 'Creative Housewife' but will share it here also as I've perfected it.

Very quick pound cake:-

2 cups plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
2-3 teaspoons baking powder
125g butter (melted)
2 eggs
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk

place dry ingredients into a bowl.

melt butter.

Place into another bowl and add milk followed by eggs and vanilla. Whisk together and pour into dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly fo4 5 minutes or until batter is well combined.

Pour out into greased and lined cake tin and bake at 180 degrees c (160-170 degrees c for fanforced ovens) until a skewer or knife plunged into centre of cake comes out clean.

wate five minutes or so and turn out onto wire rack to cool. Ice if liked or serve plain.

So quick!

Italian Fennel Penne

6-8 cloves garlic
one small or half medium onion

2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 Italian pork and fennel sausages (or the sausage meat if available - go to a good italian butcher or deli for these if possible).
fresh oragano and rosemary
Tomato passata
tablespoon balsamic vinegar, teaspoon or two of sugar, good pinch salt
1 Zuccini diced or 3-4 fingers of a fennel bulb.
black olives stoned and chopped if liked.
A little good quality red wine if liked.
quarter cup stock or water (a little more if necessary.

Saute garlic, herbs and onion in the oil till tender and translucent (not coloured). Add sausage meat, breaking it up with the wooden spoon. Add zuccini dice and saute for five minutes or so. Add balsamic vinegar, sugar and salt. Continue cooking. When Zuccini is approaching tender, add the passata and water/stock. Ad wine and put a lid on the pan, gently simmering till cooked. Add olives and a little more garlic towards the end, season to taste.

Bring a large pan of water to the boil with a little salt and extra virgin olive oil. Add penne pasta (about 250g(. cook till aldente and drain (do not rinse; pasta doesn't need this if cooked in enough water). Pour into pan containing sauce and gently fold through till combined on a low heat.

Transfer into serving bowl, garnish with basil, fennel sprigs or Italian flat leafed parsley.

Serve with freshly grated parmesan or peccorino.

You may wish to have a good penna de casa or focaccia to go with it. A green salad is also lovely. Alternatively, steam as many broccoli florrets as required, putting in fresh asparagus in to steam with it (they'll take the same amount of time and need no more than five minutes steaming). Transfer into salad bowl and toss through with cubed fetta, lemon zest, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a little lemon juice and seasoning. Mint and more parsley can also be aded.

Makes a good lunch or dinner for the family or guests. The pasta freezes very well indeed and is also better the next day.

Keep up the good work, both authors and commenters.


Mrs. E.,

KTHunter said...

I enjoyed the "Sewing Lesson" post. The young lady is so lucky to have a personal teacher for sewing!

I found an interesting article on manners on the Christian Science Monitor that I think you would enjoy. I hope I get the link correct:

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

hi lady lydia. i'm an avid reader of your blog. i am a housewife with two children, and i find inspiration from your posts.

i would like to ask your opinion however, regarding this article from msn news

im sure many of us would appreciate your posting your thoughts on this matter. personally i'm a little hurt, sad, that a person's "monetary" worth is given more value than what a mom does for the home.

thank you very much again, for your time, for inspiring and encouraging us.

- princess

Anonymous said...

I've been reading Simple Social Graces as well, via inter-library loan. Thank you, Lydia, for recommending it.

Lydia said...

Regarding the comment verification process: I do not use it because my blind readers cannot get in. Their braille machines cannot decipher those wiggly letters!!