“Still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate.”
I find myself driving the back roads of Vernon County Wisconsin where we call home, more than usual these cool October days. I cant help but grab my camera, and head out in search of a few images to capture the feeling that the colors of the season paint all around us, before they are gone for good!
We live in a truly beautiful area that is always changing so vibrantly with each season! These are a few pictures taken within a few miles of our farm.
With the change in season’s, and the cold rainy weather that has already brought snow with it, it has left me struggling to adjust to the thought of what comes after fall!
WINTER!!! I am not ready to hibernate for the winter yet!
I am doing better now and I have adjusted to the inevitable season that is coming. I started up the wood stove, and brought out the mittens, scarves and hats in final surrender.
With all the changes happening around here lately I have been dwelling on the concept of change, and why I rebel against it so. I love AND hate change. I guess that is because of fear, I am afraid of the uncertain.
I happened to catch a part of a sermon the other morning that hit on the subject of change, as well. The pastor talked about when he graduated high school, and how a friend wrote in his yearbook, “Don’t ever change, Dude!”, he went on to say how silly of a comment that is to make to someone! Don’t ever change? Why would you want to stay the same? Like an old mud puddle, all stagnant?
Change is GOOD! I always want to be progressing towards change. Growing in all areas of my life for the better. Learning new things, trying to reach goals and polishing skills that I have been blessed to be given. So why is it so hard?
Some may see this as not being content in life, always wanting to progress towards change and growth. They are kind of right! I am not content to sit back and watch others do things that I want to learn myself, and I am not content to sit stagnant instead of growing in a skill! And the challenge with any skill is, that though you practice that skill over and over, often you grow little or very slowly.
I remember once, a very close friend of mine had moved back after packing up and moving several states away for a job, they eventually returned home and after spending some time together again, she told me that I had changed. I remember thinking, “of course I had changed!”, it had been years since they had moved away, and I HOPE I wasn’t the same as I was that many years ago.
Now she had meant that I wasn’t the same person, not as good of a friend. And I HAD changed a lot, I was a stay at home mom now, homeschooling my kids and I had a few little side businesses going, like my produce stand, and I was doing in home daycare for a family and I had started blogging!
I had developed a focused drive to make it all work. And it did all work! With God’s help and my husbands! I was determined and focused, but to my friend, I was not as fun or as approachable as I used to be. Now I had seen the growth I had made in those ventures as progress, and a good thing, but it took away from my time with my friends, and changed who I was. This is something I am still trying to work on.
For me as a Christian, I desire to always remain in God’s will for my life, and when I am working towards growing in different areas, it is not always easy to balance that with everything else. I also have to be careful that I am wanting to be better in something for the right reasons! ( Colossians 3:23) As well as being careful to make time for everything.
I know its not just me that struggles to find a balance between work and life, and that this isn’t a new concept to you. We all naturally want to succeed, and be better at the the talents or hobbies we have, while still maintaining focus on what is most important in life. So I guess this blog is a reminder to myself that change is good! And to keep reaching towards goals, while still making sure to keep friends and family close!
Do you ever struggle with this?
Buttermilk Cranberry Bars
I have one of MY FAVORITE recipes to share with you today! This is the perfect recipe for you to try out on one of these cold, fall days!
…SOFT… CHEWY… TART… SWEET… CREAMY…YUMMY…GET IN MY TUMMY!!!
Wisconsin grown cranberry’s, the zing of orange zest, frothy buttermilk in the batter and cream cheese frosting, add incredible flavors to this dessert!
I have held onto this recipe since I started the blog, waiting for just the right time to share it with you all, and NOW IS THAT TIME!
I always try to have dehydrated orange slices in the freezer for zesting the peel into recipes. But you can use a fresh orange too!
Buttermilk Cranberry Bars
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- the zest from 1 orange
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups flour (set aside a few tablespoons of flour to coat the cranberries in)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 cups fresh cranberries, coat in some of the flour before adding to the batter.
- ½ cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with orange zest and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and vanilla, beat until combined. Toss the cranberries with 2 tablespoons of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt in a seperate bowl.
- Add flour mixture to the batter, a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the cranberries.
- Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Bake for 35 minutes, then check to see if it is done by touching the top gently or by inserting a toothpick. If necessary, return pan to oven,keep a close eye on it.. Do not over bake.
- Let cool completley and frost with cream cheese frosting!
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 8 Oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Cream cheese frosting: Beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth then add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy.
SERVE & ENJOY!!!
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