A Psalm

It is good to be a child of the Most High God!  My heart was glad within me when He said, “Come, sit with Me a while and share My thoughts”.  My delight is in the Lord and the Light of His countenance!  Come and sup with me, My Lord, and tell me of the mysteries of Your Love.  Show me the secrets of Your High Place that I might know Your heart.  Let me soar with You across the endless skies and delight with You in the deepest oceans.  For Your love is vast beyond imagining, and Your thoughts towards me out number all the starry host of the night skies.  Speak with me in the secret places of my heart and guide my steps with Your wisdom.  Flow through me all the days of my life that I would bring blessing and honor to Your Name.  Oh yes, my soul, it is good to be a child of the Most High!

 Selah

Apple Abundance

            One of the blessings of fall is apples.  Lots and lots and lots of apples.  I was blessed this year with about 40 pounds of apples!  This is what they looked like when I got them home.

 

This tub is about 3 feet square and 2 feet deep.

And this is what they look like now.

            Well, not all of them.  That’s just a sample of what I did with most of them.  I blessed some other people with some, we ate a lot of them, and I made a few pies and crisps.  Oh, and some of them were apparently ninja assassins in disguise.  At least that’s what we assumed when the new puppy attacked them and chewed them up and left apple debris all over the kitchen.  (Apparently the brand new bag of potatoes on the kitchen floor was also massing for an attack.  But that’s a different blog.)

            So now I have quart jars of apple pie filling (for pies or crisps or pancake topping or ice cream topping or…), pints of applesauce (for just by itself, or for a really amazing spice cake recipe), and apple jelly (for toast or syrup) enough for at least a year.  Well, maybe not a whole year.  I plan to use some as Christmas presents.  With appropriate recipe cards and ideas attached.  Oops.  Those of you on my Christmas list, pretend to be surprised, OK?  Say it with me now:  Oooohhhh, aaaawwww.  Very good!

            I will add these to the bounty of my canning pantry.  They will join the tomatoes and peaches and blackberry jelly which are also all products of blessings.  And hopefully, the fall beans and peas that are happily climbing the back fence will yield enough to add to the shelves.  So, the pantry is full and the freezer is bursting at the seams with venison and chicken (also blessings).  And some time this winter I will make venison stew with vegetables from my pantry, add a fresh crusty loaf of homemade French bread, and make an apple pie or a peach cobbler for dessert.  And I will be reminded once more just how blessed my life truly is!