Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weekend recap and a great site to visit!

This past weekend was another whirlwind of activities and traveling for us. A dear family friend...but who we consider family was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and was beginning chemo and radiation treatments this past Monday. This is an incredible man who is the father of one of Jerry's best friends growing up. Jerry also views him as a father figure because he was and always has been a big part of our lives. Pop could really use prayers to pull him through this as we are staying forever optimistic. We would greatly appreciate it and I know he would as well.

"Circumstances and situations do color life but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be"  John Homer Miller (1904)

This is a man who values the family unit and loves being surrounded by his family and friends.
This man we all call Pop is loved by so many!

We love you Pop and we are praying hard! I so believe in the power of positive thinking for sometimes it is half the Battle!

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"  Ralph Waldo Emerson


The girls also got to spend some time with their cousins Neve and Gabby who they don't get to see often. Sleepover was in order of course! ;-)

Here they are with Neve making the ingredients for creating clay figures.


Nana's house always has some project in the works ;-)


The masterpieces! ;-)

Here they are with Gabby getting ready to head out into my parent's yard! 5 acres of fun!



Here Kathleen found an old beehive. My mom's friend made the hat and scarf for her and I think it looks so pretty with her skin and hair coloring. :-)

They always have such a wonderful time at Nana's and Poppop's house!

My dad had found an interesting series he ordered about colonial cooking and we watched a few episodes from the DVD's while we were there. Very interesting chef named Walter Staib who cooks recipes from early colonial times over the hearth. He actually gets to cook at historic sites such as Monticello!

You can find out more about Walter here

He also has a cookbook full of original recipes and recipes from the times.

You can find out more about city tavern here

He also mentions in his videos about cooking with white pepper, which back then was used to make dishes look prettier without the black flakes. My parents had some on hand to share.


I just find history and vintage things so very intriguing. A meal back then was quite a grand affair! Just watching him duck in and out of the large kitchen ovens and maneuvering those heavy cast iron pans and more certainly makes me appreciate the meals he is cooking! Not to mention the amazing produce he has freshly on hand, mostly from the gardens of the places he is cooking from. Definitely worth checking out his site. His accent is a little hard to understand but the more you watch the more you pick up what he is saying.
My dad also enjoys cooking this way, but I couldn't talk him in to being featured on my blog. He likes to remain anonymous :-)

Have a great day!!!

Blessings,
Jill

12 comments:

Kris said...

Pop will be in my prayers too!

Patti said...

Praying for Pop!! May the Lord strengthen him for his rounds of chemo, and may every trace of cancer be removed from his body.

Sounds like it was a fun weekend. It's so nice that you live close enough that you can make weekend trips every now and then. Wish we lived that close to family!!

Have a great day.

Love,
Patti

McVal said...

I'm so sorry about your friend. He is definitely in my prayers today!

Kerri said...

Sending a prayer for Pop.
Sounds like a fun family weekend!

Julie Harward said...

Very interesting post..sorry about your friend. My sister was just told she has stage 4 but the chemo seems to be working! The girls are cute as always, and growing up! (OK, here I go, those verifications words look scary!) ;D

Mark said...

Doctors are doing God's work.
Believe!
m.

Nezzy said...

I'm so sorry 'bout your dear friend 'Pop', know I'll be prayin' that God works a miracle in his life.

Loved the pics of the girls and their creations!

God bless ya and have an amazin' day!!! :o)

KERRY said...

Hi Jill! Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier and saying hi, I hope to see you there again :)
I am your newest follower and look forward to getting to know you.
I am so sorry to hear of the illness of your beloved family friend. I wish the absolute best for him and he is so lucky to have people like you and your family by his side.
Your pics are lovely, looks like lots of fun is had at Nan's house, lucky kids!
Have a good day,
Kerry

Cherie said...

Pop sounds like a wonderful and loving man. Wishing the best for him and the family and that all goes well through this hard time.

Cute pic's of all the girls - Grandma's house looks like so much fun :-D

Camille said...

So sorry that your friend *Pop* has this battle to face. I will pray for him tonight.

How precious your girls are Jill. They are blessed to have so many wonderful family memories to treasure. What a fun place your parent's *back 5* looks to be! :)

Many blessings,
Camille

Tara said...

I'll be praying for Pop! Isn't it wonderful to have such positive people in our lives growing up. I pray that he's here for a long time to stay.

Love Kathleens hat and scarf. Looks like it was a fun weekend!

PhD?! Wow! In what? That's amazing!

Sweet Tea said...

Cancer is such a monster.
Praying for Pop as he fights this fight...The girls are really growing. Haley is becoming quite the young lady.