Oasis of quiet

my little oasis of quiet
as I sit here
all dressed and ready
to spring out the door
when my taxi arrives
but in this moment
all is peaceful
i am one with the world
I am happy
Free from pain
In my little oasis
I enjoy the moment
Before my busy day


Dutch apple pie

Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Yield 1 pie


For the pie

1 single pie crust

3 pounds (8 cups, about 6-8 whole) apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

half cup sugar

quarter cup flour

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 and half teaspoons cinnamon

1 fourth teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 8th teaspoon ground cloves

For the topping

3 fourths cup all-purpose flour

1 third cup pecan pieces, chopped

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 fourth teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

5 tablespoons butter, melted

Special equipment

9-inch pie plate


Heat oven to 375°F. Roll out the crust On a surface sprinkled with flour, using a floured rolling pin, roll pastry dough into a circle 2 inches larger than a 9-inch pie plate. Fold the pastry over the rolling pin, lift it up and place it in the pie plate. Gently press the pastry into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Fold and crimp the pie dough around the rim of the pie plate. Transfer it to the refrigerator.

Make the topping In a small bowl, combine flour, pecans, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour melted butter over the bowl in a circular motion and toss with a fork.

Make the filling In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove and toss with your hands.

Assemble and bake the pie Retrieve the pie crust from the refrigerator. Pour the apples into the pie plate, arrange them a bit so they fit, then sprinkle the apples with the crumble topping. Place in oven to cook at 375°F for 55 min. If it looks like the edges of the pie are getting too browned, cover them with an aluminum foil strip.

Serve Let the pie cool on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes. Then slice and top with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and caramel.

Source Simply Recipes


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Sweet smell of coffee brewing

I listen
to the kettle boiling
cups being filled up
I wrinkle up my nose
that familiar smell
coffee brewing
A favourite smell of mine
I savour it
As it wofts into the room
Any time now
A cup of coffee will land on my desk


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So nervous!

I am so nervous
I feel it all over my body
Nervous because
Of this time of year
I hate it
October is one of our worst months
Comes and
We get so scared
Monsters are real
at least they were in our childhood
So much
bad stuff
happened on the lead up
to halloween night
all I want
is for the memories
to go away
take flight
and leave me be
its hard to live in fear
of being so overwhelmed
that you sink


Morning time with Nitro!

Just let nitro out for his morning run! He only goes out in the garden, in my back yard, but he loves sniffing around out there! He acts like he’s never been out there haha! He is always exploring and trying to find new things to sniff at! But you know what the worst thing he does is? He eats pooh! Omg guys! Its gross! He doesnt do it a lot but he does do it some. Its so disgusting!

Anyway, its his breakfast time now! He’s wagging his tail with gusto! And I know he’ll eat his breakfast with zest! He’s a lab, after all!

I’m hoping my pa frances can get some cool pictures of him today. I love taking pictures of him. I am going to try to get one of him eating some fruit.

Anyway I should finish up my coffee and then go feed him otherwise he will whimper at me for food!


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I Made it out alive

As I lie in bed
My mind
And body
Unite as one
Rest comes
Slowly I start to relax
Slowly my mind stops
Switches off
My body follows suit
I turn over
Feeling blissful
Another successful day down
I can go to bed tonight
With the knowledge
I made it through another day
Thank you body
Thank you mind
Thank you for uniting
And helping me to make it out of this day alive
Win, win!

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Youthful word of the day!

I’ve been enjoying a facial. A home made remedy!
I feel so youthful now! It did me the power of good to do this!
Plus it makes my skin feel lovely!
Its just some clenzer, toner and moisturizer that I am using, but its so nice to take a little time out to actually just sit down and do a bit of self care!
I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I will stay looking younger for longer hahahaha!
Plus after a long day its nice to just do something nice just for me!


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