The Review That Left My Husband Speechless

Cynthia Reyes:

Because saying “thank you” never goes out of style.
Thank you, Colin and Justin!

Originally posted on Cynthia Reyes:

If you look at the back of almost any book these days, you’ll see glowing recommendations from big name authors or other celebrities.  You know: a fancy version of “This book is the best thing since sliced bread!”

 Writing ‘book blurbs’ has become such a going concern that some well-known authors make a good chunk of change off it.

 But when my manuscript was complete, I wasn’t looking for big name celebrities to lend their names. I wanted people who genuinely “got” my book. And I wanted individuals whose own writing reflects a passion for the thing we call “home”.

I asked only a few people and was very lucky: they all said yes. You’ll see their kind comments on the back cover of A Good Home.

Book back coverOne response stood out. It wasn’t just a sentence: it was a whole review. To have two strangers agree to read the…

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Garden Joys

It’s such a joy to grow things.

Blog Photo - Veggie Garden Lettuce

And even more satisfying to know that the stuff we’re eating is from our own garden.

Blog Photo - Garden harvest baskets with toamtoes peppers eggplants on table

This year, as I walked through the garden, I found myself eating berries and vegetables before I even got them into the house.

Blog Photo - Verandah - Red Currants

Instead of making jelly, I ate the currants fresh from the bush every day.

Asparagus spears, delicious when eaten fresh, often didn’t make it into the kitchen.

Same for the raspberries and even some tomatoes.

Being able to forage for food in one’s own garden is a privilege.

Blog Photo - Garden harvest Basket tomatoes pumpkin

Recently, we’ve made herb oils (basil, in this case).

Blog Photo - Herb Oils 2

And I’ve made peach cake.

Blog Photo - Peach

Knowing my tragic history with baking cakes, my family was impressed by how well it turned out.

Blog Photo - Cake 2

I was so impressed with my baking victory that I kept making the same cake over and over again.

Blog Photo - Cake Cut

“Make her stop!” younger daughter begged her father.

I protested and she said “Mom, I love you. But you know … you find one thing that you can make, and you keep making it and making it till we’re sick of it.”

I  rolled my eyes and tried to look penitent. But I was busy making another peach cake.

Blog Photo - Cake slice

Soon it will be time to pull the garlic and onion bulbs from the soil.

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And time to make apple pie.

I’ll peel and slice the apples, and my good man will make the pies. Everyone in our family looks forward to this tradition (and no-one complains since he only makes these delicious pies once a year).

Blog Photo - Kitchen Apple slices

Blog Photo - Kitchen Pies on Table

It’s the simple stuff. The good stuff. 

And my daughter will be relieved to know that now I’m serving the peaches freshly sliced, with yogourt.

But just wait till next summer.



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