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Peas and Quiet

November 9, 2012


With seven kids and an ever brimming house of activity… quiet is in short supply.

However in the past two years I have come to an honest understanding with myself;

I require a lot of peace.

Just moments sitting in the sun with nothing around me… or being lost in a task and no one saying my name.   I chalk it up to a very peace-free childhood… either way now that I know this, my life has improved.    I need a lot of drama-free space.  I have had to go to great lengths to walk away from relationships and activities which, perhaps others can handle and take on the chin, are too toxic for me.   I once thought this meant I was weak… now I know  it has nothing to do with that.

However often times I can’t just sit in the sun… So gardening alone and smelling the earthiness while I clip the spinach… cooking with just music in the background, all smells and notes swirling  and cocooning me… painting a quick recipe card  and being lost in the way the paints mix…these things feed my soul.   They let me connect with something bigger then myself.

 Because no matter how I love peace and quiet…and I do… I really love hearing… I mean Hearing….

really Hearing.




(sharing with Jennifer at StudioJRU, PPF, 5MinFri)

More recipe cards here:

Perfect Pesto

Chicken Curry Salad

34 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2012 8:51 am

    Gee, that looks absolutely delicious! What a beautiful haul from your garden. Love your receipe card too. Happy PPF

    • November 9, 2012 8:54 am

      aww thanks it is wonderful.
      I just fiddle with the recipe cards…. I figure it is better then scrawling it all in a notebook, right?

  2. November 9, 2012 9:01 am

    That looks great, I may try it tonight.

  3. November 9, 2012 9:21 am

    Looks very yummy.

  4. November 9, 2012 9:56 am

    Oh, I need that quiet too. Baking is a wonderful time of quiet and listening for me. I love the painted recipe card. I am continually in awe of how others express themselves creatively.

  5. November 9, 2012 10:14 am

    Beautiful post. I have been thinking about what I am needing now. and QUIET is big on my list. Love this recipe – as a strict vegetarian, I am always looking for new recipes to try, and this one is going high on my list.

  6. Susan permalink
    November 9, 2012 10:31 am

    Wonderful post! I feel like I can almost smell your garden (something I also enjoy).

  7. November 9, 2012 10:43 am

    what a lovely post. I can’t imagine living with 7 children or how you ever find alone time. I love my solitude and am very happy in my own company so being around people for too long (my husband being the only exception) leaves me longing for quiet time again – I think I get worse as I get older as I certainly loved socialising when I was younger!!
    This recipe sounds lovely – leave out the milk/yogurt and chicken and I could make a very nice vegan pasta!!

  8. November 9, 2012 10:58 am

    Looks like a wonderful recipe T. I recognize the gluten free pasta in the background. My tests came back normal. I’m quite surprised.

    I too crave peace and quiet. I remember a day when I was younger that I stayed on the run. In the past few years I have learned to love the contemplative part of myself. To accept the relationships and situations that I cannot engage in. I’ve also learned to allow myself time to decompress and schedule dr appointments etc very thin. (It works with only one child needing me! )
    Your garden harvest looks beautiful. I am so sad I didn’t take the time to get out and plant my winter garden. I have never had one and thought I would enjoy it so much more than the garden in the spring/summer. I have to give myself Grace, August was a month of driving to Kansas and back, reclaiming the room oldest daughter lived in, anemia struggles for me, tests and new medications for little ones seizures. I am hard on myself tho.

    • November 9, 2012 12:29 pm

      oh don’t give me too much credit about my garden… I found a stray half pack of spinach and a few others and in lieu of throwing them out or loosing them I haphazardly threw them in the ground…:)
      Congrats about the test results… no harm in cutting back regardless.

      • November 9, 2012 2:50 pm

        You are so right! Since cutting back, wayyyy back, I’ve noticed a lot less joint pain. I thought my skin was less sensitive but the jury is still out after this week. (Might be a result from getting the all clear and adding it back in in small amounts??) my system is so easily agitated. Does the red headed one react this way too? Being an asthmatic with allergies keeps me on my toes. Sensitive gal all the way around.
        I keep wondering if I was to run out and throw my seeds in the ground and covered with heavy frost if we’d be ok. Would you this late? In NW Fl I just never know what to do! Ha ha! Peas and spinach fresh. Mmmmm.

      • November 9, 2012 4:50 pm

        the red headed kid; not so much…. My husband for sure. He is off gluten, dairy, sugar, pretty much everything… he eats more , what the call now, a Paleo diet. He has psoriasis and his diet is hugely important in how his body reacts.

        I threw stuff in the ground last year about october…and we were good here… for sure in Florida.
        what are your other options? For me they would be loose track of the seeds by next year or throw them out… mise well see what they do in the ground.

  9. November 9, 2012 11:04 am

    I love this! I too find relaxing and ‘quiet’ in actually doing things. Thanks for sharing!

  10. ro elliott permalink
    November 9, 2012 1:53 pm

    I love your cards…so creative…and yes…may your weekend be filled with peas and quiet~

  11. November 9, 2012 3:05 pm

    Only you could find “Joy Pasta”. Enjoy your joy in the peas in quiet. Tee hee.

    • November 9, 2012 4:47 pm

      I love the fact that you think I am the only one who would find Joy Pasta… I hope people always think that I would be the one to find stuff liked that!
      you are awesome.

  12. November 9, 2012 6:34 pm

    we all need time to just listen, love your cards,

  13. marycnasser permalink
    November 9, 2012 7:18 pm

    Very cute painted recipe card!
    Happy PPF!!

  14. November 9, 2012 8:48 pm

    You sow inspired seeds indeed! Thank you for this unexpected harvest!

  15. November 9, 2012 9:05 pm

    What an exquisite post…the photos and narration… And your charming recipe card makes me want to try pasta peas even though peas are NOT my favoote vegetable. 🙂

  16. November 9, 2012 9:23 pm

    I want your food ha ha…i agree rethe peace of gardening thx for thouhtful post

  17. November 9, 2012 9:27 pm

    Love your recipe and the recipe card. I think we all need peace and quiet. For some reason, I always need it.:) Take care. Nice post.

  18. November 9, 2012 9:29 pm

    I lost my comment but to reiterate what I said…Your recipe is awesome and I love the recipe card. Sometime we all need peace and quiet, but for some reason I always need it. Take care.

  19. November 9, 2012 9:37 pm

    There is just nothing like working with the earth, gardening. It is such a wonderful, peaceful time to do that *hearing*. That recipe looks delicious!

  20. November 9, 2012 9:50 pm

    it looks delicious and i do like the illustrated recipes… that make sit even more lovely…xx

  21. November 10, 2012 12:24 pm

    T… this seems odd to say… but this post is me… how you say you are here is my heart also… And it would be so easy to say without really ever having met you that I love you deeply with a happy caring… just to know a soul who understands me without knowing me….and really it is all about your words and the blessed jumble of them as they lift from your heart and reach across cybespace and your drawings as if my heart held the pen and brush… you are a blessing to so many!
    T… love you in the Lord, like real family!

    • November 12, 2012 9:33 am

      oh my goodness… you are an angel…I know I have said it before but the way you encourage is literally a Gift.
      holding your words in my heart….to know someone gets my stream of thought writings…that is gold.
      Thank you.

  22. Ann permalink
    November 10, 2012 6:03 pm

    I’ll make this for sure! I would love a recipe card like that! The art work is beautiful!
    I want one!!!!

  23. November 10, 2012 6:22 pm

    Planting my winter crops this late?! Pure Grace indeed! Monday IS a holiday too. Thank you for this grace T!

  24. November 11, 2012 11:06 am

    Love, love, love your photographs and your recipe card! That pasta looks so delicious, I’m going to try that recipe! 🙂

  25. Lynn permalink
    November 11, 2012 6:50 pm

    I used to adore gardening it was my passion…body says no more..enjoyed your photos so much. Cannot wrap my mind around 7 children…I have five grand children but I’ve never been with all of them at one time. Wishing you many peaceful moments!

  26. November 15, 2012 7:51 pm

    I totally dig food art Happy PPF!

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