A Song to Rest By

I can’t believe how much of my birthplace is gone. With fires still raging in Sonoma and surrounding counties, my prayers are endless and the fear and worry knocks constantly on my heart.

Imagine my surprise when a song–a song I’ve been hearing every day for weeks thanks to my children’s current obsession with this album–suddenly gave me pause, rest, and renewed hope.

Written to the traditional tune “Londonderry Air,” I give you “Londonderry Prayer” by David Huntsinger. I hope it brings you the same peace it brought to me.

May God give you in every storm a rainbow
in every tear, may He give you a smile
in every care, may he provide a promise
and may He walk beside you every mile.

May God give you, in every hurt a healing
in every sigh, may He give you a song
and may you dwell within the shadow of His wings,
and in that secret place find strength to carry on.

And when your journey leads you through the wilderness
may you find refuge in that weary land
may every valley lead you to a mountain top
and all your steps be steadied by His Hand.

May God give you in every hurt a healing
in every sigh, may He give you a song
and may you dwell within the shadow of His wings
and in that secret place find strength to carry on.

My home county is facing fires.

My parents are safe in their little town so far (my grandmother and aunt evacuated to their house), but fire has engulphed a large portion of the area I grew up in.

A number of my family and friends were evacuated in the middle of the night, and as of now several have lost their homes. Neighborhoods I drove through daily, businesses I frequented, are gone. 

Support is coming in from neighboring areas, but my understanding is that the focus has mostly been on getting people out, not containment.

My prayers are with everyone in Sonoma County, and I ask for your prayers as well in the face of this disaster.

Book Plug

“This was to remain etched in her memory as one of the least dignified moments of her life. Given Rachel’s life, that was saying something.” (Collapsible)

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Collapsible is a new release by my friend Ruth and is full of quirky humor (I dubbed it a modern murder mystery version of Much Ado About Nothing). The writing is clean and engaging, and I grew very fond of the characters very quickly. I didn’t mean to read it in one sitting, but it proved too fun to put down.

If you’re looking for a fast, easy read, I suggest you check it out! The kindle version is currently on sale at Amazon. I understand the paperback will come out in another couple weeks.

The best part, there are two sequels coming out in the next year!

Easy Basic Scones

Adapted from my Joy of Cooking cookbook, this scone recipe only has four ingredients. Hard to go wrong with that!

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Scones

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups heavy cream

1) Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.

2) Sift dry ingredients together.

3) Add cream and mix together until barely combined. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, and handling it as little as possible, pat or roll into 3/4″ thick round.

4) Cut into 12 wedges, place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10-12 minutes, or until scones are golden. Remove to wire rack to cool.

Notes:

– I’ve substituted 1 cup of flour for pastry flour with success.

– To use as a base for strawberry shortcake or other dessert, add 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar to the dry ingredients for a sweeter scone.