Finally, I'm arriving to my blog this fall with apples to offer. It just seems right to have apples showcased here in the fall, no? I do live in Washington State after all … Home of the Apple. (I do apologize to all you native Washingtonians … but it still sounds odd to my ears to say that I live in Washington State! I still feel like I'm falling off the edge of the US when I say that and I keep working on my brain arrangement to make that adjustment!)
I know I made promises early in September to offer tons of apple recipes, but sometimes life has a way of getting the best of my intentions. I found a quote yesterday that totally wraps up the September I experienced:
"To LIVE is so startling that it leaves little time for anything else." –Emily Dickinson.
I loved that quote the moment I read it as I felt it really conveys most of what I experience each day. I don't want the event-of-Living to be an excuse for not experiencing the small daily moments. It is a temptation for me to let those moments wash over and around me rather than allowing myself to swim in them and enjoy the sensation they bring.
I feel like I lived a LOT of life this September and was left feeling a bit overwhelmed and yet knew that I am a blessed chick still!
On the other hand, I know many others who live an awful lot MORE of life this past month. I think of one of Aly's coaches who is battling cancer and who has a little boy to raise. I think of the father of a kid Em's age who was in a horrific car accident a couple of weeks ago and is fighting to be mended physically as well as mentally. I can't really complain at all, can I?
I look at the small things I deal with and I realize what blessings God has bestowed on me. Who am I to be worthy of such a wonderful life?
Who am I to be able to spend a few minutes this afternoon remembering my childhood in Europe by mixing Pate Brisee and arranging sliced apples in concentric circles … ultimately creating a Tarte Aux Pommes …
Therefore, I share this recipe with you, hopeful that whether you make the Tarte or not, you'll be aware of the blessings of bounty in your life … your family, your home, your friends … You can certainly name your own blessings … I'm sure you have many!!