Wednesday 2 June 2010

When you get the blues . . .

I started off yesterday as having a bit of a *blue* day. You know the kind I mean. We all have one once in a while. It's nothing in particular that you can put your finger on really . . .

Nothing big, and nothing small . . . it's just a day you feel a bit out of sorts and sorry for yourself. You don't really know why . . . but something just doesn't feel right. I don't like it when my days begin like that . . . and so . . .

I spent some time in prayer and meditation with my Heavenly Father. I asked Him to lift my mood and help me to feel better . . . I thought about all of those that I know that need a little help and I lifted them up to my Heavenly Father in prayer . . . I sat and thought about all my blessings and I thanked Him for His great abundance . . . and I started to feel a bit better.

I cleaned the house. I cleaned all the bathroom and I hoovered upstairs and down, and washed the floors. I dusted throughout and kept at it until everything sparkled . . . things started to look a bit better . . .

I picked up the phone and I called a friend that I had not spoken to in a while. Before too long I was smiling and laughing. Friends are good medicine, especially kindred spirit friends and I am grateful that I have more than a few of them! I am very blessed in this way.

I put some of my favourite music on the stereo and I danced. It felt good. Surrounded by some of my favourite sounds and losing myself in the melody. Sometimes it's good to lose yourself in a melody, and abandon yourself to the song it sings to your heart . . .

I went out and helped Todd collect in some of his catalogues. One of the best ways to forget yourself is to lose yourself in service to another. It really helps. It drizzled on us from time to time, and not everyone is friendly, but being able to do something to help Todd made me feel better. Many hands make light work.

I lost myself for a time in my craft room and finished my doll. Miss Florrie Brighteyes . . . she is another mouse but this time with a lace trimmed skirt and a bustle in the Victorian fashion. As my fingers worked and plyed my needle and thread, my mood lifted.

How can this not make you smile??? I don't know. She sure makes me smile. I'll be listing her in my Etsy shop a bit later on today. If you would like to read a bit more about Miss Florrie Brighteyes, you can do so here. Tis truly a delightful tale, or is it *tail?*

I went through my Big Blue Binder and read recipes and thought of my family, and friends and some of the happy memories and times spent in cooking some of the recipes on it's pages . . . and then I baked a cake for Todd. An old fashioned cake . . . an old family recipe . . . and suddenly I felt completely and totally in the pink.

That's the way to shake the blues. Forget yourself . . . go to work, pray for others, do some service, phone a friend, dance, create . . . bake.

*Happiness consists in activity . . . it is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.*

Here's that cake I baked yesterday. I got the recipe a long time ago from my dear Aunt Freda. it was four years ago on Monday that she passed away . . . and there is not a day go by when I don't think of her and smile in my heart. She was a dear sweet Aunt, a friend . . . and much beloved. Baking her cake helped me to feel close to her, and to remember sweet and special times spent together.

*Lazy Daisy Cake*
Makes one 8 inch square cake
Printable Recipe

A hotmilk sponge with a coconut topping that is baked on. Old fashioned, low in fat, simple and very tasty. I like to serve this with tinned fruit for an extra special treat.

2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 TBS butter

3 TBS butter
3 TBS brown sugar
2 TBS cream or canned milk (undiluted)
1/2 cup flaked coconut

Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F. Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.

Beat the eggs well. Beat in the sugar and vanilla. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Heat the milk and butter together until the butter melts. Stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture alternately with the heated milk. Mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes. About five minutes before the cake is done make the topping. Blend the cream, butter and brown sugar in a small pan. Bring to the bubble. Stir in the coconut. Remove from the heat. Once the cake is baked, remove from the oven and spread the coconut topping on top. Heat the grill. Replace the cake into the oven and bake for an additional 2 minutes under the grill until bubbling. Allow to cool in the pan. Cut into squares to serve.

Over on The English Kitchen today, a delicious Chicken and Barley Simmer! Cooked in one pan on top of the stove while you sit around with your feet up. What could be better?


  1. Marie the mouse doll is just perfect. I love her pinny. I am also glad you managed to lift your mood. Well done. I hope today is filled with lots of special moments as you are terrific at making the most of them.

  2. I've certainly had those kinds of days. Sounds like you did all sorts of lovely things to make yourself chipper again. Miss Florie Brighteyes is so cute!

    Have a sunny day friend!

    P.S. I have a big blue binder with family recipes, too! I love looking over old family favorites. We certainly are kindred spirits. :)

  3. I'm glad you were able to chase those blues away. It's not always easy but with all those blessings to count it is possible for sure. I hope your Wednesday is a wonderful one!

  4. Funny conincidence, sort of "off" day for me as well...must be something in the air. Your cure is very sound advice and I will follow it today.

    Love the mouse!

  5. It really is the little things that can help lift a day! Just loved this boost-you-up post, Marie! Do hope the blues are well and gone now. :o)Funny, but I was feeling a bit "off" earlier today too... LOL! LOVE, love, love the new little mouse! She is adorable, and that dress is exquisite..*sigh*... great creative job done there, my friend. Nice easy cake today. I'm wanting to make a cake this weekend, perhaps this one--something quick and easy fits the bill. Happy Day to you & Todd.. LOVE YOU HEAPS!! OXOX ((BIG HUGS))

  6. Dear Marie,
    Another beautifully written post! I am sorry you were blue, I get like that at times. But, I do as you did and I always begin to feel better! Praying for help from the Lord and praying for others, helping others, or doing something nice for someone always makes you feel happy! I love your sweet little mouse. You are so talented! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Love, Paula

    P.S. I enjoyed your lovely trip to Wales and reading all of your sweet thoughts! Thank you for sharing your scone recipe!

  7. You are amazing. Your recipe for a good day and what to do to not be blue. I think the recipe of forget yourself, go to work, pray for others, do some service, phone a friend, dance,and create is the best advice I have had in a long time. I think this thought will go on my frig. I always love to see your recipes. Thanks for sharing today.

  8. It sounds like you have the perfect prescription for the Blues. Hope you are feeling better now. And, my, you accomplished a lot in your blue day! Happy tomorrow!!

  9. Looks like quite a day of chasing the blues away at oak Cottate -- what an adorable mouse doll! Loved your picture of the little girl praying (from my childhood era - Little Golden books) Thanks for your very sweet visit.

  10. Hello my dear Marie, I understand you perfectly, you know sometimes we begin perfect the morning but some thoughts, a call, something happens and the blue comes, I think is normal and part of our spirits, my dear you normally are brave, happy, sweet, fun and lovely, is normal some days you feel blue.
    Sometimes I think is hard have patience with ourselves,but you know dear Marie God always love you ever and ever and the best HE know how we are, I thibk you are sleeping know, take care and sleep well, dear good night, send you huggs and kisses and for Todd too, love ya! gloria

  11. Love your lovely Mouse! xoxoxoxox gloria

  12. thanks for the "get out of the blues" tips. i need them! my hormones are whack! :) glad to hear you made your day unblue:)

  13. Marie, this is the perfect recipe for the blues. I know...I get blue missing my family and I have tried every one one of these and they do work.

    And I think sometimes we also just have to feel blue. It is OK and necessary as long as it doesn't go on too long. I think when we acknowledge it and work through it we also feel better. Sometimes this prevents us from stuffing something down that needs to be dealt with. I wish my lesson this Sunday was on service though...I'd use this point for point. Excellent in everyway. Thank you!

  14. Lovely post, very inspiring, Thanks, Sweet


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