Thursday 3 February 2011

Live slow . . .

If you follow anything in the act of it's existance . . . a bird taking a bath, a snowflake falling from the sky, icicles melting, a baby sleeping . . . you'll be taken to the quiet beginnings, that instant from where being starts. What makes these moments so precious . . . is the freshness of their being, their birth . . . and the only way we can notice them . . . is by slowing down.

We often consider inconvenient moments in our life as huge hassels . . . you know the kind I am talking about I am sure. Our bus is late, the waiter takes too long bringing the check, we are kept on hold listening to canned music when we have called a business or the Doctor's, we just happen to get the checkout line at the Grocery story in which the person in front of us ends up having to have a price check or some other such delay . . . they happens to us all . . . these minor nuisances and annoyances.

Sometimes I think it is just karma's way of telling us to slow down, to refind the beginning of time, to take a little breather. Unfortunately most of us are operating in top gear, high paced, running so fast to where we want to be that many of us never slow down until we are forced to . . . through illness or worse. We are such odd creatures in this . . . I am sure if we were to look at ourselves through a magnifiying glass, as if from far away . . . we would look just like a bunch of ants scurrying around, running into things, butting into obstacles and then shaking our heads and running into them again.

Like this beautiful planet we live on, the earth beneath our feet . . . our existance moves so slowly through time, that we often take it for granted. It is only our "busy"ness that makes it seem as if we never have enough time. There is nothing so important that we shouldn't stop to smell the flowers along the way.

Life it too short and fragile not to take the time to see the flower bloom, or the bee buzz . . . to watch snowflakes fall in wonder, to savour the melting of icicles on an unseasonably warm winter's day that we know is just a teaser of the spring that is to come . . . to stop and really listen to our children's laughter, or our husband's soft snores . . . and to appreciate each and every little moment for what it is . . . a gift.

So, the next time you are caught up in traffic and going nowhere, or stuck on the phone listening to canned music . . . savour the moment for what it is and . . . relax. Live slow enough to enjoy the moment.

I am really excited. My friend Sheilagh and her husband Ralph are coming over for supper tonight. I met Sheilagh through her blog, Sixty is Good. She was actually here for my Pampered Chef Party last week, but we didn't really have a lot of time to spend together at it, one on one like. I'm really looking forward to tonight! It will be a blissful distraction from the here and now! I do so love to have people over for meals! I always have done.

Here's another tasty potato dish from my archives over on Marie's Muses. I hope you don't mind me sharing it with you again. My mom always loves my escalloped potatoes. It was when we were eating these one time she said to me that I was just like her own mother, able to put ultimate flavours into even the simplest things. That made me feel good. sometimes I top these with buttered bread or cracker crumbs, which I haven't done this time, but they are a really tasty addition and add buttery crunch! These are so easy to do, there is no making of a white sauce, or pre-cooking of the potatoes . . . simple and old fashioned.

*Escalloped Potatoes*
Serves 4 to 6
Printable Recipe

These are like the ultimate in comfort food. They are so simple to make and taste wonderful. Old fashioned goodness…it just can’t be beat!

4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
Whole fat milk

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Butter a 2 litre casserole dish very well.

Begin by layering in the bottom with a layer of the sliced potato and topping that with a layer of the onion. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper and flour. Dot with butter and repeat the layers until all the potatoes and onions are used up. Top with a final sprinkling of salt, pepper and flour and dot the top with butter.

Carefully pour the milk into the sides of the dish until you can just barely see the milk under the surface. You don’t want it to completely cover the potatoes. I use the tip of the knife to kind of lift the edges a bit as I am pouring it in. You want it to come up about ¾ of the way.

Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes, then remove the foil and continue to bake until bubbly, the top is golden brown and the potatoes are tender (about half an hour longer).

Remove from the oven and let set a few minutes before serving. These are wonderful with roasted meats or even just frankfurters. We always had them with roasted ham and baked beans.


  1. Just the meal I made for Mary and I last night of our very favourites....
    Have a lovely night tonight. Great that sheilagh will be over. I do so enjoy reading her blog as well...Good that she lives near enough you to come visit. Only wish I did as well....or that you could came visit me....
    Love Sybil xx

  2. How wonderful to have a blogger friend live close enough for a visit. This winter has taught a lot of us here to slow down in more ways than one. I love the potato dish. It's just the way I've always made them and haven't fixed any for a long time. I hope your Thursday is a great one!

  3. Live Slow--Live Well is my motto for the year, you know. Always room for improvement though... ;o) Very exciting with your friends coming together--have a merry time! LOVE the potato dish today... I've not made those in a while, so you've inspired me! I', taking a tiny digital sabbatical this weekend and going offline tomorrow and through the weekend to enjoy some time with hubby and dig into some creativity--it's been so busy lately, so time to slow down. :o) Thinking about you, dear friend... LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  4. Good morning, my dear friend! I've just been catching up a bit on your posts--talk about needing to slow down! Life's been moving pretty fast over here...

    I'm so sorry you're having to deal with all this right now--especially for the pain in your knee...keeping you in my prayers, Marie.

    So much love being sent your way'll be in my thoughts.


  5. Wonderful advice Marie. We talked about this a little in Bible study this morning - we're so busy planning for the future sometimes that we forget to savor today. blessings, marlene

  6. Lovely florals you have, I would like a seat at those tables! The food looks yummy. What time do we eat?

    It has been a very long time since I visited your blog, still lovely.

  7. I always used to get angry if I had to stand in line at the supermarket for any length of time. Now I treat it as a 'rest' and I enjoy the wait because I have stopped long enough to 'not be rushing'. I rush around everywhere else, way too much!

    Cheers - Joolz


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