A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Posts tagged ‘Friendship’


It’s Thursday and I’m having lunch with a friend.  I love Judy, she is my hero.  She was a single mom raising her two children and she did a great job.  She put herself and what she wanted last and made those kids her first priority.

For years we shared the same sidewalk because we were side by side neighbors and friends.  First neighbor and the friendship came a little later.

The first Christmas we were neighbors she invited us next door for Christmas Eve.  As people began to arrive it was apparent that Judy knew how to cultivate friendship.  We were an eclectic group, and here is the fun part, we all gathered at Judy’s for at least 20 years.  We gathered every Christmas Eve, because well at first it was because we didn’t have any where else to go.  Later it was because we couldn’t stand missing, it was the one day of the year we got to see each other.

Now as our families have grown up we all have other places to go, and grandchildren calling asking when we will be coming to their house.  So today I am having lunch with my long ago friend. 

I love this cookbook.

I have a great recipe for you, from the cookbook Babycakes.  This is so yummy I have made it twice and that’s why I don’t have much to report to you on my weight.  I am see-sawing because I am not sticking to my plan.  Oh isn’t that familiar?  The plan–it can be weight loss, devotions, organizing, or exercising.  The hard part is sticking to the plan, my road map for daily living.



 Preheat oven to 325, I used a square baking dish.

3 cups sliced fresh peaches, unpeeled (I used canned peaches)

1 cup fresh blackberries (I used 2 cups frozen blueberries)

1/4 cup arrowroot

1/2 cup agave nectar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup whole spelt flour (could use whole wheat)

1/3 cup rolled oats (I used 2/3 cups)

3 TBS. evaporated cane juice

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup hot water

In a small bowl, combine the peaches, berries and arrow root and 1/4 cup of the agave nectar, and 1/4 tsp. salt.  Mix with rubber spatula, set aside.

In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, 3 tbsp. evaporated cane juice, baking powder, cinnamon and remaining 1 1/4 tsp salt.  Add the oil, the remaining 1.4 cup agave nectar, the vanilla and the hot water to the dry ingredients.  Stir until a moist dough is formed.

Put your fruit in the pan, drop spoonfuls of the batter over the top of the fruit, but do not spread them. sprinkle the top with evaporated cane juice.  Just a sprinkle.

Bake the cobbler on the center rack for 20 minutes (it took mine 35 minutes).  It is done when the crust is golden.  The juice from the fruit will bubble up through the gaps in the cobbler topping.

Can you imagine the smile on Bob's face when I handed him this bowl?

Let stand for 15 minutes before serving it warm.

This would be good with any kind of fruit.  I found can’s of cherry pie filling on sale at Walgreen’s for $1.20 a can.  I am thinking we may make this for Women in Touch using the cherry pie filling.  We may add some peaches to the filling.  I have reduced the sugar, it was fine but best with all the sugar LOL


I Feel Like Bud This Morning

I feel like Bud this morning.  Remember Bud?https://nancyoutlook.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/the-plant/

But, I feel like the new Bud.

I've Been Revived

Are you wondering what happened that I am feeling so good on a Sunday morning?

First I had a day of rest!  Do you know what I think?  No, I didn’t say that right, do you know what I know?  God intended for us to have a day of rest.  If you look at the story of creation, God rested after He worked by creating the world and all that is in it.  So, if your day of rest is Saturday or Sunday, make it a day of rest.  Don’t do any work.  I mean let your body and mind rest.  Enjoy your family, make a special meal, have some friends over, go for a walk or do something for someone else. Take time to think about the cross, think about Jesus and the last days of his life on this earth.

The next reason I feel like Bud is because, like Bud, I got some surprise attention.  I talked to all of my family yesterday that is always a treat but I had a special phone call from my best friend of  long ago.

Because of my friend, I won’t tell you how long ago but let’s just say we were girls together.  We lived across the street from each other, we slept together many nights  either inside the house or outside the house and sometimes even in a travel trailer that belonged to the neighbors.  We made tents, we saw each other through several romances.  We rode our bikes all over town.  We rode with each other when we first got our drivers license. Those were the days when we drove up and down the main street to see who else got the car keys that night. We didn’t go to the same church I went on Saturday and she on Sunday but our parents had the same values.  After all they were all from Missouri. LOL  Jane was my maid of honor at our wedding.  After we were long gone from home our mothers because best friends.

We haven’t seen each other for hummmmmmmm at least 15 years and yet we can just start right out where we left off.  We still find we have a lot in common.  We are both a bit conservative, she more than I.  We have both gone through the sorrow of watching our parents grow old and pass away.  Her sorrow is more recent than mine.  We both fight the battle of the bulge, and we have both watched ourselves grow into the age of maturity.  I can’t think of a better way to say it.

Don’t you just love old friendships?  There is something very comfortable about remembering back when.

I hope you are cultivating your friendships, both new and old.  I also hope you are cultivating a friendship with Jesus, He is the best friend of all.

Bud and I are doing pretty well this morning, he is out on the sun porch putting down roots in his new pot and I am putting down some more roots too.  Roots in the word.

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