A Very Big Step & A VERY Happy Birthday

at this house.  Our daughter Hannah embarks on her first ever plane trip – alone – to a big city – to visit a friend and her family until Thursday.  I am happy for her. Scared for her.  Sad for Rachel – she will miss her terribly.  Needless to say we are a very close knit family.  She is however, 19 and at her age I was married and had a child so I think she can do this without a hitch.  We are driving her to Houston to catch her flight and she will arrive at her destination before we get back home.  My little country girl being in a big city puts my whole fear of flying into perspective.  To me that is a much bigger deal.  I will give her my warnings today, no matter how redundant and obvious they may be. 

Today is Husband’s birthday!  We will catch a good meal on the way home from the airport to celebrate.  We rarely do much for his birthday as it is SO close to the holidays.  Next year will be a little different.  EVERYONE should have a party on their 50th dont you think?  

And now quickly a recipe.  This lovely concoction was my version of a Lemon Sorbet recipe made in my new Cuisinart Ice Cream maker.  There is little point in me giving you the directions part of the recipe – they would vary depending on your maker.  But these are the proportions. 


Tart, yet sweet.  Here goes:

Raspberry Lemon Sorbet 

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup club soda, or lemon lime soda
  •  1  1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (to be added at the end of the preparation time)

I better get busy…we have a big day today.  It will be very strange having one of my little chicks missing from the nest for a few days. 

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I can’t wait to hear how your daughter’s trip goes. My daughter will be flying to Chicago from Philadelphia in March. It will be her first solo trip and she’ll be 18 when she goes. I’m more nervous than she is! I’ll be praying for a safe trip for your daughter and for calming for you!


Praying for safe travels & wisdom!! Also, that she has loads of fun.


I trust your daughter will have the time of her life.

And yes, everyone should have a party on their 50th. I gave a surprise party to my husband this year when he turned 50 and he still talks about it. He was very surprised and pleased.



That is a very big step! I really hope that she enjoys the adventure. I’m sure she will grow from this experience. Well a very Happy Birthday to your hubby!

Oh yeah and the sorbet looks so yummy!


I am so glad to hear the joy in your voice! A happiest and merriest to you all! Miss’n ya!

Recipe looks lovely as always. I do hope that your daughter has a safe and uneventful trip and that your husband has a lovely Birthday. All the best to you and your family in 2008!