Hurricane Harvey 2

Howdy Y’all,

Today I am going to keep this very brief we are safe and still have power we are incredibly lucky. The conditions here and in Houston have deteriorated considerably due to the continual barrage of rain. When I say rain I mean rain. It is very hard at the moment not to glue yourself to the news and see the terrible conditions that others are suffering. Roads around us are flooding and our back garden on the lower ground is beginning to flood but we are not experiencing the several feet of water that Houston residents are suffering. What makes this worse is that we are said to have this continual down pouring and flooding till Wednesday. Whenever I have seen natural disasters I have been fortunate enough to empathize with it but am removed, this is different. I feel involved and wish I could do more to help. If you feel as I do and would like to donate to the cause and help those whose lives have been altered immeasurably by the events of the last 48 hours you can follow this link to the Red Cross there you can select Hurricane Harvey, every donation large or small is greatly received.

I attach some photos and videos if you are interested. We are touched beyond measure to everyone who has reached out, that also goes for people who have contacted my family to check in. It has been scary and we are blessed to know so many good and kind people. I am not sure how much I will post this week, I am sort of in two minds, it seems so trivial will all that is going on and I am not sure what position we will be in tomorrow. I will see how things are. Currently I am thinking and praying for those who are suffering.

Thanks friends,

Kx

 

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Hurricane Harvey Update

Howdy Y’all,

It is unusual to hear from me on a Saturday but the events of the last 24 hours have been significant. Some of you may not be aware that I live about 75 miles away from Galveston (the coast of Texas.) Overnight the coast of Texas has been hit by a Cat 4 hurricane the worst storm in the last twelve years. What makes this worse, is that we are facing deluges of water and flooding. This storm is said to be stalling upon us for the next 3-5 days bringing over 3ft water. Being August and the peak of the summer heat, you can imagine the​ ground is harder than granite, and a barrage of water will not be warmly received. We are fortunate, just enough inland to not have received much of the heavy winds just the water. We still have power but the devastation being faced in Corpus Christie, Galveston and along the coast is unimaginable. We did get some notice of this natural disaster, and many were evacuated. We were told to prepare, schools and offices were closed yesterday and look to be for the distant future; until we have a better understanding of how long this down pouring will continue and the flooding, we face. We have been touched beyond words for all the family and friends who have reached out to check how we are. You really learn about the people that matter when faced with something like this. We are fine and are counting our blessings. We hope the storm will dissipate quicker than they are predicting and we are praying for those who have had their lives altered in such a small amount of time. It is times like this that you realize that there are bigger things in life and ultimately we live at the will of the elements. I attach below some pictures of yesterday and this morning and thank y’all for checking in on us, I am not going to lie it has been scary.
Thanks friends,

Kx

This is a video from one of our courtyards, I am so thankful they are enclosed because I am a little afraid of the alligators. After all as the water rises they come to higher land. It wouldn’t be the first time. I don’t think it really shows the magnitude of the rainfall.

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Delicious & Easy Weeknight Dessert

DessertBreakDownHowdy Y’all,

Today I wanted to share with you a LL little secret a dessert I have up my sleeve for those weeknights when guests are coming or your family demands or deserves a little treat. I love a dessert which tastes scrummy, can be adapted and is a little healthier than a slice of cake. I got inspiration from Mr. Jamie Oliver (thank you) and modified it to suit what I have in my pantry at the said time. The idea can also made healthier if necessary. I love cheesecake and find the biscuit base the best bit (never understood NY cheesecake.) I do however in the week want to eradicate the butter required to make that crumbly bottom, so I thought what would work as an alternative and granola sprang to mind. Granola is so versatile, perfect for breakie or as a snack but this provides a great base, plus depending on the granola you bake or buy you can use one with nuts, seeds, and dry fruit. Next, I add a dollop of heavenly curd, and this can be of your choosing, this time I chose lemon, but lime, raspberry, rhubarb or any other fruit curd would be delicious. Curd works well with the granola and is also scrumptious with yogurt. Then I add fruit, this again is personal preference, but I would recommend something which compliments the curd of choice. The piece de resistance is the topping which I use mascarpone, but you could use crème fraiche. I place in a bowl add a teaspoon of vanilla essence, and a teaspoon of icing sugar give it a good mix and voila a yummy topping. If you were looking to lighten things up reduce the amount of topping or use yogurt. If mascarpone is not your desire, you could use clotted cream, cream or ice cream. The versatility of this dessert is what makes this a winner. It always feels more sophisticated to present these in martini glasses, it also means you have greater portion control, and if you have dietary requirements, you can make to specific desires. I have also made this in sundae glasses or mason jars; they always look super cute! You can make these ahead, and they can last in the fridge for several days. All which make them a Lifestyle Lady Love.

 

Do you have a recipe I need to try?

Ta Ta For Now

Kx

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