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It is a contradiction of our time that while technology saves us boat loads of time we nevertheless seem to lead faster and faster and more stressful lives.

We try to cram more and more into our already over-busy lives. We don’t seem to have time for simple pleasures. We often fail to savor the moment.

It never hurts to slow down from time to time.

Today especially is a day for reflection.

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For instance, did you know that one executive was late for work that morning because he took his son to his first day of kindergarten?

Another fellow is alive because it was his turn to bring donuts to the office. He was in the donut store when the first plane hit.

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.

Another person simply missed his regular bus that morning. Someone else couldn’t find a taxi.

One woman spilled food on her clothes and had to take extra time to change clothes.

Another person couldn’t get his car started.

Another man wore a new pair of shoes that gave him a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drug store to get some band aids.

Ahh, yes; all the petty annoyances that slow us down in our fast paced, technology driven modern day lives. How they slow us down. How they annoy us so.

On reflection, maybe we ought to be thankful for these types of petty annoyances. Maybe that is nature’s way of telling us to slow down and to take the time to experience, enjoy, and savor all the little moments of life. Because we never know when.

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September 11, 2001 – September 11. 2011

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Featured Recipe:  Vanilla Roasted Peaches with Raspberries  
TodayI am sharing a Best of MTTD Recipe.

This recipe was first published on July 28, 2010.

I am featuring two of summer’s most glorious fruits – fresh peaches and raspberries  – today. 

I know when I can smell the peaches as I near the display that peaches are ripe, are ready to buy, and will be delicious. Such was the case today. Most of the stores here in Columbus have peaches on sale this week too. I got mine for only 88 cents a pound.

This is a Martha Stewart recipe from her Everyday Food magazine and it is truly Martha at her very finest. This is a heavenly dessert. Two wonderful fresh fruits and ice cream combine for some healthy decadence!!! What’s not to love about this?

The recipe calls for 4 peaches. Unless I am making this for company I use only 1 peach (as I did here) and only half a package of raspberries. But I make a full batch of the sauce. I will eat one half of the peach with ice cream for desert, and eat the other for breakfast tomorrow morning sans the ice cream but with some raspberries. Talk about a DECADENT breakfast!!!

For several years I used the vanilla pods and seeds as called for in Martha’s recipe. But both last summer and this summer the cost of vanilla beans has just been way too expensive. So I started using the vanilla extract.

The taste is pretty much the same. In fact, I like it better with the extract.  With the pods and beans the vanilla taste is a bit more intense. But the extract still gives that vanilla taste I love. WHat is different is I find the extract makes the syrup a bit thicker and thus more syrupy, which I like a lot.

If you make this recipe both ways I would be interested in which way you like best. Just leave a comment in the comments section of this or a future post.

This is what you will need for 4 servings*:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons sugar

1 vanilla bean halved and scraped OR 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 firm ripe peaches halved and pitted

Vanilla ice cream

1  5-6 ounce package fresh raspberries

*Reminder, my pictures show only 1 peach and half the raspberries as I made this for just me today. I give you the recipe for four (4) people.

Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the number of peaches you are using in half and remove the pits.

 In a large, shallow baking dish combine melted  butter, lemon juice, sugar, and either vanilla beans or extract. 

Add the peaches and turn to coat with the butter mixture. Arrange cut side down in a single layer.

Roast until peaches are tender and cooking liquid is syrupy, 15-25 minutes, brushing with cooking liquid half-way through.

Here they are fresh out of the oven. Don’t they look yummy???

Serve warm. Place one half of a peach and some of the raspberries on each plate. Drizzle with some of the syrup.

Now place a scoop of the ice cream on the peach.  Drizzle all with a bit more of the syrup.

This dessert is truly a slice of heaven here on earth.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

2 tablespoons butter                                    $0.30

2 tablespoons lemon juice                            $0.34

2 tablespoons sugar                                     $0.04

1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon extract               $0.71

4 firm ripe peaches                                      $1.72

Vanilla ice cream                                          $2.98

1-5-6 ounce package raspberries                   $2.50

Total cost = $8.59
Cost per person = $2.15

Quote of the Day

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for an answer.

William S. Burroughs

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