🙏🏽My Buddha Collection and Sharing an Apple Tree🍎

`Well, I didn’t even think I had a collection of Buddha statues until my sister, Marilyn and sister-in-law Patty said to me I should do a blog post on all the Buddhas that I have…so I guess I do have enough Buddhas to consider it a “Collection,” and here it is…notice how each Buddha has his own personality!IMG_8162 I’ll start with our
cottage on Cape Cod…this Buddha looks over my garden…click here to see my garden!!IMG_8167This one on our mantel, holds potpourri!!IMG_8168 Victor gave me this charming little guy made of metal, he peeks out from a corner of our fireplace!!!IMG_8174My son-in-law Tom gave me this prayerful shell keeper!!IMG_8176I bought this young Buddha for my grandsons’ room because he reminded me of them and thought he would add a calming atmosphere to their room😉IMG_8198Now we’re at our Boston suburb house!!  This Buddha enhances the peacefulness of our backyard patio… IMG_8240Gina gave me this fountain for my birthday several years ago, he greets people as they come into our back door and has a soft trickling sound of a spa🙌IMG_8211When you walk in our front door, this is what you’ll see!!IMG_8280 A vintage Buddha that I inherited from my father, sits on a shelf in my dining room…my parents were partial to Asian style furnishings and my father had this statue on his bureau.IMG_8275Marilyn gave me this jolly guy, he sits on my kitchen windowsill to remind me to lighten up🤣IMG_8372This is the first Buddha statue that I bought, 30 years ago at a gift store in Quebec, he is made of wood…IMG_8309Another statue from my dad, it was in his den, it holds incense, it has to be at least 75 years old and still has incense in it!!!

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This is a great mug to enjoy a calming cup of tea…

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Yes, I even have Buddha jewelry!!!

IMG_8337This is the newest statue I just got for “The Train House” in Virginia…click here to read about “The Train House!”  This Buddha reminds me of myself when I meditate…often times I fall asleep😂

 Why do I like Buddha statues?  I’m not a Buddhist, but I’ve read quite a bit about them and listened to some of their talks on Dharma Seed…I find it a kind and calming way to live.  When I see a Buddha statue it reminds me to breathe and be calm, how I want people to feel when they walk into my home🙏🏽 

 

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This apple tree belongs to my neighbors, Diana and Bill… Diana emailed me to tell me they had a huge amount of apples this year and would I like to come over and pick as many as I want!!IMG_8442They are Macoun apples!!  Diana told me, she bought the tree for $5 the first year they moved into their home, 22 years ago and that it’s been covered with flowers each spring, and apples each fall, ever since.  What a treasure!!IMG_8452 copy I did pick enough apples for a few desserts… Although Victor and I are allergic to raw apples, we can eat them cooked, so I have always loved trying different apple recipes, most of them with lots of butter and sugar, but I’ve been trying to eat healthy… IMG_8524So I decided to make “Spiced Apple Compote” with healthier ingredients…it can be used for an oatmeal topping, with yogurt and granola, pancakes, a spread for toast with a little peanut or almond butter or with vanilla ice cream!!

SPICED APPLE COMPOTE
INGREDIENTS
  • 8 small to medium apples (about 6 cups diced)
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Peel and core apples, dice into small chunks
  2. Add all ingredients to pot and stir to combine
  3. Cook over low heat, covered, on stovetop for 25 minutes

IMG_8528Your whole house will smell devine as you’re cooking this compote!!IMG_8533While it’s still warm, serve with vinalla ice cream or frozen yogurt…IMG_8542 2Store in a mason jar, keep in the refrigerator until your ready to spice up your life!!

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Diana and Bill not only shared their apple tree with us, but with their other neighbors too...

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.”  

-Buddha-

Thank you, Diana and Bill, for increasing happiness🙏🏽❤️ 

5 thoughts on “🙏🏽My Buddha Collection and Sharing an Apple Tree🍎

    1. Thank you for checking into my blog, Diana, and thank you for the wonderful apples from your magnificent tree to make that recipe!! The Apple Compote will stay in the regrigerator for about a week and a half and you can heat it in the mirowave before serving, especially with ice cream…yum…enjoy❤️

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