Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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The Juicy California Smell

When I want to buy nectarines in Illinois, Stephen says, “Those nectarines are like cardboard! You cannot beat the nectarines my parents grow.” We planned our visit to California this summer partly because to be here when the nectarines are ripe. We succeeded!!
The dusty smell of nectarines fills the beck yard of my in-laws–I love how California smells. My husband was right when he said, “These California nectarines are the BEST….you have to eat them over the sink because the juice just runs down your hand.” Today my husband found one of those nectarines, and he shared it with me over the kitchen sink. We might have to come back every summer from here on out!
-Mary Hope
Copyright 2017


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Rhubarb Time

Rhubarb’s tang makes me feel like it is fully spring. I whipped up this pie last week and have been enjoying it ever since! I used strawberry jam in place of fresh strawberries, and that worked out just fine.

Happy Monday!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2017


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Taking California Home

20160106-122228-44548981.jpg It’s great to be home, and I’m glad we brought some California fruit with us. Stephen sure knows how to pack it–he put it toward the bottom of the luggage and covered it with layers of clothes.
Here’s a sneak peak at the redwoods we saw: Continue reading


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Fresh Fig, Lime, and Tomato Salsa

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Last week a friend house-sat for me, and when I returned she left fresh figs in my fridge! She said they make great ice cream….but I decided to make them into the fresh salsa I had been hankering for. Continue reading


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Speeding in a Car Full of Lemons (Or Two Bags Worth!)

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“If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
This works literally and figuratively: Making lemonade from my cousin’s Lisbon lemons is marvelous, and choosing to learn from the challenges of our road trip instead of get mad about them is a productive way to live.

In Nevada, with hours to drive on the open road, I thought I could use the “drive ten over” miles per hour rule. So with a little thought, I set cruise control at 85 mph and just sailed. Continue reading