Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I was so thrilled to find a "fall" version of this spatula in the $ bin at Rite-Aid. My cute spring and summer one had gotten broken. It's nice and thin. I hate a chunky spatch, bunching up my hot cookies when I'm takin' them off the sheet, don't you?
Sorry this is so dark. And there's no pix of the frosted ones.
Aren't those just the cutest little oak leaves?
Tonight, we watched the last disk in the Holocaust series from Netflix. As always....very sobering subject matter. As far as movies go; some of the acting was really lame, (mostly the young actors) but some of the veteran actors did very well. A talented, young, pretty, Meryl Streep was in it.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Got the inspiration on our trip from one's we saw at the
They were fun to make, but....
REALLY glad to have these gone now.
Am busy re-hanging the blinds, uprighting the furniture,
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I've been a long time fan of Eliot Coleman and his wife Barbara Damrosch, and their approach to gardening. We learned some things for "future reference". However, Bonny and I are tired right now and we're standing on the "to everything there is a season" Word. We happen to be grateful for the fall and winter rains, as they give us the freedom to work on "in-the-house projects",
Or at least they used to.
Now we'll just have to learn to live with the guilt.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Five years ago, After seeing a cool idea in a PotteryBarn catalogue, it got clipped and saved. It was a storm door on an old farm house, fashioned like a large wooden shutter. Either in a book, or on a video, sometime since then, I noted that Tasha Tudor (my favorite children's book illustrator), also had a similar one on her home.
I decided to make our screen door into a convert-a-door. It would have a solid panel in the fall/winter seasons, and by simply backing out a few screws, it would be fitted with a screen panel for spring and summer. I removed the old screen panel and made a double sided panel of bead board, with 3) 1x6 brace boards going across on the "inside", and the Victorian gingerbread of the old screen door frame accenting the "outside".
Sorry the picture's so dark, I finished the challenge at 8:30 tonight.
A plant stand from Sarah, and pumpkins took it's place.
The junk got removed, things got a good sweep and scrubbing.
corn stalks and blueberry bush trimmings
are attached to the porch pillars on each side.
(Don't forget: You can double click on the pictures to enlarge)
Thank you so much Melissa at TheInspired Room, for challenging me to get off my rear, and get things done!
And thanks to all of the people who have been stopping by this humble little blog, to check out the project. Please come back again, I've loved having you!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
They might be the ones in the air flying. But sometimes WE are the ones with our heads in the clouds. (Or dishes, laundry, work, soccer games, tv......just busy being busy with our own busy-ness)
My Mom and Sister both had surgery recently and have been touched and "humbled" by the kindness and concern of friends and neighbors. When we take a little time to show we care, it matters. We do have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
Lord, Please open our eyes to the needs of those around us, and help us to be responsive and to "be there" for them.
"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Hate having the barbeque on the front porch.
This is where it ended up after the rotting deck was dismantled.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I'm glad to be an American, but at the risk of sounding un-American, I must admit: I'm not really a fan of apple pie (or baseball, hot dogs, or Chevrolet either if truth be told) But my hubby is an all-American boy, and LOVES all of those things. Last year I used the recipe over at pick your own.org and canned pie filling for the first time. It was Sooooo good, I had to can more again this year.
This is the same recipe I use for Texas Peach Cobbler:
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 + 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup milk
1 stick butter
1 qt. canned fruit (or in this case; pie filling)
Melt butter in a 9 x 13 pan. Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Pour mixture over melted butter. Add the pie filling or drained fruit, over the top. With the pie filling, I give it all just a slight little swirl with a knife at this point.
Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes or till done.
The other dessert I made with this filling recently was one I just came up with in a pinch:
I used these:
Generally don't buy these type products, but had them leftover from an on-line recipe I had tried for chicken bundles. (Which were yummy too, but i digress....)Instead of tearing them into triangles, I kept them two triangles together, making rectangles. (One tube will make 4 dumplings). I sealed the perforations on each rectangle, and put 1/4c. or so of my canned apple pie filling in the center of each one. Draw up and overlap diagonal corners over the filling. Then take the last 2 diagonal corners and draw over and overlap on the center as well. pinch any gaps closed. Brush with milk or cream, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake at the temperature on the roll pkg. until nicely browned. Can drizzle a tad of cream over dumpling to serve.
Make sure you have plenty of the rolls on hand.....your family will be CLAMOURING for more!
Even if you don't make enough pie filling to can, I would recommend cooking up a smaller version to make these, rather than store-bought canned filling. *Personal opinion here: It's just nasty.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
He has such a love of learning. Kate has taught him well, and will continue to do so, but he will get additional experiences and social interaction. I know I've said it before, but HE IS SO SMART!
love playing in water = the official apple washer.
Then the apples were cut up.
This gadget makes quick work of it, but requires some muscle.
Bring on the pork chops!
(I love fall.)