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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Spring in November




Honeybees
swarming
the sweet
chrysanthemums
on a bright
November
morning.

With the 
temps in the 
60's today,
it has the 
feel of Spring!

Ahhh...lovely
sight, and 
lovely smell.
 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hues of Hydrangea




This is the first year
I've noticed that my
hydrangea blooms 
kept their color into 
Thanksgiving time! 

How have I not 
realized this before?
Or is my memory
just that bad?

Anyway, it is a fun
and interesting 
discovery!

I must try to pay 
more attention to
detail next year.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Raring To Go!


As soon as we put their leashes on, they get so excited! They had so much energy!
After several rounds of walking around the track, they were still pulling us!!! 

They're both really sweet doggies.
Izzy is a Daschund / Bichon Frise mix, and belongs to my daughter.
Snuggles is a Shorkie (Shih Tzu /Yorkie mix) and she's our lil' furball.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Of More Value


"How much more does my Father on high
Care when I'm burdened, care when I cry?
Sometimes I forget that He knows my sorrow, 
But then I rejoice when I remember the sparrow."


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Coaster Sets



I love these fabric coasters
to set my glass of iced tea
or cup of coffee on! 

We have them scattered

around the house so we can 
find one when we need it.

These sets are available 
 in  my Etsy shop 
and I hope to make more 
in the next few days.



Monday, November 24, 2014

Stunning!





We saw this flashy
Ring-Necked Pheasant 
at the Oklahoma Zoo
a couple months ago. 

Isn't he stunning?!
 


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Better Than A Candle



Who doesn't like to come home 
to a wonderful smell? 
Well, I think homemade bread
may be my new favorite scent!

Today I left home just after the
loaves were taken out of the oven. 
I had left them on the counter to cool
before bagging to freeze for later use. 

When I returned, that warm, yummy 
smell welcomed me!

If I could just bottle that fragrance...

And it tastes just as good as it smells! 
I've been sending it in my husband's
lunches for about a month now, and 
we've only had one loaf of store-bought bread during that time. This slices well, and it makes the most hearty grilled cheese sandwich too! 

I roll the dough out, and use spices to make the swirl pattern... mainly paprika, because it doesn't have much flavor, so as not to clash with the peanut butter & jelly sandwich that my husband likes every day :-)  Rolling the dough gives the bread a nicer texture and appearance.



The recipe is found on a previous post. I've been making this for over a year now, 
and I must say it's VERY EASY and fun once you get into the habit of it. 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mug Rugs

Turned a few 
fabric scraps 
into a cute set 
of  "Mug Rugs".

Offering them 
for sale in my 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wonder

The Giver of life, my Creator, the God of the whole universe....HE LOVES ME!!!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Cherries, Please!



It's that time of the year when I start thinking of Amish Friendship Bread!!! 
This is a recipe I've used for about 20 years now, and it's always a delicious treat! 
It is a process...not difficult...you just have to plan ahead and remember the plan...

Ideally, a "friend" would give you some fresh-baked Friendship Bread, 
along with a starter and the recipe, but it is possible to make your own starter. 

The Recipe

Do not use metal utensils for starter; 
a plastic bowl w/ lid, and a wooden or rubber spoon is just right.         

To make your own starter: 
1 (0.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water (110° F/45° C)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup milk

Stir till there are no lumps. Cover it and walk away :-)
  • Day 1: Do nothing with the starter.
  • Days 2-5: Stir once a day. (Do not use a metal utensil!)
  • Day 6: Mix 1 c. flour & 1 c. sugar together; add 1 c. whole milk & stir. Combine w/ starter.
  • Days 7-9: Stir once a day. The starter should look a bit bubbly by this time.
  • Day 10: Mix 1 c. flour & 1 c. sugar together; add 1 c. whole milk & stir. Combine w/ starter. Now take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. To the balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well.
  • 1 cup oil
    1/2 cup milk
    3 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla

    1 cup sugar
    1-1/2 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp cinnamon*
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 large
    box (5.1 oz) instant vanilla pudding (or 2 small boxes)
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 cups flour


    Mix and pour into two well greased bread pans or a bundt pan. 
    Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

    My variation: I left out the cinnamon, 
    then added 1 jar maraschino cherries & 1 c. broken walnuts.
    I have also made this using raisins & cinnamon, or pineapple, chopped dried apricots,
    or even use chocolate pudding & chocolate chips! It's all good :-) 


    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    In The Heavens


    "Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; 
    and thy faithfulness reacheth 
    unto the clouds."
    Psalm 36:5 



    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Finger-Knitting!


    So excited that I learned a new skill this week!!! FINGER-KNITTING!
    If I can do it, you can too...if you wanna :-) 

    I learned from a Youtube channel...it's a mother and a daughter team :-)  


    You may leave a comment by clicking the "... comments" link below. 



    Friday, November 14, 2014

    Pot O' Pecans


    When we go outside we pick up a handful and toss them in this large flower pot :-) 
    I'm so eager to use them in Thanksgiving and Christmas baking! 



    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Late-Bloomers


    I don't have a grouping of flowers anywhere at this time of year, but here and there I find 
    a late-bloomer...or three! Zinnias are so hearty and maintenance-free.


    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Despite the Grackles!


    Our lemons are almost ready!!! 
    They're scarred (as you can notice on the center lemon) 
    because a flock of Grackles descended on the small green lemons
     this Spring and had a pecking picnic for about 30 minutes. 
    I was afraid they had ruined the crop, but it seems they 
    couldn't penetrate the tough rinds, and just left their mark. 
    I'm thankful :-)


    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Fragrance of Rosemary


    Last year about this time, I trimmed my Rosemary and stuck a few sprigs of it in a 
    large flower pot of rich dirt outside my back door. It's close enough to the house to remind me to water it occasionally, and yet it gets almost full sun. I literally did nothing but stick it in the dirt, and today I transplanted a well-established little plant to a new location. 
    It smells soooo good!!!  It's so rewarding to get these "free" plants.

    Today I trimmed my lavender, and the firebush, and stuck cuttings of them 
    into the pot for next year. These are the hummingbirds favorites! 


    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    Any Place, Any Time


    However harsh and dry the climate, 
    God can make beauty to spring up 
    any place He likes, and any time. 

     My daughter captured this lovely shot. I think the colors look so amazing together. 

     

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    Before & After


     After a year's worth of work...replacing boards, scraping, and painting...









    BEFORE










    AFTER








    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Innumerable



    I cannot count them...the leaves, those golden falling leaves. 
    Innumerable...like the stars in the sky, the sand on the seashore, the hairs on my head. 
    Innumerable...to me. But my Father, the Creator, knows their number. 


    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    Evidence


    I'm so glad that God gave us children...all eight of them!
    These pictures were taken a few years ago when we went to a state park with these two. 
    They were grumbling, "Oh, do we have to go? It's so boring! There's nothing to do." 
    They started out acting too macho to enjoy the trip, but soon made their own fun.
    I'm so glad I had the camera, though that too brought choruses of "Oh Mom...really???"
    That's what usually happened when I aimed the camera at them, as well as most of 
    the other children... but I'm so thankful for the good times and the evidence of them.
    And now, they are too.


    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    I Missed It!

     I missed the big Quilt Show last weekend
    and I've always enjoyed it so much...
    Here are a few pictures of quilt 
    entries from a previous show.


    Yes, this is a quilt too! 
    So many talented and creative quilt artists!
    So many hours of labor on each masterpiece!

    I should clarify...I did NOT make any of these beautiful things...I just took pics. 
    If I knew who to give credit to, I surely would. 


    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    Surely!


    Spreading pollen from one flower to another... 
    It seems they could do their job even if they were drab and mundane,
    so isn't it wonderful that God made them so colorful?
    Surely He meant us to enjoy them!