Saturday, January 21, 2017

Picture my Week

Rosie Mae discovered a recipe for homemade ice cream cones. Sharon and she made several batches this week. They're so good that I really don't think we want store bought cones again.
I don't know why our cats have claimed the lid of Steven's sandbox as their preferred napping spot. They spent a lot of time there this week.

At first glance this looks like black nothing-ness. Upon looking closer you'll see Steven curled up on the stairs, sleeping. He is so excited and eager to be doing school every day that on several mornings he got up way too early. So early that the one morning he conked out again before reaching the bottom of the stairs.

The girls' homemade cones filled with a delightful homemade ice cream has been a big hit. Steven had a playdate yesterday. After it was over he indulged in an ice cream snack, but all the energy he used to play had him leaning tiredly against the table while he ate.

Rosie Mae found a site dedicated to single serving size desserts. She has been enjoying trying a lot of different ones. A s'mores dessert has been a big hit.

Kenneth was cleaning out his closet and going through a bunch of the things he used to play with as a little boy. He found his insect maker a friend had given him one year for Christmas. Before packing it away in the attic he helped Steven make a few creepy crawlies and taught him how to hide them around the house to scare Mom. Turning on the kitchen light in the morning and seeing these on the floor ... well .... mission accomplished boys.

The girls have been busy with their sewing and crafting. The small sofa in the living room bears witness to a lot of it.

Rosie Mae became the happy new owner of a treasure trove of sewing supplies after a friend offered she can have everything they have in an old house. They were going to burn it otherwise. She spent part of yesterday rescuing things, and still has more to do.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Amish Church Peanut Butter

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things about going to church, other than getting to play with my friends afterwards, was getting to eat the delicious peanut butter sandwiches that were always served as the noon meal.

I made up half a batch for Christmas and shared it with some of our friends. Sadly I can't share it with all my readers, but happily, I can share the recipe.

Amish Church Peanut Butter

2 lbs. creamy peanut butter
¾ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
6 cups marshmallow crème
¾ cup corn syrup
1¼ cup hot water

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and sugar. In a big bowl combine peanut butter, hot water, corn syrup, and marshmallow crème. Add the melted butter and sugar mixture and mix thoroughly. It should be easily spreadable. You can add more hot water if you want it a little thinner.

Store in refrigerator, but warm to room temperature before using.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now?

As sweet as possible.

Our family is focusing on a Philippians 4:8 challenge again.  

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Our thoughts, our speech, filtering it all through that verse.
2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?

I am usually quiet when in a group setting. I don't know why that is, because anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I have plenty of opinions, and have no problem talking one on one.
3. What do you remember best about being 12? 

It was the best school year I had. Everything/everyone that used to bother me, no longer did.
4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration. 

I'm not very familiar with those characters so I took the quiz. It decided I relate most to Kanga. I'll take it.
5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way? 

I don't have a phone ... therefore no apps. I am however, very thankful for Pinterest. I use it every day. Food, crafts, school, and more. It has made life easier, and better.
6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL) have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?

Probably a California option. I have a good friend living there and I've always wanted to visit California.
7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what? 

The other day I caught myself humming the tune to Twilight is Stealing. It made me feel nostalgic. It used to be my favorite song in school.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Some of the best things in life are ... good friends. We had a lovely time when friends from Missouri came to visit. When they left on Sunday evening we were sad to see them go, and are already looking forward to the next time we can get together.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Picture my Week

As a fun addition to our indepth state studies this year, the girls have been appliqueing the states. Rosie Mae is doing hers in purples while Sharon has chosen to use blues. It's been an enjoyable process all working together. And once they're done they'll each have a small-ish quilt.
It's not often that birds hold still when I want to take a picture of them. I was pleased to be able to get a decent one of this bird of prey.
Amish church peanut butter is still one of my favorites. I'll share the recipe one of these days.
Our daily school books ... and the stack I go through every morning to assign their lessons and check their work from the previous day. Steven's book pile isn't pictured here. He's on his way to becoming a reader, and is so excited every day to learn everything he can. I'm hoping he keeps this enthusiasm for learning for the rest of his life.
The downside to this week was when we discovered in a somewhat scary way that someone in our family is allergic to nuts. Swelling lips, hives, and more. Yikes!!
Rosie Mae loves creating art. So does Steven. This is a piece they did one evening.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Humble Foot Stool

     Every year LV's widowed grandmother would come to their home to stay with them for several months. She would help around the house as she could, and also had her own little projects she liked working on.
     The summer LV was 12 she came on one of her visits. As she was helping prepare vegetables for canning she mentioned how it would be nice to have a little foot stool for her feet to keep the bowls from wanting to slide off her lap.
      LV promptly went to pick through their limited resources and found some wood scraps. Using them he made the perfect little bench/foot stool for her. She got him to sign it on the bottom, and after her visit was over she took it along home with her.
      She passed away soon after we were married and when her children got together to divide her things the little foot stool was still there. They all agreed that LV should get it since he was the one that made it.
       It is one of the most used things in our house. All four children used it daily when they were younger. Sharon will still use it when putting away dishes, and Steven has it as his regular perch to wash his hands.
It's beginning to show a little wear after all these years, but we still look forward to getting many more years of use out of it.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wreck it Journals

It was over a year ago when our daughters first heard about a Wreck This Journal and were immediately intrigued. They were both sure they would love to have one.

I looked into them, but decided there was no way I was going to spend ten dollars for a book only to deliberately destroy it.

The subject of these journals kept popping up occasionally and on a whim I plopped them into my Amazon shopping cart. Prices seem to fluctuate a lot on items in there so I kept my eye on it and one evening when they hit their lowest ever I quickly snagged two copies and tucked them away for the girls for Christmas.

Sharon was excited and wanted to get started immediately. Rosie Mae on the other hand, even after thinking for all this time it would be so much fun to have one, has found it to be too much.

They both followed the first thing they were instructed to do.

Sharon thought it was delightfully fun, while Rosie Mae was almost traumatized by doing such an awful thing to a brand new book, even though it was exactly what the book is intended for. She has tucked her copy away for now, unable to make herself hurt it any further.
Sharon is doing a page every day and enjoying it thoroughly.
 When I bought these books I thought they would be fun, but now I'm thinking they hold something deeper than that and it will  be a good thing especially for my perfectionist daughter.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Share one favorite moment/memory from your Christmas holiday.

One of my favorite moments was when the girls invited me up to their room to be part of their sister's Christmas. It was so sweet. A memory I'll treasure for always.
2. What was the best thing you ate over the holidays? Was it homemade or store bought? If it was homemade did you make it?

Christmas breakfast. The girls and I spent over an hour preparing it. And it took less than fifteen minutes for everyone to have eaten their fill. We enjoyed the leftovers from it the rest of the day.
3. What was one of the most beautiful things you saw over the holidays?

My family.

I do love seeing Christmas lights and decorations, but without snow they're not quite as pretty. Whereas my family ... they're always the most beautiful thing to me.

4. What does fresh start mean to you?

Letting go of the past, focusing on the future. I do like the feeling of having a brand new year ahead of you, but fresh starts don't have to wait until then. It can be broken down to a new month, a new week, a new day, a new hour. Really there is no time like the present.

5. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being very positive and 1 being not so great) how would you rate 2016 in terms of personal achievement and well being? Explain. 

Some where around a seven maybe? I'm pleased with some of the things I have achieved, but wish I had been able to do some others that I dropped the ball on.

6. Every January 1st since 1976 Lake Superior University has published a list of words they'd like to see banished from the Queen's English. Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse, or just general uselessness. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen or, if you're like me, to find out what in the world the word or phrase even means or the context in which it's used. There were quite a few on this year's list I'd never heard before.

Here's the 2017 list of banished words-

You, Sir-focus-Bete Noire-Town Hall Meeting-Post Truth-guesstimate-831-historic-manicured-echo chamber-on fleek-bigly-ghost-Dadbod-listicle-get your dander up-selfie drone-frankenfruit-disruption

Which word on the list would you most like to see banished in 2017? What word or phrase would you add to the list?

Listicle ..... eww ..... it sounds so gross. This is the first time I've heard it and I'm fine if I never have to hear it again. A lot of the words and phrases I was unaware even existed.

A word or phrase I would like to add to the list, is "I can't." 
7. Large or small, light or deep, share with us one goal you have for the new year. 

A goal I have for 2017 is to teach Steven to read. He really wants to learn, so I'm jumping in today to start that adventure.

There's always the usual goals ... lose some weight ..... blah, blah, blah.

We do like making a list of fun goals every year. Lists of craft projects we want to do, recipes we want to try, and other more fun related things.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

We've decided our cats must be spies, the way they spend so much time simply staring at us.