Monday, May 31, 2010

Around Our Home

As a little girl and growing up I always admired rhododendron bushes that seemed to flourish in almost everybody's front yard except ours. Once they started blooming it was a sure sign that spring had come to stay and it was safe to venture out into the garden to plant things. 

Since we moved I'm really enjoying this huge rhododendron bush by our front porch steps. The butterflies and bumblebees seem to enjoy it too.

Thunderstorms ruined plans for any Memorial Day outdoor activities. We didn't have any plans like that so we were fine but time at the computer wasn't an option either. 

The steady downpour of rain had the waterfall gushing torrents of muddy water and the creek soon spilled over it's banks.

I am rejoicing that The unpacking and organizing is finally over. The children however had a lot of fun before we refastened the doors and drawers to our big heavy oak cupboard.

Relaxing after a day of unpacking.

Perfect place to read a good book.
Sunbeam came running into the house with this flower. It was about 5 inches in diameter. Does anyone have any idea what kind of flower it is? It isn't really my choice of color but we all thought it was very pretty.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hawaiian Rolls

I enjoy trying new recipes but with moving halfway across the country and all the work involved I was glad when ever I was able to get a decent meal on the table and new recipes were the last thing on my mind.

Tonight however I finally took the time to try another one and it turned out to be even better than I had hoped. We all enjoyed it very much and I will be filing it into my keeper file.

Hawaiian Rolls

½ cup milk
1 tsp. prepared mustard
2 drops Worcestershire sauce
2 slices potato bread, crumbled
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp onion, minced
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 pound ground beef
14 thin slices Virginia baked ham
14 bacon slices
1 cup pineapple tidbits, undrained

Combine first eight ingredients in a bowl. Mix well then add the ground beef. Mix really well. Spread beef mixture on ham slices and roll up. Wrap a slice of bacon around each roll and secure with a toothpick at both ends of the bacon. Place into 13x9 pan pour pineapple over the rolls and bake at 375ยบ for 30 minutes or a little longer if you want your bacon to be nice and crispy.

Serve, and enjoy. It is really hard to stop after the first roll but I did my best.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sunday Afternoon

I enjoy Sunday afternoons. Spending time together as a family doing things we enjoy... priceless!

Last Sunday was a beautiful day so we decided to go to a nearby hiking/biking trail. It used to be an old railroad but several years ago they got it fixed up nicely including the tunnel through the mountain.

We drove down the road and parked next to the bridge where we got on the trail and started out. Our goal for the day hike through the tunnel. The tunnel itself is not quite a mile long and the trail from the point we started is at least a mile to the tunnel.
                                    The Bridge                                                         
After walking for a mile or so and admiring the scenery on the way, we neared the tunnel entrance.

As we entered the tunnel we wished we would have thought to bring our coats along. It was cold with a steady wind blowing through it. We walked faster and came out on the otherside to breathtaking views.

Tunnel Entrance
There were lots of other hikers sitting on the benches so we didn't stay very long before we turned around and headed back.

One of the views from the other end of the tunnel.

Leaving the tunnel on the way home. It feels so good to get back out into the warm sunshine!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Outside My Window

I get to enjoy spring twice this year. I already enjoyed watching spring flowers appear and the trees once again being decked in their vibrant green, gardens were planted and growing nicely. And now since we moved to a new home halfway across the country the trees are only beginning to show a soft spring green. There is a huge rhododendron plant beside the front porch loaded with buds that I'm looking forward to seeing in full bloom.

I'm not exactly thrilled with the old farmhouse we get to live in and will show you more pictures soon. I really do enjoy seeing this outside my window every morning. Seeing the cows laying next to the waterfall relaxing and basking in the spring sunshine almost makes me wish I could do the same thing.

I enjoy stepping outside and hearing the sound of the waterfall and the creek that runs by our house. Moving takes a lot of work and adjustment but I think we'll really like our new home.

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Winner

 Time to draw the winner of the book, "Success Made Simple" by Erik Wesner.

I had lots of fun reading all your comments and seeing that I am not the only one that doesn't class roses as my favorite flower. Don't get me wrong. I do love roses and have enjoyed the few bouquets I have received over the years. One particular rose holds a special place in my heart. It was a sweet little thing, a lovely shade of yellow with a few pink streaks because a little boy had grafted it onto a deep pink rosebush. That rose and the day I received it will have to have their own little blog post someday. But right now let's head over to and see who our winner is.......

Shana said...

I think my favourite flowers are cherry blossoms! What a wonderful prize. :)

Congratulations Shana! Please email your address to me by Monday and I will get your book shipped to you.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tables Turned

I find it a little amusing how our children get all excited when ever they see a horse and buggy drive down the road. And what is even more amusing I always have to pause what I'm doing and watch them drive by.

It was only several years ago when we were the ones sitting inside the buggy instead of creeping behind them in a vehicle waiting for a safe place to pass.

And when the opportunity presented itself I had to take this picture, and naturally once I had taken it I felt the need to share it with you.

Since we were raised in a community where tractors (with steel wheels) were used for farming for everything except planting corn, seeing a team of horses was quite rare. And since Daddy had a wood working shop instead of a farm the only horses I was around until after we got married were our buggy horses.

 I really don't mind that the tables have turned and that I no longer am the one in the buggy. I will continue to admire the horses and enjoy the content happy expressions of the children inside those buggies. But I will watch for a safe place to pass and smile and wave at them as I do so.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Another Giveaway

Time for another giveaway!

I am giving all of you another chance to win a copy of the book "Success Made Simple" by Erik Wesner  For anyone interested to learn more about the Amish approach to the business world and other interesting facts about the Amish I would recommend this book.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what is your favorite flower. I like so many and for so many different reasons that I have a hard time saying a certain flower is my favorite. However, I think I have to say violets claim first place for me.

To be entered twice put a link to this giveaway on your blog and then come back and leave a separate comment telling me you did.

I will draw a winner using Random Generator on Friday the 7th.