Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bits and Pieces

First of all a big thank-you to everyone that took time suggest names yesterday!  Because of you I have now been able to settle on the name I'll be using for her.


The children took the camera to the barn the last time they went to visit the kittens. Among the twenty or so pictures they took this was the best one.

Cats aren't really my thing, but baby kittens are so cute you really can't help but love them.

I was searching for some new recipes to try yesterday and happened across one that boggled my mind. It claimed to be a breakfast dish where you were supposed to take a thick slice of homemade bread and pour a cup of coffee over it, sprinkle with a little brown sugar and serve with a hot dog sandwich. It went on trying to tell me that this is the traditional Amish Sunday morning breakfast.

After I gagged for a while I couldn't help but be amused at another weird piece of nonsense some people are trying to tout as fact. I'm not saying that there aren't any Amish people that eat that concoction but I have never met any that do.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Any Ideas?

I'm spending quite a bit of time working on getting my memories written in story form for the book series. Since I am changing every one's names to a fictitious one I have a lot of names rolling through my mind.

There is one person though that I can't seem to get a name to stick. So that is where you come in. Remember Edith?  I will be introducing her a lot sooner (as a little girl) in my book than I did on my blog and I'm searching for a fitting name for her.

It needs to be a very plain name and not something anyone would go. "Aww, what a pretty name," when they hear it.

Looking forward to hearing your ideas.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Morning Ramble

This morning after breakfast dishes were cleared away and all the morning work done there was a nest of baby kittens that needed to be looked at.  The children and I went to the barn to see them. They are so cute since they have their eyes open.

On the way back to the house we found Jewel Weed that had pods begging to be touched and exploded into delightful curls.

Leaves that needed to be dropped into the creek for a race to see which would appear on the other side of the bridge first. It proved to be the slowest race ever since everything is so very dry and the creek is moving at the speed of a slow trickle. We forgot which leaf belonged to whom by the time they appeared on the other side so we don't have a winner today.

Unfortunately I happened to leave our camera in our vehicle when we got home Saturday night and it rode along to work with LV this morning so we weren't able to get any pictures of our morning.

I was surprised to see what time it was when we got back to the house and already quite a bit later than what I like it to be when I do a new blog post. Hopefully by tomorrow I'll be back on schedule. But for some reason I'm not sorry for my wasted time this morning.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Plans for Today

Today is going to be extra busy which isn't exactly how I would like it to be seeing that we are in the middle of the worst heat wave this area has experienced in sixty years. Air conditioners aren't something you need here most summers but it would be nice to have one right now. If I would do what I feel like I would sit on the recliner with my feet propped up and have fans situated all around me.

Instead I'll be doing our general Saturday deep cleaning today and our weekly grocery run. We did set several pails full of water outside to warm up a little for an afternoon water fight, plus I promised the children I would help them play several games of Memory after lunch.

All this extra work today so that tomorrow we won't have to worry about anything except this:

Friday, July 15, 2011

Surprise Cupcakes

 Rosebud made some cupcakes yesterday and after they were cooled and frosted they had to be sampled to see if they are as delicious as they look. They were.

As usual Rosebud made her cupcake last a little longer. To her there is some kind of sense of victory to still have a bite or two left when the others have finished eating theirs.

A close-up.

Surprise Cupcakes

Your favorite chocolate cake recipe. A cake-mix will work just fine.

1 8oz package cream cheese
½ cup sugar
1 egg
dash of salt

Mix filling ingredients together, beating until nice and fluffy. Set aside.

Mix cake batter according to directions and spoon into cupcake wrappers. Fill only a teeny bit over ½ full. Drop filling by Tablespoon full in center of cupcake. Bake at 375ยบ for 20 minutes. Remove from cupcake tins and place on wire rack to cool.

After they are cool frost with your favorite frosting. I made a creamcheese frosting this time but any frosting will work. All depends what you are hungry for at the moment. I opened a can of cherry pie filling and placed a cherry with a wee bit of filling on top of each one for the final special optional touch.

The surprise part of these cupcakes is the filling will be totally enveloped inside the cupcake once they are finished baking so that when you bite into them you have a pleasant surprise to find a delicious filling!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

This and That

Teaching new things to our children can be quite interesting. Yesterday we had a discussion about; metaphor, analogy, and simile.  After I thought they understood what I was trying to explain they set to work on coming up with some of their own.

The results sent me seeking a place where I could chuckle without being discovered.

  • A tree without leaves is like life without happiness.
  • A sky with no clouds is like meat without salt.
  • Balloons without air is like children with no parents to care.
  • Corn without roots is like sadness with no end.
While the first three made me chuckle I could kind of see the reasoning behind it, but the one about corn has me totally stumped. I think we'll be needing a few more lessons!

My friend Dana is having a giveaway on her blog in celebration of a milestone reached. Go check it out here and while there follow her link to her Facebook page for her crafts and like it. Once she has received enough likes she will be hosting an even better giveaway!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Samples from Sailor

 Several years ago a friend gave a nice camera to Sailor. He has taken quite a few pictures with it already and last night he asked me to upload the pictures to our computer. I had a lot of fun looking at the world through a little boys eyes. Here is a small sample of the pictures he took. From looking at all the pictures a few things were obvious:
He loves nature.

He loves his family.
He loves creating things. This is a cardboard engine contraption he built that actually ran across the floor for him.

A biplane that he built and spent hours zooming through the air all the while held safely in his hand. I had quite forgotten about that phase so this picture brought back those memories.

And judging from the amount of pictures of this dog he was a very special part of his life.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Random Bits

Just for fun, today I am sharing little random bits about me that you may or may not know already.
  • I have been a long time admirer of a nice Baked Alaska but so far have been much too intimidated to try making one.
  • My housekeeping skills have evolved quite a bit. When I was nine I used to sweep all my dirt piles  through a crack in the floor. Some how it didn't occur to me that it was all gathering in the basement and would be waiting for me to clean it up on the day that Mom caught me sweeping everything down that crack. Sweeping has never been the same since.
  • Shortly after we were married my sis-in-law gave me a book to read that terrified me to the extent that every morning when we were done with the milking I would hurry to the house and run full speed through our dark basement and breathe a sigh of relief when I reached the pleasant safety of my kitchen.
  • I really like vegetables of every kind, and I'm still trying to figure out what we did that makes that all three of our children would rather eat broccoli than sweets. I would like our next child to be the same way but since I don't know what I did the first three times I'm not sure how to go about it to get the same results.
  • I detest hand sewing but dislike buttonholes made on a sewing machine even more. When ever a button hole is required I will somewhat patiently sit on my recliner and do it by hand.
  • I have stacks and stacks of great breakfast type recipes that I would really like to try sometime. But I am a totally lazy cook when it comes to making breakfast and 99% of the time I make our regular eggs, coffee, and cereal.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Vernie Update

Tucked into the middle of my busy fun filled day, yesterday, I received a phone call telling me that my Aunt Vernie was able to come home from the hospital and is doing very well.

I was very happy to hear that and with so many of you wondering how she is doing I thought I would share the news today.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Little Things Giveaway Winner

It was a pleasure reading all your comments about the simple things that make life sweeter for you.
Turning to my trusty friend, the random generator, it is once again time to choose a winner.

The winner is......

Number 44
Donna said..........
I am enjoying teaching my daughter how to crochet this summer.

Congratulations Donna! Please email me with your address and which of the two aprons you prefer and I will get it mailed to you.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

It's the Little things ~ Giveaway

I love all the little things that make life sweeter. There are so very many of them if I only take time to stop and realize. And recently when I discovered these cute little dish detergent bottle aprons I knew they would brighten up my kitchen and make me smile when ever I see them.
Since I like them so well I decided that today I will be giving one away.

If you would like to have one of these all you have to do is leave a comment telling me one of the simple little things that help make your life sweeter.

For a second entry place a link to this giveaway on your blog and then come back and leave another comment telling me that you did.

I will be choosing a winner, using Random generator on Tuesday July 5.

Winner will be given the choice which of these two little aprons they would like to have.

Disclaimer: The only compensation I receive from doing this giveaway is the warm fuzzy feeling I get from knowing that someone else will get to enjoy one of these.
Giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen.