Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What can the average citizen do to honor a military veteran and/or those currently serving?

Something we all can do is keep them in our prayers.

2. Besides a flag what is something you own that is red, white and blue?

A tray that Sailor gave to me for my birthday when he was eight years old.

3. Does love really conquer all?

God's love conquers all.

4. Strawberry shortcake or blueberry pie?

I really like strawberries and if I want shortcake I like my Mom's recipe the best by far. I can't even make myself eat the bland store bought stuff.

5. Do you share personal stuff with your hairdresser?

The only person that ever does my hair is myself so I guess you could say my hairdresser knows all my personal stuff.
6. Does money lead to selfishness?

No.  It's not money that causes selfishness. It is a heart matter not a money matter.

7. What piece of furniture in your home most needs replacing or refinishing?

The bunkbeds in our girls' room. Daddy made this set when we moved into a tiny house when I was a little girl and built them to fit the room so they are shorter than average.

They are still in great condition after all these years so I'm thinking they will find a new home with one of my brothers and keep on being passed down to which ever family member needs them.

8. Insert your own random here.

Some of you may remember LV's attempt at home dentistry that I had blogged about here.  Almost exactly three years later he finally went to a dentist last week and got that tooth removed.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Little Lesson ~ Baking Pie

In our basement there is a wall covered with shelves to hold jars of canned goods. I always think it looks cheerful with rows and rows of an assortment of food and on the end of one shelf a lonely jar of blackberries have been waiting until I decide to use them. They were left untouched for quite a while since I knew as soon as I use them we will officially be out of blackberries.

Several weeks ago they made their way from the shelf in the basement to the refrigerator in the kitchen where I again waited a while before actually using them.

LV loves blackberry pie so last week I finally opened that jar of blackberries and poured them into a saucepan and proceeded to make pie filling. The children were all looking forward to having pie once again and while the filling was cooling I made the pie dough.

As I fitted the dough into a pie pan I was bombarded by all sorts of pie wishes from the children. Sailor thought I should go ahead and make his favorite savory pie and a pumpkin pie. Rosebud thought a peach pie or my cherry cheesecake pie would be great. While Sunbeam was sure nothing would be as good an oatmeal pie.

While all their requests were valid points I had only enough pie dough to make the blackberry pie and I took the opportunity to teach them a little life lesson.

If I would have started out with the blackberry pie and added other ingredients every time someone said what they think would be great I would have ended up with something no one would have liked.

Much like life. If we try to please everyone we will ultimately please no one. If we pattern our life after God's will we don't need to worry what anyone thinks. Though they might think we should be doing this or that, if we stay true to our calling the end results will be something everyone will recognize as a good thing.  Just like the blackberry pie. Though not every one's favorite at the end everyone could enjoy a beautiful piece of pie.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Giveaway Winner

It was so much fun reading all your comments and hearing what were your favorite childhood books. I have always enjoyed children's books and many of my favorites were mentioned.

After consulting my trusty friend, the random generator; here is the winner.

Comment # 40

Great assortment of items! I love anything by Dr. Seuss :)

Congratulations! I hope you will enjoy it, and happy crafting!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blueberry Crumb Cupcakes

Rosebud has been dreaming of having a day when we do nothing except a variety of baking all day long. We agreed it would be a fun way to celebrate once I finish the book I was writing. Yesterday was the day we finally got to have our baking day.

Rosebud had a list of recipes she wanted to make after spending hours poring through cookbooks with a notepad and pen to jot down the things she wanted to try.

Our house is now filled with cupcakes, brownies, pie, and some other baked goodies as well. The freezer will be getting some of it but there's not a chance for these Blueberry Cupcakes to get to the freezer at the rate they are disappearing. 

Blueberry Crumb Cupcakes

½ cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 Cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup water
1½ cup blueberries


1/3 cup flour
¼ cup butter (softened)
½ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

In a large bowl combine butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add half of flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix. Add milk and water and mix well. Add remaining flour mixture. After mixing spoon into cupcake liners. Sprinkle blueberries on top.

In a bowl mix topping ingredients until crumbs are uniform and spread over berries. Bake at 350ยบ for twenty minutes.

Yield 20 delicious moist cupcakes with a delightful sugary crunchy top.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's something you miss about the 1980's? If you're too young to miss the 80's how about the 90's?
Life was interesting for me back in the 80's. I was at the age when every day was an adventure. For me it isn't fashion, music, or anything along that line that I miss.

One thing I would love to be able to do again is stand in the front of the buggy with the storm front open while Daddy is driving the horse. I'll never be a little girl again so sadly that isn't possible.

2. Do you have a library card? If so, how often do you visit?

Yes, I do and our children do as well. We love books so we really enjoy the library.

3. What's the secret to success?

I had to think of Psalm 1  as soon as I read this question.  I find those first three verses very thought provoking.

4. This is National Backyard Games week...what's your favorite backyard game?

The games played in our yard are very simple children's games. Pitch and catch being Sailors favorite right now.

5. If I dropped by today what would I find on your coffee table?

I don't have a coffee table but if you were to look at the end table beside my rocking chair you would find a lamp, a book or two, as well as a little basket of diapers for Buddy.

6. Do you own a bicycle? When was the last time you rode a bicycle? Is that something you enjoy?

I have never attempted to ride a bicycle. LV and the children do and with a lovely biking trail near by it would be almost tempting to learn to ride so I can join them on Sunday afternoon bike rides.  Maybe someday.
7. What's your favorite cheese?

I really, really like cheese and any given day you will find at least four different kinds in our refrigerator.  It's hard to pick a favorite but I never turn down fresh mozzarella.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm counting down the days until Life with Lily releases on October 1st.  Right now it is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Giveaway Day!

Giveaway is now closed and a winner has been announced.

Sew Mama, Sew  hosts a fun giveaway day every May. I have enjoyed them for several years already and this year I decided to join the fun.

Today I'm giving away a fun little assortment of sewing supplies.
There's 2¼ yard lace. Seven fat quarters. A dozen Hello Kitty buttons as well as three cards of other buttons and two packs of iron on denim patches.

I'll keep it short and sweet since I know you have hundreds of other giveaways to enter.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment telling me one of your favorite childhood books.

Winner will be chosen and notified on May 26th. 

This giveaway is open to everyone.

Our Week in Pictures

Getting ready for our weekly grocery run on Saturday we discovered this snapping turtle in our garage. When ever a turtle stops by we have a tendency of dropping everything until it leaves. Fascinating creatures!

Sailor presented me with a hand picked bouquet from one of his walks.

The Canada geese are busy parading their little family back and forth to make that their babies can enjoy the creek on both sides of the road.  They seem to take for granted that traffic will stop for them and so far it has. I always breathe a sigh of relief when they reach the other side safely.

Buddy keeps growing so fast. His two new favorite things to do are reading books and squealing. Happy ear piercing squeals.


Thank-you all so much for your patience with me as I spent my writing hours working on the Lily series instead of blogging every day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Left Handed

We have been noticing how Buddy seems to favor his left hand when ever he wants to get something and are wondering if he will be left handed or if it's too soon to be able to tell.

If he is indeed left handed I am glad he won't have to go through the same things my Grandpa did. Being left handed when he was a little boy was not something that was accepted and he was never allowed to use his left hand in school.