Friday, May 11, 2012

a welcoming home gift.

Our good friends are almost to the anticipated day of bringing their adopted son home. When she let me get a sneak peak of his room - and his shelf had some very adorable knit animals on it - I knew I wanted to add to his collection of animals.  I quickly found a pattern (from "Knit Simple" Winter 2011?)to knit up and add to his shelf to welcome him home.

Such an amazing time in their lives. I am truly thankful to get to see how God has worked out all the details to prepare them and Ethan for this next adventure in their lives.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

roses in the spring.

Last Fall I moved my rose bushes to the north side of our property. They are surrounded by mint and soon, I am sure a tomato plant will be tall enough to see coming up along side the roses.  If I were to start adding some of the things I learned over the last almost 38 years, planting rose bushes and tending to flowers or plants would have to be on that list. Not only do they look beautiful - even a well-tended garden is lovely, but the few (or many) minutes spent tending to them always are good for the soul. The mint goes in my ice tea all summer, and vegetables from your garden are far better then from the market. And flowers on a counter or table are a gift for all who seem them and smell them.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May so far...

So I have managed to drop the ball on my birthday list of things I've learned over the years. April was a whirlwind of busy! At work we have added embroidery and a heat press to the list of what we offer and so I have been sneaking in time after hours working on jobs and trying to get past the learning curve of the embroidery machine. Things are getting ready to pick back up, however this month has started out so amazingly wonderful that I had to post about it.

April ended with lunch at Five Guys with my guy, and a quick shopping trip for just the two of us. Followed soon with Cheesecake Factory and and a giant purple bag full of gifts from Chris (handmade cards, basket, tote bag with with Quince and scarves to name a few of the gifts - she know me so well. :) Breaking new running records with Megan -when she sets her mind to it - she pushes us both right along. ;)

Tree climbing. Softball throwing. Time in the yard and on the porch swing. Reading aloud -and even a few rows of knitting! Flowers in bloom... Oh how I love the month of May... and my family and friends and peonies and roses and the list goes on.

Friday, March 9, 2012

taking time to smell the daffodils...

I'm at a really interesting season in life right now. One I am enjoying, but very much unlike the last thirteen years. It has been like a whirlwind the last couple of months, and as I was walking up our sidewalk I thought about the fact that usually by now I have taken at least a couple of dozen of photos of my daffodils. This year - none. However, Hannah has brought me some to admire by the sink and enjoy the scent of. And even though the daffodils aren't getting as much of my attention - a lot of other more important things are. And I am good with that. Really good.

Happy Weekend Everyone!! 

*photo from March 2008

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

brain food! apple buttermilk pancakes.

We are in state testing mode right now. And when Luke requested something protein friendly (um, bacon) - a breakfast including protein not a typical request for him... well, I agreed and had enough time to try this recipe in Martha Stewart in the latest issue of "Everyday Food". It has been a super issue! I've already tried several recipes and most of us have liked them. It's worth purchasing if you haven't already. Some really good crock pot options that aren't the same-old thing.

Apple buttermilk pancakes
(serves 4)-Martha Stewart "EveryDay Foods"

-1 cup flour
-1 tablespoon sugar
-1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
-1/4 tsp. baking soda
-1/4 tsp. fine salt
-1 cup buttermilk
-1 large egg
-1/2 cup applesauce
-1 apple cut up (small chunks)
-1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the buttermilk, egg, applesauce, melted butter and chunked apple in another medium bowl. Pour wet ingredients into the dry. Mix (do not over mix though). And cook on the griddle (mine was around 325 F.)

and I doubled the recipe (everything but the apple sauce) - they are nice and thick!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

my dottie angel blanket that went a bit awry.

Two summers ago I started this small lap-sized blanket. Yes, that is right, two years. However, when I thought I was close to being finished, I read the rest of the directions. And, I had went about crochet this one all wrong. So it has sat, until I could bear seeing it sit any longer. My almost "dottie angel" blanket. That, I am still quite happy with.

Now I just need to finish packing my plates and forks, and head out for a picnic and the rest of my lemon poppyseed cake. :)

Today marks the beginning of Lent.

Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Lent season for many Christians. Lent is a period of 46 days before Easter and is a time of self-examination. A common practice of Lent is to fast (give up)  something, which is supposed to help a person's focus, and to recognize the Lord as their provider and sustenance. 

Growing up I only understood this as a season practiced by my Catholic friends. I think the main thing was that Friday we had fish for school lunches. It wasn't until I was much older, did I realize that others took part as well, they just did not use the official "terminology" to describe this period of time-just calling it a fast. 

So, this year I am joining in, I am giving up caffeine. For this means coffee and diet coke with Dr. Pepper. And less money spent at Caseys, our local convenient store. And since Mat and I just started Financial Peace University - good timing. One less expense to record.

Any one else taking part in the Lent season?