I crocheted two afghans for my granddaughters for Christmas. Cora loves pink and Olive loves yellow. They ended up taking longer than I expected so I was crocheting non-stop right before the holidays!
They really liked them and hopefully they are enjoying their warmth this cold winter (although pretty nice temperatures right now).
These afghans are just their size - big for them but not adult size.
I'm ready to start another project for the month of January ... what will it be? I need to do some sewing - I have so much material. I'm sure I'll come up with something!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
I tried a few new recipes this year for Christmas. They were well received at the Christmas parties we attended. My daughter's MIL gave us this recipe:
The other recipe I found on Southern Hospitality - Crockpot Chocolate Candy. This was easy and made quite a large batch.2 bags "natural" popcorn - popped - remove kernels
3 C Rice Krispies1 16 oz. jar dry roasted peanuts1 package vanilla almond bark3 T peanut butterCombine dry ingredientsMelt almond bark in microwaveStir in peanut butterPour over dry ingredients - coatSpread on wax paper to dry
Both recipes tasted great. The other goodies I made over the holidays was Magic Bars, Applie Pie, and chocolate covered pretzels.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Christmas music on the piano is some old books and sheet music that I used as a child as I learned how to play the piano. I still love to play, "Santa Clause is Coming to Town". Displaying it lets me reminisce.
The Wonderful Counselor picture frame is new this year. I found this on someone's blog but cannot remember where . Sorry - I wish I could provide a link.
Our families gather for Christmas this year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be very busy those two days with extended family and our immediate family festivities.
I have quite a bit to accomplish before those two days. Seems like there never is enough time!
|Kitchen table display|
Saturday, December 3, 2011
My granddaughters visited over Thanksgiving and we had a good time beading necklaces. We also played barbies, playdough and read books. We squeeze in a lot in a short time!
|Christina, Cindy and Jo enjoying the shrimp boil|
We also had salad, apple salad, and corn bread to go along with the boil and pheasant as an appetizer. We went a little overboard on the food so sent home food with everyone at the end of the day.
Everyone really enjoyed the boil and it was fun to do something different than turkey.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, my family will come and we plan on eating out and then dessert at our home. This will be a smaller group with my parents, brother and his wife and my husband and son.
Sunday, my husband's family will be coming over and we plan to do a shrimp boil. We are using Paula Deen's recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/low-country-boil-recipe/index.html. This will be fun. Everyone will have already had turkey so we wanted to do something different. You put paper or wax paper on the table and just roll the food out onto the table. This is a bigger group of about 13 people.
My daughter and family will be coming by Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving on their way to her husband's family. I'm looking forward to seeing them and playing with the girls.
Please have a Blessed Holiday.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I have been able to keep up reading my blog reader, so I have kept up with that aspect of blogging.
One exciting thing that has happened since I last posted, is I had a birthday! That in itself is not that exciting, but my husband bought me an ipad ... that is exciting! I love technology and so love to get some of the new toys. I'm really enjoying it and learning about new apps to download.
One of the fun toys on the ipad is Facetime. I'm going to play with that soon and post a funny picture soon.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
While visiting Branson, I was also able to do some outlet shopping at Tanger. I bought some jeans at Levi, a long sleeved shirt at Banana Republic and some Christmas gifts for my family. It was a relaxing short vacation with beautiful weather two of the three days.
The trees are just beginning to turn in this area, a couple more weeks and it will really be picturesque. The last picture is from my hotel balcony. Great room and view.
|Picture from the hotel balcony|
Sunday, October 9, 2011
My granddaughters ... sweet sisters.
I will enjoy watching their friendship and love for each other develop.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Beautiful day in Chicago. We had perfect weather for the day. We drove into the city and walked around Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and took a boat tour down Chicago River and out onto Lake Michigan. We need to visit again real soon.
Friday, September 23, 2011
|County Line Orchard, Hobart, Indiana|
|Kristopher ready for the tractor ride|
Several apples were ate along the way but the orchard encourages that so we know what we want to take home.
It was a beautiful, sunny day.
|Cora and Olive taking a bite of apple|
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
|Cora playing in the sand|
On clear days you could see Chicago in the distance. Beautiful lake, sand and skies.
Cora and Olive really have fun playing on the beach.
|How high can we jump?|
|Olive leaving her footprints|
Friday, September 16, 2011
|Deep River Waterpark|
My next few blogs will be about our vacation. Chicago, Apple Picking, Bowling, and Beach Time.
Our daughter and her family and our son were able to join us on this vacation. We had a wonderful time together and not every family can find the time to be together or get along together ... we are blessed.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Our church had Missions Sunday today. This video is from the Kenya Trip that my husband led. Our church has mission opportunities locally, nationally and globally. We have adopted a local elementary school, our youth went to Joplin Missouri to help with the tornado cleanup, and besides Kenya we also work in the Dominican Republic. It was a blessed day.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
These are called yo-yo's. Sew a button on top and put a barrette on the back for a cute child hair clip. I use my scrap material and use a Clover Yo-Yo Maker. Very fast craft project.
Check out this link that shows how to make a yo-yo purse. http://www.craftstylish.com/item/9596/how-to-make-a-yo-yo-handbag
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
|Cora talking with Otto the Car|
I stayed overnight and enjoyed the fair for a second day. I love the Home Ec building. Displays and demonstrations about crafts and cooking. Always gives me great ideas.
The fair ends this Sunday, so soon my husband will be back home and finished with working at the Highway Gardens for this year.
|Cora and Olive having fun riding the whale|
|Olive and Smokey the Bear|
|Cora enjoying the balloon ride|
Sunday, August 14, 2011
We are getting ready to go on a vacation back to where both of our children were born and lived until my daughter was in 3rd grade. I'm sure there will be some reminiscing for both my husband and myself. We are vacationing as a family with our daughter and family as well as our son.
Looking forward to making more great memories.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl -- love you.
Friday, August 5, 2011
I looked through my button jar for quite a while to find the perfect white buttons for the straps. Olive tried on the dress for Nana and she looked very precious in it.
Hopefully I will get a picture of her wearing it before the summer is out.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I also got a picture of a train coming into the Capitol City. We only walked halfway over the bridge to the viewing spot. Next time I'll put on my tennis shoes and walk all the way over the bridge and back. Having a great view on a walk helps encourage exercise!
It was a wonderful evening, great breeze and beautiful view.
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