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Jun
03
2009

Jam Packed Post ~ Please Read!

I am going to cover a lot of subjects this morning so hang on to your hats! I have a lot of irons in the fire at the moment and I would like to drag you all down with me!!

Shout Out #1: Rachel over at Neat Things.  You have to take a look at the cake she made for a going away party.  WOWZERS! That’s my girl! Her paternal grandmother (the best cake decorator in the world) would be so proud of her.  I have often wished she could have lived to see how her granddaughters followed in her footsteps. Hint:

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International Overall Day: is coming together.  I doubt very seriously (VERY seriously) if we can get any sort of proclamation but who cares?  I am however working on contacting companies that sell overalls to donate gift certificates so that we might have a GRAND giveaway sometime in the future.  In the meantime if you wear overalls, love overalls, love someone who wears overalls, join the fun. Leave a comment or email me and we will start a flickr group soon.  Sound like fun? And here is your picture of the day:

onthephoneThis is Rachel on the phone with my mom about a month before Ben was born.  She had been folding baby clothes and getting things ready for Ben’s birth.  I wish you could see the stacks of baby shirts and diapers on the bed with her.  She has always been quite the little organizer.

Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver: Will begin again this coming Friday June 5th.  I told you it wouldn’t be long!  If you plan on participating please let me know.  I will make a post specifically pertaining to this event tomorrow (Thursday) with all the new and improved rules and regulations and then on Friday you will find the recipe for the week’s challenge.  Hint: if you don’t have berries of some sort, plan on getting some :) And YES, there will be prizes involved!

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Next Holiday: Fourth of July and all the great food that brings!  The last week of this month (June) I will devote to recipes, menus and decorating ideas for the 4th.  For all my friends who live outside the US, bear with us…this is a big deal around these parts!

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Cookbook Update: Well, the first agent I approached with my idea(s) passed so that’s not great news.  However, I believe all things in their own time.  In the meantime while I am waiting on a real deal, I am going forward with self publishing my little series of cookbooklets.  Pies will be first and hopefully within 6-8 weeks I will have them in my etsy shop for sale. But don’t hold me to that date  ’cause I tend to over estimate what can be done in a 24 hour period.  But I am finishing it.  It is to the proofing stage…so that is progress.

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Crafty: One of our all time favorite librarians is leaving our local library for bigger and better things.  We will miss her.  Today is her going away party (the cake Rachel made is for that party).  I made her a Housewarming Basket for her new home.

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(Isn’t that the cutest broom handle you ever saw???)

This is a little part of the note (the pink paper tied with rickrack) I wrote her explaining the components of the basket…thought you might like the info in case you ever had occasion for such a gift.

First of all the broom.  And what a pretty broom it is!  My granny taught me that you NEVER take an old broom in to a new home.  You are supposed to start your new life with a clean sweep!  So now you can!  In  the basket you will find two cloth bags that will do just fine to take to the grocery when you need just a couple of things or to keep your potatoes and onions fresh.  They are sturdy and should last a long time.  Inside those bags are flour, hoping you will always have food and friends to share it with.  Salt so you will always have spice in your life!  Honey to remind you of the sweetness of life and friends, both new and old.  Olive oil for good health all the days of your life.  A wooden cutting board representing stability, peace and harmony in your new home and candles so you will always have light.  The apron is just because.  Just because I wasn’t sure you had one, and if you do…well now you have two! The lavender plant is on of my favorite plants.  I thought you might like it too.  She will need lots of sunshine so you will want to put her outdoors at your new home.  The soap and rag are for your new kitchen sink.  Enjoy the gifts.  You will be missed!

What could I have possibly left out of this post?  If you have gotten this far…THANK YOU!  Oh I suppose I could give you a recipe, that should be about enough.  This is from the Pie booklet…

Yogurt Pie with Granola Crust

1 1/2 c. granola (reserve 1/4 c.)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. margarine
1/4 c. honey
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. lo-fat yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla
fresh fruit (optional)

If granola is very coarse, grind to medium-fine in blender, doing 1/2 cup at a time. Blend granola, brown sugar and margarine. Press onto sides and bottom of 9-inch pie plates. Chill well before using. Soften cream cheese to room
temperature. Beat until fluffy with electric mixer or wooden spoon. Blend in yogurt. Beat in honey and vanilla. Turn into pie shell, spreading evenly. Chill overnight. Before serving, top with fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas or your favorite). Sprinkle reserved granola crumbs on top. Cut and serve.

HAVE A LOVELY WEDNESAY!

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Mar
20
2009

Happy Spring & Vintage Luggage Treasure

Good morning!  And Happy Spring!  It is to be a LOVELY day here – mid 70’s and sunny.  Benjamin has an eye dr appt today so I will kill two birds with one stone and hopefully get the rest of my herbs whilst I am out and about.   I had a lovely, LOVELY time being away with Husband for a couple of days.  To spite the fact that he was in meetings all day, we still had some time to catch up with each other.  I of course shopped – too much probably.  But before I get to my finds I wanted to show you my luggage I took on my trip and give you a little background on it.  I was inpsired to share this from reading a post made by EllynAnne over at Apron Memories.  She too has a lovely vintage travel case.  Here is my set of vintage luggage:

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This luggage belonged to my grandmother, Mama Tom.  I am quite sure it made many a trip on a train or two.  It is pretty beat up but geez it is probably 50-60 years old.  But yet it is VERY sturdy, the latches still are very strong and I plan on it seeing many more trips.  The inside smelled a bit musty but I just put a few lavender sachets in it and it was absolutely fine.  I also have two more lovely pieces of vintage luggage that I will show you another time.

Round Robin Update: The letter is written and ready to mail today.  YAY!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Mar
07
2009

Round Robin Update ~ Please Read

Latest Update (Monday Morning)~ I am still fighting computer stuff!  So I will be a few more days getting it all together.  I appreciate your patience and I do have 16 names.  I think if everyone will do their part and get the letters back out promptly, say within a few days, we can enjoy 2-3 packets of letters a year.  That would be so cool!  I will add the UK and European names back to back so as not to have the packet/letters go back and forth across the ocean too many times thus taking much longer.  I will be emailing the information but will also put a list and “rules” in with the first letter and it needs to be a “sticky”~meaning it needs to stay with the letters. I would also encourage you to make yourself a copy of these pages- you might want to send out holiday greetings and include your round robin friends.

This is going to be a lot of fun…just remember you have to do your part if you are participating.


I will be sending around an email in a little while. If you do not get one by Monday, and you intend to participate PLEASE email be and let me know. It will take a little maneuvering to get this rolling but we will!

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