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Thursday, February 4, 2016

A little of this and that . . .


Just a few thoughts of this and that tonight.  I went to the eye doctor earlier in the week, and he said that I should try contacts . . . I've tried them before, and they are great, but they make my eyes so dry.  I have Glaucoma, and the Dr. is concerned that I'm not wearing sunglasses enough.  So, he gave me a weeks worth of daily contacts to try.   My poor eyes are pretty irritated tonight, I'm not sure what the verdict will be.  Contacts would be really nice for photographing, glasses are a pain, when you are trying to take a picture.  What do you think, should I give it a shot?  My eyes look bloodshot, and very tired tonight.


Another stray thought . . . I miss having little ones around.  I think if I did it all over again, I would be such a different kind of mother.  I was talking to my daughter on the phone tonight, when she walked into the bathroom and found her youngest, little, sitting on the sink washing the mirror with hand soap.  When I was her age, I would have been stern, and given him a talking to.  This is what she did . . .


She took his picture, and told him that the mirror really did need to be washed, but that he needed to let mommy help him next time. so cute!  He did get a little bit of a lecture about climbing on the cupboards.  Oh, we must treasure every moment, they go by so quickly :0)

Another thought.  Years ago, when I was a working girl. I had a cassette tape of Linda Ronstadt, singing lullaby's.  I used to listen to it on my way home from work to de-stress.   I loved it and think of it often when I am with my little's.  She has such a beautiful voice.  My favorite song on the tape was, We will Rock You.  I was so happy when I found it, give it a listen!


More thought on motherhood . . . This beautiful woman, Alice, is like a mother to my sweet little grands.  She loves them so much and is so good to them.  She also loves my daughter, and is like a second mother to her.  I can always depend on her, as I am 30 miles away, and she is just around the corner!  I always say, a woman can NEVER have too many moms.  I love her too, she is a wonderful friend, and such a good influence on my grands and my daughter.


More randomness!  I love to draw, and my favorite subjects are, American Indians.  They are so beautiful, and have the most wonderful features.  A few years ago, (and when I say that, I mean 35 years ago) I drew this picture . . .



This is one I'd like to draw to go with it . . . so beautiful and proud!


Well, my eyes hurt, and I'm tired because I've been listening to lullaby's!  Good night all, or good morning to some!

XXOO,

Friday, January 29, 2016

A Peek into my Week . . .


Something from my Playlist . . . This song always reminds me of all the years that my husband worked and traveled around the country.  He would be gone for months at a time, it was always so sad to see that airplane take off, but we made it through!  I would love to go somewhere right now!  It's cold here, and the cold does not like me, especially my feet, it hates my feet.

I adore, Merle Haggard, always have.  My husband is a cowboy, a true cowboy!  On our first date, I remember driving down 1st street, (which was THE place to be), playing, "Okie from Muskogee", on the eight-track player, I know, some of you may not know what that is, it played music!  Enjoy, if you like country music.  If not, skip it!


Mother Nature. . . It's cold outside.  It snowed about 1 inch last night.  We are suppose to warm up to about 35 degrees this afternoon, so it will rain.  Then towards evening, it will start to snow again, making for some very treacherous roads.  I'm tired of winter, not the snow, just winter.



When we brought mom home on Wednesday, the icicles were so long on the building.  The longest one only came within inches of the ground.

On My Mind . . . I've read quite a few blogs  that talk about being real - I like that.  I do think that sometimes when I blog, I tend to make things seem like life is wonderful all the time.  It's. not.  I turned 60 on my last birthday, and I feel like I'm 60.  I have aches and pains, I'm slower than I used to be, there are things I just can't do anymore, and I'm not sure I love that.  This last week was one of those weeks that I hurt most of the week.  I was slower at getting out of bed, and I am slower at getting ready for the day.  My life is good, but it's not perfect, but it's my life, and I'm very content with it.

I love being at home, I love having my husband home with me, I hear women say that they just wish that their husband was not under-foot so much, and I can honestly say that I don't feel that way.  I love having him home with me.  We help each other, we share and do tasks together, we cook together, we clean together and we enjoy life together.  Life is good, even with the ups and downs.

Dreaming of . . .



I love this little pincushion, isn't it cute?!   Pop over to Wee Folk Art and it has all the instructions.  She has a wonderful blog with so many cute and crafty things to make.  I would love to make a few of these for Christmas gifts.



I love this idea.  I am always looking for my remote, and I have lots of old jeans that can be refurbished.  This looks very easy.  I found the idea here.

sweet dreams on fun pillows:

I think we've all seen these cute pillow cases with crochet around the edges.  I saw this idea on Flicker.  If you follow Flicker, it was on Rose Hips group.  They are so cute, I love all the fun fabric.

Some Cuteness . . .   Last Saturday my kids were all here for pie and ice cream.  It was my daughter-in-law's birthday, and we love to have a celebration!  My two oldest granddaughters looked so cute and I just have to share the cuteness.


Taylor Jo is adorable, sweet. kind, and beautiful.  She is a wonderful daughter, sister, cousin and grand!  Isn't she a cutie?!



Emily, my second oldest granddaughter is adorable too, and had the cutest braid and bun in her hair.  She is a cutie as well!  I can tell these two girls are related, they have the same beautiful eyes!

Comfort from the Kitchen . . . 

I made these delicious biscotti at Christmas time, they were so good!  I think I might make more today, they are easy to make and they store beautifully.  I know that it's not good to eat sweets at night, but I love to have something sweet in the evening.  I found the recipe here.  

Snicker-doodle Biscotti

2¾ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt; set aside.
3. Cream together the sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is thoroughly combined. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing just until a dough forms.
4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and rub your hands with a little flour. Divide the dough in two and form each half into a log about 4 inches wide by 10 inches long. Places the logs on the prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water, and brush each log evenly. In a separate small bowl, stir together the ¼ cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the brushed dough.
5. Bake on the prepared baking sheet until lightly browned and small cracks form on top, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly on the baking sheet, about 10 minutes (leave the oven on). Transfer the logs to a cutting board. Slice diagonally in generous ½-inch slices. Place them cut side up on the baking sheet and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned, turning over half way through. Cool completely on a wire rack. Biscotti can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for two weeks.


Just Sayin' . . . 

every step will show:

Have a wonderful week-end!

XXOO

Monday, January 25, 2016

Frozen-Over . . . in Idaho . . .


Last week, on our weekly trip out with my mother, we drove by the river to see the falls.  As you can see, they were all frozen-over.  There were places where you could see the water, but mostly, the falls were frozen-over!


Across the river, you can see the beautiful, LDS Temple.  It looks so pretty by the falls.  The picture below, is a picture I took a few years ago, you can actually see the falls in this picture!



This is a picture of a little cabin that sits on an island in the Snake River.  They call it, Keefer's Island.  Keefere's Island is a 1.7 square-mile stretch of land in the Snake River,  just a short distance north of the falls.  The small cabin on the island was actually inhabited by Fred Keefer from 1938-1959.  The island was deeded to the city in the early 1900's.  People used to travel long distances each 4th of July to view spectacular fireworks that were launched from the island.


This is a picture of Fred Keefer, he was in interesting character and had a really interesting life!  He even served as sheriff for a short time!


After our ride, we took mom back home, as we went in, we were greeted by, Tillie, the resident house dog, and she just refused to hold still, so the photo is a little fuzzy.  I'm not sure what breed she is, but she is adorable.  She is a rescue dog, and we all know that they can make the best pets.  My mother lives in a memory care unit, and Tillie loves all of them so much.  You can often find her sleeping on my mothers floor, by her bed.  

I'll leave you with some beautiful pictures of Idaho, a place I truly love!


Enjoy!

XXOO,

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

a Peek into my Week . . .


Something from my playlist . . .

Just a little something to get you thinking about Valentines Day . . . I love these old songs . . .


Mother Nature . . . It's white outside!  I love January, I really do!  When I was young I loved to go skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and all those things that I don't do anymore.  But, even though I'm not as young as I once was, there are still many things I love about winter.  I love to watch the snow fall, I love it when the sun shines on the snow, and makes it look like diamonds.  I love the blue and purple tones of the snow and the pink sunsets that just seem to melt into the night.  I love it when I can see my breath when I step outside,  I love it when Jack Frost leaves his artwork on my windows, and I think it's magical when it's foggy and snowy at the same time.  I love wearing sweaters and feeling all toasty under my down comforter.  I guess I could just keep going, but I think you get the gist . . .

On my Mind . . .  I have been thinking lately about my to do list, or lack thereof.  Everywhere I look I can see something that needs my attention, and I really need to quit procrastinating about getting things done.

Today, I had really good intentions, and then my sweet husband had a better idea.  He said, "Let's go for a ride!"  Well, I don't know about any of you, but when I hear those words, I'm putting on my coat and grabbing my camera!  We jumped in the truck and headed for the hills . . . literally!  This is what we saw . . .



These deer were very content to just watch us, they weren't scared or worried that I would do anything but tell them how pretty they were, and take their picture.  They were actually way out in a hay field, so I wasn't that scary.  This is just a few of them,  there were probably about 100 head in this herd.





It was just a beautiful day, and I was so lucky to be able to go out and enjoy the sunshine . . . I feel so much better!  I still need to work on my, to-do list, but there's always tomorrow, this was so much more important than organizing a closet, don't you think?

Comfort from the kitchen . . .  This cake hit the spot over the week-end.  I still was not feeling very good, but the smell of it baking in the oven, just rejuvenated me!



Applesauce Spice Cake

1 stick butter at room tempurature
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prepare an 8 inch pan, by spraying with vegetable oil or butter and flour.  Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.  With an electric mixer, beat butter until light, add the sugar and beat until fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beat until each is incorporated into the mixture.  Add the sour cream, vanilla and applesauce and beat until smooth.

Mix in the dry ingredients a little at a time until the batter is smooth and all the flour is incorporated, do not over-mix.  Stir in the raisins and the nuts ( I only used raisins, so I used a whole cup).

Pour batter into prepared pan and place on the middle rack in your oven.  bake for 30-35 min, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove the cake and let it cook for at least 15 minutes before enjoying!

Just Sayin' . . .


It's Okay to Say God Bless America

Have a wonderful week!

XXOO

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tis' the Season . . . for Colds and Flu . . .

Yes, I've been under the weather, sore throat, runny nose, headache, cough, aches and pains.  I don't have the flu, but I do have a bad cold.  I had been wondering why they called it, "under the weather" when you are sick, and as I was checking out my favorite blogs this morning, I noticed that, Lucy, at  Attic24, who is also feeling, under the weather, looked it up for me.  She said that on British sailing ships, when a sailor was sick they would send him below deck, out of the weather, or under the weather . . . who knew?!


I have been drinking lots of honey and lemon, in chamomile tea, taking Mucinex, and staying warm.  I decided I would catch up on some of the shows I have been wanting to watch like, Downton Abbey, Doc Martin and Call the Midwife.  I love British T.V., so I have been kind of enjoying my time on the couch.  Today, I am feeling a little better, so I am hoping to be back up and on my feet by Friday!

I think I will cook a pot of ham and beans in my electric pressure cooker today, using this recipe.  Have I mentioned how much I love my pressure cooker?

Ham and Bean Soup

*6 cups pre soaked beans (I use 1 cup of dried navy beans and 2 cups 13 bean mix, also dried)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
ham hock or shank (I also used about a cup or so of chopped ham that I had)
water

Place the ham hock or shank, beans, onion and garlic into the pressure cooker.
Add enough water to completely cover the beans.  Place the lid in place, Set to high pressure and set time for 30 minutes.  When the timer goes off, let the pressure go down naturally.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

*Because I am kind of a lazy cook, I hardly ever soak my beans overnight . . . :0)
I just clean them, put them in a pot, cover with water and bring them to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.  Turn off the heat, cover with a lid, and let them sit for 1 hour . . .done!

I think I'm done for the day  . . . tomorrow will be better!

XXOO,