Thursday, January 15, 2015

Playing Dress Up

What happens when little girls come visit?
We dress up all the dolls in the house!
Your never too old to play with dolls!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Preserving Memories

When I married, over 30-years ago, my husband and I bought a Christmas Angel for our first Christmas tree. It wasn't anything fancy; in fact, we purchased it at the grocery store of all places!
Over the years this angel has been an important part of our Christmas. Many years ago the lights quit working so my husband replaced the old lights with a string of Christmas lights. A solution that has worked very well.
This year I noticed the light was coming untwisted and catching in the branches.
After thinking for a bit I got the idea of using florist tape to bind the wires back together.
I was very pleased with how well this worked.
The angel has now been packed away and is ready for next Christmas!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's Winter and it's Cold

I started on a walk this morning and only got as far as the barn.
It was just too cold; 
But oh how pretty everything was covered in ice!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Recital

Elizabeth's Piano Recital.

What Child is This....English Carol/Ray

The First Noel....Traditional/Ray

I so love listening to her play piano.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


 At the start of the Labor Day Weekend I bought 20 ears of corn at 20-cents each.
The corn took little time to process using a knife to cut off the kernels.
 Before I knew it I had a nice large bowl full of kernels.
 Which produced 8 pint jars plus two bags for the freezer; each bag held 2-cups.
At the end of our Labor Day Weekend I decided to buy more corn; this time 40 ears.
 And then I dug out more canning jars.
 In no time at all I had another nice amount of corn kernels.
 This time I ended up with 16 pint jars and 4 more bags of corn for the freezer.
All together I canned 24 pints and froze 6 bags of corn.
Not counting my jars and lids, which I already had, I spent a total of $12.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Smoked Brisket

We love grilled meat, especially smoked brisket.
By careful planning it's very possible to stretch this meat into several meals.
After eating on the meat the first night I then refrigerate the leftover brisket overnight. Once chilled I cut the brisket into manageable hunks.
Sometimes I slice the meat with just a sharp knife but this time I used a food slicer;
 Purchased for $3 buck at an estate sale.
By slicing the meat into thin strips we are able to make it stretch into more meals.
 One brisket makes a lot of slices!
After separating the slices there were enough for 5-meals; plus I still had extra slices in the fridge to be eaten as leftovers.
 All the irregular slices of meat are gathered together;
And cut into cubes for barbecue sandwiches.
I paid just over $15 for a 10-pound brisket. We've eaten on it 3-times plus the 5 meal size portions that are in the freezer. This makes a total of 8 meals from one brisket!

Monday, July 21, 2014

My 2013 Quilt Club Quilt

The quilt is finally finished!
I came close to giving up so many times, but now that it's finished I'm so glad I kept on going.
The quilt as you go method was more time consuming than expected.
Plus, it took more fabric than I expected so I ended up having to use a second fabric of a different print. Thankfully the other fabric worked out just fine.
 Elizabeth had her heart set on this quilt from the beginning. She knew I was making it for her and she was so in love with all the purple being used! It was her excitement that kept me going.
I used two layers of batting in this quilt; which of course doubled my cost. However, it added so much weight to the quilt that I'm planning to start using two layers from now on.
Oh how I'm so glad I finished this mammoth job. It was so much work. Each time I look at the quilt on Elizabeth's bed I smile and tell myself it was worth all the stress and time spent on every stitch.

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