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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ranger Cookies

I discovered this recipe oh so many years ago, when our boys were still young.  We loved it then, and it is still yummy.  I try not to bake as much anymore, with just the hubby and I at home (we don't need the calories!), but when I know the grand kids are coming, I love to whip up a batch of something tasty.

I hope you give these a try!


1 c butter
2 c brown sugar
1 t vanilla

Cream well til light an fluffy, then add

2 eggs

Beat just until incorporated, then add

2 c wheat flour (you can use white if you wish)
2 c quick cook oatmeal
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
pinch of salt

Mix, then add

2 c Wheaties brand cereal
1 c salted peanuts

You can also had some chocolate chips if you wish.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday Musings...

In keeping good on my promise to blog more, I have set aside Monday morning to write and read my favorite blogs.

We had an absolutely glorious Saturday here in the Finger Lakes region of NY State.  The south winds blew, and brought warm temps for January.  We hit 63 at our house.  Hubby and I took the opportunity to work outside.  We mucked out the chicken pen and put more sand in it...that was a big chore...and we finally got fencing put up around our fruit trees.  Fall is such a busy time, that we don't often get a chance to get everything done.  This Fall I was especially busy trying to scrape, prime and paint our porches, fence and trim.  What a chore.  On our 1830 home, it isn't easy.  I wanted to get it all done because we decided to bite the bullet and have siding put on the house, which was going to start in November.  Well, November and December haven't been kind to our workers, and it is taking them quite a while to finish the job.  It is looking wonderful though, so I am happy all that home maintenance will be done come Spring.
The Spring-like weather didn't last long, and come Sunday, we had cold winds and dropping temps.  When I got up at 7:30, it was 60 degrees.  By the time I had breakfast, showered and dressed, it had dropped to 40....ah..such is life in our neck of the woods.
I am a person that needs to be outside.  It is something deep in my soul.  When I am cooped up in the winter I get cranky and restless...lol.
Fairly soon we will be prepping things for making maple syrup. It's always fun to collect and boil the sap down, and the grand kids love to help.

I always try to take January and February to work on projects I want to complete.  Fall and Winter are very hectic, business wise, so I enjoy a small respite from that before I am back to creating.  Unfinished quilts are my goal this year.   I am on my FINAL block for my Primitive Garden quilt.  This has been a two year project for me, and now that the end is near, I am so excited.  I have many more wool applique projects I want to work on, so getting this one out of the way, will be a big relief.

We do have some exciting news to share, and that is we are expecting another grandson come May!  Our youngest son and his wife already have three boys, who melt their Grammy's heart, so I know this little fella will certainly do the same.  We are also so very blessed with two pretty grand-daughters too.  Since I haven't shared any photos of the kiddos in so long, I will do so now.

Allison and Elena on Christmas morning, in front of the Barbie Dreamhouse we gave them.

Christmas eve Mass in front of the Nativity.  Peter, Joey, Allie and Elena.


The elusive Todd, who stole the peanut butter jar and was eating it under the table.  He thought it was quite funny.

Everyone smiling but Todd on Christmas eve.  Peter, Todd, Joey, Allie and Elena.

I'll be back mid-week to share a yummy recipe with you.  Until then, I hope your days are full of love, meaningful work and many blessings.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Let's Make 2020 A new Beginning!

We all remember when.....
the days when blogging was THE thing....
We recall meeting new friends...
Following new blogs....
Sharing our recipes....
Sharing the goods and the bads....
Sharing our life with each other....
Swapping goodies....
Building friendships....

Then along came Facebook...and so many blogging friends went there instead.  But as many of us have lamented....it just isn't the same.  I was talking to Michelle of the Raspberry Rabbits last week about this sad happening.  We were both sharing how much we loved blogging, and how much it is missed.

With that in mind, Michelle and I would like to propose a New Beginning.  A return to the simpler times of blogging....sharing.....getting to know each other more closely...something a quick FB post just cannot compare with.  We have challenged ourselves to post more often, and encourage others to read and follow our favorite bloggers.

Would you be willing to join us?  Some of you are at different stages of life, but we all have something to share.  We want to support and encourage each other.  Facebook has just gotten too big...and half the time we don't see friends posts.  Come, bring back the Good Ole Times.  Commit to posting frequently.  Share your day, your favorite recipe, your newest creation, or just ramble.  We care and we want to hear from you!
We Miss You!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Hello dear friends!

I certainly do miss the old blogging days....this time of year was always such fun...sharing decorating, baking and swap goodies.  Do you miss it too?

I invite you to stop at the TABS section on the top of my page, and revisit some of my
12 Days of Christmas posts from years past.  Maybe next year we can revive the idea, with a little help from my blogging friends.

You will find FREE crafty tutorial and recipes for the holiday season.  Here are just a few of the goodies you can find while browsing the TDC tabs....

I hope to be back next week with a Christmas tour of our 1830 home.  Until then, enjoy the season!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Super Santa Event

Hi All - Just popping in to let you know I will be having a Santa Sale event over on my FB page today, Saturday, November 16th at 2 PM EST.  I'll be offering 10 new handmade Santas for your holiday decor!  Hope to you see you then!  Just click the link below to be taken to my page.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fall Offerings

Good morning all.

Whew..another month has just flown by.  I've been busy working on a large order for a shop in Texas, as well as power washing and painting our porches.  We are planning to have the house sided in a couple weeks, so I wanted to get the detail painting all done before they began the siding.  The weather is nice today, but tomorrow we are expecting a big cool down, so I will be painting like mad this afternoon after a follow-up doctor's appointment for the surgery I had in September.  I have been healing well and have my old energy back, so it seems that everything is back to normal.

I have a few Fall offerings left in my Etsy shop, as well as some new Santas, so if you are are interested in any of them, you can email me at RWPrimcrafts@aol.com or just hop on over to Etsy (link to the left).

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Where did Summer go....

Here we are, Labor is upon us, and I am wondering where the last 3 months have gone.

At the beginning of Summer I learned that I would be needing surgery. Calcium levels in my blood showed I had a malfunctioning parathyroid gland...a what??  Who has ever heard of that?  It's not the thyroid, but another set of four tiny glands that sit beside the thyroid.  All Summer off and on I have been to one doctor then another, then to one hospital for scans and testing, and just the other day, to another hospital, for pre-op testing and instructions.  My surgery is on Sept 4th.  Wish me luck.  Even though I am nearing 60, this is the first time I will have had surgery, so I'm a bit apprehensive!

Since I've getting ready for my Sister to arrive from Vermont, I will make mostly a picture post of my Summer doings.  I hope all is well with you all and I will write more soon!

God bless.

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