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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Snowy Day

Is there anything more beautiful than freshly fallen snow....even if we do wish Spring would hurry.....

view from the front yard.

Snoopy enjoying the snow


The big oak out back, dusted with snow.



It's been hard to keep my creative mojo lately, but I have managed to work on a wool applique project for a swap, as well as sewing up some bunnies.  I've got these two done, with lots of furry buns on my sewing table in various stages of completion.

Stay warm my fiends and be blessed.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

It's Maple Syruping time!

Good afternoon folks. 
I'm one day late in posting this week.
I had a wee accident on Sunday, involving a large drill bit and my wedding ring finger, and today is the first day I have been able to type well.

I was excited to begin maple syruping on Sunday...I had my tubes ready, I had my containers saved...now to just drill some holes in the tops to insert the tubes.  Lesson learned..never, ever hold the top in your hand...place it on the container to drill...so you don't end up drilling a hole in your finger.  Not only did I do that, but somehow the force of the drilling must have been so great, that the drill bit actually bent my wedding ring in a couple places, before hopping onto my finger to do it's damage.  After grabbing a towel to wrap around my finger and yelling for my husband to come inside...ugh..I felt faint and sick.  The hole in my finger was not pretty...and my finger immediately swelled up.  I couldn't get my rings off, and still cannot. I was afraid I would have to cut them off, but the swelling has gone down some and I hope that by the end of the week, with the gouge healed more, I will be able to slip the rings off and get them repaired.

The sap is really flowing and we'll be boiling up that lovely golden syrup as the month goes on...hoping to stock up for the year ahead.
Have a lovely day - Leave a comment and say hi!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Rounding out the month of January

My goodness...here it is already...the final week of January.  This has definitely been our month for snow and cold.  It hasn't been extremely bad though...when you live in central NY State, we get used to the lake effect snows that come off of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.  Big flakes, that make the whole of our 'lake country' sparkle with awesome views.  It's simply stunning this morning, with every tree branch covered in glittering beauty.

Yesterday was somewhat mild after Saturday's snow, so we took an opportunity to take a hike in the woods with our grandsons.  These are the same woods I trekked in with our sons when they were growing up, and it has been several years since I had been in them.  I was a little sad...the old trails were hard to find...so many dead trees and limbs had fallen.  What used to be a well cared for trail, was all but ruined, neglected by lack of use.  Do any kids go exploring in the woods anymore?  What are they doing?  Have you ever noticed while driving down the road on a nice day, how few children you see outside playing!  How sad!  We had fun exploring with the boys, and ended our trek sledding....little Joey even found an abandoned soccer ball, which he was just thrilled to place in his sled and pull all the way home.

We finished our day with a yummy dinner of chicken, rice, beans and brownies.
It may not seem like the most exciting day, but spending time with those dear grandchildren is worth a million dollars to me.

Have a blessed day everyone....until next time....smile and enjoy the wonders all around you! Bundle up and take a walk, without your headphones...listen to nature...chat with your hubby, grandkids or a friend.  These are the things that life is really about....








Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Feeling the chill.................

The intense cold has hit our area again.  The high yesterday was 16 degrees, and today doesn't promise a whole lot of change.  With the cold, also comes sun, as it is just too cold to produce any weather change.  I welcome the sun and bask in it as it comes streaming through the window this morning.

To keep warm this weekend when the family came over, I made a big pot of homemade soup.  Our old neighbor gave me this recipe several years ago, and it's very yummy.  Brunswick Stew is fll of good things, so pop on over to our family food blog, The Crow's Crusty Loaf, where you will find the recipe.  You will also find some recipes for homemade bread to pair with this delicious soup.


I also invite you to pop on over to Danice's blog. She created the graphic below to help join in our efforts to promote blogging again!  Feel free to grab the button and post a link back to either my blog or hers.  Spread the word.

 

I'm heading to my sewing room/studio to work on orders and create some new goodies for Springtime!  Have a lovely day all.

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!

RANGER COOKIES

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.
Enjoy!
 



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.

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

Reminising.......

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.


https://www.facebook.com/RavenwoodWhimzies


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!

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