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Monday, August 3, 2015

Welcome August!

Now how did that happen??? Is it really August already?  This Summer is just flying by.  With projects outside, helping my parents, and taking time to just enjoy life, it seems that Summer is slipping away too fast.

Here's some things I've been up to lately....

Went to the produce auction and stocked up on goodies for preserving.


Prepped and canned some yummy spaghetti sauce for the winter.....


Made pickles....
yumm...
Done some creating....... Santa is SOLD

SOLD - taking orders

Available in my Etsy shoppe
Some woolie stitchin' with my friends...
Pickin' blueberries with the family....

Ah Ha - caught in the act of eating berries without paying for them!

Enjoying a fun blueberry pie.
A weekend in the life of Petie.We often get to watch Petie on weekends, while our son, Drew and his wife, Maria, sell their handmade soaps at local shows.  If you are interested in their soaps, see their great new website - link on my sidebar.


Picking the black raspberries that grow wild around our place.
Oh yes...this little boy has my heart.

Sewing up some decorative pillows for son, Scott & his wife, Stephanie's master bedroom.
Kayaking on a sunny Summer Sunday afternoon with the family....


I must mention that this was after an emergency trip back home to remove a three pronged fish hook from my index finger.  OUCH
Two little brothers at play, enjoying the swing set our neighbor kindly gave us for the grand-kiddos.
Drainage and more chicken coop projects....
Enjoying the view to the east from the veggie garden.

"How Great the Goodness You have stored up for those who honor and serve You"
 Psalm 31:19

Have a blessed day everyone.

Monday, July 13, 2015

My Pin Keep Swap has arrived....and a surprise in the mail!

Good morning prim folks!
Hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  My weekend was made doubly fun by a couple of packages I received...and they both were because of the Pin Keep swap I recently held right here on my blog.

First up was my package from Christi Hocking, CH2 Christi Hocking Handcrafts!  Christi also has a blog.  She's a wonderful artist, and I was so happy we ended up being paired together in my swap. Christi sent me this ADORABLE snowman pinkeep!


I love his pudgy belly and fuzzy red vest...and the little details like the hand-stitching, scarf and hankie make him very special.
Thank you so much Christi!  I'm so glad you had an opportunity to join in the swap this year!


The next box was REALLY a surprise...I wasn't expecting anything from Danice at Homespun Hannah's .  She joined in the Pinkeep Swap too, but was paired with someone else.  Those of you who know Danice, know how generous and kind she is....and when I opened her box, I found this lovely pin keep and sweet little notions box.

Danice is a very talented sewer and the pin keep she sent looks soooo complicated.  I doubt I could have gotten it to come out so perfectly!  And I LOVE the fabric she used!  The little notions box also contained some thread, in a color I use ALL the time, and a sweet thimble too - sorry I forgot to snap pictures of them.
Thank you so much Danice - your generosity made my day!  I love them both.


For those of you that joined in the swap, don't forget that your packages must be mailed by Friday!  Mine is nearly done, and will be making it's way to Christi soon.  I'm a little behind because of the on-going health problems my parents are having and the help they have needed.  It's an hour trip both ways for me, and I usually spend the day taking them to appointments and/or helping around the house.  It's been cutting into my creating quite a bit the last month or so, but I hope squeeze in a new creation here and there...maybe even get an Offerings Update on my FB page by the end of the month.  Please say some prayers for my parents if you could.  Thanks so much.
Hope your Summer is going well....I'll be back soon for more sharing, cooking and creating!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Scrumptious Summer Part 2 - Cookie Monster Ice Cream

I hope some of you had an opportunity to try my homemade ice cream recipe from last month...it was certainly tasty.

To add a little childish fun to the mix, I've decided to feature my
COOKIE MONSTER ICE CREAM
this month.

As with last month's recipe, this one is sure to please both young and old, with it's creamy texture, bits of cookies and fun color, it will be a hit for sure.

The directions are much the same as my last recipe, and it's really simple, so get out that ice cream maker and join me in some Scrumptious Summertime fun.

COOKIE MONSTER ICE CREAM

Here's what you will need:

2 c. heavy whipping cream

2 c. half and half

1 c. of sugar

2-3 t vanilla extract

Royal blue paste icing color (you can find this at Walmart, AC Moore, etc.)

Store bought chocolate chip cookies AND oreo type cookies, broken up.


In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients together EXCEPT the cookie bits.  Mix until sugar is dissolved.
Place this mixture into your ice cream maker and churn according to your machines directions.
When the ice cream is finished and it looks a bit thicker than soft-serve ice cream, turn off your machine and stir in the cookie bits.
Stir just until combined and quickly transfer to your freezer container.
Now comes the hardest part....waiting for it to freeze.
Wait at least 8 hours, then dip in and enjoy!
Oh..this ice cream isn't just for kids - it's so tasty you'll want more...and without all the yucky stuff they put into store bought ice cream, you can feel pretty darn good about having a second helping.

See you next month for another great recipe - this one will be more grown up!

Have fun and enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

This is what Summer is all about....

Picnics.....

Playing outside.....

Running around in the school fields waiting for the fireworks to begin.....

Flowers.....

Flying high....

Coop projects.....

Cute little girls.....

Cleaning the Hubby's workshop while he is away on business....

Gorgeous sunsets.....

Mowing the lawn.....

Waterlilies.....

Clematis.....

My first catch of the season....
Hope you are enjoying your Summer too.
Be back tomorrow with my next Homemade Ice cream Recipe...because...what's Summer without Ice Cream!  SLURP!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scrumptious Summer - Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Recipe

Good morning dear friends

Today I start a new series called
SCRUMPTIOUS SUMMER.

Do you have an ice cream machine languishing in the cupboard...unloved and unused?  Well...I hope to change that.  Ice cream making can be fairly complicated, but NOT with this recipe.  It takes just 10 minutes, plus churning time, to create tasty, homemade ice cream for your family.

Today's Recipe is
Fudge Brownie Ice Cream


Here is what you will need:


*2 cups of Half & Half
*2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
*1 cup of sugar
*2 t vanilla (or more to taste)

That is the basic recipe!

In addition, for this recipe you will need

*Homemade or Little Debbie Brownies, cut into small bite size pieces (As you can see, my Little Debbie Brownies had green icing on top)
*Hot fudge sauce

In a large bowl, measure out your Half & Half, Cream and Sugar.  Whisk the ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved.  Then add your vanilla.  Whisk until incorporated.

Pour this mixture into your ice cream maker.  Our ice cream maker has a bucket that you place in the freezer.  I make sure it has been in the freezer at least a couple of days so it will be nice and cold.
Turn on the ice cream maker and churn until your ice cream looks like soft serve ice cream.
Remove the middle portion and using a spatula, transfer your soft ice cream to a freezer container.   Make sure to do a little tasting along the way...and scrape all that yummy goodness off the sides with a spoon.  Stealing a taste here and there is a necessary procedure...lol.
Fold in your brownie bits.  The ice cream will appear to be melting a bit, so work fast and don't over stir it.
Place your hot fudge in the microwave for about 1 minute on 50% power.  This will heat it just enough to make it pour well, but not too hot.  Slowly pour about 1/2 jar of your hot fudge over the ice cream and with a knife, swirl back and forth a bit.  Don't over mix at this point or you will have chocolate ice cream instead of fudgey swirls.
Quickly cover the ice cream and place in the freezer.  Freeze for at least 8 hours, so it is nice and hard.
Scoop your ice cream and enjoy!

It's so creamy and tasty - you will want seconds...and hey...why not...it's calorie free.  Oooh...I wish!

I'll be back with another great flavor next month.  It's going to be tough to decide which kind to make next!


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