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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Lady Liberty

 My newest Prim offering...available only on my Facebook Page.






Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Spring Blessings

 Hello dear friends!

Spring has sprung here in central New York State.  The fields are greening up nicely, the daffodils are blooming and every where, the birds are singing their sweet Spring songs.  I was sitting in the sun the other day, and thought...mmmm...the wrens should be here soon, and what do you think....within 5 minutes I heard one.  One by one our south wintering birds have made their way back.

A few weeks ago, on a cool Sunday, we made bluebird houses with two of our grandsons.  Here is Todd happily displaying his! 


We had family over for Easter, complete with Easter Egg Hunt, ham and potatoes...oh yes...and lots of candy too!  My brother brought my Dad down from the nursing home, so it was nice to have family all together.  Here's a photo of our grandchildren, as well as two of their cousins.

Cousin Mason, Grant, Cousin Bryce, Nicholas, Peter, Todd (who did not wish to smile), Allie, Joey and Elena.

The weather has been been typical for Spring here...one day hot, then next cold...today there was just a sprinkling of snow here and there...Sunday it was 79 and ideal...such is life.  I was hoping to get out and continue landscaping around our new garage, but that will have to wait.  Perhaps a run to the fabric store is on the list today.  Speaking of fabric, I've been trying very hard to finish up the piles of quilts I have worked on over the last year.  It's fun to piece them, but the quilting is my least favorite part.  However, I managed to get 6 done in the last month or so!  Yay me!  Here they are!  I really love doing wool applique on cotton.  I piece during the day, then stitch by hand in the evenings, while watching Britbox mysteries with the hubs.  lol





 


Now, I really MUST finish working on lil Grant's quilt, as well as my Primitive Garden quilt. I finally purchased some sashing for that, so I'm almost there.....if the cold weather continues, I may just get all my projects done.

I also have some exciting news to announce!  My webmaster is nearly finished with my NEW WEBSITE!  After yet another fee raise by Etsy, I decided that it is time to branch out on my own.  It's something I have been wanting to do for a long time, and hopefully we can launch the site very soon!

 Well friends, I hope you enjoy your day.  Jot me a comment and let me know how you are doing!  I'd love to hear from you.  I know blogging isn't as popular now as it once was, but I would certainly like to keep up with it. 

Wishing you Springtime Blessings!


Friday, March 25, 2022

Joey's Orange Chip Ice cream!

As I mentioned in my post the other day, I had a special request from our 7 year old grandson, Joey, for orange ice cream with chocolate chips.  In the past I have made many yummy ice creams, but orange has never been one of them.  I pondered how best to go about it, did a little Pinterest searching, and using a combo of ideas and my own experience, I made up the following recipe.  We have an electric ice cream maker.  I simply mix up my ingredients in a regular mixing bowl, put the frozen bowl onto the ice cream maker, and turn it on.  I then slowly pour the ice cream mixture into the rotating frozen bowl, and ta-da...about 20 minutes later the ice cream is the consistency of soft serve, and I move it to a tightly sealed bowl and freeze for at least 1/2 a day before serving.

A few notes,  you can use your juice for breakfast, but make sure it isn't from concentrate!  It takes quite a few oranges to squeeze it fresh, but it is worth the effort, and you really do need the fresh orange zest.  Be certain to zest your oranges before you juice them...it's just easier that way.  I chose to not add any artificial coloring, but if you want your ice cream orange, you go ahead and add it.  I personally like the look of the zest peeking out of the creamy white ice cream.

Joey's Orange Chip Ice Cream

1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 

3 T freshly grated orange zest

1/2 cup of fresh cold half & half

1 cup of fresh cold heavy whipping cream

1 cup of sugar

5 T dry orange jello mix (or more to taste)

a tiny dash of vanilla extract

one bag of mini chocolate chips (dark or milk chocolate)

 

Place all the ingredients (except chocolate chips) into your mixing bowl and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.  Go ahead and stick a spoon in at this point and taste the mixture.  If it isn't orange-y enough for you, add a bit more of the jello mix.  Once it is to your liking, fire up that ice cream maker, and slowly pour the mixture in. 

Now comes the hard part....waiting.  Let the ice cream maker do the work and once it is to a soft ice cream consistency, turn of the machine and transfer the ice cream to a tightly sealed container, lightly stirring in the mini chocolate chips.  The ice cream will be very soft, but it will harden up once it is in the freezer.  Take a piece of plastic wrap and lay it on top of the ice cream to prevent ice crystals.  Place in freezer for at least 5-6 hours, then scoop out a big portion and enjoy!

I was so pleasantly surprised at how this turned out.  It seems like it would be perfectly delightful and refreshing on a warm Summer day.

Let me know if you give it a whirl!  Enjoy my friends!


I've added a link here to the pretty red ice cream maker I have.

 https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE21R-Ice-Cream-Maker/dp/B0041A3KPC/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2FXDB53NV1VPC&keywords=cuisinart+ice+cream+maker+red&qid=1648136578&sprefix=cuisinart+ice+cream+maker+red%2Caps%2C76&sr=8-3


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Spring, glorious Spring!

Spring has Sprung here in the Finger Lakes!

Last week the weather was so nice and warm, but when thunderstorms came through late Saturday, we reverted back to cooler temps.  I was so enjoying the mid to high 60s last week.  I worked outside doing lots of garden clean-up, pruning my grapes and fruit trees and stoning some muddy spots in the driveway.  It was glorious and I cannot wait until the warmer temps return.

The weekend before, we took a hike with son, Drew and his sweet family.  There is a nature preserve nearby and we had a lovely afternoon hiking, chatting and enjoying a huge flock of red-winged blackbirds.

One of Drew's boys, Joey, gave up sweets for Lent, so I told him that I would make him whatever he wanted for our Sunday dinner.  He chose orange ice cream with chocolate chips.  Now that is a combo I have never made before, but it turned out delicious, and I will be sharing that recipe in another post later this week.

So, for now, I leave you with photos from the last couple weeks, and hope that you have a chance to get out and enjoy the lovely earth our Lord has made, as it Springs to new life!

Rainbow across the lake after the storms


The girls out enjoying some fresh green grass

Patio all cleaned and ready for furniture

 
Our grand-daughter, Allison, celebrated her 9th birthday

Our hike

3 cuties on a log - Joey, Peter and Todd

#4 cutie - Nicholas

Lovin' those smiles

Allie & our son, Scott, viewing the sunset Sunday evening.


Friday, February 11, 2022

Super Bowl Eats!

Who's looking forward to the Super Bowl?  We used to have big parties, but alas, time changes things, and mostly it is just our children and grandchildren who come over for part of the day.  Which team are you cheering for?  Or could you care less - lol?

If you are expecting a crowd, I have an awesome recipe you can make tomorrow, and reheat on Sunday for the big game. It feeds a lot, is super easy and tasty and was created by ME!

Beer Braised Beef Sandwiches

1 rump roast - judge the size based on how many you will feed.  I use a 4-5 lb roast

 1 bottle of lager beer - Yuengling or something similar

1 T dried or fresh rosemary

salt and pepper to taste

water as needed to keep pot simmering away

Garlic aioli sauce* - recipe below

French's crispy fried onions

Crusty rolls - toasted if you wish

American or cheddar cheese - whatever you prefer

Brown the rump roast in a little oil.  Turn heat down and add salt and pepper and rosemary.  Pour one bottle of lager beer over the beef, and add about 1/2 c of water to the mix.  Cover and simmer at least 4 hours...the longer the better!  Check liquid occasionally and add a little more water if necessary. Once it is finished cooking, immediately start pulling the beef apart into strips (kinda like pulled pork).  Do not discard pan juices. Place pulled beef into casserole and pour in any remaining liquid. Place in fridge until you are ready to reheat.

Prep the Garlic Aioli Sauce as follows:

1 1/2 cups mayo

1/2 t minced garlic

1 T lemon juice

1 1/2 T worcestershire sauce

1/2 t garlic powder

Mix together, cover and refrigerate.

 

When you are ready to eat, reheat the meat well, place hot beef on the crusty roll, which has been slathered with the Garlic Aioli Sauce, add a slice of cheese while the meat is still hot, then top with the fried onion.  Grab a napkin and enjoy!

Rump Roast




Lager beer

 

French's crispy fried onions

Let me know if you try this recipe!  Sure is tasty, and my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A New Year brings many changes...

 Hello dear friends.  It's hard to believe that it is nearly the end of January already.    

I wanted to update you on what's been happening here.  The weather has been cold, but we really haven't had much snow.  I am hoping that because we have had so much cold in January, that we will get our January thaw in February.

We had to take my Dad to the hospital last Wednesday.  He hadn't been doing too well the few days before that....weak and frail.  Wednesday, he was particularly bad, and we were genuinely worried about him.  He was very agitated and out of it in the emergency room.  They did tons of blood tests, urine, cat scans, chest xray, and even an MRI, but they said they wouldn't find anything wrong.  It is frustrating to say the least, because SOMETHING happened to make him so weak and unable to communicate well...I think a stroke, but there seemed to be no evidence of that.  Whatever it was, they have given up trying to find out and are suggesting nursing home care.  I know that it is the right thing to do, but it still isn't easy.  But, neither was caring for him here in our home....it was becoming unmanageable and so very stressful.

My brother and I spent the day yesterday starting to go through things at his house.  It has been empty since my youngest brother had died in October...such a sad thing to do, but in going through things, we were reminded of forgotten memories, which brought smiles to our faces.  It is a daunting task to go through the house that was our home for so long growing up, and the base of many a family get-together in the past.  We are hopeful that the house can stay in the family, but time will tell.

Dad put so much work into the place over the years, completely transforming it from a run down, nearly abandoned place, into a loving family home...and my Mom, oh, she worked countless hours putting in lovely gardens...it would be a shame to lose it.

But whatever happens, life goes on for us.  Our new garage is finally completed, after years of planning and hoping.  Hubby still needs to start wiring it up for lights and the garage door openers, but it's been so cold, and we have been so busy with Dad, that it will have to wait a little while longer.  I am already planning landscaping around it....always nice to have something to look forward to come Spring.

My Dad and our youngest grandson, Grant.






Our New Garage






Lovin' my new weather vane.


A little late, but a pic of our carriage room at Christmas, and a little snap of 3 of my sweet grandsons, on a hike we took at the beginning of January.


Peter, Todd & Joey

That's all for now.  Hoping I can take today to do some quilting in my sewing room, before heading back to my Dad's house tomorrow.

Take care and hug your loved ones.

Sending blessings!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

A heartfelt THANK YOU!

 I wanted to pop in today to say a heartfelt thank you to those of you who took the time to comment on my last post.  It means so much to me that you felt compelled to comment and offer comfort and support.  It's friends like you that make me keep plugging along at blogging, because there is nothing like the friends I have made in the 10 years I have been doing so....

so...

Thank you dear ones.

May your day be blessed and may the year 2022 be full of fun, love and kindness.

God bless you.



Thursday, December 30, 2021

A New Year Approaches

 Normally,  I am not of the belief that the end of one year and the beginning of another really makes a world of difference in my life.  As long as we are happy and healthy, I am thankful for each day!

However, this year of 2021 has been especially trying for us, and I will be happy to see it go.

Of course, Covid made a big impact on all of our lives, and while a few in our family managed to catch it, we had minimal symptoms and are extremely grateful for that.

My Father's fall in August, and the subsequent illnesses and, eventually, caring for him full time in our home, has been a huge change in our lives.  He requires 24 hr supervision, and help is minimal at this point, so we are pretty much stuck at home all the time, with an occasional respite here and there...but never for long.  The stress and problems of caring for my Dad are ongoing and at present, there is no end in sight.  I find that I cannot even find time to be in my sewing room to create, or do many of the hobbies I have enjoyed in the past.

The worst part of 2021 was the sudden death of my youngest brother, and the pain from that continues.  But, I know he would want us to be happy and celebrate his smile, adventuresome nature and love of the great outdoors and his wee pup, Bella.

All in all, I will be very glad to see 2021 come to an end, with hopes and prayers that the coming year will be easier on us all.

I apologize once again for a 'downer' post...it's the way of life right now.  I do so hope to have a more cheerful attitude in the New Year.

May God bless you all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR



Monday, November 29, 2021

Life goes on.....

 The last time we visited, I told you of the untimely death of my 47 year old brother....sudden and shocking, and the hurt is still real, but time has a way of marching on.....

Thanksgiving came and went...with an empty place at the table....now Christmas prep is in full swing, and yes, keeping busy does help the pain.

I have been creating and decorating.  I have a few goodies left in my shoppe..and have pictured them below.  Pop on over to take a look.  I wish we were having a good old 12 Days of Christmas blog hop this year, but things are just too crazy, with care giving for my Dad...maybe next year.

Let me know how YOU are doing. I love to hear from you, no matter if it is just a quick HI.

Be blessed, hug your loved ones and stay warm.







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