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Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Springtime Stoll

 It was such a lovely day on Tuesday, that one of my DILs invited me to visit the library and then go for a walk around town with her and the little ones. 

I decided to take photos of some of the interesting homes we passed by....










Someone began to renovate this old home, but stopped...I sure wish someone else would take over the reno, as it has stunning woodwork inside...so sad to see such a lovely home deteriorate.  The black and white photo below shows it is it's glory long ago..







And I will leave you with a sweet smile ....


Grant enjoying his first swinging outside.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Spring is on the Way!

 While waking yesterday morning, as the sun peeked into my window, I heard the faint calling of a bluebird!  What a joyous time Spring is...the snow is melting, the sun is shining a little more each day, the bitter chill in the air is dwindling and the earth is coming alive.  I see huge flocks of geese flying north, loudly proclaiming their enthusiasm for warmer days.  I see the sparrows chirping and hopping around in the wisteria outside our carriage room window.  I see the welcome site of wee snowdrop flowers outside my office window.  We won't be doing maple syrup this year, but I know from the looks of the trees, that the sap is running and I can almost taste the sweet goodness (or maybe it is just that I haven't had my breakfast yet and I am hungry).

Spring is so welcome here, after this particularly long and snowy winter and covid restrictions making some of our winter activities impossible. I'm looking forward to getting out in the yard for Spring cleanup, and am planning my new patio gardens and our veggie garden as well.  I've browsed the seed displays and chosen some new things to try.  Don't think I will be planting any hot peppers this year, as we still have plenty of hot salsa and canned banana peppers for sandwiches.  I need a little something to take their place.  My Mom always planted zinnias, but for some reason I haven't done that much in all the years I have been gardening, so I will make an entire bed of different varieties of zinnias, and plant lots of corn too.

Spring is also a time for First Communion, and both Peter and Allison will be having theirs on May 2nd.  It's such a special time...they are growing so big.  Peter is already 8 and Allie turns 8 next week...where does the time go?

Enough babbling for now...I will leave you with more pictures of my life and loves...

Elena and Grant

Spring vignette in the dining room

Afternoon nap - Grant

Spring pin keep

cutie pie

After completing years ago, I finally framed this wool applique sampler

pretty sunset

new quilt I am working on for Spring

Grant keeps hamming it up

Petie & Joey climbing Mt Everest...ok..it was just a huge snow pile in the school parking lot

Big buffalo farm Maria & I passed coming home for a little shopping adventure

Peter loves space

Toddy with one of his cutest smiles

I'm off to tend to the chickens now.  Have a blessed day everyone and don't hesitate to comment and share your day with me!
 


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Newest offerings in my Etsy shoppe!

 Popping in quickly this morning to share a few of my newest offerings.  All are available in my Etsy shop...link on the left side of my blog!







 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Another Snowy Day and a Yummy treat to share

 Good morning dear friends!

I hope this post finds you healthy and happy.  We've had very snowy and cold weather the last few weeks.  There is hope in the forecast though, for a rather nice warm up.  Hoping some of the over 2 feet of snow melts!

We've been spending a lot of time with family.  We had 3 of our grandsons over for a few days a week ago, and then the two girls for a night after Valentine's Day.  It's always such fun, and we love them so much.

 

Peter finishing up with his favorite breakfast at Grammy's house... Apple Cinnamon waffles with homemade maple syrup.

Birdies in the wisteria

Joey sporting his toothless grin.

Todd - who needs expensive toys when you can play with free berry crates...lol

Saturday we took a hike with our oldest son and his girls.  We were having squalls of light and fluffy lake effect snow and it made for some beautiful pictures.

Allison & Elena enjoying our hike


Elena hitchin' a ride on daddy

I've also been doing a bit of creating - bunnies and mini quilts.  There are a few of the things I've been working on....


and a few more photos to share....

Baby Grant is growing big!

Pippa

  I wanted to share this quick and easy cookie bar recipe with you too.  I made them last week and ooooh my...everyone loved them.  No baking required!


Ingredients
For the peanut butter base
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
For the chocolate peanut butter topping
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
Instructions
To make the peanut butter base
  1. Place the graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir together until combined.

  2. Press the mixture into an even layer in the bottom of a parchment-lined 9x13" pan.

To make the chocolate peanut butter topping
  1. Place the milk chocolate chips and peanut butter in a double boiler, stirring until smooth.

  2. Pour the mixture over the peanut butter base and smooth into an even layer with a spatula.

  3. Chill for 1 hour, or until set, before cutting into bars.  Store in the fridge.

     That's it for today dear ones.  I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to jot a comment below!  Stay warm, healthy and safe!

    Blessings




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