Friday, May 21, 2010

Puffed Wheat Squares

We had a garage sale at our church last Saturday and one of the ladies had her grandson selling puffed wheat squares, rice krispie treats and lemonade. They sold great. I think the biggest seller was the puffed wheat squares. They were delicious! Nice and soft and the chocolate taste was out of this world. I asked begged her for the recipe. She was kind enough to share it with me. It's so easy, cooks up so quickly.

Puffed Wheat Squares

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup honey or syrup(I used honey)
pinch salt
5 Tbsp. cocoa
2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
1 tsp. vanilla

6 - 8 cups puffed wheat

Bring the first 7 ingredients to a rolling boil in a heavy saucepan. Boil one minute, stirring constantly. Pour over puffed wheat and mix well. Press into a 9 x 13 greased pan. Cool and cut - enjoy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Has Arrived

Summer has finally arrived in my neck of the woods and we couldn't be happier!

On Sunday I did the first mowing of the season. Then I took my little guy outside to sit in the backyard. I enjoyed some cool water, a bit of the shade that our neighbors tree provides and some knitting. Oliver didn't mind having a rest in the grass while I sat and knit. The only thing that bothered him was a bumblebee looking for a place to make her nest - he is terrified of bumblebees!

It was just a perfect day! I'm looking forward to many more lazy days spent in the yard with knitting. Time to get a few flowers planted to beautify our little piece of heaven.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

This morning at church we prayed for Mother's, Grandmother's and anyone who has acted in a motherly way towards us. Both those living, and those who have died.

To my mom - I'm so thankful for the closeness we share. All the 'Smitty's' days, when I need someone to listen you are always there! I miss our coffee visits - wish you lived closer. You blessed me with the creative gene - showing me how to crochet and when we were small you drew a Christmas scene for us. I was in awe of your wicked drawing skills!

To my Granny who is no longer with us. Your caring, loving ways will always be remembered. You always took the time to give hugs and fill the tummy with your delicious baking and homemade soups. I loved helping in the garden and our walks to the store, sipping pic-a-pop in the backyard while you showed me the best way to open a nectarine. I remember you sitting patiently trying to show me how to knit. You made so many moments so special!

To all my friends, I hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day!
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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Blackrose for Me

Well I finally got started on my Blackrose socks. The yarn and new Harmony needles arrived late last week from Knit Picks. I chose the Stroll Tonal in 'Gypsy'. It's a beautiful red!

I haven't done magic loop for a couple of years now so I was afraid I'd forget how to to it. So far so good. After I got the ten rows of ribbing done it seemed to be going great, no laddering, yay!

I can see how they go quickly!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Cinnamon Swirls

Mixing the dough - I love being hands free. It left me free to take a few pictures.

Mixing up the cinnamon and butter spread.

Voila! The dough has doubled in size.

Ok - not the best rolling job - but look below they still turned out ok.

Ready to rise once more!

The first stage of the caramel glaze is now boiling.

Mixing the evaporated milk/brown sugar mixture with icing sugar and vanilla.

The results - oh so delicious!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

She's Just Seventeen!

I'm borrowing this from last year - my hopes and dreams for my DD are still the same - I hope she has a wonderful birthday!

Today is my DD's Seventeenth birthday - there she is on the left in the purple dress. This was taken when she was 3 months old!
It hardly seems like it's been 16 years already!
She is a very extroverted girl with a flair for the dramatics.
From the time in the hospital when I was holding her and she was already holding her own head up - it's true! I knew she could always handle herself. She's a leader a take charge kind of girl and of course it causes some friction - she's a teen growing into her own maturity and independence. She's a 'big idea' person - planning huge events, nothing ever seems impossible to her.

From the time she started walking at 9 months she made sure everyone in the family knew she was there. We were intrigued with this tiny babe shaking her fist at her brother and acting like a fish wife when she didn't get her turn on the chalkboard.

She came into this world right on schedule at a healthy 7lbs 6oz and almost completely bald. I wondered when she'd ever get hair that I could play with! And then did I! I would sit while she watched Sesame Street and braid her hair and spend hours curling it to no avail - it's poker straight like her dad's and that's what it likes best so a curl lasts all of five minutes and falls flat again. But it didn't stop us from trying and trying and trying. We spent many hours on her hair. She must have taken a liking to hairdressing at some point as about a week before she was to be the flower girl for my SIL's wedding she got into the scissors and cut her bangs right to the root. Thankfully we had an amazing hairdresser and we managed to have her looking cute as a button for the special day!

She didn't want to grow up - I still remember when she was five and her Dad and I were trying to start teaching her to read and she was adamant that she wasn't going to learn. We didn't understand this as our son was a huge reader and reading since he was around 4. When we questioned her further she simply said "I don't want to be big and if I read I will grow up"! Funny how she made that connection as from a parent's perspective once they enter school it seems like they grow up overnight.

Today is her special day and I wish her all the happiness and joy she deserves!


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Process or Project Knitter?

I've seen this question posed on a few different blogs lately and it got me to thinking. I guess I'd like to be a 'process' knitter. To just enjoy every moment but I'm such a 'get-it-done' kind of person that I am more of a 'project' knitter. I guess that's why I enjoy doing small projects such as dishcloths and why I'm going to give socks a try. I like the process part, don't get me wrong but if I have a project on the go I'm going gang-busters to get it finished. What happens to me if I leave it too long is it loses it's appeal.

For that reason I've yet to complete an afghan that I started last winter(to be finished last May) - the project is knit all in one piece and it seems like it's taking forever to finish. I need to just smack myself and enjoy the process of it. It's going to be finished though, I'm NOT frogging a blanket that is almost half-way done. So now I take it out on occasion and work a few rows and try to just enjoy the process of knitting it as I know I can't finish it quickly. I get bored on a large project like that.

Knowing this I have to question my decision making sanity. I ordered enough knit picks comfy worsted to make another afghan. I started this and stopped it many times. I couldn't find a pattern that really called to me. Convinced I would never turn that yarn into a blanket I made myself a shawl. In the meantime I had ordered yet even more of the yarn in different shades. So I still have a considerable amount of this yarn. The plan now is to continue making these cabled squares and sewing it into a small blanket/throw. I'm hoping by making little squares that I can finish quickly will help me stay on task. I love the yarn, it's so soft and cozy. I wear my shawl a LOT so, I must persevere and get the project done one way or another. I'm already really enjoying knitting this new throw and the pattern really suits the yarn quite well.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

My New Toy

Here she is in all her glory! I ordered it from the Shopping Channel and she came with a bonus of a 3qt bowl and combi whip - which is great for smaller mixing jobs.

I have wanted a stand mixer my whole married life. I remember seeing my MIL's old Oster mixer and I thought it was just great. I had at best an Oster hand mixer in the past years, I was excited about that too. My previous hand mixers have had very little oomph to them.

This baby can move! We made some whipped cream to go with our strawberries for our dessert and it was the best whipped cream I've ever made!

Now the question remains, do I buy more of it's attachments that allow it to do more food processing or just jump in with both feet and get the 12 cup food processor, also in the beautiful Empire Red.

Soon my kitchen will be painted in CIL's 'Daisy Chain' and possibly painting our current cedar wainscotting in white. I'm ordering some red table/kitchen linens to pull it all together. I'm very excited to make this kitchen mine. We've lived in our home for 3 years now and I'm ready to put my stamp on it.