This one is for Amy - in a heartbeat we can break into this song which never fails to make us smile!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
I met with Hope Sweigart today. Joanna suggested I might want to use her photos for the covers of the Holiday Series. She was so right!
Hope is a young college student and a delight to be with! After looking at just a few of her photos I could tell she has a discerning eye for art in nature.
One step closer to a summer publishing date for the new series. Keep saying prayers for inspiration!
Goodness, this cold is kicking my butt! Pat went to the pharmacist this morning and came home with two medicines to try. If things aren't better by Monday I actually will call the doctor.
My project I was working on Thursday is finally finished. I needed Pat to help on the last part of it. I can't wait to see it put together. Did you guess Pentecost display at church? It is a Chihuly inspired display.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I even know EXACTLY when I got this cold. That sweet baby Ella was too cute - I didn't even care if she had a cold! I still was kissing and snuggling with her.
One time I held her over my head and was playing with her and she coughed right into my mouth. I remember thinking, "That wasn't good!"
Sure enough the day she went home I started coughing. Yesterday I stayed on the couch all day. Today my ribs hurt from coughing so much.
It still was worth getting sick because I had all that loving from that sweet Ella!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
When we married in 1972 I needed to buy a cheap car to get to work. I was working at KinderKare so when I say cheap I mean cheap! We bought a little 1963 NSU for $300.
The floor was rotting, the heat didn’t work and when it snowed I used a spatula on the inside to clear the frost from the windshield!
But I loved my little car.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
So this is a very loose interpretation of Clarence's beautiful painting "The Colors of Apple" - a birthday cake for his birthday!
We had a very nice celebration for his birthday - he liked his cake!
If you want to see Clarence Lum's beautiful paintings go to:
Monday, April 8, 2013
I'm cooking Italian tonight. I have never attempted garlic rolls so I thought I would try them for a dinner party tonight. Pat and I just tasted them - note the hole! They are delicious!
I cut the top off a head of garlic, set the top back on and wrapped it in foil and baked 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Turned off the oven and waited until cool. Squeezed garlic out of skins.
Melt 1/4 cup butter
Add garlic as prepared above
3 Tbs parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
I used this recipe for rolls
When the dough was ready, I rolled out half of it and spread the butter mixture on top. Sprinkled with Parmesan Shredded Cheese.
Cut the dough into 1/2 inch strips. Fold each strip in half and tie into a knot.
Place them in a cake pan. Let rise. Bake 350 for 20 minutes.
I made regular white dinner rolls out of the rest of the dough.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
If you are making a mess - make enough for a couple meals.
This made 75 shells. Figure 4 or 5 per person.
1 32 oz Riccota
1 24 oz Cottage Cheese
1 jumbo egg
1 cup Mozzarella
1/2 cup parmesan
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs Mrs. Dash
2 Tbs Parsley
1 tsp Cinnamon
Mix well in ziploc bag
Cook and drain large shells according to the package directions.
Put a couple ladles of sauce in bottom of casserole dish.
Fill shells by cutting small corner of ziploc bag. Set slit side up in casserole dish. Cover with sauce and Mozzarella.
If freezing, this is when I cover with plastic wrap and foil.
Bake uncovered at 350 for about 35 minutes. Need 45-60 if frozen.
I am a firm believer if you are going to make meatballs make a lot to freeze some. This makes 90 golfball sized meatballs.
1 package Cole's garlic toast partially thawed
4 TBS Parsley or Parsley Paste
1 cup shaved parmesan
2 Tbs Mrs. Dash
1 tsp each salt, pepper, oregano
2 jumbo eggs
7# Ground Beef
I make the breadcrumbs in the food processor in two batches. Then combine the meat and eggs. Do not over mix. I use a small ice cream scoop to make the meatballs uniform in size about golfball size.
Bake 350 for 30 minutes
Most of the butter from the garlic toast comes out of the meatballs. So I use cookie sheets with sides. Cover in foil for easy cleanup.
Add the baked meatballs to a pot of sauce. Cook at a simmer for 20 minutes.
Freeze any leftovers in serving size batches.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Why yes, we are in Mancelona driving through a snowstorm! It was a beautiful day in Traverse City yesterday. We stopped at a couple wineries to replenish the stock at home. Surprised myself when we bought some red wines.
Found a beautiful glass bowl at Chateau Grand Traverse for a wedding gift. It looks very Chihuly! I know I have beads from Italy to match at home!
Sad to say our favorite restaurant, TraVinos has closed. So we made a second trip out to the Mission Peninsula to go to Peninsula Grill. Had a delicious whitefish dinner and Pat really liked the salmon.
I'm so glad Pat suggested the unexpected night away! On our way home.
Friday, April 5, 2013
First to Chippewa Nature Center for story time. She made binoculars out of toilet tissue rolls. She really liked that.
Then off to the first visit to the Saginaw Children's Zoo. I have to say after taking three generations of kiddos to one of our favorite spots - they all loved the fossil find the most. I told someone who worked at the zoo that Sheala and Robbie loved digging and jumping and she was disappointed! She thought their favorite part of the zoo should be an animal. Nope - they love to play!
Then McDonald's for lunch. She made friends and played some more.
She talked all day long and we loved every minute of it!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I tried a new recipe to take to a party. Bacon wrapped dates filled with goat cheese. They were delicious!
Preheat oven at 400
Cover cookie sheet with foil
1 package pitted dates (mine had 30)
2/3# Applewood smoked bacon
Balsamic Vinegar reduction
Make a slit in the dates - by far the most difficult part of the directions
Finely chop almonds
Mix goat cheese and almonds
Stuff dates with cheese mixture
Cut bacon into thirds - lay out same number of bacon pieces as dates on the foil lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with paprika.
Wrap each date with bacon (I didn't use toothpicks) with the paprika facing in
Roast for 15-20 minutes - watch carefully they could burn
Put on paper towels to get rid of excess grease. Arrange on plate and drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction. I actually bought a small squeeze bottle of balsamic vinegar glaze - it was perfect.
Everyone loved the appetizer!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
2 bags washed spinach
3 cans mandarin oranges
1 package peanuts
1 cup cooked bacon, chopped
Toss with dressing at the last minute
Boil 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup sugar for 2 minutes.
Add: 1 tsp celery seed, dry mustard, salt. 1 Tbs paprika, onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 can tomato soup, 1 cup salad oil. Shake in jar. This is way more than you need. Refrigerate leftovers or send some home with your dinner guests!