Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Yesterday, we celebrated my Grandmother's 93rd birthday at the nursing home in which she now resides. She really seemed to enjoy herself as you can see by my collection of photos here.
Tuesday's Ten Tiny Things Challenge. I'm going to extend the deadline to Tuesday which seems to make perfect sense and will allow more time for some more entries. I have a few already (come see)but would love to see more. I love looking at all of your little tiny collections! FUN!!!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I received this wonderful and heartwarming letter from a complete stranger several months ago and I have had it posted on my bulletin board at my desk. Then, I moved it to the fridge.....then to my desk to thank Zoomdoggle. OMG, I landed on this guys blog a while back and (well you just got to go and read his offer) then come back please! LOVE LETTERS
So, I signed up, thought it would be fun. I have so enjoyed this letter. The whole hair thing really made me smile....all of it did really. Then I found this ABC News Post on his Update about "Love Letters". Please watch the ABC News Video and it will really move you!
I just think it is so cool that someone is so willing to create good feelings in this world. Think about this, he is taking the time to hand write letters to everyone who responds to that post. How exausting....and unselfish. It just amazes me. This is a framer.....this letter.......I will keep it forever. He is a dork like me.....that is why I like him and his project! I hope you will sign up too. What a wonderful example of a human being this Jake guy is. LOVE IT.......GREATNESS......
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Speaking of tomorrow, did you know that tomorrow is "Naked Hikers" day?!!! O.K. I know it is Father's Day, I get that! But, I heard on the news that Sunday, the first day of summer is also Naked Hikers Day.
I just felt like it was my duty to warn you. My sister is a hiker. I don't think she will be hiking this weekend (not because of the possibility of nudity......but because of a recent fall and minor injuries). So she is safe. However, there are so many people that might be "exposed" to. LOL
Just be cautious is all I'm sayin' or enjoy......what ever the case.
Tomorrow is Sunday, I hope you enjoy your day. I hope that you take some time out for you.
Monday, June 15, 2009
In order to counter the negative energy of a Monday, we decided it was time to grill some shrimp and veggies on the grill. Nothing says "Ahhhhh" like something as beautiful as this on the grill. While my skewers smoked on the grill, I watered and photographed my container garden to give you an update. Everything is doing fairly well....I did have to replant my cantelope in a bigger container as it was looking kinda puney in the little planter I put it in. I'm also having a little problem with insects but I got an organic insect killer for vegetables and I have been applying religiously. I really want success here! Can you tell?
Every night, I go out and water and tend to my little garden. I don't know much about gardening except you need dirt, water, and more water. Then you might have to kill some bugs and pray. That is it! That is my knowledge of gardening. But I love it. I love seeing the results of your labor. Like this little tomato gave me the biggest thrill! I could go to the grocery store right now and buy 100 tomatoes and not have the thrill that I had when I discovered this little green baby. What is that? JOYThese are my radishes. Won't they be good in a salad? I found a recipe for strawberry jam today in a magazine at the car wash place and I tore it out.....like I am going to make strawberry jam.....What is it about summer that makes us go crazy? Hmmmm -buzzzzz- I love it......
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This is one of my latest pieces. I love doing these pieces on wood that I have been inspired to do lately. I am knee deep in creative projects and I love it. I feel so very blessed to get up everyday and to feel excited about all that I have to do. I'm also very blessed to get to interact with some wonderfully creative people. Just today, I met so many amazing and talented people at the Stanton Trade Days. I had so much fun. Heather and I met Lisa, Meagen, Catrina, Seathen and Hannah in Stanton to enjoy all the festivities. Though is was so very hot (103 today), we managed to have a great time.
I bought a beautiful wooden dragonfly that was mosaic. (LOVE IT). I also purchased a few other things that I am very pleased with. I bought a train case that was in the most beautiful condition for only 10 dollars! That is a find. Can't wait to paint it.
It was great fun. It was also Lisa's birthday. I gave her the present I bought her and something I made her. She made it seem like it was the best gift she ever got. That is just how she is. So sweet and I just love her and her family. Happy Birthday Lisa.
Heather and I had great fun, but we had to come home and take a cold shower to try and cool down some and then I took a fabulous snappy nappy! I picked up groceries for my mother-in-law and went to see about my Dad and his dysfunctional oxygen concentrator.
Now, I am all better and about to cook some steaks on the grill and I'm enjoying a glass of white wine. Sebastian is at my feet chewing on a little toy......life is good. Thanks Be to God!
Saturday, June 06, 2009
My grandmother used to make this cake often. I used to love to lick the spoons and skillet from which she made the cooked chocolate fudge icing. Ummmm that was the best stuff. I guess it is one of those nostalgic recipes. I am going to share this recipe with you. It is from my grandmothers pantry so don't go sharing it with everyone. It is TOP SECRET!!!! If you make it, please let me know what you think.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Prepare cake pan
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Cream together the sugar, mayonnaise, water and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; stir until well blended. Pour batter into greased and floured layer cake pans (or a 9- x 13-inch pan). Bake at 350°F. for about 25 minutes
Then, you have to cook the icing. UMMMMM this is the best!
Hot Fudge Icing.....
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of stick butter
1 tsp vanilla
Boil all of the above ingredients to a soft ball stage and beat a few minutes and pour hot on cake. YUMMY!!!