Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fun photos, cross stitch and lots of gabbing!

I wanted to share some pictures we took around town this past week. These are our downtown decorations.
These are garlands with bells on them in the picture above. And the merry Christmas welcoming you to downtown.
Here below is what you will see on the highway. We also have Santa and his reindeer in the park. And the covered wagon on Main has lights on it too. Each year we also have a contest for individuals who decorate their homes.
I wanted to share something with you. Some will probably not care but it tickled me to no end to find it. This is an engraving done in the 1800's of my ancestors home in England. It was called King's Bromley Hall and even the famous Lady Godiva once lived there! How funny is that? Sadly, it was destroyed in 1920 but wasn't it beautiful?
Here is a home Jack and I love on Main Street. Isn't it cute with it's picket fence and all?
I have always been fasinated with the window on this old home. That must have taken a lot of work to make that rascal!
The other day, Jack went to the dollar store to get jelly and something else. I was on the computer when he got back and handed me a sack. This is what was inside! An adorable little snowman that has a light inside. I try to get a new snowman every year. Last year I was too sick to care about it.
And for the big finale!!!!!!! Jack has finished the crib cover. isn't it wonderful? I just love it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007


Red Velvet Cake
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 beaten eggs
1 ounce red food coloring
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon vinegar

Cream shortening, sugar and eggs. Sift flour, cocoa and salt together and mix buttermilk with coloring. Add dry ingredients alternately with liquid ingrediants to creamed mixture. beat well. Dissolve baking soda in vinegar and fold into batter. grease and flour two 9 inch layer-cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Remove from pans, cool and spread with Vanilla frosting and filling

Vanilla frosting and filling

1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup shortening
Grated coconut (optional)

In small saucepan, blend flour with milk and salt and cook over low heat, stirring, until of pudding consistency. Cool. In large bowl, cream together shortening, butter, sugar and vanilla. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until smooth. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with coconut if desired. Refrigerate cake.

Cinnamon rolls

(I put mine in the bread machine on dough setting) In mixer bowl combine 2 cups flour and 1 package active dry yeast. Heat 1 cup milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon salt til warm. (115 to 120 degrees) Stir constantly and add to flour mixture: add 2 eggs. Beat at low speed of mixer for 1/2 minute. Beat 3 minutes at high speed. Stir in as much of 2 to 2 and 1/2 cups flour as you can mix in with a spoon. On a floured surface, knead in enough remaining flour as you can to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. ( 6 to 8 minutes). Shape into a ball in greased bowl, turn once. Cover, let rise until double ( about 1 hour). Punch down divide in half. Cover, let rest 10 minutes. Roll one half into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle. Spread melted butter over dough. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle over dough. Add as many raisins or red hots as you like. Roll up jelly roll style beginning at long side. Seal. Slice into 12 rolls. Place in greased 9 x 1 and 1/2 inch round pan. Repeat with other half of dough. Cover and let rise until double about one half hour. bake in 350 degree oven 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly and remove from pans.

Michelle's easy pancakes

Using a 4 cup measuring cup, add 1 cup milk in it. Then add 2 teaspoons baking powder to the milk. Next beat in one egg until well blended. Add 1 teaspoon salt and mix. Add a little cinnamon. Last, add in 1 and 1/2 cup of flour mixing just until blended. Lumps are okay! Make sure your griddle is hot before you make your pancakes! I use 3 large tablespoons of mix per pancake. Cook until you have bubbles, flip and cook a couple minutes more! Makes about 8 cakes! Enjoy!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy chilly Friday!

Of course we must have a picture of Katie! The queen on her sofa with a toy in her mouth surveying her kingdom!

You never know what you will find under wallpaper border! LOL! I guess covering it up was easier than fixing it!
And here is Jack's method for removing it! Grab it at the corner and go for it! You may get two walls at once for your effort! LOL!
For those who would like to know, we are trying to figure out a way to purchase our little house. We are going to try going through a program with the Department of Agriculture. Also, our landlord's talked to us about doing rent to own. So keep us in your prayers everyone!
Okay, okay, here is some stitchy stuff. Just mine as Jack is nearly done with his baby quilt and I will show that later. This is the only one I have worked on this week!
And now for a bit more fun! I took this little fun quiz over at Mrs. Amy's

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"You have a shy personality. You tend to hesitate before trying new things or meeting new people. But once people get to know you, you open up and show the world what you are really all about."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Word-filled Wednesday

I do hope you don't take offense at this. The scriptures do mean a lot to me and we can use humor to get the point across. I love this picture and always have! With it being thanksgiving here in the states, I just had to use it! May it bless you! Please join us for Word-filled Wednesday. Visit Amy-deanne and find out more!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Happy thanksgiving!

Whether or not you will be celebrating thanksgivings this coming Thursday, I want you to know that if you visit me, you are special in my book. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to come and see me. I am very blessed, very blessed indeed! God has given me so much. A loving husband, a little dog to cheer my days, hands that love to be busy creating, my friends in here in this little box I call a 'puter! I am rich beyond compare, more so than the king's of this earth. No, not in money but love and blessings. My home is small and modest but bursting at the seams with love and caring for you all. You won't find fancy things here but you will find comfort, caring and a shoulder should you need it. Oh and plenty of home made goodies to fill your tummy with love too! LOL! My heart and my arms are always open and my ears are ready to listen should you need me. I will always be here for you. So thank you God for these blessings, and a heart to care for others. And thank you God for the friends I have made here and my precious little family!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

What a glorious Saturday!

Come on in! We have some fresh hot cinnamon rolls just out of the oven to share. Pull up a chair and let's visit a bit.
Here is Katie! It was really chilly the other night and I was under an afghan and Katie was in her blankie. Well she kept edging closer and closer and ended up taking most of my afghan! What a thief!
Started a new project. It is a quaker style sampler from Jeremiah Junction. It calls for specialty threads but they have blended colors of DMC that will work too and that is what I am using.
Here is my progress. I started last night.
And here is my progress on the Ruth 1:16 piece. It is coming along nicely. I haven't felt like working on the life's sampler one this week.
Now for one last laugh!
cash advance

Got this from my friend Mrs. Amy and thought it would be fun to do. Who would have thunk it? LOL! Me, an old hillbilly with a genius blog! That's a hoot!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Word-filled Wednesday

It is nice to know that God is there in the heights of Heaven. Always watching over us. May this scripture bless you this week and always. Please feel free to visit Amy-deanne and join us for Word-filled Wednesdays

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunday trip!

Jack and I drove out and I mean WAY out in the country to visit a historic Osage Native American village site. It was a great outing but the walk up that hill about did these old birds in! LOL! Katie loved every minute of it and was very busy chasing grasshoppers. I managed to find a blackberry bramble with my arm. Ouch! I do think it jumped out at me! I hope you enjoy the little tour!

I will never forget!

In honor of all those who have, are or will be serving! I salute you and give my heartfelt graditude. Not just for those soldiers in the USA but all who fight for freedom and what is right. May God bless you and keep you.
You can even adopt a USA soldier. Here is the link -->Adopt a Soldier. You can do as little or as much for him or her as you wish from just letters to sending care packages.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Happy Friday! Updated!

I think I have it fixed so the pictures will show up now!
This will back you sad! yep, our house is up for sale. But if it is still on the market in February when we can get financing we will buy it. if not we will buy something else later in the year!
Katie says Peek a boo!
Here is Jack's crib cover. He is nearly done with it. Just the border to do.
And here is my Ruth 1:16 project.
And here is my Life's sampler. Just need to outline the urn and flowers, complete the other bird on the heart, the rest of the border, and the year.
Ta-dah! the needlepoint is done and made into a pillow. The fabric is samples for furniture given to me by a friend.

So there ya have it! And for the person who asked. Yep that is a metal roof on the house in the picture. We have a lot of metal roofs in this area. See ya soon.

Lori at Pink Faded Roses is having a giveaway of some wonderful items. Run over and check it out! It is worth a look!
So that is it from Missouri. Have a great weekend. Oh and whoever asked about the house having a metal roof on it. Yes it did and so do a lot of them around here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Word-filled Wednesday

I really liked this picture of the Walnut River in El Dorado Kansas, so I decided to use it this week. May the scripture bless you and please visit Amy for more Word-filled Wednesday.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Fall colors and a visit

Come on in and visit a spell! We will have a slice of red velvet cake and some tea or milk with it.
What do you think of my box? it is a computer paper box covered in contact paper that I did in the 1980's. I use it to keep projects I am working on safe and sound in between rotations.
The new Schrock's catalog came today. We can look at crafting supplies and see what we need. Everything is wholesale and shipping is super cheap.
Okay, now that we have had a little visit, enjoy the fall colors around town!

Thanks for stopping by! Please do come again. We will be waiting with hugs and treats.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Stitchy news and some other fun

This is a friends dog and her boy. Gypsy the doxie is a rescue who was horribly treated and is not healthy at all. She is paralyzed in her back legs and now her upper spine is flairing up. She is on crate rest and Suz's boys have been comforting her. Isn't this the sweetest picture?
Saw this old car when we were out and about awhile back. I love it!
Katie, sleeping under her blankie as usual! That girl is a mess and brings a smile to me every day. You know, with our Katie in my life I wouldn't be brave enough to take walks once or twice a day like I do.
And finally some stitching for you. I am almost done with this! I bought up enough white and black floss to finish it up. Then i will make it into a pillow. i will share pictures of the fabric I will be using next time I make a stitchy post.
So that is what I have been up too the past few days. god bless and keep you in the coming week. See you soon!