Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cont'd Trip to see grandbabies

A few more photos of the kids, they had a thing for the bibles in the hotel room. They each had one, carrying it around. It was funny. Noah was reading Olivia a story about Jesus and the shepherds. They also wrote tons of notes all over the hotel guest pads. They really have imaginations. Olivia loved looking at magazines on the sofa with Karen and I. In the one picture where Noah is sitting on the bed, he is looking at the Mormon bible. Olivia has the Gideon Bible.














Monday, September 29, 2008

We took a little trip to see the grandbabies this weekend, staying in a hotel with a kitchenette. We used it to make baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and to cook mushrooms for our ribeyes that Brian cooked on the hotel patio. We sat out there and ate, it was such a fun, relaxing weekend.

I love the picture of the kids on the luggage rack. Karen packed all that stuff for one night in a hotel, what would she do if she had 8 little ones like Jon and Kate????











Friday, September 26, 2008

Thank you Carolyn!

I love Blue Healer's beads. I first met her at a Bead Renaissance show in KC. She had her daughter Connie with her. Connie was drawing pictures in the booth, putting them up for sale so she could buy a scooter. I bought one for a quarter, I think. A drawing of a dolphin. She is quite the little gal, I have not forgotten her, she was quite young at that time, with a full understanding of what it took to earn money. She wanted a scooter, and was willing to earn the money to buy one.

I bought some of Carolyn's disc beads on ETSY. I have been patiently waiting for her to return from a show so she could mail them to me. They arrived yesterday. I sat up late last night to string them up into a bracelet. The photo isn't great, I took the pic and my camera died.



Recipe Friday September 26, 2008

It will be time for me to start making candies and cookies for Christmas. I usually give out trays of cookies to neighbors. I don't think I did it last year, but I can't remember. I like to find neat trays or platters to put the treats on, then my hubby delivers them for me, I truly enjoy making them all up. I like things to be fresh, so I rarely freeze anything. When I put together the trays, the candy and cookies have generally been done within the last day or two. I've been known to take a day or two off work so I can get everything made, it is the most pleasant thing I do during the holidays.

I use this recipe for my Peanut brittle. I never work without a candy thermometer. I've never had a batch of candy fail since I started using one. I never did 'get' the water method. It just never worked for me. Each year I go buy a new thermometer. It is well worth the expense, I figure one batch of lost ingredients justifies the expense of a new candy thermometer. I take this stuff serious!!!

Peanut Brittle

Yield: 2 POUNDS

3 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 1/2 cups salted, fresh roasted peanuts (about 1 pound, 7 ounces), skinned
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Recipe
1. Coat two 12-by-17-inch baking sheets with vegetable spray.

2. In a heavy 5-quart saucepan with lid, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water. Cover pot, and bring to a boil over high heat, about 5 minutes. Dissolve sugar by carefully swirling pot often over burner. Keeping lid on will prevent sugar crystals from forming; however, should crystals form, wash down sides of pot with a wet pastry brush.

3. Once steam just begins to escape from pot, remove cover and reduce heat to medium. Insert candy thermometer, and continue to boil until temperature reaches 230° (thread stage), about 1 minute.

4. Add peanuts, stirring constantly with a metal spoon until mixture reaches 300° (hard crack stage) and is a rich golden brown, 13 to 18 minutes.

5. Immediately remove from heat, and quickly add butter, vanilla, and baking soda. Stir with a metal spoon until butter melts; mixture will become foamy. Pour half of mixture down center of each pan, spreading evenly with a spatula. (I never touch my brittle with a spatula, I skip this step, I love the honeycomb inside the brittle when it is thick) Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.

6. Turn brittle out of pan, and snap it into shards. Store in an airtight container for several weeks.

I wish I had a photo to share with you, this stuff is the best! I only use this recipe for brittle, I can't begin to tell you how many recipes I have for this stuff, but this one is the best one so far!

Oh, we are making a surprise trip to see the grandbabies! They won't know we are coming. We'll pick apples and get a pumpkin, won't that be fun? We'll meet half way and stay overnight in a hotel. We'll even see a butterfly exhibit. Won't that be fun??????

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Art in the Bag

There's an auction going on in Omaha Oct. 17th to support organizations related to cancer. I looked for patterns yesterday, I coerced my sister in law, she'll sew the bag and I will donate lampwork beads as a purch dangle.

The patterns that I found are pretty neat. One of them only takes 2 fat quarters to make one bag. There are so many cool fabrics out there, it is hard to choose.


Here are the choices:

QuiltSmart:













Since my Mom has had several cancers, I contemplated making 2 different colored bags, one for each type of cancer. However, I am not sewing these up, Brandy is. (Gotta get permission before I make big plans) I really like the bag with the big buttons. Mangelson's has these great leather buttons that would be really cool, depending on the type of fabric I purchase.


Here is the other choice, but the pattern isn't in at the Country Sampler Quilt Store, I am not sure how long it will take to come, and if Brandy can get the bag done in time This one is Flour Sack, By Busy Bee Quilt Designs. I love the flower, the one at the quilt store is so much cuter!:




















Here are pics of my grandkids.








Friday, September 19, 2008

Recipe Friday Sept. 19th

Extra Special Spinach Salad

1 bag baby spinach
1 bag spring salad mix
1 sm. bag slivered almonds
1 bag craisins
1 lb. honey maple bacon, (cooked crisply and broken into pieces)
2 Fuji apples, cut up
8 oz. freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 bunch green onions (sliced)
Lightly toss all of the above ingredients.

Dressing:
1 cup canola oil
1/3 C. red wine vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 t. dry mustard
1 t. salt 1 T. poppy seeds

Whisk together (dressing may be made ahead of time).
Pour on salad and toss right before serving.

This makes a lot so use two regular salad bowls or one big bowl.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Blogging by Mail Photos of Isaac and Steve Random other Photos

I saw on Dozen Flours a sign up for Blogging By Mail (BBM). Of course, I had to run and sign up for it right away, I asked for a baker to send things to. Now I am on the hunt for really fun things to ship to this person! I saw some really cute Halloween rubber spatulas at Michael's this week. I got this woman as the person I am supposed to mail my stuff to, it should be fun, she lives in Chicago. I think I'll get one of them. I had thought about them for my grandkids anyways.

I have some photos to share of our trip to see Isaac. Then a few random ones. The pecan pie I made for him before he left for Job Corps, it's his favorite.
























Then there is one of Steve touching the statue in Hawaii for good luck, I forgot about this one. He didn't want to touch it at all, but the guide told us everybody rubbed it for good luck.......I wanted a picture of him doing it, so he obliged, although begrudgingly:





















Random photos, one of Olivia going to see Noah at the hospital all dressed up in her purple clothes. She is wearing the Salvation Bracelet I strung for her. Next is a picture of her salvation bracelet. She was so tired the night I strung it, she finally went to bed and fell asleep. First thing when she woke up the next day, she wanted to see her bracelet. One is of Olivia and Grandpa when they came to visit us. They both had just gotten out of bed. Others are of Isaac's room, I redid it for guests when he is not home. Deb will stay there in November when Michael Barley comes to Omaha to teach his class on glass bead making. Then Isaac will be home for Christmas for a month.

























There are photos of Deanne's birthday in Feb. that I never posted. Left to right: The first one is of Wendy (baby sis) Dianne, Michelle and Brandy (Sis in law) the 2nd one is of Wendy and Deanne.





















There are also photos of the BMW ultimate drive. The one is the signature car for 2007, it is auctioned off at then end of the drive for 2008, then they will drive this year's car through 2009. It was so much fun. Linda and I both drove SUV's. I took a shot of our signatures on the car.......Linda thought it was cheesy, But I wanted to get a shot in case it ever got scrapbooked.




Friday, September 12, 2008

Recipe Friday Sept. 12th

Pumpkin-Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

• 2 c. flour
• 1 1/3 c quick or old fashioned oats
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp. salt
• 1 c. butter or margarine, softened
• 1 c. packed brown sugar
• 1 c. granulated sugar
• 1 c. Libby’s canned pumpkin
• 1 Large Egg
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• ¾ c. chopped walnuts
• ¾ c. raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheets. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture, mix well. Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 14-16 min. or until cookies are lightly browned and set in centers. Cool on baking sheets two minutes, remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies. 120 calories per cookie.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Never forget


One of the guys I work with has a son that did this drawing for Sept. 11th. I wanted to share it: