February 16, 2018

Rainy days

It was a balmy 68 yesterday.  That was high.  The low was 58, still too warm for winter.  I wish we had colder weather and all this rain were snow.

And mud!  With a dog, muddy footprints through the house...
Grilled cheese and tomato soup kind of day.
After church yesterday...these boys hanging out.
Chocolate lips!
We went out for pizza.
 Storytime at the library ends in music...
My husband bought me this bag, made in USA.
 On Valentine's day...
We got an Italian cream soda, made with 2 oz. caramel syrup, Perrier and half & half.  So good!
Life is good!!

February 13, 2018

Crepes or cake?

Crepes or cake?
Both, please.
I put cream cheese and some leftover baked salmon in this one.  I love our re-play plates, made in the USA.
These 2 girls took a pottery class 2 weeks ago and when they got their finished vessels, they got a gift certificate for a half pound of chocolate from this shop:
This morning, I made crepes.  I used the recipe from Sweet Serendipity.  Their recipe calls for chocolate syrup, but I used sweetened condensed milk instead:
  •  large eggs
  •  c water
  •  tablespoon rum or 1  tablespoon vanilla extract
  •  tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4  c sweet condensed milk
  • 1/2  c flouor


  1. In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Add water, sweetened condensed milk, rum or vanilla, melted butter, and stir. Whisk in flour slowly, so no lumps form. Do not overmix; stop as soon as the flour is completely incorporated.
  2. In a crepe pan or large nonstick skillet, melt 1 teaspoon of butter over medium-high heat. Have two clean plates ready. When butter bubbles, quickly pour in one ladle (about 2 tablespoons) of crepe batter and roll the pan around so the entire bottom is covered in a very thin layer. Cook the crepe, shaking once or twice to prevent sticking, until most but not all of the batter on top has set, or the bottom is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Slide the crepe onto a plate, cooked side down. Quickly invert the plate into the pan, flipping the crepe. (If you're feeling brave, you can use a thin bladed spatula or palette knife to flip the crepe over.) Cook another 1-2 minutes, until golden brown. Slide onto the second to cool.
  4. Continue with remaining batter, adding more butter as necessary, stacking crepes on top of each other on second plate.
  5. There are so many different ways to serve these, savory like I made or sweet. Spread a crepe with cream cheese (plain or flavored), sprinkle with fresh cut fruit, roll up, and serve with whipped cream.

I put an old photo on one of our tables and Paul knew right away it was his Peepaw, who passed away 3 months before he was born.  We talk about him a lot.  And look at old photos.  It makes me happy that he knows him, after all, he was named after him.

I hope to make this cake, to be perfectly honest, I have orange marmalade that we're trying to use up:

P.S. I have a sweet tooth just like my dad did...oh, my mom is feeling better!

February 9, 2018

73 and 37

Today is my sister's 37th birthday and a couple of days ago it was my mom's 73rd birthday!  My mom, Barbara, has been sick for over a week now, please pray she's better soon.
I made both of them beeswax candles with lavender essential oils in them.  I also drew this:
It's still definitely winter.  Probably the coldest winter in 10 years.
We got ice and pretty!
Eating some fresh snow!!
Changing the guitar strings...she is auditioning for a talent show on Tues.  She's been practicing "Blackbird" by the Beatles.
Typewriters are history, everything is done on computers and printers now...and SO fun!

February 2, 2018

Snow tubing

I love sledding, but tubing is just as fun, I'm sure.  The sun is out and blue skies, just a few clouds.
I milked the cows today at the farm.  While  I was there, Paul got to try the violin at a friend's house.  It was just too cold to bring him.  It's 24 degrees now.  Brrr!

January 26, 2018

Fair Isle sampler

My first attempt at Fair Isle...a cream alpaca yarn for the snowflake.
I'm using the leftovers from this hat I finally finished crocheting.  We are on the trampoline in this photo...sunny and 50 F.
The socks above are a gift from Hannah... my fav right now.  Little River Sock Mill, made in the USA.  ❤ And a better view of my hat!!
This is Olivia's dragster.  She designed it, cut it out of wood, sanded it painted it blue and won first place (for the fastest one!) in her whole class.  No one thought it would win because it was so thin, they assumed it would break.  Paul can't keep his little hands off it.

January 22, 2018

Swim class

First swim lesson!
 My nieces came over to meet Carlee.
Everyone enjoyed the hammock swing!  The snow all melted here.  It was 60 today!!  More snow to come later this week.  I truly love a snowy winter.

January 19, 2018

Holy water

Watching as the cross is dipped into the water for the blessing.  Happy Theophany!  (I just posted this photo on Instagram and used a filter to brighten it up a bit)
The sun is shining and there are no clouds. The snow is starting to melt here.  I hope you have a great weekend!