Thursday, November 14, 2013

Missing blogger shows up


Hello!
How is everyone? 

I tell you what, I have gotten SO into
doing watercolors and drawing, 
that I kind of forgot this place on the web
(and in my heart). 
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I was a vendor at the Hayloft at Port Royal
barn sale, which was so fun. 
I have participated in that three times now. 
Super fun! 
***

I posted a photo of our living/dining room
on FB asking, "why is it so grannyfied in here?"
The answer, straight across the board was..
the wallpaper. 
Oy vey!  Yes, it was and I couldn't see it!!
SO. Wallpaper is off. WHEW.
Now, I'm in the process of spackling
cracks and chippy places. 
I have chosen a grayish pale blue 
and am so excited to see it done. 
I sold the tired couch and will 
have a bare area until a new plan 
unfolds. 
***

I have been thrilled to have a FB reunion
with many cousins and we have 
enjoyed getting to know each
other better. 
This one, Denise, has started a blog
and etsy, only yesterday. 
She needs your love and care!
Will you give her a visit and a comment
to welcome her? 
Thank you so much! 

***




Friday, August 23, 2013

Watercolors


Now that my two big boys are off to college
and there is just one boy here...I have 
more time to not do laundry and cooking...

which means more time for a hobby!
Watercolors it is! 
On Instagram I discovered Paper Fashion  ,
that is Katie Rodgers, who lives in NYC
and illustrates for some fashion magazines 
and other industry companies. 
Her work "blows me away" and I am so inspired
by what she does. 

I begin with a simple pencil sketch and then 
play with the paints. 
The idea is to actually BECOME KATIE at some point.

Just kidding, of course. 
This, obviously is a front view, flat, no movement
dress. 
Hopefully, I'll someday be able to add a human figure
in the dress as well as do side views or the back 
and show some movement to the garment. 



What would really be awesome is if I could 
whittle my middle and have this dreamlike
waistline, too! 
Can I get an amen? 

I am incorporating some exercise into my day 
as well...yesterday my boy and I had swimming races
(on our backs) across a neighbor's pool. 
Boy, were we winded!! 
It was fun being 14 again. 

Your turn, girls...what have you been doing? 
Any painting or exercise in your days? 

(I'm bracing myself because I KNOW you are going 
to now tell me about the 5Ks and Sistine Chapel's 
you are doing...) 

Follow Paperfashion on IG and me, Pcovi as well! 


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cuffs with rhinestones!



In the shop, ten dollars a pop. 

Shipping is free in the US of E I mean A. 
Back to mowing, gotta get going. 



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Sweeter words have never been spoken! 
My Instagram friend Bia, in Brazil has asked for my recipe :) 


Bia, this kind of pie is a sentimental dessert
for many people here. 
It is something our grandmothers made for us and so 
we think of them and probably how they showed us to make it.

Three steps are involved and please don't cry if this doesn't 
work the first time! 
We gain gray hair and wrinkles trying to get it perfect...
the following is what I did. 

***
Crust:
1 stick of butter (not margarine) still cold...cut in slices. 
this is 113 grams
With your fingers, in a bowl, you'll kind of pinch the butter into 
1 cup or 128 grams of all-purpose flour. 
Do this until all is mixed and then add maybe a fourth of a cup of ice water. 
Mix well and you should have a nice ball of dough. 
Roll it out and fit into your pie pan or dish, using flour on your counter to keep the dough from sticking to anything. 
Prick holes around randomly in the crust to prevent bubbles. 
My edge is not pretty but many people pinch it into a design. 
Bake this at 350 degrees F until slightly brown and set it on the counter to cool. 

Filling: 
For this part I use a double boiler. I'm sure you could put a smaller
pan in a larger pan with some water in the bottom pan which you'll bring to a boil. Just don't let any water get into your filling in the top pan. 
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1 cup white sugar
6 Tablespoons powdered cocoa
Mix. 
Add 2 cups of milk and 
3 egg yolks (save the whites in a small bowl!! add 2 more egg whites as well. Refrigerate the whites for later.) 
Mix, mix over boiling water until 
the filling thickens like pudding.
Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 4 tablespoons of butter. Mix well. Let cool and pour in crust. 

Part 3~You are getting somewhere! 
The meringue:
Take the cold egg whites and put them in your mixing bowl...use mixer on highest speed to whip the whites. 
Add 3 tablespoons of white sugar, slowly while you mix.  
If you have some Cream of Tartar, a pinch will help
the egg whites make peaks. 
Here is a helpful video! 
Now put the meringue on the pie and bake just enough to lightly brown the meringue! 
You can eat it warm or let it cool :) 

I want to hear back from you, Bia! 

If anyone has a Chocolate Meringue Pie memory or helpful piece of advice...please leave it in comments below. 
This is my most favorite dessert ever (if you had to know...) Both my grandmother and my husband's mother made very memorable tasty ones! 


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Stay-at-home mom goes somewhere


I seriously don't know where to start in telling
you about our Alaska trip. 
The salmon frenzy is when the Alaskans
dipnet their fish as it comes up river to lay eggs and die. 
Got that? 
A missionary (Brenda Crim) saw there was a need because
these families bring their little kids, grandmas, dogs, etc...
how can you catch fish trying to take care of your family?
She thought teams could come and serve 
hot dogs, hot chocolate and share the love of the Lord 
right there on the beach. 
That is what we did...along with operating 
a bouncy house, some craft activities and bible
story time. 
You can read the official trip page here
I first learned of this opportunity online, myself. 
This was our second year going.
I lead a small team of 3 adults and 3 kids. 

Some of my readers donated and for that, 
I love and thank them! 


Fresh nature playtime is a daily activity. 
I can't tell you how wonderful it is to explore new territory! 
(my baby boy in orange)


I love leaving messages in wildflowers for others to find. 

I totally would have styled a wedding on the spot if
anyone would have requested it. 
Man. 


Can't believe how close these ducks came...or how clear
a photo I got from my phone! 
Thankful too, that my nephew and his rifle wasn't near *whew*.



Yep, the Alaskans get to scoop out the fish and then bop 
them on the head. 
They can take 25 per person a day
(1st person in house....10 more for each person).
The rest of us must go fly-fishing and have
a limit of 6 salmon per day. 
They actually have counters in the waters that
tell how many salmon come through each day! 





This lady wanted to know what she could 
pray about for me? 
I said that I would be able to come back, 
year after year and do this. 
She was really nice. 


Simple as that...we were hopefully
salt and light on the beach, meeting
some needs and loving on people where they were. 
I pray they were blessed. 
We were! 

And Alaska ...ohhh, me...so gorgeous...
and photos do not show how grand everything is...
you need to go if you haven't!! 


Oh yeah, furniture is really large up there, too! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Home


We are back from Alaska!
It was another incredible week,
serving Alaskans who were dip-netting
their salmon from the Kenai river.
This was our second year at this. 


I can't help but play with the lovely blooms that
grow wild all over the place up there.
I could honestly style a wedding out
of what I find in random fields and on
the sides of the road. 

We ate at a bakery called The Moose is Loose.
It had every baked good you could imagine.

We did see a moose and her twins. 
We saw eagles and finally we did see
a bear, although it was in an animal 
preserve behind a fence. 


This baby birdie asks if you can identify
it's breed? 
I spotted it on our hike to a glacier!
Suffice it to say, I have many more photos 
to show but they will come out as 
time permits and laundry gets done.

Thanks for stopping by! 



Saturday, July 13, 2013

A puppy and jello molds

I left you with a "cliffhanger" simply
to lure you back to my blog!
Really!
So, our dog, Maya dated a Pit Bull and
the pups were too large to deliver and she
didn't know to lick them out of the sack either.
I found one live one and rushed it to warm water 
a towel and got it breathing. 
I will spare you the rest of the story...
but know that we have that one
strapping healthy little dude. 


Here is Scooter getting to see him for the 
first time. 
He makes Scootie look rather tiny! 
He has consumed quite a lot of milk
since being revived that day, July 1st. 
Maya is in LOVE with her baby
and thriving in the role of new mother. 
We are in an awful debate about
his name and chances are, 
the child will grow up without one. 


One day this week, the ingredients 
for granola kept getting my attention.
I stirred up some molasses and coconut oil
in a saucepan and tossed it with
coconut, sliced almonds, oats and cinnamon. 
If I'd had any vanilla, I'd have added some of that as well.

Then I baked it at 350 degrees,
stopping to toss and mix it every 
few minutes. 
You want it to dry somewhat
but definitely not get to brown. 
It is uber-yummy on yogurt or simply by itself. 
(we ran out way too quickly)


Bible school happened. 
I did not sign up this year. 
My children are now helpers which is 
so cute to see, for me. I always hoped they'd
lean that way but you don't know...
the oldest took photos and compiled a video
set to music to show the kids and parents
on the last night. 
How fun to see 93 kids in our little country 
church singing praises. 
Really, really awesome.

My 14 year old did something which made me
proud...he gathered coins he had and handed 
them to little kids to put in the offering
(they often don't know to bring any and it sure 
makes them proud to drop something in!)
I heard that 2 little kids cried when they got picked
up last night and another handful asked
if we'd be "open" today :) 


I had a long over-due visit from a friend 
the other day. 
This is her photogenic daughter! 
Isn't she cute? 

I wanted to teach her (my friend)
and give her the Tupperware mold 
to make it in. 
(we just use strawberry jello).
I find this particular Tupperware mold
many times over for a dollar while thrifting.
I suggest you grab one and try the recipe!
It is pretty impressive to bring to a gathering, 
on a pretty bed of lettuce leaves. 
It also tastes incredible! 

While I was searching for my links just now 
I found funny articles about how jello molds
used to be so in style. 
One was asking...do you make jello molds? 
Did your mom? 
Does your family like jello? 

I have a sister-in-law who made 
a layered jello thing in a regular bowl once. 
LOL
sorry...it was mostly yellow but she had put
a little red in the bottom (not thinking) and 
the bottom had somewhat of an indention...
so, when she turned it out onto a plate
it looked like a big ol' breast AND
it sat there and wiggled 
in front of my mother 
who is one to get the 
uncontrollable giggles...
well, it was quite a scene!
(we don't get out much) 

My next blog post will contain scenes from 
my second annual Alaska mission trip! 
Cliffhangerrr! 
Who knows what you'll see come late July on this blog.