Friday, November 27, 2009

I trust you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The food was wonderful and there is nothing better than time together with your loved ones.
Today My mind begins to focus on Christmas decorating. I will begin to put my holiday touches through out the house.




Being Friday it is time to take part in the Holiday recipe swap that is put on by Colleen of baby makes five. http://andbabymakesfive-colleen.blogspot.com/

I am including beverage recipes . Perfect for sipping while you decorate your tree.

Praline Coffee

3 c. hot brewed coffee
3/4 c. half and half
3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 T. butter
3/4 c. praline liquor or MAPLE SYRUP
garnish with sweetened whipped cream

Heat coffee half and half brown sugar and butter over medium heat. (do not boil)
Remove from heat and stir in liquor or syrup. Garnish with whipped tooping.


Spiced Hot cider

1 galon cider
1 c. brown sugar, packed
6-oz can frozen orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
3 whole all spice

Heat all ingredients and simmer. Remove spices before serving.


"egg" nog

3 oz pkg vanilla instant pudding
1/3 c sugar
8 c milk
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 to 1 t. nutmeg

In large bowl mix first four ingredients until combined. add desired amount of nut meg. Serve chilled.


I am off to create some festive decorations.
Audrey

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Crazy week




I am so sorry that time has gotten away from me. Last week passed too quickly and I just couldn't keep up.
I had the drama of the purse snatching that did affect me more than I would like to admit but then had to prepare for the 2 day craft fair at my child's school. I seem to work best under pressure which is truly a blessing since I always seem to procrastinate till the last minute.
It was a nice time. My daughter went with me on Friday and helped set up and keep me company. She is a wonderful girl. It was a very active week end for fairs so i don't feel the turn out at the fair was very good. However I did well and for that I am grateful.

On Sunday I brought the kids to visit my parents . Dad knew we were coming so he was up and about. He looked good and it was a nice visit. My Matthew enjoyed playing in the sink with Grammy. They made soap pies and decorated them with cake decorating supplies. Funny the things that are allowed when it is with your Grandchild and not your own kid. LOL...



I didn't get a chance to post a recipe on Friday so here is what I would have posted. I just love this yummy treat.

Sweet Pumpkin dip
2 8-oz pkgs. cream cheese, softened
4 c. powdered sugar
30 -oz can pumpkin pie filling mix
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
ginger snap cookies

Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar in large mixing bowl. Blend in pie filling and spices, cover and chill. Serve with ginger snaps for dipping.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It only takes a moment.


I went to the market last night. I needed bread and a few items for lunches. I was feeling blue and distracted due to my fathers health issues. My daughter went to the store with me to keep me company and help me stick to my list.
We paid and went out to our car. I opened the hatch but then decided to put the groceries in the back seat instead. I opened my front door, set down my purse on the drivers seat. I opened my back door and went to get a bag from my carriage, before my daughter could even get the "mom" out of her mouth I sensed a figure beside me .He reached into my car grabbed the purse, and then ran around the front of my car and jumped into the waiting get away car . I somehow had the sense to start yelling He took my purse..get the license plate number. I ran after the car a few steps and saw the first 3 numbers...people were all looking at us. one man yelled to me "did he take your purse?? I thought you knew him and it was horse play"....but then he drove after him. Another couple had come out at the same time as us and that young man yelled to me" did he get your bag?? I'm gonna get that F**ker!!" and he left. We were crying and shocked. I felt it was a lost cause but knew I needed to tell the police. My cell phone was in the purse as well as my car keys . I went in the market and asked them to call the police. The manager was trying to comfort me as I broke down crying.I explained my daughter was outside and I needed to be with her. She said go ahead I will wait for the police. It seemed so long although I am sure it was not.
The police car came. The officer rolled down the window and asked who's purse was it? Then preceded to tell me they were chasing the car. The young man from the store parking lot (with the colorful vocabulary) had tailed the suspect while talking on his cellphone to the police. He led them right to the purse snatcher. They continued the chase through several towns now involving the state police as well as other town police depts. I heard it all unfolding over the police radio. I feared they would crash and prayed for them.
They finally pulled over and the guy jumped out and ran into the woods. The police did catch him.
We rode back to the station in the squad car. We sat and waited. The recovered my cash. They said we have the purse and led me out side to I.D. the car. However the pocket book inside was NOT mine. I did spot my cell phone on the floor of the car. Lucky I have a trac phone. So they chose to keep it.
We went back inside to sign paper work. I could hear women's voice's in the lobby of the station. It was the suspects Mother, sister and girlfriend and they were angry.
We stayed in the back until my husband arrived to get us. As we walked out they stared daggers at me as if I had some how wronged them.

I normally carry my spare car key in my purse in case I get locked out of the car but Had for some reason taken it out of my purse and left it on the counter next to my pet fish. I never know where things are so I know this was Divine intervention!!!!
We came home it was around 11 p.m. Hubby went to bed . I calmed my son and sent him up as well. Allison called her girlfriend and I went on line for distraction. At 12:15 the police called and said they had my purse. The guy told them where he threw it out and the Westminster police had located it. I asked if I could go in then to get it ? I just needed some sense of closure and after being told once already they had it and didn't I needed to see it. Allison went with me needing the same feeling of closure.
Once at the station the captain brought us into the back and then brought out my purse.Such a rush of emotions swept over me. They asked me to go through my things. My debit card , my 100.00 gift card and a savings bond were still inside. nothing was together but they were there!! The only stuff missing was of no big value, stamps , library card, pocket calenders ect.
I couldn't help but cry and feel so thankful. God watched over us. He kept us safe and that is the biggest gift but oh am I thankful for the "cherry on top "getting my things back as well.
The District Attorney called this morning and the 3 will be arraigned today. They asked if I wanted to proceed, I hesitated but answered yes. I owe it to the men who cared enough to help me and the police that did their job so well
I am sorry for them that they were so desperate to do this. Needles were found so I feel drugs were probably the reason. I pray this will somehow help them and they will straighten out their lives.As for me I learned to not keep my keys in my purse. I know I had my guard down last night but I don't think it made to much of a difference.
I am reminded of just how blessed I am, but I am lucky enough to know that and be thankful everyday.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday recipe swap



It is Friday again already. Time goes by so quick. When I was growing up we lived down the road from a nursing home. I have so many memories of the wonderful ladies there.I would pick flowers, mostly weeds ,and deliver them so proudly. I would sit and listen to stories and share laughs. One thing they would tell me is the older you get the faster time goes. It seemed so silly at the time , now I understand so well.
Last week I stopped at the Salvation Army. I see how others pick up so many great re do items .I thought I would check things out.
I did find 3 small wooden bowls like the ones sold recently on APP. Perfect for a paint job.
The week has passed and they still sit unfinished.Maybe today will be the day.
I also stumbled onto a yard sale. I really haven't been to many this year . The season is over so what a treat. I found a small, real braided rug in brown,a
old wooden spoon, and other small goodies.


I noticed a chair but from past yard sales there I didn't think the price would be good .
We all know I don't need another chair! I left it. However I went out later that morning and had to stop and look once more. I sat in the chair and it was not too big, not too small, just right! LOL... the man said I will throw this second one in as well....we all know I can't resist a chair. Did I mention they are red????


Being Friday it is time to post my recipe for the Home made Holiday swap hosted by colleen over at andbabymakesfive-colleen.blogspot.com
I found this recipe in a Gooseberry patch cookbook "Celebrate Autumn".

Breakfast Butternut Squash
1 LB BUTTERNUT SQUASH, peeled, seeded and sliced
2T.vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 t. ginger root ,grated
1 c broccoli flowerets
1/2 c. celery, sliced
1 t. fresh onion, finely chopped
1 T.lemon juice
2 t.honey

Stir-fry the sliced squash (1/4- inch slices) in the vegetable oil over medium-high heat,along with the garlic,and ginger root for about 3 minutes. Add broccoli,celery and onion and saute' 3-4 mins longer,until vegetables are crisp-tender.Combine lemon juice with honey and toss into vegetables. You may top with sunflower seeds or raisins if desired.
Serve as side dish. Goes well with eggs or pancakes.


I leave you with this picture of the flowers my husband brought home to me. They are called pin cushion. I think they are so neat. The petals feel and look plastic. So pretty I just loved them.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran’s Day

To all that are serving and to all that have served, I thank you.

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I was reading on a blog a question about winterberry. This is how it looks. It is found in and around wetlands.This is the time of year to keep shears in the car as you always seem to spot it when you least expect to.

The conditions must have been just right for it as I have noticed how full the berries are this year. I am lucky enough to have it across the street from my home and already sent my son to get some before the  neighbors and birds all get theirs.Nature is wonderful and I am sure there is enough for all.

 

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On another  Blog someone was talking about Tea dying and finding out the hard way not to immerse the stuffed item into the tea solution. My tip is I always use a sponge brush. It controls the liquid so well. Also, if you would like a grungier look, place onto cookie tin and bake in a 250 oven. If you want a cleaner, more even look, line the pan with parchment paper.

My tea dye recipe is made with instant unsweetened tea. I will use any left over coffee if I have it and a bottle of vanilla. I also add cinnamon to my mix. I make it in a plastic coffee container and as it sits the cinnamon makes a sludge on the bottom that makes items nice and grungy if you that is the look you like. This will keep in a cool  place for a few days.

I tend to make all my items and then do a mass tea dye party.

The weather has been so mild that I made the most of it. My daughter Allison helped me cut down greens and wire them together to make a swag to put around the door.

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Martha Stewart would be proud! I will wait to put up the greenery until Thanksgiving is done but how nice to get it made on a warm day .Once up I will add berries and larger pine cones . Maybe some dried hydrangeas and a bow.

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I am still enjoying the bittersweet. I am the kinda Gal that waits for them to pop on the vine. I can spot them a mile away these days. Everything is bare and then you spot the orange and yellow. It adds such a fall touch stuck in here and there around the home. I want to enjoy every last bit of fall.

Hope you all are enjoying your day.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Home made Holidays


I want to join in the fun that has been started over at andbabymakesfive-colleen.blogspot.com/. Every friday a new recipe for the Holidays.I really have enjoyed printing out all the recipes from others blogs . I have made a binder cook book to keep them all.

PILGRIM BREAD

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. salt
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup vegtable oil or melted butter
2 pkgs. dry yeast
1/2 cup stirred whole wheat flour
1/2 cup stirred rye flour
4 1/4-41/2 cups sifted all purpose flour

Thourouly combine cornmeal,brown sugar,salt, boiling water and oil. Let cool to lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
Soften yeast in lukewarm water. Stir in cornmeal mixture.
Add whole and rye flours. Mix well. Stir in enough all-purpose flour make a moderatly stiff dough.
turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead till smooth and elastic,6-8 mins.Place in greased bowlturning once to grease surface.
Cover and let rise in warm placeuntil doublein size,50-60 mins. Punch down
Turn out on lightlyfloured surface and devide in half. cover and let rest 10 mins.
Shape into 2 loaves and place in greased full sized loaf pans. Let rise again till almost doubled, about 30 mins
Bake at 375* for 45 minutes.Top loosely with foil after first 25 mins IF bread browns rapidly.
Remove from pans to cool.



This is one of my favorites and hubby likes it too.


SPINACH SOUFFLE

10-oz Pkg frozen chopped spinach
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 cup milk
4 eggs seperated
3-oz can mushrooms drained.

cook spinach according to package. Drain well and set aside.
In heavy sauce pan melt butter stir in cornstarch, salt, and pepper. add milk and continue stirring until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat.
Combine egg yokes, spinach, and mushrooms. Add white sauce and mix together.
Beat egg whites untill stiff. Fold into spinach mixture and spoon into grweased 2 - quart souffle' dish.
bake at 375* for 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Hope you enjoy these. I look forward to everyones recipes that join in on the fun.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Weekly Outing

This week we went to www.primitivesforeewe.com. A wonderful little shop in Baldwinville. I window shopped as my mother picked up a few Christmas gifts. I promissed I'd forget what she got for me WINK ,WINK.
Then it was off to www.countrymischief.com/on the Templeton common.

I just love the variety in this store. It is a lot of small rooms each decorated in a different theme. They have added good quality fabric so I knew this is where my money would be spent. I picked up 2 yards of prairie cloth. It is hard to come by so when I see it I get it.Mom found a little something for herself and then we were ready for lunch. They have a wonderful little reasturant there. The food is every bit as delightful as the decorations.
We both had the soup of the day,Apple Squash and Zuchini, Tomatoe and feta quiche it comes with a fruit cup . YUMMY YUMMY to say the least.
I took a few snap shots so you too could enjoy the place.



I just love how the tables are covered with quilts and glass on top.

The window treatment caught my eye.What a clever idea.

All the decorations are for sale. I was nervouse my mom would bump the plate on the wall that had a tag of $220.00.


It was another great day together.