Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Pumpkin Spice Dessert
4 eggs, slightly beaten
Large (29 oz) can pumpkin (unspiced)
1 1/2 - 2 cups sugar (sweet tooths use 2 cups)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 cups undiluted Carnation evaporated milk
1 cup crunchy cinnamon or vanilla granola
1 pkg spice cake mix
1-2 sticks butter, melted
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Add pumpkin, sugar, salt, spices, and evaporated milk and mix well.
Cover the bottom of a large cake pan with granola. Pour pumpkin mixture gently into pan.
Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top of the pumpkin mixture. Melt butter (1 stick wasn't enough for me, I used about 1 1/2 sticks) and drizzle over the top of the cake mix.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped nuts with 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top. Bake for about 1 hour. NOTE: I had to bake an additional 30 minutes! Be sure to test with a knife inserted into center. It should come out clean.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream, although just plain is really delish too.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
ON the night of the rehearsal as Dad was walking Liz down the aisle, he suddenly picked Lizzie up and started running the other way, hollering something about Daniel trying to catch him if he could! :D
Dan and Lizzie got to honeymoon at the beach...
S0metime in February we got a nice big snow...we got several throughout that winter, including a nice storm the week of Thanksgiving, but this one trumped them all, lasting the better part of a week. The picture below is the view from the picture window in our living room.
In the spring for Daniel birthday, we went to a rock climbing gym in Beaverton. It was so much fun and we ladies were so exhausted! Daniel and his friends looked like they could have another go at it right away!
We only got to make one trip to the beach this summer...we headed down sometime in...April I think. We went to Florence for the first time since I was a little girl. It was a beautiful warm day and their was a carnival and farmers market going on down at the docks. We walked and played and ended the day on a quiet beach with a delicious picnic... It made me long for the sunset to last forever. Isn't the beach relaxing! :)
On June first my Dad retired. The first week home we started all kinds of building projects. First the fence for the huge garden and then the raised beds and the goat pens and chicken house etc...It was a busy summer. We didn't get to travel too far because of that, but we young people did spend many evenings at the lake swimming and we took off a weekend to go camping. :)
This picture was taken a the day Dan and Lizzie and I set off in Dan's truck to spend a week working for a farmer Daniel knew. We sure do look cheerful here! It was a memorable time indeed! It was the hardest work I had ever done! We spent hours everyday weeding the acres of raspberries. We literally worked until our fingers bled! Through the leather gloves even! At night we camped by the farmers pond...so sore we could hardly eat, just fall into our beds. It was hot and by the end of two weeks we were as brown as indians. I came home with some very good memories, but I was not at all eager to weed again!
Mama and Suzy...she's such a sweet baby girl! She's over a year old now and I can hardly believe it! She walks and jabbers and is so energetic!
We had kittens this summer too... we kept this one and named him fat louie...I couldn't resist this picture of him sitting in this pick bucket that he found himself. Shortly after this picture was taken he disappeared from our farm. :(
Precious Susannah! We are all in love with her sweetness and the blessing she is to everyone :)
Dan and Liz at our campsight. We forgot to buy groceries and ended up having potatoes every day twice a day! hahaha! It was absurd and I was sick of them by the time we came home, but we had a wonderful time!
The end of this summer Meemee gave birth to 5 beautiful puppies. All boys! :) They are so energetic and happy and desperately need homes! If you want one please let me know! :D
Now it seems like everyone is settling down for winter...we just finished putting up out wood for the winter, lots of yummy canned food in the pantry and Dad getting ready to start his greenhouse. I have been enjoying strawberry black tea with lots of cream and sitting by the wonderful warm fire that Dad builds us every morning. Liz and I take lots of long walks and enjoy the fall colors and these last few days our ground has been hard and frozen. Tonight, Dad was saying he thinks the snow will be here soon! I am so looking forward to the Christmas season and family gettogethers! The Lord has blessed us so much and I am so thankful! May the Lord bless you as well!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This one I made for my bedroom... I wanted something light and feminine, so I chose to add a ruffle to the bottom, and make it a drawstring "skirt" instead of a gathered or pleated one. I cut fabric in the shape of an a line skirt, then I hemmed it and made a casing at the top. I threaded a ribbon through the top and there it was! As sweet as could be! :)
We had also been thinking about the curtain situation in the living room for a while...we had been considering buying new curtains, but they are just so expensive! Instead we tried this new idea that I got from a friends mother (check out my friends blog here: http://rural-legacy.blogspot.com/)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Lately I have been inspired by beautiful things....I went to an antique store with my mom a few weeks ago and couldn't help but feel thrilled by the beauty of "old" beautiful things! There's just something special about things that someone else cherished and loved enough to preserve over the years, and of course there's the extra perk of finding something that is "just perfect" for only 50 cents. :)
I absolutely love the pillow above! doesn't a pillow just add a touch of luxury to outdoor seating?!
I'm such a fan of outdoor luncheons and tea parties! Who doesn't enjoy an afternoon of sweet beverage and good conversation!! In addition the decorating at such get-to-gethers is always fabulous, unique, and inspiring.
I love the idea of flowers in old bottles and jars....so romantic and whimsical! Wouldn't it be charming for a wedding?
I'm definitely the sort of person who would buy milk at the store in its ugly carton or jug and bring it home to put in my sweet old glass milk bottles. :) Better yet, if the milk is fresh and rich and has never come in contact with the super market. ;-)
I ve been thinking that each week I would like to try and and post pictures of something new that I've made or found for our home. I have to admit I'm kind've a sucker for anything shabby chic or even anything that tends in that direction. While most shabby chic name brand home furnishings are decidedly outside my budget I've found that you can often find them at good will and other thrift stores. Also, it absolutely does not have to be name brand to be your FAVORITE thing EVER! It can be home made or a thrift store find...something from a flea market or bazaar....an online boutique, a family heirloom! An antique...the main thing is to remember to use it or put it somewhere where you get to enjoy it! Hiding it away for safe keeping is so sad, when it never comes out to be enjoyed and appreciated!
Who doesn't love a fun cottage surrounded with blooms! :D
When I was a little girl we had a beautiful blue and white bathroom with a white claw foot tub. I remember mom sanding and painting the tub herself. It was so deep and fun! This picture reminded me of that... and even better then the white one, this one is pink!!!!
I love the idea of rolling towels up and placing them on shelves or stands...
There's something about white or light colored bedding that is luxurious and inviting! How wonderful is it to slip into a cozy bed after a day of hard work...or even perhaps for the occasional, well deserved nap?? :)
.....And if there's not enough time to slip into the bedroom for a rest, the cozy corner with a cup of tea, always has its charm ~
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