Monday, January 20, 2014

Enjoy the Ride

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Soap making Day!

This beautiful Sunday afternoon finds me sitting down to make a blog post before Monday rolls around and my week gets rolling. 
Sweet hubby and I came home after an early church service to the smell of chili bubbling away in my large Crock pot and a cherry dessert in my smaller one.  I took a quick walk outside in the cheery sunshine before sitting down to a pleasing meal.

Now that we've eaten and cleaned up the kitchen, I wanted to let my blog friends know what I'm going to be up to tomorrow.  It's soap making time!

I gathered up my soap supplies while out and about yesterday and plan to get up early in the morning throw laundry into the washer and then get busy with my soap making.

I usually make my soap the old fashioned way with just lard, lye, and water, but thought I would swap out half of the lard for a blend of coconut, olive, and canola oils this time.  I'm thinking the coconut oil will add a little more lather to my soap.  We'll see.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

I've got to go out to my storage shed in a little while and get my soap making supplies down so that I can get hubby to wrap my soap mold with plastic wrap.  He does such a great job that my soaps come out wrinkle free. 

Just follow this link if you want my step-by-step instructions for making your own homemade soap.

What do you have planned for the week, anything special?
But then every day is special, isn't it?
Hope you have a great new week!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Dreamy Kind of Day

Well, no pictures for my blog today.  Blogger is being very contrary and refuses to let me upload any but I'm posting anyway, so "Hah, Blogger!"

While the washer and dryer were catching up with my laundry chores for me, I took a walk out in the "brisk" winter air.  It's 21 degrees with a wind chill factor of 7 degrees, but the sun is shining and I bundled up.  Now I'm back home in front of the fire and plan to take a little break after putting in my next load of laundry.

I have some wonderful reading and dreaming material waiting for me.  I wish I could show you the picture but I'll just describe it.  There's sunlight streaming through the living room window and falling on my comfy chair that's holding a soft blanket, the book I'm currently reading ( Grace by Richard Paul Evans), and a brand new seed catalog that the mail carrier brought me today.  Such dream material, I can just picture my summer vegetable garden!  Now I'm going to make a cup of hot lemon tea and enjoy my reading time before the dryer rudely buzzes out my name.


Monday, December 30, 2013


Little ones in the house sure adds lots of fun to every day. 
 I've enjoyed my grandma time the past few days with Hannah and Noah and with their mommy and daddy too.
  They just left to visit with their other grandparents for a few nights ,

Hannah ~ age 15 months
Noah ~ age 3 months

 ... they're coming back here for a little while before heading back up north and I can't wait to see them again! 

In the meantime, I'm busy getting my homey chores done up and restocking the fridge so that I can spend all my time playing when they come back.

Speaking of playing, let me show you one of my Christmas presents. 
See it hiding behind my wicker loveseat? 
Yep, it's a hula hoop!
The little girl in me asked Santa for it this year.  Will she ever grow up? 
Hope not!
It's not one of the sweet little innocent plastic kind that we had as a kid though, this one is weighted (3 lbs) and comes with promises to shrink my middle ~ if I use it.  So, I have a brand new toy to play with during the rest of the long winter days.  
I'm thinking of clearing a path in front of the TV so that I can hula hoop while watching old movies on Netflix.  Sounds like a fun way to wiggle off any new holiday pounds.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Pie

Cherry Pie

1 box Dream Whip (2 envelopes)
1 cup evaporated milk, chilled
1 - 8 ounce block cream cheese
2 cups sugar
1 can Cherry Pie filling
2 graham cracker crusts
Pour cold evaporated milk into a large mixing bowl.  Add 2 envelopes of Dream Whip.
Whip until stiff (about 4 minutes).
In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
(Scrape bowl often with a spatula while beating.)
Pour into Dream Whip mixture and beat until smooth.
Put 1/4 of mixture in each graham cracker crust. 
Put 1/2 of Cherry Pie filling on top of each pie and smooth rest of mixture on top of pie.
I always looked forward to my mother making these pies at Christmas time when I was a girl.
I made two of them today, one to take to my husband's parents' house tomorrow and one to take to my mother and dad's house on Sunday.
Sweet hubby and I are home alone on this Christmas Eve afternoon.
Both sons are at their girlfriends families' get-togethers and our daughter and her husband and babies aren't coming in until after Christmas.
So, we are going with the flow, starting our own new traditions.
We're going to our church's Christmas Eve service and then out to eat.
Something totally new to us for a Christmas Eve, but I'm looking forward to it.
It's special to me any time someone else does the cooking and clean up!
But I think things will be pretty normal in the morning with our traditional opening of presents and then our Cinnamon Roll Breakfast.
In fact, one of our sons asked if he could invite his girlfriend for breakfast.
Maybe the other son's girlfriend can come too.
I have to admit that I do like tradition, but change can be good too.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas whether you celebrate with old traditions or new!

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