Some Very Special Gifts!

This weekend has been a glorious one! Lovely weather and lots of fun. The yard sale was a complete success, and I managed to sell quite a lot of my old treasures. I was able to spend practically the whole weekend with my best friend (and sweetheart)!

This weekend was also my birthday, and my best friend gave me a complete surprise! We have been out antiquing together several times and I had seen a couple nice sets of vintage spice jars… so guess what he gave me as one of my presents?

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My very own lovely set of spice containers.
With red lids
and a red shelf!

So, part of my day was spent cleaning out the spice jars, all the while making sure I don’t get them wet on the outside and have the paper labels fall off. Aren’t they just lovely? Oh, the grand kitchen messes I will make using these treasures…

My best friend’s parents also gave me a delightful (and FUN) surprise! I got an adorable vintage toaster that actually works! I tried it out almost as soon as I got it! 😀 You have to flip the toast over half-way through the toasting process, though. Otherwise it will only brown on one side! It has a little bell on the underside, that “dings” as it heats up. I have discovered that three “dings” per side makes the perfect piece of toast.


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Toast, anyone?

And for fun…

“There was an Old Man of the Coast,
Who placidly sat on a post;
But when it was cold,
he reliquished his hold,
And called for some hot buttered toast.

~Edward Lear~

September 7, 2009. Birthdays, Cooking, Hopechesting, Quotage. 1 comment.

Blog-worthy

Welcome 1st day of September! This is one of my favorite months of the year… the weather will slowly but surely begin to cool off, and we can welcome autumn. My favorite time of year. Hooray! Soon I can run outside and crunch leaves.

Yesterday, in honor of the dreary weather we had, I threw a chicken pot-pie in the oven. I tend to be the type that doesn’t use recipes when cooking food of that nature, so once the pie crust was chilling on the fridge, I just started throwing veggies in a pot. On a wing and a prayer, I finally threw the pie in the oven and turned on the timer. (I also can’t cook without a timer!)

Though I say it myself, this pie was most definitely yummy! I used fresh-ground flour in the crust because we’re out of white. Even though it makes the crust a little grainy, it blended well with the chicken and veggie filling. I just had to take a picture before we cut into it…

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Yum!

We had leftover chicken from one of those roast chickens you can buy in the deli section at the grocery store. I used potatoes, fresh baby carrots, fresh celery, a small onion, and added some garlic powder, salt and pepper while I let them boil together for about 15-20 minutes. I thawed some frozen chicken stock in a pot, and worked on rolling out the crust. Right before the veggies were done, I added some frozen peas and let them cook about 5 minutes. I added salt to the chicken stock, and thickened it with cornstarch. Once that was all done, I cut up the chicken and added it to the veggies (remember to drain out the water in the veggies!). Then I just poured it all into a deep-dish pie pan, and topped it with another crust! Bake it at 350 degrees for about an hour. (Until it’s bubbling.)

And for fun, a few of my favorite cooking quotes:

“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes,
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”
~A.A. Milne~


“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen,
a warm stove, and simmering pot and a mom.”
~Barbara Costikyan~


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
~A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf~


~All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
~John Gunther~

September 1, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Happiness, Life, Quotage, Rain, Tuesday. Leave a comment.

With a hinge.

Hello everyone! 

Yes, odd title, I know… it is part of a quote that is quite appropriate in my back’s current state of affairs. 

“What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.”
~Charles Dudley Warner~

 

Wouldn’t you agree? In the past few days I have dug two trenches out of the walk-ways in my garden, and tonight laid down plastic to keep down the weeds, and then shoveled dirt on top of the plastic. Hooray! Doesn’t sound like much when it’s written down, but my back and arm muscles know better. 🙂 

The spring is nearly gone, which is quite sad. My poor precious daffy-downs are almost all dried up. 😦 Poor little things! I think daffodils should bloom all year long, don’t you? However, the bright side is that daisies come up in the summer. 

“Fair daffodils, we weep to see you haste away so soon.”
~Robert Herrick~

 

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Another sweet little house that I just love! It has all the best things… red shutters, a wonderful front porch, and a screen door! 

 

April 27, 2009. Fun, Garden, Life, Monday, Quotage, Spring. 1 comment.

A lovely weekend

Hello everyone! I’m back from a glorious weekend, filled with family, fun, and lots of laughter. My family had a wonderful evening here on the farm. Dad and I worked in the garden until it was nearly dark! He was putting in the edging for his strawberry beds, while I was weeding, making a small fence for my peas to grow up on, digging out weeds, planting carrots, weeding, watering plants… and, oh, did I mention weeding? 🙂 

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”
~A.A. Milne~

 

Recently I was able to get some neat photos while visiting a few historic towns, and thought you might like to see a few! 

 

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A very interesting (and pretty!) door.

 

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I want this tiny little cottage for my very own. Oh, how fun it would be! It is almost like a dollhouse; it is that cute. 

 

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This Columbine is simply gorgeous! Too pretty for me to walk by, especially when there’s camera in my hand!

 

Well, I suppose I need to head off. God Bless, and I hope you all had a blessed Sunday! 🙂

 

“The man who wants a garden fair,
Or small, or very big,
With flowers growing here and there,
Must bend his back and dig.”
~Results and Roses; Edgar A. Guest~ 

April 26, 2009. Family, Fun, Garden, Happiness, Life, Photography, Quotage, Sunday. 1 comment.

Many Happy Returns, Dr. Seuss!

Will you all join me in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday? C’mon, how many Seuss fans are there out there? 🙂 I’ve read Dr. Seuss books since I was a little girl… and now I get to read them, in all their amusing silly-ness, to the little people I babysit! 🙂 

My favorite book is “Are You My Mother?” My favorite quote from the entire book: “You are not my mother. You are a SNORT!” I originally discovered it was Dr. Seuss’ birthday when I went on ThinkExist to find some quotes for a project… needless to say, I’ve spent a few extra moments this morning looking at Dr. Seuss quotes. Many have been added to my quote book, and I thought I’d share a few more here with you! 🙂 And in honor of the Dr. Seuss books, the quote of the week (on the sidebar) is a new favorite quote! 🙂

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”

“Think left and think right think low and think high. Oh the things you can think up if only you try!”

And this last one is especially for myself… and my height. (Or, rather, the lack thereof! :-D)

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

 

Today we’re pretty much snowed in. (Which is not always a bad thing!) It’s not really that we have tons of snow, there’s just enough to keep my family inside, and we haven’t any place better to be! I need to work on a few projects, and I’ve been merrily crocheting away since yesterday. I have a few Easter Egg ornaments done, and as soon as they are starched I’ll take some pictures to share! I wanted to do a flat easter egg ornament, but couldn’t find a pattern to suit me… so, I ended up creating my own. They’ve turned out pretty cute, too! 

Well, I’m off to take care of the morning chores and tidy-ing up the house a little! God Bless, and have a wonderful snow day! 🙂 

 

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“When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.”

March 2, 2009. Birthdays, Crocheting, Life, Monday, Projects, Quotage, Snow, Starching. 1 comment.

Quotage…

Hello and good morning, everyone! Here I sit, at the computer, all ready for the day. I’m looking forward to running errands for Mom, since I want to show my pick-up and her new sneakers off to the world! 

I’m beginning work on a new photography assignment, which could prove to be very fun! I’m going to find a phrase, quote, or poem, that I think is neat, and take a picture to match or somehow correspond with the saying! I’ve been looking through my quote book for ideas. My quote book is a lined notebook I keep handy, and whenever I find a new quote or saying I like, I grab my quote book and write it down! So last night I went through a book of poems and saying and wrote a few more into my quote book. (Which is fast filling up!) 

The following is appropriate, considering I’m still suffering from the left-overs of my cold

My Nose, Dorothy Aldis

It doesn’t breathe; 
 It doesn’t smell;
It doesn’t feel
So very well.

I am discouraged
With my nose:
The only thing it
Does is blows. 

I found that very amusing. 🙂 And here’s one of my new favorites, that I think will be a good one for a matching photo:

“Common sense is genius in homespun.”
~Alfred North Whitehead~

And yet another one, in honor of (and in warning to!!!!) several of my pyrotechnic guy friends: 

Little Willie

Willie saw some dynamite,
Couldn’t understand it quite;
Curiosity seldom pays:
It rained Willie seven days. 

Okay, may I say that the first time I read that I got a side-stitch from laughing? I REALLY want to use this one for my photography project, so I could use ideas! Any ideas, from those creative, artsy, crafty, and photography oriented people out there? 🙂 The photo doesn’t have to match it exactly… and since Dynamite is hard to come by, and I’d rather not have it rain anybody for any length of time, I’ll need lots of fun and creative ideas! 

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The detail from my last photography project, where I tried to capture the smoke from a blown-out match.

So now y’all will have to use your imagination, and help me create one about poor Little Willie! 😉 😀 Thanks in advance for your ideas, God Bless, and have a wonderful day! 

February 23, 2009. '64 pick-up, Fun, Life, Photography, Quotage. 1 comment.