Saturday, March 28, 2009

Future Burp Cloths

How fun to be visiting Homemade by Jill again and find just the thing that I need for the future generation of my beloved's family — a tutorial on making burp cloths. Currently, Jill has quite a number of tutorials for making wonderful infant items so I may become tempted with other things if I hang out there too long.

Speaking of infants...perhaps you've heard that *Linds* and *Dawn* are brand new, for-the-first-time-ever paternal grandmothers. I think it's just so cool. If you want to see pictures, all you have to do is click on their names.

A blessed weekend to you all!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Penny Postcards

My son and daughter-in-law gave me a genealogy program with three months of online membership to It's been sitting on my shelf calling my name. Thing is...once the research bug has's hard to shake yourself free. I know. I've been bitten before.

But little things like looking for *penny postcards* (eta: this link no longer works) can be a lot of fun. I'm sorry that this will only work for the U.S., but you might find it interesting to click on your state, find your county, and see what's there. I found ever so many things of interest even if I was unable to find my own hometown.

Let me know if you find something fascinating!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Day of Crafting

It's always a good thing to get away to putz. Create would be the better word, of course. Personally, I get a little antsy if I haven't been able to do something different and fun after about four days. How about you?

There are a few things in my craft room that I haven't those cute hankie curtains. It's an idea I stole from Linda at Blue Gate Blog; I've lifted some of my best ideas from Linda.

Oh, and the apron tied around the chair (which you can barely see)? I lifted that from Linda at Restyled Home right *here.* I must have a thing about stealing from Lindas.

Four of you should be able to find some little things that you may partially recognize. Yup. I'm playing games again today. Look's a "Where's Waldo" kind of day.

Oh, I've been meaning to show you these cute little buttons that I found in the stash my mother gave me. They're peg clothespin buttons! I know, I've got so much stuff on my bulletin board that they're hard to see plus the quality of the photographs isn't so hot today. (I may be such a perfectionist that this pic and a few others will change at some point.)

My number one errand of the day is getting to the post office. That and making my beloved his dinner. Have a great day everyone!

Edited to Add: Just dropping in a better daylight photo of the aproned chair. I see that my take on it is a bit different from Linda' chair is more bibbed than aproned.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mackintosh Toffee and So Much More

It was another delightful day here in my corner. Another day, another package. This time from Lovella of What Matters Most! (Oy vey...the cost of postage.)

Check out this loot! Since my family is one with strong Canadian ties...half the family here, and the other half there...we know something about Canadian candy. The best! Coffee Crisps are, I believe, the number one candy bar in Canada. We love them! My son has been known to drive six hours one way to get some. (I'm tossing one of these his way.)

But this is the candy bar that started it all. My personal favorite — the Mackintosh toffee bar. Just gaze for a while on its creamy toffeeness.

Beautiful, isn't it? Yes, I've displayed it against the terrific dishcloths that Lovella sent as well so as to enhance its sweet, sweet self. The thing is, Lovella tells me that Mackintoshes will no longer be made in the 56g bar. What is the world coming to?! I've enjoyed this candy all my life!

Such fond memories I have of buying a bar so stale that it would split into lots of toffee shards upon impact. Yes, this was the candy bar that required a good smacking and could be shared with at least a dozen kids. What's not to love about that?

Yesterday, I shared my last toffee bar with my nana and my mom. We cut it carefully into strips for it was as fresh and soft as could be. We savored it. Thank you, Lovella!

Oh, not to be forgotten, I also have two wonderful magazines to enjoy. I've had the chance to read them both and I will reread them until they are dogeared. Then I will pass them along to my mother who is quite excited to think about a current Chatelaine. She showed me some of her vintage copies yesterday.

There was so much tucked into that package, but what I mostly sensed was friendship, thoughtfulness, and charity. Thank you again, my friend!

Now for the burning question of yesterday: Just how many bags of jelly beans did it take to fill the jar? Three!

Unbeknownst to my readers, this was a real contest with real prizes. Sort of a silent giveaway, if you will. I'll be notifying the winners later today. Thanks to everyone for playing and making it fun!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jelly Beans

Eventually, everything comes full circle to jelly beans, Peeps, and Cadbury eggs. You can not argue with that logic! We've had our share of Cadbury eggs and Peeps, but no jelly beans. Since they're not a favorite, I felt it would be safe to send my beloved out to fetch some for the empty jar you see above.

Can I just say that I love a man who'll run to the store? I've never known one of them until now. It's so nice to be married to one.

Doesn't that bag look a little heavy?

Well, no wonder. Seven bags of jelly beans!

The jar is definitely filled.

Now, you've seen these little contests all the time at banks, car dealerships, you name it. Let me know how many bags you think it took to fill the jar. I'll let you know tomorrow.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Weekend Story

This is my weekend told in pictures.

There was some crafting.

Some visiting with my son and grands.

(Yes, that's my sneakered foot. I'm multi-talented. I can take photos and keep a toddler on the sofa at the same time, which is, from the amusement on the grand's face and the concern on the son's, perhaps not something I should try often.)

Some baking.

This is the regular straight-off-the-bag recipe, which I've included below just in case. The thing is, I love to play with the two or three cups of added ingredients at the very end. For example, my cookies have one cup of chocolate chips, ½ cup crasins, and ½ cup chopped walnuts. I didn't mess with that third cup thing, but you could. Sometimes I add peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, Rice Krispies, oatmeal, you name it, it's fun to play with different combinations. I do want to say very clearly right now before some wise guy comes in here and asks — I.did.not.use.any.onions. What combinations do you use?

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts optional

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


A wonderful Monday to you! Yes, you!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Two Ways of Looking at Things

We're reading Beth Moore's The Beloved Disciple in the evening. I'm enjoying it tremendously and think that it's an especially good book to be reading in this Easter season.

For morning reading, in addition to Bible reading and devotional reading, we've just completed Awakening Your Sense of Wonder where one paragraph in particular zinged into my heart recently. Yes, of course, I'm sharing it!

" closer attention when you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears. They are telling you something about the secret of who you are or where you're from or where you should go next."

For several years now I've been practicing thinking about any given situation in a "different way." Imagine my surprise to find that this is so eloquently expressed in the Word of God. Read this and try to imagine which camp you might fall in...

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the LORD, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD:
"He is good;
his love to Israel endures forever."
And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

Ezra 3:10-13

Have a happy day filled with much thanksgiving and praise!