Monday, November 30, 2009
Jamestown North Dakota, where the mittens are knit big and the buffalo are gigantic!
Felted (Fulled) Mittens by Nancy Lindberg
Nature Spun Charcoal
less than 2 skeins
Famous Buckhorn Exchange Bean Soup:
1 lb Great Northern beans
1 oz chicken soup base
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp. Season Salt
1 tsp white pepper
3 oz diced ham
1 tsp Liquid Smoke
1/2 gallon water
1 0z. corn starch
1/2 cup water
Place first grouping of ingredients in a large pot, cover and place in 200 degree oven for 8 hours.
When beans are tender, remove from oven, place on stovetop and bring to boil. Add starch and water to thicken and let simmer for 15 minutes.
The Buckhorn, Denver Colorado.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I was thinking about a particular Thanksgiving not so many years ago. All the family was in attendance including nephew John and Gramma Maida. We had just finished a great meal and were relaxing around the dining room table when I looked up over Gramma's shoulder, into the kitchen. There was Baby Kitty on the kitchen counter with her entire head in the tail end of the turkey carcass! I was shocked and a gasp escaped my lips. Gramma was in her 90's but her hearing was as good as the day she was born and she immediately wanted to know what was going on. She never did quite catch on. The rest of the family was quick enough to look at me and follow my gaze into the kitchen. Our eyes met and we laughed until we cried.
Our kitties can be stinkers but I am thankful for their companionship and for a Hubby that loves kitties so much the he calls himself the "Cat Whisperer"!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Griz have won all their football games this season and Bobcats have done very well. It was anybody's game. But in the end, GRIZ triumphed! Score: 33 to 19. Griz are on their way home tonight with the trophy!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Every morning I wake up and look over at a favorite painting that my mother did years ago, before arthritis took control of her hands. I love this painting with its calming powers over me but also because my mother painted it. I think she had a real talent and Mom had wished that she had started painting earlier in her life – I do too. I will remember her always for many reasons, not for just how much she loved and accepted us, or for the fact that she saw beauty and goodness in everyone and everything around her.I don’t paint, nor do I pretend to have any artistic talent. But the Yarn Harlot recently wrote in her daily calendar that: “Nonknitters can think what they will about the value of knitting on the earth, but know this: No knitter will ever depart the earth without leaving evidence behind.”
Hmmmmm, MY evidence:
Monday, November 9, 2009
A few weeks later, at parent teacher conferences, I received a piece of The Wall! Not only had the grandmother brought bits of The Berlin Wall home for her grandchildren but she had brought a piece of The Wall for me!The black and white photo is one that she took to remember exactly where she picked up the pieces. I treasure this piece of history.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I found this recipe for Blondies recently on Ravelry and fell in love with them! The regular recipe is delicious but the Whiskey Blondies are outstanding!!!
Blondies - Adapted from How to Cook Everything
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1. Butter an 8x8 pan
2. Mix melted butter with brown sugar, beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
3. Add salt, stir in flour. Mix in any additions (below).
4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350F 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. I always err on the side of caution with baking times, nobody ever complained about a gooey-middled cookie. Cool on rack before cutting them.
Further additions, use one or a combination of:
* 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts, toasting them first for even better flavor
* 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips
* 1/2 teaspoon mint extract in addition to or in place of the vanilla
* 1/2 cup mashed bananas
* 1/4 cup bourbon, scotch or other whiskey; increase the flour by one tablespoon
* 2 tablespoons of espresso powder with the vanilla
* Stir 1/2 cup dried fruit, especially dried cherries, into the prepared batter
* Top with a vanilla butter cream or chocolate peanut butter cream frosting
Saturday, November 7, 2009
As the nursing students were preparing to leave one of the young ladies came over and said. " I was in your second grade class in Shepard." WOW, a blast from the past! Emily Barnes was a student in the first class that I ever taught! I was so tickled that I introduced her to my class and explained exactly who she was - then another little nursing student, Aimee Percell, came over and said that she had been in one of my sixth grade math classes.
Now this makes teaching rewarding!
I was heading down the driveway and into the garage when I looked over and saw the "Big Boys" in the yard.
This is why hubby and I live in the country! These Boys are a four point and four by five.
The Boys are not to happy with each other, they were both looking for favors from the ladies!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Mrs. Lee had a daughter in college that had traveled to Mexico and so we studied about the country and made little brightly painted piggies out of clay.
The items on the desks are authentic, Dick and Jane books from my early teaching years at Shepard, a slate and school bell that Hubby found for me in Washington DC, and a pair of wire rimmed glasses that were my mother's first pair of specs when she was a little girl.