Sunday, January 25, 2015

Apple Box Oven

I just think this looks like fun.  I have printed the directions and plan to make this.  It would be so fun for camping to cook outside without heating up the camper of if you are tent camping you have a very inexpensive real oven.

Apple Box Oven Directions

Friday, January 16, 2015

$2.99 Lesson

$2.99 lesson.

I realize $2.99 is not a lot but enough to catch my attention.  Did you know you can't turn 1-click off on Amazon for the purchase of a kindle books...  I thought the book was free, I clicked the button and immediately realized the oops but thought there would be a verification for the order so could back out.  Not so, not with kindle its a purchase.

If it was a good book I would have been okay with it but unfortunately it was nothing more than a list of items I could have gotten from Google or YouTube for free...  live and learn - chalk it up to learn.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Gingerbread Houses

Merry Christmas!

This was the activity for the little girls Christmas Day afternoon.

When I saw the boxed versions at the store I thought they were a bit pricey...  And my first thought was I can make those and buy all the candy for the price of one.
Which is true - well at least the price of two and I needed four.
So began the process.  I found a great recipe for gingerbread via Martha Stewart Living.
Baked up four houses (one batch of gingerbread dough made two houses)

These I had done before the little ones arrived.  
When the little girls were here we broke-up butterscotch candies to make the windows for window glass.  (275 degrees for 10 minutes, apx.)
The front 'stained glass window' is different color lifesavers crunched up and done the same way.
We used stiff royal icing for the 'construction' compound.  

Up to this point all went really well.
 Then the put-it-together process began, what a hoot.
  We would get things together and then add another piece and the structure would come apart.  Patience was needed.
(At this point I was thinking paying for the prefab houses would have been well worth the money...) 
 But my dear daughters - in - love had  great patience and stuck with the projects helping the girls hold walls and roofs until the frosting was set. 
Now the decorating began.  I think as many candies were eaten as are on the houses.  Our youngest loved the 'roofing'.  She ate her way through enough 'shingles' for a whole house.  :-)
The table was covered with royal icing as were the girls.  The dogs loved it if something made it to the floor and did their part by cleaning up.

But memories were made and fun was had by all.
We cleaned up the table and the girls and then got a few photos so we will have record of the final product.

Hope you too had a fun Christmas project.
a little bird

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Reason We Celebrate.

I wish you a blessed and beautiful Christmas.

Jesus came to earth to give us a way to heaven.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

l'chiam - to life

Kurt slipped away Wednesday evening.  His journey in this world came to an end.  He is now in paradise with Jesus.  Craig and I are now turning our focus from care giving back to life.  Christmas is coming.  I think it will be quieter and more subdued than some but a true celebration of the real meaning of Christmas.

Jesus came to earth to give us a way to heaven.

My dear brother-in-law accepted that gift of grace.  He believed that Jesus was the son of God.  He believed that Jesus loved him and he loved Jesus.

That fact has made his passing easier for us.  It doesn't mean that we don't miss the person but it gives us peace knowing where he is.

Last night our deep thinker, 4 year old, granddaughter said, I miss Uncle Kurt.  Mimi where is he?  I said, "he died, he passed away he is in heaven."  Her immediate response, "did he find God?".  "Yes, Gem he did."   Ah peace.  She was at peace about it and ran off to play.

Our 6 year old granddaughter had profound words of wisdom as well.  When she was here this past Sunday she cut a Christmas  ornament out of paper and wrote on it, "He uses us to love other people".  How true.

Thank you for your prayers as we traveled this road.  They were answered.
God is good.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shout out for the VA and Hospice

I would like to give a BIG shout out for the VA and Hospice.

These people are amazing.    There has been negative press in the news about the VA.  But all we have seen are amazing people doing a wonderful job.  Both agencies have treated my brother-in-law with respect and dignity.  

We are all doing well and hanging in there as we go through this process.  It is amazing how our daily devotions seem to speak to the moment.

Here are two that have really stood out lately.  God is good all the time!

a little bird

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time Out!

I will be taking a 'time out'.

My husband's brother has come to live with us and he is quite ill.
Our time focus has been redirected for the time being.

Your prayers for our family as we move forward would be much appreciated.

a little bird

Monday, October 6, 2014

Still Here - Just Busy

I'm still here, we have just been very busy.  We've been canning, dehydrating and freezing.
My daughters in love too have been canning and making beautiful items for their families this winter.
We have all been trying to 'put by' before the snow begins to fly and the gardens are done for the year.

DH and I made a very quick trip to Michigan to see family.  We took a week and our motto was divide and conquer.  DH spent time helping his mother and I spent my days with my mom trying to do some little things while we were there.

We did silly things really.  I cut mom's hair, took her shopping, drove her to see my sister and husband, shared a cup of coffee and conversation.  We did all get out together for steak dinner and I even got an afternoon with my  youngest sister for lunch and some fun shopping.  So really we accomplished quite a bit since we only had 4 days.

We are back to our 'pay money' jobs now as well as home to continue to tuck items away while the beautiful fall lasts.  One more load of wood is on the list just to make sure there is plenty for winter.  I have tomatoes on the vine and when we have a frost I will have grapes to juice as well.  So we are here and plugging along... just hasn't been a lot of time for blogging.
Hope you are having a beautiful fall and putting by for winter.
a little bird

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