Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Praise

Life has been busy this past week and I have not posted since last Sunday Praise. Today we go to the city for our youngest grand daughters birthday and I am sure I will have some pictures of that event to post soon. Have a wonderful Sunday. Blessings!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Praise

I will be shopping with my oldest grandson. We are on a mission for some new tennis shoes. He likes to shop which I think is unusual for a boy, so it will be a pleasant trip.

Have a blessed Sunday!

I love this one!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


The feathered ladies have been giving us eight eggs a day this past week. There are twelve of the ladies so four of them need to pick up the pace. We give eggs to our daughters, hubs brother, sister and parents and also to a neighbor that takes care of them if we go away. Everyone smiles when they see these eggs in the cartons.



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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday Sewing

My youngest grand daughter picked out a witch hat at one of the dollar stores that she wanted for her Halloween costume. It really is cute, black with some purple on it. Her mommy my youngest daughter had not found a dress for her to wear it with yet and asked for me to keep my eyes open. So I got thinking...and I remembered a pattern I used to make a costume with when my daughters were little girls. And so I went to search and yes I did still have it. Really I was not to surprised because sewing and crafting things I find very hard to part with.
I found some cute material for the cape to bring in the purple of the hat grand daughter picked out.
I had bought this boa intending to sew it around the bottom of the cape but there was not enough.
But it was long enough for me to hand sew onto the bottom of the dress. I think it gave it just the girlie touch it needed.
The grand daughter this costume is for was born on Halloween and will be wearing it on her birthday. I will post a picture after her birthday so you can see how it looks on our little four year old witchy poo.
On to a different subject. Ladybug went to the groomer this week and is all spiffed up with a new Halloween scarf to sport.
This dog of ours is not cooperative at all when I try and take her picture. I thought she would look so cute sitting by the pumpkin with her new do. But I would push the pumpkin a little closer and back up and say sit and she would back up or turn her head.
So there she is folks in all her finery. One day I will catch her off guard and get a good picture of her. And what is it with dogs, instead of red eye you get blue eyes. I had a couple of pictures that were possibly a little better but the red eye remover does not work on blue eyes. Any other way to fix that?
Thanks for stopping in and as always many blessing to each one of you!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


We celebrated our oldest daughters birthday this past weekend.
Yes she did, she turned 30! Was I ready for that? Nope. I've no idea where all those years went. We had a family party at our house and I made some cupcakes. Daughter number one's favorite cake flavors are yellow with chocolate frosting and pumpkin with cream cheese frosting. Her favorite color right now is pink so I added as much pink as I could come up with to the table.
We had pizzas and bread sticks from my brother in laws pizza joint including dear daughters favorite bacon and tomato.
My middle daughter is the party planner queen and she put together a crafting session for the grandchildren and of course their auntie. The next picture has all grandchildren minus one grandson and all three of our daughters in it.
We had a few small pumpkins from our garden and middle daughter brought more along with some fun craft supplies and everyone started creating their not very spooky pumpkins.
Are not those some cute pumpkins along with some sweet faces?
Did not want to leave out a picture of our youngest grandchild. He was not into the pumpkin crafting quite yet.
Thanks for coming by for a visit. I hope the rest of your week is delightful. Blessings!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cottage Style

My style preference for my home is a combination cottage/farmhouse style. This was easy in the home we lived in for almost 30 years because it was an older home and smaller. We now live in a much more modern ranch style house that is going through some transformation on the interior. I am most comfortable with vintage and older furnishing around me. Hubs likes a more modern look but is content to let me do my thing. I have finished up this little room I sit in a couple hours a day blogging with all of you wonderful bloggers. You may or may not remember a few months ago I showed you a pile of mismatched furnishings here and I am going to show you what they look like now as I show you the before and after pictures of the finished room. This is the paint color and the boarder that was in the room when we bought the home.
When we moved in three years ago we just set up all the extra beds that we used when the grand children visit.
I have replaced these beds with these that I have painted to match.
As you can see, after asking all of you which side of the vintage quilts I should have facing up, I decided to keep the lavender up and turn the green side down as quite a few of you suggested. I am making new quilts to put on the beds in the future and will probably just fold the vintage ones and lay across the ends at that time.
I also painted the odd stands that I had to match the beds. The left one I decoupaged some blue fabric to match the blue in the curtains in the bottom shelf area.
How my computer desk looked before.
This is where it sits and how it looks now.I got the idea on how to cover this lampshade from a tutorial at Mary's Meanderings. I had to do a little adjusting because the lamp shade frame I had bought a few years ago and was hanging around in my stash of junk was a little different. I used a jar that I partially filled with buttons and added one of those light kits to.
I believe I succeeded making this room over to the cottage style that I like. What do you like or dislike about it? I have a couple of chairs to paint and make some cushions for but I will have to get back to that later. I also need to find some or craft some art work for the walls and I will show you what I come up with as it gets done. I know this has been a rather long post with a lot of pictures and you have been very patient with me if you are still reading.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Weekend Boat Tour

Hub's sister and brother in law who live in Texas were visiting here in Michigan this past weekend. Hub's brother took us out on the pontoon boat for a color tour down the Muskegon river Sunday. It was cold but the sky was blue and the sun was shining. We had a wonderful outing. Here is a picture of our visitors.
That is my hubs always whistling, his younger brother the boat owner and brother in law.
I would like to say I did this on purpose. But no I do not know what happened when this picture was taken but I did not want to leave out the only picture I took of the youngest sister. It was just a little too early in the fall for much color yet but there were a few pretty spots.
When you get to the dam it is time to turn around and start back.
We had some gulls that were following in our wake.
Just wanted to show you some lovely people and pretty Michigan waters. Wishing you all a great week! Blessings.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Praise

Have a wonderful Sunday. Blessings.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Apple Butter the Recipe

A few of you have asked for the Apple Butter recipe that I was talking about on my last post so I am going to give it to you here today. As I said in my previous post I have bought a couple of jars of Apple Butter from local orchards and Amish markets over the last few years. I have opened them, tried them once or twice and they sat in the fridge until I tossed them. Now I have to admit that I do not remember if the Apple Butter I ate as a child was home made or if it was just Smuckers but I do know that I liked it. And I think this compares to it really well. I found the recipe listed on a local orchard web sit while looking for the hours that they are opened. So I must give them credit. The orchard is about 1/2 hour from my home and called Anderson & Girls Orchard. This recipe takes the whole day but it is a real easy because you just put everything in the crock pot first thing in the morning.Crock Pot Apple Butter
5-1/2 pounds apples, peeled and finely chopped
4 cups sugar
2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Place apples in slow cooker. Add rest of ingredients and mix will. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 9-11 hours or until thick and dark brown, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 1 more hour. if smoother apple butter is desired, may puree in blender or food mill. Process 10 minutes in hot water bath in pint jars or may freeze.

I did cook for 12 hours total and I did not puree any further.

This was dinner the other night when I had finished canning. It is wonderful and as Lynn at Rocky Creek Scottie commented "it has such a delightful aroma".

Now I have a question that I hope someone can answer. I am having trouble adding my photos. I had to go back to the old editor to upload my pictures. I tried the new editor again today and still had the same problem. It brings up a window that looks totally different and when I try and upload my pictures it just spins its wheels. I could sure use someones help if you have an answer for me.

I hope you all enjoy the recipe and thank you for coming back for it. Blessings!