Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sweet Baby - Trisomy 18

My little brother and his wife just had their third baby this past week. She is a beautiful angel. She also has Trisomy 18. It is important to get information out there about Trisomy 18. You can't change anything about it but you can be informed. The information out there can give comfort to families that are blessed with these pure sweet babies.
You can read little Josephine's sweet story here. I first read about Trisomy 18 at Diamonds, Fur, and Laundry. She shared her sweet story of William there.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tiger Milk

I love that name. It is so descriptive. My children love it too. This is a treat my mom used to make for me when I was little. I think we called them peanut butter balls or something like that.
They are really yummy and packed with good things for you. They make a great after school snack or a great family treat that takes the place of sugared treats.

Tiger milk

Tiger Milk

1 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter

I put this in the food processor or you can mix by hand.

We also add
1/2 cup chopped raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 cup coconut (unsweetened)

Variations: Try adding 1/2 cup of:
miniature marshmallows chopped
dates chopped dried
crushed graham crackers
chopped nuts, roasted
rice crispies
chocolate chips
toasted coconut
pumpkin seeds, roasted
sunflower seeds, roasted

Mix all together and press into square cake pan. Cut and wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Blueberry Pie

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When did I decided that pie was for me? The first time I had blueberry pie. I don't know how old I was. I remember being at my grandfather's house for Thanksgiving. I remember being in the kitchen, listening to my mother and my older sister's talking and laughing. Then came the pies. There were so many and they were all so good. I already liked pie better to cake any day but when my mouth closed on the forkful of flaky crust, tart fruit, and sweet syrup, ... oh my I love pie! I knew I had to make pie. From then on I listened when pie was talked about, watched when pie was made, read about pie in every cookbook I got my hands on.
So in honor of that early pie memory, here is my favorite blueberry pie recipe. It calls for frozen blueberries which is why I love it but fresh can also be used. Just blend some up in the blender to get the juice needed.

Blueberry Pie

Pastry for 2-crust pie
3 cups frozen blueberries (unsweetened)
Blueberry juice (drained from the thawed berries)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp quick cooking tapioca
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp. lemon juice

Thaw the berries and drain off the juice. Add enough water to the juice to make 1/2 cup liquid. Pour into a sauce pan and add the sugar, tapioca, cornstarch and stir. Cook quickly until thickened. Set aside to cool.
Add berries and lemon juice to the cooled juice. Pour filling into your pastry lined pie pan. Add a top crust and cut vents and flute the edges.
Bake at 425*F for 30 minutes.

This pie is great warm or cold, with or without ice cream.
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I think my little peep liked it.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Just 5 minutes for Prop 8

My big brother Howard is campaigning for Proposition 8 in California.

The proposition 8 is rather interesting. On the surface it looks like hate laws designed to take away the rights of homosexuals. However it seems to be designed to protect the rights of millions of family members all over the country. How so? What happens in California usually spreads across the country in time. This video clip illustrates what is already happening in Main because of the gay marriage laws there. I was surprised and very interested in the clip show. If you are wondering how Porp 8 can affect you and your family, please watch this. I know that by posting this I will make myself and my blog pretty unpopular but that wasn't want I created it for. I think our children have rights too and that as families we have rights to teach them what we believe.

Here are a few more things that I have found about Prop 8.
1. Children in public schools will have to be taught that same-sex marriage is just as good as traditional marriage.
The California Education Code already requires that health education classes instruct children about marriage. (§51890)
Therefore, unless Proposition 8 passes, children will be taught that marriage between any two adults is of the same worth, regardless of gender. There will be serious clashes between the secular school system and the right of parents to teach their children their own values and beliefs.

2. Churches may be sued over their tax exempt status if they refuse to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their religious buildings open to the public. Ask whether your pastor, priest, minister, bishop, or rabbi is ready to perform such marriages in your chapels and sanctuaries.

3. Religious adoption agencies will be challenged by government agencies to give up their long-held right to place children only in homes with both a mother and a father. Catholic Charities in Boston already had to stop providing adoption services in Massachusetts because courts legalized same-sex marriage there.

4. Religions that sponsor private schools with married student housing may be required to provide housing for same-sex couples, even if counter to church doctrine, or risk lawsuits over tax exemptions and related benefits.

5. Ministers who preach against same-sex marriages may be sued for hate speech and risk government fines. It already happened in Canada, a country that legalized gay marriage. A recent California court held that municipal employees may not say: "traditional marriage," or "family values" because, after the same-sex marriage case, it is "hate speech."

6. It will cost you money. This change in the definition of marriage will bring a cascade of lawsuits, including some already lost (e.g., photographers cannot now refuse to photograph gay marriages; doctors cannot now refuse to perform artificial insemination of gays even given other willing doctors). Even if courts eventually find in favor of a defender of traditional marriage (highly improbable given today's activist judges), think of the money – your money – that will be spent on such legal battles.

will define the word "marriage" by adding 14 words to the California State Constitution:

"Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

will mean the State has no definition for the word "marriage" and will leave the term open to interpretation.

For more information check out What is Prop 8?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Holiday Hostess Flirty Apron Swap

Originally uploaded by shawneeh
Shawnee over at tp:// is hostessing a most fabulous Holiday Hostess apron swap. This one is for a glamourous apron. It sounds like so much fun!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Farm Girl Fest 2008

A week ago my friend Vea and I ran off to Carthage MO with our girls and participated in the First Annual Farm Girl Fest at Red Oaks 2.
We had so much fun.
Red Oaks is a vintage farm/village that the artist Lowell Davis has recreated in Carthage MO.

We shared a craft booth together.

Vea sold Rag Rug Looms that her husband Brent built. They are fabulous.
She also had quilts and other crafts.
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I have it from a good source that these looms and instructions will be going on sell at Etsy soon. There might even be a featured giveaway here too.

I had my modge podge of crafts. I mostly sold my soap. I also whipped up some of my Zina B dresses and had them displayed there.
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I have a few extra left that I just might put in my Etsy Shop. We will see.

Our girls had a fun day as well enjoying the other crafters, listening to great folk music, riding the free hay ride many times, and just playing at the festival.
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They hay ride was pretty fun and a great way to see the whole farm.

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Here they are discussing their next plan for the day.

Here are some fun shots of the Festival and the fun at Red Oaks 2.

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This guy did a wonderful job of making sore every visitor was greeted with a big smile.

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This vintage gas station was to die for. I love the colors!

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I love this bright little farm house. I love color.

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This couple was so welcoming. hee hee

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This is the kind of tree that I think I could grow in my yard. I don't think the goats could kill this one.

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I understand that Mr Davis rents and even sells some of these homes. This one is so lovely.

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I will have to give this a try. I have always wanted a garden gate covered with vines.

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I think that the Byrd house also needs one of these in the yard. What do you think?

I got to use Vea's Camera thanks to Brent. I forgot and left mine home of course. They still had lovely flowers growing in the gardens there.
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I can't wait for the Second Annual Farm Girl Fest in Carthage MO.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Apple Pie Filling for Canning - Tutorial - PPP

I have never tried this before. My friends Diana and Jill have talked me into giving it a whirl. Since I did have an abundance of fabulous apples this year I figured I would try.

So here are the ingredients you will need.
6 quarts of peeled and sliced apples (good sweet and tart apples)
1 1/2 cups Clear Jel
3 cups sugar
5 cups apple juice (can use water if you don't have any juice)
2 cups water
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Now for how to do it.

1. Start with good tart apples. Tart means tangy and sweet like Jonathan, Macintosh, Jonagold, or even Fuji and NOT sour like Granny Smith apples.

Apple Harvest

2. Peel and slice your apples. You can put them on an apple peeler, corer, slicer if you have it or do it by hand.

Sliced Apples

3. Place the apples in a large pot with some water and steam/boil them for 4 to 6 minutes depending on how soft your apples are. Take them right off the heat and drain them. Save that water to use as your water later in the recipe.

4. Mix the clear jel, sugar, juice, water, salt and cinnamon in a large pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. This will get really thick really fast.
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(Sorry my stove top was filthy with canning crud on it all day from making loads of apple sauce.)

5. Add the apples to the jel stuff and mix well. Pour it into clean, sterilized jars and process in a water bath canner or steam canner for about 25 minutes. It makes about 7 quarts pie filling.

Apple Pie Filling
There you have yummy apple pie filling just waiting to be poured into a crust and baked. I understand that this isn't enough to make a pie. You will need 1 1/2 jars to make one good sized pie. So I guess that means you would have to use three jars and make two pies. Hmmm.... What is better than a hot apple pie? Two hot apple pies. hee hee

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Late Winner

Oh my Gosh! I totally forgot to pick a winner from the lip-stick giveaway. What a goober!

Prepared to sew

I promised a lipstick and some little goodies.


The winner is .......

AmyK said...
So if you're sewing an apron, does that mean you have to toss flour across your face, dip your hands in molasses, and stick a wooden spoon in your hair?I did enjoy that as much as you did. What a funny read! Oh how times have changed.

Check out her blog Homemaking for Kings. It is fabulous. I love the Tackle It Tuesdays.

Sorry to have totally forgotten. The treat is on it's way.
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