Monday, November 21, 2016

November 2016

It's about Thanksgiving. The year has passed rather quickly. The days are cooler here in ND however no snow yet and I am not complaining. I love to see some snow but it would be nicer if it stayed only for a couple of months or so. We are going to Iowa for Thanksgiving and I look forward to it. There is something nurturing and comfortable about the small town where we stay. It's so nice to be back there and see so many familiar faces. My daughter has been inquiring about making crochet stars. I made one by looking at a photo in the internet. It looks ok, don't you think?? I am curious about what she will make with her stars. A garland??? Tree ornaments? Add to the top of Christmas gifts? I 'm making a scarf and hat to donate to our church...we prepare a shoe box with some goodies for a child. I  will make these crochet items but also will add chocolates, game, puzzles and other fun things I may find.

An early Christmas gift from Japan
 A Christmas gift from Brazil....Hurray soaps...have I told you that I looove bath soaps? It is the first thing I look to buy when visiting places here in the US and abroad.
 Gift being organized to send to Brazil...there is a chocolate soap there and a cinnamon soap, these are going to my sister who also shares the love for soaps. I am ok with liquid soap but it's so nice to have your own bar of soap in your hands at bath time.
 I took a break this afternoon and made some of the tea my daughter bought from India. She was just here visiting. She did marvelous travels through India and got me some wonderful teas. I made the Sungma Second Flush this time. She also gave some Arya (Muscatle) Second Flush 2014 and Thurbo First Flush. She was pretty serious in giving me directions about which ones I can add milk and the ones I should not and also about the time to brew. One of them the brew time is just a few seconds. All I could say was whau!! The flavor is like no other. My mouth feels privileged.
 I added some milk to this and it was divine.  I will surely miss them when it's all gone and she now just moved to Singapore with her husband.
 Oh the muffins were pretty good also. Dutch Apple Pie Muffins. I got the recipe from
I love to live in a rural community where I can see cows from the front of the house. It gives me such a sense of serenity and peace. It feels like a secret "last secluded place on earth."
 That is what our trees looks like now, sleeping till next year. The sky is gray and the air is crispy.
 The farmers had a great harvest. The elevator here in town have two huge amounts of corn and soy beans in front on the ground. The many trucks are coming and going working on it.

 A Lutheran church nearby...cute to see the steeple against the gray sky.
I have cooked many dishes and have them frozen to take to Iowa for our Thanksgiving feast. We do have many things to be thankful despite the world being a bit of a sad place. I wish each one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


This is a crochet rug that my mom gave to my daughter.  The color is ecru. Easy to reproduce.

Below is a set of covers for toss pillows.
Most of the time I make acorn squash with brown sugar and butter in center but was so happy to try daughter's recipe. We all enjoyed it. It has rice, mushrooms and we added pecans and Parmesan cheese to the stuffing which wasn't in the original recipe. This recipe is pretty close to the one she uses at her home. I believe she found at
 In our way from the gym we saw some beautiful Fall colors.
 We made a small pre-Thanksgiving meal since daughter will not be here for that and hasn't been for the last 5 years. We had turkey breasts, fresh cranberry sauce, carrot casserole, massed potatoes, sweet potatoes casserole, homemade rolls and our favorite pumpkin pie.
 The sun from the window wasn't the best for photos.
Front of house....yeah I was have been leaning to the side when took photo.
 On side of house.
 Just a few herbs to dry.
 This is for Rhonda who wanted to see a close up of this tablecloth I had in the last photo.
 We love Anne Of Green Gables and made Marilla's Plum Tart. We have all the books and still have the old VHS that the kids had long time ago.  For recipe click here

Daughter knows that I love all kinds of bars of soaps, when I travel overseas I bring some home with me. She got this one from Turkey. Turkey baths... The coasters are part of some that I made to give as part of a bridal gift.
I hope the this beautiful Autumn finds you enjoying the weather!!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

This visit to Iowa was fun. Our daughter is here (from India) and she needed to go to Iowa to visit her grandma and her brother. We also went to a wedding awhile there.  In our way back we stopped in Eldon - Iowa to see the house that inspired Grant Wood to paint "American Gothic, one of the most recognized paintings in the world." The day we were there was a Sunday so the adjacent American Gothic House Center was closed.  If the center was open we would have been given costumes to wear and take photos in front of the house. Oh, well, next time perhaps? 

 Our daughter getting a shot.
 My family busy reading the info provided.

 Our kids in a silly shot.

Info about the Gothic House.
Lots of wind mills can be seen when travelling in Iowa.

Back in North Dakota

 Found these in our yard.  Looks poisonous.
 Wanted to try this for the health benefits but it took so long to get here. I had forgotten I had ordered then I see that it came from England. No wonder there was a delay. This is not alcoholic. I add some sparkling water to it. Of course one can add white wine to it if one wants it to be alcoholic.This one is just a sugary syrup.
 Daughter got these lovely dainty crochet pieces when she travelling in Turkey. She was at Sirince Village and it was all being sold by a very elderly lady. She did a great job, it must have been a fine needle and thread. I added the measuring tape to photo to give an idea of how diminutive this is.

 These in cream color (beige) although not as tiny as the previous one still quite small also.
 This embroidered table linen was given to me as a gift.
 My daughter was surprised that they have vineyards in Iowa so she bought a couple of bottles to try.
 From Iowa with love!
Thank you all that took time to stop by and leave a comment. I appreciate it very much.
We are enjoying our daughter's visit here. Autumn colors are around us now and the temperatures are just marvelous this time of the year!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lovely Days!

Tiny apples.

That is Lemon balm tea and lemon Balm plant under. The flavor is delicious. I love the herbs I have going in a corner of the garden. My tomatoes still green however a few ladies from church have given me some of their tomatoes that are already nice and ripe. The small park by our back yard is now so green and lively! I do not see a great amount of frogs out of there this year as we got it last year. Hibiscus tea is supposed to be good for your blood pressure so I make sure to have a cup a day and there is no need to add sweetener for the flavor is pleasant. The color of the tea is so pretty. The opening of the Olympics in Rio - Brazil was fantastic! Brazil had a fantastic show despite the issues that country has. It was beautiful! Good luck to all the athletes! That is crab apple, they had a lovely tree at the camp we visited as a group yesterday. The children surely had fun! The group is from our church and we passed the whole day at camp. What a beautiful place with lots of things for the children to play and have fun.  In the coffee table a few things I am currently reading. That is the first time I am reading anything by Maeve Binchy. I was looking for something light. 
Wishing for lovely Summer days for each one of you!