Thursday, April 21, 2016

April


We visited Des Moines - Iowa after Easter. I know the photos are not the best since they were taken from the inside of the car and the windows are not so clean. Sorry about that! However it might be interesting for some of you who have never been to Des Moines. The Cheese Shop is a great place! I recommend a visit if you like cheeses. We actually drove closer to the dome but was so worried about finding a certain street that I did not took a closer photo but rather this from the highway when we were leaving. Oh those dirty windows in the car! We did a lot of travel that day. Lots of fun.





 This momma was nesting in the parking lot of JoAnn's Fabrics. She hissed at me but never moved.

 Mixed -Berry Cornmeal Cobler . Great served warm with some ice cream on the side.
Ruth is our nephew's little girl and she is getting a baby brother in June! She was just playing outdoors and loved it.

 My husband's nephew and his wife and baby Ruth at grandma's house in Iowa.


The flowers above are growing in the North side of the house. It is so tiny! Wonder what it is.
Recipe for the Mixed - Berry Cobbler
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter at room temperature (1/2 stick)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup all - purpose flour
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Berries:  Toss together all three berries, sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl until well mixed.
Spoon berry mixture into ungreased 8 x 8 x 2 - inch square  baking pan, spreading mixture evenly.
Topping: In same large bowl , beat together sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat eggs and vanilla until well blended.
Mix together the flour, cornmeal,baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture. On low speed, beat just until combined. Beat in the milk, then the remaining flour mixture. Drops the dough by large spoonfuls over the berry mixture. Bake 350 degrees oven for 1 hr and 20 minutes or till golden and fruit is bubbly. Serve warm.


Hugs, and hope for a wonderful April or what is left of it.

Angela

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Happy Easter!

I love this time of the year, the temperatures are not too cold or too warm and earth is just waking up from the long Winter. I also love Easter because it is a time to remember the resurrection of our Lord!
I have also picked a project. This yarn has been in my yarn bucket for awhile so I decided to make a shawl for my daughter.  The pattern is in German but I followed the diagram that is pretty self explanatory.
Here you can find the diagram
Crochet and tea time!
 I made a sample of the pattern with this synthetic worsted yarn first.

I think that this made in a color like ecru would look pretty!
The snow has melted !! This little park is by where we live. The kids in the neighborhood play in there when the weather permits.
 In a few more months there will be water under this bridge and a huge number of frogs.
 This patchwork balls are so cute and easy to make. It's great for babies! There are two more babies coming up this Summer (nephew's kids.) I will make a couple more and use some of these pieces of fabric. A little bell inside adds interest to a young child. The pattern for it can be found here in Melissa's blog,  click here:  Tiny Happy                                                                                                              

   This is the smallest one. You can play with the pattern and make in different sizes.

        Happy Easter!!    We pray for peace!!   

Angela


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Feeling Joyful

It's so nice to get something marvelous and new in the mail. I ordered a few lavender sachets from Monica in Italy and what a Joy it was to get that package yesterday. Oh my goodness, the embroidery is beautifully done. Each one of these are little master pieces and the scent of lavender is heavenly! I love to open drawers that contains lavender sachets.Wish you could sense the perfume through the computer screen.

Monica has better photos of it here in her facebook page

The heart was a gift and it doesn't have lavender inside but all the others have!! What a happy aroma!
I got a gift of embroidered towels by the ladies from church. I love simple sack towels, they are large soft and with embroidery makes it more special.



 I made these the other day. The little paper attached to them is to remind me where they came from and give them credit. The one in the left is from here. The one in the right is from here.
           
    This is a very old crochet book I got in a used book sale. America's Crochet Book by Gertrude Taylor.

Sometimes I like to have just a small smoothie for dinner. I was glad to find the brewer's yeast at the grocery story in the health food area for it adds some vitamin B. The honey I put on a ball jar because I get them in a huge jug and it would be hard to pour. 

 Hope you are having a great day and will have a marvelous week ahead.
Many thanks for taking time to visit and to make a comment. It means a lot to me. Thank you!
May your week be blessed!
XOXO

Angela

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hello!!!

Just a Sunday Hello!!


Pork shoulder roast. I do have one of these old fashioned roaster and really like it.

 Afternoon tea today was about 4 in the afternoon. The little table is our breakfast corner in the kitchen. I keep some of the books we are reading there in a small basket and also our devotional. The A.S. Byatt and the other book are my husband's. Dark chocolate is a treat with some tea. The newspaper, I was reading what my husband wrote. He was asked to introduce himself and that long column on the right of the page was written by him. We moved here last June.

That mug is from the University of Pennsylvania where my son went to college. He graduated already and he is now in law school
  The beautifully carved wood tea box is from India, daughter Mary gave us as a gift. We have a couple of them. I am not sure what metal is used for the detail on top of box. The wood will transfer it's essence to the tea inside, she told me.
I make my own kefir so this way I make sure there is no sugar added to it as it is the case with the ones we buy at the stores. It's delicious with fresh papayas. It works good with any fresh fruit and a bit of honey if one really desires sweetness.

 Mimo, (a.k.a the neighborhood watcher) is taking a break. He is always looking out the window or asking to go outside for a few minutes.
I went out to see if I could spot any animals in nature but as you can see there was only silence and the heavy clouds keeping us under a gray veil. This lake is about 4-5 minutes walk East of the house. 
The road to the lake!

      It's relatively large and it expands to right beyond where the eye can see.
                   Looking just a bit to the right, and the lake keeps going...not an animal in sight.

                                                       We got snow this morning.

 I said: The white snow is all around, it is a white world!  My husband answered: "Well, it must make you happy since you love white."
I will go back to the camera and fix this thing of showing the date on the photos. I apologize!
I have embroidered a "T" this time. I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet. I'm just having fun. I have however ordered a few things from a master in embroidery who is Ms. Monica in Italy. When it all gets here I will show you all. She is an inspiration. If you want to take a look here is a link to her site. Monica- Link  .      
I hope you are having a great Sunday and wish you a wonderful week!! Oh watch for the moon tonight for it promises to be spectacular, and no matter where you live we are in the same earth, under the same moon!! I love to watch the moon don't you? Tonight – February 21, 2016 – the full-looking waxing gibbous moon closely partners with Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion
~xoxo~

Angela





Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

It is a day dedicated to love and living in a planet that needs so much love we need to remember to pass on love to others. Give your loved ones a big hug and your attention and that is a great gift.










We plan on having such a cozy supper. I promised myself to polish and paint my nails red. He likes things kept simple. Chicken soup, The Pioneer woman has this recipe that we both love and I have made several times and instead of using a whole chicken I use chicken breasts cut up. Chocolate cupcakes. I know I do a terrible job decorating but hey it tastes good. We do plan in going to a restaurant for dinner Sunday in early afternoon for a proper celebration. Sorry for the quality of these photos. It's always so dark around here in the Winter.
Not sure if to make him a card using these little accordion hearts and ribbons which I have a few or just give him the "Monet" card. I think it is good when you create your own card. It's more personal and meaningful. It is just the two of us here and no children so we must make an effort to be romantic this Valentine's Day. I do wish you a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!
 XOXO

Angela