Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sunshine!

Finally sunshine ! We had rain yesterday but today it's beautiful and sunny. That rain was great to make the grass green!!  Since I finishes my last crochet project I am thinking about another one. A baby blanket that is simple like the other ones I made.  Mint green is a gentle color that somehow looks like something good to eat. My daughter likes this shade of green.

 Another light green thing, this is Brazilian Lemonade. Recipe will be posted below if you want to try.
I place a couple of ice cubes in the glass first then poured over it. The lemonade was nice chilled for an hour before serving.
Hurray!!  I finally finished the alphabet sampler I got from Alicia Paulson. I will now figure out how to frame it. Need to press iron to the back of it first.
 This lovely couple was enjoying the little bit of water by the park. This is the park near our backyard. The city keeps this little park very clean but there was this plastic bag right by the cute ducks.


 I planted just a tiny bit of muscari in the yard. I am delighted it's blooming!
I like pink flowers also. This is at my neighbors yard, and I was told it's a flowering almond tree.

 This is in front of the tiny post office here in town. I think our post office here is the same size as a kitchen. It's very small but very cute. It's a crab apple tree I believe!?
Clear skies!
The tree in front of the house is now getting it's brand new leaves. I love that shade of green of the new leaves, don't you?
Aunt Jemima Puddle Duck and her husband ?
Looks almost edible!
Busy days ahead! Soon I will be teaching Vacation Bible School. We are watching the new episodes of Call The Midwife. Started watching Father Brown. The series are inspired by the works of GK Chesterton. It's very entertaining.  Here it's the recipe for the Brazilian Lemonade.

   BRAZILIAN LEMONADE

                                    1/3 cup condensed milk (sweet)
         1/3 cup sugar
 3 limes 
         4 cups water

Cut limes in fourths, remove seeds. Place the whole thing in the blender -  skin and all.  Blend till smooth for about 4 minutes. Sieve it afterwards to take away the fiber. Serve with ice. 
Carb info: 1/4 of this recipe has 35.2 gr of carbs.  Enjoy!

Hope your days are lovely and full of sunshine.

xoxo

Angela

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April still

Snow in North Dakota this time of the year is not out of the ordinary but I was getting so happy with all the nice temps and the sunshine. My facebook friends from Finland had a few photos of the snow they got. I informed one of them that I wasn't to envious of their snow since we just plenty of it now. One might as well use humour in these situations.
I a cute crochet doily from my mom in law that belonged to her mother. I made a couple of copies of it. I might use it as placemates.
Poor flowers in snow 
 It got a lot more snow than it shows here.

 I had to try Irish Soda Bread with soup even if it isn't St. Patric's Day. Recipe from Ina Garten which Looks beautiful but it's best when warm for after it's cold it gets a bit dry. Tastes great too. This recipe   The recipe was from Karen's blog click here for the link to her blog ..Quarter Acre Dandelion Farm.    Karen posted the recipe at her March 18th post.
 This is the crochet I gave to church.

 This is the other blanket, the one made with wool and this is laying in a queen size bed. It measures 72" long  x 57" wide.
 I made a simple border

 Very interesting book. I love the color of this yarn, need to buy more of it so I can make something interesting with it. It's that washable Peruvian wool from Knit Picks.
 The neiborhood watcher is keeping his eyes open....there is a field in front of the window so he watches squirrels, birds and rabbits.

 A new embroidery kit from Alicia Paulson. Mimo had to inspect it all. I think it passed inspection.


 Husband holding the smaller crochet blanket I gave to church.
Hope this has been a great week so far and may the Lord been blessing you greatly!! Hope to visit your blogs soon. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April!

We have had cool mornings since Spring started officially. The temp now is 52 degrees and quite windy. I have been so busy but now just a few moments to create a post and say hi! Do you remember when I mentioned this lap quilt/baby quilt? From here. I finally finished it. It's my first attempt to make a quilt. I am so excited!  I have never made anything like this before. So this is not perfect but it was a good learning opportunity. This gives me hope that I may be able to get one of Alicia Paulson's quilt's someday, maybe!


Flowers are starting to grow around the house.
 My daughter asked me for my recipe for granola so I had a desire to make granola again. It has honey and maple syrup, dried fruits like cherries, cranberries. coconut and blueberries. It also asks for raisins but since I had two cups of all the other dried fruits I did not put raisins in this time.
 Two quart jars full with yummy granola. I love this recipe with all the dried fruits.
 Spring is in the air.
My friend Paula (from church) gave me a great recipe for rice pudding. I added some cardamon to it which wasn't asked for in her recipe. I also did not added raisins or cinnamon. Added two tablespoons of condensed milk to it.

 This lake is just about 4-5 minutes walk from where we live.
 I finished this one and it's ready to be donated to church.
We had some very foggy mornings. It looks spooky but beautiful as well. This is our neighbor's

 The park is right after our backyard.
I hope to have time for a pic-nick and a walk by the lake this week. I also want to start embroidering something.  I just saw the movie "The Dressmaker" and thought it to be interesting.  Have you seen any interesting movies lately? We are watching "Call The Midwife." Also Murdock mysteries. Netflix is so good for that.  Are you watching anything you really like ? 

Rice Pudding recipe

          3 1/2 cups of milk
                                  1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
    1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
      1/2 cup raisins
  1 tsp vanilla

        

 In a large saucepan combine milk, rice, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stir constantly. Pour in greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
       Cover abd bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Add vanilla and raisins.
Cover and bake and additional 15 min. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you wish and store in the refrigerator.


Granola Recipe

   3 cups rolled oats
                                            1/2 cup coconut flakes (I use unsweetened)
               3 Tablespoons flax seeds
                     3 Tablespoons sesame seeds
                                  1/4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
                                                              1/2 toasted mixed nuts, chopped ( I use pecans and or almonds)
           2 teaspoons cinnamon
     1 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 cup canola oil
        2 Tablespoon honey
                          1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
                         2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
                                                                     2 cups mixed dried fruit (I use raisins, dried cherries, dried                                blueberries and dried cranberries.)

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl          combine all the ingredients except the dried fruit. Stir well to incorporate. Spread the mixture on the  prepared baking sheet, spreading it out into an even layer. Bake 20-30 min. (depend on the depth of     goldness you like) stirring every 10 min. Remove granola from oven and cool completely on the pan
on wire rack. Once it's cool mix the dried fruit. Keep in air tight container. You may freeze it also.
You may use the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 23 minutes as another option.




xoxo
Angela

Friday, March 3, 2017

March!!

We are enjoying the weather since it's no longer in the negative digits! Tomorrow will get around 50 degrees, hurray! I have had my share of scary days, emergency room visit and back and forth to doctors. Hope now this blood pressure problem will be solved.  It was fun to make this bunting banner. It makes for a nice gift for baby's room or someone's birthday celebration. You can make it in any color combination you like.
I printed a pattern from a link I found in Pinterest.
 Based on Monica's embroidery. Of course my branches are a bit of a mess here.
 Happy St. Pat's Day!
I love to cover our plain match boxes with something less colorful. I used part of our church bulletin and also part of a music sheet my husband had it laying around. 
You can cover with whatever pretty paper you have available.
 I also like to make my own cards whenever possible. I used some of my own photos too so this way people get a bit of my own art. We used to live right by this lake you see in a couple of these photos.




Got this from someone else who really believes that I could finish this....humm..I don't think I can.
 Husband is the bread maker of the house.
 He made his "natural gargle" with vinegar and salt and placed in this jar. The problem was that he used cider vinegar and not white vinegar so that jar looked awful in the bathroom. I feared someone would see and think he had a urine sample ready for the lab. I made a crochet cover for the lid and a last minute label. It still looks funky but it's much better now believe me!
 Ohh, we both loved this movie. It is a Finnish movie and it has content. I highly recommend it.

Wishing a wonderful month of March for everyone!
Hugs,

Angela