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.


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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is around the corner. I no longer decorate the house as when we had small children. I do however put a few things at the table just to remind us. I love these cross stitched place mates made in Brazil. Star fruit shows up at the grocery store this time of the year.

 These sleepers came from Finland. It was a gift from a doctor that I worked with a few years ago. It was "filled" with pieces of leather, the same leather that sleepers were  made of.

 Love the delicate blossoms in Muscari.
 This is made with lamb's wool. It was handmade in Chile- SA. We lived there for 3 years. This is a bit longer than 5 feet long. It is heavy and being a bit thick so I don't use it as a rug. I had it away and this week decided to take it out to enjoy it while Winter still here.

 Showing the progress in this blanket.

 I got a few things to read. I want to make something from the Scandinavian Baking Book. I love "The Littles" deep inside I still a child. Got The Book Of Virtue for a bargain at a library book sale.
 Neighborhood watcher Mimo
 Mr. Fito
 Winter still has a presence here. We hope that in 6 weeks it will be gone. I hear that this weekend it's getting warmer and it will give us a break. It's only 6 degrees. I took awhile to post since I have been feeling weird with high blood pressure. My TSH is very low at 0.02 ( I am on Synthroid) but the nurse who cares for me simple gave me bp meds instead of finding out the reason why this tsh is so low. I am taking bp meds now but feeling dizzy. Are any of you out there on BP meds?
Happy Valentine's Day!! 
Hugs,
Angela

Monday, January 16, 2017

Crochet, snow and book

The Christmas Wish is a great book with mesmerizing illustrations and a sweet and tender story. The mug was a gift from our son and he got it at his Alma mater, University Of Pennsylvania. Writing some notes to friends who sent us cards at Christmas time.


 I have used this recipe for Pannukakku for a few years now. It was first published in Martha Steward Living magazine years ago.  Click here for recipe ...pannukakku  .  I was told that Finns have this on Thursdays with pea soup, any Finns out there if this isn't true please correct me here.
 Cardamon once removed from the pods are surely tiny but a very potent spice.
Although the recipe asks for a cast iron pan I do not always use my cast iron but and sometimes use this pan and it works fine.
 It's usually served with Lingonberry or Cloudberry Jam however any jam should be fine. Sorry for the mess but in this house it's the husband and me only so we go very casual most of the time.

 There is probably about one thousand people working in this same granny project right now.
 Paw prints in our walkway.

Wishing a wonderful January for everyone!
Hugs,
Angela

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January days

January blessings, our son had safe travels back to school. Daughter and her husband also had safe travels to and from Bali and Gili Islands. Husband has been managing the icy roads ok around here. We are thankful for these blessings! I got a Tomte (Tomten), ( Santa Claus)  It was a gift and it was said it brings good luck. I want to get the book "The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren but it seems to be unavailable now. I may have to buy a used one somewhere. The kids in the family will like it.
Back door has a cap!
 Un update on those paperwhites



This is Mungunza!! Brazilian Mungunza. I love this for breakfast! I prefer served nice and warm.  Hominy, milk, some coconut and cinnamon. The recipe will be posted below.
Brazilian Mungunza with cinnamon on top.

A few years ago a pen pal sent me a huge box full of books and newpapers from Finland when I told him I was trying to learn Finnish. I have not learned well but lately I have thought about getting to brush up a bit since I heard it is good for an aging brain to keep learning things. I have forgotten a lot of the little Finnish I had learned, which is a shame since I love that language.


Here is the recipe for Brazilian Mungunza


2 (15oz) cans of  white hominy
1 and 1/2 can of whole milk
3/4 can of sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup thick coconut milk ( I used a can)
1 stick of cinnamon
6 cloves

Drain the hominy add the milks, the cinnamon stick, the coconut flakes, cinnamon stick and cloves to the pan and cook for 20 minutes. Stir it occasionally.  When done remove the cinnamon stick and the cloves from the pan. Transfer to serving plates or ramekins if serving as dessert. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Serve warm or chilled. 
May your days be full of wonder and new learning opportunities!
Hugs,
Angela