Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Jan. 2019!

2018 wasn't perfect with all the health issues among us here but it has been all clear and we are all fine. Praise to our Lord for all the blessings. We got a healthy grandchild and son finished law school so we are thankful for these blessings in 2018. It was quiet for the three of us here for New Year's eve. We all enjoy the quietness and peace. Thank you so very much for your visits and kind comments during the past year. We wish each one of you a peaceful, healthy and  happy  new year in 2019!
 Sun dogs in the am
This was our simple Christmas supper table. We usually have supper on the 25th and then open gifts.
Meat loaf using a recipe from Iowa. Recipe at the end of post.

And the sun shines for us all in this planet!
 It's all calm in the village.

 The sun coming up in the morning, it is my favorite time of the day. Sunsets brings feelings of sadness to me but the dawn is happy, hopeful and full of possibilities.
 These were the easy cookies we baked. I have nothing against baking pre-made cookies. We also made some ginger cookies and others that my son likes.
 Creamy wild rice soup recipe  

 We have been getting plenty of snow. We have 8 degrees Fahrenheit out now (-13 Celsius)  and it feels much warmer than last night at -15 (-26.1 Celsius.) However I know that we get a lot colder than this. Let's just hope it doesn't get that cold.
This table wasn't all ready, missing the homemade rolls (gift from someone in church) and there is no salt and pepper shakers at the table. We are the epitome of simplicity. It was only the 3 of us here...ok the two cats also.  Eating black eye peas is a tradition from long time ago. Brazilian style chicken with that is also tradition for us. This was our New Year's eve!
 It was nice to worship and enjoy all the special music.

Happy New Year!! May 2019 be a marvelous year!!  I hope to get a few crochet projects and sewing done in 2019.  Yes there are many things I want to get done in 2019 but I am speaking only of crafts at the moment. What do you want to get done in 2019?  

Glazed Meat Loaf from Iowa.       I always double the ketchup mixture.

1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tab. lemon juice
1 teasp. dry mustard   
( Mix these ingredients and set aside.)

2 lbs lean ground beef
3 slices bread shredded
1/4 cup diced onion
1 egg beaten
1 cube bouillon crumbed (same as 1 teasp.)
3 tab.lemon juice

1- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees (175 C.)
2- In small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and dry mustard until smooth.
3- In large bowl, combine ground beef, shredded bread, onion, egg, bouillon, 3 tab. lemon juice and 1/3 cup of the ketchup mixture until well mixed. Form into a loaf and place in a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
4- Bake 1 hr. Pour reserved ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 10 minutes more.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Merry Christmas!

We wait anxiously for Christmas time around here! It's like the song says :  🎶 " It's the most wonderful time of the year." I am almost done with the preparations and now only need to make a couple of dishes that freezes well so we can take them with us to my mother in law's house.
December early mornings in here are so quiet with colorful horizons.
 Making something to donate to church when done. I will make another v-stitch small blanket with red heart yarn.
 I know Ellie is too young for this but I couldn't resist and got The Secret Garden illustrated by Inga Moore.
 Made some kombucha and also sweet rice for breakfast.
The Christmas tree is up but since I decided to go with all white ornaments this year I don't have a nice star or angel for the tree top that is white. Plan to get one before Christmas. I promised myself not to overfill the tree with ornaments. I do have a fake tree, it seems to discourage the cats from hiding behind the branches. We used to get real trees when our kids were little but now a days it's just me and husband around here. Our son will be here for Christmas!!
 Only the small packages are allowed under the tree.
 Another shawl like the one I made this Summer. This one has earthy Fall colors. Lions Mandala. Crochet needle G6 - 4.25MM
 A few things for pre Christmas fun. I love this fruit! My mom used to remove the seeds, place the pulp in the blender with cold water and some sugar and make a delicious refreshing juice. It's Sour Sop in English, Chirimoya (Spanish), Graviola in Portuguese. It's also eaten plain after it was nice and chilled in the refrigerator for a few minutes. We found it at an Asian store.

 An early Christmas gift, alpaca cloud fingering from Knit Picks.
 At night it's nice to see the light that comes from the tree. I got to use the ornaments my daughter got from a church when they visited Greece.
A lady from our church has lots of lights that looked pretty nice against the black night.
Christmas program at our church.
 The devotional book was given to me as a gift.
Santa already got to Singapore!! Ellie had to take a good look at his face to make sure he was the real deal!! My daughter told me that all the hair, beard and mustache are all his own and real! Fantastic!

Wishing each one of you a peaceful Christmas time! May you experience tranquility, silence and lots of Joy! 


Monday, October 15, 2018


We got a big snow storm on the day of the baptism of our granddaughter. The snow is mostly gone now and the farmers can go back to the fields and finish their harvest. Our daughter has been visiting here for the last 5 weeks. Her husband came on the 8th and we had a fun time with them here. They placed the baby in the snow and took photos. After living in a semi tropical country they missed snow. We did lots of thing together. We went to the pumpkin patch around here and also an apple orchard in Iowa and then Minnesota trip.

 That is the small crochet hat I made for her.
 The family enjoying some the snow at the neighbors yard.
 The park in our town

 It was looking like Fall one day and the next we got the snow storm and the only Fall color leaf is around is sitting behind Ellie. It wasn't terribly cold for an adult but too cold for a baby. She got red nose and purple lips during this outside fun.
 We took a trip to Minnesota and there it is still Fall with all the beautiful Fall colors

 In Minnesota at a site we went to a wedding reception.
At the wedding reception. My husband did a good job toasting his marshmallows. We all enjoyed making our own s'mores.

She liked the shawl I made

 These little libraries are very popular now a days. You take one free book and leave another.

 Green Lake! We stayed here during our visit to MN.
May the days have laughter and tranquility for you and yours.

Friday, August 31, 2018

September is here

I can hardly believe that September starts tomorrow! That is how life passes right in front of our eyes. The schools have already started around here and a lot of the wheat has been harvested. We had cooler days however this week we will have days a couple days nice and warm. I just looked and it says it's 78 degrees Fahrenheit (about 25 degrees Celsius) outside but it will gets cool in the evenings.
I don't have a pattern for the little bunny. I made it from my imagination. Embroidered on face since it's for a young child and needs to have no buttons of other removable parts.
 Got my order from Alicia Paulson. I really like the lotion bar.

 My lantanas did pretty well. Someone said they had it growing like weeds at her place. Well...I wish it was the case here. I had to pay plenty for two plants. Unfortunately it doesn't show that gorgeous shade of peach in photos.
 It is all done!!

 I made some chokecherries syrup for pancakes.

 Our neighbors have a couple horses in their land now and we can see them from our place. I walked closer to get a photo.
 Son is home with us and will stay till he gets the bar exam done and then he will try to get a job somewhere else. Thin plastic as table cover since we will have our grand baby visiting soon and we can count on spills.
 Made pesto with our abundance of basil.
 Loving these pink hydrangeas in front yard.
 Gifts for granddaughter
 Toys now a days are not all that different than the ones from my time. My grandma made some rag doll by hand that were relatively similar to this cat. I love dolls when I was little. What was your favorite toy as a child?

 Sometimes life is a bowl full of cherries.
 That is what we see when we are heading out of town.

May you have a wonderful September. We plan on a visit to an orchard and a country festival this month. Pumpkin buying and making pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, and many other recipes with pumpkin. Of course there will be lots of soups since we all love soups and "soup season" has started!
May your life have quiet moments, beautiful sunsets and lots of love! May the Lord be with each one of you!
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