Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Today has extra special meaning. One of our own is ill. Frank was diagnosed with leukemia several months ago. He will have a bone marrow transplant after the first of the year.
We made up this basket and it sold at the auction for $650. Another basket sold for $300. One game of blackout bingo raised $250. The managers threw in $500 and together Frank was given over $2000!
This is Frank looking at his cash.
The rest of the auction money would be divided among families in the area with needs. That is after the Coop matches our donations.
Lots of employees make items to auction off. Joe is an excellent carver. This is his coon dog he carved. It sold for $300 and was bought by Bradley.
Joe also turned a beautiful cedar bowl which sold for $150. Some times he brings split oak baskets. He splits the wood and his wife weaves them. They are always a hit and are greatly desired.
BT had donated a hand forged steak turner, forged cork screw and a garden shovel. These items bought in $117.00. My 6 pint jars of Blackberry jelly made $60.
Many, many items were sold, homemade pies, a hand crochet baby afghan, used office furniture, well used tools, fishing poles, moon shine, plenty of Missouri made wine and lots of gift baskets.
Here is Wegman with his basket featuring Victoria Secret undies. Of which he modeled for the camera.
Justin and his panties
Lunch was provided by a couple of employees coming in a 6 AM to BBQ ribs for us. They were melt in your mouth good!
This is Mike. Some day he will learn to never leave his soda on the table when going to the restroom. Someone punched a small hole just below the tab. When you drink it dribbles down your front. He took the joke well.
Today we spent a few hours with fellow employees, raising money for those in need, sharing good times and eating great food. Thanks to our employer for giving us this time to share the holiday spirit.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Now I have one day to clean house and plan my meal for Christmas night. the DIL loves fried chicken instead of turkey. As do the 2 grandsons. So fried chicken it will be. That is if I remember to remind the hubby to pick the chicken up at the butcher shop on Christmas eve day. If you can fry the chicken without it ever being frozen it is so much better.
Today I finished shopping. Yeppers I bought the last two presents today. I usually have my act a little more together but this year it is lacking. Can I blame it on the economy, the election, the weather, or the fact of getting older? I don't know.
I made an old family recipe from my mother in law yesterday. It is so good. Especially since BT and I have been picking out Missouri black walnuts. If you'd like to try it here is the recipe:
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
3 cups cornflakes
3 egg whites
1 cup nuts (we used black walnuts)
Beat egg whites until stiff. Add sugar and beat. then add coconut, nuts and corn flakes. Bet well and drop on ungreased cookies sheet using a teaspoon. Bake 300 20 minutes.
8:30 pm, 24 degress and a winter storm warning has been posted!
Monday, December 15, 2008
at 5:20 it was 48.2
8:00 32.4 and it is raining. Freezing rain is coming down. They are calling for a winter storm warning with ice and up to 3 inches of snow. I work for an Electric Cooperative. Do you know what this means to us? OVERTIME
Otherwise it was a beautiful weekend. BT and I worked in the backyard all day Saturday. While he used the chain saw to take down the trees, I piled the brush. The wind was gusting up to 40 MPH. Sometimes the brush beat me back to the ground before I got it to the top of the pile.
Saturday night after church, we met Eric, Kathy and little Colten at LaBamba. I had something new to me, Taco al Pastor. OMG were they good. It's pork marinated and they cook it with pineapple. They put that inside their homemade flour tortillas. Yummy! I just hope it's on the menu next time. This time it was their evening special!
Here is what I found on Google about them. Taco al Pastor. How did we ever live without google?
Sunday I got up and set the dough for Fast Nacht Kuchens. If you have ever been to New Orleans and had beniegts at Cafe Du Monde, then you know what I'm talking about. Such a treat on Sunday mornings.
After breakfast, I did a little house work. I finally got some "me" time and got to sew all afternoon. I finished the panels for two wall hangings I am making for Rita, the RVer. Hopefully I will get them quilted this week. A picture will follow then.
While I was sewing, BT was in the blacksmith shop. He made me a couple of things for our charity auction at work on Christmas eve.
Well it's now down to 29.1...........Brrrrrrrrrrr
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Look at the postmark. October 23, 1970.
On that day.....
Sunday, November 30, 2008
They made it in Thanksgiving day about mid-afternoon. The turkey was in the oven. The house smelled so good. The dressing was made (once again too much) the yeast rolls were rising, and the green bean casserole and the sweet potatoes were ready to go in the oven. Great timing.
At dinner, no one took pictures. I only wish someone had, Brady wanted the turkey leg when Grandpa was carving the turkey. The whole leg he said. At serving time it was placed on his plate. He ate it like a chicken leg and finished most of it. It was from a 17 lb turkey, so it wasn't some little ole drumstick.
After dinner the little boys got to play with the Wii steering wheels that Aunt Sarah bought along. Alex said "we are having fun tonight!" We had a day to be thankful for, all the family was home. We really enjoyed the evening.
Saturday after a big breakfast we loaded up our four wheeler and stopped to borrow the son's 4 wheeler. We then went to the cabin/farm and the four of us went 4 wheeling.
While riding through the woods we came upon this deer stand.... well ground stand. BT tells me it is where little 7 year old Brady shot his deer. We saw a flock of turkeys in the woods later.
After our ride we came back to the cabin and warmed up by the fire. Sarah and Rusty made us some improvised targets using crayons.
Rusty takes aim with a Smith & Wesson, model 66. We all took turns and later fired a 22 rifle. That is my favorite. But I must admit, I wasn't a good shot. I'm going to blame it on the cold.
When we arrived back home about 3:00, I put a ham in the oven to bake. I then went and picked up my Mom to come over for dinner. Sarah made an Oreo cheesecake, while I made a broccoli casserole.
Saturday, Sarah and Rusty watched their football games respectively. Unfortunately MU lost by 3 points. Rusty's Florida Gators won. While Rusty's game was on Sarah took her two favorite nephews (did I tell you she only has two nephews) to the movies. She bought them popcorn and drinks. Alex calls it poptorn.
BT and I worked outside and burned off the back woods. Several times we had pellets of ice and/or rain falling on us.
8:38PM 34 degrees.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We were headed to the Booneslick Trail Quilter's guild 2008 Quilt show. I had talked to a fellow blogger, with thread in hand and she was coming from half way across the state. I emailed her back with what I would be wearing. Unfortunately I got her reply too late and I didn't know what to look for. The Expo center was packed with quilts the best I could tell there were 398 showing. Not all were big quilts, some awesome wall hangings too.
About twenty-one vendors lined the outside of the room. My favorite booth was Liberty Homestead. I visited it more than once. I wanted the Farmhouse Blanket Babies book. But I just couldn't justify it. I did take their card and will keep it for future reference or ordering!
We spent several hours looking at all the quilt. Now if I can just figure out how to post a video of all the pictures I took, I'd be happy.
For lunch we stopped by Olive Garden. It was onto some quick shopping after that. First a stop at Micheal's for a bag of bottle brush trees. Here is what mine look like after I bleached them. Visit the Misadventures of Mama and Jack to see what she does with these trees. Here is what Bass pro was next for a camouflage sweatshirt for BT. One last stop at a quilt shop for a piece of fabric for the DIL.
I was back home by 4 and took a little rest before fixing dinner for BT.
By 6:30 I picked up the DIL and we went to Dreams to Reality fund raiser. The mission of Dreams to Reality is to help low-income women of Missouri to meet their employment goals and build self-confidence by providing appropriate interview and business apparel, motivation and follow-up support. You were made to feel like a celebrity as you sampled delicious foods, tried tasty drinks, sampled spa services, and shopped, shopped and shopped. I won the first door prize given. A picture frame. Lori and I both got a chair massage. Grand prize of the evening was a $1000 piece of jewelry, 2nd place was a trip to Las Vegas. We are still waiting for them to call us! We made it home by 10PM. A long day for me.
Check back, maybe after some quality sleep I will be able to upload those pictures. But in the mean time check out the blog I mentioned with thread in hand. She knows how to load pictures.
9:49 PM 40 degrees.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Deer season started Friday night. Well the hunting part started Saturday morning 6 :00 AM. But we all get to go to the cabin. Usually the men do the cooking. But for some strange reason I got rooked into it. I made a big pot of Posole and another pot of chicken and rice. I didn't think the grandsons would like the spicy one.
BT was the first and only one to take meat on Saturday. A nice doe. The son got an 8 point buck on Sunday and his cousin Trevor shot a 9 point.
Season is open all week. Saturday night a friend cooked 4 huge slabs of ribs all afternoon for us. Gosh they were the best! I fixed buttered turnips, Larraine made deviled eggs, Macaroni and cheese and baked beans. We had lots of desserts, 3 different cookies, rice crispies treats and apple pie.
Sunday BT quartered his deer and placed it in the extra refrigerator in the basement. We will process it ourselves in a day or two. He then brushed hogged our lane. I watched the boys and made a pot of Beef barley soup and corn muffins to take back to the cabin for dinner.
After having the flu Thursday night and Friday, then deer camp all week end, I need a vacation? Got any Calgon?
9:20 pm 49 degrees.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This is an antique oak planter I bought Sunday at an auction. It will look awesome once we refinish it. I can just see Boston ferns in it. If only I can keep them alive. I am hoping it will match the beams beside it once we take the old finish off.
While in the backyard, I used some of the oak leaves to help protect the roots of my knock out roses. It's an elevated bed and I'm hoping this adds a little protection. Who would think the roses would still be blooming in the middle of November?