it’s 2018


It’s definitely been a long time since I’ve posted.  Winter is still here but instead of a snowstorm we are having freezing rain which is not nice to drive in so we are hunkering down and staying in since we really have no place we need to be.

Here’s what I’ve been doing, the guys came out hunting in early November, some of the kids came for thanksgiving and we went to Texas for Christmas this year and stayed down there for a month. We had a wonderful time. The weather was pretty chilly but we sure didn’t mind, being with our family down there was why we go.








We spent a lot of time with our kids and grandkids and had quite a few sleepovers with the grands.

I did manage to get some UFO’s finished.  I finished my Chicago Cubs socks...yay!


Hopefully this will be the start of my blogging again. 


Huh??!!??!?  Not sure I've heard of it either, that is until I made it.  We had just about a cupful of diced rhubarb in the garden, strawberries leftover from the strawberry shortcake and blueberries in the freezer that were still good but need to be eaten.

I love this strawberry slicer, it's much like the egg slicer that's floating around in most peoples kitchen drawers.



So in the pie they all went, strawberries, rhubarb and blueberries.


I made a butter crust pie crust for the first time and just had to take a quick peek at it while it was baking in the oven.


Out of the oven and waiting for it to cool down some before we had a slice.


A slice of pie with ice cream on it....YUM!!!!!!!


Even tho there was a cup of rhubarb in the pie I added barely a 1/4 cup of sugar to the fruit and with the small scoop of ice cream on top it added just enough sweetness to make it so good.  I'm really finding out that one doesn't need to add all the sugar in recipes to have it sweet enough.  I guess with having cut out sugar 99% in our diet that not having sugar or very little sugar in something doesn't make a difference to us, actually having too much sugar in a recipe we can hardly eat it it's too sweet.  Our taste buds are really changing here.

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I'd like to wish all who are celebrating Independence Day a fun and safe celebration.

Happy 4th to you all!!

dinner of choice

I don't have an ounce of Irish blood in me.  I am 100% full blooded Finnish and I LOVE corned beef and cabbage. 


When the kids were growing up I would make occasionally corned beef and cabbage and I think Mr and I and one other child of ours (who still loves it as well) only ate it.  Since becoming empty nesters I've made it off and on, and on the off times we would go out for it.  Last night was no exception.  I volunteer at the local hospital and an older gentleman stopped by at the information desk where I was working at and said he was going to have corned beef and cabbage at the restaurant that serves the best corned beef and cabbage in the state of Wisconsin.  Of course I had to ask where that was, so that was where we went for dinner.  I do have to say it was pretty good.  The only complaint I had was that they gave us too much food, and I couldn't eat it all :)

So what was your dinner of choice on St Patrick's day?  How about you all, do you or do you not like corned beef and cabbage?

december 1st

Wow, where did the month of November go?  I blinked and it was gone.  How was everyone's Thanksgiving for those of you who celebrate it?  We had a wonderful one.  For the very first time since I started cooking for Thanksgiving, I didn't cook, we went out for dinner :) and it was awesome!  Don't think that we didn't eat since I didn't cook, we still had a fridge full of food and 2 or 3 coolers that held the overflow from the fridge.

The grands (and adults) made a gingerbread house and train.  I'm thinking that the amount of frosting and candies that was used for decorating, the same amount went into their bellies.


Mitch decorating

The grands also went on a few wagon rides while they were here.


Wagon ride

Plus had fun playing up in the loft of the barn.  (photo compliments of Mr with his cell phone)


I missed Travel Tuesday this week so it will be Travel Thursday.

how i spent my day

Today was a good day for homemade chicken soup, so before I went to town I put a pot going on the wood stove.  Since moving here 5 years ago, the two quilt shops in town have closed up.  Today was the last day for the second one, and another quilt shop that is not in town but the next town over which is about 35 minutes away is closing too...sigh...this makes me so sad.

Chicken soup

Living in a log home my decorating style for the holidays has vastly changed.  Swags have gone up over the windows and doors around here.


I've been wanting a mantle by the wood-stove for a long time now.  Mr had gone to our neighbor who has a small saw mill on his property to ask for a  piece of wood, we wanted it to have some character to it and that went up today.


I've also been looking through Pinterest for ideas on burlap wreaths and how to make them.  I couldn't find narrow burlap to make a bow out of, so I just cut this red-polka-dot burlap in half and zig-zagged the edge so it wouldn't ravel any.

Wreath bow

I am so loving how it turned out.


I had a lot of fun making the wreath and now I have an idea for the old flyer sled we have and my old pair of figure skates.

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Christmas baking

Christmas baking...check

Christmas shopping...check

Packages mailed...check

Starting to plan the menu out now.

It's that time of year ;)