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Aprons and Linens

My Aunt gave me this clipping.  It says it all, that's why I love aprons so much.


Some more aprons and a linen piece that I found a few weeks ago.

Linen embroidery

This piece of linen measures approximately 30 X 30.  Big enough to put on a small table.


Now for the vintage aprons I found.

Dutch shoesDainty heartsRed rosesGreen checked chicken scratch

I think my favorite apron is anyone that has chicken scratch on it.  For some reason they catch my eye.

Oatmeal Flaxseed Pancakes

I got an e-mail from Sharon who owns the Three Roses Bed and Breakfast.  When Jim and I were there last fall we talked about flaxseed with her.  In the e-mail was a recipe for Oatmeal Flaxseed Pancakes.  I was really excited, because I knew Jim would like this recipe.  Sharon submitted this recipe to Taste of Home's Cooking for 2 Magazine and it was accepted and published in the Fall 2008 issue.  I could share the recipe with you, but I won't.  You'll have to either subscribe to Taste of Home's Cooking for 2 on-line, or purchase the magazine yourself.  Sorry, I don't want to steal Sharon's thunder by giving her recipe away.  You don't have to grind your own flour like Jim does, but if you do the pancakes turn out great.

Whole grains

The grains that Jim used in the recipe. 


Rolling the oats and flaxseed. 


The grinder that grinds the grains. 

Top of mill

Whole flour

Here the grains are all ready to go. 

Mixing batter

Mixing it all together with buttermilk. 

Whipping by hand

Hand whipping the egg whites. 

Folding in

Folding the egg whites with the batter. 

Cooking whole wheat pancakes

They are cooking great. 

Just flipped


I hope I didn't make you too hungry.  White flour in our house is not used as much as it used to be.  Jim makes wheat bread or oatmeal bread, which I really like the best I think.  Pancakes don't come out of a box for him.  White flour and sugar affect him like a diabetic even though he's not one.  That's why he makes his own flour.

You all have a wonderful day today.


Seeing the World through Blue Colored Glasses

You See the World Through Blue Colored Glasses
You live your life with tranquility. You have faith that things will work themselves out with time.
You judge all your interactions through the lens of hope. You try to get all the facts before forming your opinion.

You face challenges with wisdom. You know that all bad things pass, and you have the confidence to see problems through.
You see love as the utmost expression of trust. Your relationships tend to be peaceful and stable.

At your worst, you can be cool, melancholy, and detached. You sometimes have to step back from emotionally charged situations.
You are at your happiest when you are able to reflect and relax.
I found this over at Amy's blog.  What color do you look through?

Blueberry Pie :0

Blueberry pie

Slice gone

Yesterday I got busy and made a couple of pies.  I had some blueberries in the freezer that I got from my MIL.  I cut back on the sugar, but you can't even tell, the berries are pretty sweet just by themselves.

Jim went last night to golf.  It was the last night for the golf league he was in.  They have been having a tournament the last 3 weeks of the golf league.  Jim won the tournament and Matt B. who just moved here to our area about a year ago, won the league.  I was pretty excited for them both.  Jim just started golfing again.  He hasn't golfed for many, many years.  Probably since he was in grade school. 

Diane asked me if I have been sewing, and no I haven't been.  But, Lauren and I were just talking yesterday about how my sewing room is kind of in two places right now.  I started moving all my sewing things upstairs to one of the empty bedrooms when Phil moved out.  Then Phil moved back home until his wedding, now he's moved out again.  So, I now have to decide if I want to move back into my old sewing room, or finish moving the rest of my sewing things upstairs to the empty bedroom.  I think I'll move back to my old sewing room.  There is much less to move if I go back.  Lauren wants an apron and so does Erin.  Girls after my own heart :)))))

Office day today, so I better get moving.

You all have a wonderful beautiful day.



Meal In One Casserole


Meal In One Casserole

1 lb. ground beef

3 med. potatoes, unpeeled, sliced

1 med. onion, sliced and separated

1 c. frozen peas

1 1/2 c. mushrooms, sliced

3 T. butter, melted



Brown meat until no longer pink; drain.  Grease a 2 quart baking dish.  Add sliced potatoes.  Top with beef and onions.  Place frozen peas in center.  Arrange sliced mushrooms around peas.  Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper.  Drizzle with melted butter.  Cover. Bake in 375° oven for 50-60 minutes or until tender.


The recipe came from this cook book I bought when we were on our way to the U.P. this summer. 

Don't you just love Coneflowers?

I just can't seem to get enough of them this time of year.  No matter what color or size they are, I could just gaze at them.

White coneflower

I'd like you to meet the tenant of the Duplex.   We were sitting outside visiting in the backyard after Church a couple of Sundays ago.  This little guy was trying to get into the Duplex without us seeing him.  He was a bit nervous because we were sitting too close the the birdhouse for his comfort.

Little birdie

The other day I read in the paper that the local Air Show would not happen this year.  We were really disappointed with that.  I had just mentioned prior to reading about it in the paper, that I wondered if they were going to have it this year.  Nope, not this year.  Due to a few reasons they had listed.  For a small Airport they put on a really nice Air Show.  Maybe next year they'll have it.  Until then I will show you some photos from last years show.

4 planes

6 planes

Missing man

I believe this last photo is called the Missing Man Formation.

Today is a new day.  The sun rose and the birds are singing.

You all have a wonderful day today.


More of our Sunday Drive

As we were driving yesterday we realized that we were very near some property that we used to have oh so long ago.  I can't for the life of me recall the year but I know the kids were pretty small.  I'm guessing maybe about 15 years ago.  We had 6 1/2 acres that we planned to build on but before we were going to build on it we planted over 3000 trees on the 6 1/2 acres.

Here are some before and after pictures of what our property looked like before the trees and what it looks like today with the trees.  Looking back at pictures we had taken when we had the property and pictures I took yesterday, they are almost from the same angles.


From the road facing north.



Here is the property with no weeds or anything.  When we bought the property it had soy beans growing on it.

Wisc property

This is a look of how the property now looks from the east side of it (Not the white fence I just had to go so far back to get all the trees and the house in the picture).  All the trees have grown that we had planted. 

Tree line

This is looking at the property from the west side.  The new owners did plant some Blue Spruce trees and Poplar trees in the front but we planted all the White Pine, Nine Barks and Wild Plum trees.  Those trees we have in our yard now. 


This is from the top of the property looking south to the road.  


Jim walking around the property. 


When we planted all the trees we would be there all day.  So Jim made a picnic table and a fire pit.  The only thing missing was a bathroom and I would have to run to the gas station a few miles away for that.

Life sure doesn't always happen like we plan it.  We did not end up keeping this property even after all the work we put into planting all those trees.  Why?  It just didn't work out and so we sold it to a young couple who was from the area and were getting married.  A wedding present from the young mans dad if I remember right.  God had a plan for us and building a house on that property was not in his plans.  I always believe that what ever happens in life happens for a reason.

Today though we look back with fond memories and talk of what our plans were.  Not with a heavy heart or sadness of what wasn't to be.  We just knew God had something better for us.