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18 posts from February 2011

another ufo scratched off the list

I've been trying to get an ironing board cover done for a while now.  I really had to get it done, because I cut up the old cover that was on my ironing board.  I got the idea from the Moda Bake Shop.  As usual I didn't follow the pattern exactly, I changed it up some.

Ironing cover

Cover pattern

Cover ties

I also made over the weekend, a nursing cover for my DIL who just had our newest grandchild.  I had to order the plastic boning that is used to help hold the top of the cover out.  This will go out in the mail tomorrow.

Nursing cover

I still have a few projects on my to-do list.  I've been trying to keep busy and I think I'll finally get everything off my list this year.  At least I hope I do.  Some of my UFO's are from way way back.

How about you, do you have any old UFO's still sitting waiting to be done?

after 24.5 years

She's not ours anymore.  It's official, we no longer own the home we built and raised our family in.  It now belongs to our son and dil.  I hope they have a happy life raising their children, our grandchildren in this house and making new memories.


On Thursday evening we skipped back to Illinois for the closing on Friday (yesterday).  We always pass this place along the way and I've yet to stop in The Shoe Box.  Sorry for the bad photos, I shot them through our dirty windshield.  I just had to show you these photos, it's not everyday you see a work boot on the top of a van ;)

The shoe box


Now that the sale of our Illinois home is over, and Lo is figuring out what she wants to do with her life, for some reason I feel I can breathe a bit more easier now.

Life does move on.

when it rains, it pours

After finding out why we weren't able to get on the internet, our computer started giving us problems.  So, instead of going on line checking my favorite blogs, I found some unfinished projects.  I have needed some new dishcloths and had two already started, so I finished them up.  I also made a dishcloth with a maple leaf in the center of it.  It sure feels good to have some new ones to pull out of the drawer.


Before Lauren left, we went through all my cookbooks and recipes.  I sat down to look for a frosting recipe and found some long lost recipes that I haven't made in ever so long.  Here's one that I got years ago from one of my sister-in-laws.  I didn't have any walnuts so I used pecans and they tasted just as good.

Toll house cupcakes

Toll House Cupcakes

1/2 cup soft Butter

6 Tbsp. Sugar

6 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1/2 Tsp. Vanilla

1 Egg

1 cup + 2 Tbsp Flour

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Salt

Combine and beat until cream butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.  Beat in 1 egg.  Sift together and stir in 1 cup plus 2 T. flour, 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. salt.

Spoon by rounded tablespoon into lined paper cups.

Bake 375 ° 10-12 min.


1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1/8 tsp. Salt

Beat until very thick.  Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 1/2 chopped walnuts, 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

Spoon 1 tbsp into each cupcake.  Bake another 15 min.



I've got a few other projects that I've been working on this week and hope to show them to you when I'm done. 

It sure feels good to be back on-line again.

lost power

Sunday night we lost power due to a storm.

Reading by oil light

Power was out for the evening so we sat near the wood stove, had the oil lamps burning and read.

Burning fire and oil lamp

After the power went back on, the internet stayed down until today when we figured out the problem.

Welcome to our icy world....

Icy trees

and here I thought spring was coming :(

whoo's beginning

Our first try at maple sugarin'.  First off the buckets were washed.

Washed buckets

Then Jim started to drill some holes for the spouts to go into and the buckets to be hung from.

Drilling the holes

The spout

Hanging the buckets

The sap started to run on the second tree that he did.

Sap drip

Hanging sap buckets

Not sure how much sap we'll be getting, but hopefully we'll get enough to make maple syrup.

An early morning shot of our sugar bush.

Early morn

I can't wait until the buckets are full.

ruins of an old farm

There's an old farm that I never knew about because it's pretty well hidden when the trees are in full bloom.


In the winter tho it's more visible to see.  There is something quite odd about the photo below.  If you take a look at the farm house it looks like it's not been lived in for many many years.  But if you take a closer look you can see a satellite dish in the yard there.  Try and figure that one out.

Old farmhouse

Old window

There's nothing left of the barn.

Barn ruins

Barn foundation

Old wall

If only walls could talk and tell us about the dish in the yard.

What do you think?


I'm joining Amy over at Verde Farm again for Farm Friend Friday.


"think spring"

A single rose adorns my kitchen table.

Valentine rose

Tulips helping me to "think spring",

Spring tulips

soon to be planted in my garden to grow and bloom next spring.


I have enjoyed winter, but I'm starting to crave the sight of flowers growing outside again.

How about you?