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{pie*ography thursday}

Do you love pie?  Who doesn't love pie.  No matter what the filling is I love pie.  Anne Marie over at Na-Da Farm Life is hosting the first Pie*ography Thursday


So what pie am I?  I made blueberry.  I know you can grow blueberries, but I've only picked wild ones, native to Upper Michigan.  Moving out here to the country, up on a ridge in the Ocooch Mountains in Southwest Wisconsin, is much like the blueberries growing in the wild.  It's quiet and undisturbed, where we can live and grow.

Blueberry pie 2

Two pies

Blueberry Pie

Double Crust Pie:

2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Crisco

1/2 Cup Cold Water

Cut flour and crisco together and cold water.



Blueberry Filling:

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/3 Cup Flour

2 tsp Lemon Peel

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

4 Cups Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

Milk and Sugar to brush on top of crust.


In mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar and lemon peel, set aside.

Add lemon juice to the blueberries and mix well, add the flour/sugar mixture and mix well to coat the berries.  Roll out the crust in a pie pan or you can do what I did and make little pies in ramekins or small canning jars or whatever tickles your fancy.

Bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes.


So, what pie are you?


a great place to be

I'm still recuperating from the quilt retreat.  I don't usually stay up to 11:00 p.m. sewing, but we did and it was FUN!!!  Lots of laughs and listening to our favorite songs that we haven't heard in a long time on the iPad.  Here's the tree skirt/tablecloth top that is done.  Now I just need to quilt it.

Peppermint twist

I forgot to take photos of the mini quilts that I had made.  I was sooooo late on the February one, but I have a few days to display it, and I'm all ready to hang the March one.

Mini quilts

Here's a few shots of what the ladies were working on.

Quilt retreat

We did not starve and each of us brought a meal so that no-one was bogged down being in the kitchen all the time.

Lunch table

I just loved heading up the staircase to bed at night, it's a 100 year old Victorian home and if walls could talk the stories they would tell.


I love going here to this retreat house A Great Place To Be, and if you are interested in going there too here is the website.  I guarantee you will love it too.


{happy homemaker monday}

I got home yesterday from the quilt retreat and was busy today to even get on-line.  So, I'm doing Happy Homemaker Monday now.




The weather...

Is 39 degrees and the sun has gone down.


Right now I am...

I am watching the Chicago Blackhawks game with my husband, plus writing this post. 



That I feel pretty good about what I got done this weekend, and thinking how nice the new light and valance that we put up over the kitchen sink looks.


On my reading pile...

I didn't get any reading done this week, but I did get a new book on my Kindle that was recommended by a gal at the retreat... The Quilters Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini.


On my TV...

The Hawks game.


Favorite blog post this week {mine or other}...

I didn't read too many blogs this week so I'll have to skip this one.


Something fun to share...

You burn 26 calories in a one minute kiss.

On the menu this week...

 Since I was gone, I haven't planned anything out this week.  I will tell you this, my meals will be made with beef, chicken, pork or venison, how's that for a menu :)


On my to-do list...

Finish up the tree skirt that I worked on at the retreat, but I'm going to make it into a round table cloth instead.


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating...

Knitting more dishcloths.


Homemaking tips...

Bug-Free Room
Put a couple of drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil on a cool light bulb to help repel bugs.
Place several drops of oil of lavender or peppermint on a cotton ball or two. Put them into a small jar or margarine container. Poke a few holes in the lid and cover. Put around the room.



Looking around the house...

I see my dinner dishes done and drying on the counter (I don't have a dishwasher).  I see the blooms really blooming on the Christmas cactus, my hubby relaxing on the couch with his feet up watching the game.


From the camera...


On my prayer list...

Continuing to keep my cousin on my prayer list who had surgery today, praying that she'll have a fast recovery.


Bible verse~Devotional...

The Lord is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 145:18



Linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday. 

what's happening

Tomorrow I head out for a quilt retreat, I'll be gone until Sunday.  My sewing projects and equipment are all packed up and ready to go.  I'm really excited to go and hope to get a lot of my UFO's done.

Wintery scene

We still have snow on the ground and it's supposed to snow on Thursday afternoon and have accumulations up to 6-8 inches.  I'm glad I won't be traveling in the bad weather.

Sugaring hasn't started yet, it looks like it might be the first part of March.

Pasty was on the menu for this week and I ground up a venison roast and used that instead of ground beef, and it tasted very good.

Venison pasty

I saw this idea for a curtain in the Country Sampler January 2013 issue.  It was really advertising for a wire basket and rug panel and the curtain was in the picture.  I loved the look and found some brown checked fabric that I thought would look great.

Window curtain

I added the tie higher up than what the photo showed, to put the curtain down is easy as pie, just untie the tie.

Curtain ties

I'm slowly decorating our home here.  I have ideas, and one at a time I'm adding them to our home.  I love our log home, decorating it is a lot different than your traditional home is, it's not easy adding shelves or pictures and I have to be choosy with what and where I put things.

I hope Y'All have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend, I'll catch you next week when I get back.


who's expecting?

We are expecting our 26th grandchild next month.  I wasn't able to go to the baby shower in Michigan, so I had to send the gifts I made there.  I made a baby bib on my embroidery machine and knitted a baby hat.  Anyone want to guess which team the hat represents?  If you don't know already they are having a boy :)

Bib and hat

I made a blanket out of minky fabric, a Dr Seuss blanket and I threw in a couple of Dr Seuss books.  I do like the minky fabric end results, but dislike working with it.

Dr seuss blanket

I can't wait to see our newest grandchild.


{happy homemaker monday}

Hello All, it's Monday again and time for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather...

Righ now it's cloudy and 26 degrees outside.  It hasn't snowed for about a week now, but we still have snow on the ground.


Right now I am...

Multi-tasking, I'm blogging, and watching Trisha's Southern Kitchen, an episode that I had taped.



About life and how precious it is.


On my reading pile...

The same as last weeks, I haven't done much reading this past week to finish anything up.


On my TV...

The same as last week too, Trisha and Downton Abbey.  I'm catching up to season 3.


Favorite blog post this week {mine or other}...

Amy over at Homestead Revival:Must We Have Politics Served As a Side Dish to Homesteading?


Something fun to share...

It is impossible to hum if your nose is plugged.

{I bet you tried it too didn't you?  I}


On the menu this week...


Tuesday...Meatloaf and Cheesy Potatoes

Wednesday...Baked Rice with Sausage

Thursday-Sunday...I'll be gone and Jim will be eating leftovers.


On my to-do list...

Cleaning and laundry of course.

Getting my sewing things and quilting projects together and packed up and ready to go for the quilt retreat I'm going to.

Making pasty.


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating...

I'm knitting new dish cloths and I hope to get a chance to sew a curtain for one of the windows in our livingroom.  I found the idea in a Flea Market Style magazine, and thought it would work for that window.


Homemaking tips...

Skip the feather duster – it just spreads dust around. For fast dusting, use multi-surface cleaning wipes to pick up dust from furniture and electronics. When you dust, work from the top down.


Looking around the house...

I see my plants that are healthy and starting to bloom.  Though the sun is not out it's light enough to cast shadows.  I see my knitting on the end table that I'm going to pick up later and looking out the our patio door I see the snow covered hills that I simply love.


From the camera...



On my prayer list...

The family and friends of Mindy McCready.


Bible verse~Devotional...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper

you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11



Linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday.


i've got some winners

The winner of the Flea Market Style magazine is.....Ramona from Ramona's Home Place.  Send me your snail mail Ramona and I'll get it out ASAP.


Another winner is the Onion Straws from The Pioneer Woman that I had made for dinner tonight.  It sure seems like I'm turning into a food blog :)

Onion straws

The third winner today is the BLACKHAWKS!!!!!  Yeah Hawks!!!



If you don't know already, I am a BIG hockey fan, my husband played hockey, my sons played hockey, and I love watching it.  I have been a Blackhawks fan since I was a young girl, and even tho I can't watch Jim or my sons play anymore, I can still enjoy my Blackhawks.  This shot was from last year when Jim and I went to a game with one of our sons and daughter-in-law.


I guess all in all it was a winner of a day.  I hope Y'all had a wonderful weekend and are relaxing and gearing up for another week to come around.  It's been cold here and no signs of sugaring yet, I am anxiously waiting to hear that first "ping" sound in the bucket.


budding times

I'm so excited, my Christmas/Easter cactus is starting to bud.  I never know what to call my cactus, because the few times it has ever bloomed, which for some reason is NOT very often, it has bloomed around Easter time.  I think only one time has it bloomed at Christmas.

Cactus bud

This year it looks like I'm going to have much of my cactus in bloom...YEAH!!!!  I think the trick this year was that our home was cooler, and I had closed the drapes so that they were just slightly open so that my african violet would get some sun while we were gone to Texas.  My cactus was in a darker cooler place for a month.


And, my african violet was in full bloom when I left, I'm just happy it wasn't dead when we got back home after being gone a month.  I actually have a watering system for this plant that works great, and as you can see there is one flower starting to bloom again.


Seems like a lot is starting to bud, bloom and blossom around here.  I've been thinking a lot lately about something I had heard from one of the speakers at the Women of Faith event I had gone to last fall.

The speaker talked about the......Formula for Contentment


What you...




I've been thinking about an old friend that I had lost track of, I knew the general area where she was living, and believe it or not she lives not that far from me.

I had thought about getting in touch with her again after so many years, but I didn't know or believe if she'd want to hear from me.

So, I did something and I called her, which is the do part.

It must have been God's will because I found her name and number when I googled her and when I got a hold of her we talked for a long time.  We caught up with each others lives (as much as we could) and in some ways it was like we never missed a day.

This formula can really be applied to anything that happens in our life.

Lots of things budding around here, flowers and old friendships.


oh, what a beautiful mornin...

Oh, what a beautiful day!  Now I'll singing this song all day, go on and have a listen maybe you will too :)

What a beautiful day today is going to be.  I have to show you the awesome, wonderful book I got in the mail the other day.  I'm a lover and collector of cookbooks, cookbooks of any kind, and this one is chuck full of delicious looking recipes, not to mention looking at the beautiful photos by Traci.  I can't wait to be able to sit down later and really thumb through it.


So how was your Valentine's Day?  Did you do anything with anyone special?  We went out to Prairie du Chien for dinner at Jones' Black Angus and had a wonderful meal.  Then of course we had to skip over to Cabela's for a few items.  When we got home we had a slice of the strawberry cake I made. It's actually Trisha's recipe but after a bad attempt at making her frosting not realizing that it won't work on a layer cake, I just made a butter cream frosting and put red sugar sprinkles on it.  It still tasted pretty good.

Valentine cake

Now for the fun part of this post.  I'm so scatterbrained that I forgot that I had already ordered this magazine, then I ordered it a second time.  So, now I have two.  I would like to offer this copy to anyone who wants it.  If more than one would like it I'll put all your names in a hat and have my hubby pick one at the end of the weekend.  Don't be shy, I may even throw in a couple of other goodies as well.

Flea market style

Well, I have lots to do today, a couple of sewing projects on the to-do list and maybe even have a slice or two of the cake.

Strawberry cake

I hope Y'all have a wonderful day today, and now I'm off to start mine.



To the 1st Annual Valentine's Day Boost-My-Blog Party,

hosted by Nancy over at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.

Come on in, have a cup of coffee and sit awhile.

Banana bread

Winter is still with us here in Southwest Wisconsin.

Log home

The maple syrup season is almost here and I can't wait to taste the first batch of syrup of the year.  With the drought we had this past summer makes me wonder how much sap we'll be getting.  We are planning to tap some of our neighbors trees, so that should help some.  This photo is from last year, our first sap run came in February, notice there was no snow on the ground then.

Sap buckets

We eat a lot of beans here in the winter months.  We buy our beans in bulk and I add my own seasonings to the beans.  I have to say this is one dish I have a hard time making, so this has fallen on my husband to make.  We usually have beans for lunch with homemade wheat bread.  He'll add leftover meat if we have any, carrots, celery, and some of our dried potatoes and onions.  We have a couple jars left of those and I can't wait for gardening season to begin again so that we can stock up for next winter.

Dried beans

Eating beans must sound boring to you, but we like it, and it's very healthy for you, and it looks like we'll be needing to get more for next winter.

Mixed dried beans

Since getting beef from our neighbor I never buy meat from the grocery store, well at least almost never, and now I won't have to ever.  I decided to grind my own ground beef from the cuts of meat that I have a hard time making things with.  Ground beef or hamburger is something I run out of first.  I cut almost all the fat off and when I browned it up I couldn't believe that there was barely any grease.

Ground beef

On the menu for the week which was supposed to be Monday, I made Trisha Yearwood's, Gwen's Old Fashioned Potato Beef Casserole.  See I told you I never follow my schedule.  I can't find the recipe on the Food Network website, so if you want it just let me know and I'll e-mail it to you.  Again it's DELICIOUS!

Beef casserole

I'd like to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day!

The Rose 1

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