Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 Caption Competition

 Thanksgiving Caption Competition!  Thanks everyone for sharing your funnies, I really enjoyed them!!!  =)

 Benjamin Pleasovich McKee:
 1) 'What is that wonderful smell?' Now introducing new, better smelling Tofu Turkey!
 2) 'I wanted to be Squanto.' 'I have to poo!'

Darleen Waltman Weston:
1. "Ooo, Mom/Dad, is that really an organic turkey from Rehoboth Ranch?" 
2. "Do we really have to wear these?" 
3. "Now I know why it is called stuffing!"

Katy Lynn:
1. Little girl. "I wanted ham."
2. Mom. "Just let me get one good photo of the costumes your Grandma made. She spent two weeks on them."
3. Little girl. "Hey Granny, you know that old saying about watching the sausage get made? It applies to turkey stuffing too."

Jalinda McKee:
1. Wait, there are no candles on it? Why am I trying to blow them out?
2. No smiling Shellie, the first pilgrim caught smiling has to eat all this squash.
3. You're going to put what? In where? Grandmas are weird.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DIY: Felt Robot pillow/decor

Do you need to help your children make Felt Robots this week?  =)

After looking and looking on the internet, I could not find any cute and easy robot crafts for my sewing class & little friends!  I had to invent my own! =)

 I sewed the basic  robot with the sewing machine, and the child added the extras...  I have the pattern all drawn up in an image below, and it is  in a PDF, but I don't know how to share the PDF with the you on the blog!  = (  (feel free to e-mail/FB message me and request the PDF)

Robot instructions for child:
(after you sew the basic robot above)

1) design/cut/construct and sew on the eyes/smile/face.

2) do you want the bow tie or heart? If so, sew that/those on.
3) should you sew any buttons on the body?
Then stack your front and back together (lay your Robot facing up!), pin, and stitch all the way around (Unless you are going to stuff it: almost all the way around, leaving space for stuffing- after stuffing, pin the opening closed, and stitch shut.)  =)

(should print on 1 sheet of paper)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Whatever Wednesday: A visitor.

Thankfully the chickens were still locked up, so I snapped a few photos.
And then I ran out screaming like a banshee, clattering a watering can on a broom handle. 
He left.
The chickens said thank you.
Then I let the chickens out. 

(I'm glad that we don't have next door neighbors.)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Food on Friday: Salted Chocolate Caramels (recipe too)

(Light ones are the new recipe,
the dark ones are the "old" recipe.)

 You know that day that is overbooked (you have a mile long to-do list), and you find yourself in the kitchen "playing hooky" making homemade Chocolate candy...
...Yeah, that's the time you realize (after half are in the freezer) that you did NOT just make Chocolate candy, because you forgot to add the Cocoa Powder!!! Sigh! 

On the bright side, I invented a new recipe!   (Original recipe can be found HERE!)

Salted Chocolate Caramels
  • 2 -1/4 oz Cocoa Butter & then add Coconut Oil for 7 oz total
  • 5oz local Honey
  • 3oz Dark Chocolate chips (Equal Exchange brand HERE) 
  •  2-3 HUGE pinches of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. natural Vanilla Extract
  • 2 T. Sucanat (or maybe Coconut Sugar) 
  • 1 cup Puffed Rice
  • Chopped Cashews (or other nuts)

~Melt first 4 ingredients in sauce pan over low heat.
~Stir in Vanilla & Sucanat
~Remove from heat.  Stir in puffed rice and nuts.
~Drop spoonfuls into Silicone molds (like this one) (Or Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper & pour chocolate mix onto paper lined dish.).
~Freeze or Refrigerate until candy solidifies.
~Pop out of Silicone molds or cut into squares.
Store in Freezer or Refrigerator.
(be careful how you store it- remember that Coconut oil melts around 72°F.)

Notes: Next time, I think that I'd replace some of the Coconut oil with Butter, and brown it a little!
(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy (snail) Mail Day!

            Remember when you were a Kid? 

When getting the the mail was an exciting thing to do, because you may have gotten a letter from your pen-pal, or an unexpected note or package from your Grandparents?

Are you willing to send some "magic" to one (or more) of your friends or relatives? 
To step out and say:
                              "I'm thinking of you"
                              "I miss you"
                              "I'm sending a smile/hug"
                              "I care"
                              "Be encouraged"
                              "Get well soon"

(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

 Go on, and make someone's day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Musical Monday: "Up, Up and Away" -101 Strings Orchestra

Wikipedia states: "..."Up, Up and Away" is a 1967 song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by the 5th Dimension, that became a major pop hit, reaching No. 7 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart, and No. 9 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.  In other countries, it reached No. 18 in Canada, and No. 1 in Australia. The song placed No. 43 on BMI's "Top 100 Songs of the Century"...." 

I have included the instrumental version today~ I just love the sound of this song!  =)

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday Blessings: Amazing Grace

  1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found;
    Was blind, but now I see.
  2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed.
  3. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.
  4. The Lord has promised good to me,
    His Word my hope secures;
    He will my Shield and Portion be,
    As long as life endures.
  5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
    And mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess, within the veil,
    A life of joy and peace.
  6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun forbear to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Will be forever mine.
  7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    Than when we’d first begun.
 (embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Food on Friday: Home Grown

French Toast Sandwich with bacon, egg and spinach with a salmon patty on the side!

After some Zzzz, we headed into Atlanta for a HUGE breakfast... at Home Grown  cafe in Atlanta, Georgia!  Home Grown is a hipster diner.  =)  If you are in the area, you should try it.
They even have a community garden that they raise their own veggies in!

Chorizo enchiladas topped with cheese and eggs!

Cheese grits topped with chili and egg!

The front door had large eggs on it  =)
(Oh, and in the back of the restaurant, was a little thrift store)


Monday, August 22, 2016

Musical Monday: "Man in Black" -Johnny Cash

"Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.....

.......I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he's a victim of the times.....
.....And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen' that we all were on their side.....

....Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin' everywhere you go,
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You'll never see me wear a suit of white....."

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Painting the Guest Room (part 2)

 What do you think???

I just love it- any time of day, any lighting- I love it!  =)  (I keep going back and looking at it!)

One of the things that I did was cut a scalloped template out of a piece of milk jug- traced it all the way around the edge of the wall & ceiling, and painted it twice. =)   
 (I was extra sore, but it was worth it!)

I can't wait to finish decorating this room.  Do you have any decorating tips/idea? 
(I know that I'll do something radical to that lamp....)


((part 3))
 Paint color: "Refresh" by Sherwin-Williams.  If you have pinterest,
search 'sherwin williams Refresh paint', and you'll see some good examples.  =)

(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

Monday, August 15, 2016

Musical Monday: "Old Fashioned" -Adam Davidson

...I'd rather walk (in a relationship) than have to run (from a relationship)...

     ...a good old fashioned friendship building love to last for me and my pretty girl...

(embedded below or listen to it HERE)


It has always been my thought that marring a friend was the way to go-- 
--friendship turns to love. 

(Don't you love these sweaters???)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Summer Saturday~ 4

Does Summertime make you think treats?  It does to me, but I almost NEVER have them- I thought that you may enjoy some of these photos I found.  =)


Baskin Robbins in the late 60's or early 70's

Friday, August 12, 2016

I'm off to paint.... (part 1)

....I'll let you know how it goes! ;) 

Paint color: "Refresh" by Sherwin-Williams.  If you have pinterest,
search 'sherwin williams Refresh paint', and you'll see some good examples.  =)

((part 3))

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Summer Saturday~ 3

Sometimes Summer Fun is not doing something extraordinary-
it can be simply getting together and having fun- like the folks in the photo below: eating Watermelon.
(I've never eaten watermelon like this before, so if I did, it would be a memory making event!)