Thursday, January 18, 2018

TBT: 1 Angus- September 2009

Before we moved, Angus was very upset by the house being turned topsy-turvy, so would spend hours in the bathroom- the only room that "stayed the same" the longest.  Poor Boy!

 After we moved Fergie panicked, and climbed up under the freezer. Angus and I went looking for him.

We did not have a run/kennel for Angus, so he had to learn to be content hanging out in a crate.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Mrs. Bee

 Suzi Beeman 
June 28, 1945 - January 2, 2018
 "And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest." Psalm 55:6

Mrs. Beeman was my Mom's best friend, and my second mother/grandma person.  We first met her November 2001, and have been through everything together ever since. 

We laughed together.
We planned stuff together. 
We prayed for and with each other.
We cried together.
We encouraged each other.
We partied together. 
We rescued each other.
We shopped together.
We cheered each other when life got dark.
 We LOVED Ron Paul together.
We made memories together. 
We were neighbors. 
I helped with her garden.
We doctored her.  
Mrs. Bee encouraged us.
We helped her throw wedding receptions and parties.
 She loved my Sophie the Giraffe photos, and wanted me to make a book.
I helped her decorate.
We watched her animals.
Mrs. Bee Encouraged us.
We loved Valentine's Day, and all the fun.
I got to introduce her to "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" and "How to Fall in Love".
We watered her plants and gardens.  
 We wanted Fair (GOP) Conventions.
 Another shared love: Hallmark Movies!
Did I say that she ENCOURAGED us???
She was a Sister in Christ.

I know that it is selfish of me, but I DID NOT want her to die before my guy came around, before she got to come to my wedding, before she met my children.  Of all the "older" people in my life that I have wanted over the years, to present my guy and babies to-  she was the last one living, and it is grievous me to think that it will not happen.   I know that God knows best, but sometimes I feel like He just keeps on asking me, well- telling me to give things up.  I can't imagine a life without dear Mrs. Bee.

Goodbye, dear Mrs. Bee~ I'm glad that God lent you to us for a little while, and I'm thankful you are pain-free now.  I will miss you, but I know I'll see you on the other side! 💟

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy 2018, Happy New Year!

I hope that you enjoy these cute vintage snow people I found, and I pray you have a good year!

“It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily. "So it is." "And freezing." "Is it?" "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately.”   ~A.A. Milne

 May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
- Irish Blessing

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 

                                    Numbers 6:24-26

“F-E-A-R has two meanings:
 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours.”
― Zig Ziglar

 May you always have...
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire. 
- Irish Blessing

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Gingerbread Muffins (recipe too)

My Wheat-Free Gingerbread Muffins
(Variation on Sue Gregg's recipe, found on page 115 in her "Lunches & Snacks" book.)
(note at bottom to make them chocolate)

Things I like about these muffins: they freeze well, they may be best eaten frozen, you can eat them with or without butter, they are also very good eaten in a bowl of milk like cereal!
(This is the only photo I have, sorry!)

Pre-heat oven: 325

1 & 1/4 C. Flour (I like to use a blend of Whole Oat & Whole Barley flours, maybe some Spelt, but to make it Gluten-Free, I used 1C Oat & 1/4 C. Cassava flour...I'll bet I could have just used all oat)
1 t. Cinnamon
1/4 t. Cloves
1 t. Ginger
1/2 t. Baking Soda
3/4 t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. Salt

1/2 C. Oil
2 Eggs (I prefer 2 eggs, but you can use 1 egg plus water to make 1/2 C.)
1/2 to 1/3 C. Liquid Sweetener (I like to use Molasses & Honey with a dab of Veg. Glycerine)

Stir together (it will be wet), and divide into 6-9 well greased paper muffin cups or muffin tins.
Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes- they won't look or "feel" done, you MUST test with a toothpick!

Chocolate:  Use 1/3 C. Sweetener, 6 T Cocoa Powder & 1/2 to 1 t. Vanilla Extract

~Happy eating!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Elinor said it about right

Have you seen Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility?
 I agree with several things that Elinor Dashwood said, including the quote below.

Elinor found out some time ago that Edward (the guy she really liked) is engaged to another girl, but it just became public news-little sister Marianne is like "Why aren't you more upset???".
The answer: "...Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you."

I especially understand this quote, because I somehow grew up with the idea that one does not talk about their feelings about boys, and if they do, then they talk to their folks, NOT to friends.
(I see how it is a good rule of thumb for a teenager, but now that I'm in my 30's, I find I'm tired of the silence - the alone in this world, no one has ever felt like this except me - kind of silence...but then I am not sure I have a friend I can truly trust with my feelings and also there is the fact that I didn't really have anything real to talk about anyway!)

I have friends whose husbands keep trying to get me interested in their friends...I'm just not ready for that....I'm not at that place right now, my heart is not well enough- whole enough yet...for more than one reason.   When my friends try to help their husbands set me up, I always want to say "...Believe me, _(fill in name of friend)__, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you."....Please lay off!

~If you don't know the story- 
Edward chooses Elinor at the end of the movie, 
and they all live happily ever after~

(Don't be surprised to see a few more blog posts of similar genre/nature. Trying to share some of my  feelings, while I try to move on in life.)

I'm sure that Jane Austin and Elinor would agree with the folowing thought:
 "part 1"
"this is part 2"
"part 3"

Food on Friday: Mrs. Vrazo's Pudding Cake

Mmm...while I love Chocolate pudding cake, and really enjoy Mrs. Vrazo's Cinnamon pudding cake in it's original glory, I realized that we actually "tweak" it enough that we really should just re-write the recipe. And share the version that we love with you, Dear Void.  So I did.
I hope you enjoy it.  =)

Serving suggestion: serve with Sour Cream.

The McKee's version of Janita Vrazo's Cinnamon Pudding Cake

Pre-heat oven: 350

Sprinkle ½ cup chopped Pecans in the bottom or a greased 9x9 pan.

Mix Cake ingredients and place in the pan, on top of the Pecans:
1c Flour
1/4c White Sugar
¼c Sucanat or Brown sugar
1/4t. Salt
1 & 3/4t. Cinnamon
1t. Baking powder
1/4c chopped Pecans
1T. Oil
1/2c Milk

Boil Sauce (in a lager pot than I/you would think):
1c Sucanat or Brown Sugar
1/2t. Cinnamon
1 & 1/2c Water
4T. Butter
dash of salt (4 dashes of Popcorn Salt)

Pour on top of cake, then bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

~Happy eating!

Thursday: Black and White 3

~Dishes...Apple Butter & Apple Ketchup~

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Iris said it about right

Have you watched "The Holiday" with Kate Winslet?   This line is not perfectly true for me, but I think that it is pretty accurate.

"I've found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said "Journeys end in lovers meeting." What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said "love is blind". Now that is something I know to be true. For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then, there's another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. Its called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded. The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space! Yes, you are looking at one such individual. And I have willingly loved that man for over three miserable years! The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmas', the worst Birthday's, New Years Eve's brought in by tears and valium. These years that I have been in love have been the darkest days of my life. All because I've been cursed by being in love with a man who does not and will not love me back. Oh god, just the sight of him! Heart pounding! Throat thickening! Absolutely can't swallow! All the usual symptoms."

(Don't be surprised to see a few more blog posts of similar genre/nature. Trying to share some of my  feelings, while I try to move on in life.)
 "this is part 1"
"part 2"
"part 3"

Monday, December 18, 2017

Musical Monday: Ingrid Michaelson's "Snowfall"

I just heard this song for the first time last week...such a pretty sound & sentiment...

Embedded below or listen HERE.


I want a snowfall kind of love
The kind of love that quiets the world
I want a snowfall kind of love
'Cause I'm a snowfall kind of girl
I want a snowfall kind of love
That lights up the sky from below
I want a snowfall kind of love
That brings people to their window

Won't you bury me in your quiet love
Oh bury me in your quiet love
Bury me in your quiet love
And we will blow away

I want a snowfall kind of love
The kind of love that keeps you in bed all day
Oh I want to walk through with you
And watch it all melt away

Won't you bury me in your quiet love
Oh bury me in your quiet love
Bury me in your quiet love
And we will blow away

Monday, December 11, 2017

Musical Monday: Pete Seeger's "It Could Be a Wonderful World"

I just love this song~ 

When I hear it, I think of Great-Grandma Nina P. Gardner,
as well as my Great Aunt Carol, and my Great Uncle David.

When I sing it, for some reason, I think of Grandma (my Mom's Mom)

Embedded below, or listen HERE....

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Caramel-Pecan Tarts (Recipe)

Mmm...these are the cookies I made for our 4th Cooky Exchange- they are worth making!
The cook book was given to us by Donna Stainback, back in the '90's.

 Changes: melt the butter in the filling, and use popcorn salt.

This is what my packaging looked like, I made the tags, and the leaf dishes came from Dollar Tree.
(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Winter 2017 Gift Exchange

I really enjoyed the Mug Swaps that "CuppaKim" used to I wondered if you (or someone you know) would like to participate in a Winter Gift Exchange?

The plan is that you send one gift, and you get one gift! 
We are looking for ladies who would be interested in a holiday gift exchange. Doesn’t matter where you live, you are welcome to join. You only have to buy 1 gift at $10 or more and send to your secret sister. 
(fyi: Amazon would be good for that)

If you wish to participate, give your info (requested below) to Adrienne McKee 

CUTOFF DATE: Monday, December 11th, 2017

In agreeing to participate, you FULLY agree to send a gift on or before December 18th, 2017. No exceptions

1) $10-15 spending cap suggested, but not required

2) open to any Woman who will follow through =)

3) Required information:

-your name & address

-list 1-2 things that you'd like

-list 1-2 places that you'd like a gift card for

-or say that you'd like to just be surprised 

-maybe list a few likes or dislikes


Illustration- your info should look something like this:

Adrienne McKee

address line 1

address line 2

Gift:"The Best Of Peter, Paul And Mary: Ten Years Together GH"CD
or "Swiss Family Robinson: Vault Disney Collection" DVD

Gift card:Hobby Lobby/JoAnn/Aldi/Amazon
Surprise? no thank you/yes please

Like: Dark Chocolate

Don't like: scented anything (soaps/candles/lotions/food/drink/etc..)

Monday, December 04, 2017

Sewing: Curtain for the coffee/toaster bar

Mom had originally planned to have the cute old-fashioned shutter doors on this section of cabinet.  But Dad said that she would not really like it...SO...we now have curtains (on spring rods) that will be changed out (more or less) Seasonally. 

We had a bit of extra fabric, so I sewed a strip to the bottom of a tea towel (from Atwood's).

Thursday, November 30, 2017