Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Eliza Doolittle Day, 2015~

It's that time of year again~ the 20th of May: Eliza Doolittle Day!   
I just love obscure holidays that are not Religious or Patriotic...  =)
If you don't own (or can't find) the My Fair Lady soundtrack, you can listen to it HERE!

Mom and I ate this Green & Black's Organic chocolate bar (I think that their Mint Chocolate bar tastes better).

Some of you know that we tried making a new recipe for healthy chocolate for our chocolate this year, and it was okay.  We made a variation on THIS recipe found HERE.
Our only problem was it separated as it cooled---so the honey ended up on the bottom! 

So, we re-melted half of it, heating till slight bubbles appeared, added 1/2 C. crisp rice cereal & 1/2 C. ground/chopped pecans.   Instead of chilling in the fridge, I popped it in the freezer.  (I also spread it thinner)   It did not separate! 

Our homemade chocolate

(If you make the recipe, be careful to read all her new notes and maybe even read the comments on her post.)

Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Movie: An Old Fashioned Girl (1949)

You may recognize some of the actors is this fun movie!

~Elinor Donahue ("Andy Griffith Show" & "Father Knows Best")
~Irene Ryan (Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies)
~Jimmy Lydon ("Life with Father" & "Twice Blessed")

The movie is embedded below, or watch it HERE on YouTube.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sew For Victory! / Spring For Cotton

I was inspired by the 1940′s Themed Sew Alongs over at LuckyLucille!  

  I found out about the Sew for Victory Sew Along back in 2013 over at Bramblewood Fashion~  I was unable to fully participate at the time, but I joined the Flicker group, spent an hour-hour & a half searching the web for photos and pictures of old patterns- and I got lots of good ideas...then I went to my boxes of sewing patterns, and pulled out anything that would do as it was, and the things that could be altered...then I compared them to all the similar photos that I had found online, chose the old photo, and the new pattern.
(all remembering that I already own the perfect fabric- a poly-cotton sheet that I picked up at the outlet mall a few years back...I just don't remember what outfit I was planning to use it for at the time!)

In 2014, I was really happy to see that Sew for Victory was happening again  =) and I made all kinds of sketches- trying to decided how the dress would really look. I even got the bodice all sewn up!  But you know what happened? I ran out of time AND got stumped on the skirt! =(

Enter 2015:  I was really eager to really finish the dress, and participate in my very first Sew Along--I went over to LuckyLucille, only to find out that it was the second to last day of Rochelle's new Sew Along "Spring For Cotton". That means that my poly-cotton sheet dress wouldn't count anyway...sigh!   But I decided that I would finish that dress Sew Along or no Sew Along- whether the dress fits or not (it does not).  And I'd also call it one of my Summer of No Pants* projects. =)

This was the inspiration (thanks BF):

And this is the pattern and fabric I used:

The finished dress looks really good on Dolly Beeman:
(Oh, and for the first time ever, I tried Mrs. Kluth's gathering trick of simply zig-zagging over dental floss- worked nice!)

*SONP is not officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Mother's Day Lunch

Today was our third annual "Tuesday-before-Mother's Day" ladies lunch at Luigi's.   Except that we had to move it to the Thursday before Mother's Day, because the Hunters were busy on Tuesday. =)

(This lunch is not a Mother/Daughter lunch....any Mothers and any Daughters were invited to come!)

  Some of the gang from lunch today (there were 12 of us total) 
 (thanks Sarah Hale for taking the photo for us!)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Monday Movie: Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948)

Are you ready for a 1948 comedy?  It was fun!

You may recognize some of the actors is this movie like:
~Irene Ryan (Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies)
~William Frawley (Fred from "I love Lucy")
~Florence Bates (lots of things, like "I remember Mama", "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", and more)

The movie is embedded below, or watch it HERE on YouTube.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Musical Monday: The Mystics- "Hushabye"

Embedded video today!
(or listen here)

I really like this song- listening to it & singing it.  =)  Do you like it?

The song Hushabye was released May of 1959

Q: How did this group decide to call themselves "The Mystics"?
A: Under the direction of their manager, Jim Gribble, The Overons became The Mystics when each group member wrote a name they liked on a slip of paper, placed the papers in a hat and "The Mystics" was drawn! (that's one way to decide!)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Food on Friday: My First Corn on the Cob

Can you believe it?  The first time I was ever in charge of the WHOLE corn-on-the-cob project was last Summer!    First I read this article:

Then I tried 3 ways:
1. whole corn, wrapped in foil & baked
2. whole corn, not wrapped in foil & baked
3. husked corn, boiled

I was not strong enough to cut the ends off, and squeeze the corn out method, so, I cut the tops off, and did the pinch and pull down method.   I must say that baking the whole corn, and peeling them after baking was SO much easier than the old way of shucking & boiling!

                                                                        ~Happy Eating!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baby gifts for twin boys

My friend Darleen and her Husband Keven just added twins to their family- making them the proud parents of 5 little kiddies ages 5 and under!  =)   Aren't they sweet babies?  (Please kiss them for me, Darleen!) 

I used puff paint on this project-  stamped the names, and used iron on freezer paper stencils for the initials and hearts (free hand drawing).

 (Twin boys named James & Adam...makes me want to tease my Cousin Sarah~ ~hehehe!)

 I gift wrapped the shirts, slipped them into a ziplock bag, addressed it, and double wrapped it in packing tape~ can't wait to hear how they come through the mail!

I have fallen in love with these onsies, especially the hearts...I think that I'll be making more of these little shirts for gifts...I also wonder if anyone would buy something like this?


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Movie: "I'll be seeing you" (1944)

I really like this movie~ it's not your everyday war time movie~ it's not all glamor and flag deals with real like things like PTSD.    We all have baggage, we all have our prisons and it takes love to heal, redeem & restore.

 I read about this movie years ago in Daedalus Books, but just got to watch it for the first time with Grandma Hale last year.

 I'll admit it- I am a little bit of a Joseph Cotton fan--I've seen 4 of his movies, and love 3 of them!
("Since You Went Away", "The Farmer's Daughter" and "I'll be seeing you")

I would suggest you watch it soon, as YouTube may take it off. (That seems to be what happens- it I like it, it gets removed!)

The movie is embedded below, or watch it HERE on YouTube

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cayenne Maple Lemonade (meal replacer)

Cayenne Maple Lemonade as a meal replacer is really good for your liver, and helps you lose weight.

per quart:
5-6 Tb. grade "B" Maple Syrup (or part molasses)
1/8th to 1/4 tea. Cayenne
8 Tb Fresh Lemon Juice

 ~Before you start drinking- be sure and have
a glass or 2 of water first- or you could feel bad. =/
~Don't guzzle it-- "for a meal"- or you could feel bad. =/
~Sip on as much as you need a day. 
(I like 1-2 quarts per day- depending on how much I eat).

                  Remember to drink plenty of water!

 Remember to drink plenty of water!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Baked Alaska in detail~

For the wordy Baked Alaska post click HERE.  For the photo post~ keep scrolling!

The finished cake~
The Kombucha wind up...
...I love separating eggs!
Whip those babies, and add the sugar...
All the components...jam filled Cake, Meringue, fresh Raspberries & Ice Cream...
...arrange the Raspberries on top...
...carefully cover with ice cream...

...cover with Meringue....
...keep covering...
...until you can't see any cake, raspberries or ice cream.

A few of the on lookers. =)

You don't want a smooth cake...rough it up before you.....
...pop it in the 450 oven.
More on lookers!
After the cake is in the oven, you can relax a moment & lick the beaters!
Time to dig in!!! =)
Want a slice?

Peter's slice of cake...doesn't it look nice? =)

Thanks for looking--I hope you enjoyed it!  (For the wordy Baked Alaska post click HERE!)
(I also shared this post on "Have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson")

Monday, February 02, 2015

Monday Movie: Tuesdays With Morrie

All Saturday evening/night I was grieving Grandma Hale, and feeling useless.

Part of my grief was just dealing with something "new":  the Hales invited us over for Sunday Lunch, and I was having to deal with the thoughts and feelings that came with it.  This was a first.  My brain said "NO!" ..."I sit with Grandma so that the Hales can have other people over for lunch...that's what I do- it is one of the things that makes me useful...the McKee family going over for Sunday Lunch is just not "right"."  Sigh.

 I know that she's in a MUCH better place, with no more tears, no more pain, with long lost loved ones- Grandpa Pete, her folks, her siblings, her friends.  And yes, this knowledge makes me very happy.

So, Saturday night Mom, Dad & I watched "Tuesdays With Morrie".  Mom and I watched it a LONG time ago, we tried to get Dad to watch it when his folks were going down hill, but he would was probably just as well...we enjoyed it together, and cried through it and afterward.   We have so much to learn...I have so much to learn.  Lots of growing to do.   Maybe I should read the book.

The movie is embedded below, or you can watch it HERE.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wayne Dyer quote


"It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either."

~Wayne Dyer

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Movie: "Good Morning, Miss Dove" ~ 1955

Good Morning, Miss Dove  is a more serous (and better, I think) version of It's a Wonderful Old Maid school teacher realizes what influence she has had, and how loved she is.

The part of Miss Dove is played by Jennifer Jones, who played Jane Hilton in "Since You Went Away"!  =)

Two other actors you ought to recognize from the Dick Van Dyke Show: Jerry Paris and Richard Deacon. 

Enjoy!  (embedded below or watch HERE)