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!)

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)

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Sunday Blessing #10

 "The LORD bless you and keep you; 
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
 the LORD turn his face towards you and give you peace."
Number 6:24

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The first day of the year.

The first day of the year. The first day of the rest of my life.

I'm going to have a really great life. =)

What will this year hold? What will my life hold? What will I be known for? Remembered for? Loved for? Have I touched anyone's life? What does it mean to be a friend? How can I grow this year?

I am so blessed. So loved. So healthy.

Frivolous with how I spend my time- I need to “reign in” my “spending”.

I also need to care more, cry more, love more, clean more, breath more, write more, cook more, Trust God more.

Especially that last one- Trust God more.

Happy New Year, 2015!

 Happy New Year....may 2015 be more peaceful than last year.  Sometimes it feels like a losing battle (thinking of the grand scheme of things), but Never underestimate the power you wield in your everyday life.  I can make it more peaceful in my corner of the world! I CAN effect change. =) Hug more, argue less! Smile more, frown less!
A song for you: Peace Train

Some highlights of my year:
1. I have 2 best friends.
2. Mom and I got to go on a 5300 mile LONG car trip "out West"...lots of fun!
3. I started a new blog  "Pearls in the Kitchen?
4. Sewed my own swimsuit for the first time ever...(and one for Mom)...that was exciting. (Thanks for the help Mom & Brittany)
5.  We started the "10:24 Society" last January. Ladies meeting together after the manner of  Hebrews 10:24. (we are on Facebook)
6. Grandma Hale peacefully passed from this earth in her own home. I hope that will be said of me someday.  It was an honor and blessing to serve her.  (her post)

Wishes for 2015:
~Be bolder and braver
~Be a better and more caring friend
~Learn to be a better housekeeper
~Spend more time with my little friends
~No more "melt downs"
~Figure out how to make my creativity supply my "pin" money


An update on my wishes for 2014:   (my end of the year answers are in bold)

(not numbered, because I don’t think that I could do it justice)
~Get completely moved in  (NOPE- try again in 2015)
~Make a snowman (Not enough snow- try again in 2015!)
~Make time for sewing/creative fun every week (Well...not really...try again in 2015)
~Have one get together/party every month (Yes~ we started the "Hebrews 10:24 Society" last January! We had a lot of fun as a group, and besides those get-togethers we had lots of other parties!)
~Learn to drive  (Well, no....sigh...what vitamin does one take for bravery? I need some. )
.....if I write these down will they be more likely to happen?

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I hope that your new year is the best yet.  That you will learn lots. And remember that God is in charge, and planned everything....even if you don't understand why.  Or how it will all "turn out". 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Literary Quiz Answers!

1)  Q: Who's "Mother was an angel & Father was a cannibal king"?
        A: Pippi Longstocking 

 Astrid Lindgren first thought of Pippi Longstocking in 1941. Her 7-year-old daughter Karin was sick and had to be kept in bed. She asked her mother to tell her a story, so Lindgren made up a character named Pippi Longstocking and some stories about her to entertain her daughter.
Pippi Longstocking was first published in 1945, and is now translated in 64 languages.

2)  Q: Betsy & Tib have a dear friend named __________.
       A: Tacy 

"...Maud Hart Lovelace, born in 1892, is the author of the Betsy-Tacy series, in addition to several other books for adults and children. She based the Betsy-Tacy series on her own childhood and once wrote, "I lived the happiest childhood a child could possibly know," and it is this joy that comes through in her books...."

3)  Q: Which set of books did "Everything Pudding, Everything Pie" come from?
      A: The  Betsy-Tacy series!

Follow this LINK to get to: 
      A Betsy-Tacy-Tib Reader’s Theater Script
Adapted from “Betsy-Tacy and Tib”
by Maud Hart Lovelace

or look HERE for the Betsy-Tacy Society!
(they also have birthday party ideas)

4)  Q: __________ is the name of the little girl who ALWAYS wore pink & white striped dresses.
      A: Milly-Molly-Mandy!

"Joyce Lankester Brisley's books were first printed in 1925, and a collection appeared in book form in 1928. She wrote and illustrated six collections of Milly-Molly-Mandy, amongst other works...."

5)  Q: Do you remember the name of the pig who happened to be a writer & detective?
      A: Freddy!

"...Freddy the Pig is the central figure in a series of 26 books written between 1927 and 1958 by American author Walter Rollin Brooks (1886-1958), and illustrated by Kurt Wiese. Consisting of 25 novels and one poetry collection, they focus on the adventures of a group of animals living on a farm in rural upstate New York...."

Thursday, December 25, 2014

I have a short literary quiz for you:

1) Who's "Mother was an angel & Father was a cannibal king"?

2) Betsy & Tib have a dear friend named __________.

3) Which set of books did "everything pudding, everything pie" come from?

4) __________ is the name of the little girl who ALWAYS wore pink & white striped dresses.

5) Do you remember the name of the pig who happened to be a writer & detective?

Look for the answers on Monday!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Donna Reed Show: The Lean and Hungry Look

I have good memories of watching the "Donna Reed Show" with Grandma Hale, and I have also enjoyed watching them with my Mom. (you can find them on YouTube!)

"The Lean and Hungry Look" was a very fun episode, and a nice reminder during the tasty holiday time of the year....flee temptation, stand strong and "put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony." to quote Proverbs 23:2.

(I'm NOT saying that it is wrong to indulge at times...I'm just giving a friendly exhortation to be careful, and prudent!)

The 20 minute show is embedded below: