Saturday, November 15, 2014

First Snow

While my guys are digging potatoes they notice a snowflake settle on Meg's brown fur and call me over with my camera. Below is a tight crop of that bitty lil' white spot.

Opening Snow day graces Meg with this perfect tiny 6-pointed star-flake. She is oblivious to the tiny miracle resting on her fur.  She just thinks everyone thinks she's all that.  

Meg and Gigi the henny-penny who has had an extended
charmed life here after avoiding her lady friends trip to
the happy hunting grounds.

The lovely Gigi did indeedy become our dinner tonight.  Kyle summed it up for all of us:  "She tastes like chicken-flavored gum."  Alas, he was right.  I shall miss her.  Having just one chicken has been a pleasure.  And she was a classy lassy as far as hens go.  Meg shall miss her most.

Today was also Build-a-cell-model Day.

Legos can be anything.

Kyle wants to be a bio-engineer (and a cowboy and a . . . ).  Someday we'll remember that it all started on this cellular level.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving feasting.  The turkey's in the oven.  Fastest way to bring a pinata along quickly is the dehydrating selection on the oven at 100 degrees F.  Cheri's recipe - 5 parts water to 1 part flour. Boil a couple min.  I found I added quite a bit more water as I was working.  3 - 4 layers should make this birdie hold up to some wacks, even from the big guys.

These beauties might become pheasants instead of turkeys.  This in honor of Mark's keen desire to bring one home from a hunt.  If he doesn't get to shoot one this year at least he can have a wack at one.

Meg Again

Meg is a good looker.  At least for a lass with a hairy chest and a wet nose. Yes, she is a naturally good looking collie with her luxurious rich, wavy fur coat the color of nut-meg (hence her name see). She should really just relax and enjoy the fact that she is a looker, and well loved.  But sometimes . . .  Sometimes she just can't contain herself and is overcome with a doggie desire to endear herself in a greater way to people. And she does it with a smile.

Her body language says, "Time to impress."
She begins with a flattening of her ears.
And a narrowing of her eyes
Now she begins to pull her lips back . . .
into an ingratiating and ghastly smile.
No Meg - not purdy.

A Cowboy Cake

I was being Sous Chef with Donna last Saturday.  Her son got married - Cowboy style.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Sisters Summit

Images from Sister’s Summit hosted by Kara and Karli.

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Kara’s Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Sauce

1 3/4 C flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4, tsp nutmeg, 6 T butter, 2/3 C brown sugar, 1/2 C molasses, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2/3 C boiling water.     Grease an 8 in. square pan.  Preheat oven to 325.    Mix dry ingredients together.  Cream butter and brown sugar.  Stir in molasses. Beat eggs and add to creamed mixture. Stir in vanilla.  Add dry to creamed alternately.  Gradually add boiling water.  Bake 50 min  Served warm is  . . . . mmmmmmm.

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Carmel Sauce:  1 C butter, 1 C sugar, 1 C brown sugar, 1 C cream, pinch salt, 2 tsp vanilla.  Warm in saucepan together 5 – 6 min.

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This lil’ machiney is the way to serve up fluffy, pile-it-high cream.  As delicious as it is, it’s even more fun to use.  There is a whipped cream lovin’ someone in our family that might  be seeing this pretty baby under the Christmas tree  for all his creamy Christmas wishes.  Ooooo, think of the hot chocolate buffets . . .


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In which we discover that William the Conqueror is our 23 Great Grandfather (direct line too). This fact does not make me love my Irish potato farmer and Pony Express riders and poor, poor coal miner ancestors less, but a little drama is fun too.

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Karli did not buy these amazing Muppet costumes.  She really did fashion them from the inside out herself – no pattern, no instructions.  It was fun to hear her describe the process, and the pleasure this creative neicey takes from being . . . creative.

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It is always helpful to have a sister who can fasten on one’s pearls while getting ready for a BYU gala.


These ‘chat books’ of Kara’s are from her Instagram posts for $6.  So you’ll never forget what your young son thought 1 dime and 1 nickel really equal.

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It would seem Kathi has waved goodbye to the cancer blues.  That is the best news of all.  Gardner Village can wait for another Sister Summit.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kathi’s Quilt

To more fully appreciate ,ya gotta see this snuggly up close and personal.  Each quilt block is fashioned by chil’ren  and grandchil’rens of Mel and Kathi.  As we sisters were admiring it for the first time we couldn’t have been more delighted with the sincerity, sweetness, hope and bawdy humor everyone placed into this Quilt of Comfort.

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Pieced, quilted and bound by the lovely Jana.  (note to self: do not sit next to Jana when you really need to be attentive and quiet)  (another note to self: scratch first note to self – I will sit by her anytime, anywhere I can – just don’t look her in the eye – it’s safest that way)

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I think I missed a couple.  I’ll just have to go back up to Beautiful BC for retakes.

Go Big Sis!