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Saturday, November 26, 2011

THE BEST PART

of the Thanksgiving holiday is family.  This year most of the second cousins were together for the family meal and they had a blast.  There were six of them between the ages of 2 and 6 and they blended immediately, first at the family gathering and then later, on play dates.  First cousins who hadn't seen each other in years were also busy playing catch up.  It was just a great, feel good day!
Our son and daughter in law spent time during their visit looking for a house while HB and I watched the grandchildren, who are busy, entertaining and sometimes very loud :).  I listened in amazement as my 2 year old granddaughter used the word "actually" in a sentence.  Her vocabulary is just mind blowing to me.
All in all it was a wonderful holiday, and now a sweet memory, I've locked away for a too quiet day in the future.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

CATCHING UP AGAIN

First I had my bead show, then an unexpected 5 day trip to Florida to check on my mom who has been in the hospital.  Now I am back home preparing for the onslaught arrival of some of our family on Monday:)  Actually, we are looking forward to the arrival part. It's our son, his wife, and 3 of our grandchildren and they are bringing with them the news that they are moving back to Louisville!  HB and I have hoped for this for a long, long time.  Having the opportunity to be involved in the lives of the little ones on a frequent basis is heaven sent.  The kids are 6, almost 5 and 2, so there are lots of dance recitals, baseball games and cookies to be made and tasted.  I love being a grandmother!  I enjoy all of my grandchildren in a way so differently than I enjoyed my children.  I guess it's because in the end they are not my total responsibility, as long as I protect them on my watch.  I get mostly the fun parts, except for an occasional meltdown which is over quickly with the offer of chocolate....shhhhh don't tell !

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

ALMOST READY

A bead show consumes me so that's all I have been writing about.  I don't want this blog to be just about beads, but right now it's the only thing on my mind.  To the right is a bracelet that will be for sale.  I love the turquoise bead that is close to the center.  I almost left it out so I could just keep it and just look at it, but talked myself out of it.  Sometimes I get attached to certain beads and have a hard time letting them go.  I think it's because all of them are one of a kind and I know I can never duplicate it again.  The colors are always what draw me to a bead, or anything else for that matter.  I took some pictures of the maple tree in our front yard today.  It's at the very end of loosing it's leaves, but it was so beautiful when the sun was shining.  It's one of those late blooming maples, so it's one of the last trees on the block to become bare.  I think the colors are so wonderful, even though it means that winter will soon be upon us. Winter...my least favorite season, the one that drags on forever.  Okay, I'm stopping now.  The reasons winter and I are not friends are too long and too whiney.  I'll just add that I hate being cold.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

CHAOS

This is what  am doing next Sunday and if you live in or around the Louisville area, you're invited.  I love to do bead shows, but getting ready is well, just general chaos.  Here is a picture of my work area, and this was taken a week ago, it's much worse now.

I wish I was one of those neat and tidy people, but I'm not.  I work much better under pressure.  Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, I'll show you some of the things I've made for the show....if I can find them :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

VEGETABLE SOUP

Here is my veggie soup recipe, per request.  It's best made over two days and you've got to be one of those a little of this a little of that kind of cook.  First I brown a package of stew meat in a small amount of oil.  Use a large pot and brown slowly.  Season meat with salt and pepper first. You want those brown bits in the bottom of the pan, nice brown bits.  As the meat is browning add one chopped onion.  I add this after the brown bits are starting to form. When the meat is done add one large can of crushed tomatoes and one large can of whole tomatoes,  2 chopped carrots and one can of water. Add one large soup bone, Lawry's seasoned salt, and cracked pepper.  Let this cook at least two-three hours.  I usually let this cool and put it in the frig over night, at this point .  The next day I heat the soup up and add 2-4 chopped potatoes and 2 carrots, 1 can creamed corn, 1/2 cup ketchup and cook for an hour.  Stir frequently because the ketchup has sugar in it.  Next add 1 small package frozen peas, corn, green beans, and any other veggie you like. You might need more water at this point. Add 1/2 to 1 full jar of red currant jelly, depending on your taste.  Cook for another hour. Sometimes I add a small can of tomato sauce instead of more water.  This is kind of a personal choice.  I do not add cabbage, as it overpowers the other flavors.  Lima beans are not allowed in my home as the result of a promise I made to myself as a child.  Even the thought of them makes me shudder.  Watch the soup closely as it will stick because of the jelly...ask me how I know.
Soup can be frozen.  Best served with homemade applesauce and corn muffins.  There you have it.  Now go make some!