January 27, 2015

Found picture

Linking to

Looking on line I found this picture. It is so sweet. I hope to get back to making dolls and maybe use this for an inspiration.

I love old pictures with dolls in them.

Maybe you didn't even know I make and collect dolls. Dolls in the doll room.

Did you ever have a doll purse?I did. Not this one. Mine is long gone. They zipped open in the back.

 Some of my tiny dolls in the china cupboard. It is true I will never outgrow my love for dolls. Hope your week is going well. j

January 24, 2015

Yummy new recipe

 This is delicious. Better after it sits a day. A pinterest recipe. Enjoy j

 new recipe

Apple Praline Bread 

1 cup sour cream 

1 cup brown sugar 

2 eggs 

2 tsp vanilla

 2 cups flour 

2 tsp baking powder 

1/2 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tsp salt 

1 1/2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely chopped (2 large apples)

1 cup nuts (walnut or pecan or a combo), divided 

For the praline sauce: ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup butter 

Micro wave 40 sec. stir micro wave again stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1/2 the nuts. I used 2 smaller loaf pans and baked for 40 min.

In a large loaf pan bake 1 hour 350 then glaze with praline sauce when cooled.

January 2, 2015

New nativity made in Poland.

As a gift we received a new nativity from our children. They were living in Germany and did some traveling while there. Iris is a shopper and she found this, nativity, in Poland. It is all hand made by villagers. You can find more information about the mission on line at,

I wish you all good health in 2015. j

December 30, 2014

Hand made Christmas gifts

Christmas is over so I can share some of the things Justine and I worked on for gifts. They were not quite finished when I took the pictures.the stem buttons were added. We went shopping at goodwill for frames.  Took out the glass, covered the back with burlap, glued on the buttons. Merry Christmas to the grand parents.
 The strings on the cinnamon ornaments were added and the cords on the washer necklaces were added. Last was the sock monkey for her brother. We will start working on the 4H projects for 2015 after the first of the year. I am looking forward to more fun in the sewing room. Have a Happy New Year. j

December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014

We had a very nice Christmas with 3 of our four children and their families. Lots of food. Lots of left overs. Special requested salads and pies.
I made these candy jars for the kids.

 Cam's ninja cookie.
 Time for them to go home. We miss the Fl. kids. Maybe next year they will be here too.

 clipping the box tops and soup labels hahaha family time.
 New guitar.  Have a Happy New Year. 2015

December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

To all, I wish good health and happiness. Merry Christmas. Remembering the reason for the season. The birth of our lord. Jesus Christ

December 19, 2014

Noel has new hands.

I received a paper mache head doll from an on line friend.After I posted I really wanted to own one. Hope wrote and asked me if I would like hers. Of course I said yes. I have named her Noel and she now has been repaired and is ready for her ward robe. I have had her for a couple of weeks but

had no time until tonight to make her hands and stitch her body darts. I had fabric that matched perfectly. I drew the new hands and fore arms.Stitched them. Glued the old hands together at the end,so the stuffing would stay in place, with fabric tac then pulled on the new hand/fore arm like gloves and stitched them just below the elbow. She has her tiny waist again. Love her. I am very pleased with how she turned out. Merry Christmas to me. and to YOU ALL. j

December 15, 2014

Favorite food

linking to http://733blog.com/2014/12/inspire-me-wednesday-51/
 Two of our favorite foods are this snack mix
Snacken good snack mix.
2 cups club mini crackers
2 cups crispiz cereal
2 cups mixed nuts or cashews
2 cups fish crackers
4 cups cheez it crackers 6 cups bugels 5 cups nacho bugels
3/4 cup popcorn oil and 2 packages of ranch dressing
I put all the dry ingredients in a large roaster, sprinkle on the dry ranch dressing, drizzle the oil over the mix ,stir and cover.Bake at 250 for 40 min. Stir every 10 min.

You can add 3 cups of pretzels in place of the club crackers.

and Chocolate no bake cookies.
2 cups sugar
 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter
Melt butter, add sugar and cocoa. Bring to a rolling boil.
Add 3 cups oatmeal, 1 1/2 cups coconut and 1/2 cup nuts if desired.
Stir well and drop by spoonful on waxed paper. A double batch made 63 cookies. Enjoy j
Linking to http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-art-of-home-making-mondays-please_15.html

December 5, 2014

Primatives on the porch.

Link http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2014/12/sew-darn-crafty-linky-partydecember.html
I like some primitives and have some on my front porch. This year I decided to decorate using things I have. Not a lot of lights (saving on the power bill). Usually I do the traditional decorating with the wreaths and roping. This year we are trying to save $ so no real roping. It went from .69 a foot to $1.00 a foot. Call me cheap but I need lots of feet so nope not paying that.The first 5 pictures are of,how the porch looked, other years.

 Here is the porch decorations for 2014. The south end of the porch has an old wooden file cabinet.I store garden things in it. The piece of slate on top was from an old school house.The wreath is one I picked up this year at the local church bazaar. $1.00. I thought the musical themed ribbon just went with the God shed his grace on thee. Now you will be singing that song all day long.
The nest is one a robin made on the down spout a couple of years ago.

The metal table and shelves hold a variety of things, Big pine cones on the top shelf ,a corn dryer hanging on the left.The rest is just stuff I like and added to the shelf. I can leave most of the things all winter.

 The roses are from our 50th anniversary.I am hoping they will freeze dry.
 The big colander, just has pine cones this year. The dried piece I brought back from a trip to AZ.

This nativity has been the decoration on the porch for many years. The reason for the season. I will add some lights around the wreath and the nativity. I need to get into the attic to get them.
Love the smell of ever green.
 This fern stand is to the left of the front door.
This is a small shrub I bought late in the fall. I bought 2. We will plant them in the spring but they work great for Christmas trees.
 The snowmen on the table to the right of the front door. The whole  porch(this year) is a hodge podge of things I like. The evergreen adds the Christmas smell and the touch of green. It all makes me smile. Merry Christmas. It will be here and gone very soon. j