Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Grandma and her legacy...


As with many of us,our Grandmas are our role models,our great treasure and we are their legacy.We lived in Tennessee,down in the hollow(that's hollar down there);),my grandma and I would go blackberry picking.She'd always tell me to watch out for bears,my eyes would get big and I'd look around,but I was with Grandma and nothing could hurt me.We'd go back and she'd make blackberry dumplings on the stove,oh,how good that did smell,what wonderful memories.The best memories you can give a child are the love and times you share together.

Blackberry Dumplings:
1 quart blackberries, rinsed 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
Dumplings- 1 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon(or more) sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 2/3 cup milk (I just use cinnamon sugar,I always save the little bear honey bottles and mix my own cinnamon/sugar to taste)Some add a little nutmeg in the dumplings also.

Mix berries,water, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 t salt and lemon in large, wide saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. For dumplings: Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and milk. Stir until mixed. Drop by TBS into berry mixture. Cover tightly and simmer 15 minutes. Serve in bowls with a dollop of whipped cream.

Today is a gift...

Be thankful each day you wake up,thank the Lord.Pray for everyone you can think of,because you don't know what each day could bring.You can't do anything about the past,but you can do something about your present here and now.Call someone you've wanted to talk to forever. Do everything you can to love,encourage,share,hug and remember your opportunity is right now,it's a gift,it's The Present.

Monday, June 18, 2007

paint and stencil...



I painted this old wooden chair,then I stamped the rose and just painted the leaves.You can buy stamps or stencils.I painted an old wooden table this same color and decoupaged vintage girl pics for my daughter.I then modge podged about five coats on top,let each coat dry completely.It would be good to let cure a little and paint just one coat a day.Years ago a friend decoupaged pics of her family on top of her table and polyurethaned many coats on top of whole table,took a long time,but was awesome.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Father's Day!


Tomorrow's Father's Day and as with every holiday and birthday it becomes a weekend or week event.I have five kids and Nana to four.Second son turned 25 today,so this is a busy weekend.We had a surprise party for him last night.Why do they call it a surprise party like they don't know if they haven't heard what we'll be doing,they don't know we're doing something?LOL I guess it's the kid in all of us,we want to be part of a little adventure.I read some cards with half the county in Target today and as usual couldn't find a good one for daddy's day.Why do they assume all Dads play golf or sports?You'd think that was a criteria for being a man today,mine is a movie loving freak.I swear he's so obsessed with Transformers coming out,he has just about every toy and comic.That's okay,what he spends I can match,WooHoo,more crafts for me!Anyway,like a said the cards were stupid,so I got him a movie giftcard and he's going out to Red Robin for dinner.Ofcourse that's not counting the toys he got when they came out two weeks ago for the movie.Give hugs and kisses to the Dads,they carry a huge burden the Lord has given them being responsible for us.