Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Daddy loved to hunt and fish, it was an obsession. His persistence to catch “The Big One” was almost too much, more work than fun… at least from a kid’s perspective. Yet somehow, he injected the love of fishing into my brother and me. My guess is that my Dad brought us fishing without a thought that it would leave an indelible imprint. I never forgot the thrill of holding a wriggling fish.
Daddy and his brothers and sister came from a very musical family. His Mom and Dad played a mandolin, fiddle and guitar. When we were kids Daddy used to set and play that guitar he bought when he was 16 years old. I remember him playing The Church in the Wildwood so many times.
His garden was another passion. Dad looked so forward to this time of year and planting his potatoes. He would plant them on his birthday, the 27th of February and then tend to them like they were children. Patience and care yielded perfectly formed, sturdy potatoes in the end...just like kids they needed someone to nurture and watch over them.
Daddy also loved to fix breakfast and Mom allowed him to do this despite the mess he would make! His real “claim-to-fame" was his dressing! He took such great pride in fixing it every year for the holidays and the family reunion. He would use the Crockpot to transport this secret concoction to church potlucks, giving specific instructions to whoever was holding it of it’s worth! When Daddy would be lucky enough to get a wild turkey we would have fried turkey breast for breakfast. You might think it wouldn’t be so good first thing in the morning, but if you were in that kitchen and could smell how good it was!
My Dad would have been 89 today, he’s been gone 16 years now. He would have taken so much pride in his Great-Grandsons Jackson, Gavin and Ewan…seeing them out on the boat enjoying themselves and fishing for “The Big One!”
Friday, February 26, 2010
house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came
to his repeated knocks at the door.
Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote 'Revelation 3:20' on
the back of it and stuck it in the door.
When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that
his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message,
Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation,
Thursday, February 25, 2010
4. The stuff they tell you on TV ain't necessarily so.
5. Your DOG loves you NO MATTER WHAT.
6. NEW isn't always better.
9. Get up early and enjoy a sun rise...
10. Go to bed at a decent hour.
11. Look people in the eye when you speak.
12. Do things for other people who aren't expecting it.
13. Stop whining.
14. Don't listen to gossip.
15. Be the solution - not the problem.
16. You know what is RIGHT & WRONG...so just do WHAT'S RIGHT.
17. Leave the last piece of pie for someone else.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The first night we had a fire in the pit and set outside after a balmy 60 degree Texas day.
Trails led down to Lake Texoma with woods all around. We hiked down to the lake on Saturday afternoon and after the long winter in Arkansas, it sure was great to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. But in the night a cold front sneaked in with thunderstorms that shook the cabin and made a muddy mess outside, keeping us cooped inside with just videos.
How many times can you watch a SpongeBob video? Well, if you are 3 you can watch it over and over...it's funny everytime!
We did have a wonderful visit though and it was down time for our busy kids.
It's snowing at Denton today, this has been a CRAZY winter!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Also on Highway 412 near Marble is a White Oak Station (many of these in Arkansas)that boasts a sit down area serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu offers favorites like cheeseburgers and chili dogs, but they also fry up a mean catfish dinner! I have sampled their tater planks or fried okra many times when I was coming home from Mom's!
I imagine all across America if you keep your eyes peeled you are going to be able to find these Quik Stops, EZmarts and Gas N Go's. Sometimes you have to stand at the counter for your food, but your nose is telling you already that the food is good. There are tipoffs of a good place...
1. The parking lot is full of hunters and farmers.
2. Someone that looks like your Grandma is back in the kitchen.
3. Inspection notices are posted and anything above a 93 should be assurance that this place is clean!
You're already there getting your tank filled so why not try out the food? You just might be in for a tasty snack that won't cost you and arm and a leg!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
BlogAid-Recipes for Haiti is a compilation of recipes and photographs from twenty-seven fabulous, talented and generous food writers. All of the proceeds from BlogAid-Recipes for Haiti will go straight to Haitian relief via the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders. That’s not all though! Both West Canadian AND Blurb are matching the dollar amount of the proceeds raised up to $10,000 and until February 12th, the Canadian government will match that amount.
The cookbook is printed using a POD (print-on-demand) system, meaning the books are printed and shipped as they’re ordered and arrive at your doorstep in about 8 days.
Printing partners West Canadian Graphics and Blurb.com in San Francisco were instrumental in supporting the efforts of the designers, artists and contributors as they brought the book to life. Graphic designer Cathryn Ironside spent hundreds of hours on the layout and design; the book is 7”x7”, 110 pages and full colour with a soft-cover ($25) as well as a hard-cover ($50) option.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Hungry Man's Lard Cake
Source: Farm Journal's Timesaving Country Cookbook (1961)
"A big cake to carry in pan to picnic or lunch in the field--made by Grandma's creaming method"
1 1/4 cups lard
2 1/2 cups sugar
5 1/2 cups sifted flour
8 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Cream lard 1 minute; add sugar; cream until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift together dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk and vanilla; beat until well mixed.
Pour into greased and floured pan (10" x 14").
Bake in moderate oven (375*) about 35 minutes. When cool, spread with caramel or chocolate-fudge frosting made from a packaged mix.
Friday, February 19, 2010
She did wash on Monday, only Monday. It would be two or three loads and we were a family of four. Mom would hang the clothes out year-round. That meant snowy winters in Missouri, she would put on her snow boots, gloves and wool headscarf and brave the cold temperatures to hang out clothes. When she'd bring the wash in at the end of the day, the shirts and pants would be frozen stiff. She'd stand them by the wall and in a few minutes they would "slump" to the floor and she'd laugh and say Old Man Winter slipped out of them! No complaining about her cold hands and feet, not to mention the extra work required to put out that big wash.
It's just the two of us, my washer holds twice as much and I wash practically every day. Can you explain that to me?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Something compact but classy...
All of the creature comforts of Home...
A little elegance throw in...
A great master bathroom is a must...
The big surprise is that this 1 bedroom loft apartment was built inside a 1940's grain bin!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Researchers will tell you that love at first sight is rare. In an interview study on this phenomenon, psychology professor Ayala Malach Pines, author of "Falling in Love," found that only one-tenth (or 11 percent) of her participants had fallen in love at first glance. When love at first sight does happen, men tend to get hit with Cupid’s arrow more often than women. But the symptoms of being love stuck are the same in both men and women...
— Focus all our attention on this person
— Become obsessive in thinking about the love object
— Suffer from sleeplessness and a loss of appetite
— Practice possessiveness over our mates
— Show physical affection, such as nuzzling
— Channel all of our energies to win over this particular beloved
I didn't really need researchers to tell me all this, I kinda knew it already!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
It wasn't long until Ewan's personality began to emerge...
Adventuresome from the start...
A little bit of a clown...
Cute as a button...