Saturday, June 30, 2007
It's almost July (three hours and counting) and it's getting HOT (mid 90's each day here). Is there anything more refreshing than a tall glass of cold icy water with a couple slices of lemon squeezed in and filled to the top with crystal clear ice? Can't you just see the glass sweating and frosting up? MMMMmmm. As you go to the freezer to grab a handful of cubes to plunk into your glass, you find............. a bunch of empty ice trays and no ice in the box. Grrrrrrr!
I have been officially dubbed the Ice Fairy. Why? Because I am the one who willingly, kindly cracks out all the ice cube trays and refills them so there is usually a nice, full box of fresh ice daily. However, even an Ice Fairy gets busy now and then (or forgets that hot July is waiting in the wings). I'm trying not to be crabby about my little fairy job. I think I needed this little hot spell so I would be reminded of my calling once again.
Another fairy job I have is to make popsicles. I have some really cool rocket popsicle molds that I love to use. The brand name is Tovolo and I found them on Amazon. I fill them with anything and everything. Sometimes it's left-over orange juice or grape juice. Somtimes I like to make a batch of fruit smoothy and pour it into the molds. Of course, there's good old Kool-aid and lemonade too. I've heard that jello makes a good popsicle, but my favorite is pudding. Make some instant chocolate pudding and pour it into the molds. They turn out kind of like a fudgsicle. YUM!
I grew up on popsicles. My mom used to send a dime with us when we went swimming at the pool -- a great outdoor pool with a bouncy diving board. My friends and I became brown as berries swimming every single day. At break, we went to the Little Store (that's what we called it) and bought a popsicle with out dime. Do you remember banana and blue raspberry and lime pops?
Here's a bit of POPSICLE History for you........
Invented accidently by 11 year old Frank Epperson in 1905, they were originally called Epsicles! It would be 18 years before he realized that there were commercial possibilities, and in 1923 he applied for a patent, which was granted in 1924. His kids would ask for pop's 'sicles', and so the name Popsicle was born. Epperson also created the twin popsicle, the Fudgsicle, the Dreamsicle and the Creamsicle. Popsicle sticks are made from birch wood.
The Twin Popsicle was invented during the Great Depression so 2 could share one for a nickel.
Good Humor owns the rights to the popsicle, and according to the company, 1.4 billion sticks were used to make Popsicle products - that is more than 9 million miles of sticks! (2001)
Got a popsicle recipe to share?
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
"This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood."
After reading Jewel's articles, I jazzed-up my own journal which is 5.5 x 8.5". Jewels recommends a blank, hard-cover sketchbook, which I can see would be a much nicer size to use and would allow more space for writing or pictures, depending on your preferences. The open white space becomes a nice backdrop for the pictures and for your writing.
So now, for a few pictures from my journal. Mind you, my journal was not blank, but has colored pages. It gives you the gist of the project.
Did you notice that I flipped ahead in my journal to October and November and decorated some pages? I think you could do an entire sketchbook and give it as a gift or do as Jewel did and give a Kit -- a basket or bag with all the goodies needed to make-your-own embellished Everyday Journal .
It's such a pleasure to flip to the next page and see a bright and beautiful page to write upon. However, if you did this day-by-day, you could add quotes or pictures or magazine clippings that had meaning for you in that particular day. Whatever you do, enjoy playing with your scissors, glue, pens, and pictures. I did! Thanks Jewels, for the inspiration!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
like a cinnamon roll.
This recipe was clipped from an old issue of Country Woman Magazine
and the cook was Elsie Shell of Topeka Indiana.
Elsie, if you're out there, my family thanks you from the bottom of their bellies!
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 T. flour
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
1 1/4 c. water
1/3 c. butter
1 t. vanilla
red food coloring (opt.)
In a saucepan, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Stir in water; add butter. Bring to a boil; cook and stir one minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla and red food coloring.
2 c. flour
2 T. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
2 1/2 T. butter
3/4 c. milk
Cut in flour into dry ingredients and add milk. Do not over-mix. This is a type of biscuit so you want that consistancy. Gather dough into a ball and roll out on a floured surface into a 12x9" rectange. Spread over dough with:
2 T. softened butter
2 c. finely chopped rhubarb
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
Roll up the dough with filling into a long log. Cut into 12 even pieces and place in a greased 9x13" baking pan. Pour sauce over top. Bake at 350* F for about 40 min. or until golden brown.
My recommendation is to serve warm with vanilla ice cream and a cuppa hot coffee.
A good friend sent me this little "Did You Know" about Rhubarb......
"A good dictionary will tell you tht rhubarb means a loud dispute or a noisy argument that may be a prelude to a fight. But the book won't give any hint as to why the name of a vegetable with edible stalks is attached to a squabble.
This usage arose from a common practice of stage and movie directors --- Simultaneous shouting of 'Rhubarb! Rhubarb!' by numerous extras in a crowd scene creates an impression of angry chaos. Actors who participated in mob scenes adopted the shouted word to name a loud fracas."
~From: Why You Say It - The fascinating Stories Behind Over 600 Everyday Words & Phrases by Webb Garrison
Friday, June 22, 2007
Step 1: Grease a spring form pan and add crushed Oreo cookies to the bottom. Press to the edges.
Step 2: Run under warm water, a pail of ice cream, for about one minute or until the ice cream easily slips out of the container. Place ice cream on a piece of waxed paper.
Step 3: Tip ice cream on it's side and slice into chunks. Then put these chunks into the spring form pan, pressing ice cream in until it fills up the pan. You can do a thin layer of ice cream, add toppings like caramel, nuts, fudge, fruit, etc., and then add another layer of ice cream on top of that. There are no rules for this cake.
I filled this pan up with the ice cream only and then......
Step 4: Topped it with Hershey's Chocolate syrup and more crushed Oreos. You can add any topping or nuts or fruits you like at this stage. Now toss it into the freezer with a bit of waxed paper over the top. The final stage doesn't happen until you're ready to serve the cake.
Step 5: Lastly, just before serving, take the ice cream cake out of the freezer. Two of us put our warm hands on the spring form pan to thaw the edges. Release from the pan and put it on a cake plate. Now the fun part.......frosting it! Spray whipped cream all over the top and then add any colorful toppings you like. We added mini-M&M's to this cake. Isn't it pretty? To cut the cake, take a long, sharp knife to the table along with a glass of warm water to dip the knife in in-between slices.
Allium (summer blooming)
Song for June
Summer is not the golden blaze of sun,
Nor lilac dark along the country lane,
Nor opal morning where the cool brooks run,
Nor velvet midnight laced with sudden rain.
Neither is summer the unfolding rose,
The frosty blue of berries ripening,
Nor tawny silken tassels down the rows
Where the tall corn makes dusty whispering.
These are but part of summer, not her heart,
Not the deep marrow that sustains the bone,
Investiture, yet from the whole apart,
For more than these is summer's self alone.
Summer is in your eyes that look on me
With sweet fulfillment of spring ecstasy.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
It's been on my To-Do List --painting this granary and chicken coop. It's been on my list for over a year, but now I can gladly say, it has begun. My daughter-in-love and I power washed the buildings to remove the loose paint, and now it's time to start painting. We decided on barn-red for a color with white trim. I think it'll look very nostalgic and charming, even if they are just a couple of old, worn-out buildings.
Here's the Before.
And here's the Good Beginning.
I have other chores to do today, but I thought if I could just get a good start this morning, it would energize me to carry on with it. I'll have more help in the days to come and so I don't think this will be too difficult to complete. Sometimes though, you just need to get started.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
......and you thought we humans invented them!
(click on picture to get a closer view of the parachutes)
Friday, June 15, 2007
I've had such fun (really!) gardening this year. I hardly break a sweat anymore. No hoeing and hacking and dragging around hose. The project began when I went down to the Big Garden to plant potatoes and onions. I realized that the garden spot was infested with creeping jenny (bindweed) and that there was no hope of me keeping up with it. So......I was rescued from my garden dilema by my teenaged sons who built me two 3x10' raised bed frames. You can read about its beginnings here.
Front: tomatoes & marigolds Back: lettuce, kale, radish, carrot throughout.
Now look at my pretty veggie beds! Today I set the wire trellis for the pole beans and snow peas to climb. I also staked my tomato plants with dead branches from my willow trees. This garden fairy is delighted!
Front: pole beans, cabbage, bush beans, zucchini. Middle: snow peas End: peppers, cukes.Carrots are sprinkled through most of the gardens.
How about a tub o' onions? I decided to use some of my flower garden spaces to grow veggies too. This whiskey barrel sits in a bed of purple petuntias with more onions growing here and there among them. I sprinkled some red poppy seeds in the barrel with the onions in hopes that they add a little pop of color and interest later on. Poppy seeds are also sprinkled in the flower bed. When it's looking fabulous, I'll take another picture.
The sun's going down, but there's enough daylight for a few windrows. You know the old slogan, "Make hay while the sun shines"? We take that literally here. We're in the season of Making Hay. The men have the machinery purring, the gears are greased, the tanks are full, the sickle is set. It's time to RUMBLE! Haying begins! Let the cutter bar slide!
Look at that beautiful, green, mowed hay! The smell! Mmmmm.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
This is Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom. It's a beautiful rose-type blossom. The grass is so tall, it hides them from view until you're right on top of them.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
All things bright and beautiful
All creatures, great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all.
He gave us eyes to see them
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty
Who has made all things well!