Sunday, August 2, 2015

Granny's Box of Papers

My Gran loved to write letters, she would write to everyone! She taught me to do the same. She kept most every letter ever written to her but as the years went by she could no longer read them so most got tossed or given back to the author as a historical record but some special letters were kept. Here is one that shows how much my gran meant to others
Can you see the underlined verse on the lower left picture? the saying is underlined showing emphasis
The letter is as follows

Dear Sister Acree,                                                                                                   Feb 19, 1987
Some how this season of expressing love to our family and friends does not feel right without my expressing my love to you.

I want you to know how much you have helped me as an individual by your example of unconditional love that you show not to just a select few but to everyone whom you know.

I appreciate your emulating the teachings of the Savior daily in your life and not only on the Sabbath.

Your children surely must rise up and call you blessed. What a beautiful lesson in your children's lives to have a mother who not only reads the savior's teachings but lives them as well.

As a young wife and mother you have silently encouraged me to try to be as good an example to my family as I see you being to everyone.

You must hold a choice place in our Heavenly Fathers heart -  I just know that Heavenly Mother will have the same kind face and smile as you.

Our ward has been richly blessed by your presence. Many of the members owe you a debt of gratitude.

Thank you for being the person you are... You truly are a "Valentine" for our ward.

May the Lord bless you with every blessing you need because you are so special. I consider myself blessed to associate with you.

"Love, A grateful Sister"

I am sure that my gran was deeply touched by this letter! She really did serve others without complaint and with a happy heart. I can remember her being overwhelmed one day and unable to assist someone who needed a ride. She called and told this person that she was very sorry but she could not accommodate them that day. After she hung up not ten minutes went by before she was out the door to assist this person and re arraigning her own life around them. It was just the way she was. A really great example to me and others... I love you and miss you Gram

Thursday, July 30, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

~ Loving that things are a bit less hectic in my life

~ Feeling able to continue my joy in recording the gifts in my life

~ Having such a great group of blogging buddy's

~ Finding a beautiful flowering plant to gift to a excellent Doctor

~ A loving, caring mother

~ A loving, caring father

~ A big change up at work... Still undecided if it's a good thing but trusting in the Lord

~ A fantastic B-Day gift coming from almost half way around the world to me... Loving it xxxx

~ The feeling of great happiness in my heart when looking at that gift

~ Summer chicken salad

~ The discovery of a new farmers market with unbelievable fruit and veggies and more!

~ Getting to hear the heart beat of my unborn grandson

~ The love of a sweet puppy so happy to be with me

~ The finding of new places to visit thanks to a fellow bloggers great ideas!

~ Watching the newest wild baby foal wandering our neighborhood

~ Summer thunderstorms bring a bit of rain with sweet scents and a cooling from the heat

# 285 enjoying the coolest summer we've had for a couple years

Friday, July 24, 2015

Birthday Surprise

I received a special gift in the mail last week from almost half way around the world! A friend of mine that lives in Australia sent me a birthday gift. I was so very excited when I opened it to find a "Bron Creation" Bron is so very talented, generous, clever and great at sewing. This is a true treasure to me!
I was very excited and wanted to show off my new bag so I dragged my husband out of the house so that I could break in my new bag! My husband took this picture as I was getting into the car... Not my best but it shows off the bag very well! Thank you so much Bron... I love it! xxxxxx

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Remembering

Remembering a dearly beloved who left us way to early one year ago today. You are missed and loved by many who still carry you in their hearts! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

DIY Butter

This book is a interesting read and I have enjoyed it. Within this book I found a recipe for butter. The taste of Margarine's or fake butters have never appealed to me. The taste is just bad, its watery and does not melt all the way... YUCK! 

Butter has always been my choice. My Nana always made sure when she came for visits that I had some butter on hand for her breakfast toast in the mornings She told me that she would never eat fake butter. 

So I made some today... It's creamy and tastes really good! I had my doubts but not now. Here is one of the many sites I glanced at to get instructions.
All you need is Heavy Whipping Cream and a mixer, blender, processor, Kitchen aid or even a canning jar. You can search pinterest or the internet for specific instructions on any of the procedures. I used my kitchen-aid it was easy peasy. It did the work while I did laundry... Haha multitasking 
What ever method you choose just whip it, blend it, process it or shake it until it separates into butter milk and hard butter. What your left with on the bottom is Butter milk save it and use it in another recipe.
Next you need to wash your butter 
As butter melts fast in heat I used Ice water to assist in keeping the butter hard 
(I didn't add the ice only the water)
You can see in each of the three washes the water became more clear until I could see the bottom easily. Do as many washes as needed until the waters clear. Discard the washing water do not use it. At this point some people recommend kneading the butter but it's Hot! Summer here so I just pressed the water out. Do not skip this step... you will be surprised how much water will squeeze out of your drained butter
 During the washing faze I covered the mixer because the washing water was flying everywhere
 Here is what you are left with... Real, Pure, Clean Butter!!!
 I placed it in a clean jar in the fridge
 I wanted a go at Strawberry butter so I added 4 strawberries and half the butter in my processor

 It didn't mix well maybe 4 berries were to many
But the taste was a party in my mouth! It's not sweet like sugary spreads but I prefer the natural flavor
This picture did not show the butter well... but how do you take a pic of melted butter anyway lol Sooooo Very yummy! I find myself looking forward to tomorrow mornings breakfast! 7 grain bread with fresh strawberry butter.... Visions of spread will be dancing in my head.... lol

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Bethadilly Picture Challenge

I started following Bethadilly for her picture challenges. I have tried daily picture challenges before and it became very tedious for me. But now I find the need to be grounded and so a little Tediousness is in order

July 11th 2015 Loyal
My two sweet fur children are so very loyal

The one in the back ground with racoon eyes will not eat if I am not home so I really have to be careful with him... When I come home at night he jumps running all around the house and even howls like a wolf it's so adorable... Then he has to bring me his favorite baby toy of the day and we play tug-o-war

The one in the foreground gets so excited that he barks... but its not a normal bark, he barks with his whole body its comical. Sometimes I think he is a magnet because when you sit down he is already attached to your side. That makes it a bit hard to get up sometimes as he thinks that I am his pillow lol but its all love and we all need it whether animal or hoooman :)

Update: I will only be posting my Bethadilly pics once a week on Saturdays. but the picture taking will happen every day giving me a mission to pursue... I love taking pictures, I think the fun is in the hunt! AND!!!!!! I have to say that I love this new app called "pic tap go" great app

Update to my update: I have decided to continue my Bethadilly daily pic challenge on Instagram as it is much easier and less hassle 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Taking time to calm






It seems like I have been neglecting my blog... I have had things turned upside down in my private life and so have not been very attentive to blogging but when the Whirl wind stops or at least slows down so that I can hop off I will continue my regular posts of gifts and granny's box...  I went through some old pictures of my mothers and found some great pics of her I intend to share later! Until then I will see you soon

Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4th Independence Day

When our children were small we would spend the day celebrating with family and friends but now that they are all grown my husband and I celebrate in a different way, the easy way, the slow way and the early to bed way lol.
Baby sitting our little fur grandchild... 
she's is protecting her (diy soap box lid) Frisbee while drinking making sure to keep an 
eye on us so we won't steal it away from her... She is so funny



 Enjoying the pretty rose days after it was delivered to me by my parents... 
It's a get well gift... 
Sure put a smile on my sad face lol
 Lunch out with the in-laws
always a pleasant affair
I found two books at Sam's Club that I am really looking forward to reading
The first is about the children of Villains that have been banned to an island with their magic powers stripped and the bottom one is about brain power... I really need this one lol
 And a hot summer rain, thunder clouds, lightning and a bit of flooding
It was extremely pleasant siting outside under an awning soaking in this beautiful weather
Overall a wonderful quiet day spent with my LOML... (love of my life)
Any and all time spent with him is nothing but the purest form of wonderful...
Heart of my heart 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Granny's Box of Papers

I came across this portrait of gran and her children
The two boys are my uncles whom I have always adored
My mother on the right and gran in the middle
I love looking at these old pictures and imaging the world they lived in
what was happening personally in their lives and in the world
I think of my children when at this age... the things that were going on,
their joys, struggles and adventures
I love this picture

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One Thousand Gifts


~ Funny smart phone texting mistakes

~ Laughing so hard I cried

~ Receiving a long anticipated  new book in the mail

~ Finding out that new book was personally autographed by the author

~ Reading that new book and LOVING it

~ Learning more about snails than I have ever known and being fascinated with them

~ Really feeling a lot of emotion for the author and her trials

~ Thankful to the fellow blogger for introducing me to that book now one of my favs

~ Finishing the first book in a series of children's books about Taffy

~ Lining up the next four books in that same series of children stories

~ Loving the creative part of writing books

# 268 The Delicious taste of no cook oatmeal breakfast in the morning already pre-made

Joining with Bron here

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's for dinner?


I love smart phones and auto word insert... it sure makes for a good laugh

I was out picking up dinner the other night and txt the kids asking if they had eaten yet....

Above is our hilarious conversation

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Flower Garden

My brother in law knows that I love flowers and every chance I get while at his house I take pictures. So last week while the flowers in his garden were in bloom he sent me these pictures. The colors that decorate his yard are breath takingly beautiful. Below are just a few that are currently blooming
 The above pictures are of a Balloon flower opening


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

We love our father... and wanted to celebrate Father's Day in the same fashion we did our mother
 We just made minor changes to dads (rough instructions below)





I took a blank canvas, dry painted it blue, added measured cuts of painters tape, eyeballed them into a grid, painted six different colors over the canvas and tape, removed the tape while the paint was still wet, printed out pictures of all us siblings, with one word representing what dad means to us and why, then I mod podged it all upon the grid painted canvas.

Then on a separate and larger canvas I printed words representing what our father stands for and means to us then Mod podged them to the white canvas, covered it with mod podge as well and let them all dry. When it was all dry I took my glue gun and put glue on the underside of the small canvas on the wood part of the frame and then glued it to the center of the large canvas... When it was all done I double checked all the papers making sure that they all stuck and were covered with mod podge.

The paper with the words and pictures will curl and warp... This is normal, do not touch them as they will smooth out once dried
*Note... Make sure that you watch what mod podge you buy as you may not want it to glow in the dark lol.... I did not notice that I purchased the glow in the dark kind... and now my fathers will glow at night. Oops... It was to late to change it but now we... all of us kids... will shine upon him at night! lol Right? hahaha...

Dad loved it
I would call that a success