Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Vintage Mouse Dress

This is the original. Worn almost 30 years ago by Auntie Shan. It's been passed to friends, and children of friends, and though it is looking a bit well~loved, still has plenty of good playtime left in it.

I love the little knot in his tail. I wonder what milestone in his life it marks.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I've been blessed with two awards recently. Actually, this first one is not very recent ~ my apologies, Heather!

Seven interesting things about me (wow! I'm really not very interesting!)

1. I've never had my ears pierced. That's right; I've held out for 33 years. I have considered it before, but my hubby prefers my maiden earlobes. =)

2. I was "sweet sixteen twenty-one, and never been kissed." Can you guess who he was? ;)

3. When I was 16, I had the amazing opportunity to tour Germany and other parts of Europe with my high school German class. Only regret: I didn't appreciate the experience quite as much as I would now, at twice that age. But, I did have so much fun!

4. I do not like Kielbasa sausage. Neither does Papa B. We never have. It's because of the "white things."

5. I used to want 17 children to beat Rosie, the sweetest little old lady we used to visit in the nursing home who had 16. She couldn't remember all their names.

6. I still have my tonsils, appendix, gall bladder, all that good stuff.

7. One time, I ran out of gas on the freeway, walked to the nearest farmhouse, asked the two young men who lived there if I could use their phone, and when they said they didn't have one, allowed them to drive me to a pay phone to call my dad...in their low-rider...with some sort of fringe along the top of the windshield...and (velvet?) seats...

Gave my guardian angel a run for his money! (But really, they were very kind people to me, bless their hearts. It was my dad I needed to worry about when I told him what I did. =D)

Thank you so much, Heather, for the sweet award! I pass it on to:

I know some of you have "award free" buttons on your blogs, so please don't feel obligated in any way. Just know you're appreciated!

And this award is from my dear friend, Kat. I'm so honored that she thought of me, and that she so often visits my little blog with such kind words. Thank you! Readers, you really should check out her blogs; she has the most amazing talent for poetry, haiku, words in general. And her genuine love for all creatures is so happily obvious. =)

And now I get to choose a dozen sunny blogs to award, too.

Blogs with a beautiful mix of family and creative home life:

Only twelve, huh? But I'm not done. I could name so many more wonderful spots on the web, so please check out my sidebar for a whole bunch of treasures from blogland. ;)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Caution: Student Driver!

One is terribly anxious about this speedy contraption, the other can't wait to step on the gas! Can you tell which is which? The look of impish delight might be a clue.

"Oh, good grief! I didn't see that Buick parked there, honestly! Sis, don't be so dramatic."

Please excuse the lack of camera savvy. ;)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Words of Promise

From our 5 Bible verses the girls and I read together every night before bed...

"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."
~ Psalm 50:14 & 15

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hot Cross Buns

Hot-cross Buns!
Hot-cross Buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot-cross Buns!

Hot-cross Buns!
Hot-cross Buns!
If ye have no daughters,
Give them to your sons.

Hot Cross Buns

4 to 4 1/2 cups all~purpose flour
1 package yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup currants or raisins
1/4 cup diced candied orange peel (optional)
1 beaten egg white
1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing
[1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk or orange juice

Combine ingredients; stir in milk or juice 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches drizzling consistency.]

In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups flour, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a pan heat and stir milk, butter, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt till warm (120* ~ 130*) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture to dry mixture. Add eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high 3 minutes. Stir in currants and orange peel (if desired), and as much remaining flour as you can.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise in a warm place till double (about 1 1/2 hours).

Punch dough down. Turn onto floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 20 portions. Shape portions into smooth balls. Place balls 1 1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise till nearly double (45 to 60 minutes).

Using a sharp knife, make a crisscross slash across top of each bun. In small bowl combine beaten egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Brush mixture of egg white and water over rolls. Bake in a 375* oven 12 to 15 minutes or till golden brown. Cool slightly. Drizzle Powdered Sugar Icing into slashes atop each bun. Serve warm.

Traditionally in England and other Christian countries, these buns were eaten on Good Friday, because of the symbolism of the cross. The cute little nursery rhyme was originally a street cry in London in the 1700's at Easter and Christmas times.

"Good Friday come this month, the old woman runs
With one or two a penny hot cross buns." ~ Poor Robin's Almanack for 1733 (info from wikipedia. Check out their link for more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_cross_bun)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Back to Business

My poor PC picked up a virus somewhere last week (no more playing with the other little PCs at the playground, I guess...ugh, I'm such a nerd!) =) We're all fixed up now, so I'm sharing some projects I've been working on for my Etsy store. So much fun and quick to make!

The apple scrubbers.

And some wash cloths that remind me of springtime daffy~down~dillies.