Sunday, April 21, 2019

That Stinking Easter Bunny!!!!!

Some of you know that I grew up
on a farm in Pennsylvania.
I grew up believing in
leprechauns and fairies...
Santa Claus
AND
The Easter Bunny.

When I was little my Father
told me that the Easter Bunny
left my basket under a
stump-and-post fence in the
back field. 
Today I know that he was a
liar because EVERYONE
knows that the Easter bunny
sneaks into your house at night
and hides your basket.

When I was 5 my father told
me that he was going to meet the
Easter Bunny in the back field
after he spread the morning
load of manure-
YES- Manure!
Keep that in mind~

I wanted to go.
He said NO!
I was determined to see that bunny!
My dog, Lucky, wanted to
see him too.

I wanted to ride on the tractor with Dad.
He said NO!
I decided to follow along behind him
thinking he would take pity on me
and let me ride...I kept asking..
He kept saying NO!
Lucky walked doggedly
by my side.
(like how I worked in the word doggedly)?
It was about a quarter mile to the back field.
Every few feet my Father would
turn around and tell me to go home.
I would shake my head NO
and keep walking...so would Lucky.

We got to the place where he needed
to spread the manure.
GO HOME- I have to start the spreader!
GO HOME-
NO DEAL...
I wanted to see that stinking (;>) bunny!
GO HOME.
I kept walking.
He finally turned the spreader on.
I walked right along behind him..
step-by-step,
row-by-row.
Unfortunately, I do NOT have
a picture of THAT for your viewing
pleasure.

After he had spread the load of manure
he headed home.
I walked right along behind him,
manure covered and stinking
to high Heaven!

When we got home he told me
I was the stubbornest kid he
had ever met.
Hmmmpffffff!
I was NOT stubborn..
I was determined.
And as for Lucky?
Well, let's just say that was NOT
his lucky day.

Next year my
Easter basket was
right at on the
breakfast table...
Imagine that!

Moral~
Stubborn means one does not give up
even when presented with 
unpleasant consequences.

Happy Easter-
I will be back to blogging
very soon.
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Monday, April 1, 2019

BRINGING AN ALMOST DEAD GERANIUM BACK TO BLOOM IN AN HOUR

Is This Possible?
Can I take an almost 
DEAD GERANIUM
and bring it back into
bloom in less than an hour?
Well,
They say a picture is worth
a thousand words.
See for yourself!
Here are the step-by-step
instructions.
Try this yourself and see what happens.
The plant started out like this.
As you can see there are a few
spindly, waxy looking leaves.
First you must cut them all back.
Save these-you may need them later.
 Your plant will now look like this.

Next- Take a 1875 WATT
blow dryer.
Place it 7-1/2" from plant
and turn it on 
HIGH HEAT.
Set your timer and 
apply blow dryer for 47 -1/2 minutes.
After time is up
Add 1/2 cup water
Once again apply blow dryer
for an additional 9-3/4 minutes.
Make sure it is 2" from the plant.
If no green has appeared add
1/2 cup of filtered Spring water.
That should do it.
Stand back and gasp in awe.
Your plant should now look like this.
Within 5 more minutes
you will find that it has bloomed
and it should look like this.
What?
It didn't work for you?
Ummmmm.....sorry I mighta lied because
it is, after all,
APRIL FOOLS DAY!
Hope yours is happy and relatively
FOOL FREE!

I am still 
ON BREAK
but wanted to give you an
April Fool's Day smile~

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

TAKING A BREAK

I am off to watch my 
Indiana grandkids for a few days.
Coming back, I have another
household of grandgirls to watch--
they are all in school though
so I will be able to work everyday.

I am also in the process of helping
someone move a bunch of stuff.

Then-finally- we are headed away for a bit-
coming back around Easter time.

I will miss you all while I am away
but will come back refreshed
with LOTS to tell you, I'm sure!

Have a happy Easter and,
if I get the chance,
I will pop in here and there to say
HELLO--
but for right now it is
GOOD-BYE-
see you soon!

Love all of you-
Be good while I am away-
and I KNOW how hard that is for
SOME OF YOU!!!!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

YOU WILL LOVE THIS IF YOU LOVE ONIONS-BAKED FRENCH ONION SOUP

I made this the other night
for the first time in ages.
It is SOOO good AND easy!

I wanted to post it before the
warm days of spring hit too hard.
There is nothing like good soup
on a cool day.

There are tons of
recipes out there for
French Onion Soup
but this is my own recipe.
Most of them call for
wine added to the mix
somewhere along the line.
I don't drink because
of a reaction I have to alcohol.
MyHero doesn't drink
either - well, just because
he doesn't.

So...
What to do for good 
FLAVOR?
Well, ma'am, I 
CARAMELIZE 
the onions.

This is the simplest recipe
you will EVER make.
I promise.

Take 3 or 4 
large yellow onions..
Vidalias if you can find them.
Slice into rings about
1/4 inch thick..or thicker...
or thinner...doesn't matter.
Put them in a large, heavy
saucepan placed over
 barely medium heat.

Throw the onions in there
with about 1/2 cup melted
REAL BUTTER 
Stir onions until they are
coated with butter.
Place a tightly fitted lid on top.

Stir a few times till they are
heated a bit.
Turn the burner down to your
lowest setting.
Walk away.
Come back in a half hour or so
and stir them down.
Check them every ten minutes or so
and when they are 
transparent  let them continue
cooking until they start 
turning a pale golden brown.
Remove the cover~
Then start stirring them 
more often so 
that they don't burn.
When they are a wonderful
medium golden brown
pour in a large container
of Swanson's Beef Broth.
(32 oz or so)
Add 1 tsp. garlic powder (not salt).
This time I used about 
1 teaspoon of minced garlic from the jar
(the kind in oil in the produce dept here)

Cover and continue to let heat
for 20 to 30 minutes.
Don't boil it though.

Meanwhile,
Cut bread into a round that will
fit the top of your oven proof bowls.
Toast the bread.

Ladle soup into the bowl.
Add bread on top.
I usually use Rye bread.
Cover with 1 or 2  round pieces of 
Provolone cheese
sprinkle with a tablespoon
of grated Parmesan.
Preheat broiler.
Place bowl under broiler
for 3 to 4 minutes or until
cheese is bubbly and golden.
WATCH CLOSELY-
It goes from brown to burnt
in a New York minute.
Sprinkle with just a pinch 
of fresh parsley or sweet basil.

DO NOT 
leave it under the broiler  this long.
(5 minutes for my oven).
And here you were thinking 
I was dadgum near perfect, weren't you?

Well, the one above was
MY OWN BOWL,
thank you very much.
I didn't want to waste it
and I didn't want 
MyHero to whine about
burnt cheese....
His looked like this~


So...there you have it...
Serve with a 
Caesar's salad and
you have a complete meal.
YUM.

ps...just a warning...
Don't be kissing your cousins
unless they have been eating 
the onion soup, too....
ummm...wait a minute...
you shouldn't be kissing your
cousin at all, should you?
At least Wisconsin says it's 
A No-No.

Here's the condensed recipe..
Get it? Condensed? Soup?...oh never mind..

French Onion Soup
3 or 4 LARGE sweet onions
1/2 cup butter (even if you double this recipe

you don't need more butter) NO OLEO!
1 teaspoon garlic powder or minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1-32 oz container Beef Broth.
(you can add an extra small can
to this if you like it "soupier")
Rounds of rye bread
Rounds of Provolone cheese or mozzarella 
Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a heavy pan over medium heat.
Add onions and stir to coat with butter.
Put lid on. Make sure it fits tight.
When heated through, turn temp down to simmer.
Cover and let cook as long as
needed, stirring occasionally,  until
they turn a medium golden brown.
Add beef broth and continue to simmer
to blend flavors.
Ladle into bowls.
Cover with 1 bread round
Cover bread with 2 slices Provolone cheese
(or mozzarella cheese)
Broil under oven broiler 2 o 3 minutes
until bubbly and golden colored.
Sprinkle with a few bits of
parsley or basil.
Serves 3-4

Have a wonderful spring day- 
there is no green to be seen here yet---
but I have the promise 
that it will come one day 
(soon-I hope)!!!!

Off to the VA this morning
to spread a little sunshine
and push the old boys around!
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

BYE BYE SHAMROCKS---HELLO EASTER

While I love 
St. Patrick's Day and 
all things Irish
it is time to drag
 the Easter stuff out 
of the basement bins,
and then to move things
around in the china hutch,
and then to bring my
bunnies out of hiding...

Why?  Well, because
 we all know that
ONE THING LEADS
TO ANOTHER,
don't we?

Why-oh-why-
in the midst of all that is going on
do I do this to myself?
Anyway,
It is time to 
bring out a couple of
bunnies to 
dress up the center of the table.
Look at their cute little faces!
They look so cute there
I think they should be surrounded
by other lovely Spring pieces-
like beautiful napkins.....
And then, of course, I must
drag out my old dishes
that I haven't used for several years.
Garden Party by Pfaltzgraff.
You know I have had these for almost
25 years and I still love them.
I always used them in the 
Spring and Summer months
but they have been packed away
for a few years now.
The ruby thumbprint glasses
belonged to Gramma Hazel.
Not wanting to be hidden away
 another little sugared bunny 
jumps in to join the fun.
Sweet peeks of what is to come.
A little close up of the florals.
Now-Here is 
QUESTION #1~

HOW LONG DO YOU THINK
it will take 
one of the grandkids to discover that
there are 
M&M's in the flower base
that rests just below the bunnies?
QUESTION #2~
When do you think I will discover 
that they have all been eaten 
unbeknownst to me?

So-there you have it.
Just a touch of Easter here--
but we know here is a lot more to Easter
than bunnies, isn't there?

What are you doing for 
Easter or do you bypass
Easter decorating and go right for
Springs Things?

Have a wonderful day~
I'll be around to visit as I can.

Headed over to help an old friend
with her moving process.
My oldest son and two grandboys 
are going along to help.
Wish us luck-it is a big job!


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Friday, March 22, 2019

WORDS FROM THE WORLD OF A FIVE YEAR OLD

Little Miss BrightEyes
has her own take on
EVERYTHING.
I want to post this before 
St. Patrick's Day is too long gone.

The day after St. Patrick's Day:

Bright Eyes:  Am I all done wearing green?
Mama said- "Yes~why?"
Bright Eyes- "Because who wants
to walk around looking like
A WEED!
Above she was at a church party.

Mama: Who is your new little girlfriend?
Bright Eyes- Her name is METAL.
Mama:  What?  What's her name?
Bright Eyes- Her name is METAL, I said!
Mama:  Are you SURE that's her name?
Bright Eyes- No-nobody knows her 
REAL NAME 
so we all just call her METAL.

I am pretty sure Bright Eyes is the one
that bestowed that name on her.

And- there you have it-
Conversations with The Kid!
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

PLEASE VISIT THESE TWO BLOGGERS -THEY NEED SOME HEALING LOVE

Rather than me
trying to do two prayer posts
I thought I would send you to
these two wonderful bloggers
that need prayer-
or good thoughts and healing wishes.

I am putting Terry first 
simply because his surgery is today.
wrote a post about Terry.
Click here to leave her a little
love-filled message.
He has had way too much pain
for way too long!
Next to my son-in-law,
Terry is my favorite fireman!

ALSO
Please pray for 
Debby Ray (My Favorite Things).
Gotta love a gal that dresses her dog in pink!

She has had a terrible time of it-
misdiagnosis, pain, tests & more tests,
hospital stays-etc.
Please click HERE to read her post.

As always thanks for praying-
and if you don't pray-
Thanks for any good thoughts
and healing wishes.

Have a beautiful spring day!
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