Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Maggie took a turn too, but at a price. Her hands are still hurting her today.
My immediate family had a fun time touring Mike's home because this house used to be a weekend getaway house for our family. Mike bought the house from my Dad. Mike added a basement and pushed out two walls. We had a fun time remembering how everything used to be.Mom and Dad gave Mike and Leslie this table and chair set as a wedding gift. See the middle circle on the table? It turns like a lazy susan. I thought that was a nice feature. There is also a matching setee. This set may not look like it, but it is heavy cast iron and will last a lifetime.
Uncle Norm came. He's looking much better than I hoped. He spent a lot of time talking about Aunt Joan (recently deceased) which I think was good for him. He invited us over to Broomes Island to go boating and fishing. That's one invitation we'll take him up on!
Enjoy your Sunday. Our evening service has been canceled because of VBS this week. Hope you are having a relaxing day also. Many blessings ~ Kathie
Friday, June 20, 2008
We got a nice surprise when my nephew, Dustin, and his puppy, Dixie, showed up to fish. I guess great minds think alike! Poor little Dixie didn't enjoy the boatride. She whined the whole time. She should've stayed on the pier with Auntie Kathie:-)
Remember last year's drought? Well, here are the before and after pictures of the same spot. Even though Dad has a lot of cleaning up to do with fallen trees, this year's picture (bottom picture) looks so much better!
And here are the pool table and ping pong table, both from freecycle.
We also got this 8 ft long table from freecyle. It's great for playing table games. I like that we can stack all the chairs and use the table for craft projects. If you haven't discovered http://www.freecycle.org/, you're missing out! Fortunately, I give away just as much as I pick up.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Finally we got dinner on the table. I see by the clock that it was 6:40 pm. But it was worth it...dinner was delicious.
As I mentioned, we are busy cleaning out the basement, so hopefully I will show pictures of it tomorrow morning. Sorry...no "before" pictures, just after pictures! Hopefully when we are done, it will be easier to keep dustfree.
We are enjoying beautiful weather this week. Our raspberries are prolific, but the deer are keeping the rest of the garden well trimmed, much to the children's dismay.
It is hard to believe my baby has turned 21. Sarah was born in San Diego, CA. She enjoyed the outdoorsy California lifestyle and found it hard to come back east to the land of heat and humidity. Sarah has one more semester to finish for her English degree.
Many blessings ~ Kathie
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Recipe for Sourdough Chocolate Brownies
1/3 cup Butter or margarine
1 cup Sugar
2 (1oz) squares Semisweet chocolate
¾ cup All-purpose flour
½ cup Starter
½ teaspoon Baking soda
½ teaspoon Salt
½ cup Chopped Walnuts or pecans
Grease a 9 inch square baking pan; set aside. Preheat oven to 375F. In a small saucepan, melt butter or margarine and chocolate over low heat; set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt and sugar; set aside. Stir egg, sourdough starter and vanilla into cooled chocolate mixture.
Beat until blended. Stir into flour mixture until blended. Fold in nuts. Spread in prepared pan. For a more even surface after baking, make batter higher in center of pan than on sides. Bake in preheated oven 30 to 35 minutes or until edge begins to pull away from pan. Cut and remove from pan. Makes 12 to 16 brownies.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I have been unable to post this weekend because of internet woes. We installed High Speed Internet, but it was terribly slow and wouldn't let me access my blog account. So we ditched that and now we're back to regular dial up...but at least that is faster than high speed! Our problem is simple...we are too far off the beaten path.
This is a batch of early snow peas that I buy at the health food store (but it's grown locally). We love the taste of these. We tried them on our tacos instead of lettuce, but it felt like eating toothpicks!
So we had toothpick tacos! Can you get an idea from this picture of how uncomfortable it was eating it? Usually I put the pea sprouts on the countertop and my children grab handfuls and munch on them. I guess we'll stick to that method.
Maggie has three piano students coming today, so we're trying to get all our noisy chores out of the way before they arrive. Enjoy your week. Many blessings ~ Kathie
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Does my Dad look happy or what?! Sarah, Maggie and Anna went over this afternoon to meet Abigail. Oh what a wonderful time. Our family enjoys babies so much.
My sinuses have gotten worse, so today I am taking large doses of garlic and goldenseal root (natural antibiotics), as well as mullein (decongestant). I have very little energy, so I have only done the basic chores and many crossword puzzles. But I want to get well so I can meet little Abby!
Many blessings ~ Kathie
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
We never have a problem with smokers around here, but I still thought it was funny. I don't know how well you can see these pictures, so I'll write the sayings. "I hate four letter words...Wash, Cook, Dust and Iron." Actually, I enjoy everything about housekeeping...except dusting. That's why I have very few knick knacks.
I thought this one was cute. I have to admit, Allen has always been the more studious type, so I can't complain.
This was my absolute favorite: "Live in such a way that those who know you but don't know God, will come to know God because they know you..."
Sunday, June 8, 2008
On Saturday evening we went to Lizzie's violin recital. The performances were wonderful. See the three little cuties in the front row in the smocked dresses? They played so well! By the time it was over they looked tired. We couldn't get them to smile for this picture.
Lizzie played beautifully. We are so thankful that the Lord has given her this talent. We hope all of our children grow up to be church musicians.
I made dairy and egg free chocolate chip cookies for the refreshments. Instead of the three eggs, I used a tablespoon of sourdough starter. I was really surprised that they turned out so well. I tried the same thing with my brownies, but they were a total flop!
Maggie has five hanging pots of lettuce that are doing well. Can hardly wait for them to mature!
Our peach trees are doing really well. This is the first year that the coons have let the peaches mature on the trees. Lizzie likes to cut up six peaches and put the slices in a pot of oatmeal for breakfast. Yummy!
Many blessings ~ Kathie
Friday, June 6, 2008
In our family, we watch a lot of Roy Rogers movies. So dressing western is a commonplace thing around here. My children enjoy twirling 6-shooters just like Roy. Here's Allen showing his skill. Ruthie is pretty good too. In fact, she can twirl nonstop while holding two baby ducks!
When my daughters were down in Virginia weekend before last, they had a good time swimming in the river and taking boat rides. Anna took her new camera and was able to take these next pictures. The first picture shows the lighthouse, the second pictures she took through the binoculars. Who would have thought of that?!
I think this picture is pretty enough for a postcard.
Well, I'm off to the dump, then to the chiropractor. This afternoon we will bake a sourdough chocolate cake and set up our sourdough dinner rolls. In between we will do our cleaning.
I was planning on putting the children outside on the porch for dinner, but the weatherman says it will be in the 90s. So I need a Plan B.
Have a good day. Many blessings ~ Kathie
Recipe for Sourdough Chocolate Cake
1/2 cup starter
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups powdered cocoa (not instant)
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup cold coffee
Mix all dry ingredients together and whisk to combine. Add everything else. Mix with a mixer until smooth. Pour into 9x13" glass baking dish that has been greased and floured (don't skimp). Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.
I usually turn the oven off the last five minutes and let the cake remain in the oven during those five minutes. Do not overcook.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
We buried Aunt Joan in a lovely memorial garden with the most beautiful landscape I have seen in a cemetary. The flowers were all beautiful, even those that weren't yet in bloom (the sedum especially). The cemetary was only a mile up the road from the funeral home. Afterwards we drove a few miles down the road to the old 2-room school house (shown in picture above) on Broomes Island. My uncles and cousins all attended this school. Now the building is used for civic functions. It is a stone's throw from Uncle Norm's waterfront home.
I asked my cousin, Richard, where the principal's office was. He just laughed (hee, hee ~ I had heard all morning about Richard's reputation).
I found a few pictures from Texas that I'll share with you. Texans pride themselves on doing everything big. They are even proud of their big fly swatters. While we didn't see any flies on Padre Island, we did hear that the flies are big once you get inland.
This is the underside of a starfish Allen found one night.
This is the right side. Almost the color of a rattler! Our starfish up here in Maryland are orangy-red and smaller. After seeing a documentary about how rattlers like to swim (especially around the Florida Keys), I would think this was a snake!
We had an early morning today. Maggie, Anna and Ruthie left at 7 am to go babysit four children. They will have so much fun.
Yesterday we had a string of violent storms that lasted well into the night. Even church got canceled! This morning we walked around and we were surprised to find all our trees still standing.
Many blessings ~ Kathie