Monthly Archives: August 2014

fig jam

Last year, my daughter-in-law brought me some figs from the store where she works. We are far enough out in the boonies that I have never seen fresh figs for sale in any grocery store in the area. Sad, isn’t it? This year, I asked her to get figs for me again. They were on […]

menu plan monday ~ august 25, 2014

The garden blooms are beginning to decline, though there are still blossoms to be had. This week’s Sunday bouquet used Black Eyed Susans, ‘Becky’ daisies, and ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum (still in the green stage). We enjoyed getting together with some of DH’s high school friends. Two were in the area from the west coast, so […]

menu plan monday ~ august 18, 2014

The autumn flowers are beginning to bloom. The Sunday bouquet included the flowers of the ‘Royal Standard’ hosta, ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum, and Sweet Autumn Clematis. I like a white and green bouquet. Here is one I made in 2010, which included hydrangea heads and Sweet Autumn Clematis. All of our hydranageas but one died back […]

cookie cutter ornaments

A few years ago, I made these cookie cutter ornaments for the Christmas Notebook ornament exchange. They were pretty easy to make. I found a cookie cutter collection at Wal-Mart that had twenty cookie cutters for only $5. What you’ll need: Metal cookie cutters Mod Podge decoupage medium Scissors Background paper Paint brush X-Acto knife […]

menu plan monday ~ august 11, 2014

Last week was our presbytery’s youth camp. DH is the director, so was busy with camp all week. He came home on Friday, tired but happy with camp. Great staff, great campers, and a great place to have camp. They added a climbing wall this year which the campers really enjoyed. The surprise lilies are […]

the putz tree

Those who know me well, know that we put up more than twenty Christmas trees to celebrate the holiday season. A new one for us this past Christmas was the putz tree in our bedroom. Putz houses, also known as little glitter houses, were popular from the 1920s through the 1950s. There were small cardboard […]

menu plan monday ~ august 4, 2014

Time is ticking along. The past few weeks flew by and I am having a hard time remembering what the current day is. This week I am working on a yearbook for our presbytery’s summer youth camp. That takes a lot of time, so the menu is very simple this week. Several sandwich meals and […]

“i spy” tree

In 2005, I was perusing the book Mary Engelbreit’s Christmas Companion and saw a picture on page 68 of a little tree that the author called a “collage tree.” I knew right then that I was going to make one. The hardest part of this project is assembling the bits and pieces to cover the […]

twin time

The grands have been here quite a bit lately. When their Great-Ma passed away, they and their daddy stayed here for four days. Our son from Seattle was here, as well, and our daughter who spends her summers in New York came home for the funeral. Our youngest daughter still lives at home and the […]