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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pajama Party 2010
Country Craft Cupboard
Berlin, Ohio

This picture doesn't show it, but it was elbow to elbow getting through the store.
The line was lined up around the building as we arrived. We were brave though and stood outside in the 15 degree temperature. All for that almighty bargin of 40% off.

This is the nicest crowd you'll ever encounter. Not a single unpleasant encounter throughout the whole shopping experience.

Jane and Carolyn still smiling, after they purchased the most have items.
Can't wait to see what cute idea Jane will come up with next.
You can't see it, but Carolyn had the cutest snowman purse...Wish I would have gotten a picture.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I picked out this panel for a lap quilt for Erica, when she was pregnant for Tyler.
I've had it done for some time but it needed a few last minute additions, before going to be loved by a special little boy.
Tyler's room is Jungle Themed, which by the way is amazingly cute.
It was perfect for a little boy to grow up in.
In 10 short weeks Tyler is passing on his little nursery to his new baby brother.
He is going into a new big boy bed with a new theme of can you guess....

There is also a sister (or should I say brother) quilt to match this one.
I plan to post pictures of it later.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Picture from These are the Days - Lacey M.
I saw this posted a while ago on Lacey's blog...Then Jeremy came home with a jar!
I love it!!
It is especially good on cinnamon toast. The melted chocolate with peanut taste just like a dream!
Whoever came up with name, really got it right!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tina from Sunny Flower Days as tagged me, to play this game....
I have to answer 5 questions with 5 answers then tag 5 people.
Who ever will I pick?
Question #1
Where were you five years ago?
1. I was working for the Help Me Grow program. Probably wishing I was working somewhere
2. My children all left the nest, with my youngest Joel in his first year of College!
3. I just started learning to quilt @ Miss Carol's Quilt Shop.
4. I started camping at Seneca Lake Marina - Or should I say I purchased a camper for
the lake.
5. I celebrated my 28th wedding anniversary in August of 2005, to the most wonderful guy.(Don't tell him I said that).
Question #2
What is on your list to do today?
Since it's now Monday...
1. Go to work and hopefully, have a wonderful day.
2. Enjoy January Birthday Lunch, with all the Wonderful Friends at Health Dept.
3. Finish sewing the bunny I'm making.
4. Start working on one of my new patterns.
5. Grill Steaks for dinner.
Question #3
What 5 snacks do you enjoy?
1. Doritoes
2. Cheetos
3. Popcorn Cake
4. Peanut M&M's
5. Chocolate Cake
Question #4
What 5 places have you lived?
1. Newport News, VA
2. Copperas Cove, TX
3. Killeen, TX
4. Byesville, OH
5. Fayette, AL
Question #5
What 5 things would you do if you were a billionaire?
1. Move to a far away island.
2. Help my family.
3. Buy a huge boat.
4. Retire
5. Relax, Relax, Relax!!!!!
5 people I'm tagging.
1. Lacy at These are the days.
2. Anyone else who loves to play games.
Thank you Tina...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

I wanted to share with you pictures of the quilt I made my daughter.
This is the Lone Star....I picked this pattern, in honor of her birth place... Texas
The plan is to hang it on the wall, overlooking the family room.
I also want to Thank Carol, from Miss Carol's Quilts - for all the patience she showed, helping me complete this, and sharing her talent with me!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, I celebrated by enjoying a shopping day with my crafting friends...Marla, Nonnie and Jane"

We started out *bright and *early...at Craft 2000. One of the best places to get craft supplies this side of Ohio. - I'm happy to report I saved approximately 68.00 on stamps, cards, wrapping paper and bling!!!

After 2 1/2 hours scrambling through all the sale racks, it was off to the "Mountains" of West Virginia and the Highlands.

Lunch at one of my favorite resturants...Cheddars! It was worth

Nonnie- Last minute find...Stamps for 25 cents. She had to grab a design each for herself, Jane and Marla....

Jane - Monte Cristo Sandwich...Love the Raspberry Preserve Dip!

Marla getting ready to enjoy the Peach Tea!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pefectly, Warm & Fuzzy Recipe

Gingerbread Chai Tea

3/4 cup hot water
1 chai tea bag
2 tablespoons Gingerbread Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Powdered Coffee Creamer (during the season I use the liquid, stock up on the powder if you can find it)

PLACE water and tea bag in mug; steep for 1 to 2 minutes. Discard tea bag. Stir in Coffee-mate.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Visiting baby goats with Tyler

Tyler and I visited Rose Ball and her barn full of baby goats. Tyler was so excited to watch the baby goats jump and climb! How fun for him to get to feed the little babies. Great way to spend time with my grandson!

Don't forget to turn off the music on my side bar, so you can enjoy the swirling snowflakes.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

T'was the Month After Christmas....

Twas the Month After Christmas, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I nibbled, the eggnog I taste,

At the holiday parties had gone to my waste.

When I got to the scales, there arose such a number!

When I walk to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared,

The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared.

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese,

And the way I never said, "No thank you please".

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt,

And prepared once again to do battle with dirt.

I said to myself, as only I can,
"You can't spend a winter disquised as a man".

So--away with the last of sour cream dip,

Get rid of the fruitcake, crackers, and chip.

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished.
'Til all the additional ounces has vanished.

I won't have a cookie, not even a lick,
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore,
But isn't that want January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
Happy new Year to all, and to all a good diet!
author: unknown

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Whatcha Working on Wednesday???

This is my first attempt at a Penny Rug...
It is for one of my really good friends, who inspires me to want to make crafts, I've never tried before.
I purchased the pattern at the Country Craft Cupboard in Berlin, (My all time favorite store).
I love working with the wool and pearl cotton thread.
I'm sure you'll be seeing many more of my attempts and perfecting my skills.

Please visit My Country Home for more crafters participating in

Whatcha Working on Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Outside My Window - The sky appears grayish/pink the scene is of snowy ground, light reflecting off of it letting me see objects in the darkness.

I am thinking - About January plans for shopping and the Amish Country Pajama Party '10, this month.

I am thankful - that I didn't have to make visits today and got to stay in at work.

I am wearing - Still in my scrubs and can't wait to put my pajama's on.

I am remembering - About all the circle journals I've got to get out this week

I am going - to work tomorrow, call about starting a new craft, be ready to craft with Marla and Nonnie, get all my pending reports completed at work.

I am currently reading - Simple and Delicious Magazine.

I am hoping - for warmer weather, a perfectly peaceful weekend.

On my mind - How I wish my neck and back didn't hurt.

From my kitchen - Dishes need done, left overs need put away and a candle needs lit.

Around my house - Bob is snoring, Scruffy and Brownie are sleeping and Jeremy is somewhere around. the history channel is on the TV, a flicker of fire is in the fireplace and I've got the lights out so I don't have to see what I need to do around here.

One of my favorite things - Watching NCIS which I'm about to do and Starting the new season of American Idol!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"The wind was blowing, but not too hard, and everyone was so happy and gay for it was only 20 degrees below zero and the sun shone."

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. -2 Outside

Primitive Snowman Jane Rusnak - (Karen Wiggin's) mom, made for me this winter!
If your interested in her work - She sells at the Attic Trunk in Cambridge.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

One of Joel's Favorite Meals

Thinking of Joel today and decided to make one of his favorites.
It's really a simple dish to make and I learned years ago to love this type of food, from my Grandma Feyko. My mother is really good at making meals from our Slovak history too.
Kluski Noodles - My noodles of choice
1 head of Cabbage
2 pkgs. of Kielbasa
1/2 cup of butter
Cook noodles as directed. Cut up cabbage into approximately the same size as the noodles might be a little wider. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add cabbage. Cut Kielbasa into bite size pieces and add to cabbage. Cover and cook until cabbage is soft. When noodles are down drain and add to cooked cabbage/Kielbasa. Mix together and enjoy!!!!

Happy Birthday Joel

Today is Joel's 24th Birthday
How has time flown by so fast?????
Wasn't it just yesterday, I brought him home on a Cold January Day!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Microwave Chex Mix

Recipe and Photo from Southern Plate

Changes Made: 1/2 Cashews instead of mixed nuts and oyster crackers instead of Rice Chex Cereal

Microwave Chex Mix

■1 stick margarine (1/2 cup)
■2 tsp Seasoned Salt
■3 T Worcestershire sauce
■8 C assorted Chex Cereal
■1 C mixed nuts (optional)
Place margarine, seasoned salt, and Worcestershire in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave just until melted. Add nuts, stir. Add cereal, stir. Microwave for two minutes. Stir. Microwave two minutes more. Stir. Microwave a final two minutes, stir and eat! Will be soft until it cools and then will be nice and crunchy.

Potato Bundles - Pioneer Woman Cooks

These are my new favorite potato to make...So easy!!

Hope you enjoy these has much as we do!!!!

Potato Bundles

6 whole Russet Potatoes (Cut in chunks)
½ whole Yellow Onion, Diced
1 stick Butter
½ cups Heavy Cream
Kosher Salt To Taste
Paprika To Taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
2 Tablespoons Minced Parsley
Preparation Instructions
Pile potatoes and onions on a square of foil. Add 2 tablespoons butter. Splash on cream. Then sprinkle on salt, paprika, and black pepper. Sprinkle minced parsley over the top.
Wrap bundles tightly and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until extremely tender.
Serve bundles right on the dinner plate.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Christmas Tour of Homes - Nonnie Luskevich

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Tour of Home - Jane Carr's Christmas Decorations

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Health Department Christmas Lunch!

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2010...A time for New Beginnings!!!
This year we will welcome our newest grandson...Can't to meet him, and see what other fun surprises the New Year brings!
I finally received my copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook!!!!
I see a lot of great meals being cooked in our future.
I have so enjoyed sitting down and reading this.
If you're into cookbooks as much as I am, then you have to have this one!!!!