Thursday, April 16, 2015

A few spring signs....

Petunias are a welcoming sight!

Azaleas are full of buds!

The snowball bush is turning white!

The violets are in bloom!

The peonies have buds.

We are welcoming spring!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Another Cookbook Wednesday....

Continuing to feature something for children in the kitchen, there is this one:

This cookbook includes just about all you need to know to begin cooking!  Can you see how popular the last two entries were in our house?��

There are more than 75 recipes that children can make themselves that actually appeal to the entire family.  Reviewing this one has brought back many memories.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Remember this?

A few weeks ago, I shared with you about The Husband's "winter project."  He first replaced the carpet in the family room with hardwood, then he moved on to the living room.

You may remember when the floor looked like this....

...then forward progress gave us this!

Well, my "idea" of helping was to suggest built-ins along a slight recess in the wall.  I'm sure I could have kept my mouth shut, but that has never been a strength of mine.��

So, hopefully this will show this process.  

The Husband built the frame to support these cabinets that form the base.

Then, we went about building the box that would become the frame work for the shelving unit on top.

This was very heavy, and we had to wait for "muscle" to arrive to help lift it on top.

With that done, we proceeded to put the shelves in place!

This is the trim we added for a bit of "dressiness."

All in use!

So we have a library/music room, and we have already been enjoying it!

There is a bit more to share, and that will happen another day.

The first step.... preparation for planting the vegetable garden!  

Under the watchful eye of a neighbor, the garden space is being turned!  Do you see the grayish spot in the middle?  That's where The Husband was burning brush earlier today.  Leaves from another neighbor are in the black bags.  They will be good to enrich the soil.

Can planting be far behind?  You never know!  Rain is expected very soon and will be with us through the rest of the week.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - Second Sunday of Easter

From Apples of Gold, compiled by Jo Petty, are these words -
                                   "To know how to grow old is the master

                                                     work of wisdom,

                                      and one of the most difficult chapters

                                                      in the great art of living."

Today's Mission Focus from the United Methodist Women 2015 Prayer Calendar is Hawthorn Hill, Des 

Moines, Iowa.

May you experience love, joy, and peace on this day!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Same view....

....different season!

You have peviously seen this same view down our street in the winter.  This is how it looks in the spring.

This is looking across the street.  The dogwoods are just beginning to bloom here, and the grass is once again a lovely green.

How is spring looking where you are?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Children in the kitchen - Cookbook Wednesday....

If any of you have had children, I think I would be safe to say that you had them helping you in the kitchen.  We recently enjoyed episodes of MasterChef Junior and were amazed at the knowledge possessed by all the children who were contestants.  I have no idea how they had their start in the kitchen, but this is a book that gave us some good ideas here.

With a copyright date of 1975, it is now 40 years old!

The Table of Contents gives a good idea of the kinds of things to expect.

I really like these pages:

If I followed the above illustrations, I'm sure I would have more storage room in my kitchen!:-)

These are healthy suggestions for snacking, though I'm not sure the Tomato Mush in the front of the tray would have been very popular with our own children.  Fruit and cheese were always a good choice, and the energy pickups were good - without the coconut.:-)

Of course, there are several cute approaches to food.

Quite a tasty "Friendly Dog Salad!"

Try the next one for the Fourth of July.

The scoop of cottage cheese in the center adds protein to the plate!

How did your children help you with cooking?