Sunday, July 27, 2014

zucchini relish

On Thursday, my friend gave me 3 zucchinis from her garden. I have zucchini, but hated to see this go to waste. So, I made zucchini relish last night. I used Mrs. Wages pickle relish mix that I got at Menards, I know, Menards??? But used apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. It tastes very good. I got 5 pint jars and hope to give away 3. As to pictures, I  tried to find the best lighting! Don'y look at the dirty stove top, LOL!!! Blessings!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

party for Twin grandaughters

Thursday our twin granddaughters turned 11 and today was the party to celebrate that event! It is always fun to see everyone which means the in- laws and the outlaws(just kidding). Kate's family is so warm and friendly, they are such a joy to visit with! They girls made a haul and we eat like it was our last meal!! Kurt grilled hotdogs and brats, everyone brought a dish to pass! I made cupcakes, so easy for everyone to eat! Have a great week, blessings!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

fun week

We had a great fun week with our granddaughters. I think they went home tired, though. We played games, went to the Potter's Shed, went shopping, had smoothies, read books, played on my Kindle, played dolls, had a tea party, met their great Aunt Sandy and Uncle Bob, had pizza twice, and just hung out! It rained when we wanted to go swimming or fishing, bummer!!! Blessings! These pictures are from the afternoon at the Potter's Shed. Kora painting and the twins did mosaics, a bear and an elephant.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

3 granddaughters

Yesterday, I worked very early, then came home to eat a quick sandwich, then off to get our granddaughters for a week of fun! We are still planning the days when I get home early from work on what to do next. Probably an afternoon at the Potter's Shed, bookstore, lake for swimming and fishing, farmer's market and a lunch with my sister and her husband.
We went to church today where our daughter and son-in-law attend, then to lunch with them. Erika will try to get over here for an afternoon with the girls. So, now we are playing a game called Tri-ominoes. So, I will close for now. Blessings!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Country Life

I was reading "the Pioneer Woman" blog the other day. She wrote about 11 things she loves about New York. It got me thinking about country life and what "do" I like about it. I grew up in a small suburb of Chicago and loved city life as a kid, but now that I have lived in the country for 42 yrs., I see things pretty different. When we thought about selling our house a few years ago and had a buyer(who after 4 weeks backed out,) it got me thinking. I always thought about moving into the small town near us, thought it would be great, but now I'm thinking maybe not. Small town living can be great, but you never know your neighbors until you been there for a while. They could be noisy, quiet, into your business, move away and get new neighbors who are nightmares. So, with all of this said, here is my list of what makes country life great for me.
1. Wild life around me. Never know what we see out our windows. Deer, bear, skunks, raccoons, bunnies, bobcats(game camera only at night), and turkeys.
2. Quietness. It can be unnerving at first, but worth it after visiting the city where our son lives.
3. My neighbors are great. I name them as they would like to remain unknown, but they would and thing for us and have done the unexpected for me. Like when I couldn't remember how to start the 4 wheeler.
4. Our backyard is 80 acres, who can top that???
5. I can stay in my nightgown and take out the garbage, can you??? Well, some come to the store in their pajama pants, but really!!!! Blessings!

Saturday, June 21, 2014


I made a new salad today. Gordon and I have a little concern over our blood pressure. It isn't bad, but we are concerned so it doesn't go any higher and then we need meds. So, I went to the farmer's market today. I got some peas, spring onions, and used gluten free pasta with some fresh mozzarella.
Do you have any good recipes to lower blood pressure?? Please send them to me. Blessings!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Father's Day

Sunday is Father's Day. Many of us had great Dad's and I was one of those lucky ones. My Dad would have done just about anything for his girls and he did many things that I would have never asked Gordon to do like go get girlie items for that time of the month, Dad would for us, of course, Mom had called the local drugstore and asked them to get it ready for him to get. He was patient with us and that was a hard job with 3 girls!  Gordon's Dad(we called him Pop) was a great dad to Gordon and his fishing buddy when we moved up here. Both of our Dad's have passed away and we often talk about them especially to our grandgirls. They missed out on all the teasing my Dad would have done and fishing with Pop. My Dad would just about have my children in tears over all the teasing, like "how come when you put a glass up to your mouth your nose goes in the glass?" These things would drive them nuts!!! But Daddy didn't care and on he would go! They (my children) remember going to the local bakery in Evergreen Park with Grampy for donuts and coffeecakes. Pop always smoked a pipe till later years and they remember that of him. I pray that some of you have favorite memories of your dads.
Gordon and I will have a quiet day playing the new board game he got for Father's Day from Duck Dynasty. Should be fun! Blessings!!! This is Daddy holding me and my sister, Sandy. Photo below is Pop with Erika(my daughter) on his lap and her cousins.