Sunday, November 30, 2014

11-30-2014 Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving leftovers are gone...
time for a new pot of soup!

I took the Thanksgiving leftovers and 
made a casserole with them...
buttered a 9x13" pan,
spread the mashed potatoes on the bottom
and poured 1/3 of the leftover gravy on them,
then spread the leftover turkey (cut up into bite-sized pieces)
on top of that
and poured 1/3 of the leftover gravy on them,
and finally spread the leftover stuffing on top
and poured 1/3 of the leftover gravy on it.
Baked at 350*F for 45 min.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

11-29-2014 Presents!

Since my 2 year old granddaughter loves to help me in the kitchen
I got her a little apron with a kitty on it.
(Her current fascination is pretending she is a kitty.)
Baby granddaughter took an immediate liking
to her new sensory toys.
She's still at that 
"everything goes in the mouth" stage.

I need to get some pix of the grandsons
opening presents from them...
the only ones I took are very blurry. :-(

Friday, November 28, 2014

11-28-2014 Christmas at Thanksgiving

Because the weather is too unpredictable 
for travel plans at Christmas time,
our family celebrates Christmas 
at our Thanksgiving get-together.
After our Thanksgiving meal at noon,
Papa brings up the Christmas tree
and boxes of old ornaments
and the grandkids get to decorate the tree.

While the youngest granddaughter
taste-tests all the Christmas tree ornaments...

...the 2 year old grandkids decorate Oma and Papa's
little Christmas Tree
with ornaments made my their parents
when they were little.
 I love seeing their faces in the glow of the Christmas tree lights!
I hope this tradition makes some good memories for them!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

11-27-2014 My Thanksgiving Table

potatoes and gravy
green bean casserole
candied yams
pumpkin pie
with Chocoflan!
We are blessed!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

11-26-2014 The Young-uns

Our grandson (left) and granddaughter (right)
born this year.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

11-25-2014 Making Christmas Ornaments

~grandkids painting popsicle sticks
to make snowflakes and Christmas trees~ 
...and a good time was had by all...

Monday, November 24, 2014

11-24-2014 My Aunt Rocks

Love these cute shirts on my grandsons!!!
And love my Daughter-In-Law for this sweet surprise
for my daughter!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

11-23-2014 Thanksgiving Display

What a beautiful Thanksgiving display at church!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

11-22-2014 Christmas Stockings

How cute are these?!?!?
And even customized with names!
My DD ordered these for her family.
It reminds me of when I knit some
for myself and my DH
back in July 2011...
I used purple,
my favorite color:

Friday, November 21, 2014

11-21-2014 Huggy Dolls

Received this in the mail today
from my dear friend in Maine!
Thank you soooooo much!
What a wonderful surprise!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

11-20-2014 Naughty Bear

Today I finished up this little 'naughty bear'
from the "Naughty Bear-Nice Bear Collection."
Love how it turned out!
Notice my use of traditional holiday colors
of green and red?!?! (NOT!)
Still using purple, my fave color!

All sewn together!

Hangin' out among the tea pots...
ready to hand out a candy cane
from a purple Christmas Stocking
to holiday visitors!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11-19-2014 Festive Coffee Cup Cozy

Decided it was time to switch out my 'foxy' coffee cup cozy
for something a bit more festive
so whipped this up last night...
something to resemble Santa!

What do you think???

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

11-18-2014 Happy 5 Month Birthday!!!

...dear grandson!!!
Oma and Papa love you so much!

Monday, November 17, 2014

11-17-2014 Gingerbread Men < > Reindeer

Someone else shared this idea on my knitting forum...
(don't know where she saw it...
Facebook? DIY? Pinterest?)
...but I thought it was a cute idea!
(Especially since I've been making lots
of gingerbread men cookies lately!)
I have to make 4 doz. cookies
for the homeless shelter
on Dec. 21 this year...
think I will give these a try:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

11-16-2014 Beaded Flowers

Gift from our Realtor
after a recent property sale:
2 small vases
with 2 small Gerbera daisy flowers
that had a beaded stick pin in the center.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

11-15-2014 600+ Yards

... of soft, yummy alpaca yarn...
what to make, what to make?!?!?
I'm thinking a double thick hat with earflaps,
or a nice warm shawl
for these cold Iowa winters.
I won this as a raffle prize
at the recent knitting retreat. :*)
Woo hoo!!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

11-14-2014 Clarks

Time to replace my 20 year old Clarks slippers.
The old ones (on top) are literally falling to pieces!
I was happy to find that they still make the same style.
Merry Christmas to me!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

11-13-2014 Ironic

Today DH & I went to the library.
He went persuing the stacks for a book to read this weekend,
and I went in search of a specific book that my daughter recommended.
When we came back together at the 'check out' counter
we had a good laugh...
...does anyone else see the irony?!?!?
(My book was on the right. Even though I've already 
successfully potty trained 2 babies, I wanted to
familiarize myself with the method my DD wants to use
for my granddaughters.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11-12-2014 Honeycomb Cowl

Starting to knit a new cowl
using this yummy malabrigo yarn
that I bought at the knitting retreat last weekend!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11-11-2014 Pi Bench

While I was away at my knitting retreat this past weekend
DH finished (sanded and varnished) his "Pi Bench,"
I love it!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

11-10-2014 Knitting Retreat Projects

I started and finished these slippers
at the knitting retreat
and now have to felt them down to size.

I also started and finished the 
horseshoe cable mittens
to go with the hat (11-5-2014 post)!

So, I should be nice and warm this winter...
head, hands and feet are covered!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

11-9-2014 Dinner Winner!

Dear Daughter
texted me this picture
of the Dinner Winner plate she purchased
for my 2 year old granddaughter.
What a brilliant idea!
Why didn't WE think of that?!?!?
Granddaughter LOVES it!
She gets to pick out and 'hide' her dessert treat
and then eats all her foods until she reaches the treat.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

11-8-2014 Knitting Retreat!!!

Where we spent the days knitting
and the nights sleeping...

A prepared 'camp' breakfast, lunch and dinner
were a 5-10 minute walk down this road... this dining hall/activity center...

At the end of the retreat
we had "show and tell"
of the projects we completed...
(this is a pix of only half the room and half the ladies).
This knitting retreat was just what I needed
after this past stressful week!

Friday, November 7, 2014

11-7-2014 Each Separate Day

I have this saying
(found in a fortune cookie long ago)
taped to the window above my kitchen sink.
It never fails to lift my spirits
when I am having a bad day.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

11-6-2014 Scarf done!

Finally finished the scarf for this little guy
and have decided to leave his eyes red.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

11-5-2014 Horseshoe Cable Hat

Today I finished this 
Horseshoe Cable Hat...
from a kit that I purchased in Galena, IL
at the Fiber Wild Yarn Shop.
I hope to start (and finish!) the mittens 
at this weekend's knitting retreat.
The wool is absolutely yummy...
50% wool and 50% super fine alpaca!
It's like knitting with butter!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

11-4-2014 Red Band

Was in the neighborhood
of the Red Band coffee shop today
so stopped and treated myself with a decaf latte.

Monday, November 3, 2014

11-3-2014 Future Chef in the Making

"Dis soup needs mo spices!"

Every Monday
my dear granddaughter
helps me make a big pot of soup for the week.
Her job is to scoop the cut up veggies 
out of the bowls and into the soup pot,
then go the the spice drawer
and pick out ANY 3 spices she wants
and add them to the soup
(and taste each one with her finger as she does so!).
Then, while the soup simmers away,
we head to the library and exchange books
(so baby sister can take her morning nap at home),
sip a lemonade in the library's coffee shop,
and finally walk over to the house next to the library
to look at all the yard ornaments
before heading back home for some soup for lunch!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

11-2-2014 Finger Puppets

Recent snail-mail brought this adorable Halloween card
from my dear Sister-In-Law!
The Owl, Ghost and Black Cat
are all finger puppets
which have been played with each day since
by the little fingers that 'haunt' my house!
Thanks so much, my dear...
you are the "cute card queen!"

Saturday, November 1, 2014

11-1-2014 Heart of Stone

I found this rock.
It looks like it has a heart of stone in it.

It reminded me of the scripture:
God says to His people...
"I wil give you a new heart
and put a new spirit in you;
I will remove from you your heart of stone
and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit in you
and move you to follow my decrees
and be careful to keep my laws."
Ezekiel 36:26-27

I pray this scripture for myself,
my family,
and all people.