Friday, January 1, 2010


It is bitterly cold in Missouri. Windchill tonight 25 degrees below. So everyone is staying inside to keep warm. Had a wonderful New Years Day. Relaxing and rewarding. A new year with new goals. Happy New Years to everyone.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

thankful thanksgiving

In honor of Thanksgiving I made both of my sisters Thanksgiving aprons. I followed generally the idea from Posie Gets Cozy blog.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

finally he graduated

my son scott graduated from USC last weekend. What a fantastic day.

Monday, February 2, 2009

What a Movie

This weekend we say two awesome movies.

Frost/Nixon: a fabulous move. great acting and great cinematography

and then Today

The Reader

for anyone who saw it, no explanation. a fabulous movie with with fabulous acting

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


November 26, 2008

For Thanksgiving, I made both of my sister's aprons from this pattern. The apron takes about four hours to make from start to finish, very easy but of course I am not the best seamstress in the world.

Josi's is the lemon pattern and I made Sabrina the same apron but with a watermelon theme.

Added to the apron, I sent a knitted dishrag.

Very easy to make: I use size 8 needles with one ball of cotton yarn.
Cast on three stitches. The the following pattern: knit one, add one,
knit one to the end - until you have 44 stitches, then decrease as follows:
knit one, decrease one, knit to the end until three stitches left and bind off

I love the add of purple color for the pocket.

Finally, I made the most delicious Cranberry Bread from this site:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


November 5, 2008

My neice Leticia is getting ready for a long trip to Australia and New Zealand.

She wanted a project to do to keep herself busy on the airplane trip so I
mentioned that she should do an embroidery project.

So I made her this Amy Butler apron from this book

And then suggested that she chose an embroidery pattern from this book
It is going to be too cute.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I have been searching for weeks for a good strawberry cake recipe but the overwhelming majority called for cake mixes. Finally, found a recipe which I adapted and modified into a pretty winning recipe.

For the Cake:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 pkg. strawberry gelatin
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen strawberries, thawed

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour, put down parchment paper onto greased bottom and then grease the top of the parchment paper into two 8 inch round cake pans.
Whisk together flour, salt, and soda. Set aside.
Beat eggs in large mixing bowl.
Add oil, sugar, gelatin, and buttermilk - stir vigorously until well-blended.
Add flour mixture and blend well.
Process strawberries in food processor. Reserve 1/4 cup for the frosting.
Fold remaining berries into batter well.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven. Turn out of pans onto rack and cool completely
Frost with strawberry and cream cheese icing


1 stick of butter, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup pureed strawberries
1 box powdered sugar (1 lb.)
Combine all ingredients. Beat until creamy.

Recently, we went to San Diego to visit our children. Here is my son and I at the Light House at Cabrillo National Park I would highly recommend anyone visiting San Diego to visit this National Monument. It is lovely.