Saturday, April 17, 2010

Because of some technical difficulties my blog address has been changed to:

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Washcloth Travel Bags

This week at Kelly's Korner, Show Us Your Life Friday's, is focusing on teacher gifts. I sew up this cute little washcloth that is turned into a travel bag for travel size products. They would be a great little thank you gift for a teacher, or filled with baby products for a cute baby shower gift. The most difficult part of this project is choosing the perfect washcloth. I chose a striped one for a baby gift that has pastel stripes. The great thing about that one is you can follow the stripes with the sewing machine for straight lines. White washcloths are great because they look so clean. Any color ribbon looks great with a white washcloth. You can choose ribbon, or rope, or cording or binding as your tie. The first seam is done inside out and that is when you sew your ribbon to one side. After that you turn the washcloth to the right side and decide how far you want to make the seams. You can custom your washcloth for the width of the products you choose. Here are several pictures showing the making of the project. Daughter Melissa took the picture of my hands sewing the project on my sewing machine. She thought she would be funny and take a picture of herself in the mirror. The joke is on her because it is such a funny picture, I decided to add that to my post. Now it is on the "web" for all the world to see. I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I enjoyed seeing it when I downloaded my pictures.














Thursday, April 15, 2010

Clean Closets

I have been spring cleaning. I had one closet left to clean. It was my closet. It was a mess. It was overwhelming. I was embarrassed, I was overwhelmed. I was trying to ignore it. It was not working. My oldest daughter Alisha lives in Arizona. She is an organizer. She has organized my closet for me numerous times. I did not want her to know the condition my closet was now in. I did not want her to be disappointed in me. I was disappointed enough for both of us. So, I tackled it. This was before (don't look Alisha):







Yes, I know it is bad, yes I am surprised I am showing this, but wait it gets better.



Are you ready?



Are you sure?



I am excited!



I am proud!



Okay enough, here is the after, in all its glory !!








Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Babies and Cherry Cobbler

A few years ago, a friend at church had her first baby. I had just bought Sandra Lee's new cookbook and there was a berry cobbler that I wanted to try out. I made it and took it to her with a gallon of vanilla ice cream. Well, she just raved about it. I was so happy she liked it and I told her I would bring her a berry cobbler anytime she had a baby. A couple of years later she had baby number two. I showed up with cobbler in tow. A few months ago she was 7 months pregnant with baby number three. We were talking about different things when I almost screamed "cobbler". I had totally forgotten about gifting her with a cobbler after she has her baby. She let me know she had not forgotten and she was plenty happy I had remembered. I decided I would make one for her and I would make one with Splenda, as the hubby is diabetic and anyway we can cut some sugar out, we do.

Here is the recipe:

2 (12 oz.) bags frozen mixed berries, thawed

1 (21 oz.) can apple pie filling

1/2 cup sugar or Splenda

1 1/2 t ground cinnamon

1 roll (18 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough

In a large bowl, mix berries, apple pie filling, sugar and cinnamon. Transfer to 8x8 baking dish. Slice or crumble cookie dough over fruit, covering thickly and completely. Bake uncovered until cookie crust is golden and crisp and juice bubbles thickly, about 45 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!!!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekend Knitting

Well, we had a busy weekend as usual.  I have a bunch of stuff to blog about, but I just don't know where to start.  First I want to say, before I had my own blog I would go to different blog sites and download recipes, or read funny stories or sad stories.  I would read different ideas people had, decorating ideas, party ideas.  I would enjoy myself, but I never commented.  Now I comment on blogs and I enter contests on peoples blogs.  It is a lot of fun.  When I started my own blog I added a sitemeter that tells me how many people have viewed my blog.  I have been excited to see it jump in numbers, so that tells me there are people besides my family that are reading my blog.  I just wish someone would comment.  That would mean a lot to me.  So, if you are checking me out, so to speak, and I am happy you are, please leave me a comment.  That would make my day.

Today I went to my first knitting class.  It is held at this little knit shop that has tons of yarn and books crammed into this little space.  Well, from 10-12 on Monday mornings they have what they call a class.  Everyone brings what they are working on and the owner and an instructor answers any questions and helps with problems that might arise.  I decided I wanted to make a baby blanket for someone at church that is going to have a baby girl in July.  It is an easy pattern of knit a row, increase a row, purl a row, increase a row.  That sounds all fine and dandy, except I did not remember how to increase.  So, off to class I went this morning.  The teacher taught me how to increase and now I am going to town on my blanket.  After you get the blanket half as large as you want it, you reverse the pattern and every row you were suppose to increase, you now decrease.
This is what I have so far.  At least it is a start and it is super easy.  Here is the actual pattern:

With size 11 knitting needles cast on 3
Next row, knit
Next row increase in the first and last stitch
Next row purl
Next row increase in the first and last stitch
Next row knit

That's it.  You keep that pattern until your triangle measures 37 inches and then you continue the same pattern except decreasing instead of increasing. 
I made a dish towel with this same pattern only I am quite sure I didn't increase correctly.  Only thing is it worked out, for a dish towel that is.  I would not want to give it as a gift, but now that I know how to work the pattern correctly, I think I will make some dish towels for gifts. 
I think it looks real nice in it's new home on my kitchen sink.  They actually work great as dish clothes.  Much better than anything that you buy.  They seem to scrub and absorb water better. Now, I need to get myself in gear and work on the last of my spring cleaning.  My closet!!!!!!  What a job.  I started it this weekend and now I need to finish it.  We were watching clips from a new show about hoarders and Don commented that I was a closet hoarder.  How dare he.  Later this week I will show before and after pictures and then you will see for yourself that Don is wrong :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Putting Away the Decorations




I need to put away the Easter decorations, luckily it is not like Christmas when I have boxes and boxes of things to pack up. It is always so much fun to pack for a trip or put out decorations. The drag is when you get home from a trip and have to put everything away and you have all dirty clothes. Not so much fun. It is the same when you are putting out decorations and looking for the perfect spot for your treasures to be displayed. Putting away is always a chore. But like I said, for Easter I just have one table in the entrance way that I decorate. It is next to a hutch that we put all of our collectibles that Don has brought home from his trips. He has things from Russia, Africa and El Salvador. The hutch and table were bought years ago from a yard sale. Above the table is a little glass cabinet that houses a child's cereal set. It is from Germany and it was made in 1918. My friend Ed gave it to me. It was one of his mom's many collections and when she passed away he gifted me with the child's cereal set. I also have an article that was in a magazine, telling about the value of the set. I was so happy to find a perfect glass cabinet to show my little treasure, it is very special to me.


Looking for eggs

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bodybuilders and Trophy girl

I shared about our Easter, but let me backup a day and talk about our Saturday. We went to our first bodybuilder competition. No we aren't bodybuilders, far from it. But our daughter was asked to be the trophy girl. Well let me tell you Vanna White might need to be worried about her job. Melissa did a great job at handing out trophy's. I am sure she could turn letters on stage if Wheel of Fortune needed a new Vanna. Melissa's boyfriend's family have a business of putting on bodybuilding competitions. They are known for natural competitions, they do drug testing for steroids and if someone tests positive they ban them for life from their competitions. Anyway, they asked Melissa if she would hand out the trophy's. They also invited us to view the show and to be their VIP guests. So we had front row seats and had a fun time. I had never been to anything like that before. Here are some pictures that I took.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Good Friday and Easter



Well, it has been a very busy time around here. We had a Good Friday service at our church, then Easter service and Easter dinner at our house with our son, his wife and the young grandchildren. I hid plastic eggs in our backyard and made sure I counted how many I hid so we would know when they had found them all. I wanted to make sure it was a fair hunt, so I put the kids initals on the eggs. That way the 7 year old wouldn't find them all and leave the 3 year old frustrated. I marked 9 plastic eggs for each of them. They found almost all of them. There was one that the 3 year old couldn't find. All of the adults started looking to help her find her last one. We all came up empty handed. I could not remember where I had hid each one and after about 10 minutes of 5 adults and three kids looking, I had a thought................Lolli. She is our 2 year old pup. She takes anything she can find and carry in her mouth under our couch. I told Melissa to go in the house and look under the couch. Bingo, there it was a pink plastic egg with an N marked on it for Natalie. The mini tootsie roll that had been inside was missing. I would have loved to see her find that plastic egg in the backyard, carry it in her mouth through the doggie door and take it under our couch to eat the tootsie roll inside! She is part dashshund and part chihuahua and very overweight! It is difficult for her to squeeze just herself under the couch, let alone her with a pink plastic egg in her mouth! We all had a good laugh about that. For dinner we had ham, mashed potatoes with country gravy, mac and cheese, rolls, fresh fruit with dip and for dessert chocolate cupcakes. It was yummy, if I do say so myself.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good News

Good news, son is out of the hospital and has a staph infection on his arm, probably from ju jitsu. It is not a MSRA staph. That is great news. 10 days of penicillin and he should be fine.

When Life Interupts Plans

Well, it never fails, you make plans and something comes up to interrupt your best laid plans. Whenever I plan to do something, I usually add, God willing, because you never know what is going to happen to take priority over what you think you are going to be doing. As we were making Easter plans, I received a phone call that my son was admitted to the hospital with what they thought was a staph infection. Well, after visiting with my very sick son, I headed over to his house to help my daughter-in-law clean the house. MRSA staph infections are contagious and I made a quick trip to the store to buy cleaning supplies. I bought everything that had bleach in it. Tide with bleach, kitchen spray with bleach. You get the idea, we were going to disinfect every inch of that house. Thank heaven my daughter Melissa met me there. She was on kid patrol. She took care of the baby and intertained the 3 and 7 year old. It helped that I also picked up the latest Alvin and the Chipmunks video. My daughter in the law tackled the washing and the baths. I tackled the kitchen. Some 5 hours later we were happy with the outcome. A clean from germs house. I got home late and tired, but I was happy I could change any plans I had and help out any way I could.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

When do Easter Egg Hunts End ?


Well, I did the Easter egg baskets and Easter egg hunts when my kids were little. And I actually thought they were over. Little did I know they are a never ending holiday. I think I weened my last child off Easter baskets when she was 18. I said enough is enough and reluctantly she agreed. Well imagine my surprise when my grand kids came over yesterday to swim and asked "Gram will you do an Easter egg hunt for us?"What could I say, of course I said yes. So today after work I spent an hour and a half at Target fighting the crowds in the Easter section. I wanted to get some plain eggs and put one dollar bills in them. Then I hunted for small toys to put in the other eggs. I came up with some Polly pockets for three year old Natalie. Some transformers for seven year old Jacob, and a couple of cars for 1 year old Dylan. Dylan loves anything that has wheels. I hope the weather stays the way it has been for the last week, that way the kids can swim and then have their "hunt". I am also planning on a ham dinner and a delish dessert. Thank goodness for grand kids, they keep me young.

P.S. To my oldest grandchild, Chloe who lives 5 hours away in Arizona, grandma is sending you out a gift card to target tomorrow. Maybe you can buy a new bathing suit. You will need it when you come out for the summer. I can't wait :). Grandma loves you.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Favorite Cleaning Tips

Kelly, over at Kelly's Korner has a show us your life Fridays.  Every Friday she has a theme, such as things you collect, or room makeovers.  I want to participate, but being a newbe to blogging, I don't know if I know how to link my blog to hers.  So I am going to try.  When we bought a house in Lake Elsinore 25 years ago, the ad read Mrs. Clean lives here and then it went on to describe the clean, lovely house.  When we bought it I told my girlfriend what the ad said.  She replied,"little does she know Mrs. Clean is moving in"  Yes, I like to clean, or maybe I don't like to clean, I am not sure.  What I am sure about is that I like a clean house.  I believe that the only way to achieve that is to clean.  I know the hubby and daughter won't clean, so that leaves me.  The problem I have had with hubby is that if the house looks nice, he doesn't see any reason to clean.  When I ask him to vacuum, he will reply "why it looks fine to me".  So instead of bickering about it, I just do it.  When the kids were younger they caught on real fast.  If I asked them to do something, they would do a lousy job and I would usually do it over and never ask them again to do that particular chore. I enjoyed  reading the cleaning tips on Kelly's Korner.  One of the tips was to buy a bounce fabic softener bar.  You stick it in the dryer and it lasts for about two months.  Well, after I read the tips, I went to target and what did I have to buy, you got it, a bounce bar.  She was right, the smell of the clothes out of the dryer was so much nicer that the fabric sheets.  My best tip is "Spot Shot".  Any time I see a spot on the carpet, I clean it with Spot Shot and it really does the job of getting the spot out for good.  I also have my carpets cleaned twice a year by a professional.  But between the professional cleanings, I alway have a can of spot shot handy.

Friday, March 26, 2010

So Glad it is Friday.  Only bummer is I have a meeting at the church tomorrow at 8 a.m.  I need to get there early and set up a table with fruit, yogurt, granola, blueberry bread, orange juice and coffee.  So no sleeping in for me.  It has just been beautiful weather here.  Spring has sprung.  Hopefully after the meeting I can spend some time in my backyard relaxing by the pool.  I took a picture of my cute flowers and my grandma's swing.  I hope I can post the pictures without a problem.  I am still so new to this blogging thing.  I am not yet comfortable composing a blog and posting a picture.  I am just going to go for it and we shall see if they go where I want them to go. 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wake up call

I received the news that my uncle Bill had passed away last week.  Our relationship had become what many relationships become......................a Christmas card, a phone call every couple of years.  That is pretty normal when you don't live close and everyone has busy lives.  But then you get the call and your head starts spinning.  Why didn't I keep in closer touch.  Why didn't I jot him an email when I was thinking of him.  He was my God father.  When I was growing up my parents moved us from San Jose to Anaheim California.  The drive was a good 8 hours.  To this day hate driving and I think  that was passed down from my dad.  My grandma Rozak and my aunts and uncles on my mom's side lived 8 hours away.  Dad hated the drive and I always got car sick.  The night before we were to leave to come home, I would not be able to sleep because I was dreading the car ride home.  The upside to living 8 hours away was that during summer vacation, my mom and dad would drive me up to San Jose, and after a couple of days my parents would leave and I would have the whole summer with my grandma and pap pap.  I am the oldest of their grandchildren.  They would spoil me and love me and that was the best times of my growing up.  I was safe, I was cared for, I was happy.  I had cousins to play with and I had my aunts and uncles who were so, so good to me.  I have the best memories of grandma's house.  The smell of peaches simmering on the stove, homemade bread, homemade danish.  Grandma would buy me my school clothes for the following year.  Pap pap would bring me in fresh raspberries from his back yard.  They also had peach and plum trees.  They also had a back yard swing that I have to this day, some 33 years after grandma died.  Oh, life was simple back then.  My uncle Bill had a car that the lights had covers, so when he started the car the covers lifted and the light came on.  Back then, that was so cool.  Uncle Bill also had a swimming pool at his house and we would go over to swim.  He had a big house with white pillars inside.  Uncle Bill's first marriage didn't last and grandma cut his wife out of all the family and wedding photos.  Grandma loved everyone, but after Barbara and Bill divorced, she was done with Barbara.  Uncle Bill's second marriage didn't last either but he did have a son he adored from that marriage.  Finally he met and married Diane, he was finally happy and had a good marriage.  My mom visited them before her death and she felt so comfortable with Diane and she had such a fun trip.  Whenever you lose someone, especially a family member, your mind just starts spinning with memories.  You get hit square in the face that life is precious and we have the past, we don't know about the future.  All we are sure of is the present.  Everyday we are on this earth is a present to be celebrated.  Tell your loved ones you care.  Email that person you haven't kept in contact with in awhile.  Pick up that phone and call the person you are thinking of.  Don't put it off, because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blog Makeover

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it....................................I love my new blog design.  Thank you designer blogs.  It's me, it's cozy and country.  I now feel like a full fledged blogger.  I plan on sharing recipes, craft ideas and stories about my life.  I will include pictures of my family, but won't show the faces of my grand babies.  I want to keep them internet safe.  I love to decorate and make treasures from yard sale finds and I can't wait to share and to read other blogs and to join in on all the fun everyone seems to be having.  I am fixing up my patio and planting plants.  The weather here in Southern California is wonderful.  I will be posting pictures of my backyard soon.
Have a wonderful day.....................