Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

My little monkey!

Burning Bush

Our neighbor gave us 2 small shrubs a few years ago. Not knowing where to put them, I told Greg just to plant both near a storage building in our yard.  They must love it there cause they have really grown!

Don't ya just love neighbors!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

First horseback ride!

Jack took his first horseback ride today! He wasn't scared at all and seemed to know exactly what to do. Grandchildren are so much fun!
Ride'em cowboy!

he loved the petting zoo!
Jack is getting used to adventures with his "Lolly-Pop"

a little help from "pop"

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

Even though I don't like to cook, I do like a quick and easy recipe every now and then. Actually Tanner and his friend Ariel made this dessert. And yes, it is as good as it looks.

Was recommended to use a deep "throw away" aluminum pan.  This dessert is very tall so you will need the depth. And you might need to lightly spray the bottom with Pam.
Layer the following:

12 regular size ice cream sandwiches in bottom of pan, squeeze them in tightly
tub of cool whip
toffee bits
carmel syrup and choc syrup
Freeze for 15-20 minutes

Then add another layer of all the above, and top off with broken heath candy bars.
Keep in freezer.
Can feed about 35 or more with this dessert, you might want to half the recipe, but we shared with friends and ate it all!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Special October

My little sis on the right, and co-worker Vickie on the left.
Both breast cancer survivors.

Balloon release at Monroe County Health Dept

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Depression Era Man

This post is from my sister Marna's Facebook page. It is a note she wrote about a recent visit to the oncologist. 

Depression Era Man

by Marna Beth on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 10:22pm

Today was my first oncology appointment with Dr. Charles since finishing my Herceptin treatment in March. I walked into the office to that familiar smell of chemo.  It’s amazing the memory of our noses, even after several months.

There was an older lady sitting near the door with an easy smile.  Beside her was her husband.  A man with a cowboy hat, overalls, flannel shirt, red bandana and work boots on.  He didn’t have an easy smile.  He reminded me of a type of man, the depression era man typical of Monroe County; the kind of man I’ve been privileged and proud to know; a man that reminded me in many ways of my daddy. 

His wife’s name was called and the lady with an easy smile handed her flowered pocket book to her husband.  He clutched the purse awkwardly while she was back for her treatment.  What a sight it was, this depression era man holding a flowered’ly pocket book.

When the lady came back to the waiting room she walked to her husband.  He had the easy/ready smile when he saw her walk around the corner.  As he handed her the pocket book he asked her “Am I shed of you now?” and giggled.  (He meant getting rid of her pocket book for those not understanding of that generation.  Not referring to “shed” of her physically.”) 

They walked out, this cute old couple.  To his 1970’s something red Ford truck with cattle panels for the bed.  He walked her around to the passenger’s door and helped her inside.  For some reason that was one of the sweetest moments I’ve ever seen.  It made me think of my daddy on Saturday mornings when I was little.  Momma would sleep in for a while.  I would hear daddy walk quietly into their room and whisper in this sweet, quiet voice at her ear, “Bell….Bell….. it’s time to get up Bell.”  Daddy’s birthday was the 9th.  He may be sorely missed by his family but he is in heaven with his wife, my momma, who had an easy smile. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Make a Fall Banner

I've had these fabric scraps for several weeks, planning to make a fall banner for Jack.  So easy to make, this is how I did it.

Cut the fabric in triangles, no need for a pattern, they don't have to be perfect!
Buy quilt binding, but make sure you get the extra wide-double fold.
I was too lazy to get out the sewing machine, so I used stitch witchery. (spelling?!)
Word of advice: Go ahead and machine stitch if you can. Probably would have been faster and cheaper. I used up all my iron on stitch stuff!

This is the result, but...Jack wasn't too impressed!