Friday, April 26, 2013

BRATS BROTHERS

 
Sometimes it just plain "fun" to try a new place to eat.  Don's cousins husband has a doctors appointment near a place she had seen on the Food Channel on TV.  The Brat Brothers in Sherman Oaks.  A wonderful German Restaurant.  Great Decorations you can see, and I thought the wash basin in the ladies room was a large tub with a pump for the faucet. 


The menu was filled with many different brats.  Don had the Black Forest, and I had Polish, the other cousins tried some other variety.  They came with Grandma's sauerkraut, red cabbage and potato salad.  A big selection of different kinds of mustard's.  It was delicious and such a fun time with cousins. The gal in the Pink and the gentleman with the beard (not Don) are two of Aunt Trula's children.

Do you have special cousins in your life?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED !

 
Spending many hours on the train on my recent trip, I was able to finish the quilt for our new grand baby coming in June.  I spread it out on the couch to get a good picture, and before I could get my camera....guess who thinks I made it for her!  "No Molly, you have your own quilt."

If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can see how the quilting around the squares and animals gives them a 3D look.  I'm very pleased with the final outcome.  It would be hard to say how many "stitches" of love went into this quilt...Made by Grandma with Love!

I spent the first night of my trip with a dear friend who can't let you leave without a gift.  So I came home with several handmade dish cloths and two movies.  Thanks Karen, you are a sweetheart.

Now I have two pillow to make out of some extra material I have, so that's my next project.  They will be easier, as I will be using my sewing machine.

Monday, April 22, 2013

TURLOCK HIGH SCHOOL REUNION


Our High School as many others, has a 50+ Program so each year there is a reunion for anyone one who has reached their 50th year or more.  This was my 54th reunion.  These are such special women in my life.  We called ourselves the "Soderquist Road" Girls as all of us in the picture grew up either next door or across the street from the time we were children.

From left to right is my sister, Donna, our next door neighbor Barbara, me, my dear friend Kris and her sister Karen.  This is the first time we've all be together as Kris and Karen are out of State.
Kris didn't know I was coming.  That's what that spontaneous trip was about...I wanted to surprise her and spend a weekend with my sis.


This is another childhood friend, Judy, that is a year younger than me, but we were best buddies growing up in Church together, singing duets, and she was one of my bridesmaids when Don and I were married.  My sister and Kris were my other two bridesmaids, so how fun to have us together.

 
We are students from the class of 1959, and several of these classmates started 1st grade with me and we continued through elementary, Junior High and High school.  What fun to hear their stories and what they've done in their lives.  It was a good time to grow up in a small community and have so many lasting friendships.
 
Since I had 2 hours on the bus and 5 hours on the train..both ways...I finished Jill's baby quilt!! Yeah Mission Accomplished!!  I'll post a picture tomorrow.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT.....

I did something very spontaneous and jumped on the Amtrak Bus and Train Friday morning to surprise some friends at my 54 Class Reunion.  It was a whirlwind trip, but so fun to see my sister, other family and lots of classmates at the reunion.

I'm sending this from my sister's computer so don't have any of my pictures until I get home, but will share some those and some great stories from the trip when I get home Monday afternoon.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

LOVING OUR BACK YARD

 
This is my favorite time of year in our back yard.  The trees are getting their new leaves, the Rose of Sharon is bursting with blooms, and my pink geraniums are just beautiful.  The little white Pickett fence I got at the Thrift Store adds such a nice touch.


The little Bird Corner by the back fence is full of birds and squirrels every morning and late afternoon.  The Bougainvillea has finally taken off, and climbing up the trellis.  The fern has a new shade of green too.
 
The Succulents, Cactus Pots and Spider Plant all bursting with new life too.


The huge bare limbs and branches of the trees in the back yard are all sporting green leaves that say SHADE, SHADE, SHADE.  Time for BBQ's and Picnics. In fact, our Eat and Pray will enjoy dinner and prayer time in the backyard this evening.

What's in your backyard?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

52,000 IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE


We attended a Dodger game that was honoring "Jackie Robinson" night and at the beginning of the game 52,000 fans were totally silent to remember the victim's and families of the Boston Bombing.  You could have heart a pin drop in that massive stadium.  It was remarkable moment of silence.

 
Jackie Robinson's wife was there to be honored.  It was a very special night and we all received a Dodger souvenir with statues of Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella.

 
All the players on both teams wore the famous Number 42 in memory of Jackie Robinson and also for the Movie 42  The American Legend which is out in the Theaters now.

 
Harrison Ford who plays a key role in the movie was there to throw out the first pitch.  It was a lovely night.  Had a great time...the bad news....The Dodgers lost!!!  Oh well, there is always tomorrow and "There's no crying in Baseball"....(Tom Hanks ~ remember that movie??)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

FOREVER FRIENDS


Kris and I spent the first 14 years of our lives next door to each other before we left to attend Biola College together.  I was 4 she was 5 when we met.  We have millions of memories over the almost 70 years we have been friends.  Truly we could write a book of our adventures, from turning Nursery Rhymes into Operas preformed in the cemetery behind our homes.  We pretended to be Billy Graham and Cliff Barrows and held numerous Crusades ~~Kris preaching and me leading the singing.  Oh the fun we had playing games, laying on the cool grass dreaming dreams and planning our future in that old cemetery.  Today it's called a "Memorial Park" with gates and rules.  But for us it was a playground of fun and adventure.


I met my dearest at Biola, and married my preacher husband and spent almost 50 years in ministry in Churches before retiring  5 years ago.  Kris and Ted spend a life time with Wycliffe Bible Translators, and as a result of their dedication, hard work and supervision of others ~ They have translated the New Testament ~God's Word for the Zapotecs of Guelavia in their own language and still working on other translation projects.

Because of the nature of our ministries and Kris and Ted spending so many years in Oaxaca, Mexico we went long periods without seeing each other.  They are now in Tucson, AZ and we do get to see of more often.  Ted's brother Cliff and his wife Linda always invite us to their home when Kris and Ted are here.  We were able to spend Saturday evening, and Church, Lunch and Ice Cream with them today.  They are leaving tomorrow to attend a Mission Conference, but we are so blessed to have this time together.  We took these pictures last night and as I mentioned in the title..We are FOREVER FRIENDS.

Friday, April 12, 2013

BAKED BEETS TONIGHT!


It's not pretty.  It doesn't even look good on the plate.  But...Baked Beets with a little kosher salt and butter is very tasty and extremely good for you.  It's a "once in a while" side dish and tonight I need to use those last two beets.  Give it a try sometime!  It may surprise you.  BTW we like avocado and sour cream with our fish.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DON'T MESS WITH MY BEANS ! !

 
Tonight is our Church "Eat and Pray" at our house.  The menu is BBQ Meatballs, a great Bean Dish, Pasta and Tossed Salads, Rolls and Dessert.  Doesn't that sound good!
 
Well, this afternoon, I started my easy bean recipe and had quite a big surprise.  I bought two cans of "Butter Beans" and when I opened the cans I had "Whole Potatoes"...Not even close!  Good thing I started the beans early, as I had time to return them to the store.   On top of that, my receipt showed they charged me for "Lima Beans"...
So back to the store I go with the two opened cans of potatoes, hoping the Customer Service people have a sense of humor.  I was afraid to buy the same brand, for fear I'd get potatoes.  They think the whole shipment may be wrong.  So the good news...the only other "Butter Beans" they had was a gourmet brand costing 3 times as much as the Safeway brand.  They said, no problem, no charge, so we are having "Gourmet Baked Beans" tonight.
 
EASY BAKED BEANS
 
2 cans Butter Beans
2 cans Red Kidney Beans
1 can (large) Bushes Boston Baked Beans
1 can (large) Bushes Maple Baked Beans
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp. Dehydrated Onions
2 Tbsp. Frenches Mustard
3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
 
Mix well and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour
Reduce the heat to 200 and bake 1 hour
Transfer into large Crock pot to keep warm for serving.
 
They are delicious!
 
If you try this recipe...I hope no ones messes with your Beans! HaHa

Monday, April 8, 2013


IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER....We've all heard that expression, and today I was laughing to myself as I repeated it several times.   Let me explain!

We have become very good friends with our next door neighbors, Bret, Honeg and their son Dante.  His wife is a wonderful cook and shares delicious food with us, but she doesn't bake, and Bret and Dante are totally into "baked goods".  In fact a few weeks ago, Bret showed up with a large grocery bag of cake mixes and brownie mix, and a big bag of walnuts.  So I've been keeping them in "Sweets".
Well today is Bret's Birthday, and I ask him what was his favorite cake and he said "German Chocolate" so I decided to make one for his "45th" Birthday.


And that's where the Goose and Gander come in.  As I was mixing up the cake, I thought why not take out a little batter and make a little cake for me and Don..... Hey what's good for the goose is good for the gander...Especially if the Gander is doing the baking...HaHa.
 

 
Also, Bret and Dante love my Chicken Noodle Casserole so I thought why not complete his Birthday with the casserole.  And, true to the saying...What's good for the Goose...So I made us one too.  I just hope when his wife gets home from work...their cake isn't all gone!  HaHa.
 
Well, that was my Monday....how was yours??

Sunday, April 7, 2013

UPDATE ON THE "BEARDED ONE"


A couple of months ago, my dearest began a beard.  I've loved facial hair on men for years, and had encouraged him to grow a beard or mustache, but he always said it "bugged" him.

Once he started it I knew it was going to be a nice beard and encouraged him daily not to give up, but give it time to fill out.  This picture was taken at the LA Zoo during Spring Break a couple of weeks ago.

I like it!!  This is my cowboy, the bearded one, and love of my life!!

Years ago we had some friends, and they had been married about 15 years when her husband shaved off his "full beard".  She had married it with it, and had never seen the face underneath.  What a surprise when he walk in the room "clean shaved" and she saw his face for the first time without the beard.  That would be a real surprise!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

SUNDAY MEDITATION ~ THE GOOD SHEPHERD



John 10:14~18 "I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me ~~just as the Father knows me and I know the Father ~~and lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life ~~only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

Dear Jesus, how tenderly You care for me, my Shepherd. When I hear your reassuring voice I know that I am secure. When I wander far away, You search for me, You hoist me upon Your strong shoulders, rejoicing that I have been found. You are the gate that leads to the fold of salvation. You are the fold in which I find safety. When I am in danger, You lay down Your own life for me. You give me the gift of life, life to the full. Oh to know You, gracious Shepherd, and to be known by You. This is true life. My heart is filled with gratitude. I love you. Amen!

I look to the Shepherd,
He meets all my needs;
Beside the still waters
He faithfully leads.
Bringing peace to my soul
As His love makes me whole.
~~Walt Harrah (c1987)

I shared this on the Daily Prayer Blog for Sunday, but wanted to also share it here for those of you who don't visit the Daily Prayer Blog on my sidebar.

Trusting you will have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, April 5, 2013

A FEW RANDOM THINGS THIS WEEK

 
A spring bouquet on the coffee table makes me happy!  The Iris is from my garden, and the Tiger Lilies from the grocery store.


Do you know what this is?  I didn't.  It's a gift from Elizabeth.  When I visited her this week, she said she had a gift for me, and proceeded to pull this pan (before I cleaned it up) from her bottom drawer in a plastic bag.  She said she had it for years upon years, and it looked like it, a it was really quite dirty.  She said it had been in storage, and she ask her son to bring it so she could give it to me as she know I bake a lot of pies.  Now when an Apple or Berry pie boils over the edge, the extra lip will catch it, and it's also easy to take the pie out of the oven.   I just love that dear lady.  She is always thinking of me.  I don't know if it has an official name, but I'm tickled to have it.

This morning, a large speckled white dove landed on the front lawn for a worm or two and was able to get a picture with my zoom.  I started singing "On the wings of a Snow White Dove"...and now I can't get the tune out of my head.


Met a lady in the line at the grocery store buying fresh beets.  I ask her how she cooks them, and she said she bakes them just like potatoes.  Cuts the stalk off close to the beet, and removed the tail.  Washes them rubs them with olive oil, makes a puncture or two, wraps them in foil, and bakes for an hour in the oven.  I tried it.... Oh my goodness..talk about delicious..doesn't even taste like a beet.  It soft, I added a little salt and butter, and the lady at the store says she adds some goat cheese.

Our Christmas Cactus (Which was Don's Mothers) got it's holidays mixed up and started blooming for Easter...I hope it blooms again at Christmas.

What kind of week did you have??

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A GLIMPSE OF EASTER


The week before Easter I was baking cookies and freezing them for the Family Easter Baskets I would make for the Annual Easter Picnic Sunday afternoon after Church.  It was beautiful Saturday, so made my assembly line outside on the patio table.  Layers of peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies.  Toss in some colored grass and some candy and tie up with some netting.  Made labels with my Watercolor bunnies in a pot.  A couple of soft and cuddly rabbits for the Issac and Matthew.

 
It's hard to believe these little great grandsons are getting so big.  Issac in the top picture will be in 1st grade, and Matthew is 4.  They were worn out from playing Easter games ~ egg toss, sack races and looking for Easter Eggs. 

I didn't have any commercial eye dye left after dying eggs last week with Nick and Jon so came up with my own dye.  Raspberry, blueberry tea bags, a little vinegar and some food coloring.  Actually I think they turned out quite nice.

Celebrating Resurrection Sunday in Church with our son and family and then a wonderful afternoon at the park with everyone.

BIRD EYE VIEW OF MARCH


My Sabbatical for the Month of March was anything but dull.  Here are a few things that we enjoyed.  A wonderful Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich in Hollywood with friends after Church.  An hour wait...but it was worth it.


Saint Patrick's Day was celebrate with Corn Beef, Cabbage and red potatoes with a wonderful garlic mustard from Trader Joe's.  The store was completely out of Rye Bread so I decided to try my luck at making some.
 
I bought a bag of Bob's Red Hill Rye flour and a jar of Caraway seeds and was on my way to homemade rye bread.  Used the dryer again for a warm place to let it rise.

Decided to make two small loaves instead of one large one.  It turned out really nice, and tasted so good with dinner.


While we were out and about checking out our local Thrift Store, we met this gentleman and it just proves us old folks like to have fun.


Today I made my dearest a fried egg sandwich on our homemade rye bread.  I would have had one too, but I was in the Dentist chair at noon.  This is the second installment of getting a new "mouth".  Today the last old root canal was removed and impressions made for a partial to fill in my missing teach.  Soon, I will be sharing a picture with a BIG smile and NO missing teeth.  I've really needed to do this for years, but life got in the way.

 
Since I was on a homemade bread kick, I tried homemade crackers and they turned out so yummy.  The round ones are rye, and the square ones are flax seed.  So easy.  I've been looking up cracker recipes.  Not many cookbooks have them.
 

Last, but not least, I am well on the way of finishing the quilt for the new grand baby coming in June.  Talked to Jill today, and we are all getting so excited.  She's going to call us on Skype tonight so we can see out big the baby bump is ...She said it a lot more than a "bump" now at seven months.

I may have to take a month off every year.....It was so very nice to take a break from the Computer, but I really was ready to get back.  I missed all of my friends the most, and thank a few of you who emailed me from time to time.