Thursday, November 16, 2017

NOVEMBER COOKING CLASS



Green Bean Casserole, Garlic/cheese crescent rolls, and Strawberry Heaven was the Menu this month.
 Strawberry Heaven ~ was indeed "heavenly"

We had a good turnout, and everyone really enjoyed the menu.
 I like to get participation from the class when I can, so Carolina is helping me get the green bean mixture into the casserole dish.

One of my joys of living at the Villa is the cooking class and the freedom I have to make whatever I want, and the ingredients are paid for by the Villa.  Win~Win!

Monday, November 13, 2017

I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN!!!

Since my last post was "Scribble Picnic ~ Boo" and now Thanksgiving is hiding just around the corner, I thought it fitting to share with you that "I've been everywhere, man".  (Do you remember Johnny Cash singing this??)  The trip started in Tahoe with friends that we had in our church in Hughson.  Ann was my dearest's assistant and made life so much easier for him doing all the administrative tasks and more!!

We enjoyed a delicious sandwich at the General Store at Camp Richards and Ann's husband in the background, Jim was a big part of the praise team with his musical talent and song writing.

The Office of the Weaver's time share where we spent several nights was decorated for Halloween and so I couldn't resist being one of the "Best Witches" of the day.

The next stop on our trip was to see my blog friend Sue and her husband Dave.  We have been blog friends since 2007, and a few years ago met in person, and visit them every time we travel North.  Great Christians with such servants hearts.  We call their place our Rocklin B&B.


Dave and Sue took us to visit friends of theirs that own and farm Persimmons preserving the Japanese art of hoshigaki.  Their Webpage is very interesting and shares the process.  I've added a link in you want to read more about this.

Looks like an old truck and an old gal..HaHa


This is the owner and he was gracious to tell us a lot about the farm, and family and let us take many pictures.

I bought a basket full so I can make Persimmon Bread for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The next stop was Fresno to pick up Molly.  My cousin Danette and her hubby Mitch take care of Molly when we take these trips.  They took us out to dinner at a BBQ and the food was to die for!!!


I got to hold this precious little girl, Emberly Grace.  I was there when her mom was born, and now get to love on this next generation.  More wonderful friends that are more like family in Hughson.

Had lunch with my sister and hubby, but didn't get a picture.


Final stop before heading home was in Bakersfield to visit Don's cousin Lou.  Some of you will remember when we lived in Sunland, and took care of Aunt Trula.  That's Lou's mom.  Lou was care giver for her husband for 6 years.  He had a heart transplant and other issues, and passed away last year.  The picture of him and her is on a blanket her family made for her on the 1st year anniversary of his passing.  She loved to cook and we ate, and ate, and ate...I got all her good recipes and will share them soon.



 Don's cousins, Lou and Phil and Phil's wife Diane.  Cousins are the best!!

What a wonderful trip, seeing family and friends.  So thankful that we have the health at our age to do these trips.  My dearest will celebrate 80 next month.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ "BOO"

"BOO"

Just one word this week.  This little ghost will give a boo every time he knocks on a door.
Gotta love his socks and shoes.  A Ghost that has style!! HaHa.

Check out all the "Boo's" by clicking on the Scribble Picnic badge on my sidebar. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ODDS AND ENDS


My dearest knows I love lighthouses, so the other day he was in a different part of the thrift shop and without me knowing, bought me this lighthouse which is now the night light in our bathroom.  Isn't it adorable?  Thanks Hon, for thinking of me.
 

Tuesday mornings are special to me.  I attend a Women's Bible Study and the fellowship is so special.  we take turns bringing the "goodies" and after everyone has got their coffee and goodies we have a great Bible Study.
 

I got a shot of the setup up.  By the time we start, all tables are full.  There is about 20+ ladies each week.
 
 I like to make my cookie dough ahead of time so I can pick and chose the time I want to bake them.


Today it was Oatmeal~chocolate chip ~ walnut and....
Chocolate chip, with a few white chocolate chips thrown in!

We will be taking a little trip and for the first time in a while, this one does not include a funeral or memorial service.  Some dear friends are sharing their Timeshare with us, so some R&R.  Plan on lots of reading and naps.  Not necessarily in that order.  HaHa

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Prayer for Sunday




Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty: heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: glory be to Thee, O Lord most high."

"I pray, O God, for all human hearts that today are lifted up to Thee in earnest desire, and for every group of men and women who are met together to praise and magnify Thy name.  Whatever be their mode of worship, be graciously pleased to accept their humble offices of prayer and praise and lead them unto life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen."

As people all over the world assemble to worship You on this Sunday......Lord pour out your blessings and forgiveness on all who seek you today.  Open my heart to hear you word to me as it is preached today.   I love you.  Amen


 Quoted prayer ~ A Diary of Private Prayer ~ John Baillie

Saturday, October 21, 2017

NAPPING TOGETHER

 Bed time, Bath time, play time ~~Anytime!!
Tristan and Tiger

I just can't get enough of this little darling ~ and Oregon is too far away.  Thanks for indulging me with all these pictures of Tristan.

He melts my heart.  All the other grandchildren are either, high school, college, married, even the two great grandsons are 9 and 10, so he's the "babe" of the family.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

OCTOBER COOKING CLASS AT THE VILLA


 With the weather cooling and Autumn in the air, I thought some homemade Minestrone soup would be a good choice for my cooking class.


Served up with a little Parmesan cheese.  The homemade bread was brought by one of the ladies attending the class.  
 Since everyone loves dessert, and I was only making the Minestrone for the class, I made a couple of pies to finish off our lunch.


Last month when I made Pumpkin Muffins with crumble top and had quite a bit of the topping left, so adding some to the top of the Apple Pie ~  sorta Apple Crumb even though it had a top crust.  It was actually quite good!
How can you go wrong with pumpkin pie.  With tons of whipped cream, of course.

I love these monthly cooking classes at the Villa, and even though the class is rather small, all that come enjoy watching me demonstrate the recipe and they especially enjoy eating what  I fix. HaHa!!

I love to cook ~They love to watch and eat ~ WIN ~ WIN


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC "FILL IN THE BLANK"




Michael really gives us a challenge with his "Fill in the Blank".  The above is what we had to work with.  I didn't know we were going to get an extra week to work on it so I grabbed my sketch book and drew the two forms.  This is what happened in the next 10 minutes.  After I saw that we had more time...I decided to just go with my first thoughts and sketches.


~ A WEIRD CAT ~



~EASTER MORNING~

What comes to your mind when you see these to "forms"?  To see what all the other artists came up with, just click on the Scribble Picnic badge near the top of my sidebar.

Thanks Michael for hosting this, and S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G our brains..HaHa.


Friday, October 13, 2017

PEAS AND CARROTS

Tristan and Tiger 
Peas and Carrots

This cat will not leave Tristan's side.  He sleeps with him, is always on his lap, and now I see he oversee bath time.  They are like peas and carrots!!!

How nice to have such a buddy.
 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SOME FAMILY FUN



We do have fun!!!  Last night our son Myk called and said he and Kaleb our grandson were in the area and going to stop by.  We laughed and talked and I know Kaleb's favorite pie is pumpkin.  I had ONE piece left and there was a little fun fighting over it, but Kaleb won!!! HaHa.

I love my boys!!!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MR. COOL !!

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My one eyed bandit has now become Mr. Cool.  He is feeling really good.  Taking it easy, but today I loosened my grip, and let him go with me to walk Molly.  He is holding the leash so I could get his picture.

The cane gives him a little more balance until he can really see clearly again.

I'm amazed how many of you or your loved ones have had cataract surgery.  Unfortunately there is no surgery for glaucoma for me, so I will continue my nightly drops.  It was caught early, and my last appointment showed no increase.  I said eyes and ears are so important, so I'm thankful every day for my hearing aids and my Lumican drops.

We all have much to be thankful for.

Pray for the people in Northern CA and the horrible fires.  More fires this year than I can every remember.
 

 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

MY ONE EYED BANDIT

I took this picture Monday when I brought my dearest home from cataract surgery.  He was ready for a needed nap.  Dr. Woo said his eye was a challenge so the procedure took a little longer than expected.

This morning they took the bandage off, and she was very happy with the results.  He has had no pain, and other than all the many drops required daily, he's a happy camper.

For those of you who knew he was having surgery, thanks for your prayers.

PS:  My new job for a few days is all the driving, lifting and dog walking.  I don't mind at all.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A FEW MORE ODDS AND ENDS


SECURITY GUARD DOG.....sleeping on the job!!
 Molly, Molly, Molly ~~ sleep on......zzzzz

Enjoying my Fall dishes.  Apricot/white chocolate/walnut scones and freshly brewed coffee.


I love our little "Treehouse" and my the Fall candles making for a cozy place to have my coffee and morning devotions,
 

Haven't made peanut butter cookies in a long time, but a friend mentioned how much she loves them, so I'm taking her a few when I see her tomorrow.
I really like they way they look using the peanut halves instead of the crisscross design with a fork.  Which do you do?

Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

ODDS AND ENDS

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our trip to Tucson for Dustin's Memorial Service.  It was a sad but beautiful service. Dustin was a fabulous classical guitar player, and his CD music filled the church and was such a blessing. 
When we got home I had an email from Kris, and she said her hibiscus had bloomed the day after we left.
When I got home, my hibiscus on the balcony had bloomed.  Even our flowers are connected.  What a friendship we share over 70+ years. 


The balcony is looking so pretty with my new plants.  Love sitting there and doing my daily reading.
 

I had a $10 credit at Kirkland Home so I used it for a new Candle for Fall.  "Cinnamon Coffee Cake".  Smells good enough to eat.
 

Every once in a while you just need a meal of old fashioned meatloaf and scalloped potatoes.
 

Visited a thrift store while in Tucson called The Golden Goose, and I did find some treasures.  A soft cotton queen size fat sheet and two pillowcases with lace borders.  Love soft cotton.  Sheet $2 and pillowcases $.50 ea.  A "J.Jill" top with lovely colors, and a Clive Cussler Novel...Love this mans story telling ability.  This one takes place at Pearl Harbor 1941.
 
Since I love to read.  My friend Linda loaned me the latest book from Jan Karon ~ the Mitford Series.  Have you read any of this series?

Last but not least ~ Molly is happy to be home after a weekend in the Kennel.

My dearest will be having cataract surgery on Monday.  Would appreciate your prayers.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SCRIBBLE PICNIC ~ BLANKET

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What image does a word like "blanket" bring to your mind? 
I had several ideas, but the one I liked the best and illustrated above was "Pigs in a Blanket"  HaHa.

Now as you can see above, there are "Pigs in a Blanket" and "Pigs in a Blanket".

I'm hoping the three little pigs sleeping don't wake up and see the plate...Yikes....what was I thinking!!!!

To see all the other "Blankets" just click on the Scribble Picnic badge on my sidebar.