Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Robin Family and the Wednesday Hodgepodge

 The hungry family who live on our front porch rafters


The mama, perched in the cranberry bush, waiting us to leave so she can deliver breakfast



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1. When I look at the sky I feel so grateful that there is a sovereign, gracious God who made the universe and everything in it, who loves us and wants us to love Him and delight in Him, who gave us all good things to enjoy and to reflect His glory. I am grateful that He is a God of justice, but also a God of mercy. I'm glad He gave us beauty and music and family and love...I really could go on and on...

 'It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, 
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning.
Great is thy faithfulness.'

Lamentations 3:22-23 


 July Sky



And speaking of family...
You should see the one that got away!


2. If you had to run for political office, which one would you run for? Do you have any real desire to actually do this?   Unless someone is totally selfless and devoted to upholding the Constitution and willing to put all their time and energy into making our country better and solvent, I don't think they should run at all. Do you know any people like that? I think it's been a long time since we've seen that type of person running for office.  As for me, if nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.


Baked by Daddy

3. What scent makes you think of home? Unlike the photo above, a beef pot roast. My mom would put it in the oven before we left for church on Sunday.

4. How often do you take a step back to think about where you're headed in life? Do you need more or less self-reflection?  I know why I'm here and where I'm headed, but the journey along the way needs some contemplation, prayer, confession, forgiveness, and refreshment from time to time - like daily (or sometimes moment by moment.)


 Astilbe in July
 
5. July is National Ice Cream Month...besides a cone, what's your favorite food item to top with ice cream?  If I ate ice cream, my favorite food to put it on would be apple pie. Or blueberry pie. Or peach pie. But if I ate ice cream, I would most likely put it on nothing at all. And it would be New York Cherry or Georgia Peach. And plenty of it.

 Then again, there are few things better than peach pie.


6. What might your autobiography be called?  A Life, In Two Pages (to help out that kid, like I was, who is looking for a quick book report.)


My Dragonwing Begonia that wintered over in the house
Happy to be out on the deck this summer


7. Your least favorite mode of transportation? Why?  Ship across the ocean. I watched Titanic.  And, I can't imagine not feeling claustrophobic on a ship out on the ocean, creeping its way toward my destination.



Seafaring Vikings, braver than I

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  The raspberries in the garden are ready, which means the end of summer is near. Those Six Dreaded Words. I see blight creeping up on my tomatoes and I don't know if they're going to mature before the blight gets to them. I'm afraid that next year if we want to get tomatoes we'll have to plant them in big containers and use only potting soil. I wonder if there is a sure way to prevent blight. I've tried all the suggestions from the county extension office, and they're not working for me, so I'm open to any suggestions from my fellow bloggers. I know that one suggestion is to move them to a different location, but we have a 50' x 50' garden that is fenced in. I can't move that.


Slim pickins on the first day, but a good crop coming along

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vintage Rusty Stuff, Wisconsin Barns, and Grandsons

 CLUE #1

 WHAT IS IT?


 CLUE #2


 CLUE #3


 You were right! It's an old Farmall B tractor


Every grandson has been attracted to that old tractor.


Another neighborhood Wisconsin barn


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Raspberry Freezer Dessert Gluten Free Recipe


 Raspberry Freezer Dessert


I posted this recipe a few years ago, but since raspberry time is just beginning, I've been thinking about what I'll do with all those berries once they ripen, and decided to post it again for those of you who may have missed it the first time around. For some reason, I don't like to make jam in the summertime, so I'll probably freeze the berries and then in the middle of the incredibly long winter, I'll drag out some berries and make jam.


You can substitute frozen strawberries, but whether you use strawberries or raspberries, this is a very tasty and light freezer dessert, and looks pretty on the plate. Plus, it's gluten free, so if you have celiac disease or just get a crawly feeling in your gut from eating wheat, this is the recipe for you! 



 Raspberry Freezer Dessert, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free Recipe:


Crumble Ingredients:
1/2 c. white rice flour
1/2 c. tapioca flour
1/2 c. soft butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. chopt walnuts

* UPDATE: If you saw this post earlier, I said that it was dairy free. Angela informed me that Cool Whip is NOT dairy free. My source had said that it was non dairy. But trust me, Angela would know. So, I'm sorry for those of you who were hoping to find a dairy-free dessert recipe here.

Cut butter into flours and sugar. Stir in walnuts. Spread the crumbles on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with a GF cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 10-18 minutes. Stir a couple times while baking, and bake until the crumbles are golden brown. (Mostly golden. Less brown.) When done, cool crumbles and set aside 1/2 c. to use later as a sprinkling for the top of the dessert. Spread the remaining crumbles evenly in the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2 cake pan.
Meanwhile, beat 2 egg whites until stiff.

To the stiff egg whites in the mixer bowl add:
1 c. sugar
2. t. fresh lemon juice
16 oz. FROZEN raspberries

Beat 20 minutes. This grows a lot during beating. It may completely fill your mixer bowl. At this point, you may will want to transfer it to a larger bowl.

Now, gently fold in an 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip. 
When the Cool Whip is completely folded in, spread this mixture on the layer of crumbles in the cake pan. Use the reserved 1/2 c. of crumbles to sprinkle over the top. Cover with a lid and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer a few minutes before cutting and serving.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Making a Jigsaw Puzzle from a Photo, Misty My Dog

Misty Amongst Sensible Shoes

I've shown you our little blind, deaf, and elderly dog Misty in a previous post, but this photo looked like it would be a great jigsaw puzzle! Wouldn't that be a fun one?  Anyway, there's no place she would rather be than near me, and the next best thing is our shoes. Lots of good smellin' there, I guess.

Have you ever had a jigsaw puzzle made from a photo? Which company did you use? I see that Shutterfly will make puzzles from one's photo, but I want to make sure that if I spend the money to do this, the pieces are a good quality. Got any ideas?



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