Saturday, February 28, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
CR had a rough weekend, but is doing better today. He's still awfully sore from it all. We thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I chose this picture because they're smiling and happy and look like grandparents. They're names are Grace and George.
This is their wedding picture and they look like they're headed off to be tortured rather than celebrating their marriage, so that again is why I choose the happier picture.
We thought CR's half brother had the family bible, this would easily solve the mystery of the wedding date and perhaps give us other information. But no, he doesn't have it. I'm hoping a cousin of CR's might have the exact date, but in the meantime I decided to go searching myself. It's a mystery and I just wanted to solve it.
So I got onto ancestry.com and have made some progress. I found a census in 1920 and one in 1930 in which George and Grace and their children, including CR's father were counted. Luckily it lists their age at the time of the census - which allowed me to calculate that George was born in 1871 and Grace was born in 1882. It also listed their age at the time of marriage, so this has allowed me to calculate that they were probably married in 1909 - when and where I've no idea. I also found that Grace passed on the 29th of June in 1944. CR knew that Grandpa lived to be in his 90's and was actually hit by a car near the Queen Ann Hill area of Seattle at Christmas time we believe in 1960. I'm still searching on a wedding date and don't plan to give up on that. In the meantime George was married to someone before Grace and had a son. She passed away, so I'd really like to find a census or something with his first wife's name and where they lived, etc. I should be quilting, but I've got to tell you this is all quite fascinating being able to view these old documents and trying to piece the puzzle together. It's also sad how little we know about our family history. Whatever we learn I hope to pass on to S - CR's daughter so she can tell her son a bit about his Grandpa's family.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Do you need a new purse - cuz if you do, you need to visit my friend Ginny's new blog. She set her blog up to sell her wonderful purses and rag quilts and let me tell you this is top quality stuff. Her purses are so beautiful and the colors she uses are stunning. I hope you'll stop by and give her a look. And oh yeah, she's doing a purse give away, if you go visit her blog and etsy shop between now and March 1st, you will be entered into a drawing to win a purse. This is something you definitely want to do!! Don't delay, go visit her now.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Now for news about CR. He is doing great, although very tired and sore. The procedure took 2 &1/2 hours, and they implanted 118 seeds. We were home around 1:30 and he's not having any problems - so far so good and we will do everything possible to keep it that way. We have the post-op appointment tomorrow. Then Thursday, he celebrates his birthday. We are so relieved to have this done and this out of the way and we sure appreciate all the wonderful thoughts and words from our friends in blog land, it means a lot.
And on another note - Happy Birthday to Sunye, CR's daughter and our Grandson's wonderful mother!!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
My friend Linda Lou at Cucina Cara Mia asked if I would share the recipe to my Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies. Well Linda, I would love to, because good recipes are meant to be shared and enjoyed!!
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2&1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1&3/4 cup quick oats
1 - 12 oz package semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Cream the butter and add the sugars, then the eggs, then the vanilla. Next sift together the flour, soda and powder, add them slowly. Then add the oats. At this point it's a very hard dough to mix as there is not a lot of liquid. Grandma burned out several mixers making these, luckily I have a kitchen aid and it can handle it just fine. I fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts by hand. I use a large scoop (holds a bit more than a tablespoon) and bake them 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Grandma used a teaspoon from her silverware drawer, they were smaller that way and only baked them 10 to 12 minutes.
As a child living with my grandparents, I remember my Grandma making them, then lining a clean coffee can with wax paper and packing in all the cookies it would hold and mailing it to my Uncle who was in Vietnam. These cookies hold up well in shipping and the boys stationed with my Uncle sure did appreciate his care packages.
Today my biggest fan is my grandson. He loves these cookies. Well his parents seem to like them a lot too, and his grandpa - my CR.
I hope if you make these they are as loved by your family as they are by mine.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
And then there is my little Madison, the most adorable, kissable face in town. She even gave me a Valentines card this morning, isn't she so thoughtful.
And one last piece of business. My friend Ginny at Ginny's Quilts has been making these adorable purses, she even sells some so go check her out. Anyhow I loved them so much I got inspired, bought the pattern and made my own.
She felt I should post a picture. Here's the only problem with it. I sewed the button loop on the same side as the outside pocket - so the button is on the wrong side of the purse. Well at least it wasn't a gift and I can live with the mistake. I'm making another one for myself and 2 for my best friend in Chicago, those will have have the button where it is supposed to be. When the others are done I'll post pictures of those as well.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Hash Brown Quiche:
3 cups shredded frozen hash browns, thawed and drained
4 tablespoons butter - melted
3 large eggs beaten
1 cup half&half (I used 2%)
3/4 cups diced cooked ham (you can use whatever you like)
1/2 cup diced green onions (again use what you like)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Gently press the drained hash browns between paper towels to dry them as best as you can. In a 9 inch pie plate, toss the hash browns with the melted butter and press them into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and starting to crisp.
Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. When the hash brown crust is ready pour the egg mixture over it and return it to the oven.
Lower the temp to 350 and bake for about 30 minutes until the quiche is a light golden brown on top and puffed.
Yummmmmmmmmmm - you'll love it!!