Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Healing Tree

I saw this on Facebook this morning and thought it was a beautiful story and worth sharing.  Hope you enjoy it.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hummingbirds and Peach Pie

Sunday was a lazy day for this old girl.  I didn't take a shower till around 2pm and with the exception of laundry and making CR brunch and baking a pie for tonight, well I just didn't do much.  Kinda sad isn't it.  Oh well I find a lazy day once in a while is always good for a person.

CR was busy as usual, he's a putz around kinda guy even when it's hot out.  If it makes him happy then it's all good.  One of the things he did on Sunday was hang the hummingbird he bought me when we were at the Pittock Mansion in Portland recently.  It's hanging in my kitchen window and it looks beautiful.


On Saturday I bought peaches at the Farmers Market to bake CR a Sour Cream Peach Pie.  I originally tried this when I was in North Carolina last September and it was so delicious that I had to find a recipe and make one for the hubs.  You can make it with fresh, frozen or canned fruit.

I'd never heard of this kind of pie before, you can also use apples.  I love it best with peaches though and so does CR.

Here's the recipe if you're interested:

Sour Cream Peach Pie:

Topping -
3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour

Filling -
1 & 1/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons flour
6 to 8 peaches, peeled and sliced

Use a pre-made crust or buy a Pillsbury pre-made crust, or make your own to fit a deep 9 to 10 inch pie plate

To make the topping, in a bowl blend the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour until the mixture is combined well.  Cover and chill the topping.

To make the filling, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, vanilla, eggs and flour until the mixture is smooth.  Add the sliced peaches and stir the filling and peaches together.

Spoon the filling into the chilled shell and crumble the topping evenly over it.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 hour 15 minutes.  If the top starts to burn then cover with foil.

I'd love to hear if you make the pie - let me know how it turns out and if you like it.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Enchiladas A Different Way

Wish I'd taken a picture of last nights dinner, but then again sometimes food doesn't look so good in pictures, so I'll just tell you about it.

A friend brought us 3 Mexican zucchinis this past week.  They're lighter in color than regular zucchinis and a tad fatter.  So I cut them in half, scooped the seeds out and set them on a cookie sheet.

I took a pound of ground round, half a walla walla sweet onion chopped up, a small can of hot green chilies and taco spice seasoning and browned that all up together.

Then I placed the meat in the scooped out halved zuc's, topped with cheese and then a green chili enchilada sauce (from a can, yes I was lazy) and baked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (just until the zuc is tender and it took 20 min for mine).

Then I had more cheese and chopped tomato and more sauce to add to them when they came out of the oven.

It was so tasty and so good.  With fresh veggies out there it is always fun to think of something new and simple to do.

If you try this out, let me know how you like it.  I want to try it with shredded chicken next time.

Just a quick note - I am finally pain free from having that tooth pulled.  I thought that thing would never stop hurting.  Maddie is also doing really well from her tooth extraction.  Maybe we can get back to having a fun summer!!

Happy Stitches and hugs,

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mt Hood and Timberline

On our last day in Portland we went up to Timberline Lodge and Govt. Camp on Mount Hood with Robyn.  Sadly Gerald had to leave that day for a business trip, but we saw him the night before because we went to The McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale.  The place was amazing and I gather there are several of the McMenamins in the Portland area.  They have several restaurants, lodging, a spa, gardens, golfing, vineyards, movie theater, winery, distillery and a brewery.  They usual take over building with history and the Edgefield was built in 1911 as the county poor farm.  It's a 74 acre estate.

So about Timberline Lodge.  Built by the WPA - Works Progress Administration in 1936 as part of the "make-work" during the great depression.  This was one of the lodges built during that time.  The lodge opened for business in September of 1937 with almost everything used in the building being hand-made (door hinges to furniture) and from mostly local materials.  Crafts people were brought in, but the majority of the people were unskilled and learned as they went.  The outcome is simply stunning and amazing.

Here are some of the pictures I took from our day there:

Mt. Hood

Part of the lodge

Mt. Jefferson and to the left you can faintly see Mt. Washington

Mt. Jefferson
 The next few pictures are all from inside the lodge and show all the hand crafted furniture, fire grates, etc that were made for the lodge.  Even the loom that was used to weave things for lodge furnishings:

Mt. Hood

Heidi the Lodges St. Bernard

Since the early 60's Timberline has had a long line of Heidi's and Bruno's
They once lived full time at the lodge, but with the increase of people it
became stressful for the dogs, so now they live with long term employees and
come to work most days and greet visitors and wander the grounds.  Heidi was
so tired someone helped her lift her head for this photo.
CLICK HERE to see an adorable video of Heidi.  I tired to get this embedded, but I guess I don't know what I'm doing.
The lodge - isn't it gorgeous

As we were walking back to the car we spotted this little guy - someone had thrown him a piece of bread and he was having a good lunch.

Then we were off to Government Camp - a cute little ski village at Mt. Hood.  We had a late lunch/early dinner at the Glacier Haus.  A fantastic restaurant - if you're up that way I highly recommend it.

What a fantastic trip we had.  On the way home we blew a tire just outside of Portland on the 5th wheel.  We've had nothing but problems with this particular type of tire, so we went to a Les Schwab in The Dalles and bought a different kind that will hopefully be more durable.

My tooth extraction isn't quite as painful today and Maddie seems to be doing really good after her extraction yesterday.  Hopefully we'll get ourselves back to normal as we will be going fishing soon and there is to much to do to be sitting around taking pain pills.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Last Friday I had a toothache, that progressively got worse over the weekend.  Strangely enough Madison was having trouble with a tooth she cracked as a pup and so on Saturday we took her to the vet and she was put on antibiotics for a red and inflamed gum area.  This morning she is at the vet and may have to have that tooth pulled.  Meanwhile on Monday I went to the dentist and found out that my tooth that had abscessed when I was 17 and has had 2 root canals done to it was abscessed again.  The root was split and I was a mess.  So later that day the dentist pulled my tooth, or should I say dug it out piece by piece.  Thank goodness for pain pills cuz it still hurts from all they had to do.  But the tooth is gone so the pain should be gone once it heals a bit more.

I had originally planned to post about our Tuesday in Portland on Monday - all the great plans I had went out the window.  I had also planned to do some house cleaning, but that is still waiting for me as well.

So back to Tuesday in Portland.  I started my morning off by meeting a blogging friend at Fabric Depot.  Carline and I have met through my blog and I have really enjoyed emailing with her.  She lives with her hubby in the Vancouver, WA are - over the bridge from Portland, OR.  And like me she loves Fabric Depot and they were having a 30% off all fabric and notions, etc.  I love a good sale.  So she and I shared a cart and shopped for fabric and talked.  I ended up getting fabric to make hexies and more fabric for my civil war fabric collection that I have a pattern all picked out for.

Lario by 3 Sisters for Moda - I'm going to make hexies out of this.

More for my civil war fabric collection
Carline and I had such a good time we continued our fun at a Starbucks where we chatted for a couple of hours and what a pleasure it was.  I love my blogging friends so much and it was so wonderful to get to meet Carline in person.  Her son lives here in the Tri-Cities so maybe I'll see her over here one day.  I know for sure when I go to the Portland area I will be looking her up so we can get together.

After Carline and I went out separate ways I met up with my friend Robyn and did some mall shopping and coffee drinking and talking of course.  Her daughter Tori has a summer job at Nordstroms so we took Tori to a late lunch and did pre-anniversary sale shopping at Nordies too.

One thing I found at the mall was a Teavana shop.  I have always wanted to try their teas and I liked them all, so I bought some tea while at the mall.

I didn't get back to the 5th wheel till around 7 that evening.  It didn't seem like I'd been gone all day and into the evening.  The day went so fast and was so much fun.

Today I get my hair trimmed.  I'm still letting it grow, but right now it's at a stage where I'd like to cut it all off again.  Wonder what will happen at the beauty parlor today.

Haven't stitched a thing or really done much of anything.  What have you been up to??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Day on an Old Road

Last Sunday at this time we were just taking it easy for the day.  I was very tired and not feeling well, so I knew I had to back off for a day of rest.  Damn cancer still sucker punches me and makes me tired at times.  So we spent the day at the 5th wheel just resting and reading, it was very nice actually.

Then on Monday it was time to get going again.  I have always wanted to drive the Historic Columbia River Highway (Highway 30).  Building on this stretch of road began in 1913, let me tell you the cars were a lot smaller then and the road is not one you'd take in a big old truck, but luckily we had our Camry along this time so we could take the drive and maneuver around Portland, etc.

The highway is a marvel for it's time and so beautiful.  It was built with no more than a 5% grade and there are many gorgeous waterfalls to be seen or to be hiked to.  We took the portion of the highway from Corbett to Ainsworth State Park.  We started our adventure going through the gorgeous little town of Troutdale Oregon.  Just outside of Troutdale is a fabulous restaurant called Shirley's Tippy Canoe.  It is the best place to eat and we had the crab eggs benedict.  I can still taste it now it was that good - even the English muffin was homemade.  Tippy Canoe had just been visited by Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives and should be on an upcoming show.  I can't wait to see it.  Since it was a Monday Morning there weren't many people there so we got to talk to Shirley and she is a wonderful person, full of life and loves her customers!!  Oh and you get huge mugs of really good coffee too!!

So here are some pictures from our grand adventure, hope you enjoy them!!

Outside of Shirley's Tippy Canoe
Old Indian Carving in a canoe at Shirley's

Beautiful view of the Sandy River from Shirley's

She also had a huge patio area to dine at - it was gorgeous
Views from the Crown Point Over look - that is the Columbia River

From Crown Point

From Crown Point

From Crown Point

Also from Crown Point - I don't know if this is a private house or
what hidden in the hills - looks interesting though!!

One more shot from Crown Point - this are is considered the
Columbia River Gorge Scenic area
Vista House - I've seen it from Highway 84 Driving into Portland and
always wondered what it was, well I finally got to find out


Views from Vista House

From Vista House

From Vista House

From Vista House

From Vista House

From Vista House

From Vista House
Taking the Bridal Veil Falls Hike - Did I mention that there
are 7 waterfalls on this stretch of the Highway

Lower part of the falls

Part of the falls

Ah, the gorgeous falls



Let me tell you that most of the waterfalls can be scene from the road, but Bridal Veil is a 2/3 mile hike to see the falls and it's a steep hike for sure.  Down hill all the way to see it, which I found to be hard on my knees and then up hill to get to the car.  Not a hike for people with knee and hip problems for sure.  It is well worth the hike to see the falls as they are stunning - just don't be stupid like me and do that kind of hike in flip flops, ugh, that was just not a good idea!!

Although it was a hot day, you're driving through a canopy of trees and shade, and the views are breathtaking.  Hope I didn't overload you with pictures.  I have a lot more, but I tried to scale it back so I didn't put you to sleep!!

I did find a couple of videos to do English Paper Piecing Hexagons, but would still love to hear from any of you who know of places to visit, videos to view so I can learn more.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,