Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Our Job

It is hard to believe that this man has been gone physically, from our lives for 18 years.
The pride in his eyes for his grandchildren was undeniable and something that I miss seeing.



























I'm sad that his youngest grandchild never felt it. 
BUT.
It is our job to share memories and tell stories so that those who have come after my father in law, will know him.
Happy 91st birthday.
You are loved, missed and always treasured.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sun, Fog and Warmth

There have been several evenings in the past week when the golden light just prior to dusk has been magical. 
It seems to bring a bit of peace and calm to one's day...if only for a moment.
And then, surprise.
Two mornings later, this occurs.


And this week, we may just break high temperature records.
Happy Autumn from Central California.
When you rarely stash one season's clothes for another.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Long Birthday Weekend

Our baby's birthday fell on a Monday this year and when that occurs, the celebration often lasts numerous days. 
This was no exception.
All SPF asked for on her birthday was to have two friends spend the night.
Two friends who share a love for horses.
A few phone calls, texts and shifting of schedules, we made it happen .
The girls made their own pizza creations and then hunkered down for movies, manicures and giggles.

Sunday began with biscuits and chocolate gravy for breakfast and shenanigans in the orchard, on the tightrope and a bit of time around and on Piper. 

These girls are fun and funny and a good time was had by all.
One perk to celebrating one's birth over several days is there is a chance for numerous meal requests.
Monday morning began with a Flying Apple Flapjack.
S'More Marshmallows were ready to be taken to school and her cake baked.
A piece was mailed to her sister in college.


SPF's dinner request was two fold. 
Monday night included a 4-H meeting and a brother on call at work, so the celebration would conclude the following night with a dinner out.
  She chose warm spinach salad and twice baked taters to eat before her 4-H secretary duties began.
Hubby added steak to the mix and she was a happy camper.
Being a teenager means lighting your own candles before blowing powdered sugar all over the photographer taking pictures.
Fun stuff!
On a side note. 
If anyone has little people in their family....you MUST make a birthday box.
I didn't do this until late in their lives, but looking back each year is precious.
Being reminded that this girl once wanted to be a Marine Biologist makes me smile.
Had I begun the box earlier, there would have been made mention the occupation of Princess as well.
I wish this girl a year of new memories filled with laughter, love, comfort and happiness.
I am quite certain the next 13 years are going to fly by even more quickly than the first thirteen did.
Hang on and savor each moment.





Monday, November 13, 2017

4-H Cooking Is Underway

Last month, I held our first project meeting of the year. 
With the second one occurring tomorrow, I thought I'd better get a wiggle on and post about pumpkins.
The kiddos learned how to roast the pumpkins and make puree. 
I use Pioneer Woman's method and have done so for many moons.
It could not be easier.
Wash, cut, scoop, roast, scoop again and throw into a blender or food processor..
Done.
I also use PW's cake recipe, although without the whiskey soaked raisins.
The kids also made freshly whipped cream and compared cake mix ingredients to from scratch ingredients.
There was no cake left.
Always a good sign.

The following day, I portioned the puree into 1 cup increments and froze it for use throughout the year. 
Soups.
Bread.
Maybe a pie or two.
 Yummy!


PUMPKIN CAKE
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
1 ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
1 ¼ cup plain, unflavored yogurt
1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
1.    Preheat oven to 325*
2.    Spray 9 X 13 inch pan with baking spray
3.    Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
4.    Add butter to mixing bowl and beat
5.    Add sugar and beat. Add in eggs, one and a time, beating after each egg
6.    Add yogurt and pumpkin and mix gently until just combined
7.    Add flour mixture in increments, beating until just combined
8.    Pour batter into pan and bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
9.    Remove from oven and cool completely.




Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thank You

To all of our American Veterans and their families, I offer my most humble and sincere thanks.
https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/


Friday, November 10, 2017

A Flashback Friday

I was looking through my past Veteran's Day posts and came across this one that made me smile...and gasp at the speed in which time has flown.
Seven years ago, these three were all marching in their junior high school bands.
Now they are all just Juniors in COLLEGE.
And the man child is taller than the girls.

Of the 1059 band members and 277 flag girls on the field during our Veteran's Day celebration, these are my favorite three.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Reality

This girl.
 As I kissed her good night last night, she reminded me of something.
That it would be the last time I would be doing so before she became a teenager.
I knew that, but HEARING it was quite a different thing.
Happy Birthday!