Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stan The Beaver In His First Action Packed Movie...


Yeah I know, but he thinks it's action packed. He doesn't have time for fancy stunts and that CGI stuff, he's got work to do.


Did I happen to mention I named him Stan? Yep, after my daddy.
Which is perfect because he was listenin' to Eddie Blazonczyk on his lil' beaver iPod while swimmin' around.
:> )

Let The Christmas Decoratin' Games Begin...

Now that we are up to our eyeballs full with turkey, it's officially time to decorate for Christmas! YaY!


First things first... Get the "Greetings" my daddy made (back in the 70's), up on the ol' barn.



Thank the good Lord above I have a hubs who is not afraid of heights because I break out in a cold sweat when I step up on the second rung.


I think what did it for me was when I was 14 and visitin' Canada. I went on what was known as the largest Ferris wheel on the North American continent. Who thinks up this stuff?!


As we started to reach the clouds I remember a Canada goose flew by and said "Wow!! You're really up there aren't ya, eh?"


Needless to say after that, I heard nothin' else but the screams comin' from my mouth as I hung on for dear life.
:> )

Monday, November 23, 2009

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come...




And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9


Wishin' you and your kinfolk a happy and blessed Thanksgivin'.


God bless.
:> )

Sunday, November 22, 2009

They're In The Mood For Love...

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:> )

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Do You ♥ Sweet Potatoes...

I'm talkin' really saaa-weet potatoes??? Then this dish is for you!!
Ooooh, and it's perfect for Thanksgivin'!


SWEET POTATO MALLOW

5 ~ Sweet Potatoes (sliced)
1/2 C ~ Brown sugar
1/4 C ~Butter
2 Tbs ~ Orange juice
1 tsp ~ Cinnamon
1 10oz pkg. ~ Mini Marshmallows


Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Boil sliced sweet potatoes until tender. Drain. In a large bowl blend potatoes until creamy. Add ingreds except marshmallows.
Spread mixture into 9x13 pan. Sprinkle marshmallows on top.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown then dig in!!!


Enjoy!
:> )

Friday, November 20, 2009

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Water...



He's back with a vengeance!


Look! Mr. Beaver survived and I couldn't be happier! Woo-hoo!!



What the humans destroyed yesterday, was built back up today!
I'm pretty sure I saw him sportin' a lil' Rambo headband and muscle tank top.




He must have worked all night!



H*ll if I had big buck teeth and a flat tail I'd be right next to him, helpin' rebuild!




This lil' feller put forth such determination and perseverance it was truly amazin' to watch!



I know many humans who could learn a thing or two from him.
(In fact, too many.)


:> )

Thanksgiving Recipes To Share With You...

I know I've posted these on my blog before, but since they are such delicious recipes, I wanted to post them again.


I have never been a fan of canned jellied cranberry.
Anything that makes a slurpy suction sound as it leaves its tin homestead is not going anywhere near my piehole. Sorry.


So here's a fabulous recipe for fresh and delicious cranberry sauce.


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CHUNKY APPLE-CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 C - Apple juice or apple cider
1/2 C - Sugar
1/3 C - Maple Syrup
3 ~ Medium cooking apples (like Jonathan) peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2 inch chunks.
1 - 12 oz pkg fresh cranberries
1/2 tsp - Apple pie spice
1/4 tsp - Vanilla

In large saucepan combine apple juice, sugar and syrup. Bring to a boil. Add apples; cook, covered over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in cranberries and pie spice. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until apples are soft and cranberries have popped, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool completely at room temp. Cover and chill for at least three hours or up to a week before serving.


Makes almost 4 cups and your home will smell heavenly!!

This next recipe is for a delicious cake-like cookie. But be warned... You can't eat just one.

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ICED PUMPKIN COOKIES

Here's what you'll need:

2 1/2 C - all-purpose flour
1 tsp - baking powder
1 tsp - baking soda
2 tsp - ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp - ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp - ground cloves
1/2 tsp - salt
1/2 C - butter, softened
1 1/2 C - white sugar
1 C - canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tsp - vanilla extract


Glaze
2 C - confectioners' sugar
3 Tbs - milk
1 Tbs - melted butter
1 tsp - vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.



Note:
I whipped up some cream cheese frosting instead of the glaze.

4 oz - softened cream cheese
1/4 C - softened butter
1/2 tsp - vanilla
1 1/2 C - confectioners' sugar


If you try either recipe, let me know if you give it thumbs up!


Have a great weekend folks.
God bless...
:> )

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Have They Been Naughty Or Nice...


Hmmmm... With those expressions, it hard to tell.


So there they sit with baby dolls in their arms, patiently waitin' for Santa to arrive.
But the question is, will he?!


They are bein' offered on The Humble Arts.
:> )

Sunday, November 15, 2009

How Snow And Gingerbread Men Start Out...

Here's a sneak peek at part of my latest creations soon to be offered on The Humble Arts.

And guess what? You won't have to wait until December 1st to see them!



Coochie, Coochie Coo.


I'll keep you posted.
:> )

Saturday, November 14, 2009

If You Think The Wait Is Long At The DMV...

Wait until government takes over our healthcare.



Trust me when I tell you, It ain't gonna be pretty.

Friday, November 13, 2009

We Went For A Walk...

Even though all the leaves brown.
(♪ All the leaves are browwwn ♪)
Sorry, I had a Mamas and Papas moment.


Anyway, even though all the leaves are brown and pretty much gone, it's still nice to get out and enjoy nature.


Here's a lil' path the deer have made to get to...



Oriskany Creek.



Our resident busybody has built himself a beaver Taj Mahal.


He's got quite the set up now.



I even spotted his jacuzzi area.


The jets were off but I did find lil' beaver flip-flops and an empty martini glass.



Here he is enjoyin' his empire.





To end the day the good Lord above blessed us with an absolutely gorgeous sunset.



Have a great weekend folks.
God bless...
:> )

Thursday, November 12, 2009

They Are Speechless...


only for the moment. I'm sure as soon as I give them a mouth they will be talkin' my ear off. Thank goodness I'm the only one who can hear 'em.


Boy! I've been busier than a cat coverin' crap on a marble floor, stitchin' up new dollies!


My gingerbread girl and snowgirl will be my next offerins'.


I'll keep you posted.
:> )

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On This Veterans Day...

Here are the faces of the thirteen victims murdered at Fort Hood on
Thursday November 5, 2009.



LTC Juanita Warman, 55, Havre de Grace, MD




MAJ Libardo Caraveo, 52, Woodbridge, VA




CPT John P. Gaffaney, 54, San Diego, CA




CPT Russell Seager, 41, Racine, WI




SSG Justin DeCrow, 32, Plymouth, IN




SGT Amy Krueger, 29, Kiel, WI




SPC Jason Hunt, 22, Tillman, OK




SPC Frederick Greene, 29, Mountain City, TN




PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19, West Jordan, UT




PFC Michael Pearson, 22, Bolingbrook, IL




PFC Kham Xiong, 23, St. Paul, MN




PVT Francheska Velez (and baby), 21, Chicago, IL




CWO (Ret) Michael G. Cahill, USNG Veteran, Cameron, TX




They are gone but they will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Because Of You, Unknown Soldier...


By Courtney Tanabe



Because of you, I am here
Because of you, I am able to live freely.



Yet I do not know you
And I have not done anything for you.



But there you stand, ready to fight
And there you are prepared to die
For me.



You've fought before
And you'll fight again
For someone you don't know.



So thank you Unknown Soldier
Fighting for me.



I'm here because of you
And I owe my future to you.



Folks, Wednesday November 11th is Veterans Day. But if you ask me, every day should be Veterans Day.


Please remember them,
please thank them.



Also, continue to pray for the victims and their families of the Fort Hood massacre.
God bless.

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