Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Waiting for Spring in PA

Well we have returned to this! The good news is that, though the back wall logs are damp, there is no water running on the floors. What a relief!

I was too busy in the short time we were "getting away from it all" and didn't take many pictures.

Sand dollars found on the beach by my friend, Shirley.

Iris were in full bloom when we left.

Hand knitted birthday socks from a friend, Mary, of Canada.

My new Crepe Myrtle cane made by Arnold, an 85 year old gentleman from TN.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Green grass!
Red buds!
Fresh air!
Things to do and places to go…

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Summary

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Now the back wall logs in the bathroom area are leaking water because of the melting ice in the gutter. The window frame is also saturated. Not much we can do so we're heading South for a bit. Enough is enough. We'll clean up when we come back.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

They Go Together

Work hard and be rewarded. Well, would you believe he is "out there" blowing the snow again! 

So...a warm and sweet treat will be awaiting the Mister.

This is the recipe I used, incorporating our own homemade applesauce.  WOW! soooooooo good!
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Amish Applesauce Cake
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce (homemade is best!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, or raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. (I lined glass pan with Release foil.)

In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening with an electric beater on low speed. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add flour, cinnamon,
baking soda, and salt; beat until well mixed. Add applesauce and vanilla; mix well then stir in the walnuts and pour batter into prepared baking dish.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool.
(I dust slices with powdered sugar instead of icing or glazing.) 

Sunday, March 1, 2015


 L to R: Mia Magnolia, Geraldine Camelia, Caitlyn Peony, Aly Hibiscus. 2nd row L to R: Xander Prickly, Caitlyn Clematis, Mia Peony, Johnny Cactus. 3rd row L: Clara Rose.
My Pretty Flower Garden

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