Saturday, October 29, 2011

Reuse of a Sweater and Pumpkin Spice Sippers

Thought this was a great idea. Cut off the arms of an old sweater. I just had a thought. I could look for sweaters that I wouldn't necessarily wear but would like for leggings at thrift stores... Oh Yes! Another adventure.

Source: via Tiffany on Pinterest

I want to try this recipe.

Spiced Pumpkin Sippers

4 cups whole milk (I think I may try Soy or Coconut Milk too)

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and whisk together over medium heat. Whisk occasionally until hot. Ladle into mugs. Optional: Drizzle with whipped cream that has been softly whipped and sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

Serve hot.


If you prefer a less sweet drink, you can reduce the sugar by half.

These sippers are a great drink to serve to guests. To ease the work at party time, prepare the recipe in advance and refrigerate until ready to use.

Keep a crockpot full of the mixture to serve warm throughout your gathering.

Or, drink it one cupful at a time, simply reheating in the microwave.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blessed Once Again

The temperatures have fallen through out the day.  I added some heat to the house by cooking. Made a big pot of bulghur and bean chili. Cornbread using the mountain cornbread recipe with Mr. Castle's corn meal.  A peach-raspberry bread, which taste more cakeish. And a vegetable-swiss baked concoction. Son, Josiah's family dropped by in the late afternoon.  We enjoyed just hangin' out. All of the days food was sitting on the stove top. Everyone helped themselves when ever they got ready to eat. Conversation and fellowship was more filling for me than the food. Blessed...once again.

Thank you Mr. Castle

Veg chili and cornbread

Vegetable medley concoction

Peach-Rhaspberry bread seemed a little too moist so I put it back in the warm oven for a while

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Couple of Hours at the University

Malachi goes to Appalachian State University......For Candy and Surprises

Sorting... One for you, One for me, One for you, One for me, for Malachi... One for you, One for me, One for you, One for me... No, seriously they were being careful and safe.

And it's not even Halloween Day yet

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just Enough Umph to Move

 I am thankful to be home today.  Like many people in our community, I have a head cold. The type that makes your eyes water, and your nose go from stopped up to constant blowing.  I worked my part time job in a haze on Monday and Tuesday. Today my body has been in very slow gear.  Just enough umph to move. I got some house work and cooking done but at a slow pace.  I allowed myself to rest and read some online without feeling guilty that I wasn't "gettin' 'er done".  Here are a few links from reading today

 Very Cool Tree Hotel  Check out all of the rooms.

Shunning Water and High Blood Sugar

Drinking Coffee May Lower Skin Cancer Risk

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

No Power For over Two Hours

We just finished dinner. The lights go off. No power. I find candles and light them. Sun has gone down. Getting dark. Everything goes into wait mode. I don't miss TV or internet. I do miss being able to see to finish up stuff at the end of the evening. We stop and everything is OK.

The power goes out

Playing by the door window for light

Sun is going down. Candles lit. Shouldn't take long. Probably a squirrel blew a transformer on the street.

Been a little while now.  Here is a "mighty truck" come to help.
Malachi called this a Mighty Truck.

Workers looking for the problem.
We have been with out power for over 2 hours now. Bedtime. Malachi's not sure about going to bed in a candle lit house.   

Workers work just outside while Papa rocks and sings
Malachi falls asleep and is put to bed only minutes before the power comes on.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Looking for School Buses

Grandson Malachi comes out of his room when I come up for coffee. The sun is just beginning to peek over the mountain. I make a "look out hole" between the plants so he can watch for cars, trucks and school buses. He turns to me, wraps his arms around my waist and says..."I love you, Oma." What a wonderful start to this day.

Looking for school buses-so early

We watched the sun wake up. Malachi saw the glow in two places and informed me... "Look, there are TWO suns!"  I tried to explain that the sun was so big it was stretching it's arms across the sky as the day woke up. I still think he thinks there were two suns this morning.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Digging up Potatoes and a Toad

David dug some potatoes this afternoon. He picked up what he thought was a potato covered with a clump of dirt. Not so!  He was a little shocked to see a puffed up toad in his hand. This little guy was down under 5-6 inches.

 By the time I saw Toad it was not as puffy.  Poor thing barely can move.


I got up close and personal. Toad is NOT happy with the whole situation.  Gotta start all over again.

*FACTOID  --- from Scientific American

I had no idea.

*American toads (Bufo americanus) and other frogs that are good diggers burrow deep into the soil, safely below the frost line. Some frogs, such as the wood frog (Rana sylvatica) and the spring peeper (Hyla crucifer), are not adept at digging and instead seek out deep cracks and crevices in logs or rocks, or just dig down as far as they can in the leaf litter. These hibernacula are not as well protected from frigid weather and may freeze, along with their inhabitants.
And yet the frogs do not die. Why? Antifreeze! True enough, ice crystals form in such places as the body cavity and bladder and under the skin, but a high concentration of glucose in the frog's vital organs prevents freezing. A partially frozen frog will stop breathing, and its heart will stop beating. It will appear quite dead. But when the hibernaculum warms up above freezing, the frog's frozen portions will thaw, and its heart and lungs resume activity--there really is such a thing as the living dead!