Friday, August 1, 2014

Penny Walk

Have you ever heard of a "Penny Walk" ?

The first and only time I had ever heard of this was through an older children's book...the girls in it would take a penny, flip it (heads or tails) and depending on the outcome, would turn corners accordingly, like right or left. I told my son about this some time ago and he has been wanting us to do this in town. Today both the children and I  got the chance...

We had to go in to take our dog to the vet for his yearly shots, so we decided to bring his leash along so he could go with us on our walk. We started at the Library.

When we got to the first intersection, David flipped the penny to see which way we would go.

We walked by City Hall and stopped to look in the fountain, where LOTS of pennies had been thrown in, and where David wanted to collect them but of course was restrained.

Through our various turnings we ended up walking one block in the historical housing section close to downtown.....

By this time, I had decided that we needed to call it good and take our dog back to the car for some A/C time and a drink of water. He's a housedog and not used to being out in the summer heat very long. (Also, poor mom had a raw blister on her heel) 

Our first Penny Walk really did not last long enough, but NEXT TIME we probably won't have the Pampered Pooch along, and mom will have on the proper shoes. I thought this was a cute and fun idea and was glad the kiddos wanted to do it with me.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First Geocache Outing

This afternoon the kids and I went on our first ever Geocache adventure. Funnily enough (is that even a word) I first heard of this through a Boxcar Children book! I thought this would be a fun thing to do since everyone likes a "treasure" hunt.  I have finally gotten around to downloading a geocache app on my phone.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor 'treasure hunting' game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

First Find
There is a beautiful little country church pretty close to our home that is named Prairie Chapel. It has an old cemetery and a bell tower. Our first coordinates led us to the cemetery fence.
(by the way, the oil well in the background is one my husband checks every day)

This cache was called a "micro" meaning the container was very small.
If any locals are seeing my pictures, 
I am sort of giving it away, but I will not say EXACTLY
where the children found it.
We signed the tiny logbook page that was rolled up inside.

The next cache we looked for was supposed to be somewhere here at Prairie Chapel is called "For Whom The Bell Tolls".  The coordinates led us to the middle of the dirt road going by the chapel...we searched in the fence row, and even crawled under a barbed wire fence and an electric fence to search in a field full of Johnson Grass, but we finally had to give up on this one.

Third Location
About a mile and a half away we had our next successful find. This one is named "Well, Horse Apples".
No more clues in case you are in the area, but here are our pictures, which give as good a clue as the coordinates probably.
Julia happened upon this one first.

David opened it to find what was inside...

This larger cache contained a water pistol and some other small items, 
along with the logbook and a pen.
(the deal is, if you take something out of a cache, 
you are supposed to replace it with something.
We just signed the logbook this time.) 

We are calling our first Geocache experience a success! Both the children want to do this again and actually, I do, too.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Photos

Hello there!

I hope your summer is going Happily...

Our peach trees and almond trees are beginning to bear fruit!

first crop peaches

first crop almonds

My husband planted these trees two years ago 
and the children have worked hard at keeping them watered
through our long hot summers.
The winters and winds are tough on our plantings-
these two trees were the most protected ones
and so are bearing the first fruits.
All of our new trees are doing well but only these two
are bearing this year.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cooking With Julia(my)Child episode 6

Hello Summer!

Hello any readers! It's been a long time since my last post here...but we are all still alive and kickin'  LOL

We are getting ready for a lil vacation and dear hubby will have to be Home Alone. Since I am such a wonderful wife, I am trying to leave him with some good food so he won't have to totally survive on sandwiches while we are away. Dear Daughter is eager to cook, and  Dear Son wants to get his fingers in the dough also.

 Welcome to Episode 6 of Cooking With Julia (my) Child!

We were given for free a BIG bag of Canadian Bacon and the children don't really like it for sandwiches...I have been using English Muffins to prepare an Eggs Benedict type dish with the C.B. But then I got to thinking PIZZA and TEACHING JULIA to make homemade pizza, so this ended up being a good time to dive in. Julia enjoyed making the yeast dough and putting all the ingredients on top- she was inclined to spread the pizza sauce on S L O W L Y ......then while it was baking she fixed a lettuce and carrot salad to accompany our supper.

of course, all great cooks sample their creations...
(that's a carrot, not her tongue)
behold the finished product!
(Julia's comment on the taste:
"Something's missing..."
probably the pepperoni LOL)

David wanted to get involved also, so I let him cut up 5 white-fleshed peaches that I had just purchased to make a new dessert from a new cookbook! I recently purchased this huge, BEAUTIFUL cookbook at an antique/junque store for $5.oo     I actually just bought it for the wonderful pictures (smile) but I paged through it leisurely and found this recipe for Peach Clafoutis. What in the world is this? must be French. (this cookbook is called Healthy Gourmet)   the dish turns out to be a cross between a pudding and a cake. Sounded simple enough for an 11-year-old boy to put together! So David gets his share of the limelight on this post today.
Here is Little Brother, fixing to grease the pan with butter
OOpsie! got way too much on the old hand!
(that is his tongue, not a carrot)

One of the Cardinal Rules of cooking is,
Clean As You Go.
Good man!
(good time to do it, while the food is baking)
here is the finished
"Peach Clafoutis"
(pronounced kla-foo-TAY I think LOL)

Thanks one and all for joining us for
Cooking With Julia(my)Child!
(and her brother)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Antique Leaves

I like to browse antique/junk stores for old books, but usually I am on a time crunch and cannot leisurely peruse the shelves as I would like to. Recently I did have a free afternoon, and I took the children with me to the Blackwell Antique Mall to do just that! The kids like to look around at the cluttered shelves of things, and I got to prowl through all the books. But just on the first floor. I went upstairs after I had piled up several books to purchase, and found that The Upstairs will take a whole 'nother day! So I curbed my enthusiasm and went back to the ground floor before I could get buried in more old reading matter!

I found a real antique book that had an interesting title to me, since I am a "holiness" Christian. The title is White Robes: or Garments of Salvation.

Publishing date is 1883, and there is an inscription in the front dated August, 1888.

Imagine my surprise, while thumbing through the book after I brought it home, to find pressed between the "leaves" a dried 3-leaf clover!

I've read of other people finding flowers pressed in an old book, but this is the first time I have ever had this experience. Usually the only thing I ever find in a book is some kind of defacement. So this was a pleasant little surprise.

I have never heard of this author, and I can't say I wholeheartedly agree with every one of his lines of reasoning, but on the whole it was an interesting and helpful read. There is not much teaching about practical Holiness in our era. This subject is vital and important, and  merits any time spent in finding understanding on it. 

Actually, my purpose in this post is not to expound on a Bible doctrine...I just wanted to share the photos of my interesting "find."  You know, more and more, I treasure books and the printed page...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Cooking with Julia (my) Child episode 5

Happy New Year 2014!!!!!

Time for New Resolves!

Julia wants me to cook with her so bad...she told me before the New Year got here, "Now Mom, this next year you HAVE to cook with me! I want to know everything by the end of the new year!" haha
really I am not exactly quoting her, but it was something like that.

She is a self starter...not at all like me.

Her Big Sister and Husband gave me a new RED Kitchenaid Mixer for Christmas!
It looks great sitting on my kitchen countertop. So today, being NEW YEAR'S DAY, Julia and I broke it in! We made Easy Yeast Biscuits for supper to go along with our homemade chili. Yes, it is very cold this evening here. By the looks of my recipe card, you would think I made this a lot! I don't know how all the food splashies got on this because I really can't remember the last time I used it.
Julia remarked, "Looks like someone spilled hot chocolate on it." As the name implies, this really was a simple and quick recipe. Actually, it knocked me off my low-carb "roll" for the evening- of course I HAD to taste the finished product! I caved in and ate two...but I will be back on track tomorrow. (promise!) Dear Hubby said, " You save those for me!"
So, our new year is off to a great start, on the resolutions side of things. Another fun resolution I made was to try to empty my tea cabinet of all the teabags I have not been using. I think today I had 5 different kinds of tea :)