Monday, October 31, 2011
This guys were sitting on the benches in front of Scheels at the Jordan Creek Town Center. I don't know how long they have been there, but I had never seen them before. They are beautiful sculptures.
Pinterest has helped me to renew my interest in crafts. I saw this idea using the glass pebbles that you can get at the craft store. I used some of my stamps. I should have used permanent ink though, because the glue caused the color to run. You glue the picture to the under side of the glass pebble, and then attach a magnet. Since I have two walls of magnetic whiteboards in my classroom, I use lots of magnets to hang papers. It was a fun and quick craft.
I haven't actually used this cup yet, because I like looking at it in the box.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I made granola today. I love this stuff with vanilla yogurt. The only problem with it is, once you start making your own, you can no longer stand to eat commerially made granola. My recipe is from Alton Brown, and it's really easy. I vary it, depending on which nuts I choose to use. Today I used dried cranberries instead of raisins.
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds (I actually put in whole almonds this time.)
1 cup cashews
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup (I used light syrup.)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins (I used dried cranberries.)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.
Instead of cookie sheets, I use an old roasting pan. I am a messy cook, and this keeps the granola in the pan. Then I just let it cool in there.
You can see the original recipe on the Food Network website.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This is my photo for the day, but I didn't take it, because I was here in Des Moines when my daughter, Lisa, did her 50K Wilderness Run this past Saturday. I think this is a particularly amazing accomplishment, because it wasn't completed on nicely paved streets. It was completed on trails near Duluth, Minnesota. I was a little nervous about her doing this, because I am her mom and that is my job. I'm glad she had fun! She said that it took her eight and a half hours to complete the fifty kilometer course. Yay, Lisa!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
We had to take a school district writing assessment this week. While most kids in the school did theirs the traditional way with pencil and paper, we did ours on-line. I set up a Google Document for each person. I borrowed iPads from other classrooms, so we would have enough for everyone. We had a few problems, getting all the documents to load, but once we got going, it worked out well. Between iPads and laptops, we did a lot of writing.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
You can go into the Waterfront Restaurant and have a delicious sit down dinner, or you can buy fresh fish here in the market and take it home to do your own cooking.
I took a photo like this last year, but I love the way the fresh seafood and the neon sign look.
We all went to the Waterfront Restaurant for dinner tonight to celebrate my sister's completion of a SBA entrepreneur course. She has been working hard on this for six months. Her magnetic personality seemed to have a big impact on her knife which was magnetized and remained so for the entire meal. Very interesting!
By the way, the food was outstanding!
My friend, Nancy, is a prolific quilter. She is always planning a quilt, or cutting a quilt, or piecing a quilt, and usually she has several projects going at once. She also uses her quilting fabric to make colorful pillow cases. When her grandchildren come to visit, they pick out the pillow case they want to use. At the end of the visit, they get to take the pillow case home. What a memory maker!
Nancy gave me the pattern and taught me how to put them together. I also found this website with the same step by step directions; Sewing Seamless French Seam Pillow Cases. I decided to start with colorful fall fabrics. Just looking at the turkeys and Snoopy, makes me smile.
|The finished pillow cases.|
It was a quick project, and I love the finished pillow cases. I went through my craft room, and found a pile of Christmas fabrics that I had purchased a few years ago when I was making quilted Christmas stockings. I will definitely be making more pillow cases.
|My festive pillow cases, just waiting for a nap.|
Ever since I went to visit Nancy last August, I have been planning to make pillow cases. Yesterday I took a trip to Jo-Ann's Fabrics to look for some bright fall fabrics. There were lots of colorful cheerful patterns to choose from.
As the temperature gets cooler, I drink more and more tea, so it was time for another trip to Gong Fu Tea to stock up. These are three of my favorite flavors. I love going to Gong Fu, but it's always tempting to pick up the tea tins, fancy cups and tea pots as well as more tea. Today I bought just tea.
I finally got out my Halloween decorations. They haven't been out for a few years. In fact, for a while, I forgot I even had them. They were all collected by Carla Wigton, Lauren's daughter. Carla loved Halloween! They became mine after she passed away several years ago. I love this collection of happy pumpkins.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
We are starting a new tradition and having a family dinner once a month at my sister's house. It was a gorgeous fall day, although a little warm for my taste, so I spent some time walking around and taking pictures. The pool is closed and covered and most of the flowers are gone, but I love the textures and colors of the plants. The ornamental grasses tower over my head and the tips look golden in the sun.