Saturday, February 27, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Inside and Outside

See that little strip of grass? It made Raider very happy!
But, it didn't last very long...
because we got more of this.
Playing along with Hey Harriet and Shadow Shot Sunday

Friday, February 26, 2010

Making a Fort

Two school snow days in a row.
How does an eighteen year old... and a three year old and a dog alleviate boredom?
Why, you build a fort in the family room using all of the blankets in the linen closet and all of the chairs from the dining room and most of the pillows from the beds.
Of course!
I like to believe Abbey was mainly doing this for Ella's enjoyment...
but I'm not sure who had more fun.

Friday Photo Flashback ~ Wearin O' the Green

Happy Shamrock Shake Faces
Jared 3 & Abbey 9
Joining Friday Photo Fashback for the first time!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


for no reason
from my daughter

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Baked Shrimp Scampi

And this scampi dish is just as delicious as any you'll get in your favorite seafood restaurant. Easy and fast preparation too.

Baked Shrimp Scampi
2008, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics pages 128-129

  • 2 pounds (12 to 15 per pound) shrimp in the shell
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 extra-large egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Peel, devein, and butterfly the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place the shrimp in a mixing bowl and toss gently with the olive oil, wine, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Allow to sit at room temperature while you make the butter and garlic mixture.

In a small bowl, mash the softened butter with the garlic, shallots, parsley, rosemary, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolk, panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper until combined.

Starting from the outer edge of a 14-inch oval gratin dish, arrange the shrimp in a single layer cut side down with the tails curling up and towards the center of the dish. Pour the remaining marinade over the shrimp. Spread the butter mixture evenly over the shrimp.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until hot and bubbly. If you like the top browned, place under a broiler for 1 minute. Serve with lemon wedges.

Sepia Scenes

This bench picture was taken in my daughters front yard.
At first glance, it looks like foaming ocean waves in the background.
But it is just the remnants of snow covering a lawn.
This is the front of her house. I like the reflection of the sun. Usually there are faces of children smooched against the window panes, watching out as we drive up to the house.
On closer inspection, I see the back of a little boys head. Can you find him?
Joining Mary T for her fun Sepia Scenes!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday with the Grandkids

Noah Jeremiah
Don'tcha love the way he wears the cap on his head!
Melting Snowman
Keri Jill with those big, soft, dark brown eyes!
Silas Joshua
Caleb John
Jamie loving baby Cambrie Noelle
oh, such soft little cheeks!
Joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

TWD- Honey-Wheat Cookies

Dorie baker, Michelle, of Flourchild picked Honey-Wheat Cookies, found on page 81 of
Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Visit Michelle for the recipe.
Dorie says this recipe is an adaptation of a back-to-the-earth movement recipe from the 1970's.
It includes the wholesomeness of wheat germ along with honey and lemon.
When I think of the 70's, tie-dye comes to mind. So, having a little fun, I checked Abbey's room for something reminiscent of that era. I found a batik she made in art and used it as a backdrop.
Dories recipe does not call for frosting and the cookies are good with their honey and lemon flavors shining through the hearty taste of wheat.
Since I had some left-over frosting in the fridge from Ina's delicious cupcakes, I spread it on a few and made little sandwich cookies.
A humble cookie as presented, this cookie is easily dressed up with a dunk in melted chocolate and a sprinkling of chopped nuts.

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Sweet Awards

I recently received these very sweet awards from some very sweet blogging friends.
One Lovely Girl
is a talented art education major and she has a precious post about her two little boys!

This sunshine award was given by three dear friends:
From Bethany @ This, That, and T'other
I love Bethany! We have been blogging buddies almost from the beginning. She shares her love of teaching , her faith, her family and her beloved husband, Jason!
From Laurie @ Nana's house
who is a dear lady full of love for her family! She encourages with her faith, shares her home, recipes, decorating and craft ideas.
and From Deb of Jeremiah 29:11
Needing perspective and understanding of God's love then this is the place to visit!
Abounding encouragement found here!

Thank you, Dear Friends!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~ Knitted Scarf Patterns

As most of my friends are getting warmer nowadays, I just keep getting colder and colder.
You will seldom find me without a warm scarf when I go out.
Here are a few knitted ones I've made.
I didn't use a pattern for this angora scarf in pretty shades of blue. It is a basketweave and much easier to make than it looks.
I crocheted around the edges and added one row of crocheted shells on the bottom of one edge. I can close it with a pin or simply wrap it around my neck.
As you can see, my scarf isn't done in even squares but rather more like rectangles. That was achieved by adding a few more rows before reversing the pattern.

There are many patterns to be found on the net and here is one that looked clear to follow.

How to Knit Basketweave Stitch
Like many stitches, the basketwaeve stitch looks complicated but is actually very easy to create. Basketweave stitch got its name for obvious reasons, as you can see.
Try your hand at knitting basic basketweave:
  1. Cast on a multiple of 8 sts, plus 5 sts.
  2. Follow this stitch pattern:
    Rows 1 and 5 (RS): Knit.
    Rows 2 and 4: K5, * p3, k5; rep from * to end of row.
    Row 3: P5, * k3, p5; rep from * to end of row.
    Rows 6 and 8: K1, p3, * k5, p3; rep from * to last st, k1.
    Row 7: P1, k3, * p5, k3; rep from * to last st, k1.
  3. Repeat Rows 1–8 to create the pattern.
You can use any number of stitches for each block — 4 x 4, 5 x 5, 3 x 7, and so on — for variations on the basic basketweave.
Above is an example of a Rib Stitch that was worked up from the long side by casting on lots of stitches and working fewer rows.
This scarf is knitted in the stockinette stitch (all knits) with a contrast color stripe. It is years old but a favorite because it is so soft and warm!
Here is a terrific masculine scarf for guys worked in the Rib Stitch. My husband wears it everyday. I used two strands of yarn and because of the ribbing, it keeps him toasty warm!
I searched the net to give credit to the creator of this pattern and found it @
I Live On A Farm.
Here is the pattern I followed to make a Rib Stitch Scarf:
New York Scarf: A Guy’s Woolie Warmer
2 skiens Suri Merino from Plymouth Yarn Co. in color #402
2 size U.S. 6 dpns or straight knitting needles
Large tapestry needle

Cast on 35 stitches.
Rows 1 and 2: Knit.
Row 3: *K3, P2*. Repeat from * to * across row.
Note Correction to Row 4 [posted 6 Nov 07]:
Row 4: *K2, P3*. Repeat from * to * across row.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until scarf measures approximately 65 inches in length.
Knit 2 more rows.
Bind off.
Using the tapestry needle, weave ends of yarn into stitches securely.
Gently block scarf to measure four and one half inches across.

I just started another scarf using the above pattern, this time in a variegated chunky yarn by Bernat.
You make also like this knitted cowl post here:
or this little scarf for your pup or a child here:
Joining Mary @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!


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