Wednesday, September 30, 2009
(how perfect is that acorn?!)
For most of the summer, our local roads and deserted lots were lined with chicory and Queen Anne's lace--such a lovely natural combination. I loved climbing a few hundred feet (that part in my car) and finding them again.
Ah, and such good acorn hunting this week! I love all of the colors and shapes and sizes individual oak species drop in our neighborhood.
And the terrarium is thriving. The ferns died, but something new is unfurling...
Once Reuben figured out I wanted him to touch, I think he loved it.
Guesses what this photo shows?Reuben is section hiking. A scootin' on the AT.
(Hmm...at a rate of 2 feet per day...that would make...)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
But. But! Sending your own out into the savage world of pre-teens is very frightening. Especially your own who are so like you...
(junior high V: walking home for lunch every day because I was too scared to find someone to sit with).
I read this: Dark Glass, Energy of Heart tonight and loved it so.
I'm giving a lesson on friendship tomorrow night at church for a sweet group of 8-11 year olds and have thoughts a'swirling.
(does that mean I was supposed to stay up until 2 am blogging?)
(Chemo last week was the usual ick, and the couple of days following the usual pukey, but today R is feeling super fine. And rather interested in learning to walk. Thank you for your continued prayer and good love our way!)
Chocolate Bavarian Cream Torte
1 pkg (18 ¼ oz) devil’s food cake mix w/out pudding
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1/8 t. salt
**I added here ~1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1 pt (2 c.) whipping cream, whipped
2 T. grated semisweet chocolate (I melted chocolate chips in the microwave, put the resulting block in the freezer to chill, & used a vegetable peeler to make chocolate curls).
Mix and bake cake according to package directions, using two 9-inch round pans. Cool for 15 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Spit each cake into two horizontal layers; place one on a serving plate. Spread with a fourth of the cream mixture. Sprinkle with a fourth of the chocolate. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight (really helps the cutting & serving).
Monday, September 21, 2009
(also the beginning of a new bike craft...hmm...can you stand to wait until goat's birthday next month?)
handsewing note: I am always wishing that I kept better track of the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog. I particularly felt so in August: Handsewing Month! So many great projects... I printed out a pile of the Pocket Stitch Book booklets that Cassi of The Crafty Crow (a great kids craft collective) and Bella Dia made especially for SMS readers. I had them available with the floss and felt and, though I don't think they were used by this particular demographic, I'm happy to have them around for groups of holiday stitchers. Oh, I do love handsewing...So does Kate! (but not Audrey--see her wandering the background of the photos above? stitched out!):
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
410 Apartment Therapy posts on my Google Reader were way too many to read, but I am so happy I browsed a couple of them because these framed leaves bring me joy. I already have a lovely 9-group in glass and copper tape gathered from Provo canyon a decade ago, but surely one more....
* switchplate covers. After painting this weekend, I sure hated to screw those ugly yellow plastic things back on the wall. What do you think of covered ones? fancies? tacky? cool kitch? Hmmm....
*still wanting to sew... newest inspiration from Golden. Except the girls both have too much clothing. I think these could be for me...ah, the clothing angst I'm feeling right now for my unfashioned self!
*fall crafts, you're calling my name!Owl gourds?!! I happen to know a neighbor with a bumper gourd crop this year...
*everything at A Toy Garden.
If anyone wants to make anything inspired by this site, go ahead and let me know, because I am IN. It's time for holiday gift planning, for real and certain! (I'm going to host a monthly small toy workshop--working on your own projects or joining me in mine--in the next couple of months leading up to the big Gifting. E-mail me if you're interested....)
Read this: from Oh Happy Day
and tell me this: can I get away with substituting Christmas stockings with surprise balls this year?
*linked animal puzzles.
I want to design my own for a bit of Santa's workshopping, but am afraid I'll just use one of these for a template: Enzo Mari's classic ($499) design:
This great one I can only find a review of:
Or maybe I'll just use my Tupperware giant cookie/jello cutter.