Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I love making bread but don't like kneading it so have always relied on my trusty kneading attachment on my mixer to do the heavy work. Well.......until today. I have hunted and hunted and hunted and hunted and I cannot find the crazy thing!!!! Do any of the rest of you spend a good part of your life hunting for things? Please say you do and make me feel better. You know, misery loves company!
Ssoooooooo...... I did all of the kneading and gave my arms a good workout. Not that they need it or anything mind you....I wish...... Can't wait to bake these off and have that lovely aroma wafting through the house, that and hot spiced cider are my two favorite fragrances of the the holidays.
I will be having around 25 this year for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone brings something and helps and I love the hustle and bustle in the kitchen with each one doing their designated job. I cook the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and rolls and everything else is brought in by someone else. I did buy some sweet potatoes yesterday and I'm going to make Mallow-Topped Sweet Potatoes this year, it's a recipe I found through Taste of Home. They have some of the best recipes and they are easy to make.
My niece Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife told about a wonderful give away that's going on right now.
HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway
Biggest giveaway ever! Got your attention? Good, because the rules are a little different from previous giveaways so read all the information carefully.
The HP TouchSmart 600-1055 is a desktop PC where, as the name implies, you can touch the screen to manipulate information. It comes with all the stuff you desperately covet with the bonus of being able to pinch, rotate and drag things anywhere you want with your own little fingers. Is that not completely fun?
Windex not included.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Yesterday was a really special day for me!!!! I got to meet my friend Dawn from Call Me Grandma Dawn!!! We have been blogging buddies for several years now but there is nothing like meeting in person. We had made plans to meet for breakfast in Augusta yesterday so my sister and I got up at the crack of dawn and left here at 6:15 am.
There's not much traffic on 95 at that time of day so we sped right along and arrived a few minutes ahead of time. We were watching each car as it pulled into the parking lot and then saw one that I was sure was Dawn and DC so I ran out to meet them. Sure enough it was them and from the moment we met I felt like I had known them for years!
My sister took a couple of pictures for me to put here in my post and now I wish I had taken even more. It was such a fun experience and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
It's been a busy week, but aren't they all? Christmas is right around the corner so I have been out doing some shopping when I get a couple of hours here and there. This morning I am going up to see the boys with my friend Ann. We have been riding together for years and years and enjoy every minute of it. We've gone through some tough times together too like the winter the strangles went through the barn affecting 11 of the horses. It was the year I got quite proficient with a rec*tal thermometer. (Sorry, as Pioneer Woman would say, "just keeping it real". )
Monday, November 9, 2009
It was a rather cold night but they were bundled up and got along fine.
Afterwards they all came back to the house for snacks and drinks then they sat around the firepit and sang songs. We were going to toast marshmallow but at their ages we thought it might be a little dangerous! :o) Do any of you remember the scene in the movie Dennis the Menace where he is trying to get the marshmallow off his stick and it flies through the air and hits Mr. Wilson right in the forehead? That's the scenario that kept going through my mind so I thought we would forego the marshmallows!
I'm working with a new version of Blogger. My buddy Needled Mom sent me the instructions on how to get it set up so I am giving it a whirl. Also my friend Kerri over at Colors Of The Garden has been helping me out. We have been trying to get a phone call lined up to go over some more things but so far have been missing each other but we will connect! Thanks to both of you gals for helping me keep my sanity!!!! One of the things that I have learned about the Bloggasphere is that if you need something people are more then happy to jump in and help in any way they can, rather it be praying for you or helping you out with some problem. I have met some truly wonderful folks in the few years that I have been blogging. I'm going to meet up with one of them very soon.............cont.........
Where is spellcheck?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
It's a blustery cold day here in Maine. The sun is shining but the temps are fairly low and with that wind blowing it warrants a nice heavy coat and some gloves. The dusting of snow that we got on Thursday night is long gone and there is none forecasted for the near future.
Thursday evening four of us from the stable went to see the Royal Lipizzaner's at a nearby auditorium. I had been to this show about 20 years ago and came away less then enthusiastic so wasn't sure what we were about to see. It proved me wrong as it was a wonderful show, the horses all looked fabulous, well groomed, nice and healthy looking and they knew their stuff. My pictures are a bit blurry as we were about 10 rows up and I had my little camera not the one with the big lens. I didn't know if we would be allowed to take pictures so I didn't want to drag that one around.
They did all of the dressage patterns, steps and leaps into the air. It was amazing! About half way through the show they brought out this spectacular stallion with gorgeous markings. The crowd went wild! He was gorgeous! That mane was gray and wavy and thick! I actually got goosebumps!
This was the head rider showing off some beautiful steps. I wish I knew the names of them all but I don't.
This horse was brought out to demonstrate some training techniques.
When this horse was brought out with the American flag the emcee sang the national anthem and we all stood for that and then stood for a moment of silence for the tragedy that took place at Fort Hood. It was very moving to say the least. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these people that lost loved ones and had so many others injured. What was going through that man's head to do something like that to so many innocent people?!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Good boy! You will be seeing more of Nick in the near future........
Halloween has come and gone but there are still remnants of candy in my house which I wish would disappear before I eat it all. Here are my two Trick or Treaters.
This past weekend while back home we stopped to see my uncles cattle. They are very interesting and cute with their long hair, especially their bangs down over their eyes. They are very friendly, especially if you have some grain in your hand. :o) They have a beautiful run in shed that he built for them but they prefer to be right out even in the wintertime. I can't think what kind they are, hopefully it will come to me before I publish this.
My grand cat just came in. She comes over about once a day to get some canned food. She gets plenty to eat at home but only dry food so comes here and raids Noodle's and Munchkin's food. She won't let me pat her here but at their house I can pick her up and hold her and she is fine. T and D and DIL were here this morning when she walked in and she lets them pick her up. She hisses at me.........pretty ungrateful wouldn't you think?! :o)
I have my list made for most of my Christmas shopping so I think I will go out this morning and get some of it done. The older nieces and nephews want gift cards this year so that will be easy and DIL gave me some good ideas for the grands so I want to get that stuff. We don't do as much for Christmas as we used to. It got a little over the top when the grands first came along and Son and DIL said not to get so much. I guess when those first grandchildren come along you just want to get them everything but I agree that there is no need to have so much stuff. I always do Angel Tree with them so that they learn the joy of giving to others.
That's about it from here on the Range for today. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!