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Me and Sock Monkey thought it would be fun to put together a map of all the places the family has visited over the last 40 years. So we got a world map. We mounted it and took a few color pins and went to work. Black pins are for Paul’s work travels, red Emily’s, green are where Paul and Emily went together, white is where the whole family went. The big pins are places we have owned a house and blue are where family live. There is one lone yellow for Tracy by herself in South Africa. She has been the farthest south in the family and Paul the farthest north with Helsinki. It was a lot of fun to do and see. Paul really enjoyed the surprise! He got to add a lot of pins from places we did not remember. How he wants to go through all the boxes and boxes of old pictures we have and sort by decade. So look forward to the next addition with old pictures to come soon.




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HI Everyone

I wanted to quickly share with you the watercolor I did of Alaina. I do not do portraits well. I have tried them in the past and FAILED! But my watercolor teacher encouraged me to try something challenging so we picked a watercolor portrait! Oh course the only picture I had with me was my grandma brag book of Alaina and who else would I want to do but her! (Well, really I can think of at least six other people who quickly come to mind) This is the results of my work with a great deal of guidance and encouragement. I am really happy with the results. Even though when I showed the work to Paul the engineer could only say that I made the neck to big. But I don’t care I am sharing the work because I am really proud that I did the challenge and that I think it came out well. Here is the photo and then the watercolor.   


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Alaina Marie

June 20, 2008

8 lbs 14 ounces

I am pleased to announce our first grandchild. She is beautiful like her mother and dad. She is content and oh so soft! Her granddad and I are so very happy!


So you can see why I have been away so long. Miss Alaina has been our number one ball in the air and we just love her to death.


This is one of my favorite family photos taken.


My daughter Tracy better known as Auntie CC took these pictures and more please enjoy the slide show.  



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This Easter break all the kids spent the week down in Fort Lauderdale with me at our condo. Paul had to go to Japan the Monday after Easter and the kids and I just had fun hanging around together going to the beach and visiting the sites.  The one highlight of the time together was working at the food pantry at “Christ Church United Methodist” in Fort Lauderdale. My sister Yvonne has been working very hard to expand the pantry to meet the needs of hungry individuals and families in the Pompano Beach/Fort Lauderdale area.  

When she took over the Pantry last year it was in a little closet on the Pompano Campus and as a volunteer there she was always worried that there would not be enough food for the people seeking help. This is a picture of her in the original area they first started at.


In one year they grew and now have a great office, waiting, and pantry area where they interview the clients and then distribute the food from.


They have two refrigerators and a freezer. They store the extra food collected so they can restock the sleeves as need. They are always in need of can meat, peanut butter, jelly and fresh items. However, they always have something to give.  They have volunteers that make and freeze peanut butter and honey sandwiches to hand out to the homeless so that they can have a drink and something to eat when they come in hungry. The following pictures are of us sorting and checking the expiration dates on the cans from a food drive given by a local high school. The boys carried heavy boxes and can goods to put on the shelves and the girls sorted and check dates on the can goods. We had a great time working together and doing something for the community.  

I am so very proud of my sister and all the work she has done and is doing at the pantry. She has really made a difference in her community. She works nonstop on this project and makes an impact on other lives in a real way.


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We also went on a great Water Taxi ride down the New River in Fort Lauderdale. You get to see all the beautiful homes along the river and the captains tell great stories about who owns what house and what happen where. All the homes and boats are just incredible.



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We also got to spend some time at the beach and just play in the sand and water. The waves were great. It was a little winding we had Paul’s favorite umbrella fly away and break but we found two new ones and we were off to the beach again.


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 We also got to play a lot of different games. Emily Ann and Peter brought their Wii with them and the boys played a lot of games and Guitar Hero II. We also played board games and I won a game of Clue. I also got to play my favoite game Mah Jong I think we all won a game with that one.


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Oh course I got to knit a bit and finished the bump sweater for Emily Ann and started a cute little pink dress for the baby.

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The Bump Sweater is from “Natural Knits for Babies and Moms” by Lousia Harding and the Pink Sweater comes from “Better Homes and Gardens Knitting for Babies and Kids”.


Well that has been my adventures for the last week. I hope your Easter break has been as much fun as mine. Peter and Emily Ann headed back to Chicago today and Tracy and Tim will leave tomorrow. Paul returns from work in Japan late tomorrow and we stay here for five more days. I look forward to more sun, beach, eatting out, and knitting.

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Baking Bread

Since it has been cold outside the past couple of days I decided to bake some bread. In the long ago past I would bake bread at least once or twice a week. Those days have come and gone but I really enjoy the taste of warm whole wheat with melting butter on top. Paul’s family love Limpa better known as Swedish Rye Bread. Swedish Rye is much lighter and sweeter than the Rye bread you can buy here in the stores. If you are looking for pumpernickel or anything like that you do not want Limpa. Paul’s father loves it with peanut butter and a little jam.  

I was listening several months ago to one of my favorite knitting podcast, “The Knitting Cook”.  Faith was talking about making Honey Wheat Bread. She talked about Vital Wheat Gluten Flour and how it makes bread taste like bread and not steamed. I enjoyed listening but have wanted to try Vital Wheat Gluten since. Well now seemed like as good a time as any.  

But I could not decide what to make Limpa or Whole Wheat. I could not decide which so I made both breads. The following are pictures of the process of making bread and the two recipes one from Faith, “The Knitting Cook” and the family recipe Grandpa’s Swedish Rye with a few changes I have added: 

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Grandpa’s Swedish Rye Bread Limpa

1 packet yeast, activated in warm water as directed on packet

1 c. warm water (total)

1 c. milk, heated to lukewarm (I nuke mine for a few seconds)

4 T melted butter (dad uses oleo some say it is much better with oleo)

1/4 c light molasses

2 eggs, beaten

 1 T salt

 1/2 c light brown sugar

I make sure all liquids are between 110* and 120* to cool the yeast doesn’t work to high it dies.

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2 cups light rye flour

4 to 7 cups of white bread flour (if you are putting this into a bread machine about 6 cups should do it.

1 T Vital Wheat Gluten Flour (this is what I added after trying it with Faith’s Honey Wheat Bread)


Next Step

Add rye flour to the water mix, add white flour “until you can handle the dough and it looks elastic,” Knead for at least 5 to 7 minutes. I know that sounds long but it is worth it. I just like to do it to music I can count the songs to mark time.

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Put into a bowl that has been sprayed with spam and spray top of dough. Cover bowl with clean cloth. Let it rise for about one hour longer would be fine but shorter is not keep out of  drafts and chills. I put it in a warmed oven with the temp off.


Take out and make sure it has at leasted doubled. If you knead this bread again it will have a strong crust. Some like the crust better that way.

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     Then put it into two or three loaves. I would not make rolls or any small because the crust is too thick and hard with smaller items.  This is a “do what I say not do as I do” I made rolls and the crust was just to hard and the rolls were not enjoyable.

Bake it at 350 for an hour. Grandpa added orange zest to his if you do add in moderation. Neither Paul or I like the zest added. You should wait until the bread is cool to cut but I have never been able to it soooooo good warm with butter or peanut butter on it.

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This is the recipe that can be found on Faith’s blog for Honey Wheat Bread

Honey Wheat Bread
Developed by Josephine R., my mom, who’s the best baker and cook that I know.
Makes 1 loafMix together in large bowl:
1-3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white bread flour
1 Tablespoon Vital Wheat Gluten flour (usually sold in a small box at the grocery store in health food section, or in large bins at health food store)
2-1/4 teaspoon dry active yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
Add to butter and heat together until 110-120 degrees (F):
1 cup water
1/4 cup honey

Add warm liquid to flour mixture.

Stir in:
1 egg

Combine well.  Add more white flour as needed until dough is stiff enough to knead.  Turn out on counter and knead until smooth (5-10 minutes), adding white flour as needed.  Place in greased bowl and cover with clean dish towel.  Let rise until doubled (1-2 hours, depending on how warm and “yeasty” your kitchen is).  Punch down, roll into log and place in well greased bread pan.  Cover with towel again and let rise until doubled (1 or 1-1/2 hours).  Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden and sounds sort of hollow when tapped.  Turn out immediately onto cooling rack.

Slices best when cool, but I bet you can’t wait!  (I never do.)  =)

 Enjoy yourself baking and eating!!!!!

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Happy New Year

I hope all of you had a great Holiday season and had time to enjoy family, friends, and relax. We have just returned from a whirlwind tour of friends, family, and new family. We began by driving up from Peachtree City to Royal Oak Michigan and had Christmas with our three children.

 Family Christmas Eve Dinner

We had our time together and Peter went off to Indiana to be with Emily and her family. Paul, Tim, Tracy and myself went to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Ishpeming to visit with the extended family. We saw his dad at the nursing home and had some real quality time with him one of the days we visited.

 Our visit with Dad & Mom Christmas 2007

 We also enjoyed his sister Carol’s family, Sara came in from Jackson Hole, Ryan and Joy and the boys visited from Wisconsin. His sister Linda and brother Bobbie live in Ishpeming and spent each day with us. His sister Debbie also lives in Ishpeming and we were able to   see all three of her girls. Addy, Winter, and Lindsey.  It was great. I really enjoyed seeing Addy’s little daughter our youngest member of the family Faith. She modeled the little pink sweater I made her this summer. She was so cute.

 Faith in pink mouse sweater

 We then went on to visit Emily and meet her mom and dad, Lynn and Paul in Carmel Indiana. We were able to see where the wedding reception will be held and attend Sunday services at St. Mark’s Church where the wedding will take place. We had a great time and just love meeting everyone. We know why we love Emily so much her family and ours appear to have had parallel lives with the same happenings and experiences. No wonder Pete and Emily get along so well. Emily loved her new blue sweater and hat and she really looked great in it. 

  Emily in Sweater and hat

We spent a lot of time in the car getting from one place to the other. I took every minute to get things done. I finished the blue sweater for Emily, giftthe DNA scarf for Carrie,DNA Scarf

 gloves for Emily, brown and blue glovesSlippers for Emily’s Grandmothermixed pinks booties. I also worked on the pink swing jacket for me but have not finished it yet. 

 I now have several projects to begin in the New Year: 

q     I promised my nephew Ryan a pair of socks as part of this years presents. I also want to make his wife Joy a pair at the same time.  

q     I bartered with my sister-n-law Debbie. She would complete a cross stitch pattern of Michigan for me and I will knit her a short sleeve shell and pair of socks. I was so happy she agreed. I have wanted to make this pattern but really did not want to cross stitch. I had made the project for Paul’s mother and father about 10 years ago Michigan cross stitchand Paul really wanted one for our home in Georgia. But for some reason I just don’t enjoy cross stitch any more. Debbie has done some wonderful pieces in the past and I was hoping she would agree to the trade. 

q     Tracy has not had a sweater from me in a while so I promised her a new sweater in 2008. She picked out two patterns  Knitting Pure and Simple Neckdown V Neck Shaped Cardigan 241, and Debbie Bless Ana sweater in a Chocolate Andean Silk yarn.  

q     I also showed Emily baby patterns and let her choose from the ones I was interested in knitting. She loved them all so I have several to work on the Baby is due in late July early August so I have a while to work my way through the baby list. I think I really want to do the tribal baby carrier first. And the baby pants Florence from Debbie Bliss cashmerino collection.  I am looking forward to starting on these projects as I work my way through the others. My Paul always would kid me that I was going to have to knit me a grandchild and now he is saying that this child will have so much knitted stuff he/she will be buried in wool! What a wonderful thought and funny sight that would be. But I must admit that I have 10 baby projects I want to work on just to start. I think it would be easier if I just put together a whole baby project entry. To show all the project I want to start.  

Will happy knitting this 2008 and I hope you leave a comment on what projects you will be working on this coming year.     

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