So this is very random. I follow Kate DiCamillo, children’s author, on FaceBook. My kids love her books and I do work for a library so I do follow a few authors. She always post such inspiring and uplifting quotes from her books. A few days ago she posted this wonderful quote from The Tale of Despereaux:
Over this past year I have realized the importance of Light. It is the hope that we all hold onto when we are surrounded by the darkness of our world. Yes, Kate, light is so precious. Please keep telling stories and scatter sunshine all along your way.
What story has brought you light and lifted you out of darkness?
Psalm 100: 2
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Scatter Sunshine. Bring hope, love, and sunshine into this world that is suffering from pain, hate, and anger. Light is more powerful than the dark.
I kneel at the side of my bed as I weep for my children. I want to be the mom my children need but don’t feel I am or will ever be that mom. The only one thing that gives me peace is that I know the Savior loves my children and will pick up were I lack. Perhaps I am doing better than I think I am. Thank You Elder Holland for you talk.
- 1 1/4 cups Sugar
- 1/2 cup Butter, softened
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Mashed bananas (3 to 4 medium)
- 1/2 cup Buttermilk
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups Flour
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1 tsp Salt
Preheat oven 350°. Grease bottom of the pans.
Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth, stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Pour into pans.
2 loaves 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 baking time 1 hour
1 loaf 9 x 5 x 3 baking time 1 1/4 hours
4 to 5 mini loaves baking time 45 minutes to 1 hour
Years ago I received a beautiful gift that I treasure and love to display in my home.
Coming from a family of quilters my mother had a closet full of old quilts that were too worn out to use yet she couldn’t seem to throw them away because they were made by the loving hands of her Grandma Emma. My mother wanted to share Grandma Emma’s quilting with all of her kids so she simply cut out hearts out of the ragged quilts and placed them in frames. Now Emma’s quilts and memories can live on for a little longer. I am also reminded of true love of family.
What have you done old quilts that you can’t use anymore?
This has been a long project for over the past year. Not that it is a time consuming but that my life is time consuming. With that being said I still need to finish it. I promised my daughters that I would finish for their 11th birthday but now I am aiming for their 12th. Realistically it will be on the frames ready to quilt by their birthday. Hey, they can help with the quilting.
This is my third quilt to piece and hand quilt. My first was a twin quilt made from baby dresses and clothes from my twin girls. My girls love the quilt because they like to look at fabrics from clothes they wore when they were little. I planned to make two but after I finished I started the second one but the pattern proved to be too difficult so I turned it into a baby quilt.
In comes the pink and yellow quilt. They are quite beautiful with the bright yellow and pink colors are offset with a soft cream fabric with a delicate flower print. I choose a quilt with larger blocks so there would be less cutting. Less cutting = quicker finish. In all there are 30 large blocks that make up a queen quilt. The cutting is completed and large blocks are all sown. Today I trimmed all the blocks to prepare the sew all the blocks together.
My favorite treat, popcorn. I love it for many reasons. First, as the baby chicks say “Cheap, cheap, cheap!” No I am not a microwave popcorn lover. Because of a food allergy (soy) I cannot have microwave popcorn. My choice of method is a Whirly Pop. You can find one here. Just a a bit of oil and 1/4 cup popcorn and some whirling and you have a magical bowl of popcorn. Second, it’s Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey to make. Finally, a great healthy snack. Well, healthy if you don’t add butter and salt. I don’t add either.
Tonight while thinking of what special treat I should make my family to watch the olympics I took inventory of my storage. Ice cream, no too cold. Cookies or brownies no I don’t want to cook. Yes, to popcorn, but how could I olympic it up. In comes almond bark and sprinkles. Big hit with the kids and easy for me.
Shhh! I know this isn’t a healthy choice anymore but it is yummy.
What is your favorite quick treat to make for your family?
A beautiful fall afternoon. Yummy ice cream and a double chocolate cookie sitting on the porch of the Big Red Barn. Whenever ice cream is involved the family activity is a success. As you can see the Big Red Barn was a popular place to visit. They have hay rides, ice cream, fudge, donuts, and cookies to name a few. Oh and you can’t forget the apples and pumpkins.
Sorry, no cookies or ice cream for you. But a small crumb of an apple cider donut was enjoyed. Look at those eyes, wow I wonder what she is thinking.On our way home we could see the construction of the Payson LDS temple. A beautiful sight in a small farming town.I love to see the temple in my daily activities. It reminds me why I take the time and effort to build a family. You know they are forever. Learn more about Forever Families here.