Saturday, April 7, 2018

Dreaming of Spring

Yesterday morning we awoke to more snow after an incredibly windy Thursday. It has snowed a little bit today, but when I remember that it is April I know that spring can't be too far away!
This picture was taken through my kitchen window. Unfortunately I scared a couple of the birds away when taking their picture. Jemimah and I are both avid bird watchers. It has warmed my heart to watch as Jemimah has learned to identify the sounds and names of the different birds that visit our feeder. I think her favorite may be the mourning dove. Last year when she first heard the plaintive coos of the mourning doves she was frightened, and assumed it was some mysteriously spooky creature. When I told her that it was simply the doves talking to one another, she was quite pleased. We have been blessed with a variety of brilliantly colored birds: crimson cardinals, yellow gold finches, black, white and red woodpeckers, plus a variety of less vibrant beauties.
We discovered our first tulips and daffodils peeking through the snow. I am dreaming of a sunny spring morning when they will all be in full bloom!
Adam has started some vegetable and zinnia seeds. They are setting on an old sewing table in our bedroom by the window. The table was given to me by an elderly lady my mom and I once cleaned for house for years ago. She knew of my love of sewing and wanted me to have this table. It had belonged to her great-grandmother and was made sometime in the 1800's. It is very handy, as the legs fold up into the top. This makes it easy to carry from one room to another, as needed.
It has been wonderful to watch as they grow towards the sun. What a blessing to see green!
Every week we make a batch of no bake cookies. No bake cookies are Jemimah's favorite snack. She loves to help mix and press the cookies.
They are quick and easy to make, plus they are delicious. Here is the recipe for those who may be interested in making some too.

No Bake Cookies

In a saucepan combine:
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil ( I use a rather generous half cup)
Heat until melted and thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and add:
6 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
Mix well and then scoop out mixture into cookie sized portions onto a cookie sheet (I cover my cookie sheet with wax paper for an easier removal of the cookies). We then press the cookies flat with the bottom of a glass, however this is not necessary, just our preference.
Currently I am reading Rainbow Cottage by Grace Livingston Hill. The description of grandmother Ainslee's gardens are breathtaking! I wish I could step into the pages to see her gardens myself. : ) Rainbow Cottage is a lovely story. I always enjoy G.L. Hill's description of home and homemaking.

Recently I discovered this pattern for knitted dishcloths. I am knitting the smaller size, which is just perfect for small hands that love to help in the kitchen. The cotton yarn color is called "Sunshine", I thought that was quite fitting. I  feel like I am knitting with a ray of sunshine on these gloomy days.
This afternoon I listed a couple of new apron in my Etsy shop. This blue apron was my favorite, I especially liked how the darker blue binding and white trim looked against the calico.

I hope you are all enjoying a peaceful weekend. If you are still experiencing colder temperatures and snow, stay warm! : )

"For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield." Psalm 5:12

Saturday, March 31, 2018

I Serve A Risen Savior

I Serve A Risen Savior

I serve a risen Savior
  He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
  Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
  I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
  He’s always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
    He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me
  I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
  I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
  Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
  Will come at last.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
  Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
  To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
  The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
  So good and kind.

-Alfred Henry Ackley (1187-1960)

"For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

"Jesus saith unto him,' I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25 

May you have a blessed and beautiful Resurrection Sunday celebrating the miracle of new life in Christ! I am so grateful that He does live! That Jesus is with me every step of the way, that "He walks with me and talks with me.." What an amazing blessing!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Workbasket Magazine

Many years ago while visiting a favorite local antique shop I discovered two old crafting magazines called The Workbasket. Both issues were from the early 1950's and I enjoyed reading the articles about forming a ladies club, creating beautiful tatted doilies, knitting mittens, etc. A couple of years later I found a collection of several Workbasket magazines on Ebay, all from the 1940's. I spent many pleasant evenings looking through each issue.
For me some of the most enjoyable pages are the advertisements! They sold quite a variety of items ranging from craft kits, sewing patterns, clothes, tombstones and baby alligators! The thought of mail ordering a baby alligator always made my sisters and I laugh.
 The recipes were always interesting too. Many issues are themed to the month of publication. The issue above features "harvest" themed recipes for the autumn. The Instant Postum ad was also a favorite. That expression in the first picture; just from drinking a cup of coffee! : )
 Surprisingly enough I have never actually tried any of the featured recipes or craft projects. I guess I prefer to use modern patterns, and some of the patterns are just a little too whimsical for me.
 This egg warmer for example.... cute, but not quite worth the time. Maybe someday I might try crocheting a doily pattern from The Workbasket.
 The pages above share some ideas for a flower themed ladies club meeting. This particular issue was published in January of 1949. I always enjoyed the "Flower Story" game.

Flower Story

Can you figure out the names of the flowers suggested by the following questions? It is interesting to have partners for this game. Choose partners by having a number of seed catalog flowers pasted on cardboard, then cut these in half. Each guest is given one half of each flower and is told to find the matching half of the flower; then these two people are partners to play the game. Each couple is given a written copy of the following story and the first to fill out the form is given a prize.

1. The girl's name and color of her hair? (Marigold)
2. Her nationality and her appearance? (American Beauty)
3. The color of her eyes? (Violet)
4. Her chum's first name and color of her eyes? (Brown-eyed Susan)
5. Her brother's name and adjective that describes her? (Sweet William)
6. How did the girl's admirers surround her? (Phlox)
7.What did they think she was? (A Daisy)
8. Her lover's name and what he wrote with? (John Quill-Jonquil)
9.What did he do when he proposed? (Aster)
10.What minister married them? (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
11.What did she wear in her hair? (Bridal-Wreath)
12. What music was played during the ceremony? (Narcissus)
13. What did she say when she went away? (Forget-me-not)
14. With what did she punish her children? (Lady Slipper)
15. What was the length of their happiness? (Everlasting)

I like the idea of hosting a flower themed party in the winter. It seems like a nice way to think spring and keep hope alive!

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into the pages of The Workbasket. From a quick look on-line it seems that old issues are readily available on Etsy and Ebay. They are fun and sometimes silly, but definitely a sweet glimpse of a bygone day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March- Yarn Along and a Tag

Once again I am joining the Yarn Along and sharing my recent projects. Currently I am knitting a shawl using a simple pattern I have knit many time over the past several years. I don't remember the name of the pattern, it was a free pattern I picked up at Wal-Mart. Having knit this shawl so many times, I have memorized the pattern and have altered the design slightly. Shawls are always fun knitting projects: simple and relaxing!

At the present I am reading Jacob's Way by Gilbert Morris. I am thoroughly enjoying this book! Jacob's Way tells the story of a young Jewish woman and her grandfather. The year is 1870 and they must flee their home in Russia due to an attack by the pogrom. They travel by ship to America, and begin a new life in New York. I don't want to give away too much, but if you are curious to read a more detailed synopsis here is a link. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is definitely a book I would recommend.
I have also enjoyed working on some beautiful new doily designs from the Lacy Crochet blog. The doily above was made using a free pattern that can be found here. The doily below was made using this pattern. In the first picture you will see that I have begun another crochet project (the green cotton thread). I am crocheting coasters using this pattern.
On a different note, Hadassah of Photography Phun tagged my blog with the Liebster Award. Here are her questions and my answers:

1. What is your favorite color? Blue
2. What state/country do you live in? I live in beautiful upstate New York.
3. What is your favorite thing about blogging? I love to being able to connect with so many like minded ladies! It has been a blessing to make so many sweet friends over the years through blogging.
4. Do you enjoy photography? I enjoy taking pictures, but I strictly use the automatic settings. My husband enjoys photography and actually has a few antique cameras he can use.
5. What type of music do you enjoy the most? I especially enjoy classical music and hymns.
6. Do you live in the country or the city? I live in the country, and always have. I couldn't imagine living away from the country!
7. What is your favorite season? Definitely springtime! : )
8. What is your favorite three movies? "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", "Little Women" (1949) and "Rose Marie" (1936).
9. Do you enjoy sewing/craft projects? Yes! : )
10. What is your favorite things to do in your free time? I love to read a good book or work on knitting in my spare time.
11. Do you enjoy spending time in God's Word? Yes!!! Every morning I love reading God's Word. It gives me strength for the day ahead. I love how God can speak to us through His Word.

Thank you, Hadassah for tagging me and creating such a fun list of questions!

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Grandma's Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Throughout my childhood and teen years grandma's molasses crinkle cookies were always a favorite! I have many fond memories of grandma stopping by for a visit, bringing along a zip-loc bag filled with molasses crinkle cookies. I would have to say this recipe was probably my grandma's signature cookie. She would often triple the batch in order to have enough to share with all of her grandchildren. I can't help but think of grandma whenever I make these cookies! I hope if you try the recipe you will enjoy them as much as we do. : )

Grandma's Molasses Crinkle Cookies 

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2  tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
3/4 cup shortening or softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 molasses

Directions: Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Cream shortening, sugar and egg. Mix in molasses, followed by dry ingredients, mix well. Chill dough for at least 2 hours. Shape dough into walnut size balls, dipping one side of each ball in granulated sugar. Sprinkle each cookie with 2-3 drops of water. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.  

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

 -Fredrick Martin Lehman (1868-1953)

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Reading, Knitting, and Crocheting

Today I am joining the February Yarn Along. My current knitting project is a pair of socks for myself. I hope to finish the first sock today since I only have a few more rows to knit. I am using the same sock pattern I used to knit Adam's socks, but instead of knitting the wide rib stitch I am knitting the textured stitch used in this pattern.

My crocheting project is Spring Leaves Doily. It is a beautiful pattern; I love the delicate leafy design.
Currently I am reading The Treasure of the Secret Cove by Amy Le Feuvre. The Treasure of the Secret Cove is an exciting story from 1899, taking place in an English fishing community. From the first chapter I was drawn into the setting. It is truly an engaging tale, that has kept me up too late more than once. : )

"So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding." Ephesians 1:6-8