Friday, May 25, 2018

Spring Flowers and Birds

Spring arrived earlier this month, and it has been one of the loveliest springs I can remember! After a very long, cold winter the sunshine and warmth is truly a blessing. 

With the arrival of May my mom and I always look forward to the arrival of our favorite feathered friends. While we talk on the phone each day we give each other bird reports. : ) I saw my first Rose Breasted Grosbeak of the year at my mom's house. We were impressed to see three males at one time! About a week after seeing the Rose Breasted Grosbeak at my mom's house Jemimah yelled out "Mama, the Rose Breasted Grosbeak is here!". I came out to the kitchen and sure enough outside the kitchen window I saw the Rose Breasted Grosbeak eating from our feeder.
We have been super blessed by the variety of birds that have been visiting us regularly. One of my favorites has been the Baltimore Oriole. I would love to take a picture of the Baltimore Oriole, but he tends to hear me if I try to open the door or window. Usually we may see a Baltimore Oriole once or twice in the month of May, but this year he has visited our suet feeder every day in the morning and evening. 

We also have both of our bird houses inhabited. In the picture above in a tree swallow. Despite Adam's efforts to dump their nests and move them along, they have persevered! The boxes we have purchased are special for bluebirds and we try to keep them available specifically for bluebirds. However we were delighted to discover a sweet little bluebird family nesting in the other box.
The crab apple tree was exceptionally gorgeous this year! I was amazed at the fullness of the blossoms and how they remained on the tree about a week. In past years the wind has blown the blossoms off within a day or two.
 I made a bouquet of crab apple blossoms and lilacs for Mother's Day. I thought it was one the prettiest combinations I had seen.
You may have noticed in the picture of the crab apple tree that there was work being done across the road from our house. Last fall a Mennonite family purchased the land across the road from us and the field next to our property. They have worked hard to remove all of the overgrowth and old buildings that stood deteriorating across the road from us. It has been wonderful to gain more sunlight in the evening due to the removal of all of the trees. Another treat has been the addition of cows! They built a large fence and a couple of weeks ago brought in several Angus cows as well as a few other breeds of beef cows. I love to hear the cows mooing when I wake up in the morning. : )
The lilacs are in full bloom now. They smell so beautiful!
I have added a few new flowers to my garden this year. The Columbine in the picture above was called "songbird bluebird".
My grandma always had a bleeding heart in her garden. Adam bought this plant for me as a Mother's Day gift. It makes me think of my grandma and her love of God's creation.
 I have also been blessed to see so many wild flowers growing in our yard. The little violet in the picture above is one of many I have discovered. Jemimah has such fun looking for flowers. Every morning she comes in from playing outside with a little bouquet of flowers.
The flower above became one of my favorites last year. I discovered it growing along side the road in front of our house. I was puzzled. Growing up in the country I had seen many wild flowers and knew most by name. I had never seen a flower like this before. I went on-line and searched to try and discover the name, but couldn't seem to find the same flower. A day or so later I was reading a blog post about flowers, the post did not include pictures, just names of favorite flowers. When I read the name "Star of Bethlehem", something inside me just knew that was the name of this flower, and it was. This year we have Star of Bethlehem growing all along the edge of our front yard.
 To close this post, a picture of "cat Winston", as Jemimah calls him. Thankfully he has been doing all of his bird watching from inside! I hope we can keep it that way.

I hope you all have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:
To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep." Psalm 92: 1-5

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spring Tea Cup Exchange

Last month I had the pleasure of participating in The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup Exchange. This was my third tea cup exchange, and once again I was blessed by my experience.

I received a box filled with beautiful gifts from a dear lady named Esther who lives in California. It was exciting to think that the package had literally traveled across the United States, since I live in New York. : ) Each item was carefully and beautifully wrapped in pastel colored tissue paper. I felt as though it was my birthday!
Blue is my favorite color, and roses just happen to be my favorite flowers. As you can see this tea cup, saucer and plate are just perfect for me!
 Esther knew that I enjoyed old-fashioned and vintage items. She was so thoughtful in not only finding gifts that were vintage, but blue too! Isn't the blue glass slipper lovely? The broach and scarf go perfectly together too. I love how the scarf is printed with blue and white dishes.
 Esther mentioned in her letter that these Mexican Wedding cookies are one of her favorites. I can see why! They were delicious. I am also enjoying the fabulous collection of flavored green teas. It has been fun to sample so many different flavors.
I love this little scripture notebook. How true! He has filled my life with good things! The framed tea cup picture looks so sweet in my kitchen.
 After planting flowers in my garden last week, I was so excited to finally put these garden stakes in my flower bed. They are the perfect finishing touch!

Esther, thank you again for putting so much care and love into this delightful collection of teatime treasures! You truly blessed my heart and day!
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My package went to a lovely lady named Linda. She too loves to sew, and has a blog where she shares about her sewing adventures. Linda also has a beautiful Esty shop, Eastern Ave Designs. I had so much fun collecting gifts for Linda. A few of the gifts are handmade: the apron, dish towel, doily and lavender soap. I was delighted when I found the tea cup note cards, especially when I discovered they coordinated with the apron. : )
 It truly was wonderful to participate in The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup Exchange again! Thank you, Stephanie for all that you do to make this event such a blessing to all the ladies involved!

Be sure to visit The Enchanting Rose, as all of the other ladies who participated in the exchange will link up and share their posts too!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May- Yarn Along

 It is hard to believe it is already May. The month of April seemed to fly by, despite the winter-like weather we had most of the month. Spring has finally arrived here and we are enjoying the spring breezes, golden daffodils and sunshine!

Today I am pleased join the May Yarn Along. Despite spring's arrival my knitting is autumn minded. I know how little knitting I accomplish throughout the summer months, so I thought it best to begin work on a new fall/winter cardigan for Jemimah. The pattern I am using is "Granny's Favorite", I used this pattern once before.

I am currently reading For All Your Life by Emilie Loring. The book was published in 1952. It is a fun romantic mystery about a young woman who unexpectedly inherits a fortune, as well as a beautiful mountain home. From the day of her arrival mystery has followed her, as she and her new found friends try to discover a missing parrot and $10,000 of stolen money. I am more than halfway through the book, and have enjoyed the descriptions and story line. However it is not my favorite Emilie Loring book. I have read a few of her books now, and this so far has been my least favorite.
You may remember these coasters from this post. They were a fun project and the best part is they are pretty and practical! I used this pattern to crochet my coasters.



Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sally Lunn Bread

As a girl I enjoyed reading all of the American Girl book series. It is hard to say which was my favorite, but looking back I think it was Felicity. Reading her book series brought the colonial era to life in my imagination. When I was around 10 years old my family visited colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, which definitely increased my enthusiasm for the 18th century. 

Last week my mom returned my copy of Felicity's Cookbook. I had loaned the book to her a while back and forgotten all about it. It was fun to review the recipes and historical facts sprinkled throughout. When I saw the recipe for Sally Lunn bread I thought that it was a recipe I should try soon. I remember eating a turkey sandwich made with Sally Lunn bread when we visited Williamsburg. The bread was so delicious and unique.
My one setback was that the recipe suggested using a tube pan/angel food cake pan. At the time I did not have a tube pan and was not willing to purchase a new pan just to make this bread.

Much to my delight I found a tube pan over the weekend at our local thrift store! I noticed some writing and numbers on the bottom of the pan. Adam did a little on-line investigation and discovered the pan was made in the 1950's. I am convinced that vintage bake ware is often superior to new bake ware. I guess if has lasted over 50 years it must be well made. : )
 The Sally Lunn bread was a big hit with Adam and Jemimah! It really was a lovely treat on a chilly, rainy spring afternoon. Especially when enjoyed buttered with red raspberry leaf tea. I found this fact from the Felicity's Cookbook interesting: Felicity made tea from raspberry leaves to protest the high tax on tea that came from England. Over the past few years I have read so many articles about the health benefits of red raspberry leaf tea, it really is a nice alternative to black caffeinated tea.

Sally Lunn Bread
 
Ingredients:
3/4 cup milk
1/4 warm water
 1 package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt

Directions:
1. Measure the milk into a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Turn off the heat.
2. Measure the warm water into a small bowl. Add the yeast and stir. Then stir the warm milk into the yeast and water.
3.Measure the butter and sugar into a large bowl. Stir them until they are creamy.
4. Crack 1 egg into the mixing bowl of butter/sugar and beat the mixture. Add the second egg and beat the mixture again. 
5.Stir the flour and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.
6. Stir about 1 cup of the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture. Then stir in about 1/3 of the yeast mixture.
7. Add more flour and beat the mixture. Then add more yeast and beat the mixture again. Continue adding yeast and flour in this way, beating the batter unitl it is smooth.
8. Cover the large mixing bowl with a clean towel  and let the batter rise in a warm place for 1 hour. When the batter has doubled in size, remove the towel. Stir the batter quickly to take out the air.
9.Use paper towels to grease the tube pan with shortening or butter.
10. Pour the batter into the baking pan. Cover it with the towel. Let it rise for about 30 minutes, or until it has doubled again in size. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while the batter rises.
11. Remove the towel and bake the bread on the center oven rack 40-45 minutes.
12. Remove bread from the oven. Use a butter knife to loosen the bread from the sides of the pan. Turn the pan upside down to remove the bread.

If you try this recipe I hope you will enjoy it as much a we did! It is a light, moist, delicate, bread. 


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


                                                                                (source) 
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.  

Refrain:
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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Prairie Girl's Faith- Review

The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America’s great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith.

A Prairie Girl’s Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America’s most beloved pioneer women–Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls’ family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura’s faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck for anyone to survive the harshness of frontier life–from the heartbreak of sudden crop losses to murderous storms to unrelenting loneliness. This book reveals how in surviving, the brave Laura drew not just on her character, but found encouragement, strength, and hope in her relationship with God.

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A Prairie Girl's Faith by Stephen W. Hines is a beautiful look into the legacy of faith the Ingalls family instilled not only into their family, but their community. Ever since I was a child and my mom read aloud "Little House in the Big Woods" I have been a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder. When I saw this book I was fascinated and eager to learn more about this amazing lady's faith.

Mr. Hines did a great job of collecting what information he could on the topic of Mrs. Wilder's faith, but honestly there was not quite as much in depth information as I had expected. At the beginning of chapter seven Mr. Hines writes: "The reality is that Laura Ingalls Wilder was not a person who thought it necessary or appropriate to reveal her private thoughts on topics or people to the outside world. She certainly extended this attitude to her spirituality, which she definitely considered one of her most private of matters." With that said there truly wasn't as much information about Laura Ingalls Wilder's beliefs as I thought there would be. However this book was interesting and informative in many ways that I had not expected.

One chapter explores the songs mentioned in the "Little House" series and how those songs may have impacted the pioneers of that era. I was interested to learn favorite hymns of different members of the Ingalls family. In an earlier chapter the author recounts how the Ingalls family lived a great distance from town and that Sundays were spent in quiet worship at home. At that time Caroline Ingalls instructed her daughters in Scripture memorization. Throughout her life Laura always read her Bible and it was not far from her at the time of her death.

Another interesting topic covered in this books was the relationship and collaborative efforts of Laura and her daughter Rose. I had no idea that Rose had such an impact on her mother's writing career. The author also compared and contrasted the two women who shared so much in common, but were often extremely different in beliefs.

A chapter entitled "The Church Potluck" discussed the growth of the church the Ingalls were involved in starting and the tradition of potluck dinners. This chapter is filled with recipes from an old community cookbook. The recipes were submitted by notable "Little House" characters including Caroline Ingalls.

I appreciated the peek into Laura Ingalls Wilder's thoughts that her articles for "The Missouri Ruralist" provided. Excerpts from many of her articles are sprinkled throughout this book giving us a unique glimpse of her perspective on many relevant topics of her day.  

Overall A Prairie Girl's Faith was not exactly what I had expected, but a very enjoyable and informative book. The author is very knowledgeable and presents the information in a conversational manner which makes it an easy, fun read. For those who have enjoyed the "Little House" series and are interested in learning a little bit more about the woman behind the series I would definitely recommend A Prairie Girl's Faith.

*I was given a copy of A Prairie Girl's Faith by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Little House Shawl

Earlier this week I finished knitting a "Little House" shawl for my daughter. A couple of months ago I discovered this pattern and the name instantly caught my attention. As I have mentioned before Jemimah and I love "Little House".
Jemimah has been requesting a pink shawl for quite some time now. Pink is her favorite color, followed by purple. I asked her to choose the yarn from a few I found on-line and this yarn was her favorite. When the yarn arrived in the mail she was very pleased, as it is not only pink but has subtle lavender undertones.
This was my first attempt at knitting a rounded shawl. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The only tedious part of the project was casting on. Instead of casting on a few stitches at the top, as I am used to, you cast on a couple hundred stitches which forms the bottom edge. I found that casting on 50 stitches at a time and then placing a stitch marker after each group of 50 stitches helped make the process easier. I was able to count in multiples of 50 until I reached my goal.
The old shale lace edging is what makes this design special! It adds just the perfect old-fashioned touch.
I finished this shawl none too soon, as we have had our fair share of snow and cold temperatures lately. Jemimah told me that her new shawl is "comfy and cozy" which truly made my day. : )