Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Lamb, Egg Holder & Crochet Cloth

Hello!  Have any bunnies hopped into your house this week? :-)  I was over visiting Helen's blog and saw she had some cute cotton eggs in an egg holder and a lightbulb went off over my head and I remembered that I wanted to use my wooden egg holder to put my crocheted eggs in amidst my Easter decorations.  So I hopped up and put the eggs in it and it looks so cute!  

I just love Easter decorations!

Have you tried crocheting Easter eggs?  They are fun and fast.

Here is my new lamb.. I got it in Berlin, OH in Amish country in a gift shop.  I've seen lots of white lambs but never a brown one, it was one of the few souvenirs I got from my trip there, the others are my basket and some hand-dipped candles.  Meredith -- my lamb is saying hello to Baa Baa.. and Gracie -- he's waving to your baby lambs.  :-)

My small orchid is still blooming so beautifully!!

Orchids amaze me.

I finished the dishcloth I saw on Pammy Sue's blog.  I'm trying another cloth design now but it's not looking so good so far.  We'll see.  By the way, I have a correction from my last blog post -- the yarn was a gift from Betsy!

While I was visiting my daughter Amy, she made these healthy muffins for our breakfast, she gave me the recipe and I made them day before yesterday.  What a great way to start the day!  They have oats, applesauce, wheat flour, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, milk, etc.

Well, I'm off for a "Girls Lunch" with my sisters and friend Shirley!  Enjoy your week!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins. You can double this recipe because they freeze so well!

               1 cup rolled/old-fashioned oats
               1 cup unsweetened applesauce
               1/2 cup milk
               1 large egg
               1 teaspoon vanilla
               4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
               1/3 cup sugar
               3/4 cup whole wheat flour
               1 teaspoon baking powder
               1/2 teaspoon baking soda
               1 teaspoon cinnamon
               1/4 teaspoon salt
               1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins, optional

1.           Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or grease the muffin cups. Set aside..
2.           In a medium bowl, stir together the oatmeal, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, butter and sugar. Set aside.
3.           In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt (and cranberries or raisins if using). Make a well in the center and pour in the applesauce mixture. Stir until just combined (don't overmix or the muffins will be dense and dry). The muffin batter texture might be a bit different (wetter?) than other muffin batters but no fear, carry on!
4.           Distribute the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don't overbake or the muffins will be dry.

Remove the muffins to a rack to cool completely. Once cool, place 6-9 muffins in a large freezer Ziploc bag and seal the bag, then freeze.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Different Perspectives

Hello my friend, thanks for taking the time to pop in for a visit!  I was away at my daughter's house for 2 weeks in Ohio and almost missed the Trillium bloom!  I saw this outside in the woods off our master bedroom and Dayle held the screen door open while I zoomed in and snapped this pretty bloom.  

Then I got this shot of our "woods".  Looks like there is a small tree down, hubby will get that with his tractor and haul it to the burn pile in the pasture.  These are Cedar and Douglas Fir trees along with some deciduous trees such as wild cherry, alder and vine maple.  When this farmhouse was built in 1906, farmers always had a wood lot for harvesting trees for firewood.  This little forest also protects the house from the east winds that wreak havoc out here in the Columbia River Gorge.

My blog title today is "Different Perspectives" - so this shot shows our house and barn from the woods.

This is from the top of our "water feature" (what an awful name for a creek, waterfalls and pond!).  When we were adding some garden sculptures to our backyard, Dayle picked out a Chinese Warrior which protects the stream from the top.  I picked out an Art Nouveau lady down below.  

Yesterday I drove down to Rooster Rock to attend a meeting for the Friends of Vista House.  After the meeting I drove around the park looking for something fun to photograph and look what I found!  The Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge, heading upriver to Cascade Locks!

Then I drove down to the boat launch area and got this fun shot of Rooster Rock with the blooming wild cherry trees and the new green leaves of the cottonwoods and alders.  To give you perspective, those are people on a dock in the lower left hand corner of this photo.  :-)  A different "perspective" of Rooster Rock than I usually show you, eh?

When I drove east in the park to leave I saw the sternwheeler steaming along, showing you the paddle wheel at work driving the boat.  

Then I drove to the east end of the park to show you a different perspective of Vista House from below - quite the stone cliff isn't it?  The Vista House sits 733 feet high.

Zoom up to VH!  Hello people!

Now I just had to share this cute photo of Dayle and Hayden when we took him out to dinner the the other night when the kids took Caleb to school to register him.  Dayle and Hayden were discussing the American Flag flying across the street.  :-)

An important part of being a grandparent is making sure your grandsons get a LOT of ice cream, with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and sprinkles.  Does he look happy?  :-)

Then last night we had both boys while the kids did some errands.  We took them to a Japanese restaurant and then through the car wash, filled my car with gas, got a bag of dog food, stopped at a bakery to get some.. um.. stuff for the boys.  :-)  Then Grandpa suggested we stop at the Dairy Queen for a cone.  Caleb knows how to enjoy ice cream. :-)  After that he wanted a cheeseburger, so grandpa got two in case Hayden wanted one - which he didn't so Caleb had two cheeseburgers for.. "dessert".  LOL!

My "big boy" Hayden.  

I think they're tired out, what do you think?  They get their brown eyes from me.  :-D

Pammy Sue posted some photos of some wash cloths she'd done - so I printed up the pattern and started my own - with the yarn gifted to me by my blog friend Betsy!!  And this is why I love blogging!  

It's an absolutely STUNNING day here in our part of Oregon!  I think we'll have lunch on the deck and enjoy the sound of the water falling.  I need to wash up the table and lay a table cloth.  Hmm.. maybe some crocheting by the pond?  Dayle is going to wash the "caravan" for our trip to the beach for my birthday soon.  I hope this weather holds!  I might take pen and paper out to the deck so I can start making lists of things we need for our trip.  I hope you have a super week ahead of you!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gorge-ous Day

Hello my friends!  Thanks for stopping in.  I volunteered at Multnomah Falls yesterday with my sister Denise.  It was a gorgeous day and we had a nice busy day with plenty of visitors.  I actually snapped this photo before I got in my car to head home.  It's not the best shot of the falls but you can see how everything is greening up.

See all the new green leaves coming out?  Yay!  I'm not a fan of the black naked trees of winter.

My little place where I'm almost onto the freeway to head home.. where the sun sparkles off the river on pretty days.  :-)

I pulled into the farm and asked Dayle and the boys if they'd like to ride with me up to Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint to see the view on this fine day so they hopped in my Explorer and off we went heading East for the approx. 5 mile drive to the point.  I wheeled over in front of Corbett School to get a shot of the view of Mt. Hood we have from Corbett.  :-)

A beautiful warm day.. a nice long shot of Vista House and the Columbia River Gorge with the new Spring green of the new leaves.

Closer.  See Beacon Rock?  And Bonneville Dam?  The land on the left of the river is Washington State, on the right.. Oregon.

Zoooooming in with my little Lumix camera.  You can even see the people sitting on the steps enjoying the warmth and the view!

Backing out a bit.. I like this shot.

Oh lookie.. the moon is out.

They have made some headway on repairing the burned roof of the Viewpoint Inn.. but it's far from being weather tight.. the roof is just boards, no shingles, so the rain continues to pour in.  Dreadful owners are not taking care of this poor historic inn.  :-(

The boys ran and ran up and down the sidewalk here and had a blast!  I asked them to hop up on the wall so grandma could get a photo.  My boys.

Zooming down for a shot of Rooster Rock.

I thought you might like to see a shot of the barges pushed by tugboats that ply the river taking goods back and forth.  They bring huge loads of wheat down the river to Portland from the wheat farms in the eastern side of Oregon.

I'm heading off soon to meet Gracie for our swimming workout at LA Fitness.  It's another GORGE-OUS DAY!  Have a wonderful Easter weekend!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Home Sweet Home

I arrived home yesterday after a sleepless night in a hotel and getting up at 4:30 am and catching a 5:30 am shuttle to the Cincinnati Airport.  I flew 2 1/2 hours to Denver, had a 2 1/2 hour layover and flew another 2.5 hour flight to Portland and landed around 2 pm.  I loved seeing my daughter and family - but I was ready to be back in my own bed and my own easy chair! :-)  Dayle had had trouble sleeping the whole time I was gone - so we both headed to bed at 9 pm.  He finally slept well and I got caught up on my lack of sleep too.  I'm feeling halfway normal! :-)  I went out to see how our garden had changed since I left and found my Bleeding Heart in early bloom!  I love these so much!

The fish are happy and the koi are getting so big!

This plant is called Mahonia in most places, but those in Oregon who thought they were quite clever re-named it "Oregon Grape" and it's our state flower.  :-)  Ours is in full bloom!

I was quite worried that my lilacs would bloom while I was gone.. but they waited.  This is my white lilac, next to the white azalea.

Here are the blooms on the Silver Dollar or Honesty plant.  Have you seen the pretty silver dollars that come from these plants?

This is one of the first Rhododendrons to bloom.. the buds are pretty pink but it opens to a pale pale yellow white bloom.  I was shocked to see the normally glossy dark green leaves all spotty - our blizzard and subsequent ice storm played havoc with our garden.

The flower below is called a "Double Flowered Japanese Rose - Kerria Japonica Pleniflora" - I didn't know what this was for years.  Good old Google.  They are small, about the size of a silver dollar!

When I left 2 weeks ago, nothing had bloomed - here is a wild cherry tree next to the weeping Birch all covered with tiny new leaves.

Is there anything as lovely as looking up into a tree full of fragrant cherry blossoms on a cloudless sunny day with the sky the color of blue like this one?

Oh pretty!  The birds love all the wild cherries on these trees.. we have a lot of them on the farm here.  All bird planted.

Spring on the farm in the Oregon countryside.  This is our lower field filled with dandelions, we also have an upper pasture and our little forest to the left of the house.

I then walked across the horseshoe driveway and snapped a shot of my red azalea as it begins to open up.

One of the last blooms on the Star Magnolia.  

These are wild bleeding hearts that live under the star magnolia.

Things are greening up in the garden!  See the new red leaves coming on the Japanese Maple?  The blue fountain bamboo has some work to do to shed it's yellowed leaves and sprout fresh new green ones.  The fish are happy that it's warming up!

Then I took off the old tablecloth, scrubbed the table, laid the Easter tablecloth and then went hunting for me Easter decor.  It was kind of funny, Kristi looked, Dayle looked (in my "creative space") and then I looked and after looking EVERYWHERE I finally found it near the door in a bag.  I had the little china bunnies on, they were in the china cabinet.  And of course my Maggie Maria, my bunny I made from Alicia Paulson's designs - speaking of which, Alicia is working on some new designs, she has the Mouse on her blog today.  I think I want the FOX!  I need a boy for my girl bunny.  Click HERE to visit Alicia's blog.

Here is my basket of hand crocheted Easter eggs, on top is the cute little yellow egg my blog friend from England made and sent to me.  Here name is Lucy.  She doesn't blog much anymore and I miss her fun sense of humor.

In fact, I sent Lucy 2 glass egg cups just like these.  I found a set of 4 of these and kept two and sent her two.  

My adored Maggie Maria.  I knitted her dress.  I want to make her a pearl necklace and crochet a tiny magenta flower for her dress waistline.

It was a gorgeous day so I opened the front and back doors and the kitchen window.  

The hens gave us some eggs.  My Cuckoo Maran - "Hershey" is laying well!  She gives us the chocolate colored eggs.

Well, I must bid you adieu as we're taking 6 year old Hayden out to dinner with us while our son and his wife take 5 year old Caleb to sign him up for kindergarten.  I hope your week is going well!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)