Monday, February 8, 2016

A Lacy Heart

Hello my friends!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  We had pleasant weather and brilliant sunshine.  The sun is slanting through the window and warming us as I type.  I was able to crochet this heart doily over a few hours - it went fast!  I used KnitPicks "Curio" #10 size cotton crochet thread in Hollyberry, Natural, Cornmeal and Lichen.  The link to the pattern is available free in the post below.  Using thin thread this one came out 4 inches across.  You can use heavier thread or yarn and a larger hook for it to come out in bigger sizes.

See the cute little milk glass hobnail vase?  My BFF (best friend for life) Shirley found it at a big antique glass show last weekend and picked it up for me and gave it to me on Saturday as an early birthday gift.  Sweet!

My purple sheep Periwinkle is my official "spokes-model" now.  :-)

I just love this new little doily, it will be loved in this old farmhouse.

We had a "Sisters" lunch on Saturday.  We met at Bumper's Grill and Bar in Fairview, Oregon.  It's our "go-to" steak place.  It's funny as it's a little unassuming restaurant in an out-of-the-way place in a strip mall!  But boy do they make a great steak.  They lay the perfectly grilled steak in a little pool of bordelaise sauce and make their own twice baked potatoes.  All but one of us had the steak and all enjoyed it.

Our honorary sister Shirley brought her niece Tamara so there were five of us.

Tamara was wearing an interesting looking pair of earrings and this matching necklace.. she got it in Maui, Hawaii.. it's sea glass collected by a man there and he makes these wonderful pieces of jewelry with it.  The necklace was so neat as it had glass in aqua, lime, pink, blue, green and clear.  Loved it!

I have a busy day ahead, I'm attending my Daughters of the American Revolution meeting where I'm to give a presentation about myself and my patriots that served in the war.  Then I'm off to swim.  It will be nice to swim with the sunshine streaming across the pool.  I hope you have a fun day planned.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Friday, February 5, 2016

New Heart Inspiration

Hello my friends!  As you may be aware, this time of year I am a heart-aholic.  So.. on Facebook I started a group a few years back called "We Love Lucy II".  I am in the Ravelry group called "We Love Lucy" but I spend more time on FB so I thought.. why don't I start a group here?  WELL.. it's done well my little group and now we're up to 2,259 members!  The page is dedicated to those crafters who are inspired by Lucy at Attic25 blog fame.  To join the group on Facebook, click the link above for "We Love Lucy II" and then click on the button there to "Join Group".  I'd love to see you there and lots of wonderful crochet ideas are shared.  Which brings me to a new project that I found there.  Here is a link to the lady who created the pattern - Crochet Milan.  I had just the colors I need in KnitPicks Curio cotton thread!!  I plan to launch into this over the weekend.  

I have a big girl camera that scares me.  It's a Nikon D5100.  I was so confuzled when I tried to use it when I got it that I put it in the closet and tried not to think about it.  My first attempts at a moon shot was a big fuzzy white blob.  I got it out the other day and charged up the battery and had to try to remember HOW TO TURN IT ON.. gah.. and how to change the zoom lens to the regular one.. gah.. and how to take a photo.. GAH.. but this is one of the photos I got with it.  My lighted Valentine tableau.  

Trying out a closeup.  

And trying it out on a flower on a new orchid that Travis and Kristi got for me.  To be honest I'm not that sold on the BGC.  It's heavy as heck and I don't think these photos are any better than my pocket sized Lumix!  Oh well.  I still think I might need a Lumix middle of the road camera that has a better zoom than my pocket one.. I want better photos of the swans and the moon.  :-)

It's a swim day.. and we have no weekend plans.  How about you?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Jaunt in the Gorge and Flowers on the Farm

Hello!  Are you up for a drive in the gorge with us?  Last week when I drove to Multnomah Falls to volunteer I noted almost 200 Tundra swans were in Mirror Lake (between Rooster Rock and Crown Point) but of course I didn't have time to stop and get a photo.  Every day since I had hoped for a sunny day so I could go try to get some images to share with you.  So, yesterday was the first bright day so my long-suffering husband agreed to go with me.  :-)  The swans were gathered further east so where I pulled over on the shoulder of the freeway to see them, they were behind a lot of leafless trees - but they were right in front of the waterfall over the cliffs.  

In this photo you can see the Union Pacific train heading west towards Portland.

My zoomed in shot of these swans shows one of them with it's wings stretching and fluttering.. they are so pretty!  

It's interesting that each time I see them there are differing amounts of the swans there.  Last week there were twice as many as this week.  I wonder where they go?  Hmmm.

We then drove on to Cascade Locks.. one of my favorite places.  We decided to have lunch at the East Wind Drive-In.  Dayle walked up to the outside order window and I waited in the warm car.  :-)  This was my view from the car of the snowy forest across the street.

I love to photograph the neon sign here.  The sky was quite bright with the sun backlighting the clouds so it's not the best image.. :-)

While I waited I heard a lot of honking and looked up to see a flock of Canada geese flying low over my car to  land in the field across the street.  I hoped that none of them would feel the "need" while over my car.  LOL!

When we drove back through town I pulled over and stopped at the Indian owned fish shop to check it out and saw this gorgeous craggy tor across the street.  *SNAP*

I've wanted to go into this shop since it opened 2 years ago and this was the first time.. it won't be the last!  They even serve hot chowders inside, next time we go it will be for lunch!  Brigham Fish.  It's owned by two sisters and most of the fish sold here is locally caught by friends and family members.  Oh.. that's my dear husband there.

Here is some of the delicious looking fish for sale.   

They had smoked smelt which we bought six of and smoked salmon of many varieties of which we bought three of -- Chinook, Sockeye and Steelhead.  We will test these out later on some crackers and will let you know the results.  :-)  Hey, someone has to do the hard work here.. right?

I swung in to our favorite little park to snap a photo of the Columbia River, the Bonneville Dam is just behind the bluff on the right.  This park is right under the Bridge of the Gods.  

The bridge which takes one from Oregon to Washington and back for a fee of $1.  :-)

Back home and I saw the big patch of Snowdrops under the Pear tree - so I walked up to get a few photos.  Oh how I love these darling harbingers of Spring.

They are so aptly named.. don't they look like drops of snow?

I waked past the chicken pen and said hello to the hens.  Then I saw 3 more open blooms of the pretty Camellia we planted in front of the big maple stump in front of the chicken house.  I so look forward to seeing this bush grow, it's only 2 feet tall right now.  The flower looks rather like a tulip, doesn't it?

And look!  The Daphne flowers are budded out!  Ohhh.. can't wait until they bloom.  The most fragrant of flowers.

I'd been looking for something to hang my heart collection on and after swimming on Monday Gracie and I visited Craft Warehouse and found these fun branches with little lights on the tips!

Here is a night photo of it lit up.. I'm enjoying this immensely!  I also got some "firefly" lights to lay along the table - that room is so dark during the short days that the lights brighten up our long evenings.  

I plan to make another few of those crocheted puffed hearts like the one on top of Periwinkle my purple sheep.  When I do it I will share the pattern.  I'm off to swim with Gracie soon!  It's so fun to be able to chat with her while we swim back and forth doing our laps for an hour.  Have a great day!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Kathy's Heart, Last Booties, Thai Scarf and Two Recipes

Happy February!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I got a package in the mail from my blog friend Kathy from "Runs With Rocket" blog - she is a fabulous seamstress and made me this super gorgeous heart as a gift!  I adore it!  I think I need a "heart tree" to hang my hearts on.. don't you?  Thank you, Kathy!

Kathy works at a post office and loves cards and postcards and stamps.  She sent a card that she wrote a note in with a wonderful watercolor of Multnomah Falls Lodge.  One of the best watercolors of the lodge I've ever seen - and enclosed a blank card for me to use.  How generous!  I love it!  

We went to visit our son Shawn and his family on Saturday to hear about their trip to Phuket, Thailand.  Beth showed me photos of the wedding they attended there and a lot of the sightseeing they did.  Their hotel room was on a hillside and the whole front of it opened to a view of the ocean and their own private pool!  We sent photos from her iPad to me to post but they never showed up for some reason.  Beth brought out this gorgeous cashmere Pashmina as a gift for me - and it's just perfect with my favorite jewel tones.  Thank you, Beth!  They are continuing plans to move to Southern California.  

While we visited with them on Saturday I got one more pink bootie made and this is a photo I took of it on Sunday as I began the second bootie.  My rainbow "Lucy" bag on my lap.  I like to give credit to Lucy at Attic24 blog for inspiring me to get back into crochet and to use bright colors.  Dayle and I watched "A River Runs Through It" on TV in the afternoon.  What a wonderful movie.  

These booties are for my niece Johanna and her husband Andrew - they have a wonderful son and just welcomed a sweet little baby girl to their family.  :-)

We have had a couple really delicious meals here and I wanted to share the recipes with you.  This is an old family favorite of ours, Dayle makes them.  Sweet and Sour Meatballs over rice.  Our little grandsons gave us the thumbs up and enjoyed them immensely.

2 lbs ground beef
4 (or more) TBS bread crumbs (Italian seasoned is what Dayle uses)
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped onion
4 TBS butter
2 cans of Campbell’s condensed tomato soup
4 TBS brown sugar
8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 TBS regular yellow mustard
2 TBS vinegar
2 small cans of crushed pineapple

Directions:  Mix beef, crumbs, egg and salt together, roll into small meatballs (1 inch in diameter), brown in frying pan until cooked through, drain on paper towel. 

Cook the green pepper and onion in butter until tender, stir in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes, add the meatballs into the sauce and pour all into a shallow baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  While it is baking, cook 2 cups (raw) rice, and to serve the meatballs over the rice.  Ladle the crushed pineapple over the top for the final touch.

Yesterday Kristi tried out a new recipe in her sheet pan dinners cookbook and it was a huge hit so I thought I'd share this recipe too.  YUM!

Honey-Orange Shrimp with Baby Bok Choy

1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
1 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp hot sauce
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil cooking spray
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp soy sauce
pinch of red pepper flakes (I didn't use)
1lb baby bok choy, sliced lengthwise in quarters

1. Place the shrimp, orange zest, 1/4 cup of the orange juice, the olive oil, hot sauce, mustard, and garlic in a medium sized bowl or gallon size ziploc bag, and toss to combine (or seal bag and shake gently). Cover the bowl and marinate the shrimp in refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees with the rack in the center position. Mist a sheet pan with cooking spray.

3. Whisk together the butter, honey, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and the remaining 3 tbsp orange juice in a small bowl. Place the bok choy on the sheet pan, drizzle with the dressing, and toss to coat. Spread out the bok choy in a single layer.

4. Roast the bok choy, rotating the pan halfway through, until it starts to brown and sauce begins to thicken, about 25 minutes.

5. Add the shrimp and it's marinade to the pan in a single layer over the bok choy, and roast until the shrimp are bright pink and just cooked through, an additional 8 to 10 minutes.

Well.. a new day, a new week and a new month.  I'm off to swim soon.  What's new with you?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)  

Friday, January 29, 2016

Falls, Blue Booties, Hearts and a Baby

I volunteered at Multnomah Falls yesterday with my BFF Shirley.  We've had a lot of rain lately and the Falls was RoArInG!  When I went out to get some espresso for Shirley and I, after putting in the order at the coffee cart I walked up towards the Falls to snap a photo and to just enjoy watching the water rush down the cliff and over the rocks.  When it's high flow, there are 7500 gallons PER SECOND going over.  

I got this shot from the volunteer parking area which gives you a different perspective.  It's on the other side of Multnomah Creek which was also rushing and deep.

Benson Bridge... see the massive amount of water behind it?

I zoomed in to the top of the Falls.. roar!

The water coming over from the first pool.

This is the other side of the creek.. there is a big patch of lime green lichen which I love seeing.  I tried to show you how much moss covers the trees and branches, too. 

I took my blue booties to work on and I was happy to finish the 2nd one.  These are for my son's friend at work, the one who took him Salmon fishing.  He and his wife had their first child, a boy.  I was able to send them to work with Travis today.  I hope they like them.  

Done.. woohoo.  Now I have a pair of pink booties to do and the baby boom is over in my life.. for now.  :-)

My cousin Nancy received the booties I sent to Texas and delivered them to her youngest daughter for her first baby.. and she sent me this photo.  They seem to fit just right with a bit of room for growth.  Sweet!

I found two more hearts that were given to me by two blogger friends, the one on the left is from Helen Philipps who is a wonderful crafter and author of several books.  The one on the right is from my friend and swimming partner Gracie.  Both hearts hang all year on my grandfather clock and TV stand.  

One of the other local bloggers and friend, Kathy, from Running With Rocket blog, was in Hawaii and had a giveaway contest which I won and look at this big bag of Macadamia nuts she sent!  NUMMMERS!  Thanks, Kathy!

And look what greeted me this morning!  Kristi brought home this bromeliad!  It's just starting to open and should be very impressive when it is all pouffy!

A pretty color, isn't it?

 It's a swimming day.  I'll be on my own as Gracie has things to do.  I hope it's not too crowded!  My blog friend Anne in England has started to swim, good for you, Anne!  I hope you love it.  I hope you have a great weekend.  We're going to visit our older son on Saturday because their flight was delayed last week and we had to go home before they arrived.  Do you have any fun plans?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)