Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Safe and Sound in a Storm by the Sea

Yesterday we packed our clothes and collected up everything we thought we might need for a week by the sea in our trailer/caravan.  We pulled out in the early afternoon and headed south and west to the Pacific Ocean.  Almost 3 hours on the road and we pulled in to Sea and Sand RV Park.  I helped Dayle back in giving hand signals and the poor guy had to do all the hookups when a big squall hit with a lot of wind and rain.  The dog and I were safely inside and I was running out the slide-outs and tidying up and getting things organized.  Yes, it's stormy here, but we don't mind.  We can hear the roar of the ocean and the rain on the windows and roof and we're cozy and warm inside.  The waves are bigger than we've ever seen in our years of coming here.  Those rocks you see there are 30 feet from our door and the ocean is crashing at the rock wall below.  This is seaside living, folks. :-)  

We braved the weather to find a hot bowl of chowder at the Dory Cove restaurant north of here - then we went to the grocery store to get some things.  I have been craving homemade potato salad just like my mom made - so we got potatoes, and the rest of the ingredients.  This is after we returned - I lit candles and we enjoyed watching TV and listening to the storm wail outside.

We recently got Buddy a new bed.  The old one was too big and he only used 1/3 of it.  This one has a cozy little nest in the bottom all lined with fake fur.  He loves it and he just fits!

We've just been relaxing today - recovering from all the hoo-ha of packing and getting here!  I have my books in a basket on the table ready for me to read.

Our two easy chairs.  Mine is on the right and you can see some baskets of crocheting by the side of it.  :-)  Of course my MacBook and iPad are handy.

Here is Dayle in his "nest".. the sofa with the TV right there and his MacBook on his lap.

And so this afternoon I made Mom's potato salad!  Now - I think everyone has a totally different idea of how you should make potato salad.  I think it's fascinating!  I believe it's a very American dish, but then I don't know if it's made in other countries or not.  Can you tell me?  I made this with Yukon gold potatoes, boiled skin on.. when I cooled them and cut them I tried to pull most of the skin off but wasn't too worried if some stayed on.  I chopped 1/3 of an onion in small bits, the center of a stalk of celery, including the leaves on top which I find very tasty, 6 small sweet pickles minced, chopped 8 Easter eggs.. (lol).. and then put a big spoon or two of mayonnaise, a good squirt of yellow mustard and some of the pickle juice, salt and pepper and stirred it up.  Dayle grilled some of our Easter ham to go with it for lunch.  It was deLISHus!  

Okey dokey - we're off to get a weeks worth of medications that I forgot at home.  Thank heavens, after 4 phone calls to my doctor's office, they finally called it in for me.  Then to do a bit more shopping of things we need and possibly some later dinner out.  Remember to tell me if you make potato salad and how you do it.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Monday, April 21, 2014

An Eggs-Citing Day

The Easter Bunny came to the farm for a visit.  :-)  We had a great day yesterday.  It was a miracle that it was dry all day.. it's been rainy for several days.  We were enjoying seeing the boys hunt for Easter eggs around the farm and then Kristi pointed out a wild bunny up by the old apple tree.  Travis grabbed my camera and snuck up closer to it and got this shot.  How appropriate for the day, eh?

Can you see all the eggs?

There were eggs up in the lilac bushes and on the ground and on car bumpers.  :-)

Caleb is finding eggs in the dark purple lilac!

Meanwhile grandma is walking about checking on the flora of the farm.. more Star of Bethlehem bloomed!

Right under the white lilac which is finally opening!  I took a big whiff.. ::heaven::!

Can you believe that this is the only blossom on my one dark purple bush?  ONE!?

This white bluebell hides behind the pink rosebud azalea.. my son bushwhacked through the honeysuckle to get this photo for his mama.  Aww.. good boy.

The boys found ALL the eggs.. we hope.  Two bags full!  Funny little faces.. the the sun was blinding them.  :-)  Caleb had an itch next to his nose.  LOL!

 Hayden had fun taking all the jelly beans and toy soldiers out of the plastic eggs.

In my garden walk I saw how beautiful my white edged Hosta was looking as it emerges from it's winter nap.

My Bleeding Heart is still looking gorgeous.

A fern I planted by the creek comes back every year, lacy and green.

My daughter sent me a pair of gorgeous English antique oak barley twist candlesticks for my birthday.  I've admired these kind of candlesticks for a long long time, so I'm just thrilled with this gift from my daughter.. thank you, Amy!

I found my bottle of lemon oil and beeswax furniture polish and gave them a good rubbing with the nourishing substance and they just glowed!

The oak is beautiful!

I forgot to show you the neat vintage crocheted hot pad I found at the flea market in Amish country that my daughter and I found.  It's a beauty!  Maybe this will be the beginning of a collection?  :-)

Our Easter dinner was a success!  We made a red currant glazed ham, I tried a new recipe for what we call "scalloped potatoes" - this is the French version  - Gratin Dauphinois - and boy did they come out eggs-cellent!  Also new to our dinner were these baby yellow, green and zucchini squash.  They are DELISH!  

First put 2 pints of heavy cream in a saucepan to slowly heat until it's steaming hot, but don't boil.  Peel and crush 5 garlic cloves and drop them in the warming cream, along with several sprigs of fresh thyme.   Butter a baking dish, slice Yukon gold (or any kind) potatoes thinly, put one layer of potatoes on the bottom of an oblong baking pan, grate Gruyere cheese over the first layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add the second layer of sliced potatoes, salt and pepper and the rest of the Gruyere cheese.  When the cream begins to steam, pour the cream over the potatoes (don't pour the big chunks of crushed garlic in the potatoes) - I stuck the springs of fresh thyme down into the edge of the pan on both ends to further flavor the dish.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (until potatoes are tender), then uncover and let the top brown.  Things I forgot to do with this is - I had some green onions that I was going to add to the center layer.. and I was going to try grating some nutmeg in the middle and smoked paprika on top.  I forgot all those things but it still turned out c'est magnifique!

Kristi made some really fun cupcakes for dessert!  They had Peeps on top and under the Peeps were some chocolate eggs!  :-)

I just had to show you the boys with the eggs Kristi and they dyed for the egg hunt.  After the hunt K made a nice platter of deviled eggs for us to share!  

I hope you had a nice day yesterday, whether you celebrate or not.  Spring itself is worth celebrating!  We're off to the beach tomorrow.. I'll be popping up from there on my next post.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

Hello there, thanks for stopping by!  I was looking through my crochet pattern and photo file on my MacBook and came across a pattern I found last year but never got around to making.  So, I grabbed my hot pink cotton yarn and made this little cutie!  

I need to go look in my yarn stash for some bright yellow!  Doesn't he look cute with my crochet eggs?

I definitely need more bunny peeps to keep this one company!

You can get this fabulously well written pattern HERE.

We saw a flower vendor on the side of the road from the Costco parking lot on Thursday so when we left I pulled up and Dayle hopped out of the car and bought a bouquet for the Easter table.  This is a super double tulip, have you ever seen one like this?

What drew me to this bouquet is the Stargazer Lily - 3 of them.  This is our wedding flower and I love them.

There are also some bright red regular tulips.. I just love taking a close up of the center of a tulip.

The last shot of my tablescape.. I'll have to move all the cute stuff to make room for 10 of us at the table.. and a ham and I'm trying a new recipe for the potatoes.  Sue, at Mrs. Micawber's blog left a comment on my blog post when I said I was making scalloped potatoes for Easter dinner - she said she'd just made Gratin Dauphinoise, which she figured was much like my recipe.  So, I googled what she made and am going to try this French dish!  Wish me luck!

I got a container of Jelly Belly eggs at Costco to fill the eggs for our egg hunt.  There are many leftover, for us adults!

We leave for a week at the beach in 3 days - I'm taking these books to read while we're gone.  The Caravan book I got after seeing it on Lucy's blog.  It will stay in our trailer/caravan for visitors to look through.  I was inspired by Jennifer at Thistlebear blog to get the book "Make the Bread, Buy the Butter" cookbook.  The center book was written about the local Oregon tribes.  Fun reads!  On my iPad I'm reading "Astoria" by Peter Stark.  Good read!

This is a cute book!

This tells you what is sensible to buy, and what you can make at home easier and cheaper.

My people!  I'm part Native American.. Cherokee.. my great great great grandfather married an Indian woman in Oklahoma - he was McAlister - Scottish.  :-)

OK, hubby and I are off to try a BBQ place, Dave's Famous BBQ - and then we have to pick up some gruyere cheese, heavy cream and green onions for my Easter dinner potatoes.  

Have a wonderful day tomorrow, I look forward to hearing from you how you celebrate this special holiday.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oregon Spring and Crochet Egg Pattern

Hello!  Thanks for visiting!  I hope you're seeing some sun where you are -- we're in a spate of cloudy and rainy days.  It's okay, though.. as Spring is still "opening up" around the farm here.  So, I did a walkabout and snapped a few shots of the garden action.  Here is a yellow Azaleas just ready to pop open!

My white lilac is bursting to open.. but I think it put blooming on hiatus until the sun comes back. :-)

This is my pink and droopy bell shaped Rhododendron.  :-)

The red rhodie in on the edge of the woods on the east side of our front yard.

I turned towards the NW and loved the red azalea.  It's so trusty, always puts on a bright show each Spring.

The barn peeking through the black bamboo and pale yellow rhody.

Last year I had tons of these Star of Bethlehem, but this year?  ONE!

I'm quite disappointed in my lilacs this year!  My old classic lavender lilac only has blooms on the very top.  Oh honey.. ummm.. can you get the ladder and cut me a big bouquet?  I admit, we trimmed the 4 lilacs behind the roses and I think they're mad.  That and I've been told that lilacs only bloom on 2nd year wood.  

Lilacs and rhododendrons.. Spring on the farm.  The lilacs are not open yet.. soon.. soon..

The pond.  We're going to inquire with the people who installed our creek, 4 waterfalls and pond to see about enlarging it - now that we removed the huge weeping Birch tree which kept us from making it bigger when we put it in 10 years ago.

Look what Caleb brought in to show me?  Oh yay.  Thank you.  How nice.  Now take it back outside!  :-)

Here is the Sandy River which I feel is a part of me now as I've been driving by it to go to "town".  During the winter it runs pretty muddy with all the snow and rain.  I just love it when it starts to run clean and clear.  See the rocks on the bottom?

Looking up-river.... this river begins at Mt. Hood.. how cool is that?

OK.. now to crochet eggs.  My 3 newest ones are the variegated blue one in the egg holder from the cotton yarn that Betsy gave me, the big pink one at the bottom of the glass hurricane and the organic cotton, unbleached white one - from Blue Sky alpaca - from WEBS online store.

I really like the spotted look of the ones made with variegated yarn.

I've added the pattern at the bottom.  My beloved sterling silver G hook for amigurami crocheting.  Made by Celtic Swan - my friends in the San Juan Islands of WA.

I love these crocheted eggs!  I just found a new Easter pattern that I'm excited to try.. it's a surprise until I get at least one made.  You're going to love it!!  I'll say goodbye now as we're heading to Costco soon to get a nice ham and some potatoes to make scalloped potatoes.  Read on below for the egg pattern.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


*F hook
*Worsted Weight Yarn, (I suggest cotton as it makes a more natural looking egg.)
*Fiber Fill
*Stitch Marker
*Yarn Needle

Notes: Pattern is worked in the round so there is not joining or turning. You work around and around in a spiral. It helps to use a stitch marker to help keep your place

Ch 2
Rnd 1 – work 8sc in 2nd ch from hk. (8)
Rnd 2 – (sc in next 3, 2sc in next) around. (10)
Rnd 3 – (sc in next 4, 2sc in next) around. (12)
Rnd 4 – (sc in next 2, 2sc in next) around. (16)
Rnd 5 – (sc in next 3, 2sc in next) around. (20)
Rnd 6 – sc in each st around. (20)
Rnd 7 – (sc in next 4, 2sc in next) around. (24)
Rnd 8 – sc in each st around. (24)
Rnd 9 – (sc in next 10, sc2tog) around. (22)
Rnd 10 – (sc in next 9, sc2tog) around. (20)
Rnd 11 – (sc in next 8, sc2tog) around. (18)
Rnd 12 – (sc in next, sc2tog) around. (12)
Firmly stuff your little egg now Note: How you stuff these eggs has a lot to do with how they look when your done so take your time and stuff with care.
Rnd 13 – sc2tog around until little hole closes