Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas


Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas.

May sweet songs fill your hearts, ....


the star in the sky guide your way, ...


and fresh buds of hopeful beginnings be yours as we look toward the new year.

Thank you for your kind comments through the year and for following my little blog.  You are appreciated.

Merry Christmas,
Heather

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Luke 2:14

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Heavenly Peanut Butter Fudge



It's that time of year for treats that are really bad for you, but taste...
oh... so... good.

One of our family's traditional delights comes in the form of fudge.

Not just any fudge, 
not your typical confection...

This is creamy, melt-in-your mouth, heavenly fudge.

Peanut butter to be exact.

While the recipe isn't mine, it's one I've "adopted" as my own and have been making it annually for at least 14 years.

If you follow the directions as written, you'll be rewarded with a splendid, almost supernatural concoction...

and your family will bow at your feet.

I'm just kidding
(but, they might.)

:-)

from All Recipes by Janet Awaldt

4 cups white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1 (16 ounce) jar peanut butter (I use creamy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1.  Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

2.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, brown sugar, butter and evaporated milk.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 7 minutes.  Remove from heat; stir in marshmallow creme until well incorporated and melted.  Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth; spread in prepared pan.  Let cool before cutting into squares.


Note:  My experience in making this is that once you remove it from the heat, you have to mix in the additional ingredients quickly (in the ordered outlined in the recipe of course).

Enjoy!
Heather

P.S.  Did I mention that it is rich?  But, all that sugar in the recipe didn't give that away.
:-)


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Everyday Centerpiece


I recently started following a new-to-me blog called On Sutton Place.  
She had a neat idea posted today for an evergreen centerpiece.  

I thought to myself, I've got some wild cedar trees growing in our yard...
I'll go out with the rose clippers and trim off a few branches when I take "Blackie" out for her morning constitutional.

Blackie says, "Hi".
P.S.  Her nose is dirty from "rooting" around in the grass.  Not sure what she thinks she is going to find, but it's one of her favorite past-times.

So, I cut some cedar...
found a pottery pitcher in the cupboard...
and went to town.


As I cut the branches, the cedar scent really started to fill the room.


It didn't take 10 minutes...


and I had a pretty (and free) table top arrangement.

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery....

Hope your day is cheery and bright.

Heather

P.S.  Thanks for your nice comments on dear son.  Hopefully his queasy stomach will pass soon and he'll be feeling better for Christmas.

  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mid-Week


It's Wednesday and time again for a yarn along update.

I finally got the new Jan Karon book from the library.  From what people have been saying, it's one of the best in her Mitford Series.  


The scarf is coming along and I'm doing a few rows here and there as time allows.  

Dear son got sick in the middle of our math lesson today.  He's resting on the sofa now.  He kept down some Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup and saltines.  I hope it's just a 24 hour thing.  He says he feels better already.  
I'm not feeling 100% now, but am hoping it's just sympathy pangs.

The house across the street is having an open house today.  Kind of strange to be holding an open house in the middle of the week.  There were two different cars there along with the realtor's car.  Hopefully it will sell and our neighbor will get a good price.  

Not much else going on.  Gifts to wrap, cookies to bake and a nice break starting on Saturday.

Hope your Christmas planning and preparing is going well.

Don't forget the reason for the season!


Merry Christmas,
Heather

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon his shoulder:  and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Yarning Along


The clouds are hanging low in the sky today and the overall color is gray.  It's not quite cold enough to snow, so we'll likely get some rain at some point.  I'd much rather see some of the fluffy white stuff falling from those clouds.  
_ _ _

I started another scarf.


It's my "At First Frost Scarf" that I wrote about earlier in the week.  
I'm going to block this one a bit more once it's complete.  I'll see if I can get the stitch pattern to really pop.  
I'm using the same brand of yarn, but in a different colorway.  It's a blue/lavender called Mineral Heather.  This scarf is for my sister.  I already told her about it, so it isn't a surprise.  
_ _ _

On the reading front, ...


I'm in 4th grade short stories with dear son.  
Most of the stories have two or three chapters, with some being more interesting that others.  

The curriculum has started to introduce stories on WWII.  Last week we read a story about a man who lived in Hungary during the war.  He and his family escaped toward the end of the war and eventually came to America.  It was interesting and opened up a good dialog between dear son and me.  

I'm also reading ODB on the Kindle.  I like to sit in my favorite chair in the family room with my first cup of coffee and read this each day.  


I hope whatever you are reading, or project you are working on brings some simple pleasures to your day.

Blessings,

Heather

I'm linking up with Ginny at Small Things for her weekly Yarn Along.  



Monday, December 8, 2014

First Frost Scarf



I finished up the scarf I was working on.  I know, I know, it took me a really long time to finish it.

I ran out of yarn, so it isn't as long as I would have liked, but it works well with a short-waisted jacket.




I had hubby take a few photos.  
In hind sight, I should have put on some lipstick (and lost 20 lbs).  

:-)

I started another scarf in the same pattern and will get some better pictures (close-ups) once that is complete.  In the meantime, I've posted my pattern below.  I tested it several times myself, but if you come across an error, or have any questions, please e-mail me or leave me a comment.


At First Frost Scarf Detail

At First Frost Scarf

Materials

*  3 - 50g balls of fingering weight yarn (I used Knit Picks Palette in Verdant Heather; 100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 231yds/50g)
*  E/4 (3.5mm) Hook
*  Blunt-End Needle for Weaving in Ends


Finished Size:  ?? x ?? (ran out of yarn, will post size of next one)


Skill Level:  Easy


Special Stitches Used:  

Shell - 5 dc in one stitch


Notes

*  Ch 1 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch.
*  Ch 3 at beginning of row counts as a dc.
*  Ch 4 at beginning of row counts as a dc, ch-1.
*  [  ] Repeat across row number of times indicated.



Directions

Ch 51

Row 1 -(WS) sc in 7th ch from hook, [sk 2 ch, shell in next ch, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch] 4 times across, sk 2 ch, shell in next ch, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2 -(RS) ch 1 (see notes), sc in 1st dc, [sk next sc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, sk next sc, sc in ch-3 sp] 4 times across, sk next sc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, sk next sc, sc in top of tch, turn.

Row 3 -ch 3 (see notes), 2 dc in 1st sc, [sk 2 dc, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, sk 2 dc, shell in next sc] 4 times across, sk 2 dc, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, sk 2 dc, 3 dc in last sc, turn.

Row 4 -sc in 1st dc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, sk next sc, sc in ch-3 sp, [sk next sc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp] 4 times across, sk next sc, dc in next 2 dc, ch 3, sc in top of tch, turn.

Row 5 -ch 4 (see notes), [sc in ch-3 sp, sk 2 dc, shell in next sc, sk 2 dc, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc] 4 times across, sc in ch-3 sp, sk 2 dc, shell in next sc, sk 2 dc, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 1, dc in last sc, turn.


Repeat Rows 2 - 5 to desired length.

Fasten off.


Finishing

Weave in ends
Lightly block if desired


Abbreviations

beg..... begin/beginning
ch........ chain stitch
ch-....... refers to chain or space previously made (i.e. ch-1 space)
ch sp... chain space
cm....... centimeter(s)
dc....... double crochet
g......... grams
lp(s)..... loops(s)
mm...... millimeter(s)
oz........ ounce(s)
rem...... remain/remaining
rep...... repeat(s)
RS....... right side
sc........ single crochet
sk........ skip(ped)
sl st..... slip stitch
sp(s).... space(s)
st(s)..... stitch(es)
WS...... wrong side
yd(s).... yard(s)
yo....... yarn over

Copyright © 2014 At Home on the Meadows - Heather Prusia / Heather's Crochet - All Rights Reserved

P.S.  Providing a link to the yarn for reference only; I am not an affiliate.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Quiet Tuesday in December


Thanksgiving is over and most of the leftovers have been ate (eaten).  
I think it depends on where you reside in the ole US of A.  

Friday, we spent the day taking down all our fall decorations and getting out the boxes of Christmas goodies from the basement.

The tree is up and the decorations have been hung (and adjusted).  

The "boys" just don't get that you can't hang three green bulbs right next to each other.

:-)


Please ignore the fact that we have been in our house for eight months and still don't have window coverings in our family room. 

Last year all our Christmas things were in storage, so it was fun to get out the familiar decorations and put them around the house.


We got back to school yesterday and the day was a tumultuous whirlwind.  Getting back into multiplication word problems, phonetic intricacies of spelling words and the study of magnetic force can be a little rough on a 4th grader (and his mother) after a nice five day break.

But, I'm glad to report that today has been so much more peaceful and the seas more calm.  

And life, or the music, plays on.  


We are settling into one of my favorite times of the year now.  

For me, Christmas is a time for reflecting on my faith and spending precious time with my family.  My husband reminded me just last week, "In nine years, once DS goes away to school, it will just be you and me rattling around in this house."

I'll think about that another day.

Hugs,
Heather




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"B" Day; aka Baking Day


The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally set aside for baking and today has been no exception.

Hubby and I were up early having a cup of coffee and chatting before the day began.  Dear son gets up around 7:30 a.m., so it's always nice to get a little one-on-one time with the hubster before the day begins.

I made four pies today.  I made two pumpkin...


a pecan and a custard.


I tried a new recipe for the custard pie this year.  The one I usually make gets mixed reviews, so I thought I'd try another.  We'll see how it turned out tomorrow.

I also have dinner roll dough rising and once that doubles, I'll start making the rolls.  I'm making my great grandmother's "Wonderful Dinner Roll" recipe.  I usually use my bread machine to make dinner rolls, but it's been steadily losing settings.  The only setting that works on it now is the pizza dough setting.  A new machine is on the horizon; hopefully early next year.

Hubby brought me a pretty Thanksgiving bouquet.  I've been enjoying it on the buffet and will move it to the dining room tomorrow.


I like to use a folder to organize the recipes I'm using for the holiday.  It's the secretary coming out in me.  You don't spend more than 25 years doing something and not retain some of your former habits.

:-)

Last year, at this time, we were in the freezing apartment.  I'm so glad we are out of the apartment and settling into our new home.  I feel blessed with the gifts God has given me.  "...my cup runneth over."

With all that is going on in the world today, I leave you with a wish for a peaceful day tomorrow.  
A peace which passeth all understanding.

Thanksgiving blessings,

Heather

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Snow, Etc.


It isn't Buffalo...

but, we had our first significant snowfall of the season this past Monday.  It was looking a lot like a Thomas Kincade painting in our neck of the woods.  

It was a nice taste of winter.  This was my view off the front porch.  So pretty in the early morning light.  

Dear son played outside after our school day and "Blackie" bounded through the snow like a reindeer.

Have I mentioned that "Blackie" is full of strength and energy?  Have I mentioned that her 47 pound frame can drag her owner around the yard like a rag doll (namely me)?  

She's 8 months old and still growing. 


She got a hair cut mid week last week and the groomer went a little crazy with the clippers, but we still love her.


Things have been really busy here.  We've had company, karate belt testing, weekly master club at church, piano lessons, etc.  

I did get my Thanksgiving grocery shopping done a little early and have the menu planned out.  Wednesday starts the cooking at my house.  My sister and her family will be joining us for the big event and it should be a lot of fun.   

Sorry I haven't been around to your blogs in a while.  I hope you are all doing well.

Take care,

Heather

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Save $5

Kroger (and their affiliates) has a coupon for $5 off your groceries when you spend $25.

Here's a link to the details.


Have a great day!

Heather

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Antique Quilt


I've been reading Kris's blog Simplify on her new sewing room and the quilt pieces she's been working on.  I don't know how to quilt; or much about quilting for that matter, but it's made me curious about my family antique quilt.

I keep it in my bedroom over an antique oak rocker.  

(I refold it periodically to rotate the creases.)


I believe the pattern is called "Flying Geese"?  It is hand stitched, look at those tiny stitches...


and, on the cream part, there is a leaf and berry motif.


I was hoping someone out there with some quilting expertise could give me some information on my quilt.  Maybe roughly how old it is, what the pattern might be called, etc.

It is thin; a front and back with no batting in between.  The back is solid cream, same fabric as the cream blocks on the front.

Any ideas?

- - -

Hubby and I have been trying to make the new house more of a home.  

Last weekend, we moved furniture around and hung up more pictures.  


I've been struggling with how to decorate the house.  Most of our things are old or antique in darker wood.  Trying to find the right location for pieces has been a challenge.  


I've got three different styles in this photo alone.  Most of it has been gifted to us from family.  I have Early American, 19th Century antique and modern traditional....

What's a girl to do?  

:-)

Decorating is a work in progress.

I hope your week is going well.

Happy Wednesday,

Heather


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hot Tea Kind of Day


Celestial Seasonings and I have been close companions over the past few days.  

It seems like fall is here to stay.  Our days have been cooler lately and averaging in the 50's.  

I don't want to "jinx" anything, but I feel like some of my crochet mojo has returned.  I hope it plans on staying around a while.  

:-)


Work continues on both the scarf and the cable afghan; I'm making incremental progress on both. 

I'm trying to enjoy the process more and not just the end result.  Crochet can be a wonderfully relaxing hobby, but I often find myself rushing to the finish line which robs me of the joy of the process.  Kind of like it's the "journey", not the "destination" type thing.  

I've been itching to do something for Christmas and I've had my eye on this pretty pattern for a long time.  It's a Freebie, so what's not to like! 

The yarn is working out fine so far.  It is a rich deep cranberry color which goes well with the furniture we have in our family room.


I'll keep you posted as I journey through my projects.

Wishing you a blessed day and if you need a cup of tea, put the kettle on!

Heather

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Crochet Musings


I started thinking about Christmas gift giving....

I've been happy with how my scarf is turning out (in the background), so I thought I'd make some as gifts.  

I went ahead and ordered some more of the Palette yarn to make them in.  I've really enjoyed using this yarn; it is 100% wool though, so it isn't machine washable.  But a scarf is small and easy enough to hand wash in the bathroom sink with a little Woolite.  The "heather-ed" colors are my favorite so far.


I also ordered some yarn to make the Holiday Cables Throw.  I'm trying Brava for the first time.  It's an acrylic yarn and I'm kind of wishing I'd spent the extra money for a wool-blend.  This pattern is "wool-eater" though and uses more than 3,000 yards of yarn.  

The verdict is still out on the Brava yarn.  I'm only on Row 4 in the pattern, so we'll see.  I did skim the reviews for the yarn on Ravelry and someone said their Brava yarn was made in Turkey.  The label on mine says it's made in China.  Not sure where the discrepancy lies.  I tend to steer away from things made in China anymore.  Who knows though, maybe a lot of yarn is made in China and I'm just not aware of it...

Are you making any Christmas gifts this year?  Have you started on them yet?


Hope your week is off to a great start!

Heather