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