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Monday, September 08, 2014

I got a plea from the director of volunteers to make some more stuffed animals. Happily she had some cut out, but she gave me more fabric too. I, crazy person that I am, went to Hancock Fabrics and bought a few more pieces for variety only to come home and locate fabric I had left over from my last batches. I was looking for the patterns and oops more material. So I started my sewing frenzy.
At about the same time I realized we were having a September stash buster so I gathered yarn that I already had to make a few prayer shawls, our ministry meetings started up again Friday and I thought I'd get a jump start on everything. WELL, while I was buying fabric and one skein of Navy yarn for my SIL's shawl-to be finished at a later date, I found a variegated purple, lavender and green yarn I likes but had to get some lavender yarn because there were only 2 skeins left of the precious variegated in the store. I come home, realize I'm going to have to change my entry on stash buster's site but didn't get to it right away. Friday at the Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting there was a desperate plea by our leader for a pink and purple shawl for an 11 yr old who will be having a kidney transplant soon and a shades of blue one for her donor aunt.
Yep, you guessed it! I'm doing the purple and pink one for the little girl-I did say I could NOT do both of them. So Saturday I drug Erik to three stores looking for the perfect yarn because the variegated baby yarn they gave me was JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH. So instead of using up yarn I bought more to use. Now I have three prayer shawls I started since September 1st and the red, white and blue one I started for my SIL at the end of July. Ooooh boy, I'm going to be the knitting fool this month oh and I have to remember to get caught up on Erik's financial report so I'm not freaking in December and the animals for the hospital, etc, etc, etc. Did I say I was going to be bored when I retired? Not hardly .
Have a blessed week, I'll come up for air later today or tomorrow morning.
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CLAIREINPARIS 9/28/2014 8:08AM

    Tu as tellement d'énergie, chère Ginie ! Et un grand coeur aussi ! emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/9/2014 8:51AM

    I agree with the other commenters here--you are so generous and industrious! I am sure that all your hard work is really making a difference in people's lives. Good luck with all your knitting projects! I know the recipients of your shawls will be so pleased to have them. Take care.

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    Good grief, GF!!! You are crazy!! LOL, I'm stressed just reading about it but I know I would want to do the same. The little girl and the stuffed toys for the kids tugs at my heart.

I'm never bored either. In fact, I might welcome that!

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MARTYLYNN1 9/8/2014 11:59AM

    Do you think your busy life will ever slow down? You are such a wonderful caregiver. Not just for Erik but for all others in your life. What a blessing you are to others!

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JANET552 9/8/2014 10:46AM

    Oh Ginie, I had to laugh. Sometimes we are so alike!!! Now, you better go and knit or sew some. At least your hands will be busy and that's a good thing. With my arm in a cast, I haven't been able to do much except read and (a little) cleaning. Sure makes my mouth seem to think it should be busier!


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MILLISMA 9/8/2014 10:44AM

    Ginie, you should post some pictures of your completed projects. You are going to be one busy lady and these things will be so appreciated. What an angel you are! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/8/2014 10:43AM

    You're doing valuable work. We make shawls at our church too - mostly for nursing homes. I love variegated yarn.

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GABY1948 9/8/2014 10:26AM

    BLESS your HEART, are SO sweet! It is nice knowing you even if it is online!


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RICE! This recipe is worth trying!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Good morning friends!
This week we had another guest, one of our deacons lost his wife and we invite him every so often to eat with us-well I invite him, Erik enjoys his visits.
So my dilemma was what to serve that is good for me and tasty for someone with different tastes. We had a pork roast (he told me almost everyone serves him chicken + it's something he's comfortable cooking), rice, green beans (from the garden) w/almonds, and a salad with tomatoes from the garden. Thankfully they were cherry tomatoes, he could pick around. The salad was red & green leafy lettuce mix w/ garbanzo beans, tomatoes and cucumbers-dressing choices on the side. I also had sunflower seed, black and green olive pieces for those who so desired. The pork loin was a half I had put in the freezer a few weeks ago, so I rolled it in coarsly ground pepper and garlic powder, put it in a high oven for 40 minutes then lowered the heat, poured on a 1/2 cup of apple juice and a little water and tented it-it had not completely thawed and I needed it done on time.
NOW FOR THE RECIPE -I found this in a Diabetic's recipe magazine for the Chicken roll-ups I made for FR. Eric. For this week I made 1 1/2 times the recipe and used it as a side.

Apple-Pecan brown rice!

1/2 cup apple juice (watch the sugar content)
1/2 c. instant brown rice (one half)
1/2 c finely chopped unpeeled apples
1/4 c chopped pecans ( toasted them in the oven before chopping this time)
3 TBSP of sliced green onions

Bring the apple juice to a boil. Add rice, cover, reduce heat and simmer 8-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in apples, pecans and green onions and remove from heat.

Now you can use it as a stuffing for chicken roll-ups-maybe pork chops (I had 4 chicken breasts-pounded to 1/4 of an inch last week) or as a side with pork or chicken.
Hope you like it!

Eriks comment about dinner Tuesday night was EXCELLLENT! YES he drew it out, and repeated it as he ate more rice, green beans and pork roast. I love it when my son likes what I cooked and I had added NO SALT! emoticon emoticon

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INGMARIE 8/31/2014 10:33AM

    emoticon Looks really good.
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MILLISMA 8/28/2014 10:05PM

    That sounds really yummy. I always like having apple "something" with pork. Yes, it is very special when our "kids" really like something we've prepared and they do have their favorites.

hugs....Mary Anne

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MARTYLYNN1 8/28/2014 7:19PM

    The rice recipe sounds wonderful!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/28/2014 12:36PM

    That sounds delicious! I thought the chicken roll-ups sounded great last week, but this sounds even better-combining the apple flavor with the pork roast sounds perfect! It must have made you happy that your recipe was so well received by your Erik. What a loving mother you are!

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WIFE48 8/28/2014 11:48AM

    Sounds marvelous! emoticon

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GABY1948 8/28/2014 11:38AM

    Your dinner sounds so yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing this!

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    Your dinner sounded delicious and it was so nice of you to be kind to this grieving gentleman. It must be very difficult for him. My father is a widow and he has been miserable every since my step mom died. There was no one like her. I know the meal must have been fantastic as you have mentioned that Erik is picky.

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JANET552 8/28/2014 9:12AM

    Your dinner makes my mouth water. The rice sounds delicious too. The recipe says 12 c. of rice. Is that right? It sounds like so much but 1/2 sounds like too little.

I hope your house is back to normal -- or almost at least. I'm more able to do things in my new cast since my fingers are freer but it is still hard to use that thumb. It had its own surgery and stitches come out of the thumb next week. No stitch removal on the arm. He used dissolvable. Yesterday I even helped wash dishes.

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Pastor's dinner a success

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dinner was a success emoticon ! Thanks for the encouragement emoticon , I don't like fussing but I like to make a good meal. Funny because I'm frequently trying new recipes on my guests this time there were two new recipes. That's not usually wise but it insures that I'm extra careful in the preparations.
The dessert I chose was a Three-Berry Kuchen from my Motts applesauce cookbook. It had 1/4th of a cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of butter, the only milk products I used. It is made with egg whites and I adjusted the flour to be part all-purpose part whole wheat. Since I didn't have raspberries I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. We ate it warm, but Erik and I had a piece cold for breakfast and it tasted even better.
The salad was a SP salad except that I substituted Romaine for the spinach.
Father was not put off by apples & pecans in the rice stuffing, strawberries & almonds in the salad and the berries on the dessert. The roasted zucchini was not quite as browned as I would have liked but it was tasty with garlic powder and italian herbs. I made a note to better sear the chicken rolls, baste them with apple juice and upon Father's suggestion cover them with foil when they are in the oven-chicken was just a tad dry, which my Erik hates.
All and all both Erik & Eric were happy with their dinner and Father Eric even fixed Erik's closet door for us.
A side note about the two of them: They are both EJH, they are both fun loving characters, they are both born on the 17th of a month beginning with A..., Father Eric is 8 months older than Erik John.
Now to take Erik John for a new brace
Have a terrific Thursday.
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MILLISMA 8/22/2014 10:44PM

    Finally read both your blogs about the dinner and all I can say is GREAT JOB! What a yummy sounding meal. Found the EJH comparisons very interesting...they must get a kick out of that.

Have a great weekend.

hugs...Mary Anne

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CHARTHESTAR 8/21/2014 8:04PM

    oh- it all sounds so good. I would have loved to try all of it. I am big fan of the old fashion kind of stuff but that sounds so good.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/21/2014 6:06PM

    It sounds like you had a great meal! emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 8/21/2014 4:54PM

    Your dinner sounds great! Glad all went well.

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GABY1948 8/21/2014 12:45PM

    THIS all sounds so YUMMY! Wish we all lived closer to enjoy! I do hope the brace goes well!


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PGHP31CK 8/21/2014 10:34AM

    So glad that it went well! How neat that Erik and Fr. Eric have so much in common!

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    I'm so glad it went well. Things like that make me nervous. I don't like to cook for other people. Never have. Especially large groups.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/21/2014 8:21AM

    I agree with Janet 552. My mouth is watering just reading about this delicious-sounding meal. So glad it was a success! That cold berry cake sounds out of this world!

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JANET552 8/21/2014 8:03AM

    I knew a dinner made by you would be a success!! You are making my mouth water just thinking about it (good thing it's not my surgery day). I'm glad things went so well. Father Eric sounds like someone I would like to know. I love your attitude about making a new recipe for company. I often do that and I know that goes against conventional wisdom. I'll remind myself of your thought next time!

Hugs Ginie!! I hope all goes well with Erik's brace.

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Pastor coming to dinner-Help needed with MENU!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Father Eric doesn't like onions (specially raw), can't eat coconut and is mildly lactose intolerant.

I've come up with: Apple-Pecan roll-up chicken which contains brown rice,
zucchin- I might just roast it with italian seasonings ( I have two from my garden)
steamed broccoli,
salad ( thought of spinach, strawberry & almonds but I might be overdoing it)
and a Three-Berry Kuchen.
His birthday was the 17th and mine the 18th-I tried to find a healthy meal and dessert using the berries and foods in my fridge.
All I have to buy is some yogurt, applesauce and chicken breasts.
What do y'all think?
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LIVINGFREE19 8/20/2014 10:45PM

    Sounds emoticon !!!!!!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/20/2014 8:56PM

    Yummy!!! I'm sure your pastor will appreciate all your efforts as well as the home cooked meal!!!

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    Sounds delicious to me!!

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PGHP31CK 8/20/2014 9:04AM

    I'm drooling. Sounds wonderful!!

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GABY1948 8/20/2014 8:10AM

    It sounds yummy, Ginie! emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/20/2014 7:54AM

    Wow, it's a good thing I just finished eating. Otherwise, thinking about these menu ideas might make me start grazing in the kitchen, even though I don't have anything right now that sounds nearly so appetizingl I agree with the other commenters here--sounds like a gourmet menu, very appealing, especially those chicken roll-ups with brown rice!

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JANET552 8/20/2014 7:10AM

    I think it sounds delicious Ginie!! Go for it!

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/20/2014 7:09AM

  Sounds delicious and sure to please!! Go for it!

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Early Birthday celebrations!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Okay my sweet friends!
I went to the chiropractor Saturday morning, she fixed my back and my knee and massaged some of those pesky stress knots away-Thanks Doc!
I hired someone to do my yard for a change!
While he mowed I took that huge zucchini cored and shredded it and made Zucchini bread with part whole wheat flour and brown sugar. I modify my recipes to make them somewhat healthier. I ended up with 5 loaves, so at my party I gave one to each of my children who live away from home. So far the verdict was -it's good!
I told Steven that yes indeed, his wife was right! Mom would like a new vacuum cleaner! Woohoo, I am now the owner of a Shark Rocket-professional sweeper! So far I used it and it seems as if it will work. I have to believe that! After 16 years my second hand Rainbow vac kicked the bucket-litterally it sprung a leak and several of the attachments were breaking. My Aaron figured I pd about $50.00 a year for it-matching the brand new Oreck he had bought for him and his wife several years ago.
Steven fixed my lawn mower-it had a clogged air filter!!!! Why didn't I guess that, with all this GA red dirt flying around. So that is working, what a relief I really can't afford another new one-that one is two years old.
He also took Erik to the storage unit while his wife and I were out shopping. They brought home Erik's tool chest-Erik is in seventh heaven. He found his drill bits, drilled a hole at the end of the crack in the brace-Steven says this is sound logic, it will block the trajectory of the crack stop it from growing. BTW poor Erik wrote me a one word note with a design to let me know what was wrong with his brace. I know where we have to work on his improvement now "CRAGAH" does not spell crack, I was so confused and thought he wanted me to go to Kroger's...oh well, he tried emoticon
My Birthday party yesterday was nice. Only one person was missing my DIL, Stephanie, is in Boston on a business trip. I had a nice big salad with tomatoes from my garden, grilled chicken tenders, corn on the cob and baked beans. Then we had a banana nut cake with stabilized whipped cream and blue berries, raspberries and tiny mint leaves for decorations-no horrible decorators icing ( I used to decorate cakes-that stuff is evil!)
Here's a picture of my cake my darling daughter made for me...

Today, I went to Mass with my friends. Before church I picked up a bit, planned a simple breakfast including zucchini bread, small individual omelettes made to order for three of my friends, Erik and me. We had a nice visit, and my one friend helped me a lot in the kitchen, even Erik helped by starting the coffee pots and slicing the zucchini bread!
Tomorrow I will work, since I really didn't do much of anything yesterday or today-picking out a vacuum cleaner doesn't really count... emoticon nor learning to use it. emoticon
So my dears, for my Birthday I slowed down-not a bad idea. Now to begin my new year-tomorrow night, Steven & Kim and Erik are taking me out to my favorite Italian restaurant...guess I'll make light choices for the day!
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/26/2014 4:27AM

    Joyeux anniversaire en retard, chère Ginie ! Je suis heureuse que tu aies eu une si belle journée. Ce gâteau est tout simplement superbe, on peut voir que tu as eu l'habitude d'en décorer... En effet, le glaçage des gâteaux à l'Américaine semble extrêmement chimique, ce glaçage-ci est beaucoup plus sain.

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MARTYLYNN1 8/18/2014 12:17PM

    Sounds like you had a great day. The cake looks wonderful!

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GABY1948 8/18/2014 10:11AM

    That was a great day for you! I'm so do so much for your family! Bless your heart!


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PGHP31CK 8/18/2014 9:26AM

    Happy Birthday, Ginie!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/18/2014 7:26AM

    It sounds like a great birthday! Love the cake!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/18/2014 12:59AM

    It was fun to read this cheerful report, but I must say it made me a little hungry, with all the talk of food I really love--zucchini bread, banana nut bread, grilled chicken tenders, corn on the cob, and that lovely berry-topped birthday cake! It's a good thing it's time for lunch as I'm writing this! Otherwise, I'd be in serious trouble! Anyway, keep having fun with your sweet family! You all seem so very close.

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MILLISMA 8/17/2014 9:33PM

    What a great weekend you had! So glad that you got the chance to just enjoy yourself. Had to laugh that you wanted a vacuum. I remember when I asked Jay for a wheel barrel many years ago (40 to be exact) he thought I was nuts. Well, I'm still using it!

I like the sound of your zucchini bread recipe and that cake looks so yummy!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/17/2014 9:11PM


That cake looks very good!

I hope you have really good luck with the Shark vacuum!

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ALICIA214 8/17/2014 8:48PM

  Happy belated birthday....

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    So you are giving the gardener a rest now and getting your massages from the chiropractor. emoticon

My GF makes zucchini bread. It is delicious but I've never made it. You would never know zucchini is in it. Sounds like a great way to sneak veggies into the kids.

That sounds like one great vacuum!! Sharks are supposed to be fantastic. Your kids must really love you!! Steven sounds like a prince!

I love that cake!!! I'm not even into cake but that is beautiful!!

You certainly know how to celebrate!!

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