Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I decided to jump on the band wagon from a FELLOW NH Blogger.. if you love quilting.. you will ADORE her site.. she does an AWESOME job.. totally jealous here.. Ü Anyway... Her kids are adorable.. she's beautiful.. you just have to check out her Blog... Joanna....
Here are the rules to Paying it Forward!! ( I copied and pasted them)
It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know I’m already a PIF type of person. (I really am!) So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! (I, TERRI, will try to have it done for Christmas) What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
*I have lived in my home for almost 7 years and I have not ONCE looked in the attic... there could be a million dollars in there and I would never know. Maybe that's why one of my crazy neighbors drives by my house when there is no need??? ( he lives at the end of the road on a corner....)
*My dream as a little girl was to get married, own a big farmhouse and have several kids. I wanted huge gardens, animals.. the works... well.. I got married, have two kids and live in a OLD house.. LOL LOL.. Yet.. in all of that I still had/have a passion to be a nurse.
*I don't drink out of plastic cups.. meaning ones from restaurants or peoples houses... it just grosses me out.. and what's even worse.. I CRINGE when mother's drink out of their kids sippy cups...
*I DESPISE messy Halloween Decorations... I don't like all the spider webs ( fake)... and all the stuff people throw in that.. I don't like those blow up decorations for the lawn either.. or the YELLOW DO NOT CROSS signs... to me it all looks disorganized and messy.. and I can't stand it... ( sorry hope I didn't offend anyone.. :( )... and what's worse.. is when people put their Christmas Decorations up AROUND their Halloween ones... By November1 all Halloween decorations should be back in storage.... sorry....
* umm I just bought 15 books from CBD last night.. for $45.00 lol lol lol
*I love all my friends but I tend to be the most creative of them all.. and they always come to me for gift Ideas and craft Ideas.. which I don't mind at all..
*I have been told I make the BEST homemade Macaroni and Cheese in the whole wide world... from the ages of3 up to 78 right now... and I don't have a recipe.. just a made up one.. BUT.. I'm willing to share one day with STEP BY STEP PHOTOS with you... so you can enjoy it as much as everyone else!!!
I have to chose 7 random people... hmmmm I'll let you know tomorrow who I chose.. BUT.. if you read this and WANT to do it.. PLEASE feel free... The only thing is you can't tag me back...!! Ü But if you do share 7 Random things.. PLEASE come back and tell me!!!!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I got this cute little tag at Susanne's blog.. if you have never read her blog... oh your missing out... she is so uplifting.. and always has great ideas.. and a GIVE AWAY right now..!! So go peek!! Well .. with this tag I'm encouraged to give thanks. I kind of giggled at first because if you anyone knows me.. the last two months have been horrid ... I think everything I have owned has either broken or gone wrong.. from a ceiling falling down.. to a microwave catching on fire..down to the car.. UGH.... But through it all.. I have to give thanks....
**I'm thankful that I have a ceiling that can fall down and thankful that we had the $ to repair it.
**I'm thankful that we have my car.. make that two cars... no matter what the day brings we always have transportation and for the most part $ for gas.
** I'm thankful that I have a truly wonderful friend who has lent me her digital camera after mine broke... she knows my desires of photography... my payback.. school pictures for her kids!
** I'm thankful for my husband... even though at times we don't see eye to eye on some things.. we always end up compromising... that's one of the little gifts of marriage. And I'm thankful that I have NEVER had to hold a full-time job.. he has always provided well..
** I'm thankful for two goofy kids who seem to always bring a smile to my day.
**I'm thankful that this time of year that I LIVE in New England and I can see the four seasons of change.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
" A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" Provers 25:11
Here are a couple of pictures of what the apples look like before the syrup goes in.. and the end product...
Here is the Recipe.. I hope you ENJOY your end product!!! *** NOTE I DID NOT add food coloring in my recipe.. I never have.. I think the color comes out beautiful all on it's own! This recipe is suppose to make 7 Quart Jars.. I doubled the recipe and it made about 12 Wide Mouth Quart Jars.
4 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons salt
10 cups water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 drops yellow food coloring
6 pounds apples
In a large pan, mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add salt and water and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and food coloring.
Sterilize canning jars, lids and rings by boiling them in a large pot of water.
Peel, core, and slice apples. Pack the sliced apples into hot canning jars, leaving a 1/2 inch headspace.
Fill jars with hot syrup, and gently remove air bubbles with a knife.
Put lids on and process in a water bath canner for 20 minutes
Friday, October 12, 2007
Believe it or not.. some "boxed" products CAN be your friend... I didn't buy this actually.. a friend of mine did and said that she could never get it to work for her... hmmm If you're not a baker or a candy "stick" maker.. than I can see where the "candy" stage could fool someone... But have no fear.. I got it to work...
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Ok.. I love my state.. I really do!! However.. at this particular moment I'm going CRAZY with all of the "out of towners" "leaf Peeping".. ( Leaf peeping is when people from all over come to check out the beautiful scenery in most of New England)....
Now.. don't get me wrong.. my 35 years of living here I never really marveled at the fact that it was a neat thing that the leaves changed colors. In my youth I thought EVERY state went through fall like us... well in my adult years I realized that wasn't the case.
So if you decide to come to New England or even perhaps New Hampshire.. I want to give you a few rules to take note on... Ok.. clearing my throat.. please listen ....
1) Yes, NH is quite rural.. however we have speed limit signs posted just like every state.. so kindly look to your right as you are cruising down the road.. if you are over the age of 60 and the speed limit says 40.. please KINDLY do 40 and not 20.. the trees are going NO WHERE...
2) If you have this urge and PASSION to view the trees and scenery ( which I don't blame you) PLEASE PLEASE pull your car to the side of the road and STOP.... don't slow down and expect the 35 other natives behind you to NOT get angry. Please.. let's keep the roads safe!
3) Yes Maple Candy and Sugar are part of the NH and VT food groups.. deal with it. If the candy doesn't kill you the price might.. sorry...
4)Ok.. YES this is a covered bridge.. yes it's beautiful I will be the first one to admit it.. but by LIVING here, YES, I use this bridge for transportation purposes.. so when you stick your WHOLE family ( Aunts, Cousins, grandmothers, etc...) in the entry or exit of the bridge.. I understand your desire to capture that moment.. HOWEVER... don't stand there and give us dirty looks and throw your hands up in the air and YELL because we are trying to get to work.. I respect the picture appeal.. but please.. respect that I have to feed my family..
5)Last but not least.. PLEASE PLEASE do not get upset if I have no idea how to give you directions in where you're going.. TRUST me.. you don't want me to give you directions.. You just don't.. and YES.. while we're at it.. the MOOSE crossing signs are REAL!! My tax dollars are not spent on fake signs... at least I hope not!! Ü
Now with that being said.. I have a few pictures from my local park where I walk my pooch almost daily... it was kind of dreary yesterday.. so the pictures are not great... but I'll share anyway...
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
1 cup Apple cider
1 cup cinnamon-sugar mixed
Boil apple cider in small saucepan until it is reduced to 1/4 cup, 8 to 10 minutes; cool. Beat sugar with shortening until smooth. Add eggs and mix well, then add buttermilk and reduced cider. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in another bowl. Add to liquid ingredients; mix just enough to combine. Transfer dough to lightly floured board and pat to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2- to 3-inch doughnut cutter; reserve doughnut holes and reroll and cut scraps. Add enough oil or shortening to fill a deep pan 3 inches; heat to 375'F. Fry several doughnuts at a time, turning once or twice, until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove to paper towels with slotted spoon. While still warm, shake a few at a time in a paper bag containing cinnamon sugar. Cool on a rack.