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I am a work from home, home schooling Mom who loves her Kids...yep, I think my kids are great. You will find me: Knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and working with felt are things I enjoy for fun. I also love to decorate and find deep satisfaction in decorating my home with great finds and my handmade items.  Gardening is one of my great loves, it like decorating outside!

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Beans and Buddies

Crock of Beans
This is a two fold blog...but not really. 

Let me explain:  I have very little family hear on earth and those who still remain are not interested in being a family.  So the heaven's have shined down on me and sent me Patsy and Randall, who without hesitation opened there arms and home to me and my children.  We call Patsy Mimi Patsy and we haven't found a special name for Randall yet, but we still have a special place in our heart just for him. 

Mimi Patsy is a gentle kind woman with a great since of humor and awesome cook.  She is deeply rooted in her faith and it makes her move mountains, she is quite an example of belief.  She has taught me to remain steady in my own faith.  We are rather an odd pair as I am Native American...and she a beautiful Christian.  But it works and we find we both love family, happiness and enjoying life.
Mimi Patsy, Alex, Randall and Trinity

Randall is a big teddy bear with a deep warm voice,  that scares the kids to death.  But Alex, my shy one was impressed when he defended a lizard from some grandchildren over anxious hands.  From then on Alex sings Randall's praises.  Not only his he caretaker of animals but he is an impressive wood worker.  He made a beautiful trunk and is presently making a boat.  I really need to take pictures of these things. If I am not mistaken he did most of the work on building his house.
Randall and Patsy home Covered in kids

So you ask "what does this have to do with a pot of beans?" Simple, to make sure they stay my adoptive family I make sure I take good things to eat.  And I will share the recipe for these yummy thing so you get invited back to your favorite family too. 

Forrest Baked Beans
(for a crowd)

2 lb Maple sausage Meat
2 slices Bacon
2 lb dry beans the small red ones
1 large onion diced small
1/4 cup Molasses
1 1/2 quarts vegetable juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 t dry mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste
pinch of baking soda

The night before rinse and soak the beans overnight.
In the morning par boil the beans till you blow on them and the skin peels back. Drain add fresh water and a pinch of baking soda cook till you pinch them and they squash.
put onion in crock pot with 1 cup of vegetable juice (add the 1/2 cup as needed to keep wet but not soupy).
add the molasses, brown sugar, mustard, salt and pepper and bacon. 
In a pan brown half of the sausage drain and put in beans. Put the other half in the crock...this is so you don't get too much fat in the beans.
Put this on low for 8 hours or longer if you can...this is one of those thing that gets even better the longer it cooks.  Stir a few times testing to see if you need to add more sugar or salt and pepper.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wonderful Word Wednesday

Promise me you'll always remember:
You're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think."
                                                       -Christopher Robin to Phoo

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Loving Lucky

We have an adorable cat named Lucky.  He was adopted from the pound about four years ago.  He has this sweet thing he does, he will knock his head into yours and rub his face all over yours.  And he wont take no for an answer until he get his loving in.  On this morning in the middle of school work he went between Trinity and Alex.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Musing

I won some lovely pumpkins from Ancient Hearth and they just add so much to my Seasonal table..don't you think?  It is still awaiting a bridge, fall leaves and other trinkets as we find them. We are trying to patiently await fall to release her golden glory to us.  Thank you Jen.  <-------' 0 '------> (This is a hug)

You can really see the lovely detail and color in this one...when I got the package I couldn't wait to put them with my Cinnamon folks...the wrapping paper is at my feet all over the floor when I took this photo.  You all must visit her blog.  And that will lead you to her etsy store. And I am not responsible for all the thing you buy.

Friday, September 24, 2010


We spent the Morning with our friends. We went on a short hike and then down to the river for a picnic on the rocks. I will let the pictures tell you what a good time we had. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave and Astringent

This is absolutely Divine and its just not for men.  This aromatic tonic will tighten the pours and reduce acne.  This is great for someone with an oily complexion.  I have rosacea and have to be very careful about what I put on my face. This astringent didn't redden or irritate my delicate skin.  My son even commented that it looked less red.  Alex uses it as well, he is starting the pre-teen body changes. And having him help prepare his own skin care makes him proud to take care of his body.

ALLOT of bay leaves (I got a big bag enough for three for          $.88 at my farmers market.)
1 T Allspice ground or grated (More if you like)
1 T Whole Cloves
1 T Ginger grated
Rum (I used Captain Morgans Spiced Rum)

Pack a quart canning jar with bay leaves living about an inch space at the top. 
Add the spices you can change it up hear using more of your favorites.
Fill Jar with Rum a fifth is too small you will have to use a larger bottle. 
Cover tightly and let sit for 4 weeks, shaking your jar every now and then for good measure.

Strain out the herbs and rebottle.  If it doesn't smell like bay enough you can add one or two drops of bay essential oil.  It seems to do better if you can get fresh bay leaves but as you can see I used dry, and it still smelled good enough to eat.

This would make a great gift.  Fill a basket with handmade washcloths and homemade bath salts with a jar of would be just delicious. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wonderful Word Wednesday

Every spirit builds itself a house, 
and beyond its house a world, 
and beyond its world a heaven.  
Know then that world exists for you.
                                                        -Ralph Wlado Emerson

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Going Bananas

We went Bananas this week...

 First Alex and I wanted Banana Pudding...
This recipe is from an older Cooking Light Magazine Recipe but is very luscious and creamy.
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 can fat-free sweetened condensed milk (14ounce)
2 large egg yolks
2 t vanilla
3 cups sliced ripe bananas
reduced-fat vanilla wafers
4 large egg whites
1/4 Cup sugar

Preheat oven 325
Combine flour and salt in a saucepan.  Gradually add milks and yolks' stir well.  Cook over medium heat 8 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

Arrange 1 cup banana slices in bottom of a 2 quart baking dish.  soon 1/3 of pudding mixture over banana.  Arrange wafers on top of pudding just to cover.  Repeat layers twice, arranging the last wafers around edge of dish.
Beat egg whites at high speed of a mixer until foamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.  Spread meringue evenly over pudding, sealing to edge of dish.

Bake 25 minutes or until golden.

The pudding is a bit soupy and needs refrigeration for at least a hour before serving.

Alex had swirled the meringue into a happy face...and the smile seemed to spread to everyone.
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Trinity decided that she didn't care for pudding.  But she wanted my mothers Banana bread.

Banana Nana Nut Bread (Nana's recipe)
Heat over to 350
2/3 Cup Shortening
2 1/2 cup flour
1 2/3 cup sugar (I use 1 1/3 cup Agave)
1 1/4 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1t Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk
4-6 over ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/3 Cups water
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts

The instructions are simple dump everything but the nuts in the mixing bowl mix 2 minutes then stir in nuts.
Bake 40 minutes.

This makes a great snack that Trinity served to Alex and me for a home school break.  It is good hot with butter or cold with cream cheese.  Also try it French toast style.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Musing

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing,
to Keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate 
is strength undefeatable."
                                                            -Helen Keller

For the life of me I do not recall when I became an adult.  Perhaps it was the day I moved from the safety of my parents home...or when I made a decision without need the approval of my Mother and overbearing Sister.  Or maybe it is yet to come.  
Times I still feel like a little child and mornings when I am too stiff to get out of bed I know otherwise.
Is ADULT a state of mind?  if so I am definitely more child than adult...thank goodness.  
I believe to have the amazing life I desire I must be both at the same time...I believe you have to be to live as Helen Keller's quote.  
Turning my authentic self loose on fate must take both.  To release the child within upon the unknown takes allot of hand holding. 
But I think instead of seeing fate as a futuristic void of the unknown...maybe its just a piece of wool waiting for me to turn it into something special, or a seedling needing nurturing and care that I can do. 
That's it! I utterly simple...say it out loud with me
---I CAN---
Doesn't that feel authenticating.  Within two simple words I am the free spirit undefeatable.  The Ault and the child all at once.

To believe your own thought, 
to believe that what is true for you 
in your private heart is true for all men---
that is genius.
                -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bread Baking Recipe

This is a simple Bread Recipe that makes Yummy homemade bread.

This is from a Waldorf Schooling Friend of Mine and it has turned out perfect every time.

Delicious Whole Wheat Bread

1lb whole wheat flour (Using 1/2 all-purpose flour is OK)
2Tb vegetable Oil
1/2 cup warm water
1 package yeast
1tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
3Tb molasses

Add yest to warm water and stir until dissolved.  Stir in the molasses, oil, salt, and milk.  Stir in 3 cups of flour and let sit for five minutes.

Alex the Dough Monster
Stir in the rest of the flour to make a sturdy dough.  Knead on a floured surface until the dough is nice and smooth and springs back about 10 minutes.  Place the dough in a greased bowl to rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or unitl about doubled in size.

Punch it down and divide it into loaves, rolls, or let the kids have fun and make shapes.  Great for learning numbers and letters...make the shape of the alphabet.   Place on a lightly greased sheets and let rise until doubled in size.

Bake at 425 for 10 Minutes.  Decrease to 350 and bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Giveaway is going Great


Hey, The Giveaway of this Penny Whistle and Penny Whistle Cozy is going great!  If those of you who don't have your e-mail listed in "Your Information" could e-mail me your e-mail address (see Welcome door in the right column for my address) so I can contact you if you win.  I would appreciate it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Jodie Home (Music) Making and I are so excited to be giving away this Penny Whistle (from Jodie) and...
the Owl Penny Whistle cozy (from Me).
All you have to do is:
Leave a comment of what type Jam, Jelly, Preserve or Spread recipe you want to see from me.  
And what type of music CD you would like to hear from Jodie. (as for me I want Christmas).
The winner will be drawn on October 15, 2010.
And an e-mail will be sent to you.
Good luck!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mermaid Mermaid
This little beauty comes with her own Lilly Pad and shells. 

Monday Musing

The seasons seem to give way so gently to one another.  But we anticipate the arrival of Autumn with such fan fair and gusto.  My five year old asks me everyday if its fall yet.  And we notice even the slightest hint that its on its way.  A cooler morning, a stray yellow leave that seems to be as impatient as we are.  
Our conversations turn to Apple picking and all the scrumptious delectable we can turn them into. 
As the leaves start turning I find myself turning over a new leaf.  I feel renewed and reawaken as if I was living in some sort of stupor.  My spirit is lifted and all I want to do is go tromping through woodlands.  OH the brisk dry earthy smell in the air, the sound of the crunchy leaves under my feet and the orange in the cant get that orange anywhere else.  I just long for it all.

Autumn to winter, winter to spring,
Spring into summer, summer into fall-
So rolls the changing year, and so we change;
Motion so swift, we know not that we move.
                            -Dinah Mulock Craik

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Aqua Faerie

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I just wanted to show my new Faerie that is available for adoption.  Just click on the link above to see more images and to take you to the Faerie and Forrest Folk page.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


And look at what I won!  One of these saucy little pumpkins...I know my Autumn folks will embrace it on my nature table.

And Ancient Hearth is where I won it from.  It is a lovely Waldorf inspired lifestyle blog spot.  That is loaded with items like this as well as book reviews and patterns. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Irish Stew Recipe

Irish stew is a traditional stew for Labor day.  I read various recipe's and came up with one of my own. I wanted it to be as traditional as I could get it and It turned out scrumptious. 

Two Lamb steaks cut into cubes
One large Onion
One 3lb bag of red potatoes
One bag of carrots (next time I will use two)
One Quart Beef stock
1 teaspoon Thyme
1 teaspoon Parsley
1/4 cup sherry or cooking wine
S&P to taste
1/2 cup of flour
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Dredge the lamb cubes in the flower that you added salt and pepper too.  Using a large pot (big enough to cook the stew in) fry your lamb till golden on all sides.
Remove the meat and let it drain.
Cook the onion in the oil till golden.
Put the meat back in and stir. 
Add the carrots, potatoes and cook till they start to sweat.
Add the stock, herbs, S&P and sherry.
Bring the pot to a boil then turn down to let it simmer.  Cook this for several hours just barley keeping it warm.

Serve it with home made bread and Apple pie. And find a sweet little helper to make a picnic.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Gift of Trees

Here I am back at trees again.  I just cant help myself, they seem to call to me...ill go running off the trail just to touch one visit for awhile and sometimes they will reveal their secrets to me.  There is a deep bond with trees they are givers constantly giving to us.

The Gift of Trees:

Mulch to keep the weeds down
Sweet Fruit
Scented Flowers
Something to climb to get a better view
Something to sit under
A way to block unsightly views

A place for deer to hide
Tasty Nuts
A place to hand a Bird Feeder
A playground for squirrels
Compost for the garden
Natural craft items
Fall Color wouldn't happen without them
Pine needles
Maple syrup
Countless shades of green