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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our four Labrador Retrievers.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Today The Iris

Good morning,

This lovely iris is the newest bloom to greet me in our garden this year.
I'll have to move this pretty flower at the end of the season.
Until last Fall, this flower was part of the flowers that lined our front walk.  Since I'm not able to tend the garden every day as I did 41 years ago, I've removed and moved many of the flowers to other spots. 

I love Spring!


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Remember This?

Good morning,

Remember this?  My kids ate this cereal (and many others depending on which cereal came with a "free inside") nearly half a century ago.

Our oldest called it "Lucky A Charms."  I call it Leprechaun Cereal.
Of course, there is a Leprechaun on the box.  :)  This box of cereal appeared in our bread room recently, surely on sale so purchased by daughter, Catherine. 

I had to eat some.  My taste buds were amazed at the amount of sugar not because there is any more than before, I'm just not used to it.

It was a fun thing to eat for old times sake, but will never become a regular part of my diet.

This is one item that never came to the end of its product cycle.  Well, at least not yet.


Friday, May 22, 2020

Work In Process This Week

Good morning,

This is the current project, a teal Cables and Lace sweater.  This is the back and I've just gotten back to working on it after finishing...
...this sweater and matching accessories since my last WIP post.  As I worked on the sweater above I loved watching the color changes as I worked.  Both of these sweaters are custom orders so won't be available in the shop, but we have many other sweaters ready to ship in the shop now.

I'm also still working on my creamy white crochet flowers for the next large afghan blanket.  I need to switch between knit and crochet to keep my fingers from being too abused by the same repetitive movements.

So, that's what is keeping me busy these days.  What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the best,

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

All Tuckered Out

Good morning,

It has been a busy few days of parties and good food for Wendy as we celebrated her sixth birthday.

Here she is all tuckered out in our sitting room in the wee small hours this morning.  Such a sweetie.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

It's Party Time for the Sour Dough Yeastie Beasties!

Good morning,

Start the music!  It's party time for the Sour Dough Yeastie Beasties!
This is my current jar of sour dough that I just fed and am watching the yeastie beastie party in the jar.  When fed they get all excited, bubble, and dance around.  It smells wonderful.

If you're interested, my full recipe and directions for making sourdough is here:

I have more than 80 posts about bread making and recipes on this blog.  They are sorted for you here if you would like to see them.  Be sure to click "next posts" at the bottom of each page to see them all.

Here a couple of tease pictures from my many bread recipes:  ;)



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ta Da! Here they are!

Good morning,

A few days ago I showed you the Peony flower buds.  This morning I was greeted by many of them in bloom.  They are so beautiful and so fragrant!
When we moved in 41 years ago I transplanted several clumps of peony roots from the back garden to the front yard.  I'm so glad I did because the large clump in the back yard grew only for a few more years before the many pups we have had during the years landed in them one last time while catching a frisbee or ball.  In the front garden there is a much better chance of survival.  ;)
It rained a little last night - just enough to make this flower heavy enough to fall over.  So sad, but it's a race every year to enjoy the pretty flowers before the next rain.

Happy Spring!


Monday, May 18, 2020

May 17 Celebration Brunch

Good morning,

As promised yesterday, here are images of the fabulous brunch prepared by our daughter, Catherine, in celebration of Norway's Constitution Day.  The most important traditional part of the meal, of course, is waffle cakes.  
The table was appropriately set and we were ready to dig in.
Of course, Dad is the master of building the perfect plate of food.  His started with a bed of waffle cakes and all the other goodies were stacked on top.
This is Goetta, a local treat that has been made in the Greater Cincinnati area for generations.  It is a sausage filled with grain and spices.  It is absolutely delicious.
 Ooooh, fresh strawberries!
 Banana Bread!
 After I had finished my eggs and goetta, I built my dessert:  waffle cake, strawberries, and whipped cream.

Oh, my this was terrific!

Happy Constitution Day, Norway, and Thank You, Catherine, for a wonderful celebration of foods!  Dad and I so appreciate the fabulous meal you prepared for all of us.

Love you,

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