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Friday, October 20, 2017

Seminar Knitting

Good morning,

Yesterday's post was about the seminar I attended this week.  The extremely well presented seminar provides professional updates about current issues.

It's a casual atmosphere at these seminars.  It's so casual that the participants were given a fidget spinner with the Ohio Society of CPAs name imprinted. 
Rather than spin my fidget spinner through the seminar, I knitted something I could take home at the end of the day.

Makes sense to me! 

When I finish this hat it'll be available in the shop where there are similar hats in other colors available now.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Continuing Professional Education for Certified Public Accountants

Good morning,

This week I spent an exciting afternoon at an Ohio Society of CPAs Continuing Professional Education seminar. 
I remember the days when we attended these events in business attire and the day was quite formal. 
Now OSCPA members are encouraged to dress casually, use their smart phones to participate in real-time surveys related to the conference, and get up to get another cup of coffee or just walk around and stretch during the conference. 

Not only is it great to attend these professional updates twice a year, but seeing old friends is fantastic. 

Tune in tomorrow to see what I did during the conference while listening to the presentations.  ;)


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wendy on the Wall

Good morning,

Here's Wendy "framed" in the greenery in the back yard. She's standing on a stone wall that is covered with vines. 
The dogs enjoy "walking the wall" where they can see whatever is happening in the back yard.  It makes a beautiful picture, too!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It was a plot!

Good morning,

Today's picture is very dark because it was taken in the middle of the night.

It was definitely a plot to get my spot in bed when Wendy, our youngest Labrador Retriever came to tell me she had to go out to go potty in the middle of the night.  Sure, I got up and took her out.  We are delighted our dogs tell us when they have to go out.

I was very careful not to make any noise so My Honey would not wake.  I went downstairs with Wendy, turned off the security system, let Wendy out and waited at the door for her, then let her in, reset the alarm, and came back upstairs to go back to bed.

What I found was the other two pups, Penny and Erik (he's behind Penny in the image above) very comfortably sleeping in my bed!

I'm sure it was a plot! 

I love those dogs.  Of course, they moved over and gave me a small space so I could go back to sleep.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Blueberry Bread Pudding

Good morning,

A couple of days ago My Honey asked me to make bread pudding.  I reminded him we are both watching the calories and he made some sort of a snorty sound that definitely meant he didn't care.  ;)

So, it was off to the kitchen to make bread pudding.  Of course, we always have plenty of bread.  I didn't find the recipe I used often many years ago so I searched the Internet, found several interesting recipes to get the quantities of milk and eggs to bread, then went wild with the rest.

The image above is the result.

It was (yes, past tense, it's gone) SO good I will definitely make it again soon.  This batch was with blueberries, but I have plans to make it with apples and walnuts, bananas, chocolate....  Ah, yes, the possibilities are endless.
Here's how it looked going into the oven. 
While the bread pudding was in the oven, I made the vanilla sauce with light brown sugar, thus the light brown color.  It was wonderful, too!  *sigh*

OK, we can't afford to eat so many calories very often, but this sure was good!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Good Friends

Good morning,

Our friends Martha and Russell sent me this image of themselves with our friend Ricardo, the Restaurant Manager with whom we sailed on board Freedom of the Seas for six years.  It's good to see this image of them all looking so great!  The image was taken recently aboard Liberty of the Seas, sister ship to Freedom of the Seas.  Martha, you look marvelous in that color!  :)

Thank you so much for sharing the picture!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Crab Dinner Salad

Good morning,

This was last night's dinner.  A salad just sounded right for some reason. 

This salad included red leaf lettuce, spinach, boiled egg, beets, tomato, yellow peppers sharp cheddar, and crab, of course.  :)  I could have kept going with walnuts, raisins, etc., but this was more than enough to satisfy our hunger. 



Friday, October 13, 2017

Finally Finished!

Good morning,

As of last night it's finally finished!  It has been a joy to work with this gorgeous shade of lavender.  Or, is that orchid? 

This is an adult small size sweater that I've been working on between custom orders and projects I worked on in waiting rooms and on road trips.  The sweater got too big to take it along so I finally only worked on it while at home. 
I snapped these pictures with my phone. I'll get the sweater photographed with my good Canon camera over the weekend if I can get a sunny morning.  I like to photograph items in natural light.  Then I'll write the listing and get it on line in our shop.

Yay!  I'm so glad to have this pretty sweater finished.

Now, on to the next projects.... 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Changing Skies

Good morning,

When I got out of the car to open the gate across our driveway yesterday afternoon I snapped this picture of the flags that fly in our front yard. 

Below the Stars and Stripes is the flag of the State of Ohio.

It was the sky beyond the flag that looked so interesting to me at the time.  The clouds were Fall and Winter-looking while the bright blue sky beyond still had the feel of Summer.

Seasons are changing....

All the best,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Soup Night

Good morning,

It was soup night and we decided on chunky cauliflower and carrot soup once again.  This time My Honey asked me to add some sausage.  Nice twist.  :)

Do you make soup at home?  We have become more and more fond of a simple meal of soup.  As the weather gets cooler, it just seems right.

All the best,

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

He's Hiding in our Garden!

Good morning,

Our little garden gnome looks a little scary hiding in the vines on the wall beside the steps up to the second level of our back garden. 

I think he needs a new paint job next Spring!  He's been here for so many years we could never give him up.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Salmon ala Kjell

Good morning,

My honey prepared dinner last Saturday night.  It was simple and delicious.

He pan fried a side of salmon....
...boiled red potatoes...
..."smashed" some peas (this is common in Norway)...
...and made a sauce for the salmon and potatoes of diced tomatoes, sour cream, and dill. 
 My contribution was freshly baked bread made with sour cream, applesauce, and brown sugar. 



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wendy Waiting at the Gate

Good morning,

This is one of the three sweet faces that greet me at the gate when I get home.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Late Bloomer

Good morning,

The roses just keep blooming, even into the Fall. 

Such a lovely shade of pink!

All the best,

Friday, October 6, 2017

Waiting Rooms

Good morning,

I didn't realize how many hours we would spend in waiting rooms after we retired!

This time we were at the car dealer waiting while our car was serviced and new tires were mounted. 

My Honey played with his phone...
...while I started a new baby sweater.

Retirement is good. 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dog Days of Summer

Good morning,

Wendy is enjoying some rays of the sun during the dog days of Summer. Our weather here has been beautifully sunny and pleasant as Fall begins.

It appears there are more leaves down in the driveway for daddy to blow away with his new leaf blower.  ;)

Happy Fall!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Apple Cider Bread

Good morning,

Here's something special for Fall.  It's Apple Cider Bread that can be made as above to be sliced for toast and sandwiches, or it can be made as a breakfast bread.

The basic ingredients are:

1 egg
2 T vegetable oil
2 t salt
4 T brown sugar
1/3 cup cottage cheese
8 oz. fresh apple cider
5 cups sifted unbleached flour
4 t bakers yeast

 I mixed and kneaded, then allowed to rise twice before I baked in pans to make four small loaves.  This recipe will make two large loaves if you prefer.  Bake at 350 F in preheated oven for 35 minutes for four small loaves, 45 minutes for large loaves.

If you'd like to make a breakfast bread, make the basic recipe, then add 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup dried apple pieces (or chips), and bake in two round cake pans or similar baking dishes for 45 minutes.  After baking and cooling, ice with white icing or sprinkle with powdered sugar. 



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bacalao ala Kjell

Good morning,

I just love it when My Honey cooks. 

He made Bacalao this week.  This is a treat we enjoyed on board the ships when made by our Norwegian friends.  It's a fish soup/stew and it is so very tasty!

I like the way Kjell makes this dish better than any other I've had.  It is generally made with a salt fish.  Kjell made his with cod that had not been salted and the result is so much better.  We could actually taste the fish and other ingredients without being overwhelmed by a tremendous amount of salt. 



Monday, October 2, 2017

Needlework Update - October, 2017

Good morning,

October already?  It's amazing how fast this year is going.  Yes, and I've been busy making things to stay warm and comfy.  Here are this month's new items. 

Above is a Scandinavian Intarsia Knit seamless hat featuring forty hearts. It fits most most pre-teens to small adults (18-22" head size).
This gorgeous textured knit extra-wide shawl is perfect to snuggle in front of the fireplace or to wear to a Christmas party.
Show your colors!  This bed or couch size afghan blanket in red, white, and blue will be the perfect addition to any bedroom, den, dorm room, or hospital room.  .
It was time to restock the shop with toilet tissue toppers...
...so here are...
...three more.  What a pretty way to hide that extra roll of toilet tissue in plain sight.
And, here are two more cloche hats in different sizes...
...to restock the shop.  These are great for bad hair days, sleeping, reading, and so many times when you just need to feel warm and comfy.  These also make excellent chemo caps.

These items and many more are available in our shop, EvensensProductions.com.

The best compliment we can receive from our current customers and followers is the referral of your friends, colleagues, and family members.  In fact, referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations are a large part of our new business.  

That's the image record of what's new with us this month.  I love seeing what you are doing, too!  What have you made, cooked, grown, photographed during the past month?

All the best,

Original and Traditional
Hand Crafted Designs

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Breakfast Any Time

Good morning,

Breakfast isn't just for breakfast any more.  Do you do this at your house?

We enjoyed eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast (with LOTS of butter and jelly) for dinner recently.  It was just so good.

Bon appetit!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Smart Spider

Good morning,

This very smart spider has built her web across the end of our fish pond.  She is growing fat and sassy as she nets just about any bug that stops in for a drink of water.

I love the beauty of the spider web design. 


Friday, September 29, 2017

Missy - Our New Grandcat

Good morning,

Meet Missy, our new grandcat.

Missy appeared at the patio door of our son's home a few weeks ago.  She looked quite hungry so the rest is history.

Our son and grandson put a notice in the neighborhood newsletter asking if anyone was missing a kitten.  No one answered the notice so Missy is now a member of the family.

Missy was three to four months old when she arrived.  We are guessing she was dropped in the neighborhood with the hope that someone would adopt her.  That's a terrible way to re-home a cat, but this one was lucky that it worked.

Missy is a very lovey and lovable young lady.  She's now micro chipped and has had all of the appropriate medical attention to be a happy family member in her fur-ever home.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fried Baloney (Bologna)

Good morning,

Do you have fried baloney in your past?  I don't remember having it when I was a child, but neighbor children got my kids hooked on it when we moved to the house where we live now.  Since then I've learned fried baloney is part of the American Kid Experience.

So, to make his American Exerpience complete, I introduced my Norwegian born American hsuband to this "treat."

We fried two thick slices of baloney...
scrambled some eggs...
sliced some home made bread...
and piled it up with a little ketchup for an interesting taste treat.

It was fun. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Celery Tree

Good morning,

I remember growing celery trees with my Mom when I was little.  She'd save the bottom of a stalk of celery and we'd put it in a saucer with water and watch the little tree grow.  In only a few days, we had our tree.

We did the same with sweet potatoes, carrot tops, and other veggies. 

Such fun for kids!  I had a really cool Mom.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bumble Bees Abound

Good morning,

Late one afternoon this week I went out to look at the Fall flowers once again.  It's the week of the Bumble Bees here now.
I didn't stand around too long to upset them.  There were hundreds of bumble bees on our Sedum.



Monday, September 25, 2017

More Fall Blossoms

Good morning,

Here is another hibiscus blossom ready to open.  I love the delicacy of the paper thin petals. 

Lovely, aren't they!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

More Fungi

Good morning,

More fungi in the back yard on the logs keeps popping up daily.  I'm sure the great amounts of rain we've received have helped this along.  That's a trumpet vine growing on the log, too.

So pretty!