Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lamb Cake Mold

Over thirty years ago Papi's mother gave our family the cast iron Lamb Cake Mold that had belonged to his Grandma Newman. On several occasions Papi's mother made a lamb cake for the family Easter Dinner, and of course, all the grandchildren thought that was wonderful. I'm sorry to say, Grammy has not been as faithful making the lamb cakes for her grandchildren, but you never can tell what other family dinner he might join.

Christmas of 2008, our grandchildren were given a Christmas present that each one chose. They drew #'s and in that order they picked a family heirloom that they would like to own. Now, they have to wait until Papi and Grammy are finished with these items, but they know exactly what belongs to them. Right Grands? Keaton chose the Lamb Cake Mold.

Here you will notice Mr Lamb enjoying himself on the old wicker chair with flowers left over from last summer. Oh, I guess you now know I had silk flowers on that chair. Less watering that way, LOL.






The Lamb Mold is opened and the front of the lamb is laid flat, then the back is put on top like a lid. Of course, you only fill the front to the seam line. The cake (should) raise in the other part as it's baked. There are holes to allow the steam to escape. When you carefully unmold the lamb, you PRAY that the little guy holds together. You'll notice he's really skinny, but have no fear, "Creamy French icing" and a coating of cocoanut, plus jelly bean eyes and he's the cutest little lamb cake you've ever seen.


Along with the Lamb Cake Mold, Papi's mother gave us cake and frosting recipes. Just in case you might be lucky enough to find a mold of your own, here are the recipes she found that worked best.



Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thank you Sharon from Dancing Thru Threads


Can you believe it? I won!!! I talked about being tired from all the hoppin' but wow did it pay off, big time. Sharon http://sharon-dancingthruthreads.blogspot.com/ was so kind to offer this beautiful basket as her first giveaway and I won it as my first hoppin' participation. Thank you again Sharon. I'll show you what is inside after I receive it. You can be sure I'll be watchin' that mail.
Have a God Filled Day
Shirley

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wow!! I'm still tired today from all the hoppin' all over this globe, doin' the Good Egg Bunny Hop. I think I hopped to every one of them. GREAT giveaways, but more important, links to future GREAT Friends. Thanks to all of you.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hooked on Needles Good Egg Giveaway


There is still time to join the Good Egg Giveaway at Hooked on Needles. Her Spring Table Runner is beautiful. She is giving away a finished one and then a 2nd prize of one to finish yourself. http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2010/03/good-eggs-giveaway-hopping-good-time.html

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you......


Happy Birthday to our favorite blond, 30-something daughter-in-law. Thank you for sharing your birthday dinner at Golden Corral with Papi and Grammy along with your husband (our son) and your kids + 2. We had a great time and are still STUFFED!!




Hope you have had a great day.

Oh, HAPPY DAY

I have spent most of my morning trying to access my blog account and ALL other blogspots. I didn't know how important my blog would be to me. I could go to everything else online, just not anything with "blogspot" in it. Thank you Mr Ilines for helping me fix the problem. Apparently, all I needed to do was reboot my router. Such a simple thing, but soooooo much frustration before trying that trick. My next move was going to be "Restore".


Anyway, "I'm back, did you miss me?" That is a favorite phrase that brings back memories of my father. He opened the daycare where I was director for many years. Daddy always played games with the kids and one morning after a little girl had been on vacation, she returned and promptly said to "Grandpa", as all the kids called him, "I'm back, did you "mith" me?" Later, when daddy was very ill, we both still greeted each other with that great phrase and a big smile. Daddy has been in heaven 6 1/2 years now and we still miss him very much, but our memories of him ALWAYS bring a smile.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thank You PRAIRIE FLOWER FARM


Linda, from Prairie Flower Farm has given permission for use of this picture on our blog sites. Not only is the picture beautiful but her post is well worth reading by everyone in America. Please go to the button on the right side of our blog and "click" on "Prairie Flower Farm" to go to her blog so you can read the entry. What an inspirational writer. Thank you Linda.

Friday, March 19, 2010

How to Eat Chocolate Cake














Here's how you eat chocolate cake if you don't have a clean fork.







This is how you eat chocolate cake to keep from getting your hands dirty.















Oh, that is only how you eat cake if you are still only two years old.





Have a God Filled Day

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Let's tie one on... FOR THE TROOPS!

This is a great way to show your love for your country and in turn for our troops.

National Quilt Day is March 20th! The National Quilt Association has designed this free pattern for your group or guild as you celebrate National Quilting Day. Don't forget the tradition to use up what you have on hand. So with this in mind, gather up your scraps, grab all those funky yellows, bits of brown and pieces of anything. Use what you have, even if it means making a purple tree with yellow bows! Be creative!

Here are ways to give your quilt:
* VA hospitals — they would make great lap quilts.

* If a military base is nearby, contact the social services there to see where to give the quilts.

* The quilt would be a great gift to the family of a soldier serving overseas. A child might like one on the bedroom wall while waiting for Mommy or Daddy to come home.

* Contact local churches to see who in the congregation might be serving in the war zone and give a quilt to the family through the church. Or give it to the church to hang in their parish hall to remind everyone they have a member serving overseas.

To download this pattern click on "The National Quilt Association" above.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

OUR NEW FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP

We have found a new favorite place to shop (for our business). We've stopped in Goodwill Stores previously, but really never found anything of interest. You see, Grammy is really not a "shopper", she just wants to go find what she needs and buy it. DONE!! To be a "shopper", you need to look, dig, and plan for needs in the future.

Well, because of several blogs we've read recently, we are now professional GW shoppers. Did you know, each week they have a color that will be HALF PRICE for the week? Wednesday is 30% off anything for Seniors. Now, you don't get both discounts at the same time, but what a deal. In our area March 20th with be 50% off everything in the store. Papi has found several pieces of furniture for re-sale and is able to make a decent profit with the discount. Grammy is having fun with the 1/2 price stuff and has a picture of things purchased in the last couple of weeks. The items will be refinished and in some cases repurposed, and offered for sale in "Grammy's Attic" at the Trader Bucks in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Oh, we paid less than $20 for ALL the things in the picture.


This bunny is too cute with the BIG ears. Love him.

We will leave the Amish painting on the bottom of the bread basket and repaint the rest of the item. The painting is too cute to destroy.
It's difficult to see in the picture, but there is a 36 "white shelf that looks like it's never been used, we paid $3 for it. Now we just need to get the items ready for resale. Work, work!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sid's Surgery Went Great

Sid's surgery went great. The surgeon was very pleased with Sid's response. He will have another 4 hour procedure on Friday to implant the battery pack in his chest, then they will wait 4-5 weeks before actually activating the unit. Sid asked everyone who went into his room for a "Big Mac", obviously he was hungry. He told us all to go home and get some rest because he wanted to go to sleep. Thank you for your prayers and please remember him on Friday.

Parkinson's Surgery

Papi's brother Sid is having surgery today for his Parkinson's. He has been having trouble with his body "freezing up". This will be a nine hour surgery and 48 hours later he will have another surgery lasting 4 hours. Please pray that the surgeries will go according to the plan and Sid will be relieved from this problem. He has such positive hopes that he will be moving more normally soon. Thank you for your prayers.

Have a God Filled Day

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Congratulations Lauren and Mother's Devils Food Cake

We are so proud of you Lauren for coming in second place in the
200 Individual Freestyle swimming event. You came off that
starting block like a pro. Good job:) You are turning into such a beautiful young lady. We are so fortunate to have such sweet granddaughters, five of them, and everyone loved just as much as the other.








Many years ago, my mother made a Devils Food cake for her father because he LOVED chocolate cake so much. It was a really moist cake and he asked her what make it so good. She made the mistake of telling him it was "Miracle Whip". When asked if he wanted another piece he declined, and in fact, did not eat any more of the cake. She waited a long time before she made another Devils Food Cake (Miracle Whip Cake), when he didn't ask, she didn't tell. The moral of this story is to keep those secret ingredients, secret.



Devils Food Cake
Sift together then blend:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a mixing bowl, beat together:
1 cup Miracle Whip
1 cup hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add in the dry ingredients, mixing well.
Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees
These were the instructions written on my recipe card from many years ago. I'm positive you need to grease and flour your pan(s) but I don't know what size. I would think a 9x13. I sure would love a piece of this "moist" cake right now.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Blue & Gold Banquet "Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting"

Saturday evening we were invited to the Troop 370 Blue and Gold Banquet. As you may know, scouting is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. In fact, if you watched the opening ceremonies for the Nascar Race on Sunday, the anniversary was mentioned. We are proud of two of our grandsons who are involved in scouting along with their parents who are leaders. We had a delicious meal served family style with the two scout grandsons as "runners" bringing side dishes and DESSERTS. The troop furnished chicken strips and mashed potatoes/gravy while the families brought the other dishes. Wow those scout families do know how to cook (or shop) just right. I believe the most popular dish was pasta salad, each made a slightly different way. This picture is of the scouts and leaders who were in attendance. You will notice a large container on the left side, it has 50 Red Oak trees for the scouts to plant where they desire. Their ancestors can see the trees 100 years from now when the 200th Anniversary of Scouting is celebrated.


The cakes were for a Cake Auction, the proceeds being used to defray the cost of the furnished food and drinks.

Little sister, GraceAnne brought her Easy Bake Oven cake "The Leaning Tower of Pisa". She just had to participate, after all she is the Princess. Papi bought her cake and she even let us take it home. I thought for just a second that she was going to protest. But she didn't, and even gave us hugs and kisses before we left. Oh, when she gave the cake to Papi it was almost the "Falling on the Floor Tower of Pisa". I've not seen him move that fast in a few days.






Keaton made the "Shaun White Half-Pipe" Cake. It was angle food with fluffy frosting. You might notice the "full cheek", it"s a brownie and he didn't even offer any to the rest of us. LOL Keaton was a part of a really cute skit.








Joshua made the "Chess" cake. It was on a real chess board with real chessmen. "Warning, DO NOT EAT THE DECORATIONS". Joshua did a nice job reading a part for the Opening Ceremony.










Riley hid his face when Grammy tried to take his picture, so I'm afraid he isn't included in the photos. We all had a great time and plenty of money was raised for the banquet. There were 20 cakes with the highest bid being $50. We even had a REAL auctioneer.


Thank you Troop 370

"Blessed Be the Name of the Lord"

This Sunday morning Papi and I heard Ruben Studdard sing "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord" on the Thomas Road Live program. The song title started me thinking about other songs with the same thought and I decided to research some of those names. I found this article online with a terrific list. Hope you enjoy them and maybe lookup some of the scripture references. I realise the list is long, it just shows you the magnitude of our Savior.


Biblical Names of God
Scriptural Names for God and Jesus
By Mary Fairchild, About.com Guide
Studying the names of God is one of the most uplifting Bible adventures a Christian can explore. You will learn about God's character, his nature, and how completely he cares for you.
This list presents the biblical names of God and Jesus and where they are located in Scripture. With 102 names of God represented, the list, though not exhaustive, is quite extensive.
Are you ready to dive in?

Biblical Names of God
Advocate - 1 John 2:1
Almighty - Revelation 1:8
#HYPERLINK "http://christianity.about.com/od/symbolspictures/ig/Christian-Symbols-Glossary/Alpha-and-Omega.htm"Alpha1 - Revelation 1:8
Amen - Revelation 3:14
Angel of the Lord - Genesis 16:7
Anointed One - Psalm 2:2
Apostle - Hebrews 3:1
Author and Perfecter of our Faith - Hebrews 12:2
Beginning - Revelation 21:6
Bishop of Souls - 1 Peter 2:25
Branch - Zechariah 3:8
#HYPERLINK "http://christianity.about.com/od/symbolspictures/ig/Christian-Symbols-Glossary/Bread-and-Wine.htm"Bread of Life2 - John 6:35,48
Bridegroom - Matthew 9:15
Carpenter - Mark 6:3
Chief Shepherd - 1 Peter 5:4
The Christ - Matthew 1:16
Comforter - Jeremiah 8:18
Consolation of Israel - Luke 2:25
Cornerstone - Ephesians 2:20
Dayspring - Luke 1:78
Day Star - 2 Peter 1:19
Deliverer - Romans 11:26
Desire of Nations - Haggai 2:7
Emmanuel - Matthew 1:23
End - Revelation 21:6
Everlasting Father - Isaiah 9:6
Faithful and True Witness - Revelation 3:14
First Fruits - 1 Corinthians 15:23
Foundation - Isaiah 28:16
Fountain - Zechariah 13:1
Friend of Sinners - Matthew 11:19
Gate for the Sheep - John 10:7
Gift of God - 2 Corinthians 9:15
God - John 1:1
Glory of God - Isaiah 60:1
Good Shepherd - John 10:11
Governor - Matthew 2:6
Great Shepherd - Hebrews 13:20
Guide - Psalm 48:14
Head of the Church - Colossians 1:18
High Priest - Hebrews 3:1
Holy One of Israel - Isaiah 41:14
Horn of Salvation - Luke 1:69
I Am - Exodus 3:14
Jehovah - Psalm 83:18
Jesus - Matthew 1:21
King of Israel - Matthew 27:42
King of Kings - 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
#HYPERLINK "http://christianity.about.com/od/symbolspictures/ig/Christian-Symbols-Glossary/Christian-Lamb-of-God.htm"Lamb of God3 - John 1:29
Last Adam4 - 1 Corinthians 15:45
Life - John 11:25
#HYPERLINK "http://christianity.about.com/od/symbolspictures/ig/Christian-Symbols-Glossary/Light-of-the-World.htm"Light of the World5 - John 8:12; John 9:5
Lion of the Tribe of Judah - Revelation 5:5
Lord of Lords - 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16
Master - Matthew 23:8
Mediator - 1 Timothy 2:5
Messiah - John 1:41
Mighty God - Isaiah 9:6
#HYPERLINK "http://christianity.about.com/od/symbolspictures/ig/Christian-Symbols-Glossary/Christian-Stars.htm"Morning Star6 - Revelation 22:16
Nazarene - Matthew 2:23
#HYPERLINK "http://christianity.about.com/od/symbolspictures/ig/Christian-Symbols-Glossary/Alpha-and-Omega.htm"Omega7 - Revelation 1:8
#HYPERLINK "http://christianity.about.com/od/symbolspictures/ig/Christian-Symbols-Glossary/Christian-Lamb-of-God.htm"Passover Lamb8 - 1 Corinthians 5:7
Physician - Matthew 9:12
Potentate - 1 Timothy 6:15
Priest - Hebrews 4:15
Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6
Prophet - Acts 3:22
Propitiation - I John 2:2
Purifier - Malachi 3:3
Rabbi - John 1:49
Ransom - 1 Timothy 2:6
Redeemer - Isaiah 41:14
Refiner - Malachi 3:2
Refuge - Isaiah 25:4
Resurrection9 - John 11:25
Righteousness - Jeremiah 23:6
Rock - Deuteronomy 32:4
Root of David - Revelation 22:16
Rose of Sharon10 - Song of Solomon 2:1
Ruler of God's Creation - Revelation 3:14
Sacrifice - Ephesians 5:2
Savior - 2 Samuel 22:47; Luke 1:47
Second Adam - 1 Corinthians 15:47
Seed of Abraham11 - Galatians 3:16
Seed of David - 2 Timothy 2:8
Seed of the Woman - Genesis 3:15
Servant - Isaiah 42:1
Shepherd - 1 Peter 2:25
Shiloh - Genesis 49:10
Son of David - Matthew 15:22
Son of God - Luke 1:35
Son of Man - Matthew 18:11
Son of Mary - Mark 6:3
Son of the Most High - Luke 1:32
Stone - Isaiah 28:16
Sun of Righteousness - Malachi 4:2
Teacher - Matthew 26:18
Truth - John 14:6
Way - John 14:6
Wonderful Counselor - Isaiah 9:6
Word - John 1:1
Vine - John 15:1
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Stuck in the Snow in a Cemetery

Yesterday Papi and I decided to check on my mother’s recent gravesite to see about planting some grass seed there later this month. As we entered Brown’s Wonder Cemetery, we encountered some considerable snow at the bottom of the hill, however, we just “plowed” right on through with our Caddy, snow flying everywhere.

We did our check of mother’s grave and drove around the loop ready to exit and literally got stopped on top of another mushy drift close to the road. The car would not budge, not even an inch. Here we are stuck in a snow drift with not a trace of snow on any road. Hubby got out of the car to access the problem and immediately two young men pulled to the side of the road and jumped out of their vehicle. Mind you, we had not been stuck more than two to three minutes. I climbed under the wheel and even with hubby and those two strong young men pushing, the car still did not budge. Of course, none of us had a shovel or tow rope, after all it’s March and the roads are clear, right? Oh, they also discovered the rear wheels were not turning. Really bad news if your car is rear wheel drive. We were about to call for a tow truck when a lovely lady stopped and handed the guys a shovel and next she came back from her car with a pull strap. That was when it was realized the old Caddy is front wheel drive. “Thank you Heavenly Father, God is so good. With some shoveling and crawling around in the snow, by one of the young men to attach the pull strap, we were soon released from the grip of the snow and all three vehicles on their way. That’s how folks are in Boone County, Indiana.

We didn’t even get their names, but managed to call "thank you" as everyone went on their way as if nothing had happened. We had just received "random acts of kindness".

Wednesday, March 3, 2010