Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas Week! Some of the cards and tags I made and my #‎AliveNowMag‬, ‪#‎AdventPhoto

Merry Christmas Week! This month has flown by so fast! I have been making toffee and baking every weekend! Tomorrow I will be done! 

I have enjoyed doing the 25 days of Advent photos. Some days the word has been a challenge to find just the right image. I am posting some of the ones I did. The graphics some were from the graphics fairy and altered. I did the annual candle for our loved ones with Cindy Adkins on the 11th of December. She has the Angels at my Door facebook page. I also did a candle on the 13th for one of my school friends who had a Grand Angel pass away at the age of 5. A group called Compassion International hosted it as a world wide event.
Daddy has been gone for 4 years already how can that be! 
I did a collage for him.

My brother Jay surprised me with these 2 ornaments from our town - Owego, NY. I love them!

I am looking forward to my break! I will be off until January 5th! I am hoping to go to a new antique shop and another shop that is open when I am at work and a used book store not far from my house.

Merry Christmas! Let's Pray for Peace on Earth! Happy New Year! XO Linda

Monday, November 30, 2015

Batter Buns Recipe and Day 2 for the Advent

Hello Blog Friends,

   Here is the story of the Batter Buns Recipe. In 1972 I moved to Colorado Springs from upstate NY. My brother was stationed here as a musician in the United States Air Force Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. The man I married was in the United States Air Force Academy Band. There were many older couples in the band and one couple seemed to take in the young ones to show us the ropes. Jean and Adrian had 6 kids, so you know she knew everything! Jean became not only a close friend but she was like a second Mom. She taught me how to do the new Mom things after Tara was born, before my Mom got to come out. She also taught me how to make these delicious rolls that I have been making for over 42 years! I miss her to this day as she tragically passed away from Cancer in 1981.

Here is the recipe!

Batter Buns  by Jean Dubois

In a large mixing bowl add 1 Cup very warm water, 1 package dry yeast and 1/8 Cup 
sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt- ( I don't add a lot of salt so I just shake the shaker a few times)
Stir together- I like to let the yeast work a little before I continue-
Add 1 1/4 Cup of flour, stir 2 Tablespoons shortening, 1 Egg, mix well! Add 1 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Flour, mix well. Cover and let rise until double. ( I use a dish towel) I also turned my oven on 200 to help the dough raise.

Once the dough has doubled, stir down. Spoon into lightly greased muffin pans. Let rise until double.
Bake 375 until golden brown. I bake for 3-4 minutes and then turn and change racks. Yields 1 DZ
I always double the recipe as everyone loves them!

This is Jean!

 Day 2 Advent Prepare.

I am using a photo of Pikes Peak- as you need to Prepare for hiking the Peak, like we need to Prepare for the Lord's Birthday.
Peace and Love,

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Happy Post Thanksgiving!

I am hoping everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful dinner at Bob's Mom and Dads. The turkey tasted better than ever! My batter buns were a hit again! We are having terrible cold weather here and snow- a little unusual for us to have this for so many days straight! We were not very busy at the dealership, but we still sold some bikes and people took advantage of our Black Friday sales!

 Today I went to get tins at the dollar store for the toffee and some other baking supplies. Next Sunday I start the toffee with Mom Sally! 

I am doing an Advent a day photo posting with a group on facebook- here is the link-
Today is Hope and I am posting this photo of Penrose St Francis Hospital- I will not get into the politics over what happened here on Friday but the police officers and some civilians that were injured are at this hospital, 2 blocks from my house- So Hope is for them to recover quickly!

 I have been working on Christmas cards and I found some cute Santa Claus resin keys at Michaels and I made cards for my Grand Nephews and Great Niece! I will post the cards today and when I get them printed I will show the key. I will also have some Joy keys with cards soon in my Etsy shop- Minniesvintageshop.

I wish you Peace and Joy always and now for the start of this Holiday Season!

Hugs, Linda

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Where has the summer gone!

Hello All,

   Yes I have been lax on the blogging. Summer seems to have finally come and now it is almost over! We have had a decent summer at the dealership, though we had a month of rain it slowed our Motorcycle sales and now it is hot, hot! 

The K-3 are all 3 now! So hard to believe! Bob cat weighs 17.8 pounds, Merlin 16.8 and Savannah is just over 14. Except for Savannah the boys are long and lean. Savannah is short. The photo I took this morning they were watching Kitty TV the birds and the squirrels!

 I went to the Barn in Castle Rock with Bobs Mom on Friday night. I took off work early as they had a shopping event with wine and snacks. We had a great time!

I have been working on some images. I had this train photo and aged it up a little and placed it on a cabinet card for my brother Jay. I showed the original also. I have 2 more images to do and then I will print them out and send them to him. The train is at our old station in Owego NY. The cabinet card back I used is also from home so I thought that was special too. 

Our pond has done well this year and my vines also from all of the rain we have had. Our drought is over pretty much and we didn't have to water much this year at all.

My Granddog Oreo is so cute and I just had to add a photo of her. Oliver our resident non-feral was over for a kitty love visit.

I hope you are all having a great summer, winter hours will come soon enough and then I will have more time for crafting and blogging! I got Bob some Minions Twinkies and one of the news ones in the movie is named Bob! LOL! XO Linda

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bob's Grandma is 98 and my Valentine Crafts, some of them anyhow!

I suppose better late showing than never! I made some Valentine post cards and tags for my family and some friends. I still keep in contact with a few of my Mom's friends and made them cards and tags for Valentine's Day.

 Bob's Grandma Lucy will be 98 tomorrow the 16th. I made a post card from this photo of her. She was in her late teens I believe. Her card that I sent with my famous rolled butter cookies has some glitter on it. I have to say I am addicted to glitter now! I love the glue pen as it makes it easy to get a fine line.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I work on Saturday's so we had our dinner today. We were grilling in the snow my special NY spiedies,  lightly salted potatoes and Italian bread and for desert a chocolate eclair. I have 1 more pound of my special NY meat left for another time.

 I will post my newer items as I get them made. I have more Vintage photos going into my second Etsy shop and my main shop I will be listing some more of my porcelain decal cameos. I have more photos coming this week from my lady in NY. Some really nice ones that will make great Mother's and Father's Day cards. Have a great week! XO Linda


Monday, January 26, 2015

January is a big month for our family!

Hello Blog Friends!
I am hoping you all enjoyed your Christmas and are off to a wonderful New Year! I have been missing my favorite food from New York. Lupos Spiedies! So I splurged and ordered for Christmas Dinner! They ship meat every Wed. frozen 2 day air. I ordered 4 pounds of meat and 1 loaf of Italian Bread. We had for Christmas dinner. They were so delicious, we also had on New Years Day and have 2 pounds for sometime soon. So yummy! I sure miss going to the grocery store and grabbing a container to throw on the grill! LOL! my brother went to the Spiedie and Rib Pit on Saturday and had to send me a photo of his sandwich! Sure looked yummy! 
We are doing well here in Colorado. Weather is nice and then we get a snow storm. The snow finally melted off from the last storm! It was 63 today not bad for January!
 For all of my friends and family on the East Coast, I hope you keep safe as the storm looks like it is gonna be a mother!
January is a big month in my family. My Mom and Dad would have celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary! Hard to believe we celebrated their 50th in 2000 and then who would have thought they would both be gone so quickly from our lives! My Dad's Birthday is also this month. Bobs' Dad Fred celebrated his 78th Birthday, my best friend from school turned 61. My darling daughter Tara turned 40. I am officially old! LOL! She wanted a music charm and we had it engraved. "Dad" covers both her Dad and Bob, she really loved it! The photos are not that great- it is from James Avery Jewelry Store. I have enclosed a photo of Oreo my Granddog, she was wearing her hoody and booties as it has been cold in Texas and our K-3 - Bob, Merlin and Savannah as a Kitty Pile.
I have been working on my images and have a bunch listed in my second Etsy Shop. Check it out, click the icon on my sidebar, Minniesvintageshop. I have been working on cards now. My glitter came today from, can't wait to get started! Bobs Grandma turns 98 next month. I was able to get a photo of her when she was in her teens, I am making her a birthday card with it- I will post in February.I will post photos of what I am working on as soon as I get them finished. I hope you all have a blessed week!
I hope you enjoy the photos I am sharing!
XO Linda