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Monday, September 30, 2013

Crock Pot Oatmeal

 
I love oatmeal!
As soon as the weather gets cooler, I can just about have it daily for breakfast.
 Since I'm the only one that likes it here at home, I tend to cook it in the microwave just for my lonely self the old fashion way, and it has become boring.
Hubby doesn't like it one bit.  He says it tastes like glue.  I had no idea he had ever tasted glue before...interesting!
I came across this recipe on Pinterest, using the crock pot.  Fix It & Forget It is my cooking motto.
I made it and it actually is very good and tasty, and will definitely make it again this way. 
I replaced the cinnamon powder with a cinnamon stick.  
Next time I make this crock pot oatmeal, I will double the sugar, maybe add 3/4 cups more water. and make sure I sprinkle the sugar evenly over apples. 
 
Directly from the Pin: Throw 2 sliced apples, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour 2 cups of oatmeal and 4 cups of water on top. Do NOT stir. Cook overnight for 8 – 9 hours on low.
 
It makes a cozy winter breakfast for any day of the week. Next time I would like to try other fruit besides apples (peaches, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, banana chips) and nuts. I stored individual portions in containers for my weekly breakfast.
Yummy Yum!!!

PS: The crock pot was easy to clean.  I let it soaked for an hour or so, and the stuck on sugar/oatmeal mixture came right off!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Crochet Pumpkins

 While browsing through Pinterest, I came across directions to make these cuties!
 I was directed to Priscilla's blog and I simply fell in love with them. 
 So I went through my stash of yarn and luckily for me I had just what I needed.  I followed Priscilla's crochet instructions to a tee, except that I added a cinnamon stick for the stem.  Heavenly scent!
 My own little pumpkin patch!
Easy and super fun to make!
Thank you Priscilla for the inspiration!
 


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Life Artistic: Cuff'd Fingerless Gloves

The Life Artistic: Cuff'd Fingerless Gloves:  My best friend in high school had a pair of fingerless gloves she wore all the time. I could not for the life of me underst...



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Good Read

is a historical fiction novel set in Germany during World War II.
 
  This is a very complicated story that tells about a beautiful young German mother and what she did to protect her daughter.  The difficult and ugly choices she made to survive the dangers of wartime Germany and the shame she endured for her choices. 
A lot of books deal with stories and tragedies of the Jews (as they should); however, this story tells the sacrifices and occurrences of what everyday normal German citizens went through during WWII.  Even though these citizens may not have gone to camps, rations and the cruelty that they had to endure at the hands of the SS for their country was incomprehensible.
 
Even though it was a difficult topic to read, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and couldn't it put down.


Monday, September 9, 2013

At the State Fair

 Couple of weeks ago, Hubby and I went to the Minnesota State Fair and it was awesome!  This was my first time going there.
Due to the warm and humid morning/day, we were able to stay for just a couple of hours, but we got to do and see some interesting and fun things.
 One thing that I really enjoy when going to the fair is to see the ROOSTERS.
 There were several handsome roosters!
 I wish I could have one as a pet!
 There were several very exhausted students sleeping while at the job!  Poor things, it was rather miserable (warm and stifling) at the barns.
 Of course, we couldn't leave the fair without getting to visit these gorgeous Clydsdales!  They're treated like royalty!
 Very interesting food at the fair!
Hubby and I just went for a Pronto Pup and shared a Grain Belt Premium beer.  For dessert we had lingonberry ice cream, which I thought tasted just like strawberry ice cream.
 We took the Sky Ride, and I was very impressed as to how big the fair actually is. 
Hubby and I are not fans at all of the crazy rides, but we were willing to try the slide.  Unfortunately, by the time we got to the slide, there was a huge line and by then it was just too too hot to wait in line!
This was the winning pumpkin at 881.5 pounds!!!  Wow!!!
 
I hope that we get to go again next year and have good weather, so that we can spend most of the day there! 
Maybe next year I'll try some weird fair delicacy!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pink Saturday

As I was dusting in the living room, I stopped my chore to actually admire my late mother-in-law's fine china.  I have noticed she had a collection of fine china tea cups.
When I mentioned this to Hubby, he informed me that most of his mother's china came from her mother and grandparents.  The china sets were divided between my mother-in-law and her two sisters.
 I love the soft pinks and greens with a touch of gold on the two teacups. 

 Some of her china is displayed on the hutch made by Hubby's grandfather.
 
 I thought that these teacups had the identical design, but when looking closely, I noticed that the flowers were different even though they share the same color scheme.
I have to say that this teacup and saucer is my favorite! 
I love the shape of the saucer and teacup, as well as the embossing details.

 I wish I had gotten to know my mother-in-law better, and have learned about the history of her prized possessions.  She passed away three years later after Hubby and I got married.
 


Friday, September 6, 2013

September's Fresh Cut Friday

 September is here and my garden is still blooming with summer flowers.
 I took a flower here and some green there to fill my little spice container.
 I fell in love with the idea of using an empty spice container and using it as a vase to make a little flower arrangement from Stacey at Poofing the Pillows
 I tucked a Black Eyed Susan,
 some phlox, a nasturtium flower and leaf, a tiny fern frond, verbena, and a geranium bloom.
Flowers always bring me a smile!
 
I am joining Fresh Cut Friday at Liz's Rose Vignettes. Please stop by to see her roses and other bloggers' fresh cuts.
Thank you for stopping by~

Oliva


Note: to avoid water seeping out of tin, I used a plastic sandwich baggie inside tin and added water.  Once filled with water, cut excess top of baggie to fit tin.


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Crochet Pineapple Round Tablecloth

 Couple of weeks ago while I was out garage saling, I came across this beautiful white crochet pineapple round tablecloth for $1.75!!!
It is in pristine condition.
Several years ago, I had attempted to make one for myself, and as hard as I tried, I just wasn't able to concentrate and follow the pattern, so I simply gave up.
Ever since then, I had been hoping to come across one, and now I have! 
Lucky me!
 

Sunday, September 1, 2013