Thursday, August 27, 2009


Here are some sweet pictures of my lovely granddaughter. She loves having her picture taken! I told her on Sunday I had my camera with me and asked her if she wanted me to take some new pictures. She told me to wait a minute. She immediently ran over to the pasture fence and climbed to the highest rail. Then she said , "Okay Grandma, take my picture now." How could I resist?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Blueberry Crumb Bars

1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and cinnamon, if desired. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the shortening and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.
In another bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Gently mix in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It's Been A Busy Day

It has been a beautiful day here in Ohio. The sun has been shining and there is a nice breeze. So far today my farmer (husband) has harvested tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, apples, and potatoes. The apples I made into applesauce. I canned it. The tomatoes were made into tomato juice which I used for homemade vegetable beef soup. I canned 10 quarts of soup. The pumpkins are Sugar Pie Pumkins. I will prepare them for freezing later this week. The potatoes are beautiful this year. I think I will can some of them and prepare the rest for keeping for this winter.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Where's The Beef?

Thought you might enjoy some pictures of the cows. They adore my hubby, and they especially love him when he is carring a bucket of apples for them. They eat the apples right out of his hand.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's The Little Things That Really Matter

Sunday was the third anniversary of my mother's death. The time has went by so quickly. I think so much of my mother and have found that it was the little things that she said or done that I think of the most. Some of her favorite things were.

1. This too shall pass.

2. Red at night sailor's delight, red in the morning sailor's warning.

3. Listen, heae the train whistle in the distance? That means it's going to rain.

4. If someone is mean to you, you just turn around and do good to them. It's like heaping coals of fire on them.

I especially think of the times when I would tell her someone was being mean to me or I was going through what seemed like a severe situation, she would tell be that I was not the only one that the same thing had happened to. Others had went through the same hard place, and they survived...I could to. Isn't it strange that when we are going through a rough place in our life, we think we just can't take this problem any longer, but when it's past we realize it really wasn't as bad as we thought. God is good!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blueberries from the garden!

I have been busy harvesting my blueberries. So far, I have used all of my berries to make some yummy homemade jam. I am adding some pictures in case you are not familiar with how blueberries grow! Blueberries grow on bushes. It's kind of funny how they ripen. They do not ripen at the same time. Mine have been ripening for the last month from the same bush. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.