My Grandmother taught me to look to God for the answers to everything. These posts are things she taught me and things that I have learned on my own...
For my Grandchildren, Karina, Gavin, Ethan and Cory. I love you very much
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children—Deuteronomy 4:9

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Cookies, Chewy Ginger Cookies

These are one of my favorite cookies. Chewy Ginger Cookies! Spicy and Sweet! Click on image to enlarge, then save or print for your own recipe box.

Christmas Cookies, Magic Cookie Bars

This is one of Eli's favorite Christmas cookies. My aunt Alma made these. Click on the image to enlarge and then save or print for you own recipe box.

Listen to the Bible

Faith Comes by Hearing

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Creation Story for Children

In the beginning, God created...with these words, the Bible powerfully sets in motion our praise to the Creator for His awesome work. Written and illustrated by David and Helen Haidle, The Creation Story for Children is filled with vibrant images of the week of Creation.

Illustrated throughout with unique, full-color artwork
Innovatively highlighting the unique design of twenty creatures
Developed to help young learners begin to grasp the greatness of God

Perfect as part of an education program or as a treasured gift, this book will be an incredible addition to your school, church, or home library. Focused on God's wonderful handiwork in Genesis 1-2 and Psalms 139, it is one children will enjoy over and over again!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Catching Rainbows

Here is a Rainbow on my ceiling. Watch the sky after a rain and see if you can find a rainbow. Take a picture if you can. The rainbow is the sign given that God would never again destroy the earth with a flood because of mans wickedness. God sent His son Jesus and He became sin for us and died in our place so we could experience eternal life.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Johann Sebastian Bach

Learn to appreciate good music. For Bach writing music was an expression of faith. Every composition was "in the name of Jesus" and "to the glory of God alone."
Here are some selections from MusOpen

Air on the G String
Chorale Prelude, Wir Glauben all an einen Gott (We all believe in One True God), BWV 437
Air from Orchestral Suite no. 3 (Siloti)
Minuetto 1 from Anna Magdalena Notebook

Of course there is always room for "Go Fish" !

Monday, September 6, 2010

"Let Me Be A Woman" by Elizabeth Elliot

Let Me Be a Woman

"In order to learn what it means to be a woman, we must start with the One who made her." Working from Scripture, well-known speaker and author Elisabeth Elliot shares her observations and experiences in a number of essays on what it means to be a Christian woman, whether single, married, or widowed.

Long Distance Grandparenting

After having my granddaughter Karina living either near me or with me for almost a year, it was very hard when they moved 12 hours away. We had become close and children do not understand distance or time. Skype offered a solution to the separation issues we are both feeling. I noticed that when I talked to Karina on the phone she only talked for maybe 30 seconds, but when my son let her sit in front of the computer and we talked through Skype where she could see me, she would talk with me for almost an hour. We are able to see each other and I can show here things I'm doing and she can show me her pictures, toys and such. Skype has been a wonderful tool. It's free to call any other Skype customer. Give it a try. The distance and time issue are less of an issue. Of course there is nothing like being there with your grandchildren, but when you can't....

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tools to Help You Convert Knitting Patterns

Decrease evenly across row, increase 6 stitches this round evenly? Hate to do the math? Here are a number of knitting calculators to help you figure it all out. There is even one to help you space button holes, which I am getting ready to use! Thanks Knitting Fiend!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chocolate Pots de Creme

Have you ever seen a more satisfied expression on someones face eating chocolate? Below is a wonderfully easy chocolate recipe.

Chocolate Pots de Creme – makes 4 servings
1 14 ounce can of full fat coconut milk
6 ounces dark chocolate, I prefer mine to be sweet, not too bitter
2 Tbsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

- Break the chocolate up into pieces, put it into a food processor along with the agave nectar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon – don’t process it just yet.

- Bring the coconut milk up to a simmer on the stove, and then pour it over the ingredients in the food processor

- Blend everything together until smooth and creamy, pour into ramekins or coffee cups, and chill for about 5 hours until firm and creamy.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Paper Camera

Here is a project that tests your patience. Dirkon paper pinhole camera plus 9 others. Most of them free. You print the template out on heavy card stock; cut tape and glue the components together. They all use 35mm film. The pictures taken with these cameras are soft around the edges but beautiful none the less. It is important to put the camera on a steady surface to take the photograph.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Master Gavin Seth Osborne / 3.5 Months Old

At Karina's 3rd birthday party. He is such a sweetie!

Knitting Doozers from Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock was a tv program when Your dad was a kid! Hope you enjoy this:) Love Grandma!

It's neat and it's sweet.
It's a ding dong treat,
Knittin' socks for little feet.
Just sittin' with your knittin' all day long.

You know, knittin's friendly,
And knittin's fun.
Knittin's good for everyone,
And that is why we sing this knittin' song.

Well it's knit one pearl two.
What's a Doozer gonna do,
With a gol-darn,
Ball of yarn?
It's stitch three drop four.
Pitch that knittin' out the door right now.

There's a green, there's a red.
There's a knot in my thread.
A knitter needs his noggin read,
So don't come 'round and speak to me of yarn.

You can k-nit all day and k-nothin' fits.
'Cause only k-nitwits like to k-nit,
And k-nittin' k-needles just ain't worth a darn.

Well it's knit one pearl two.
What's a Doozer gonna do,
With a gol-darn,
Ball of yarn?
It's stitch three drop four.
Pitch that knittin' out the door right now.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

3rd Prize

I won Third Prize for a Lace Baby Hat I made 3 years ago. It was knitted using Shetland wool spun into a 22wpi lace yarn.It was entered in the Queen Anne's County Fair August 2010.
This is the first thing I ever entered! Praise God who gave me the talent to do the work. He has blessed the works of my hands!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Joy of Being Free...

To my Grandchildren....

Romans 8:1, “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be in prison? To not be able to go where you wanted to go or do what you wanted to do. To be told where to be, what to wear and what to eat every minute of every day, week after week, month after month and year after year...

Sin is a prison that we cannot break out of. Sin keeps us in bondage and condemns us to a life of hardship serving it. Then when we die we must pay the price for our sin and that is eternal death/punishment in a place called hell, that was created for the devil and his angels.

Without Christ we cannot hope to be set free from this. We cannot earn it ourselves. We cannot be "good enough" to earn salvation or pay our fine. We have all broken God's law. We have lied, stolen, been greedy, hated, wanted things that belonged to others....we sin continually.

Reading through the Old Testament and seeing how many people were put to death for violating God's law and I begin to see how serious sin is and how wonderful the plan of redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

He stood in our place and took our punishment. He gave us His righteousness because we have none of our own. Let me say that again...He was treated like He was a sinner, even though He never committed a sin, and we are treated as righteous even though we sin all the time.

We are set free by the sacrifice Jesus became. We (those who have repented, and believe on the Lord Jesus for our salvation) are not condemned but set free from the prison of sin and given eternal life with our Lord.

When we are given salvation, our heart is changed, we desire the things of God. We hated God before but now we follow hard after Christ and pray to be transformed into the image of Christ.

Will we be able to live a perfect life committing no sin while still here on earth? No but our sin will bother us and lead us to the practice of confession and repentance.

From the Garden

This is a new seed I tried this year from Botanikka Seeds. called "Minnesota Midget" these cantaloupes are about the size of a baseball and have a nice sweetness to them.

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Monday, August 16, 2010

3 Years Old!

Your growing up so fast. Just last year your little legs could not reach the peddles of your trike now you are riding a two wheeler. Next year.....? My prayer for you is for you to grow in the grace of God, developing fruits of the Spirit and learning God's ways. I love you Karina!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Birthday Girl

Karina, your birthday is almost here! Nine more days! Poppop and I are leaving tomorrow to come to your birthday party. Can't wait to see you!
Here is a picture from your second birthday.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Grandma has jumped on the "No Knead Bread" Bandwagon!

After years of carefully prepping and kneading tons of bread dough finally someone came up with a way to make bread without kneading it, and I'll have to tell ya its GREAT! (Bold print in the recipe are MY notes and are not part of the original recipe.)

No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread

1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting. You may use white, whole wheat or a combination of the two. (Grandma's note: if you use whole wheat or any whole grain flour you need to add extra gluten to the recipe to make it rise and taste good. You can order this online or some groceries have it. )
1 1/2 tsp salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran for dusting

1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the flour and salt, stirring until blended. The dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest at least 8 hours, preferably 12 to 18, (overnight) at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
2. The dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it. Sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
(Grandma's note: you can put this dough in the fridge and let it get cold before shaping into a loaf. It makes it way more easy to handle.) You can also speed up the process and add 1/2 t. yeast let rise till doubled, 1 to 3 hours, put in fridge till cold then shape and let rise. Then bake.
3. Using just enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to the work surface or to your fingers, gently shape it into a ball. Generously coat a clean dish towel with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal. Put the seam side of the dough down on the towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another towel and let rise for about 1 to 2 hours. When it’s ready, the dough will have doubled in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
4. At least 20 minutes before the dough is ready, heat oven to 475 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in the oven as it heats. When the dough is ready, carefully remove the pot from the oven and lift off the lid. Slide your hand under the towel and turn the dough over into the pot, seam side up. The dough will lose its shape a bit in the process, but that’s OK. Give the pan a firm shake or two to help distribute the dough evenly, but don’t worry if it’s not perfect; it will straighten out as it bakes.
5. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake another 15 to 20 minutes, until the loaf is beautifully browned. You can be really sure that the bread is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the side of the loaf reads 210-220°F. Remove the bread from the Dutch oven and let it cool on a rack for at least 1 hour before slicing.
(Another Grandma note: You can bake this bread with a pan of lava rock in the bottom of the oven. Shape your dough and put it on a piece of parchment paper. Heat an unglazed tile or pizza stone in the oven 450 degrees. Slide the dough still on the parchment onto the stone and quickly and carefully pour 1 cup of very hot water on the lava rock and close the oven door quickly. PLEASE BE CAREFUL you can get steam burns if you don't do this quick. bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with an instant read thermometer. This recipe can be doubled/ tripled and you can take out of the fridge what you want for a loaf and leave the rest in the fridge for up to two weeks.)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Jesus Made Everything....

Genesis 1:1 states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," Scripture shows that the second person of the Godhood, Jesus, did the actual work of creation. Colossians 1:15-16 says of Jesus, "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him." John the Apostle says of Jesus, "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:3). The writer to the Hebrews attributes God the Father as saying to His Son, "You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands" (Heb. 1:10). Jesus accomplished the work of creation. He is preeminent in all of creation, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, as the Creator.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Laundry Sprinkler

I remember these. I would help Mom or Grandma sprinkle the clothes. Mom took in ironing to make a little extra money.
I grew up ironing and still love to iron.

Below is a story someone emailed me and I thought I'd share it with you.
MEMORIES from a friend :
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea.. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fried Green Tomatoes

This is one of the cards from the family cook book, and all of my Grandchildren will get a copy of all the recipes. I thought I would share it with others.

You are....

My Grandmother said, "You are the company you keep."

Proverbs 24:1 Be not envious of evil men,
nor desire to be with them,
2 for their hearts devise violence,
and their lips talk of trouble.

Listen to this...Brick by Brick.

Romans 12:9-21

A great fortress finds its strength not only in its overall design, but also in the multitude of small components that make it up. It’s the individual brick, perfectly aligned and firmly in place, that adds strength and durability. In Brick by Brick, John MacArthur addresses a rapid-fire list of Christian building blocks that will add strength, durability, and character to everyday living. Packed with positive, biblical actions you can put into practice on the job, in the home, and in the church, this study can help build your walk with God to new heights.

Finger Knitting

Learn to do it at Craftzine. It's relaxing and will teach you the principles of knitting without the needles.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Good Words are Kind Words...

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such [a word] as is good for edification according to the need [of the moment,] so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

Grandma Callie 1916 Thaker, WV

Grandma Callie (My Grandmother, She would be your Great, Great, Great, Grandmother) is the one all the way to the right of the picture. Along with her siblings and parents. She was 10 years old at the time. She was born Feb 4th 1906.

Zucchini and Green Tomato Relish

I used my food processor with the blade attachment and pulsed the vegetables to small pieces. You can also use a knife to do this, just takes more time.


* 4 1/2 cups ground zucchini, about 2 1/2 pounds
* 2 cups ground green tomatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds
* 1 large red bell peppers, ground
* 1 large onion, peeled, ground
* 1/3 cup pickling salt or kosher salt
* 3 cups cider vinegar
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 2 teaspoon mixed pickling spices
* 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

Put ground vegetables in a large stainless, enamel or glass container with salt; gently stir to combine. Top with about 3 cups of ice cubes, cover, and let stand for 3 hours. Drain and lightly rinse.

In a large, stainless, enamel or glass kettle combine the vinegar, sugar, spices, and garlic. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add drained vegetable mixture and bring slowly to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Pack into clean jars. Wipe rims with a clean damp cloth and seal with 2-part lids. Process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Makes about 5 half pints.

Girls, canning is no big mystery. Get a "Ball Blue Book" and follow the directions. It is very satisfying to fill your pantry with home canned food from your own garden, and hunting.

Things to do with your Grandchildren

This is a great rainy day activity with your Grandchildren. Get a very large piece of paper and draw a stove top on it. Give them a pot, a spoon, and bowls and use it To teach them about safety around a stove and cooking terms.

Button Buzz Toy

This is a toy my Grandmother made me. I haven't made it yet for Karina. She's just turning 3. Maybe a couple more years...
It is constructed by centering an object at the midpoint of a cord or thong (a large button works well) and winding the cord while holding the ends stationary. The object is whirled by alternately pulling and releasing the tension on the cord. The whirling object makes a buzzing or humming sound.

Poke Salad Recipe

Poke Salad

a mess of poke
2 pieces of bacon fried crisp and crumbled.
1 small onion, chopped
salt and pepper

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add poke. Let boil for 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse leaves in a colander and rinse out the cooking pot. Add more water to the pot and bring to second boil. Add poke and boil for another 10 minutes. Drain. Rinse leaves again and squeeze out the excess water like you would with spinach. Cook bacon in a large skillet till crisp, remove and crumble. Add onion to bacon fat in skillet and cook till soft. Add poke to skillet with the bacon, onion and the fat. Cook down a bit and season with salt and pepper.

This is what it looks like when it's not fit to pick...Please make sure you know what you are picking. Poke is poison when it gets over a foot or so high.

Grandma picked poke and other greens like lamb's quarter, cressy greens, and water cress.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Old Pictures

Me, My Grandmother, and my Son 1983 Damascus, Virginia

A Godly Grandmother....

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also"- 2 Timothy 1:5

A Grandmother's Journey

When my Granddaughter was born, my prayer was that the Lord would lead me to be to her as my Grandmother was to me. She taught me to be wise, creative and faithful to God.
I had the privilege to have her near me for a year. The blessings that God gave me are innumerable. Now that they are 12 hours away I am struggling with the task of being a long distance Grandmother. I was never near my Grandmother for very long, and she still managed to teach me to cook, clean, sew, crochet, run to the Lord and have a gentle and quite spirit. I pray to be able to teach her all those things and more.