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Obsession and a gift idea

This past Sunday in church one of our pastors mentioned that his two year old daughter has become obsessed with the Disney movie Cinderella that she received for Valentine's Day. They have watched it over and over and have it pretty well memorized. You can listen to his message, which was about the faithfulness of God, through Sermon Audio. The illustration about little Gracen is 26 minutes into the message.

Having an almost two year old in the house several days a week I have also noticed how toddlers can be obsessed with something. Ryan has recently been obsessed with a variety of things, including the Itsy Bitsy Spider song, the French children's film, The Red Balloon, and tires (which he pronounces "tie-ee". We took him to Costco a couple weeks ago and looked at the tires on our way in and then tried to just walk past them on the way out. We left with a sobbing toddler. 🙁

It amazes me that all three of our grandchildren (ages 6, almost 2, and 1) have been extremely fond of their stuffed monkey toys which they continue to sleep with. When Megan, Jim, and the children came at Christmas they were accompanied by no less than five monkeys! (One was actually purchased on the way here.)

For the past several years since I have become a grandmother I often peruse the video section of thrift stores looking for videos which might appeal to the children. They are very inexpensive now since many people no longer have a VCR. I first found a copy of Road Construction Ahead while doing such a search. Ryan loved that video and we watched it over and over. It was a sad day when we discovered that the tape was broken. Believe it or not I actually found another copy at the same store a few weeks ago. Knowing that video tapes of this vintage can be rather fragile I did a little research and discovered that the company that produced these videos now offers them in a DVD version. I ordered a copy of Road Construction Ahead 2 and it came in the mail earlier this week, just in time for Ryan's birthday. The company, Little Hard has a variety of real life action videos showing how things are done and utilizing a lot of big machinery. So, if you need a gift for a little boy you might want to check out this website. The website has clips from all the DVDs which might be entertaining for you to watch with a toddler.

Here's a picture of Ryan watching the Road Construction video and pointing out all the tires:


Thanks to all who left such kind comments following the death of our cat. We appreciate your care and concern.


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A peachy recipe

Our grandson, Ryan, came to visit yesterday while his parents were busy with other obligations. He is fifteen months old now and toddles all over the place, is trying to climb on the furniture, and delights in vehicles with wheels. We spent quite a bit of time with a couple of little Thomas trains and a small race car. I would push the car or train and then he would chase it and bring it back and we would do it over again. Here is a picture of him with Grandpa:

While Ryan was napping I tried a new recipe for Peach Handpies. The original recipe was for Strawberry Hand Pies but I had peaches from the farmer's market that I wanted to use. I also changed up the method a bit. Here's how I made the recipe:

Peach Hand Pies

2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 stick butter
1 egg
1/2 cup cold water (plus additional as needed)
1/2 tsp. vanilla

About 2 cups peeled, chopped peaches
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsps. peach jam
a bit of milk
sanding sugar (or regular granulated sugar)

Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender. Mix together the egg, water, and vanilla. Add the liquids to the flour mixture to form pastry dough. Use extra water if it seems too dry. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill about 30 mins.
Meanwhile assemble the filling by combining all the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
Divide the chilled dough into six parts and form each into a disk. Roll out each disk to a 6" round. Place filling in center of the round and then fold over the dough and crimp the edge with a fork. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 30-35 mins. or until golden.


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Baking and a boy

I've been baking most of our breads this summer and have tried several new recipes. We were invited to a dinner for a friend who recently moved out of state and I was asked to bring some rolls. I brought these Herbed Oatmeal Pan Rolls which are delicious.

About the only change I made to the recipe was to use Italian Seasoning instead of the individual herbs. I do think you could cut back a bit on the butter and they would still be very good.

I have used this recipe for French Bread dough from Mennonite Girls Can Cook several times. It makes very tasty loaf bread and the dough can also be used for Stromboli, Pizza Crusts, Cheeseburger Buns, etc. I've been making it with half white whole wheat flour and half bread flour. The French Bread loaves can be sliced, buttered, and then frozen so you can just remove the number of slices required for a meal and then toast. These are nice with a casserole meal.

Another experiment was a loaf of whole wheat bread using this recipe from King Arthur Flour. I prepared the dough in the bread machine and baked it in the oven. The bread was nice and light and not a bit dense or crumbly even without the addition of dough enhancers.

I try to get my baking pretty well done in the mornings before Ryan arrives so I can keep my eye on him. He is now walking more than he is crawling. He definitely toddles and still takes a few tumbles each day. This past week one of his favorite places to play was under the exersaucer. He thought it was lots of fun to roll a ball around in there.

I hope all of you are having a lovely weekend.


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A spring tradition

This past week we were able to take Ryan up to one of our favorite places in the mountains — to visit the baby goats at Carl Sandburg's house in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The weather was cool but sunny and was just perfect for a little hike in the woods up to the goat barn. The day we went they had five baby goats and two of the does had not yet had their kids, so more will be coming. The little goats were very curious and frisky and it was fun to watch them run around.

Here's one of the little kids:

Here's Ryan investigating the baby goat:

Here's Ryan looking at the chickens:

He decided he liked them.

Here are Grandpa and Ryan having fun together:

Do you have any special places you enjoy visiting in the spring?


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How I Spent My Spring Break

Since Mark and Katie are both teachers and were on spring break this week I had the week off too. It turned out to be a very busy week with some planned activities and some which developed at the last minute. Some of the more mundane activities included a dental check-up and a filling, some shopping, and some organizing activities. I'm trying to organize my sewing and craft supplies and I think I should have enough supplies on hand to keep me busy until it's time to move into the nursing home. 🙂

In the span of just over a week we have two anniversaries and a birthday in the family. Last Saturday evening we helped Ryan celebrate his first birthday and his first taste of cake. He wasn't too sure about what to do with it to begin with but after a couple of tastes (with accompanying "mmmm's") he decided it was pretty good stuff. He also took a few steps that day and since then has gotten another tooth.

He wasn't too happy about wearing the birthday hat:

Rob and I had a little anniversary celebration of our own and went to the Charlotte area for an afternoon of shopping and a dinner out. One of the main purposes of our trip was to get this little table and chairs for on our front porch:

Earlier this week I did a little baking and made these buns:

and tried a new bread recipe from the King Arthur Flour website. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture. It tasted very good and I hope to make it again. I did share one of the little loaves with our neighbor, Mary.

Years ago I was given a Wilton Lamb cake pan but it had no directions. I tried making it once but was not pleased with the results. Recently I read this post in a newsletter from Lehman's store up in Ohio and decided to give it a try for our Easter dinner. This lamb turned out much better. I frosted it with the coconut flavored icing recipe that we used on Nora and Topher's wedding cake last year.

We also had a very nice visit for lunch today with friends who were here visiting from France. It had been several years since their last furlough since we had seen them and it was wonderful to catch up and see how the Lord has been directing them.

We are looking forward to special services at church tomorrow and then spending the afternoon with Nora and Topher. I hope you will have a truly blessed Easter.


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