Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
We had a Victorian Christmas party at the church a week or so ago. Scott was the official photographer for the event! It was an unusual party, starting with stew, bread and salads in the Primary room. We had choices of things to do such as a visit to the tea room for an herbal tea party, going to sample candy at the candy store and borrowing a fancy hat from the hat shop. We had two chances to watch the live nativity scene in the cultural hall! Mildred and I played violin and piano for background music, as did Joshua and Julia. There was also a room set up with stationery and pens to write notes to our missionaries.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We were able to have one long table to seat all 25 people. Plus the missionaries we were hosts to James and Miekka and family and Laura and Matt and Lance from Utah, Anne and Logan from Salinas and local family members.
Seth, Jacob and Lia ordered up their favorite cereals before they arrived at Grandma's house. Lia wasn't picky!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We had these bar cookies as a treat in Relief Society last week. They are very good and rich!!!
2 cups flour
2 cup quick oats
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 Tsp soda and 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups butter
Comine and press 1/2 mixture into a 12x9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle over cooked crust, 2 cups chocolate chips, 1 cup nuts and 1 1/2 cups of carmel ice cream topping.
This was a big day for Julia, turning 12 and having to sing in her last Primary Program on Sunday! Jan, Rory, Sadie, Janae, Joanna and Josh inspect cupcakes.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
1/2 pkg yelllow cake mix
1/2 cup melted butter
Put into bottom of 9x13 greased pan.
3 cups pumpkin
1 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1/2 T nutmeg
pinch of salt and cloves
1/2 pkg cake mix
1/2 T cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter
BAKE at 350 for 45 minutes.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
We relocated the face on our front tree this week. She looks like something from Picasso. We also put up a new address sign. Lane nipped at our heels to do this when he was here. He said no one could see our old address sign.
I took this picture at noon today, November 3, Margaret's birthday! The sky was a robin's egg blue, but I didn't get it in the picture.
I bought these wooden shoes in Germany several years ago. Margaret offered to paint them for me and here they are! They are done in the Hindeloopen (Dutch) style. I think they are very beautiful. Margaret is good at her craft!
Jan had everyone fooled with her walker and bandaged foot at the Trunk or Treat party Saturday night.
Sadie and Jessica came to lunch a few days ago. This was Sadie's first visit as a toddler to explore Grandma and Grandpa's house on her feet!
Friday, October 23, 2009
We are finished with the first phase our our Square Foot Gardening effort. This is on the South side our our house and will be our winter garden. In the spring we have a gravel area in the back ready for more planter boxes.
Grandma School kids are putting on their annual Halloween Puppet show. Kendra, Kaley, Julia and Joshua.
Lynn has his cane in case our celebration gets out of hand. We are assembled to say hello to Anne and Logan recently arrived to live in Monterey and Stephanie and Jarom who are moving to Provo. 18 family members gathered on October 15th to say Hi and Goodbye!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
On October 2nd, Friday, we had a barbecue at Jon and Jan's to welcome Nancy and Richard to California. They were thrilled that Lane was here so they could visit with him. We had some wonderful smoked pork and chicken that Jonathan started the night before!
They stayed all night and had breakfast and watched part of AM conference before leaving to attend the wedding of Richard's Nephew in San Jose.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 1/8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
•Preheat Oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
• In a small bowl, mash bananas with lemon juice
•sift flour, baking soda and salt and set aside
• Cream 3/4 cup butter, 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
• Beat in eggs one at a time
• Add flour alternately with buttermilk
• Stir in banana mixture.
• Pour into prepared pan and bake for at least one hour.
• Remove from oven and place directly in fridge or freezer for 45 minutes.
BROWN BUTTER FROSTING
1/3 cup melted buter
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
small amount of milk
• Brown the butter in small pan until it turns a pale tan color. Don't burn it!
• Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. If frosting is too thick to spread, add small amounts
of milk to thin it.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We had some thunder, lightening, and a few rain drops while we were there. It was hot in Gilroy when we left and was hot all the time we were gone.
In the morning we pinned, sewed and cut the school bags. Our Stake has taken on the project of filling the bags with pencils, scissors, etc. then shipping the bags to Salt Lake for distribution.
On September 11th 19 women from our ward went on a Retreat. We went to a house owned by Jan Dickson's parents near Angel's Camp in the Sierras. 4 Lances went - Jean, Jan, Stephanie and Jessica. We had a marvelous time playing games, talking, eating and working on a Humanitarian project making school bags.
We let our artichokes go to seed and there they are in all their glory. Some portulaca plants are in the pots as well as some zinnias that have bloomed all summer.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Bottom row: Jordan, Jarom, Rory, Joanna.
2nd row: Jessica, Janae and Stephanie
3rd row: Julia and Kendra
Joshua was the "Billy topmost"
Stephanie, Janae, Joanna, Jessica, Kaley, Julia and Kendra. They are waiting for the meat to come off the barbecue/smoker that Jonathan had been tending since Sunday night. The pulled pork was delicious!