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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mid-March catch up

I am fine and still here- just have not been visiting or writing blogs much. But I have no plans to stay away from the blog neighborhood - just took a little break
I have done very little shopping but I was in Walmart today and a worker in the children's department told me I should look in the buggy where she has just marked down an assortment of things.
I didn't dig through it all but I did pick out a nice assortment of socks for all my grandchildren, 
The packs with 2 or 3 pairs were 50 cents each. 
The packs with 6-10 pairs were $1.
9 of our family members were here Saturday. This is the lunch I put together. 
Homemade honey oat and white sandwich buns
A meat plate with cheese, sliced ham and chicken salad
Sandwich toppings -sliced onions, tomatoes, lettuce
A veggie plate with dip 
A fresh fruit plate 
And a peach crisp- not in the photo
most all the ingredients for this meal were purchased at Aldi- I am so thankful for this affordable and easy to shop at grocery store
I've baked lots of sandwich buns but have never got the hot dog buns quite right. But I've baked them twice lately and have been a lot happier with them. When I cut out the dough, it seems the unbaked unrisen dough for the hotdog buns needs to start out just a tad bigger than the hot dog. The dough will rise quite a bit and doing it like this gives a bun that is just the right size to hold the hot dog. 

All 5 of my grands at one time - this was at Andie's 2nd birthday party. The other 75 or so party goers were trying to get these 5 to smile for the photo. But instead of smiling, I think the grands were overwhelmed. So, instead of their usual smiling faces, this photo kind of looks like a group baby mugshot.

The seeds growing in eggshells are doing great. If next weeks weather forecast is warm, I am going to move the tomatoes to the outdoor planters then. 
I've been saving most of my eggshells and planted flower seeds in 28 more yesterday.
The tomatoes are the tallest. 
Our country friends with chickens are selling eggs after a dry spell in the winter. 
They have the nicest eggs with bright orange yolks and the shells are light blue and shades of brown.
I am so happy to have good eggs again!
Handwork  - I've been working on a gingham check cover for a tissue box, made with yarn and plastic canvas. Once I got the pattern started, it is almost a no brainer. Sometimes it is nice to just work on something and not have to concentrate much. 

I've been quiet because I have just been sad. A neighbor  passed away unexpectedly from pneumonia.  

Also, a very good friend was killed, so unexpectedly, in a 104 car pileup in Colorado.  She was a very dear, sweet lady.  
This is one of  the songs that was played at her funeral,  and it really sums up her attitude- Love God,  love your family

I am thankful to of known both of them but I do miss them and I know their families are just heartbroken.

 I am also thankful to know so many of you sweet bloggers through the nice  comments you leave  here and through your blogs.  

Hopefully, next week,  things will be more normal here and I will be back to regular blog writing and visiting. 


  1. I'm so sorry about your neighbor! We've had 5 neighbors pass away in the last year. It's always sad no matter what the circumstances! Our neighbors are all getting quite elderly! We were the 'young married kids' 25 years ago when we built our home. ha.

    lunch looks great!

    next time you take a group shot of the kiddos, try singing a song they like. That usually works for me. :)

  2. Sorry about your loss. It is always a sad time. Hugs.xx

  3. Sorry for your loss. : (

    Your luncheon looks wonderful! Great deals on socks for the grands.

  4. So sorry about you losing your friends. Really sad when those things come along in life.

    You have had a lot going on - your food spread looks delicious. There is an ALDI being built not too far from my home, and I am anxious to try it out. Love your sock buys!

  5. We will remember you in prayer as you grieve the passing of your dear friends.

  6. Rhonda, so sorry to hear about your friends. Their families are in my prayers.

    Grandkids are all so cute!

    Have to agree with all others that your lunch looks GREAT! You know I have been making your Grandpas bread recipe for sometime now. In the last couple of weeks I have made buns too. The 2nd time I cut them alittle thicker and they rose better. I made some green ones for last Sunday for my sister St. Pattys meal. I will post pictures shortly.

    Great deals on the soxs.

    Nice handiwork you are working on.

    Hugs to you!

  7. It is nice to hear from you again, but I totally understand about needing to take a break. I don't try to write every day like I did when I first started blogging. And being sad over losing a friend is much more important.

    Sweet little grands; mine are ages 15-26 which means I don't see them much anymore.

  8. First and foremost, I am so sorry about the deaths of your neighbor and dear friend. Of course you've been sad. Your grandchildren are so precious. That photo is darling ~ they all look a little overwhelmed in that photo! Your plants are doing really well. I never did get around to planting any seeds. Nowhere to put them here anyway - guess that's why I didn't do it!

  9. So sorry about the loss of your friends. We lost some friends just recently as well...Prayers for comfort and peace to you and the families.

    I have to say I just love your seedlings in the eggshells. What a beautiful sight!
    And your grand-babies look beautiful, too, even if they are not smiling. Pretty good how you got them to all sit still for the photo!

  10. You are always so busy taking care of everyone else, you deserve a break to take care of yourself. I'm very sorry about your neighbor and your friend.
    I'm just thinking about planting some seeds, but probably not for another week or so. Won't be able to put them outside until mid-May, so there is plenty of time. I think the boys would enjoy the eggshell planters and be great "helpers" for me. LOL.

  11. So sad about your friends. Breaks are good.

  12. So sorry about your friends :(

    Adorable little mug shot there, though! '

    Your menu sounds and looks delicious. My niece is always raving about Aldi's..especially their produce costs. It's a bit out of the way for me ( my regular store is less than 5 minutes away ) but I need to check them out soon ! : )

  13. So sorry about your friends. Lunch looked delicious and the plants are wonderful. I have mine planted too.

    The grands are so cute.


    Cottage Making Mommy

  14. So sorry about your loss. Sometimes we just need that little break from blogging, even though I have missed your posts.


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