Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Hello, I hope this finds you doing well.

I saw a beautiful rainbow the other day and took a pretty good picture of it, but then lost in the cyberspace, due to a mistake I made.  Go figure.  :)

I also took a picture of cookies I baked, recipe below.  I lost that picture too, so I took a picture of one lone cookie to go with the recipes.  The cookies disappeared fast!

I went to visit my parents Sunday afternoon and had a good visit with them.  Mom sent home a jar of apple butter and a jar of peach jam she and my aunt Ree made.  They won blue ribbons on them in their local fair.   Mom let me sample some of each from jars she already had open and I'm telling you they are delicious!  I think they look pretty in the jar too. :)

Well, the kids are back in school and I think we are getting back into a routine.  It seems my routine has morphed or changed on its own, without any conscious effort on my part.  Where I use to be wound up and running at 90+ miles an hour at night, I now find that I'm waking earlier and  that is when my creative side is more active.  Thus I am writing early today.

This morning I read an article that hit close to home.  You might be able to relate to it too.  Have you ever heard of FOMO?  

Check out this article.


Recipe of the Week

This recipe was a blue ribbon winner in the Mahnomen Count Fair.  It was submitted by Teri Lynn Turpin, from Naytahwaush, Minn.  This recipe is from Favorite Recipes of America - Desserts, Favorite Recipes Press 1968.

Oatmeal Cookies 

1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
1 c. flour
1/2 c. shortening
6 tbsp. brown sugar
6 tbsp. white sugar
1 egg
Vanilla to taste
1 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. chopped nuts (opt.)

Sift salt, soda and flour together; set aside.  Cream shortening; add sugars, a little at a time.  Cream after each addition until mixture is fluffy; add eggs and vanilla.  Beat well add sifted ingredients and mix.  Add oatmeal and nuts; mix well.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes or until firm and slightly browned.  Let cookies cool on cookie sheets about 1 minute.  Remove to cooling rack.  Store in a tight covered cookie jar or can.  Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies.


I guess that's it for now.

Have a great day!

God bless and keep you,

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Good Morning!

Good morning!

Just thought I'd send a smile.    Hope all is going well for you.


God bless and keep you,

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On the way home...


I took this pic on the way home this evening.  We were traveling south and I held my phone up and took this picture through the passenger window.  I think it turned out pretty good, driving down the highway at 55+. 

It has been beautiful weather lately.   Cool in the mornings and it has put me in mind for Autumn.  As a matter of fact, I have small quilting project I hope to start this week with autumn colored leaves.  It will be a hand quilted project and is expected to be shown at next month's quilt guild meeting.

I guess that's it for this evening.  Really tired, haven't been sleeping well, think work is in my subconscious and working while I sleep.  That hasn't happened in a very long time... and I don't like it.   I need to find a way to get work off my mind and leave it where it belongs... at work, when I'm off the clock.  Evidently the method I have used over the years isn't cutting it any more.  :)

Have a terrific Thursday!

God bless and keep you,

Sunday, August 19, 2012

There It Sits...


it's been eleven days since I last wrote.  I hope all has gone well for you.

I feel like my brain is just worn out... we are in the process of getting environmentally compliant at work.  There are a lot steps to follow and/or make sure our company has standards in place to make sure we are following federal, state and local regulations.   That alone probably explains why I've been too burned out to write of late.

These three pieces of fabric have been haunting me to make a small quilt.    I had plans on doing so this weekend or at least starting on it, but alas that did not happen.  

So there it sits, at my sewing machine, just waiting for me to get out of this funk I'm in.

At some point in time, in the past week or so, I laid out this wall hanging but have yet to sew it together too.

As I stated the last time I wrote, I have joined a weight loss program at work.   My first weigh in was last Monday.  I gained .3 of a pound but lost inches, so I was a little disappointed but also pleased.  :)

I have walked a total of 8 miles over the past week.  Tomorrow is weigh in and hopefully I have done better than last Monday.  I am tracking my progress or lack thereof at



I'm sharing a recipe my husband made this afternoon.  It is from "Favorite Recipes of America - Desserts", 1968.  As it name suggests, it is yummy!

Chocolate Yummy
by Mrs. Roy M. Bowen, Woodland, Washington

2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in double boiler.  Mix dry ingredients together in bowl pressing the chocolate lumps against side of bowl.  When thoroughly mixed, stir in remaining milk.  Add to hot milk in double boiler; still until thickened.  Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.  Pour into individual containers.  Yield: 4 servings.


Well, that's it for now.   Here's wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

God bless and keep you,

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Still Small Voice...


This week seems to be flying by but at the same time has had very slow moments too.  :)

I received an awesome surprise in the mail, earlier in the week.  It was a package from my "Christmas in July" partner, Nadine.   Thanks again Nadine!


Still Small Voice...

Last Thursday evening I realized I had forgot to call in, two days earlier, to find out if I was to report for federal jury duty.  As you know, failure to report results in a penalty of fine or imprisonment.  I contacted the Jury Administer that evening by email and then called the very next morning and left her a voice mail.  I've been praying about it hoping the fine would not be too hefty and that it was a fine and not jail time.

I've been waiting for the fine to show up in the mail.

Yesterday morning, I received a voice mail from the jury administer and then read an email from her last night stating the day I should have reported, everyone was dismissed due to the trial being settled outside of court and that I do not owe a fine and that I will be receiving a letter that my service time for this year is done.

Before I was finished listening to her voice mail, my hand was in the air and I was thanking God.  I went to share the good news with a friend, who knew about the situation.  As I walked away from her office, it was then God decided to share His lesson with me.

I was walking away happy about the blessing I just received, but still had other worries at the back of my mind.  I hadn't taken five steps when He spoke to me in a still small voice, "Sonia, haven't I just shown you that I am in total control of your life?  Stop worrying."  I broke down and made my way to the bathroom, to collect myself.   I thanked the Lord for the reminder, it was one I needed.


We were blessed with some more rain today.   We have a chance tomorrow too... hope we get more.  I hope if you are in a very dry area, that you get rain soon too.


Have a terrific Thursday!

God bless and keep you,

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Biggest Loser

As I sit here eating banana bread and enjoying every bite of it, I know crunch time is coming up.   Tomorrow at work we are starting "The Biggest Loser".  A program promoting weight loss.  We will have teams of four. That will make it easier, I think.

My personal goal is to lose 20 lbs.    If you are a praying person, please remember me in pray for strength and commitment to my goal.  I have twelve weeks to accomplish this goal.


Here's wishing you a Marvelous Monday!

God bless and keep you,

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Small Quilt and Banana Bread


I woke up this morning and decided to make banana bread today.  The recipe is below.  It is an older recipe  with a white batter.

While the bread was baking, I bound a small quilt.



This banana bread recipe is from my Favorite Recipes of America Desserts, 1968.

Banana Bread
Nancy Troop, Gardiner, Me., Pittston Fair

1/2 cup butter or Crisco
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
dash of salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)

Cream butter; add sugar gradually.  Beat in eggs; add bananas.  Beat well.  Add flour sifted with soda and salt; add nuts.  Bake 40 -50 minutes in bread tin in a 350° oven. 


Have a great weekend!

God bless and keep you,

Beauty of Giving