Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What'cha Workin' on Wednesday? Knitting??

Did a little shopping after school today...
I wanted to check out some of the new yarns for spring.

It is time for my Fashion class to start their scarf project.
The trend is moving from the long skinny scarf
to a more chunky yarn Infinity Scarf.

I hadn't done any knitting since before my accident and surgery.
But, I guess I'm not likely to forget...
I started knitting when I was 10 years old,
and that is a very long time ago!

Like riding a bicycle...
the stitches came naturally.

However, my wrists reminded me that they don't move like they used to.

So, I packed my 'fun' project up in Grandma's knitting bag.

I have moved on to more the 'responsible' task 
of correcting papers and recording grades.

I hope you are all having a great night.
Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014 ~ My Report

It was such a beautiful weekend here.
This Easter Bunny had to to out to WalMart and the supermarket yesterday.
I fell in love with the fresh spring blooms.
And this morning, the sanctuary was adorned with beautiful spring flowers.

Hubby and I hosted small dinner for his mom and sister.

Since my hubby is the grill master of our family,
he made Salmon and tried a new recipe for 
Grilled Asparagus with Bacon.

I purchased Hot Cross Buns, 
because they were my mom's favorite.

Grandma made her Cheesy Carrots,
because they are everybody's favorite.

A spring salad completed our meal.

Just a few bunnies and chicks hang out around here...

There were so many adorable children in church today,
all dressed up in new clothes...their Easter finest.
It prompted me to come home and browse throught my picture box.

So, now...here is a trip down memory lane.
Easter 1989
Easter 1990
Easter 1991
Easter 1992
Easter on the Farm 1993
look...leggings were in fashion!
Easter 1994
Easter 1995
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday
with family and friends.

Take care,
~Natalie

Easter Blessings to all our Family and Friends

photo courtesy of Vintage Holiday Crafts

Best wishes for a Blessed Easter Holiday.

Take care,
~Natalie

Friday, April 18, 2014

It was Yeast Dough Week...and I think I gained two pounds!

We spend a week on yeast breads in my foods class.
Dinner rolls, Cinnamon rolls, and Pizza.
I think I gained weight just from the aroma in my classroom!

First, you roll the sweet roll dough into a large rectangle.
If you would like the recipe, click here.

Spread the rectangle with softened butter.
Leave one long edge 'naked'.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Roll the dough toward the 'naked' strip and seal.

We use a thread to cut the tube into pinwheel rolls...
then, they are placed cut side down in a greased 9x13 pan.

Since we are on a tight schedule in school,
the students "force raise" the rolls...
200 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Then the rolls are baked until golden brown.

And...drizzled with icing.
I think one could smell our rolls all the way down the hall to the library!

Can you believe it snowed this week?
This is my early morning route to work..
and, no need to worry.
There were no other cars on the street,
so I stopped to take the photo.

The wet snow did nothing for my hair!

Easter Blessings to you all this weekend.
I hope you all have the opportunity to spend time with family.

Take care,
~Natalie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to Nellie

Today is Nellie's Birthday.
I hope she is having a wonderful day.
It is her18th...which I understand that 
is a 'big deal' with European teenagers.

One year ago, Nellie was celebrating with us.

We had been planning to host a party with all of her American friends,
but she was adamant...
No Birthday Party.

Apparently, Hubby and I were embarrasing.

I guess that means we did our host parents' job right?
The American teenager is often embarrased by their parents...

But, we couldn't just ignore her birthday.
My friend, Karren had offered to bake and decorate her cupcakes.

So, we went ahead with just a little party for three..

Nellie's favorite meal,
Lasagna.
(I hope she's getting some this year)

The delicous cupcakes.

And here is our gift for her...

This SAK purse screamed Nellie's name
when I saw it in the store.

I can't wait to hear how she celebrated this year!