Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hello again

Just popping in to say hello.  This will be another short post with mostly pictures. My package to Peri arrived so I can show you the watercolor I did of her house in California.

I took this before it was framed, and the final version may have been tweaked just a bit.  She likes it and that's what is important.

I also sent her some crocheted slippers that I designed myself.  If by design I mean cut out a piece of paper to fit my own foot and just sort of went crazy from there...

How in the world can you call this pointed thing a slipper...

By folding and sewing the pointy ends together to form the top of the bootie and sewing the straight end together to form the heel I got this...

I thought she would get a kick out of the pointed toes.  When I tried them on my own foot (hey, we're sisters, she didn't care) they wouldn't stay on, so I created a tie to secure them around her foot.  Mission accomplished, ta da!

Each evening when we talk on the phone, we always discuss what we will be cooking for dinner.  This is something our family has done for years (not quite like Hee Haw's "Hey Grampa, what's for supper" but close).  Then one of us usually says, that sounds great I'll try that soon. Monday night I actually had ingredients on hand to make my version of her dinner.

She used beef and green peppers and onions, while I used chicken, celery and onions for what we are calling CA-VA fajitas.  She lives in California and I live in Virginia and since we tone down our spices a bit, (due to the sometimes delicate constitutions that we Southern Belles have developed) we didn't want to call it Tex-Mex.  Anyhoo, here is my version of fajitas made on flat bread instead of tortillas.

Pintos and cheese along with some seasoned up brown rice and it was a pretty good meal.

I also made what I'm calling a Frontier cake.  It didn't rise much for a variety of reasons, but it tasted delicious.  I topped it with a browned butter glaze and that did the trick.

I forgot to take into account the dark pan I was using and didn't adjust the time, so it stuck to the pan and I had to cut it into quarters and remove it with a spatula.  It had a very rustic, Little House on the Prairie look and taste and it was fun to make.  It was a different technique for me and if you are interested, let me know and I'll e-mail you the recipe.

Well, that's almost it for me today.  I'll leave you with a crazy shot of me wearing my new sparkly velour hoodie that one of my friends likened to a planetarium.  I'm all about the glitz.  Always have been shiny and flashy.

One last thing, this was going to be the year for Timbo and me to do things and buy things that we had been hesitating to do.  As you may remember, I decided to continue on in this vein, even though we won't be sharing these things together.  I bought a new couch, and am gradually getting a few items of clothing and jewelry. This week, I made a big purchase and I'll show you pictures next week.  He would be proud of me for handling things the way I am.

I'll never stop thanking all my friends and especially my sisters for helping me adjust to this new life. Whether it's sending me cards or e-mails, calling me on the phone, or offering up your prayers, I just want you to know I love you all.


kathyj333 said...

We love you too Susan.

I'm happy that you're moving forward with your plans. It's hard to do. I bought a house a few months after Al died. It wasn't easy and I kept feeling like I need to talk to him. But everything worked out.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. it wonderful to have friends.

Peri said...

The picture is really very nice! I like it tremendously! I haven't yet tried the cake but it is on the menu for this weekend. Love the sparkly hoodie...and the weight loss which is so obvious in this photo! Also think Tim would be very proud of how you have handled "things". Can't wait to see the newest purchase!
By the way, you look like your Momma in this photo!

Anonymous said...

Ooh...that frontier cake looks soooo good!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Beautiful painting!
Those booties are soooo cute!
If I lived closer I'd be over to put on the feedbag and enjoy those good eats with you.
You definitely are a sparkly kind of gal. ♥
I have an idea what your new big purchase is. Not sure of the make, model or color though. (Am I right?!)
:> )

Tina said...

I pray for you often and am really blessed by your posts. Those pointy slippers are so cute and your watercolor of your sisters house is beautiful. I commented to my husband just yesterday that (even though I don't know what your quiet moments are like) I am blown away by how healthy you are handling your loss and how you are honoring your husband by embracing this new life. I hope that sounded ok to you. I mean it in the most complimentary way. Blessings to you , T

Unknown said...

Beautiful painting and that frontier cake just looks so good. I'm glad your making a different way for yourself-bad moments and all. Praying for you and hope you have a good rest of the week.