New Liquor Cabinet

New Liquor Cabinet

The new liquor cabinet is finished and I wish I could say that it took more time and effort to assemble the new bar than it took to write about and place on my web site.  Truth is, I am much better at re-doing furniture than I am at writing computer programs.  I have some talent for designing and painting.  As a computer programmer, I’m just faking it.  Check out the article over on the “My New Liquor Cabinet” tab at the top.  It really did come out nice.  Can’t wait to start another one.

 

 

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How Dough Makes Me Feel

How Dough Makes Me Feel

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love to write stories, especially when they are about remembering my grandmothers, both who were very special women in their own ways.  My grandmothers are no longer with us, they reside in heaven with our Lord and Savior.  The impact they had on my life and the lives of others will remain at least for another generation and possibly longer through my stories.  Please enjoy this special article about my grandmother.

How Dough Makes Me Feel

Prior to going to bed last night, I happen to pick up and read the newest catalog from Williams-Sonoma.  I needed to slow down my brain thoughts after stimulation from writing and watching yet another Dallas Mavericks overtime loss.  But that is a story in itself.  Forgetting the fact that ,when we get stressed or excited we want to shop. While looking through through the catalog, thinking about shopping, and then it happens.  The bread pages.  Pictures of beautiful bread being cooked.  Visions of the Mall and shopping.  Wait, get a hold of yourself and go to bed.  Now tossing and turning, all I can think about is the Mall and the smell of Pretzels filling every nook and cranny.  Can’t get away from that buttery smell, the fragrance of yeast and my Grandmother.  My grandmother made the best homemade bread every day. She would make it into rolls that seem to rise so far out of the pan it might touch the sky.  My dad said she would put the bowl of dough into the refrigerator and later when they went back to check on, it would have expanded well beyond the boundaries of the bowl, looking for any space to occupy.  Smell, oh my goodness, the smell would fill the house with a wonderful scent of yeast.  My mother made rolls also.  A different texture than my Grandmothers, but equally as fragrant and tasty.

Read More :http://carriewelborn.com/memories/memories/

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McCall Winter Carnival 2014

McCall Winter Carnival 2014

Think about the last snowman you created. Was it spectacular?

 

Well, the annual McCall Winter Carnival has come and gone. I don’t know if they had as many exhibits as usual, but the ones they did have were very artistic and definitely spectacular.

McCall Winter Carnival

McCall Winter Carnival

Next time you make a snowman, be more creative!

We took our grandsons Andrew and Haydon to enjoy the ice carvings.

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Niagra Falls in Ice

Niagra Falls in Ice

 

Ice Cave

Ice Cave

 

Stonehenge Ice Sculpture

Stonehenge Ice Sculpture

 

McCall Winter Carnival

McCall Winter Carnival

 

Sphinx in McCall

Sphinx in McCall

 

Sphinx Ice Sculpture

Sphinx Ice Sculpture

 

Egyptian Mummy Ice Sculpture

Egyptian Mummy Ice Sculpture

 

Is this your Mummy?

Is this your Mummy?

 

Close up of Mummy

Close up of Mummy

 

Stonehenge Ice Sculpture

Stonehenge Ice Sculpture

 

McCall Winter Carnival

McCall Winter Carnival

 

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Gloomy Day Activity

Gloomy Day Activity

I have several projects awaiting to be finished and they are still there, waiting to be completed.

Ever have that problem?

It is gloomy, no sun, snow on the ground, and my husband keeps working from home.  The last excuse is probably the hardest to deal with. Your routine is all out of whack.  I should do something, but just can’t get motivated.  I know everyone is awaiting my completion of the new bar project.

So am I!

Here is a teaser…on the right margin.  Partial front door.

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Well you are just going to have to wait.  It is much too cold in the garage to paint.  Besides, I have already started a new project.  But you probably already know that by the look of my website.  I decided, on this cold and gloomy day, to build a new website.

I just like the punishment I suppose.

Building a site, is not easy, transferring the old information is quite tedious and always a trial and error type of operation.  Oh well, what else am I going to do on such a gloomy day, but start another project.

So bear with me as I attempt to pretend like I have some vast computer knowledge or something.  And if I am successful, maybe it will be easier to view all my projects.  I might even post a few new projects that I have actually completed.

Thanks for bearing with me.

How do you pass the time away when the weather is gloomy.  I would like to hear from you.

Carrie

 

 

 

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Fun Crafts for Kids

Fun Crafts for Kids

What is the weather like where you live? Is it hot, cold, or rainy?   Some welcome the heat, while others welcome the cold.  Regardless,  it can be quite challenging keeping the children entertained. Many stay-at-home moms turn to  tried and true crafts to keep the kids entertained. But those families who work and find themselves at home with their kids, coming up with fun crafting ideas might be as difficult as pulling your teeth. Here are a few of the more popular and innovative crafts ideas for entertaining your kids.

1. Home-Made Sidewalk Chalk Paint

There are some great recipes making your own chalk paint. The kids will enjoy making the chalk, drawing, and writing on the sidewalk! It’s a non-toxic and fun way to keep your children active and engaged.

http://diyreal.com/homemade-sidewalk-chalk-paint-summer-kids-craft-idea/

2. Recycled Wind Chimes

This project takes about an hour and uses simple supplies that are found around your house. Your children will enjoy creating something from items found around the house!

http://www.onesavvymom.net/2013/05/recycled-wind-chimes-summer-kids-craft.html?m=1

3. Simple wood crafts

There are quite a few sites out there with several easy to make wood crafts. Crafts that encourage creativity, thinking outside of the box, and using hands and imagination to manipulate items are particularly beneficial to children. And those with boys, a project that uses wood and planes will be sure to be a hit! Think train tracks out of popsicle sticks!

http://www.parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/simple-wood-crafts/?page=4

4. Make a flag out of popsicle sticks

Teach your children  to  remember all of the men and women who fought for our great country and the sacrifice and countless hours and they gave for us. Using popsicle sticks, glue, and red/white/blue paint, one can create a beautiful flag. Glue on a longer popsicle stick or even a long stick and everyone can fly their own flag this Independence Day.

5. Create magic with tents

Children absolutely love to build a fort or a playhouse for imagine fun time. This fun and simple craft can be as simple as using blankets and a couch or as involved as creating a monster sized fort using the Toydle indoor fort building kit.

Article by Brandy Schneider, a stay at home mom and creator of www.halfbakedhomemaking.com.

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Date and Bacon Appetizers

Date and Bacon Appetizers

My friend Taeko  fixed these one year for Thanksgiving.  They are so good.  The bacon and date caramelize  and the combo is wonderful.

 

Ingredients:

Whole Dates (pitted)

Almonds

1 al Bacon

Toothpicks

 

 

Take a Date and push an Almond into the hole where the pit was.

Take a slice of bacon, cut into halves and wrap one half of the bacon slice

And secure with a toothpick.  Bake in oven until crispy.  Times will vary so just keep an eye on.  Take from pan and place on a platter.  These are really good warm, but very edible when cold.

 

 

Judy’s 24 Hour Salad

Judy’s 24 Hour Salad

My Aunt Judy use to make a salad similar to this, for every family get together. As we get older, it is important to have memories that remind us of happy times.  Mine always seems to revolve around food.  Imagine that.   I adapted this recipe to include all the good stuff she had in her salad.  Always my favorite and hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen green peas
  • ½ cup chopped green peppers
  • ½ cup chopped green onion (tops only)
  • 8 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 ounce (1/2 cup) grated cheese

 

METHOD

 

In a 9 x 13-inch pan (or a deep glass bowl), layer ingredients as listed through green onions. Mix sugar with mayonnaise – pour over layers. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bacon. Refrigerate overnight.

Note:  I usually make a little more of the dressing and put a layer in the middle.  Looks better and taste better to me!  Leave out the boiled eggs if you need to.

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