Time Out

I am having to take time out to cook and work on a baby blanket.  Joe and Holly have a friend that is having a baby so I need to make a couple of things for them.  I have several sweater sets done and will send them a white set because I don’t have a blue one and I like this white set better than the green one.  But I only have pink afghans so I am take time out to make a blue one.  I always make a granny square afghan for the new babies and that way I use up my left over yarn.  I make ones of house warming gifts for the adults from my worsted weight yarn but at the moment I don’t have a spare one on hand so should get one of those done also.  I still like to sew first thing in the morning and this morning I finished sewing Gina’s Spirit animal. Photo on 7-6-16 at 9.14 AM

When she came over this week she said she wanted a pink cat for her imaginary friend.  It took me a minute to think of what she was talking about but then I remembered I had told her the story of the three boys who went on a neat adventure and each found their spirit animal.  Each had a different one and that she should think about it and see if she might find a spirit animal also.  She didn’t remember the name “spirit” animal so called it “imaginary” because I told her their animals were not real, just in their imagination and the whole adventure had been make-believe.  Sunday we are going to Patty’s house and have a picnic with Patty and the whole family so I will bring Gina her spirit pink cat and the boys will have to think about picking a spirit animal also, if they want one.  Patty and I have been guessing what they will pick.  Patty thinks James will pick a lion and that Colby won’t pick anything but I can’t even guess.

I also finished sewing my walrus. Photo on 7-6-16 at 9.14 AM #2

both of these will be better when I get them stuffed.  My hand is not large enough to make their face look right.  Also today I had to take time out to cook for the picnic on Sunday.  I like to make brown and serve sandwich buns.  Everyone loves them except Patty who can not have any wheat.  Colby doesn’t need anything in his sandwich, just the bun!  So this morning I made a batch and have it in the refrigerator where it sits for 24 hours to rise..  Then I make them into buns and cook very lightly, cool and freeze.  Then on Sunday I brown them and we have hot fresh buns for our sandwiches.  Saturday we will cook a pork loin and when it is cool enough to handle we will slice it on the electric slicer Patty gave us then all I need is some sliced cheese, and salami from the deli, some lettuce and tomato and we will have a great party.  Oh, I do add home made pickles and green tomato relish and get a large bag of chips.  Everyone is happy except Patty and me.  I have not had any wheat since I went to the hospital several weeks ago.  I cut out wheat and chocolate and have taken it very easy on dairy and I have been better than I have ever been.  No colitis, no acid reflux, no heart burn none of the problems I have had all my life.  Oh, I also take one teaspoons of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water twice a day to neutralize my system which helps a lot too.  So I could not eat the rolls and without some kind of bread a sandwich just isn’t the same so I got some rice flour and today tried making the brown and serve rolls with rice flour instead of wheat flour.  It too is in the refrigerator rising I hope.  It came out feeling more like pie crust dough than bread dough but we will see how it rises, if it does.  Both have egg and mashed potato in them so maybe that will help the rice flour rise.  If it does not rise I will roll it out thin and flat and fry it up like an unleavened  bread and Patty and I can roll our sandwiches.  I’ll let you know how it comes out.  I have been making biscuits with the rice flour so I know baking powder makes it rise but I don’t know about yeast.

Time to get working on the afghan.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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