Monday, April 24, 2017

Sun Porch

Since the bugs ate our screens every summer, we decided to put windows in the porch and make it a 4 season porch.  It is so nice not to have the wind howling through the porch knocking things over!





 Before:

Madonna


I loved this picture when I saw it on Instagram today--one of my favorite pictures EVER of my Melanie!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lili's Little Violin Orchestra

"Concertino III" 
by George Perlman

The Silence and the Song


THE SILENCE AND THE SONG
How bright the morning that warms the afternoon.
How rich the evening whose cloak reveals the moon.
How pure the darkness that greets the breaking dawn.
How sweet the silence just before the song.
In winter’s stillness the dance of spring begins.
In summer’s twilight the autumn breeze blows in.
To ev’ry season both peace and pulse belong
So bound together, the silence and the song.
Before the tender lullaby can soothe us with its sound,
Before the finest symphony can swell with notes profound
The silence must resound, the silence must resound.
And so we listen in moments clear and calm
To hear, with wonder the quiet strains prolong.
So when we sing with voices pure and strong
Both gifts surround us: the silence and the song.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Feather Rolls (A recipe from my Aunt Vi)



Feather Rolls

2 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
1 T. sugar

1 c. milk
1/3 c. butter

1/3 c. sugar
2 t. salt
2 eggs
4 c. flour

Mix together: dry yeast, 1 t. sugar and warm water in mixing bowl. (I add a little of the first cup of flour to this mixture.)  Let stand for 20 minutes.
Microwave the cup of milk and 1/3 c. butter for about a minute--until the butter is almost melted.  Do not add this hot milk to the yeast mixture until it is cooled down a bit.
Use a mixer to combine the yeast mixture and the milk/butter.
Add the sugar, salt and eggs.
Add the flour a cup at a time and beat until smooth.
Store the dough in an airtight large tupperware container that has been sprayed with Pam. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.  I divide the dough into thirds and roll them out into 10-12" circles. Sometimes I brush a little melted butter on the circle of dough.  Using a pizza wheel cutter, cut into 12 triangles.  Roll them up and place them on a greased baking sheet, point side down.  Let rise.
Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes--until lightly browned.  Brush a little melted butter on the rolls after they are out of the oven. Place on cooling racks to cool.  36 rolls.
Cinnamon Crescent Rolls can easily be made by brushing some butter on the circle of dough and sprinkling brown sugar and cinnamon on the butter. Cut into triangles, roll them up, and place them on a greased baking sheet, point side down.  Bake them for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees. Brush them with melted butter after you take them out of the oven; place them on a rack to cool; frost with powdered sugar frosting.
If you want big rolls, just divide the dough into 2 circles.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Winter Art Show~McPherson College


"Dance Encyclopedia"
by
Chloe Cloud
BEST IN SHOW












Benjamin:



Batik



The dress made another appearance!


Photoshop:



And an added surprise!  I found a couple paintings of Micaela's!

I LOVE  this one:






Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mason's 15th Birthday






Cousins!

Great Grandpa and Grandma Thiessen







Great Grandpa T turned 88 on August 30, Mason turns 15 on August 31



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Almost the end of summer...

My weeping willow

KT's pergola


Love cooking outside--love my RV

El Dorado Lake (August 2015)