Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy B'day Dr. Seuss Week!

Dr. Seuss with "The Cat in the Hat"
(in warmer weather)
Theodor Seuss Geisel!  Does that name sound familiar?  How about Dr. Seuss?  You've read at least 1  or 2 of his books, right?

He was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, MA and wrote so many wonderful stories for children (of all ages).  The name Seuss was his mother's maiden name.  His mom's parents had a bakery located in Springfield.    

I've shared here on my blog that Dr. Seuss' inspiration for his stories came from growing up in the city of Springfield, MA!  The motorcycles in And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street are red- the color of Indian Motorcycles that were invented & manufactured in Springfield.

History is interesting!  Learn a little more about Dr. Seuss by reading this interesting short biography.

Below are photos (taken in warmer weather) of some bronze sculptures that were created by his step daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates.  These statues are located on the grounds of the Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA.  When you walk onto the grounds you are greeted by:

"The Lorax"
As you walk farther into the well manicured area, so many whimsical "friends" beckon for your attention.  This is a great place for children of all ages!


"Green Eggs and Ham"

If you've never had the opportunity to stop in, do so!  The Memorial Garden & the Springfield Museums are a treasure in Springfield, MA!

My fave Dr. Seuss book will always be Green Eggs and Ham!  What is yours?


Sunday, March 1, 2015

~A Promotion in My Kitchen~

Drizzled with Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Winter here in Massachusetts has been harsh & quite trying at times. The Boston area has had a harder time than we in Western MA.  I was watching the Boston College basketball game last week & was surprised when I heard one of the ACC commentators say that Boston always has these extreme weather conditions.  Woah!  He must have cut way too many Geography classes in high school.
My "Bubble Charts"
Sprinkled in with weekly snowstorms was scheduled cataract surgeries & Eye Dr. appointments.  I lived by my "Bubble Charts" that were given to me by my wonderful Ophthalmologist.  Keeping track of needed Rx eye drops was much easier.  Then, an unexpected surprise!  Breaking a finger in my right hand.  So, as time moves on, my vision is now so clear & distinct!  Woohoo!  And, I'm typing with my left hand.  Both my grandson & I are learning how to print- but he's right handed.  :)

Now, a girl's gotta eat!  Her DH, too!  That brings the promotion in the kitchen.  Jim's been cooking!  My blog sure comes in handy to continue eating healthy foods that are easy to prep.  So my friends, that's why there's been a lack of foodie posts lately.

Simple is good!  We enjoy dinner salads in the warm summer months, & this is one yummy salad that's  drizzled with Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.  We're enjoying it this winter!  Defrosting the cooked frozen medium sized shrimp in the microwave was a new adventure, too.

Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 

1/2 Cup Olive Oil for salads & marinades
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
Dash Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Raspberry Jam or Jelly

 ***Salad Dressing Mixing/ Shaking Container

  1.   Place Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar in shaker container.
  2.   Add dash of Black Pepper.
  3.   Add 1 Tablespoon Raspberry Jam or Jelly.
  4.   Place cover on container.
  5.   Shake, shake, shake & shake again.  Repeat until jam/ jelly is dissolved.
  6.    Drizzle over salad.
  7.    Enjoy!
Store Vinaigrette in fridge.  About 1/2 hour before using again, remove from fridge & sit on counter.  Shake, shake, shake & shake again before using.  This small batch is made often.  It's delicious!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Humor in Our Front Yard!

Can there really be more snow???

Saturday, February 14, 2015

History of the American Valentine

"On this day... 1849, the first American-made valentines were sold in Worcester. They were designed and made by Esther Howland, the daughter of a local stationer. After graduating from Mt. Holyoke College, she returned to Worcester and began making valentines modeled on a fancy one she had received from an English friend. Her brother took the samples on a sales trip and came home with an astonishing $5,000 worth of orders. Howland began by hiring her friends to assemble the valentines; within a few years, she built her business into a $100,000 a year enterprise, a notable success for any entrepreneur but a truly remarkable accomplishment for a nineteenth-century woman."

This the intro of the very fascinating tidbit of Massachusetts history from massmoments.orgClick here to read the entire interesting story about Esther Howland- "the mother of the American Valentine" & the New England Valentine Company

Enjoy the read!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

~Valentine's Day Desserts~

The day when we enjoy showing the special people in our lives that we appreciate & love them is rapidly approaching!  Valentine's Day!!!  A day filled with shades of reds and pinks!  It can also be a day for special desserts.  Now, these delicious special desserts can also be easy to prepare!

My heart word cloud below contains family favorite desserts that we enjoy- a lot! Place your cursor over a dessert name & it becomes larger.  Click on the bolded large name & like magic the post on my blog appears.  For me the choice is not easy for Valentine's Day!  What would you choose???


Happy Valentine's Day!!! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

~A Sunny Day~

It's great to see the sun shining today!  It feels so good to sit & enjoy the view from our front window.  Looking upward there is some dripping action going on.  Another scene from our snowy frigid winter!

Could this be a view from your home, too?



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Love Those Hearts

Just love those guest towels! It's February & the heart guest towel makes its appearance here.  Just like clockwork! Best part about this guest towel is that it's totally FuN to make, if you have a sewing machine & enjoy sewing, like I do!  It's usually paired with my "Starry Night" guest towel (which reminds me of van Gogh).  I'm building up a collection.  And yes, definitely they are used!

They're easy to make!  To start, purchase good quality hand towels.  Then, either go to your stash pile or visit your fabric store & purchase some whimsical seasonal fabric.  Both items are purchased either on sale or using a coupon (of course)!

My heart towel was created using the decorative stitches on my Janome sewing machine.  I was learning how to use that feature.  To learn, one needs a project!  These decorative stitches are another option rather than use a piece of whimsical fabric!

***When & if using the decorative stitch design, use a much larger piece of fabric than neededAfter the design is stitched, then cut out the carefully measured strip to sew onto the hand towel.  A little more planning is needed here, but it's a great result! 

Follow my easy directions (click here) & before you know it your decorative hand towels will be ready!  It's a FuN project!

***I always wash & dry any fabric before sewing.  There is a shrinkage issue that does not occur when I take the extra time to wash/dry the fabric.  Yes, this does include the new hand towels.

Happy Sewing!