Sunday, June 27, 2010

Frosted Grapes

1 lb (500 g) grapes
2 egg whites, slightly beaten

Dip clusters of grapes in egg whites. Set aside to dry.
When nearly dry, sprinkle with sugar.

Serve 6

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Elfling Creations Birthday Sale & Giveaway Event

My fellow artisan and friend Merigreenleaf of Elfling Creations is having a Birthday Sale and Giveaway Event. 

Here's the scoop regarding her special:
-Take 27% off the items* in her Artfire shop with the coupon code 27BIRTHDAY from now until June 30th (midnight at the end of the day).

(*Custom dolls are excluded from the sale but everything else is part of this sale.)

-Everyone who purchases something from her shop during this time is put in a drawing to win a FREE one of the following:

(a)Pair of horns  Examples**:

(b)Crocheted elf ears on a headband Example:**

(c)Beaded hemp necklace Examples:**

(e)Single cartilage chain earring (can be pierced or with a cuff or clip-on post for those without piercings)
Your choice would be in your preferred color(s), of course!

*~*There's also another way to be entered into her drawing; spread word about her sale and giveaway! Post about it in your blog (feel free to use one of these images in your post

and link back to her blog post or her Artfire shop), Plurk, Tweet, Facebook, etc, and then go to her blog and reply with the link to where you posted about it. Each place you post about this event counts as another entry, so be sure to link her to all of the places you mention this sale/giveaway. No purchase necessary!*~*

The winner will be randomly drawn and She'll make a blog post on July 1st letting you know who won- then the winner can email her their item and color preference and mailing address. If she sells enough this week, she'll likely do more than one giveaway, so your chances will improve.

**Example pictures are NOT what you could win. They are just examples of what your prize  might look like. Especially if your like me and need a picture to help visualize a prize. ;)ALL example photos shown are available for purchase at Elfling Creations.

So spread the word.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Oranges with Cream

4 large oranges
½ cup orange juice
1¼ cups cream, whipped

Grate the rind of one orange and mix into the orange juice. Peel the oranges removing all the pith. Slice the oranges crosswise. Place oranges in a shallow serving dish. Sprinkle with orange juice and sugar to taste. Add a little sugar to the whipped cream and spoon over oranges slices. Chill.

Serves 4

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Banana Snow

6 Bananas
2 T sugar
2 t lemon juice
1 c plain yoghurt
1 c (250 ml) cream
3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
chopped nuts

Peel and mash the bananas. Mix in sugar and lemon juice.
Add the yoghurt and cream and blend well.
Fold in egg whites and spoon into individual dishes.
Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Serves 6

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

We wish to all the fathers out there a very happy day.

Father should have recognition 
On this day, his day of days;
Though he asks no fuss or favors,
He deserves our words of praise.

We should pause and pay him tribute,
As his day once more draws near,
For so often we neglect him
In the days throughout the year.

He's content to see his loved ones
Have the things they want and need,
But for his own wants and fancies,
You will seldom hear him plead.

He's the one who seldom whimpers
Wen things do not go his way,
But today he shoud  be honored 
For today is Father's Day.
Raymond Omer

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Tribute to Father

A father is a guiding light
Sent to us from above.
He listens to our sorrows
And soothes them with his love.

A father is a teacher
Whose place no one could take,
For he's the source from which
We learn to think and navigate.

A father is a gift from God
From which we learn to be
Patient, strong and loving,
Filled with integrity.

Byron P Tousignant

Friday, June 18, 2010


Who worked so hard and saved so long
For what we have today?
And anytime will sacrifice 
His chance to rest or play?

Who always sees his children have
The things he did without?
And gives so much, unselfishly,
For that's what love's about.

Who thinks and plans and struggles, too,
As nobly as he can
To set a good example, and
Be a respected man?

Who seeks no honors, no rewards
For all that he has done?
Except to raise a family,
The very finest one.

Though we cannot evaluate
Our dad, his love, his worth,
To us he'll always be "just Dad",
The greatest guy on earth.

Dorothea Robisch

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Banana Madeleines

6 bananas
3 T raspberry jam
2 T desiccated coconut
whipped cream

Peel the bananas and cut in half lengthwise.
Warm the jam and brush onto the bananas.
Roll in the coconut.
Serve with whipped Cream

Serves 6

Monday, June 14, 2010

Flag Day...

Today is flag day. A quiet day that doesn't seem to be much more than two little words on the calendar to many a youth. Upon that observation let me share something that I received in an  email from an old friend.

I Am Old Glory

I am old glory; for more the 9 score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans. Born amid the first flames of America's fight for freedom, I am the symbol of a country that has grown from a little group of 13 colonies to a united nation of 50 sovereign states. Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American Faith, my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions. Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage. They have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity. They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men. So long as men love liberty more than life itself, so long as they treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers; so long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.

I Am Your Flag

I am the symbol of the living America, the badge of its greatness, the emblem of its destiny.
I am faith. It is I who keep men mindful of their priceless heritage, life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness.
I am hope. I represent the land of promise wherein, already, man's loftiest dreams have approached closer to realization than ever before on this earth.
I am life. Each strand and fiber of my being is a memorial, dedicated to the sacrifices of all those strong men and steadfast women who have lived and died in the nation's service, that it might live forever.
I am tolerance. So long as I shall wave, all people under my protection may freely worship, think, write and speak, undaunted by the shadow of fear.
I am justice, tempered with mercy. For I am friend to the oppressed and downtrodden of every land.
I am a sign of the future. I wave over schools throughout the nation and in them the nation's future is molded.
I am the flag of the United States... the last... the best hope for peace on earth.

Remember Our Flag 
author unknown

Somewhere a bugle softly sounds
The message of renown,
And men inside their buildings wait
  Until the flag comes down

And others run to get their cars,
Quite harrowed or dismayed,
Afraid they will not reach the gate
Before retreat is played-
Not thinking of the flag or the men
Who fought to keep it flying

How many would be glad to stand,
Whose bodies are now mute,
Or have no hand they might raise
And stand in proud salute

So accept it not as duty
But a privilege even more
And receive it as an honor
  Instead of just a chore

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Raisin Cream Pie

2 c flour
pinch of salt
½ cup butter
cold water

1 c brown sugar
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 T melted butter
1 cup raisins, cooked in a little water and drained
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
pinch of salt
½ t cinnamon
¼ t nutmeg
3 egg yolks, stiffly beaten
1 t vanilla

Sift flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture is like fine bread crumbs. Add enough cold water to form a stiff dough. Roll out half the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch (3mm) and line the bottom of a 9 inch (23 cm) pie tin.

Combine brown sugar, egg yolks, and butter. Add raisins, nuts, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix thoroughly. fold in egg whites and add vanilla.
Pour into the uncooked pastry shell.
Roll out onto half of dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch (3mm). Cut inot strips and make a lattice top crust. Press edges together.
Bake in a 450°F (230°C) oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (180°C) and cook for another 20 minutes.

Serves 6-8

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Strawberry Festival

Today our town is having its annual Strawberry Festival. I kept that in mind while I was looking for items to share with my readers.

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Liberty Doll

Yum Strawberry Ice Cream

Liberty Doll
Skyline Candle Company
Jewelled Trellis
Elfling Creations