second phase


Second round of Pictures from the Quilting project



New technique on this quilt. I will pretend like it was easier the second time…







The falling gravel — eventually it will make sense

**crosses fingers**


Quick block, this one – there are a few of these blocks that just have the quilting and a number, so those go really fast.



This one did NOT go very fast at all, as there was a steep learning curve on this block — both times

and a minor miracle, too!



Both of the finished cement bag blocks, side-by-side.



stepping into the (quilt) zone

Stitch Delight Construction Quilt

This is my personal journey into the Stitch Delight Construction Quilt.

I cannot call it a tutorial, because I have no idea what I am doing – yet.

This is a journey, and it will be fun.

Come along for the ride, and we will figure this out as we go!


Flannel for the quilt backing.





The first block for each quilt has their initials.



The embroidery machine has a screen for you to select which block you want to stitch out.



This block has a new technique — applique.

Trimming it close was harder than it sounds. Possibly because this is a technique that gets easier with practice. (I sure **hope** it gets easier, anyway!)





Stitching over the edges of the applique.

Second block number one is done!

Technically this isn’t magic, but it sure comes close!



from the Way-Back Machine

Blast from the past — January 10, 2006

(not much has changed in thirteen years — and I **still** have a fistfull of raffle tickets to unload!
On the other hand, “job openings” are really not located in the newspaper classified ad section any longer. While the newspaper does still publish classified ads, far more of the job openings are found online than in print now)


There was an ad in the paper on Sunday, so I went over and threw my resume into the hopper for it. It was the strangest experience to hear them say that they are going to accept resumes until the 17th, and then they will go through the resumes and narrow down the job description. Huh???
Silly me–I thought the objective was to figure out what duties you needed to hire a person to do, then go look for a person to fill that slot. Odd thinking indeed. The way I read it, I guess they meant they want to find somebody they choose to add in to their happy little group, and then they will tailor the job to fit that person.
Whatever. There was no definite info on job duties, hours, or pay that has been set as of yet. So I do not know if I would fit into this job or not. If it pays the big bucks, I might want it. Or not.
The unsold raffle tickets in my possession keep multiplying. I have a bunch to unload for the 2nd Story fundraiser, and now the school has a carnival coming up so they have also “gifted” me with some for that. Gahhhhhhhh. I am not a salesperson. That “salesman” role is the one thing that I know will NOT be included in that job I applied for, however. I would need a new wardrobe for it, which is a plus. Or a minus? No, new clothes are definitely a plus. And my wardrobe is sorely lacking at this point in time.

The house is slowly coming down over there. The garage is gone, and much of the north wall of the house is missing. The city put up that yellow keep out tape–after watching cop shows for all these years, I always expect the stuff to read “crime scene–do not cross” but it just says keep out — danger — keep out.
I have no idea what will happen to the lot after the house is removed. I do not think it is a very large lot, so I do not really expect to have somebody come in and build a new house there. And this is a neighborhood of very old houses, anyway. Of course, if you did come in and build in an established neighborhood, the next developer could not come up and build a big apartment building behind your house. Several times over the years, I have seen places where people built these fancy custom homes, then another builder comes in and puts up a bunch of condos in the same general area. That would anger me to no end, but it does not make it on to my list of stuff to worry about this week. My “dream house building project” sits many years down the road, indeed. Not even a road I have stepped upon yet…

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations


I want to live in the house you see pictured on the Christmas cards. The one you see pictured in a two-page centerfold in every glossy magazine. The house with the perfect decorations in every single room.

So every year, while I am thinking about Christmas, I have these visions of putting up a Christmas tree in every room of my house. Family lore told me that I had an aunt that did have a tree in every room, so I think it is possible to do. When I was a child, I heard the stories of my Aunt Beece and her amazing decorations every year. We lived a thousand miles apart, and so I never did get to see her decorations in person. I never even saw very many pictures of them! Kids today, growing up with email and digital cameras and internet connections, will never understand why photographic sharing was limited “back in the day.”

Without having actual pictures to see exactly what my Aunt Beece was putting up, my mind came up with spectacular decorations, stuff with amazing special effects that would make Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg jealous. In my mind’s eye, I can see all of these lovely Christmas trees. I picture each of them with a different decorating theme, something special and incredible for each room.

Now that I have my own house, I imagine replicating these amazing decorations from my imagination. I could put up one tree with all doll decorations – Barbie and Raggedy Ann and Madame Alexander will all play nicely with each other, and maybe I could also hang some of those adorable tiny china teapots for them to have a treat at teatime.

I could put up a tree with fun Star Trek ornaments, so we can Live Long and Prosper. My grandsons would be thrilled to see a tree filled with all different trains and trucks and tractors – but I am not sure how long those would actually stay on the tree. It is fun to imagine all the different “themes” I could have on multiple trees.

Reality, however, always speaks up.

Silly old reality, anyway!

Reality points out how much work would be involved in trying to set up and organize multiple Christmas trees.

I scoff at Reality.

Starting with good intentions, I carve out a spot in my living room for the first tree. I start looking in other rooms for the perfect location to set up tree number two and tree number three.

Then I remember the part where I am lazy, and it takes me far longer to finish decorating the first tree than originally planned. For example, this year’s tree is not-quite-halfway decorated at the moment. When I unwrap an ornament, I often need to stop to tell the story. I have a wardrobe of stocking hats on my tree, each hanging there because my little one made it in school. Nestled against the hubby’s fancy Terry Redlin collector ornament hangs the stocking hat made of yarn and a piece of cardboard tissue roll, up against the beautiful “You Paid HOW much?” ornament snuggles the snowman painted and created from a wooden paint stir stick.

I think about setting up fancy themed Christmas trees. There is nothing fancy about the tree I set up, but it does have a theme – the theme of my tree is love.





fun new book!

Travellin’ Shoes


by VM Burns 2018


published by Camel Press


I loved this book.

I felt like I knew these people – RJ the partly disabled, partly disillusioned cop; Mama B and Harley; Tonya and her mother. I can see inside the service at the First Baptist Church. I have showered in Mama B’s house, where “if someone flushes a toilet, you get scalded.”

Sadly, I liked the fictional mayor of RJ’s world much better than the flesh-and-blood mayor in mine, but we can’t have everything…


Thanksgiving at Pooh Corner

Happy Thanksgiving!


The turkeys were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes the Great Pumpkin soon would be there….


Wrong Poem?





Turkey in the straw…


Not straw?



I had a little scarecrow that goes in and out with me…


Wrong poem?




The raggedy man, he works for Pa, he’s the goodest man you ever saw…



Over the river and through the wood…

(yes, Jingle Bells really **WAS** written as a Thanksgiving song)








May your Thanksgiving be filled with blessings.

May you find things to be thankful for in your everyday life.

North Dakota Callers and Cuers Association Annual Callers Convention Dance

North Dakota Callers and

Cuers Association

Annual Callers

Convention Dance


St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

710 10th Street South, Fargo, ND

Tom Allen, Caller





Saturday, October 27, 2018

10:30 a.m. — ND Callers and Cuers Association Annual Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Dance — Tom and Association members

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  Dance — Tom


Mainstream Dances with announced rounds, lines and plus tips

$6.00 afternoon dance only — $7.00 evening dance only – per person

$10.00 both dance sessions – per person

Info:  Bernadette McNeil, President 701-293-6620


Charley Huhtala, Executive Secretary/Treasurer 218-779-7018

Caller’s Convention in North Dakota


Good Morning!!


Just a quick reminder of the North Dakota Callers Convention dance to be held this weekend in Fargo.


Tom Allen, Caller

St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church (lower level), 710 10 St S, Fargo

Two sessions:  1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Attend one or both!!

Casual, square dance or Halloween attire


Hope to see you all there.

Bernadette McNeil

President, NDCCA


PS – please help spread the word and send info to your square dance friends.  Thanks.

Halloween is Open at the House on Pooh Corner

The lights are on!

The lights turned on for the season on Monday, October 1st.

Lighting schedule is more-or-less 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM every day, but high winds and other weather-related issues can cause a shutdown of some parts of the display.

The radio station is “on” 24/7, with some new music selections for this year, as well as some old favorites.

The pirates seem to be taking over…


Pooh, Piglet, and Roo are busy on their Pirate Adventure!

Their Pirate Ship is ready to sail the seven seas!


The scarecrows like swinging, so they will sit there patiently as they wait for Halloween to arrive. They are holding their trick-or-treat buckets, and they are both happily anticipating treats and treasures to fill their buckets this Halloween!


Ice Cream is Wonderful

Homemade Ice Cream




I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

That summertime jingle has probably been around since not long after Thomas Jefferson made ice cream a popular American treat.

Ice cream has been around for centuries. Ice cream evolved from chilled wines and other iced beverages, which were reputed to be favorite treats of Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. Biblical references also show that King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during harvesting.

According to the ancient records, in 62 A.D., the Roman Emperor, Nero, sent fleets of slaves to the mountains of the Apennines to fetch snow and ice which were then flavored with nectar, fruit pulp and honey.

Iced dairy products were cited in ancient Chinese literature as early as the 12th century. In the 13th century, Marco Polo brought recipes for water ices to Europe from the Far East. When Catherine de Medici married Henry II and became Queen of France in 1533, she brought with her recipes for Italian sherbet. In England, “Cream Ice” appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17 th century.

It was in 1660 that ice cream was finally available to the general public. The Sicilian Procopio introduced a recipe blending milk, cream, butter and eggs at Café Procope, the first café in Paris.

Frozen desserts found their way to America. The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1700 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen.

The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.”

Records show that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. Inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington’s death revealed “two pewter ice cream pots.”

President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska.  Dolly Madison served magnificent strawberry ice cream creation as a dessert in the White House at the second inaugural ball in 1812.

The first hand cranked freezer was invented by Nancy Johnson and patented in 1843. Between 1848 and 1873, sixty-nine other patents were issued for hand cranked ice cream freezers. Modern electric ice cream freezers have reduced the hard work involved, the motor replacing those hours of hard hand cranking.



Thomas Jefferson’s Ice Cream Recipe

The original recipe is handwritten in the Library of Congress. (These spellings are the way Thomas Jefferson wrote it)

2. bottles of good cream.
6. yolks of eggs.
1/2 pound sugar

Mix the yolks & sugar put the cream on a fire in a casserole, first putting in a stick of Vanilla. when near boiling take it off & pour it gently into the mixture of eggs & sugar. stir it well. put it on the fire again stirring it thoroughly with a spoon to prevent it’s sticking to the casserole. when near boiling take it off and strain it thro’ a towel. put it in the Sabottiere then set it in ice an hour before it is to be served. put into the ice a handful of salt. put salt on the coverlid of the Sabotiere & cover the whole with ice. leave it still half a quarter of an hour. then turn the Sabottiere in the ice 10 minutes open it to loosen with a spatula the ice from the inner sides of the Sabotiere. shut it & replace it in the ice open it from time to time to detach the ice from the sides when well taken (prise) stir it well with the Spatula. put it in moulds, justling it well down on the knee. then put the mould into the same bucket of ice. leave it there to the moment of serving it. to withdraw it, immerse the mould in warm water, turning it well till it will come out & turn it into a plate.

The Sabottiere is the inner canister.

Thomas Jefferson’s guests quite often enjoyed a cool dish of delicious homemade ice cream.

From: American Treasures of the Library of Congress, Library of Congress. “Jefferson’s Recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream.” 1780’s.


Cherry Cordial Ice Cream

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk  (NOT evaporated milk)

2 cups (1 pint) half-and-half

2 cups (1 pint) whipping cream, unwhipped

1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries (without stems), well drained and chopped (about 1 cup)

3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract


In ice cream freezer container, combine all ingredients; mix well.

Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze leftovers.

Refrigerator-Freezer Method: Omit half-and-half. Whip whipping cream. In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract; mix well. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or other 2-quart container. Cover. Freeze 6 hours or until firm. Freeze leftovers.

Courtesy of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk and the National Sweet Cherry Foundation


Root Beer Ice

Low Fat   Low Calorie    Low Sodium

Makes 8 (1/2 cup) servings

1 cup sugar

4 cups water

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon McCormick Root Beer Concentrate


Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in root beer concentrate.

Refrigerate 2-4 hours to chill.

Place in an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions.

Courtesy of McCormick


Irresistible ice cream cake

1 bag SNICKERS Brand Miniatures

2 quarts vanilla ice cream

2 cups finely ground graham crackers (chocolate or honey)

6 tablespoons melted butter

1 9-inch springform pan


In a medium sized bowl, mix the finely ground graham crackers with the butter until well blended. Pat the mixture on the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Freeze for 10-15 minutes.

Chop 12 SNICKERS Brand Miniatures into small chunks and set them aside to be used for topping.

Place the ice cream into a large mixing bowl and allow it to soften slightly.

In a food processor, coarsely grind 24 SNICKERS Brand Miniatures and add them to the softened ice cream. Mix thoroughly.

Scoop the ice cream mixture into the graham cracker crust and flatten the mixture with the back of a spoon.

Sprinkle the coarsely ground SNICKERS Brand Miniatures from step 2 on top.

Place a sheet of wax paper on top and press down slightly to set it into the ice cream.

Place the ice cream cake in the freezer and allow it to harden for at least 3-4 hours before serving.

Courtesy of SNICKERS Brand Miniatures


Granola “Fried” Ice Cream With Red Cinnamon Sauce

Fried Ice Cream

2 pints (4 cups) vanilla ice cream

1 cup butter or margarine

1 (8.9-ounce) box Nature Valley Cinnamon Crunchy Granola Bars (12 bars), crushed*

1 cup finely chopped pecans



1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup red hot cinnamon candies (4 1/2 ounce)

Line plate or tray with waxed paper. Scoop ice cream into 8  (1/2-cup) balls onto waxed paper-lined plate or tray; place in freezer until hard about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add crushed granola bars and pecans; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until deep golden brown and most of butter is absorbed (mixture will look foamy). Spread in 13×9-inch pan; cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat all sauce ingredients over medium-high heat, just until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until candies melt, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Pour sauce into glass measuring cup. Cool 10 minutes.

Working quickly, remove 1 ice cream ball at a time from freezer; roll ball in crumb mixture, pressing mixture into ball until completely covered. Return to freezer until ready to serve.

To serve, spoon 1 tablespoon cooled sauce onto each dessert plate. Place coated ice cream balls over sauce. Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon sauce, letting some run down sides (reheat sauce slightly if too thick to drizzle). Serve immediately.

8 servings

Courtesy of Pillsbury 41st Bake-Off Contest and Jan Perry of Norwood, North Carolina


Brownie ice cream sandwich

1 bag MILKY WAY Brand Miniatures, chopped

1 bag M&M’S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies

2 19.9-ounce boxes brownie mix

1/2 gallon package vanilla ice cream

2 10-inch round cake pans

Waxed paper


Prepare the cake pans by greasing them and lining the bottoms (not the sides) with waxed paper.

Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions. Fold the chopped MILKY WAY Brand Miniatures into the batter before transferring it to the prepared cake pans.

Bake according to the package directions. Remove and cool completely.

Run a small paring knife around the edges of each brownie, loosening it from the pan.

Invert one layer onto a cookie sheet, and spread vanilla ice cream on top, coming right to the edge (slightly soften the ice cream first).

Place the other brownie layer on top, and press gently to secure. Place in the freezer until firm, about 2 hours.

Just before serving, press M&M’S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies into the ice cream.

Cut into wedges and serve right away.

Courtesy of M&Ms Brands


Lemon Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups warm water
3/4 to 1 cup sugar (based on preference for sweet or tangy)
1 pint light cream or half and half
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Mix water and sugar together and allow sugar to dissolve. Add the balance of ingredients. The mixture will thicken slightly from the acid/dairy reaction, but the ice cream will taste just fine.
Put ingredients in an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers instructions. If freezing the mixture in trays in a household freezer, as soon as it is firm, run frozen mixture through a blender or food processor and either freeze again before serving, or serve it right away.
This ice cream is delicious served just after it has finished cranking. Serve it with fresh berries in season.


Rolling Ice Cream

1 empty 39 oz. coffee can with tight fitting lid

1 empty 12 oz. coffee can with tight fitting lid

Duct tape (optional)

Crushed Ice

Rock Salt

1 cup milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch salt

4 crushed NESTLÉ Fun Size Candy Bars
1/4 cup nuts (optional)


Mix together the milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract and salt.

Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Add the crushed NESTLÉ Fun Size Candy Bars and nuts (if desired.)

Pour mixture into smaller coffee can and snap on the lid.

Secure the lid with duct tape.

Set the small can inside the large can and pack with crushed ice.

Sprinkle rock salt over the crushed ice and put on the lid.

Take your Roly-Poly Ice Cream maker to the driveway, sidewalk or other flat area that won’t be hurt by a little leaking salt water.

Have two children sit several feet away from each other and let them roll the can back and forth to each other.

After they have rolled the can for 15 minutes, open the lid of the large can and drain any water. Open the smaller can and stir the thickening ice cream. Replace the lid and add more crushed ice and rock salt.

Continue to roll the can for 10 more minutes or until the ice cream is thick.

Courtesy of Nestle USA


Frozen Strawberry Hot Chocolate

1 cup hot whole milk

1 cup hot Original NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Half & Half

1/4 cup (2 envelopes) Rich Chocolate Flavor NESTLÉ Hot Cocoa Mix

2 tablespoons Strawberry Flavor NESTLÉ NESQUIK Calcium Fortified Syrup

Combine milk, Half & Half, cocoa mix and Nesquik in medium bowl; divide mixture among 2 ice cube trays. Cover with foil; freeze for at least 4 hours or up to 1 week.
Place cocoa cubes in food processor or blender; cover. Using on and off turns, process mixture until smooth, scraping sides often. If mixture is too thick to process, add a small amount of whole milk or Half & Half. Serve immediately.

Courtesy of Nestle USA