Thursday, August 28, 2008
Today was John's birthday. He has been very sad about this birthday as friends who were going to get tickets for the Neil Diamond concert in Green Bay today were unable to get them.
I planned something even better, though. We started the day by
taking an Architecural tour of the Chicago River. Then we strolled around Millenium Park, and saw "the Bean". The sculpture is actually called Cloud Gate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Gate) and is even better in person than in pictures.
We had lunch at the Grill at Millenium Park, as well as cocktails, and then headed over to the Bank of America Theater (formerly known as the Shubert Theater) to see Jersy Boys (http://www.jerseyboysinfo.com/broadway/). What a great show that was, hearing the music of our youth! We ended the evening by having birthday cake and ice cream back at my house. I think he really enjoyed his special day, and admitted that this was much better than seeing Neil Diamond.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
What a lovely surprise this morning, to find that I was nominated for this award by Dawn B.!
Its exciting to receive awards like this!
The rules of the award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you’ve nominated.
So, here are the 7 that I nonimate (although I could nominate at least 30!)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Gnow, Gnikolaus is a friendly little guy, he even carries a sign to welcome people, gnomes and animals alike. Seeing this, the homeowner lovingly placed him gnear the front entrance, so that he could meet and greet all that came by. He certainly saw a lot going in the gneighborhood from his vantage point. Although this isn't the heart of the city, it is a rather quiet subdivision, but there is more going on than in a rural area. Every day, Gnikolaus would see the homeowner and the young man who lived in the house go off to work and other activities, and he would cheerfully greet them with his welcome sign upon their return. He also saw many gneighbors walk their dogs past the home but they gnever once threatened Gnikolaus, who remembers the story of poor Gnorman's demise at the hands of such beasts. The gneighborhood children rode their bikes and skateboards and scooters back and forth, other gneighbors waved as the drove their cars past the front garden which he guards.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
So, now that you know what they are, and have had time to order your Spaetzle press from Target.com, here is the recipe:
Spaetzle (also known as Oma Noodles)
½ cup milk
1 ½ cup flour
½ tsp salt
2 to 3 tbsp. butter, melted
Fill a large pot 2/3 full with water, add about 1 tsp salt per quart and bring to a boil. Reduce heat for a gentle boil
Beat eggs and milk with a fork.
Combine flour and salt and add to egg-milk mixture and stir until flour is blended in and dough is smooth.
Fill dough into the Spaetzle press and suspend over pot of boiling water, then slowly press the dough into the pot of water.
Cook until Spaetzle rise to the top.
Remove with a slotted spoon, and place in a colander to drain thoroughly, then quickly rinse with cold water. Shake as dry as possible.
Turn the Spaetzle in the melted butter. Serve warm.
Spaetzle also freeze well.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
This makes 6 medals for US fencing at this Olympics. The is higher than the total medal count for US fencing in the last 60 years combined!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Spaetzle Press now available at Target.com!
What is this contraption, you ask? It is a Spaetzle Press! Yes, you too can make yummy Spaetzle (also known as Oma Noodles). And to think it is available at Target.com for 39.99 and ships within 24 hours!
Just think, in that short time, you could be making your very own Spaetzle, much to the amazement of your family and friends.
Do not be fooled by other gadgets. Some people will try to sell you this type of Spaetzle Maker
Although it does the job, it is slower, harder to clean, and not the one Oma or Tante Evi uses!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Coral brought me this lovely stitcher's pillow that she made. She not only stitches, but she quilts (or 'does patchwork' as they call it down under!). The panels on the front are all hand embroidered, as are the panels on the inside.
The inside contained my very first pair of Gingher designer embroidery scissors in the upper right hand pocket. The lower right pocket holds a lovely floral note pad and pen. The row of pockets on the left hold bobbins of DMC floss. Besides the other stitching items, it also contained some Cherry Ripes (a wonderful candy bar found only in Australia, similar to Mounds Bars but thinner and the coconut is drenched in cherry juice - yummy!). Sadly, the Cherry Ripes are no longer around.......
Thank you again, dear friend, for this wonderful gift from your hands and your heart. I will treasure it always!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
There are so many more I could mention, but some have already received the award, and others don't allow comments so I couldn't notify them.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
The day started with what seemed like a very long drive (in reality it is only about an hour). Many people didn't own a car, so a big yellow school bus or two were rented to provide transportation. The men were dressed in dress slacks and sport coats, short sleeved shirts and ties. The women were wearing dresses and hose. The kids were a little more casual, but not dressed for playing out doors.
We arrived at the picnic grove, and found a table, covered it with our table cloth and covered the benches with towels to protect our good cloths. The men bellied up to the bar to start the day with a shot of Schnapps. Mass was said outdoors and most people participated, although a few die-hards started playing cards the minute the table cloths were on the tables. A few minutes before Mass was over, there was a mad dash to get in line to buy lunch. Not a hot dog, or a hamburger or even a steak was in sight. The menu included Hungarian Goulash, Schnitzel, pork roast and Hungarian Bratwurst, with sides of sauerkraut and German Potato Salad. Of course there was apple Strudel and various other German pastries for desert. The Bratwurst also made good sandwiches between two pieces of rye bread for dinner!
For the rest of the afternoon, men were at the Kegelbahn, a very primitive sort of bowling, and kids would hang around setting up the pins for them, earning some tips to spend at the ice cream truck later on. Other men were still playing cards, hardly stopping to eat or answer nature's call. The women spent a greater part of the afternoon waiting in line for the bathroom.
At one point in the afternoon, the Youth group and Children's groups marched around the grounds and them put on a cultural program of songs and dances and there were lots of speeches. After the program, a band would begin to play and many picnickers danced late into the evening. At some point after the program, once I was a teenager, we would sneak through the hole in the fence of the real picnic grove next door that had a beach and go swimming. Once the hole in the fence was fixed we actually had to walk around and pay a few dollars to sit on the sand, and occasionally put our toes in the water, or get thrown in by the boys.
And 50 years later, there isn't much difference. I only to go one of these each summer, today being the day. People aren't quite as dressed up as they used to be, and the Kegelbahn is gone, but the food is still the same. Paper plates are used now, so that no one has to be in the kitchen until midnight washing dishes. The beer and Schnapps are still plentiful. Everyone has a car now, so no one rides a yellow school bus to the event. The picnic grove next door is closed and the beach is also no longer available as homes have been built there.
But the little ones still dance and sing. Here is the children's group before their performance. The youngest are 3 years old, and performed with the group for the first time today. They were so excited they forgot what to do, but they made it up as they went along, and stole the show! I have been working with this group since about 1982, and for the last two years, my daughter Viki also works with the group. I think she has as much fun with the kids as I do.
The youth group still dances, and here is an action shot of some of the group. I have been working with this group since 1972, and lots of these kids are the children of former members.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
10 hours on RMC - done
July teapot - done
part 7 EMS Rose Sampler - done
July Flip-It - done
2nd duckie bath towel - worked on it
Hungarian Sampler part 2 - done
start mystery sampler part 1 - done
LHN Schoolgirl lessons - done
1 block on Northwoods afghan - done
finish ornament model -done
breast cancer square done
scissors fob - done
start 40 ct gauze piece - nope!
Eat Drink and be scary - done
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas
August Flip-It Block - Lizzie Kate
Part 8 EMS Rose Sampler
August Teapot - Just Another Button Company
1 block on Northwoods afghan
Hungarian Sampler Part 3
Papillon Mystery Sampler part 2
2 duckie wash cloths
finish 2nd duckie towel
2nd ornament model
40 count gauze piece
Christmas Mail Art piece