Look at that cute little Hawkeye. Rescued from my mom's attic.
Even if I could find the film for it... I doubt it would work. But I do love
having it. I think I bought it with my horse walking money .... I was about
10??? Anyway, there were some people at church that owned a bunch of shetland ponies. They would go to local carnivals and sell rides to little kids. My job, along with about 10 other kids was
to walk the pony and rider in a big circle. We got paid a whopping $1.oo an hour. Getting paid to walk horses (eh...ponies) ... That was my dream come true. I was impressed with myself. Ah well... it was fun. I hadn't thought about that in forever until I saw this little camera.
I have all of my squares done... Just need to hook them all together!
Any one know of a pretty edge that I can put on it?
Set in the Canadian wilderness in the early 1900s. Considered by some a young adult classic, Mrs. Mike
has been published in several editions and is read worldwide. The work
combines the landscape and hardships of the Great Canadian North with a
love story between Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Mike Flannigan and a young Katherine Mary O'Fallon, newly arrived from Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. Mike, based on the life of Katherine Mary O'Fallon Flannigan, documents the young couple's trials, sorrows, and growth.
There were mixed reviews from the book club on this one. Several of the ladies thought that it was a little rambling and didn't really like it to much. But I really liked it. In fact, I would read it again. I learned a lot about the Mounties and all that their job included. (amazing) Plus, I don't know that much about the Great Canadian North, so I found it very interesting. I thought this was a good read and well worth recommending.
I will be joining Art At Home for Literary Fridays
If you love anything that involves the Titanic, you will love this!
From the back of the book:
Tess, an aspiring
seamstress, thinks she’s had an incredibly lucky break when she is
hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be her personal maid
on the Titanic. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men—a
kind sailor and an enigmatic Chicago businessman—who offer differing
views of what lies ahead for her in America. But on the fourth night,
disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people
allowed on a lifeboat.
The survivors are rescued and taken to New York, but when rumors begin
to circulate about the choices they made, Tess is forced to confront a
serious question. Did Lady Duff Gordon save herself at the expense of
others? Torn between loyalty to Lucile and her growing suspicion that
the media’s charges might be true, Tess must decide whether to stay
quiet and keep her fiery mentor’s good will or face what might be true
and forever change her future.
I thoroughlyenjoyed this book. It was a fast read with unexpected twists and turns. Let me know if you have read or decide to read this selection. I would love to know what you thought.
One morning I was in Starbucks and saw this incredible chocolate bread. Normally I am not terribly smitten or tempted by the baked goods at Starbucks (frankly they are usually overpriced and stale)... but this looked so amazing I had to try it. BOY! Did it deliver. So much so that I googled it and found the recipe.
Now, I have made 2 batches and I have to tell you....
You MUST follow the recipe exactly and the dutch processedcocoa is key ( I finally found mine at Sprouts). The first
batch I made with regular unsweetened baking cocoa and the bread was
just okay. Not the bread that I had at Starbucks. The second time I had
found the right cocoa and the finished product was perfect.
Without further adue... I give you....
Starbuck's Cinnamon Chocolate Bread
Ingredients (makes two loaves): Chocolate Batter –
3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs at room temperature
2 cups flour
1 ¼ cup dutch processed cocoa
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup water
1 tsp vanilla
Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 F. Grab two 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pans and
line with parchment paper. Step 2 – To mix the batter you’ll start with the
butter and sugar. Mix these in an electric mixer until light and
creamy, around 5 minutes. Then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing
until each is fully incorporated. You may need to scrape down the sides
of the bowl a few times to get them fully mixed in.
Step 3 – Grab another bowl and sift together flour,
cocoa, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In a separate
bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water and vanilla. With your mixer
on a low speed, begin adding the contents of each bowl to the butter
mixture, alternating between the two until your mixture is fully
blended, but not overly whipped. Then split your batter between the two
pans. If your batter is slightly uneven, you can lightly shake the pan
to even out the tops.
Cocoa Spice Topping –
¼ cup granulated sugar
¾ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp dutch processed cocoa
Pinch of ground ginger
Pinch of ground cloves
¼ cup sparkle sugar (for decorating)
Step 4 – For the topping combine the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa,
ginger and cloves. Then evenly layer the decorating sugar over your
batter, followed by the spice mixture. Step 5 – Bake for 45-50 minutes.
I hope you like my ideas and I love sharing my thoughts, but don't use any of my photographs, images or writing without my permission. I can't imagine that I would say no... but at least be kind enough to give me the opportunity. Please and Thanks!