Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When The Lord Makes Your Little Girl Dreams Come True...



I had always loved those unusual shaped windows in a home!
In the movie Pollyanna the elderly man showed the kids how the crystals from the chandelier sparkled against the walls .
The Lord Blessed Me with not one, but three fireplaces and a lovely family to gather around them.

We put the water garden in last year and added new stones this year. Along came Jeremiah the bullfrog to keep the fish company. The water lily has bloomed three times already.

I was blessed with a Japanese Lilac at the base of the lamp post.
The hydrangea was here when I bought the home.

Our property is 12,800 square feet allowing us plenty of room for a water garden, pool, and shed. Lots of room in the front too.
Floating aimlessly on the water in my own pool, in my own backyard!

Yes, the Lord  has blessed me with all those things that I had dreamed of as a little girl growing up in Alpha, New Jersey.  He brought me to this lovely community of Lake Wynonah, Pennsylvania. Lake Wynonah is a private gated community with two gorgeous lakes and many other amenities; community pool, tennis court, two basketball courts, several pavilions and picnic areas, a lodge with a restaurant and bar, and many service and social clubs. 



My home has many other features that I absolutely adore and enjoy.  There is a huge window in the living room with the most awesome views of the sun setting in the west.  


There is a shelf under that window and another over the sliding glass doors that lead to the deck. The deck offers so much to enjoy; nature and comfort.

Our home has 1988 square feet of living space.
I always wanted a home with a red door and it was the first thing that I had noticed
when the realtor brought me to the home to see it.


Who wouldn't love a bedroom that is 11'X17', just another great blessing in my home!



And every family dreams of having two full bathrooms! The lower level full bath adjoins the lower level guest room, and

has an extra wide door made especially for one of the former owners who was confined to a wheel chair.


In 1963 when I was 12 years old my parents looked at a model home that was a split level with the same type foyer and stairs as my home that lead down to a family room. I always wanted a family room from that day forward. Now I have my family room for throwing parties, watching movies, or playing ping pong. 
I always loved windows with shutters too! 


In 1993 when my husband Roger and I were married I had this Bible verse read during the ceremony, Jeremiah 29:11 




I want to thank the Lord for all these blessings and making my little girl dreams come true. What makes it all so special is the fact that I am sharing these blessings with my husband,  my two daughters and my grandchildren. 






Monday, August 11, 2014

A Beautiful Soul Has Left This Earth


http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/clinical-depression/faq-20057770

From the Don McLean song Vincent: 

And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night

You took your life, as lovers often do
But I could've told you Vincent (Robin)
This world was never meant for
One as beautiful as you

Monday, July 21, 2014

In The Good Ole Summertime~Our Home~Lake Wynonah, PA



"I want to encourage homemakers of all ages to turn their hearts back home and create a warm and cozy nest for their loved ones. We can't control what happens in the world, but we can do a lot of things to make sure our home is safe, secure and filled with comfort, joy and love. It's all about blessing those who are dear to our hearts!" Aunt Ruthie ~ Sugar Pie Farmhouse




"The first key to a warm and wonderful home starts inside your heart. Discontentment steals our joy. So does complaining about our circumstances ( if we complain out loud so will our kids). We all have goals, desires and things we are hoping for in regards to our home and family but in the meantime we must find contentment in the blessings that God has given us." Aunt Ruthie ~ Sugar Pie Farmhouse

"Some of the best memories are made in your own backyard." Diane Dunwell-Hoffman



Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! ~Albert Einstein




“I am conscious of a soul-sense that lifts me above the narrow, cramping circumstances of my life. My physical limitations are forgotten- my world lies upward, the length and the breadth and the sweep of the heavens are mine!”
― Helen Keller,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Italian Easter Cookie Cutouts





1 1/2 C Sugar
5 C Flour
3 Sticks Butter = 1 1/2 C.
6 Eggs
4 1/2 teas. baking powder
1  pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of vanilla

Beat together remove from bowl and continue to knead in more flour until it is no longer sticky.  Roll out between two sheets of parchment paper and use your favorite cookie cutters, peel away excess dough and slide parchment onto a cookie sheet. bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes or until bottom of cookie is golden brown.
Allow cookies to thoroughly cool before glazing.

You can use cheap synthetic artist paint brushes to decorate cookies. Or you can just dip the cookies in the glaze using a wide mouth bowl.

Glaze: In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon milk, 1 teasp. of almond extract a drop or two of your favorite food coloring. For Easter I like pastel, so I use very little coloring.

Royanna's Delicious Pickled Eggs


Royanna's Delicious Pickled Eggs

Hard Boil 2 dozen eggs.  Click here to learn how to hard boil eggs to perfection.

Peel the eggs set aside to be added to beet juice later.Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling. Cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell.

To peel a hard-boiled egg: Gently tap egg on countertop until shell is finely crackled all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Starting peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.

Combine

2 Cups Vinegar
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Water
Bring to simmer to dissolve the sugar, add 
1 teasp. Allspice
1 teasp. Cloves
1 teasp. Cinnamon
2 cans of baby beet juice

Stir in to dissolve the spices into the liquid mixture. Add 2 cans of baby beet juice reserving beets to be added later (Royanna prefers Shoprite brand baby beets.)


Bring this mixture to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes, turn off heat remove from stove to cool to room temperature. 


Once cooled add eggs and beets to a 1 gallon jar stir to completely have eggs submerged into the liquid, cover tightly. 


Store in the refrigerator until served. 


You may also add slivers of onion to the beets. I boiled mine in the beet juice mixture to make them soft. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pie ~ All Ingredients From ALDI'S Grocery Store


I beat 1 -8oz. pkg. of Aldi's Cream Cheese, with one tub of Aldi's Whipped Topping, 1 teas. of Aldi's real vanilla flavoring, 2 tablesp. of Aldi's Baker's Choice Baking Cocoa & 1/2 cup of sugar(from Aldi's) on high with electric mixer.

I then scooped into an Aldi's graham cracker pie shell, and topped it with a can of Aldi's Cherry Pie Filling.

I drizzled some of Aldi's chocolate syrup over the cherry pie filling and edged it with Aldi's whipped cream from a can.


NO baking is complete without a sanitary clean up using Aldi's Freshine Disinfecting Wipes!

Can you tell that Aldi's is my favorite place to shop?