Arts and Crafts

You are a person who loves to learn how to do new things.

On a long wedding reception table is a rectangle wooden box with six large red flowers, two front, two back, on on each end, a large cream colored flower in the top, smaller white flowers around the top flower, greenery filling the bottom edge just under the big red flowers and long berry type flowers, causing an elongated look to the arrangement.
A silk flower centerpiece I made for my wedding.

You are a person who loves to create.

You can do anything, with a little bit of help.

All you need to know is what tools and materials are required.

You find a demonstration helpful. Written instructions are helpful. Pictures make the task at hand even easier to understand.

I will help you learn all about the “How To” of it.

I have confidence that you can do it.

This is the first of many “How To” for making beautiful things with silk flowers (and other materials).

Click here to read how to create a Double Sided Floral Arrangement.

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Recipe – Handmade, Homemade Egg Noodles

I have been making handmade, homemade egg noodles since I was a young girl. My mother would make them to add to her homemade chicken noodle soup broth. I grew up making the noodles and the chicken noodle soup broth with her and as an adult woman, I make them for my own family. TheyContinue reading “Recipe – Handmade, Homemade Egg Noodles”

Arts and Crafts – Double Sided Floral Arrangement

This article was written to teach you how to make your own double sided floral arrangement. A double sided floral arrangement is a terrific thing to have. Simply by turning your arrangement around, you can have a different look for you room. I made a double sided floral arrangement as a door prize for oneContinue reading “Arts and Crafts – Double Sided Floral Arrangement”

Collecting – Hall China

I was a little girl when I first saw a piece of Hall China…… Who would have thought at that time that the pieces we used everyday, would wind up being sought after collectors items.

Games – Cribbage

My husband and I love to play both card and board games together. We especially enjoy playing a game called Cribbage which uses both……
I am going to teach you how to play cribbage with two players.

Restaurants – Camp 18, Elsie Oregon – Breakfast, Things to See and a Hike

When my husband and I first met, for one of our first dates he asked me out for breakfast and a hike. He wanted to take me to Camp 18 in Elsie Oregon. I hadn’t ever been there. I hadn’t ever heard of it. It sounded like fun (and to go there with a handsome guy, how lucky can a girl get)?

Travel – Cruise Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl – Part 3, Our Remaining Three Excursions

We had decided to go horseback riding in an Alaskan forest for our third excursion…..They did warn us that we could come across a Grizzly Bear…..
For our forth excursion, We arrived at the port of Ketchikan. We were ready to go to see the lumberjack show. If you decide to go to Ketchikan as one of your ports, go see the Lumberjack show. I don’t believe you will be disappointed
Our fifth excursion, was to be done with us riding in a horse drawn trolley through downtown Victoria British Columbia, Canada….
Here is where we were going to need our passports. You enter and exit using your passports (don’t lose them).

Travel – Cruise Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl – Part 2, Up Through Our First Two Excursions

Just One Thing Before You Start Reading This Post This is the second post of a three post series. If you haven’t already read it, you might want to read; “Travel – Cruise Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl – Part 1, Prepping for the Cruise“. My son and I planned this trip a year inContinue reading “Travel – Cruise Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl – Part 2, Up Through Our First Two Excursions”

Travel – Cruise Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl – Part 1, Prepping for the Cruise

My youngest son and I decided to go on an Alaska cruise together. We wanted to go for one week. I had heard fantastic reviews about Norwegian Cruise Lines and I had been in contact with a lady who works for Norwegian. She could help us set everything up. Her name is Lynn. She isContinue reading “Travel – Cruise Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl – Part 1, Prepping for the Cruise”

3 to 6 RV Camping Things You Must Have for “Parking and Leveling”

Even the most experienced RV camping set up person may find something new and helpful from reading this post…..
The following items are an important part of recreational vehicle camping (RVing).
Detailed in this post are 3 to 6 very important things needed before you go on that RV trip (depending on your RV, not all of the items listed may pertain to you).

10 RV Camping Things You Must Have for “Gray and Black Water (Sewer)”

Gray and Black Water (sewer items) are an important part of recreational vehicle camping (RVing).
Detailed in this post are 10 very important things needed before you go on that RV trip. This doesn’t mean this is all you need but this is a great beginning. If there is something more you feel you should get or something better out there that you can purchase (other than what I have listed in this post), get it.

9 RV Camping Things You Must Have for “Clean Water”

Even the most experienced RV camping set up person may find something new and helpful from reading this post. Don’t hesitate to forward a link to someone who you feel will benefit from the information within.
Clean water items are an important part of recreational vehicle camping (RVing). Detailed in this post are nine very important things needed before you go on that RV trip.

5 RV Camping Things You Must Have “Electrical or Electronic”

Electrical / Electronic items are an important part of recreational vehicle camping (RVing).
Detailed in this post are five very important things needed before you go on that RV trip. This doesn’t mean this is all you need but this is a great beginning. If there is something more you feel you should get or something better out there that you can purchase (other than what I have listed in this post), get it.

Travel and Entertainment – The St. Paul Rodeo in St. Paul, Oregon

When you go to the Annual St. Paul Rodeo in St. Paul, Oregon, USA, there is so much to do and see. I love the carnival rides there. I love the food at the fairgrounds. I love to go see all of the animals and go to the rodeo. At the end of it all, the fireworks are beautiful. It is an all day and into the night event that I look forward to each year.

Easy Recipe – Cornish Game Hens with Orange Sauce

During big holidays, my mom would often cook up a wonderful Turkey dinner. During those meals, I would decide to have some breast meat or some thigh meat. I might decide on a wing or maybe I wanted a leg! I didn’t typically have a little of all of these things though. When it wasn’tContinue reading “Easy Recipe – Cornish Game Hens with Orange Sauce”

A LAN Party and Custom Built Computers

This post is about custom building a computer to bring to a LAN party.
If you haven’t ever done so, you might have fun going to a LAN party.
My husband, our eldest son, our youngest son and I, all signed up to go to a PDXLAN party (hosted in Portland, Oregon).
We had such a great time.

Travel – Boundary County Historical Museum – Bonners Ferry, Idaho

If you are someone who enjoys going to museums, I found a museum you might like to visit in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Bonners Ferry is in Northern Idaho. It is only 27 miles (43km), to the Canadian border from there. Bonners Ferry is the county seat in Boundary County, Idaho. Boundary County Idaho is oneContinue reading “Travel – Boundary County Historical Museum – Bonners Ferry, Idaho”

Travel – Cape Disappointment Trail and the North Head Lighthouse – Ilwaco, Washington

During one of our camping adventures, we decided to go to a popular, nearby hiking trail that ends at a lighthouse, (we were camping at Fort Stevens in Hammond Oregon). We were heading to Cape Disappointment and the North Head Lighthouse.

Travel – Bonneville Fish Hatchery – Cascade Locks, Oregon

A place to go, where you will see fish (millions of fish), waterfalls, ponds, ducks, huge sturgeon!!!!!
You might even fall in love there, like I did!!!!!
You should go!!!!!

Easy, Moist and the Most Flavorful Roast Turkey Breast

I love a Thanksgiving dinner, but it is a lot of work. I always roast a turkey, make stuffing, mash potatoes, candy sweet potatoes, I make a vegetable, my daughter typically makes homemade cranberry sauce and we have side goodies, (like black and green olives). Afterwards, we always have pumpkin pie. Uhhhhhh, it’s 10:02 andContinue reading “Easy, Moist and the Most Flavorful Roast Turkey Breast”

Fort Stevens State Park and Campgrounds – Hammond, Oregon

I don’t really want to write about this place….cuz…..I want to keep it all to my self, bwahahahahahahaha, (maniacal laughter)….. Ok, you twisted my arm. I’ll tell you all that I know…. A day came when my husband suggested, for fun, we should go camping. Well, after great thought, many discussions, (and a purchase orContinue reading “Fort Stevens State Park and Campgrounds – Hammond, Oregon”

Fast and Easy Homemade Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting

I promised that I would post a frosting recipe, to go with the carrot cake recipe I recently posted. Well, here is the second of two recipes. This one will be for a frosting made with a plant based, dairy free, cream cheese frosting alternative. For those of you who would be happier with aContinue reading “Fast and Easy Homemade Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting”

Fast and Easy Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

I promised that I would post a frosting recipe, to go with the carrot cake recipe I recently posted. Well, Here is the first of two recipes. This one will be for a frosting made with traditional cream cheese. For those of you who would like a healthier choice for your frosting, or for thoseContinue reading “Fast and Easy Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting”

Fast and Easy Home Made Chicken Teriyaki

My daughter and I started with hunger. We came up with a plan. We decided to make a fast and easy meal. She and I ended up making the best tasting home made chicken teriyaki we had ever made together! Ok, honestly, we hadn’t ever made chicken teriyaki together, so, yes, it was the bestContinue reading “Fast and Easy Home Made Chicken Teriyaki”

My Daughter’s Carrot Cake

Up to this point in time, I’ve written about 2 of my husband’s great soups, my daughter’s fantastic stir fried rice and her great turkey meatloaf. Now, I’ll tell you all about my daughter’s amazing scratch recipe for carrot cake, (apparently, I don’t cook at all). Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible Ingredients forContinue reading “My Daughter’s Carrot Cake”

My Daughter’s Turkey Meatloaf

We went to visit my daughter, (sleep over)! We had some ground turkey that we had just bought, so, we figured we would bring it with us. My daughter offered to make us dinner, (lucky us)! I asked what was on the menu. Well, she said she had a great recipe for turkey meatloaf. IContinue reading “My Daughter’s Turkey Meatloaf”

Nehalem Bay State Park

My husband and I love RV camping, (Glamping, as my daughter puts it). If you are looking for lots of outdoor activities, Nehalem Bay State Park is the place to go. If you are driving down highway 101, along the Oregon coast, the park is about 2 miles south of Manzanita. It’s at 9500 SandpiperContinue reading “Nehalem Bay State Park”

Armitage Park Campground – Eugene, Oregon

Wouldn’t you love to take your trailer or motorhome to a place with grass, trees and a nearby river with trails for you to enjoy? A place where if you like, you can even simply pitch a tent. Nature would be all around you, but also conveniences like paved parking pads with full or partialContinue reading “Armitage Park Campground – Eugene, Oregon”

The Good Earth

The Good Earth was a best selling book in the United States. It was so well received, that the author (Pearl S. Buck) was awarded a Pulitzer prize for fiction and later in her career, she won a Nobel prize for literature. The Good Earth is a story about the life of a poor farmer and his family, over a span of about 70 years. It is a page turner. To learn more about the author and the story itself, read my post.

My Daughter’s Chicken Fried Rice

My daughter came over and offered to make dinner for us. I said, “Heck Yes”!!! I asked her what she had in mind. She asked me what I had in the house. Well, I had quite a bit of boneless skinless chicken breasts and a bag of mixed vegetables in the freezer. That was aContinue reading “My Daughter’s Chicken Fried Rice”

Pole Green Beans, (Organic Whenever Possible)

There are bush green beans and pole green beans. You may ask what a pole green bean is. A pole green bean is a green bean plant that will reach out and grab hold of a pole, to assist itself in an upward climb. This kind of behavior is called Thigmotropism, (and now you haveContinue reading “Pole Green Beans, (Organic Whenever Possible)”

Rummy

My Grandma taught me to play Rummy when I was a little girl. We used to play for hours. She always made hot tea for me (she called it little girls tea as it was more cream and sugar than tea). She also sat a tin of Danish Butter Cookies on the table for usContinue reading “Rummy”

My Husband’s Chicken, Vegetable Soup with Mini Farfalle

Ingredients, (try to use organics whenever you can). Ingredients for baking 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast; Ingredients for cooking in the soup pot; Begin By Baking the Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts Set the oven rack to the center position in the oven and preheat to Bake at 350 degrees. Cover a baking tray with aluminumContinue reading “My Husband’s Chicken, Vegetable Soup with Mini Farfalle”

My Husband’s Easy Potato, Ham and Vegetable Soup with Mini Farfalle

Ingredients, (try to use organics whenever you can) Directions Put the liquids in a cooking pot, (2 cups, Organic Chicken Stock) and (4 cups, Organic Potato Leek Soup) in a 6 quart, (minimum), cooking pot. I love this GreenLife brand, Soft Grip Diamond Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, 6 QT Stock Pot with Strainer Lid. Once theContinue reading “My Husband’s Easy Potato, Ham and Vegetable Soup with Mini Farfalle”

Organic Potatoes Grown in Buckets

I had successfully grown, zucchini, patty pans, straight neck yellow squash, bell pepper, green beans, radishes, tomatoes and even celery, (celery is considered to be a challenge to grow, even by experienced growers). I wanted to learn to grow potatoes. Had You Heard ? I heard that you can not grow potatoes from grocery storeContinue reading “Organic Potatoes Grown in Buckets”

Camping, (or Glamping), In Our Little Chalet

My husband and I discussed camping for the first time, early on in our relationship. He’s a rough it kinda guy. When we met he had a tent, 2 canopies, sleeping bags, a lantern, coolers, a propane grill, a standing outdoor shower and a portable toilet seat that sits on a 5 gallon bucket (alongContinue reading “Camping, (or Glamping), In Our Little Chalet”

Collecting – Occupied Japan

I’m going to tell you about treasure and treasure hunting, (the treasure in this case is Occupied Japan Collectibles).
This is a story about what happened, after Japan surrendered, at the end of WWII, that brought about the creation of manufactured ceramics / porcelain dishware and figurines, stamped with the addition of the words “Occupied Japan”…..
It all began with war.

Five Straight

Five Straight is a board game for 2 to 9 players. The idea of the game is to be the first to place 5 of your assigned colored pegs in a straight line, (diagonally, horizontally or vertically). Sounds simple, right ? This game is addictive, but just the same, it’s recommended for ages 8 andContinue reading “Five Straight”

Dust

Dust is a bio-thriller, written by Charles Pellegrino. I bought his book, many years ago, and started to read it.
It sucked me in from the start…. you might say, it devoured me….
If you like bio-thrillers, you are going to want to read this book.
Do not start reading with chapter one!
Begin with the prologue, “Satan’s Black Pool”, where you are taken back in time, to witness the beginning of a tragedy.

Cards, (So Inexpensive)

A standard deck of cards can be used to play hundreds of games. The more the deck is used, the lower the cost of the entertainment it provides. Lets say you buy a standard deck of cards and they cost you $5.00. You and a friend sit down to play a fast paced game calledContinue reading “Cards, (So Inexpensive)”

The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Clan of the Cave Bear is a novel of prehistoric fiction.
The book begins with a natural disaster that leaves a small child abandoned and alone. The child is found by a Clan of Neanderthals and is saved, but has to learn to live a very different life than that which she was originally born into.

Gleneden Beach in Oregon

Would you like to walk where you can see creatures from the distant past? Want to see fossils sticking out of the rock at your feet, as if someone carved a treasure in rock for you to see? I was amazed to see remnants of creatures long dead, gone and morphed into rock, laying thereContinue reading “Gleneden Beach in Oregon”

Prey

Prey is a science fiction, techno-thriller, horror book.
This book was written by Michael Crichton. He was the author who wrote Jurassic Park, Congo and The Andromeda Strain (just to name a few).
Michael Crichton and his wife Anne-Marie Martin were paid 2.5 million dollars to write the screenplay for the movie Twister.
This author has turned out so many great stories. If you haven’t already done so, you’ve got to read this book.

Cards and Hoyle

A Memory I have always played card games, (well, as far back as I can remember that is). Memories of playing card games, started with my grandma. I would go to her house to spend the night. At some point in the evening, she would bring out a standard deck of Bicycle brand playing cards.Continue reading “Cards and Hoyle”