Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Good Old Days

I have been doing a lot of reminiscing about my life up until now. When I was a child, I was always hearing stories about my parents younger days and I thought they were interesting yet hard to imagine. You know, the kind of stories like, I walked 3 miles to school in cold and snow with old shoes, type of stories. When I was a teenager I didn't care to listen to those stories but I love to hear them now.  I look back and think about how much things have changed in my lifetime so far. I can't imagine what it must feel like for my parents living into their 80's and 90's, and the changes they have seen.  My dad had retired from the Air Force after serving a total of 21 years in Air Force and Army. He was a WW II, D-Day Omaha Beach, Veteran, and a 5 bronze star recipient.  I am so very proud of him and his service. Growing up he never really talked of any of it. He has seen and done more than most of us will ever imagine.

We moved to Missouri after dad retired.  We lived in a large neighborhood with lots of kids. There were many summer nights playing hide and seek until dark.  Riding bikes up and down the streets and of course playing dolls with the girls, and ice skating on ponds in the winter.  In the evenings the adults would gather out on their porch and walk over and visit others sitting out. Seemed people had time to visit with each other back then.

My grandparents lived in Missouri also but farther south from our home. Every Sunday or at least most Sunday's were spent on the road to go visit the grandparents. Advance Missouri was one grandparents house,  that would end up with cleaning the car when we got there, as I would get so car sick on the hills in the back country. Dad liked to drive the hills to make it fun for us, like a roller coaster and we would all get those, what we called, butterflies in our stomach.  By the time we would get there I would have gotten sick. Back in those days the speed limit on the rural highways was faster than it is now and I am sure our cars didn't have shock systems they have now as well.  We didn't make the drive to Advance every Sunday, but usually 2 Sunday's a month.  I remember it was a farm and I would play in the chicken house or just run around playing with anything I could find, while the adults butchered hogs and chickens and other farm chores to help them out on some of our visits.  I remember us all gathered around enjoying watermelon on a covered porch, back when times seemed so simple and happy.

Oak Ridge Missouri was the other grandparents home.  They had chickens but no other farm animals back then, that I remember. This is where  my grandma cooked on a wood burning stove and water came from a cistern. They had a bucket with a ladle in it for drinking water that they pumped what was needed each day, carried into the house.  I remember us kids drinking from the ladle then we were to dump out what we didn't finish into another pan and that was for washing hands.  No one got sick back then doing this. Then over on the table, was a table cloth covering food for anyone that was hungry.  Yes it was room temperature and again, no one got sick.  There were things like baked bread, vegetables, fried chicken and of course chicken and dumplings, pies and other foods that family would bring to share.  Then on through the door from the table was a big living area, don't recall ever a television but there was a wood stove for heat in the center and a bed in the corner, with chairs all around the room in a large circle, mostly wooden rocking chairs.  This is where all the women gathered and visited. Then out on the large front wooden porch were more wooden chairs and rocking chairs all around where the men gathered to sit and visit.

To this day I enjoy getting together with friends and family to sit and just visit with each other. Perhaps it was instilled in me as a little girl. People don't seem to do this anymore, lives are just too busy it seems.  My siblings and I each weekend, for as long as I can remember, have gone to visit our parents, even now that they are living in a nursing facility, we all gather there with them.  Even if it is just a few hours each week, it is a great time to see each other, share the happenings that week and spend that quality time listening to each other.

The good old days.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

September is here and fall is in the air.   We are full of new items for this coming fall.  Many new scarves, wraps, socks etc made from locally raised suri alpaca fiber.

Come see us set up at the Best of Missouri Market and More in St. Louis at the Botanical Gardens.  This is Oct 6 from 6-9 and then the 7th and 8th from 9-5.  Lot of vendors from all around with food tastings and wine tastings throughout the 4 huge tents.

Come see us at the Ozark Fiber Fling in Steelville Missouri. This is Nov. 3-4  There will be many classes to choose from, sit and spin a while and visit with other fiber artists and get your supplies and Christmas shopping at the vendors. I will be teaching Wet Felting Mittens and Going Batts for Suri.

Then the last event I will be this year is the River Valley Craft Show at the Arena in Cape Girardeau.  I have missed that event the past two years but will be back this year.  This is Nov. 18th from 9-5 and 19th from 10-4.

We are available for local shopping by appointment only.  If you see something you may like to buy as a gift and want to see it in person. Please call 5735472217 for your time to come to be sure we are here.   Visit the alpacas before you go.  If that is not possible, you can shop online at 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I can't believe it is first of June already.  How can time go so fast?

I am working on things for my booth at the Best of Missouri Market and More again this fall at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens Oct. 6-8.  I will have many colors of my favorite lace scarves, also some felt hats, beanie style hats and crochets cloche hats. Again I will offer my awesome alpaca socks that are a big hit.  Look for some new tie dye ones I am working on too. Hope to see you there.

I also will be vending once again in Cape Girardeau during the Christmas Craft Show at the A. C. Brase Arena.  Look for me there near the same place I used to be but up against the wall on bottom floor.  Across from the dog cookies and goat milk soaps.  Hope to see you there as well.

Then the last event I will be vending at is the Ozark Fiber Fling in Steelville Mo.  This is Nov 3-4 and look for my class on felting mittens.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Homemade Sauerkraut

Organic cabbage 2 heads approx 3.5lbs
Sea salt 1.5 Tablespoons

Carrots, onions, garlic or herbs of choice.

I buy organic cabbage, take off outer leaves and core it.  I shred it in my food processor or you can grate it or just cut it up into small pieces. Using only sea salt.  Celtic or Himalayan. Put it in a large bowl and sprinkle the sea salt and stir well.  The salt will break down the cabbage and get very watery.  You need to smash it, squeeze it with hands until very wet.

Click on link below to take you to my youtube videos on the process of how I do it.

Once your ferment is the way you want it (tastes the way you like) then replace the airlock lids with the regular lid to seal it and store in the refrigerator.

I bought my airlocks lids from:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gluten Free Almond Flour Bread/Rolls

3 cups almond flour
5 tbsp Psyllium husk powder
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
4 whole eggs
1 3/4 boiling water
2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Heat oven to 350degrees
Heat water to boiling
Now mix the almond flour, psyllium, baking powder, salt, eggs. Mixure will be stiff. Slowly add your boiling water while mixing then add the apple cider vinegar. Now you can put on greased baking sheet in bun shapes or I put it all in a small bread loaf pan and bake for at least 60 minutes. I baked the loaf about 70 minutes.