Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Life have been blissfully normal and I am loving it. Can you all see me doing the happy dance these days?

There are actually several reasons for doing the happy dance. Has anyone else noticed that Moth*ers Cookies are back in the market again? YES....they are back. Now, I must admit that I love baking cookies. There is no comparison between a home baked chocolate chip or oatmeal cookie and a packaged one. However, the Taffy cookies cannot be duplicated, can they? I used to love the mallow ones when they had the vanilla cookie bottom and milk chocolate covering. Of course, they discontinued those years ago. I am not sure why they stopped producing Moth*er cookies, but I am surely glad they are back. I did notice that they are distributed by Kel*logg now and I believe they used to be Nabi*sco, but am not certain on that point.

Our very unusual summer continues with cool temperatures. Our heater actually came on two mornings last week and another morning this week. What is with that? The garden produce seems to be a couple of weeks behind as a result. I have usually completed my tomato canning by now and I haven't even started it yet.

My husband and our four sons went up fishing in the Sierras this past weekend. I thought I would get tons accomplished while he was gone, but I didn't get nearly as much done as I thought I would. For some reason my children always think I will be so lonely when E is gone so the gals suggested we all get together for a night of Mah Jongg. We did have fun. The next day my daughter and her son came over to "keep me company" for the day. Sunday was church and then the guys came back Sunday afternoon. We did, however, play a bit with the machine embroidery on Saturday during naptime.

The pears are ripe and ready for cooking. Since we don't get enough chill hours in our area these are more like apples. They are good to eat, but they are basically a cooking pear. I made a pear cake for dessert. I served it with a hot caramel sauce and whipped cream and it was delicious.

I finished my sig blocks for the swap and have shipped them off. Now....I have a ton of 1 1/2 inch HSTs to use in something creative. A doll quilt??? The Civil War reproduction fabrics are something that I really have not used much so this was interesting to me. I am also participating in a Friendship Bag Swap. The deadline for entering that one is August 20th if anyone is interested in participating.

If you want to put a smile on your face for the day you must check out this video. Some folks are so clever.

Now I am off to clean my windows. One might wonder why I should have to do such a chore with help like this.


blushing rose said...

Love that bleak look at the door ... TTFN ~Marydon

Barb said...

Well, they could have atleast given you a few hours alone. It is nice that they are concerned about you. Love your embroidery machine, love what you did with it.

Pat said...

That is one cute window "washer" you have there!

G'G'ma said...

Don't think I've ever heard of Mother's cookies. Since Kellogg's is in MI maybe my grocery carries them...will check that out.

The embroidery owl is so cute and the flower and vine so elegant.

Your pear cake looks delicious and I'm sure it didn't last long!

Seems like I have those window problems too. Only now it is great grandchildren. It's funny but it doesn't bother me like it did when it was my little ones.

Sometimes it's fun just being all alone in the house...not for too long though!

Sharon said...

I agree that a few hours alone would be nice but it never seems to happen to me either.
I love that last photo. I used to get upset when my were young but with the grandkids I just seem to love it. Strange isn't it?
Have a great day.
God bless.

Dr. Quiltmom said...

I have never had one of those coolies. My favorites were the macaroons. I did not realize they were missing. That must mean I have been doing good.?

I never seem to get a moment alone. When the house is empty (which is never) I seem to walk in circles wondering what I should be doing.

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NanaKaren said...

I've not heard of those cookies but they sound good! Love the picture taken of the little guy at the window....priceless!

quiltingnana said...

I've never had Mother's Cookies...your owls are cute

SmilingSally said...

Windows never stay clean with little ones around!

You REALLY machine embroidered those towels? WOW!

I don't know if Spanish Moss contains bugs, but since I absolutely HATE bugs, I will not be investigating!

Dawn said...

I just bought two packages of Mother's cookies last week-end - I don't think they ever went away here!

The video is adorable - clever parents indeed.

The little guy at the window - precious!

I love time alone, and guard it carefully when DC is gone. I really don't even want anyone to invite me over for dinner! But the thought it sweet.

nancygrayce said...

Boy, I wish it would cool down here! It's so hot....I'm hoping that doesn't mean a big hurricane! Says miss positivity! :)

PEA said...

I've never seen the Mother's cookies here in our stores so I guess it's not available in Canada! Phooey!!! Isn't that always the case, though, fall in love with a food and then they stop making them! lol

We're finally having summer weather here this week! See, miracles DO happen:-) We've had the air conditioner on the last two days now, the first time in one and a half months! The sun has also been shining so it's a treat to have no rain for a change.

Just love the embroidery you did with your machine! I had to laugh when you mentioned your kids always worry you'll be lonely while your hubby is away...it was the same way with me. Didn't they realized I really would have appreciated some quiet time to myself?? hehe

How wonderful to have your own pears growing. The dessert you made sounds sooooo delicious, makes me wish I lived near you! hehe

Omigosh, that video of the baby's first year in pictures was a hoot, what a brilliant idea!

Awwww such an adorable window washer you have there! lol xoxo

Alice Grace said...

Love the machine embroidery! I can see that you are going to make some really lovely things with that machine! Pear cake? Sounds great! I don't think I have ever had that one, sure looks tasty!

Kerri said...

I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying a little normalcy :) Any more news on the mountain lion?
I've never seen Mother's cookies in our neck of the woods. They sound delicious.
I love to try that pear cake. It looks wonderful. Lucky you to have a pear tree. You have some great fruit trees in your garden.
Our tomatoes have blight (it's all over the northeast) so I won't be canning any for the first time ever!
You are so creative with your sewing machine. Beautiful work!
I would happily clean windows with help like that :) Love the picture!
I hope the normalcy continues. Enjoy!

Wendy said...

The pear dessert sounds heavenly. It's this weather very crazy, we might have thunder storms today.

em's scrapbag said...

Your pear cake looks and sounds delicious. My tomatoes are also slow in coming on. I just got my first one.

Midlife Mom said...

That baby video is just adorable! Yes, some people are just so creative aren't they?!! What a beautiful baby, so healthy looking!

I guess they didn't want you to be lonely did they? lol! I like my alone time too, especially when I have had a long busy spell like you have had the last few months. So glad things are normal for you right now and I hope it continues.

Pears eh?! Makes my mouth water. I don't think we can grow pears around here. I am getting some apples this year as long as the deer don't discover them. Macs and Red Delicious.

That picture of the little one with his face up against the window is priceless! I seem to have lots of prints on mine too but I don't mind. I'll miss it when I don't have it.

I just got a new Halloween kit in the mail and I can't wait to start sewing it. It has lights on it! It also has tons of things to sew on it by hand, I hope I get it done before Halloween! Love your embroidery!

Yes, we had such a wonderful time at the lake. The water really was quite warm, I don't know what temp it was but I could jump right in and it wasn't shocking so it was warm! ha! We are hoping to get another good weekend down there this coming weekend. It sure is hot now. It was 89* today. I spent the afternoon in the kids pool playing with T and D. I think I burned my face a bit as I had been mowing all morning in the sun as well. Oh well, what's one more wrinkle?!

I don't think we have those cookies here, at least I have never seen them. We are really deprived of a lot of things way up here in the woods! ha!

We're looking forward to Dallas in a few weeks. I can't believe I got R to go three days early! yeah!

How's your Mom doing? Also have they found the mountain lion yet?

This thing with Blogger makes me want to quit. I love using graphics and pictures and it is such an ordeal now it takes forever to do anything. Sure wish there was tech support that I could call. Sigh.....

amandajean said...

ha! that little guy with his face pressed up against the window gave me a chuckle. so cute! i have lots and lots of handprints on my windows at about the same height. i gave up on trying to keep them clean. it's just no use.

palmtreefanatic said...

awww sweet video!

the food looks great on your blog, interesting cookies!

Awesome embroidery machine!