Friday, July 3, 2015

Red, White and Blue Shortcake




Bluberry Rhubarb Shortbread Bars
By Lauren Lilling

We doubled this and cooked it in a 9 x 13 pan.

(Un-doubled, Regular Recipe)

2 c. flour
1/2 lb. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 c. plus 1/3 c. granulated sugar, separated
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. chopped rhubarb (about 3 long stalks)
1/4 c. water
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 c. blueberries

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Sift flour into med. bowl. In another bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar and 1/2 c. sugar on high speed with electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla, stir in flour just until combined.

Press 1/2 of dough  into pan and bake about 15 min. until edges are golden brown. Shape remaining dough into a disc and wrap in plastic. Chill in refrigerator for 30 min.

Let bottom layer cool after baking. Meanwhile prepare filling. Combine rhubarb, water,  1/3 c. sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until fruit has formed a thick, jam-like consistency, (about 5-10 min. Remove from heat and fold in blueberries.

Pour filling over crust. Drop large crumbs of the refrigerated dough  over the fruit layer so the fruit is completely covered. Bake again for about 30 minutes until edges lightly golden brown.

Let cool before cutting into bars.



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fairy Gardens and Lazy Kittens


W. and her friend made the little snails.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kitten Joy

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Every new batch of kittens is a source of endless entertainment.
 Especially for my friend Tessie, who is a kitten connoisseur.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Random Favorites

A few (a bunch of) very random favorites that I pulled out when reducing the number of photos on our computer.
 With Great niece Noel. 2012
 by Brian.
 At Jess/Tom wedding.
 At Jess/Tom wedding.
 At Adam and Lenora wedding. MN (2012)
 Miss Olive birthday. (niece and sister clone)
 Buds at a birthday.
 My darling in-law women.
 by Diane S.
 by Brian
 Aunt Marilyn, my buddy 2012

 Family favorite at the river. 2010
 Samantha graduates nurse's training.
 Throwback to Senior royalty candidates. 1979
 Buddies from birth. 2012
 At Ashley and Steve wedding. 
 Made for each other. (Adam and Lenora wedding.)2012
 My fam at Christmas. 2013
 Our kids at Christmas. 2013
 Buddy Rebecca. 2014
 At Sarah and Steven wedding. 2013
 September birthdays at Hu Hot. 2013
 Formerly un-seen selfies. 2014

 Brother Aaron and Viva 2014
 Gram's 80th and grandkids 1977/8?
Crazy cuz's 2014

Beauty

Postcards from God. Working in the yard in preparation for the Fourth. There were a few bloom casualties that we can now enjoy inside.  "No loss without some gain." (-Ma Ingalls)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sorting and Eliminating

My computer gets pretty full with all the photos we load onto it. We often take 500-700 photos a month. I try to copy everything to CD and then empty my memory card, and then sort and eliminate a good portion of them from my computer files. It has become even more important since Husband got the drone. We have to make a plan for managing all that data soon! I am a bit behind, and just finished editing year 2013. I've been finding some favorites, so I will post a few of them.
 by L.
 by A.
 by L.
 by J. at Reptile Gardens
 by J at Reptile Gardens
 by J. Black Hills, SD
 by J. Wyoming
 by J. Montana
 by J. Montana
by M.
by J. Dallas, TX

Monday, June 22, 2015

Colorful Vintage Pages Map Wall Art

I saw a striking art piece on a restaurant wall and brooded over it for months trying to figure out if I could make it work as a project with my Art Girls. Finally I thought I had it worked out enough to give it a try in a group setting.

For this project you will need: Modge Podge, old books, sponge brushes, stretched canvas, world map clip art, scissors, acrylic paint, rubber cement. This was a two week project.
The first week, we tore out pages from old books and decoupaged them to the canvas. Add another layer of decoupage on top when done. I found that paper lays down more smoothly if you put decoupage medium on both the canvas and the back of the paper before joining them. Set aside canvas to dry.
Find a simple clip art continent map and print it out in a size that will fit your stretched canvas. Cut out around each continent. Decide if you want Antartctica or not.
We left small bits to attach the various groups of islands to the large land masses until we were ready to glue them on. Allow about 30-45 minutes for detailed cutting. We did these two steps the first week.
The second week, we cut apart any necessary islands and used rubber cement to glue the cut out map to the dry canvas. (It helps to have a print-out example of the map to aid in positioning while gluing.) Rubber cement will adhere the paper down while still allowing you to peel off the paper after it dries. Press the edges down firmly and remove any excess rubber cement that squeezes out. Dried rubber cement can be rolled off of a surface by rubbing with your finger.
We glued down the land, and I checked over each canvas for loose map edges. We let it dry for about 15-20 minutes before painting. Each girl chose a main color and then we paired a darker and a lighter color with their main color. We put all three colors on disposable paper plates, and I showed them how to dab-mix the colors together with their brush onto their painting without pre-mixing on their plates.
We tried to dab paint straight up and down, and away from the edges of the glued-on paper to avoid pushing the paint under the edges. I discouraged painting in swipes as you would on a wall. Dab, dab, dab. A little practice on another paper first can help them get the hang of the process.

You can easily see examples of the green and blue paint choices on the picture above and below.


Concentrate on painting along all edges of the glued down paper out to the edges. We did not paint down the sides of the canvas since the girls would have to take them home before completely dry. It is not necessary to paint over all the paper unless they want to.

After the paint is completely dry, carefully peel off the paper continents, revealing your decoupaged page background and the shape of the land masses. Go slowly. This is the fun part. If you want the sides more finished, a ribbon could be glued around the perimeter to finish. We liked ours without.
After it is all peeled off, a layer of Modge Podge on top will seal and finish the creation!