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Monday, December 22, 2014

There is more than one way



to tackle the largest Lakota squash we grew this past Summer!



We need to cut this squash into pieces so it will fit into our oven.






 Winter squash needs to age for about 3 months.  A cool place in the cellar is a good spot. 








Instead of using a large kitchen knife it occurred to Mr G that 
his hand saw would do a much better and a much safer job.  






The seeds will be scooped out and saved for next year. 
(Or you can roast them, they are delicious). 

The above Lakota is a 10th generation squash from our field. 

Large pieces will be baked at 350 degrees for one hour and a half.  
The meat will be soft and creamy, like mashed potatoes. 








Individual packages of baked squash are frozen to use in breads, soups and as vegetable side dishes. 

They will provide many meals. 







 You can't just grow a few squash.  Our ducks, geese and ground critters all like the little seedlings in the Spring.  So we grow many plants hoping for only a few survivors but often end up with too many. 

Next year come by and when you see boxes of squash at the top of our lane, please help yourself. 







Christmas is just around the corner

All we need is a little snow. 
Gina



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Polar Bear Express and Downhill Races



What do 
Polar Bear Express, Downhill Races and Honeymooners
have in common?




Polar Bear Express.

They are plaques which have been added to my ever growing collection of Christmas tree ornaments.  
Painted by Sophie Soprano, my every day walking partner. 

Also known as Lynn Farrar of Spring City, Utah.






The Honeymooners.

These charming Christmas plaques are details taken from Lynn's larger oil paintings.






Downhill Racers. 

Lynn paints in 2 different styles.  When her paintings are signed by Sophie Soprano you know that you will enter a fairy tale world. 

There is another side to Lynn, the serious painter who signs her work  "Lynn Farrar"

Come visit her at "Sophie's Black Sheep Gallery" on Main Street in Spring City, Central Utah, 

or contact her via e-mail
lynniefarrar@yahoo.com


Are you ready for Christmas?  

Gina







Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Make your own for 2015





Make your own Calendar for 2015.


Wall Calendar made with the help of  Vistaprint

All of us Bloggers have taken great photos.  








Why not use them in a Desk Calendar.







Or a Wall Calendar.  You choose the theme.








Desk Calendars are just under $3 when they are on sale.  

Look for specials.  Vistaprint has them quite often.

Directions are easy to follow. 


Have fun, 

Gina 




Disclaimer: sharing this information was my idea. I have not received compensation from Vistaprint for writing this post.


Joining http://betweennapsontheporch.net/


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where is the snow?


Snow from another December.


But not this year.





When are these guys going South?






Landed just five minutes ago. 

Do they know something we don't ?

Have a great remainder of the week my dear friends.

Gina 






Friday, December 12, 2014

When it's cold and dreary outside



Bring a few winter flowers into the house.



Paperwhites are easy to grow inside your house. 






Friends brought oranges and lemons from California.






Cymbidium Orchids are repeat bloomers if you leave them outside in the Summer. 






After blooming Phalaenopsis like to be placed by an east facing window.





A few sprigs of Christmas Greens will do wonders.






Phalaenopsis orchids come in many colors.  They bloom for 4 to 6 months in my house. 







Orchids make especially nice Christmas gifts.  







Sometimes a trip to the Florist is called for. 






Long lasting Alstroemeria are a good choice.







White flowers always look so special. 






And don't forget the special gift for a very special friend.  


Happy Christmas planning.  

Gina 




Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mon Bouquet du Jour



Christmas decorations are 


being unpacked at my house.




We cut our tree in the mountains the other day. 



He's cooling his heels in the  Pond.

Have a great weekend my dear friends 
and 
don't work so hard
getting ready for Christmas. 

Gina  



Sunday, November 30, 2014

In case you have forgotten



Here is how



you paint Glass Balls for your Christmas Tree.






 Paint simple designs onto glass balls with acrylic paints. 
Attach wire and let dry.  It only takes a few minutes. 






Simple dots and circles will help you get started. 






Soon you will be painting little flowers. 







Just remember to load several colors onto your brush at the same time.  
That is how you get the variation of color in the pine needles. 








 Thin napkin paper glued onto glass balls works fine if you don't want to get paint on your fingers.  







Use lots of different colors and don't forget white. 







If you thin out the paint a little you can swirl colors inside the glass. 







Get to your Five and Dime store soon because glass Christmas balls are only available for a few weeks before Christmas.  

And have fun!

Gina