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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Easy and quick Christmas decorating ideas



Gather a few oranges, lemons and apples.


Add a few greens.





A few cloves.





Unpack old friends.




Don't forget to hang a few ornaments outside.






Fresh roses save the day.




What is Christmas without candles.





A glass of Glühwein makes the spirit bright.





It's not too late to paint a few glass Christmas ornaments. 






Hand painted wooden hearts and hand painted glass Christmas ornaments inside glass vase.






 A chair...provides color for an otherwise empty corner. 




If  the top of the cabinet needs a little color.





The older, the better.








A pomegranate makes the difference.





 Bring a little sunshine into the scene.





Pomanders last a long time.




Life Saver Garlands are favorite decorations.




A Putti here and there.




Acorns add an unusual touch.





And I love Orchids and Hellebore for Christmas.







Soon it will be Christmas. 

Thank you dear friends for stopping by.  

I appreciate each and everyone of you.

Gina 


https://betweennapsontheporch.net/

Friday, December 1, 2017

Irresistible, No?



Hand painted with original designs.



Cotton drawstring bags that hold all kinds of treasures.  







Available for only a Song in my Etsy Shop.







Do you collect flower seeds, do you dry your own herbs, do you make your own soaps, do you make special jewellery, do you like to give lace handkerchief's? 
They all fit into this special little bag.  







So perfect for the Holiday Season.  All available in my Etsy shop

Or come to the Spring City Art Gallery on December 1 and 2.  









Just in time for Christmas giving, little cotton drawstring bags to hold small treasures and gifts.







In lovely sepia tones.







And in grey and white.






And in many colors.






They're only $3 each.  So, hop on over to my Etsy shop  
 before they're all gone.







Have a great weekend my dear Friends

Gina




Thursday, November 30, 2017

So delicious and so easy




My very special Squash Bread Recipe


This is a Lakota Squash, any winter squash will do. 


Squash Bread Recipe

2 cups of cooked squash
3 eggs beaten
2 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup light olive oil 
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 cup of almond meal (optional)
1/2 cup golden raisins
Mix all ingredients
juice and grated zest from one lemon and one orange
Mix together

Add 3 cups of flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda. 
Mix by hand with wooden spoon until all ingredients are 
well incorporated. 

Grease 2 loaf pans 
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes and reduce heat to 300 and bake another 15 to 20 minutes. Test with toothpick.  





This is the bread to bake.  It is foolproof. 





Squash bread freezes well. 

Recipe also makes great tasting muffins. 


Bake something and have fun.

Gina

https://betweennapsontheporch.net/
http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Using our Pond as launching pad


Wild Geese gather first




They fly in every morning. 

I don't know where they spend the night.  




All day long they go back and forth...to the plowed field, and then again to the Pond. 

This happens every year.




One day, they all fly away. 





And then come the wild ducks.
Hundreds of them.  They will stay all winter.  




Sheep don't have a choice.




  These yearlings don't know that they are supposed to mind the dogs. 




And that confuses the dogs AND the sheep. 

I know that you know where you are going 

Gina 



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Who is Robert LeRoy Parker?



Who hasn't heard of Butch Cassidy.
April 1866 - November 1908

The Robin Hood of the West
Put your hand on his shoulder and become an Outlaw.




This was his home when he was a young boy. 
He was the oldest of 13 children. 

He went to the country store on a Sunday to buy a pair of Jeans. 
The store was closed.  

He helped himself to a pair of jeans anyway. 

He left a note promising the shop owner that he would be back to pay.  

 The outlaw was born.  




This is his childhood home.  He lived there for 4 years.  




Cassidy's childhood home was  restored this past Summer by our good friend Craig Paulsen who has won many awards for restoring and thereby saving many important and historic structures. 

It was completely rebuilt.  Originally the cabin had no foundation. It was listing to one side and soon would crumble into dust.





Every log was carefully taken down, a foundation was built.  And one by one each log was placed into its original slot.  





The cabin is located in Circleville Utah, about a hundred miles south from our home in San Pete County.





Would you drive five hours just so you can eat lunch at a little French restaurant? 





Well, you would if you have heard how good and authentic the food is. 


Last summer, friends, Patricia and Wayne Johnson  stopped by our house to tell us that they had opened a French Restaurant in a small Utah town.   




The Granary Cafe is located in the charming little town of Santa Clara, just west and north of St. George, Utah.  

And, yes, the food is delicious.  





Nearby, in the Santa Clara valley, live a band of 800 Shivitz, 
the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. 





The next morning we were treated to one spectacular sight after another.  





Kolob Terrace road gives you an opportunity  to see Zions Natural Park from a different angle. 





Every bend in the road surprises one with another imposing view. 





And then it is 5 hours back.

A lonesome road where you will only see traffic going to and coming from Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Not much has changed along this stretch in the last one hundred years. 





It was great fun to be with friends and get away for a few days, but home is home. 

Safe travels to you and yours, 

Gina 

https://betweennapsontheporch.net/