Friday, February 02, 2018

February 2, 2018

I made these apple crisp cookie cups today.
I hope I haven't posted about them before...I was too lazy to look.  :)
They are so yummy!
The cookie cups are made with oats and spices,
and the caramelized apples make the cups into little pies.
I've only made them once before, in the regular size muffin tin;
this time I split the batch between the regular size muffin tin and a mini muffin tin.
The mini muffin size are definitely less messy, but you get less apple filling too.  
As much as I like to avoid messes, this is one time I'm going to have to turn my back on that.  :)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018

Jed's homeschool class is on Wednesdays, from 7:30 to 2:00.
It's a pretty good distance from our house, so we leave about 6:45.
When I heard there was to be a trifecta of astronomical wonders at 6:30 Wednesday morning,
I was so excited - I don't think I could have dragged Jed out of the house that early on a regular school day.  :)
The moon was to be in the north-northwest sky in our part of the world,
so we drove to the top of the mountain near us to get a clear view of the moon behind it.
We were so disappointed when we couldn't see it - the moon was to set around 7:00 am, 
and apparently it was already below the mountains to the west of where we were.
However, as a consolation prize, I took a few pictures of the valley that is Golden.
They're kind of dark - if you click on each picture, it will enlarge.

It was pretty amazing to see the sky change so quickly, just during the time it took to get down the mountain.
The first picture was taken from the top,
and this one and the next were taken about midway down.
The two mesas are South Table Mountain on the right, and North Table Mountain on the left.
Golden lies between the mountain we were on, Lookout Mountain, and the two mesas (and in between).
Denver in on the other side of South Table Mountain, where the more intense light is.

This picture was taken near the bottom of Lookout Mountain...
the sky was starting to turn orange by this time, 
and it was time for us to be about our day.

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

Jed's homeschool class had a science fair this month.  
I gave some artistic advice but he did the experiment and put the board together himself.  
He was pretty proud of himself.  :)

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018

A dear friend from North Carolina sent me this set of bowls for Christmas - 
how cool is it that they are personalized??!  

 The set included this 9" x 13" pan as well.

I can't wait till the next potluck at church!  :)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018

Tracy's sister sent us this pottery ornament for Christmas.  
It was made by her pastor's son-in-law, who is a potter in Seagrove, 
a little town about 10 miles south of Asheboro, 
the area where she and the rest of Tracy's family live.  
The heart is situated right over that part of the state, 
the part I lived in for nearly 20 years and where Brad grew up.  
A little piece of my heart is there too.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January 21, 2018

After an early snow of several inches on October 9, we've had precious little snow, just dustings.
We got another dusting on Martin Luther King's birthday last week,
but I was starting with an illness similar to the flu and wasn't able to enjoy it one bit.
I'm not back to normal, but I'm much better than I was, and I'm very thankful for that.
Especially since we got a pretty good snow today finally!
We've all been so sick (Tracy was even diagnosed with pneumonia this week)
that we hadn't even had our Christmas celebration here at home.
Today seemed like the perfect time, with snow falling outside.

Yes, our Christmas tree is still up.  :)
That's what happens when you've been sick since December 23.

After opening gifts, Jed headed out into the wilds to shovel and dig his dad's car out.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

January 3, 2018

 Headed home. 
The first leg of our flight leaving Norfolk.

Sunset over northern Virginia.

 Washington DC, our connection.

 Our flight from Washington home was in a 787 - it was huge!