Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday Medley and Amish Follies

Trying the backhanded approach to eating cake

National Pigs in a Blanket Day - April 24


On April 24, observe National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day with just a few ingredients.  
Celebrated across the world, the term often refers to a variety of different dishes. In the United States, Pigs-in-a-Blanket are often hot dogs or sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked. Pigs-in-a-Blanket are generally served as an appetizer or as breakfast. However, it can be served any meal time!
Share your version of Pigs-In-A-Blanket using #NationalPigBlanketDay on social media.
Everything above this line is from the National Day Calendar website.

(My first thought was 'what am I going to do with this one'!! Bear with me, followers!)

1.  Typically served as an hors d'oeuvre, have you ever made or had a Pig-in-a-Blanket?  Do you like Pigs-in-a-Blanket?
 Never ever.
 "What? Pigs in a blanket? No way."
2.  Pigs-in-a-blanket are also known as devils on horseback, kilted sausages, and wiener winks. (Seriously.)  Please make up another name for this fun little appetizer!
I cannot hear 'weiner' without thinking of poor deluded Anthony. But about renaming? I guess I would rename them cylindrical poison wrapped in carbs. :-) I get a headache from any hotdogs or sausages, etc.
 Mr. C. and our new Amish neighbor chatting about farmland, fencing, cattle, and guns. Typical guy stuff.
3.  In the UK, pigs-in-blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.  Which country's version is most appealing to your taste buds?
Neither, I am afraid. Definitely not the UK version. The only pigs in blankets that appeal to me are these:
4.  The first written record of pigs-in-a-blanket occurs in Betty Crocker's Cooking for Kids in 1957.  In this digital world, do you still have a favorite cookbook you use most of the time?  Is there a recipe you can share with us from that cookbook?
I have a great 1969 Betty Crocker cookbook that I use quite often, although more often I use a recipe from my file folder (which have often been ones I've found online and printed out.)
 You know how in the UK, some manor houses will have follies in the back and beyond, structures built for no reason but apparently to spend money and have something useless on their land? Well, we call this the Amish Folly, a structure recently built on the adjacent property. We couldn't figure out what on earth it was, until... (see further down)
5.  What is your favorite cooking show on TV?
The ONLY cooking show I watch, and that's hit and miss, is The Great British Baking Show. They're all so nice and helpful and not horribly competitive. It's a great show. 
 ...we talked to our new Amish neighbor and asked him. He said it is a hunting shack with room for his horse beneath, to keep it out of the line of fire. Hm. Good thinking. So now we know the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say.
6.  Tell us something random about your week, please!
We had a wonderful Easter weekend with some of our family and here are a few photos to prove it: I wish I had a picture of the altar at the church. It was beautiful. We celebrated a risen Savior.
 This little guy, at 7 weeks, was sharing lots of smiles

Waiting on another photo...

I know you won't believe me, but it was the best hair day I'd had in a while
 - until I went out into the wind to have our picture taken. Grrr.
Oh well. BTW, that old man standing next to me turns 68 today. And  honestly, he doesn't look a day over 67 1/2. :-) He's quite amazing and one of my greatest blessings from God.
 This beloved old barn across the road will soon be coming down. It has deteriorated greatly over the winter and our new neighbor has plans to remove it.
I guess it's time to move.
This week I'm packing lots of books, sorting and donating a ton of stuff, and passing along a lot of unnecessary furniture to family members or donating it.

Thank you Terri, for another Wednesday Medley! xo

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Siblings on Wednesday Medley


Tommy & Smokey
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April of 2013
at our house
That's Wisconsin for ya.
3 grand siblings


National Siblings Day (also referred to as Sibling Day) is observed on April 10.  It is a day created to honor our brothers and our sisters.  
Siblings. They are sometimes our best friends or our worst enemies. At times, siblings will provide us with our biggest competition, strongest encouragement and remind us of our most embarrassing moments.
Struggling to keep up
more grand siblings
1.  Stealing the questions from above:  How many siblings do you have? I have three siblings. Two older brothers and one younger sister. Are you rivals or do you support each other in all you do? Neither of the above. We seldom see one another. One brother is in Colorado, one in Texas, and my sister is in Florida.
 The golden days of siblinghood
Before the little brother gets big enough for a good fight

2.  Have you heard of the Birth Order Book?  What are your thoughts on the premise that your birth order affects everything you do in life? I have heard of it, have not read it, but definitely think birth order affects so much. First children are often strong-willed, self-motivated, responsible; middle children the pastors and counselors, non-confrontational, youngest children often party animals. That is an exaggeration and merely an opinion. My sister does not fall into line with that, but I have seen it a lot in other families. I'll be interested in hearing how other bloggers answer that. And I think that all of the above can be altered by the number of years between children. For example, our younger daughter was the baby of the family until she was five years old and we adopted two little boys. She was suddenly the oldest of that group of three, with 10 1/2 years between her and her older sister.

 6, 4, 2

 Our two youngest

 Our two oldest
They were great pals growing up
 More grand siblings
I can't remember what they're singing here,
but it could be 'Sisters.' 
My favorite part in an old movie is when Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye
perform 'Sisters' in 'White Christmas.'

3.  Is there something that you still do that drives your siblings crazy? I don't think we see each other often enough for that.

4.  Are you closer to your siblings now than you were when you were younger? No, I don't think so. We're all at least four years apart, and that makes a lot of difference in whether or not there are close relationships, I think.

Brother far left and far right.

5.  Would you dare to tell us an embarrassing story about a sibling? I'm sorry, but I don't have any embarrassing stories about my siblings. And I know I've told you all about the times when my brothers scared me half to death or pulled pranks on me. I still don't like sleeping in the pitch dark.

 My cute little sister and serious (or grumpy) me
back when the earth was young
(My hair is still hard to control!)

6.  Tell us something random about your week.
We visited our daughter and her children in Wausau last weekend. Below is the birthday girl with her mom.
 Cinderella with her new GOLD slippers
Ruby is so yesterday.
(Thanks Pam, for the idea!)
They were a real hit!
Our middle child (she's still just as cute, but now she has teeth)  :-)
and her daughter 

 One of the pretty red barns in the Wausau area

Almost all of our snow is gone, just in time for a snow 'event' that is supposed to arrive here Wednesday evening with lots of snow and high winds. One of our grandkids is going to be staying with us while his parents attend a homeschool conference in Minnesota. He'll be with us for four days and four nights. I sure hope he doesn't get homesick! Unless the snow prevents us, we'll take him to visit some cousins. That should help. And he'll go to church with us on Sunday.

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