Thursday, September 22, 2011

Babies and Big Boys

Oh my gosh, this makes me want to give a baby shower.  Go see MaryJane at The Beehive Cottage and see all the pretties she did for her daughter's baby shower.  I visit her blog all the time simply for fru-fru inspiration!

Speaking of babies - yesterday I spent the day with my 4 TLC's and the youngest one, Thomas Langlois Crossman said to me with a big smile,
"Mémère, I'm your boy. My mom says I am a big boy but I will be your baby boy just for you."  

Oh, be still my heart - he is the cutest thing ever.  TLC #4  is 2 1/2 and has his Mémère wound around his little finger for sure!  I tell him his mother is right, he is a big boy but he will always be Mémère's baby.  I think he has gotten the idea.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sunshine Acres and Muffins

It is getting closer and closer to cooler days here in Arizona - we have had a very HOT long summer.  I could not wait any longer and made a pot of chili this week in honor of coming fall days

If you have read my blog you know that I worked for 12 years in a Christian children's home called Sunshine Acres.  Well, they are now on Face Book and have a video of the founder, the late Vera Dingman known fondly as Aunt Vera.

With cooler days ahead and in memory of my days at Sunshine Acres I want to repost a wonderful muffin recipe.

My Famous Muffins (repost)

When the Lord gave me my first son, Jason more than anything I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom.  Being a single woman I had to make a living for us though and the Lord made that possible by taking me to Sunshine Arcres Children's Home.  While there I adopted my second son, Anthony and two years later I met the man who would become my Precious Husband.

During my years at "The Acres" I would often invite some of the other single ladies and grandmas on the place over for coffee and muffins.  Today I am sharing a recipe that has been around for years but worth repeating here.  Grandma Merle was the grandmother of Judy Dingman who was the founders of "The Acres" daughter-in-law.  Are you still with me : )  Anyway, Grandma Merle would always say, "Oh boy, we get to go to Dorothy's for her famous muffins!"   Such special memories I have of all the people and especially the children of Sunshine Acres.

Dorothy's Famous Muffins
(Better known as 6 Week Muffins)

5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups boiling water
2 cups All Bran Cereal
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
4 eggs, beaten well
1 quart buttermilk
4 cups All Bran Cereal
2 cups raisins

Mix 2 cups All Bran with boiling water and set aside.  In large bowl with lid mix margarine and sugar and add eggs, beating well.  Combine dry ingredients and mix in.  Add buttermilk and the other 4 cups All Bran along with wet All Bran.  Mix well and stir in raisins.  Bake 20 minutes in greased muffin tins at 400’.  This mix keeps in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.  Make as many or as few at a time as you want to.

Try this recipe out and invite a neighbor that needs a lift.  In no time people will be talking about your "famous muffins" too. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday's Memo

. . . and beauty dances

I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

Beauty... when you look into a woman's eyes and see what is in her heart.  ~Nate Dircks

You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen.  But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.  ~Marie Stopes

Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic.  ~Rosalind Russell

Do I love you because you're beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson