Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Native American Animal...

Crow/Raven: Sep 22 – Oct 22
Highly enthusiastic, and a natural entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer. But he/she doesn't have to work at being charming – it comes easily. Everyone recognizes the Crow's easy energy, and everyone turns to the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions. This is because the Crow is both idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious. In nurturing environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going, can be romantic, and soft-spoken. Further, the crow can be quite patient, and intuitive in relationships. Left to his/her own devices, the Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive

Monday, May 19, 2008

NOW! It is YOUR turn to share YOUR daybook.

BUT IF YOU ARE TAKING PART FOR THE FIRST TIME, PLEASE GO here FIRST FOR THE GUIDELINES BEFORE SIGNING Mister Linky! Please remind anyone finding this idea from your personal blog, to make sure to give credit and come sign my Mister Linky first before taking part.

Also, DO NOT sign Mister Linky unless you have created a Daybook.
Thank you!

The Simple Woman's Daybook - May 19...

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook~May 19th


Outside my Window...well it looks cloudy and I see that it had rained.

I am thinking… that I need to organized my sewing room, pick-up my granddaughter from pre-school, cook dinner, work on my Dear Jane blocks, I am also planning what to plant in my garden…

I am thankful for...for this opportunity to express my Thanks in meeting so many wonderful friends online and be able to have this forum to type it down…

From the kitchen...a cup of coffee with my hubby, a bowl of cereal and a cup of yogurt to start the day off…

I am creating...a library of my quilting books, crafting books, patterns and information that I have collected over the years…

I am visit with our oldest daughter and son-in-law and grandson, it has been a year in June since we have gotten to see each other…I am so excited that I am writing down a list of what to take so I don’t forget anything…can I tell you that I have tears in my eyes with joy…

I am jeans, navy top with white polka dots and so far I am in my barefoot…

I am reading... the road atlas, making plans for stops along the way…we usually fly, but I have a lot to take…

I am hoping...warm weather, for my family to be happy and safe always…

I am hearing...washer running, birds singing, a tractor far off in the distance…

Around the house...the grass has grown, trees have bloom, flowers have sprouted, wood rack needs filled and I think we are going to have a great season…

One of my favorite quilting and sewing, I am busy with several quilts in progress, ideas to make more, dresses to make for our granddaughter, baby blanket to knit for our newest addition in October…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...cut the grass, food shopping, porch furniture out and cleaned, enjoy our trip and holiday…

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Friday, May 16, 2008

Quilting History!

The story of Civil War quilting is a mixture of fact and myth. The oral tradition may not give us absolutely accurate information but it often reflects a greater truth of our pride in our country and hopes for its future.

This is a site that I have enjoyed reading and wanted to share with you Please click on the link and enjoy...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Homesteading Carnival

The Simple Woman's Daybook, May 12, 2008


Outside my has been raining, the signs of a wet deck and the leaves are blowing.

I am thinking...about how to sell my Quilts and handmade items online.

I am thankful home and the love in it

From the kitchen...Dinner in the crock pot and bread to be made in the bread machine, later in time for dinner.

I am creating...Photo archive of our family as they grow.

I am be much more careful with my driving because of the cost of gas, think before I spend.

I am blue Demin & Co. pants with a red top and my Berkies.

I am reading... a quilt book about Dear Jane.

I am hoping...for a healthy grandchild to be born this year, and for our family to be safe and healthy and prosper in God's will.

I am hearing...the birds outside cherping and our 2 dogs drinking water.

Around the house...I need to mow the grass and til the garden, plant some bushes and change the outside bulbs.

One of my favorite sweet tea, a long bath.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...load my quilt machine with a quilt to be done, upload photo's, sew a few outfits, etc.

Have a Blessed Week
Thank You for this chance to participate in this blog...

Monday, May 5, 2008

Chicken's on the Dairy Farm...

Are You a Farm Girl at Heart?


(4/28/08 to 5/2/08)
Are you a Farm Girl or Farm Girl at heart? Yes, and I always will be...
Do you love having that little flock of back yard chickens (even in the city?/or dream of having chickens in your yard one day?) Yes, we have had large flock of chickens years ago...what fun!!!
Do you love growing your own food items? Oh yes, and can't wait to get started this year...
Love being thrifty and frugal? Of course...
Love wearing an apron, or simply collecting them? Both, but I need new ons...
Love a "dirty manicure" from planting seeds in the soil?Do you love bringing the simpler ways of living into your life and home? Dirty fingernails can always be cleaned, the fun is doing it yourself...
Love cooking good old home style meals? Yes...
Love canning your own foods? Yes, Tomatoes, pickles, relish, pie fillings, meat, peppers etc.
Or dream about one day actually having a bit of land to stretch out on? We do have the land and enjoy it...
Then you are a Farm Girl!..(or Farm Girl at heart!)Yeah!

Let "Blogland" know you are "PROUD TO BE A FARM GIRL!!"

How To Make Chile Rellenos !

Learn all the tricks to making a great chile relleno. Allow yourself a little extra time the first time you make it, but after that it will seem easy. Make sure you have all the tools and ingredients assembled first. You can omit the flour for a low-carb version.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 15 to 20 minutes
Here's How:
Roast the chiles*
Roast and peel each chile and let them cool. *If fresh chiles are unavailable, use canned whole green chiles.

Remove the seeds
Insert a sharp knife into the top of the chile, just under the stem and slice downward about half way down the chile. Using a spoon or a knife, scrape the seeds and the white membrane out, without tearing the chiles flesh.

Stuff the chiles
Place a slice of cheese into the chile, but don't force it. If the cheese is too large, trim it down until it fits inside. Make sure the open edges of the chile still come together.

Prepare the chiles
This step is optional Place half of the flour on the bottom of a plate. Place the chiles on the flour and sprinkle the rest of the flour on top. Use your finger to make sure the entire chile is coated. Dust off remaining flour and set chiles aside. If you rinsed your chiles in water, this step is important for the batter to stick.

Cinco de Mayo !

During the 19th Century, two great events stand out with paramount significance in the history of Mexico. The first is the war of Independence, whose long struggle began on the night of September 15-16, 1810, and finally concluded in triumph on August 27, 1821. The second is the Battle of Puebla on March 5, 1862, which is commemorated each year as the Cinco de Mayo.

The celebration of the Dieciseis (16th) of September is for Mexico what the Fourth of July is for the United States. Many in the United States are aware of the struggle between royal Spain and the patriots of Mexico which led to Mexico's independence. But fewer in the United States know the history of the Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of Mexico's greatest and most improbable military victory.

The chain of events which would lead to the battle of Puebla began in the 1850's, when the Emperor Napoleon III of France sought to create an empire in the Americas which could rival the United States. Napoleon III used the power of the French army, then considered the world's finest, to attempt to impose a French-led monarchy on the Mexican Republic.

Fortunately for Mexico, the French Army was led by General Charles Latrille de Lorencez, an arrogant aristocrat who held the Mexican people in contempt. "The French soldiers enjoy such racial and organizational superiority over the Mexicans that with my 6,000 men, I control all of Mexico!" Lorencez boasted. In spite of the counsel of caution he received from his own allies, Lorencez intended to prove his claims of French dominance on the field of battle. On the Fifth of May, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well-provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and prepared to attack from the north.

Commanding the Mexican forces in the city was the young General Ignacio Zaragoza. Though only 33 years old, Zaragoza was a brilliant and innovative commander, whose tactics had frustrated Lorencez for weeks before the climactic battle. Zaragoza confused the French by declining battle on the open plains; instead, he used skirmishes and patrols to harass the French and gain vital intelligence while he fortified the city of Puebla. Zaragoza's army was outnumbered two-to-one by the French; in order to win, Zaragoza needed to fight the battle on his own terms.

Lorencez concentrated his attack on the northern front of the city's defenses, but the vaunted French troops could not crack Zaragoza's fortifications. Turned back but not yet defeated, the French army pulled back from its assault. Seeing his opportunity, Zaragoza launched his own attack, using troops positioned in advance for just such an opening. The French fought well, but that day they were no match for the courage and skill of the Mexicans. Defeated and humiliated, Lorencez ordered a general retreat. Against all odds, Zaragoza had held the city and had inflicted a major defeat on the invaders. The effect of the Battle of Puebla on the struggle against the French was fleeting, but the contribution of Zaragoza and his brave men to the pride of the Mexican people lives on to this day.

The Cinco de Mayo has ever since been a major holiday in Mexico, and it is celebrated by Mexicans around the world. For Mexican-Americans, though, the day holds still greater meaning. The young General Zaragoza, who died within a year of the Battle of Puebla, was born in Goliad, Texas, in 1829. The son of a cavalry officer, he brought to the battle the military traditions and the spirit of frontier innovation which characterized the original Tejanos. In recognition of the town's most famous son, a historical marker dedicated to Zaragoza stands today in Goliad, and every year the citizens of Goliad recall their part in the victory of the Cinco de Mayo.