Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
The Old Stone House Museum is located in Brownington, Vermont, in a quiet and picturesque Northeast Kingdom village, the museum includes six buildings on fifty five acres. Seemingly untouched by time, this hillside town is centered around a monumental stone dormitory, called Athenian Hall, built in 1834-36 by the Rev. Alexander Twilight, the nation’s first African-American college graduate and state legislator.
"I like the way the Stone House still looms up on that hilltop, where the wind blows all the time. There it sits, unshaken and monolithic, as I write this sentence and as you read it, every bit as astonishing today as the day it was completed. What a tribute to the faith of its creator, the Reverend Alexander Twilight: scholar, husband, teacher, preacher, legislator, father-away-from-home to nearly 3,000 boys and girls, an African American and a Vermonter of great vision, whose remains today lie buried in the church-yard just up the maple-lined dirt road from his granite school, in what surely was, and still is, one of the last best places anywhere."
Howard Frank Mosher ~ Vermont Life Magazine ~ Autumn, 1996
At the Samuel Read House we had cider warmed over the open hearth fire ~
The children decorated cookies and made ornaments to hang on their tree ~
Friday, November 27, 2009
The finished beeswax blocks
Warm wishes for today!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Custard Corn Bread
A slightly sweet custard layer forms on the top of this unusual cornbread as it bakes. It can be made in an 8 inch square or round pan or in individual ramekins.
1 cup milk
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 T. sugar
3/4 c. cornmeal
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. nutmeg
2 T. butter, melted
In a large bowl beat together the eggs with 1/2 cup milk and all of the buttermilk. Stir in the sugar, cornmeal, flour, soda, salt, nutmeg, and butter and mix until well blended. Pour the batter into well-greased pans and top with the remaining milk. Do not stir the milk into the batter. Bake at 325 degrees until the center appears set when shaken slightly. The top should be lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes before serving warm.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Today after a crisp morning walk and Quaker meeting, we did some firewood work, chicken coop cleaning, baking, and while clearing a bank for our blueberry bushes Sarah found this little bird's nest.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Our house is already filled with thrift store and yard sale baskets. However, there is just something so satisfying about now having handmade baskets in our home. Handmade is satisfying and fills your being with warmth. It is hard to explain but simply gazing at a handmade basket next to one that you know was made in China ... there is simply no comparison.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It is a wonderful activity to cut some clean rags into small squares and let your children help you polish your spoons, bowls, branch blocks, wooden toys and more.
Monday, November 16, 2009
~ branches on our front porch, to be cut into toys and hangers
~ my knitting projects on our phone/laptop counter in the kitchen, overlooking the living area
We have been blessed with a thriving, growing business. We will never have lots of money, but that is not our goal. Our goal is to live and work together, to work with environmentally friendly materials, and to provide quality, affordable toys that children will enjoy. In the process we have "branched" out to offer products for the home made of tree branches or knit with wool.
~ Abraham helping to fill a hand crocheted bag with branch building blocks
I want to share with you the story of another family that has similar goals. Suzy at Hip Mountain Mama is a sweet, talented woman with a beautiful family. You can read about her story here.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients together. Spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet by teaspoonfuls. Make a dent in the top of each ball with your thumb. Spoon in 1/2 teaspoon or so of jam. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Warm wishes. Tonya
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I have not become a multi - needle knitter yet, nor do I use circular needles yet. With constantly picking up and putting down my work with six children and various household tasks weaving their way throughout my day, I have simply preferred to stick with two needle patterns.
What I like about this pattern is that you don’t even have to worry about a left handed or right handed mitten!
Using worsted weight yarn and sizes 4 and 6 needles
These directions are for Toddler, Child, Women, Men
Mitten Cuff: With size 4 needles cast on 23 (27, 35, 41) stitches. Work in ribbing as follows: Row 1: K1, P1 Row 2: P1, K1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 2 ( 2 ½, 3, 3 ½ ) inches (or until desired length – I like to make the cuffs long for my children)
End on a Row 1. Change to size 6 needles and work in plain Stockinette stitch, beginning with K row for 2 (2, 4, 4) rows from end of rib, end in P row.
Shape Thumb Gusset: K 11 (13, 17, 20) stitches, place marker, K in front and back and front again of next stitch (3 stitches in 1 stitch), place marker, K 11 (13, 17, 20) stitches – there are now 3 stitches between markers.
Next row: Purl
Next row: K to marker, slip marker, K in front and back of next stitch, K to last stitch before next marker, K in front and back of next stitch, slip marker, K to end of row – 5 stitches between markers. Repeat last two rows until there are a total of 7 (9, 11, 13) stitches between markers – (29, 35, 45, 53) stitches.
Hand: Knit first 11 (13, 17, 20) stitches, place next 7 (9, 11, 13) stitches on a holder; turn and cast on one stitch, turn and knit across remaining stitches. (11, 13, 17, 20)
All sizes – Work even in Stockinette Stitch on 23 (27, 35, 41) stitches until mitten measures 5 ½ (6 ½, 9 ½, 10 ½ ) inches from the beginning or 1 ½ inches from desired length to tip of mitten.
Decrease Row 1: K3, K2together; repeat across – 16 (20, 28, 32) stitches
Purl 1 Row
Decrease Row 2: K2, K2together, repeat across – 12 (15, 21, 24) stitches
Purl 1 Row
Decrease Row 3: K1, K2together, repeat across – 8 (10, 14, 16) stitches
Purl 1 Row
Decrease Row 4: K2together across 4 (5, 7, 8) stitches
Cut yarn, leaving a long end; weave through remaining stitches, draw up tightly and sew seam
Knit across 7 (9, 11, 13) stitches on the stitch holder, increasing 1 stitch at each end of the row (9, 11, 13, 15) stitches. Work even until ¾ (1, 1 ¼, 1 ¾) inches from beginning of thumb.
Repeat decrease from row 3 above
Purl 1 row
Repeat decrease from row 4 above.
Cut yarn, leaving a long end; weave through remaining stitches and draw up tightly then sew thumb seam.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Isaac as a pickpocket~
Thomas as Fagin~
Warm wishes, Tonya
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I let my eleven year old son know that lunch is ready and he replies, “I just have to finish crocheting to the end of the row. I can’t stop in the middle you know.”
Five year old Sarah drops a piece of cheese on the floor and says, “Oh dear.”. Seconds later, 21 month old Abraham says, “O Deee.”
I ask my fifteen year old son to bring Abraham outside while I clean for a few minutes and he replies, "Sure Mom, I am just going to finish up my math first."
My daughter runs to her coat and pulls out a little rock and says, “Here Mom. This is a love rock for you.”
Warm wishes. Tonya