Wednesday, July 30, 2014
On July 25-27th hubby and I had the pleasure of attending our first Native American Language and Culture camp here in Manistee, MI. Some of you may already know but for those of you don't, I am half Native American, from my father's side who belonged to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) from our area. My siblings and I and all our children are official citizens of the LRBOI. One of the reasons why my hubby and I moved up here.
Four sessions were held daily and it was so hard to choose from but here are the few that I attended:
This was such a fun time for hubby and I. He didn't attend some of the sessions with me but we both learned a lot. I was most fascinated by the elderly woman speaking the Anishinaabe language. Some stories they told were in English as well, one about eating Muskrat brains when she was little (I almost choked when I heard that one). Another spoke about harvesting wild rice in the area we live in. I also learned to make fresh teas from blueberries and Sassafras which apparently grows wild all around upper Michigan.
Anyway, that was our weekend. I'm so looking forward to next years. We are allowed to bring non-Native friends so if you're interested in learning more about the Native Americans and want to come up and join us, by all means please let me know. Or perhaps you can be allowed to attend a camp with your local Native American tribe. A great learning experience, especially if you are a teacher.
Until next time,
Sunday, July 27, 2014
This is what you'll need:
- A pair of cafe curtain panels (big enough for your "window") I found mine at K-mart
- Tension rod - measured for window and ready to go
- Liquid stitch
- Hot iron (DO NOT use steam)
I learned later that I shouldn't use the liquid stitch with sheer fabric. It says it right on the tube where I somehow missed it until it was too late. I can see why it says it though, you can see the liquid stitch straight through the fabric. Not good if it's out in the open for everyone to see BUT since I used it for under my kitchen sink, I don't think anyone will take notice but you may reconsider using sheer fabric for your project.
Until next time,
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
For those of you following my deranged mind about painting my knotty pine kitchen cabinets, well here's a sneak peek. I am basically done with removing all 30 cabinet doors & hardware along with all the washing, sanding, wiping, drying, priming, drying, painting, drying and then reattaching the doors & hardware. Click here to see what my knotty pine kitchen cabinets looked like before the transformation; Knotty Pine Kitchen
I will post the final project once we're done with several other tasks within the kitchen. Hope and pray you're having a great weekend.
Until next time,
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
With only seven weeks in our new home, we continue to get settled in and decorate the house. How fun it has been to bring in my very own flowers from my own garden into the house to brighten it up. With an empty vintage plant box I found at an estate sale and seeing many other bloggers do the same, I was also able to use three of my blue canning jars as vases for the daisies. I've been told that picked daisies last a long time as long as they have plenty of water. I'm so thrilled to have an already made garden when we moved into our home and am forever indebted to the previous owners.
Have a blessed day. Until next time. . . .
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I had some cherries in the refrigerator needing to do something with them. I had already sat on my porch several times, eating a bowl full each time. They're so delicious but I wanted to eat them a different way. I scoured the internet for a recipe using fresh cherries and picked this recipe because I also had all the ingredients.
My sister went cherry picking yesterday in Northern Michigan near Traverse City. She bought me a bucket full. Look how big they are!! They are so big, sweet and delish!!! Have you had any fresh cherries this summer yet?
Click here for the recipe: http://www.alessprocessedlife.com/2010/07/whats-baking-cherry-crumb-cake.html
This cake is so easy to make. Try it and enjoy it with a nice cup of coffee. I'm looking forward to the morning :)
Until next time . . .
Saturday, July 19, 2014
photo image courtesy of Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. . . and sure enough, it does seem like it. Above is a map of Lake Michigan and of the race course. I just heard on the news that the course is 333 miles and it's the oldest fresh water race on record. The racers will not stop until they get to Mackinac Island. Ever been there? Here's a link to it, check it out (it was the featured in the movie, Somewhere in Time, with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves). Mackinac Island.
Photo image courtesy of Chicago Yacht Club Race to MackinacThe sailboats will be passing pretty close to Manistee, where we live. I was sitting on my front porch this evening when I noticed what a beautiful sunset we were having. I ran into the house and told hubby I had to rush to the beach to try to get the sun setting over the lake and perhaps I would see some of the sailboats racing by.
I'm not familiar with the race since I just heard about it yesterday, but here is the link to their website where you can learn all about it and perhaps, maybe someday, participate in it. :) Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
Until next time,
**UPDATE** Sunday, July 20, 2014
Until next time . . . .. -Bev