13 July, 2009

Fire Hydrant Collage

Mary at Little Red House is hosting Mosaic Monday. This is my second mosaic. Click the link to go to here site and look at all the other mosaics. Thanks for hosting, Mary.

I work in downtown Harrisburg, PA. During my lunch hour, I sometimes go for a walk. Artists are currently painting the fire hydrants. I enjoy looking seeing all the pretty and whimsical hydrants. I think my favorite is the puppy. Look at that cute black nose.

12 July, 2009

Bible vs. Cell Phone

"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme which Happy to Design has created. to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past. This was my second post, I ever did. Click her link to check other Sunday Favorites.

Since it was originally linked to Charlotte and Ginger's Spiritual Sundays blog, I'm also linking to their meme again. My boss sent me this email.

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several time a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible? Oh, and one more thing: Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

11 July, 2009

Ice Cream Social

Suzy from Kitchen Bouquet is hosting an ice cream social. Ice cream is my favorite dessert, so you can be sure I'm going to check out every single post. You can too, if you click here.

I made home made ice cream for my grandchildren while we were camping over the 4th. I have a Donvier ice cream maker. It is so easy to do.

First you put the metal cylinder inside your freezer for 24 hours. There is a liquid that freezes and eliminates the need for ice and salt.

After you cook your milk and egg mixture, you refrigerate the ingredients overnight, too.

The fun part is when you turn it. The grandkids took turns turning 2 or 3 turns of the crank every few minutes. It turns pretty easy. After 20 minutes you have homemade ice cream. We just made the French Vanilla flavor.

The Donvier is also good to make slushies.

06 July, 2009

My First Mosaic Monday

Mary at Little Red House is hosting Mosaic Monday. I have never created a mosaic before, but I have seen all of you create them, so I though I would try. These are photos I took of flowers in my garden.
Click on the link above to go to her site where you can view other mosaics. This was fun. I might try again.

05 July, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

I received the Honest Scrap Award via our gardening guru Tootsie. (I think this is more of a tag than an award.)

The rules that come with this award say that I have to list 10 honest and interesting facts about me. I guess that’s why this award is called honest scrap. I also have to pass this on to 8 other bloggers.

Here are my 10 facts:

  1. I used to live in State College, PA. State College is in the shadow of Nittany Mountain, which is pictured on my blog header. State College is the home of The University Park Campus of Penn State University. No, I did not attend University Park; however, I did attend the DuBois Campus of PSU.

  2. The coolest fact: I have Top Secret government clearance.

  3. My husband is younger than I am. I think he looks like a geeky George Clooney.

  4. My weirdest physical trait: I don't have a uvula. That's that thingy that hangs down the back of your throat. I had it removed in an ultra sound procedure. I used to snore, now I only purr. No way, I was doing that C-Pap thing.

  5. I am an only child.

  6. I lost my home in a fire in 1979.

  7. I hate to exercise. Other than gardening, my only exercise is walking around the block.

  8. If necessary, I can type 70 wpm.

  9. I'm cold most all the time. I sleep wearing socks.

  10. I had braces on my teeth as an adult.

The hard part is deciding who to pass this on to. Tootsie tagged me a while ago and although I though it was fun to answer, I deliverated over to to give it to. I spent hours researching who already had it vs. who didn't. Who I already tagged on something else vs. who I didn't. Then I saw where someone just told everyone to pick it up. You can do that? What a wonderful idea. So that's what I'm going to do. We would love to know more about you, if you don't already have this, please pick it up and leave a comment so I will know that it got out to 8 other bloggers.

03 July, 2009

Cinnamon Raisin Scones

Designs by Gollum hosts Foodie Friday. If you click on the link you will find all kind of wonderful things to eat.

I have been making scones lately. In my quest to find the perfect scone, I've made raisin scones, cranberry scones, pecan scones and my favorite cinnamon raisin scones, which is what I'm sharing with you today.


2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup raisins

1/2 cup milk

1 large egg

cooking spray

1 Tbsp. milk

1 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups. Level with knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a bowl, cut in cold butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles course meal. Stir in raisins.

3. Combine 1/2 cup milk and egg, add to flour mixture, stirring until just moist. Dough will be very sticky.

4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead lightly 4 or 5 times with floured hands. You may need to add flour to handle it. Pat dough into a 7 inch circle on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cut dough into 8 or 10 wedges, leaving it in the circle. Brush with 1 tablespoon milk; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with butter and/or preserves.

01 July, 2009

Train trip to Philadelphia

This is the building where our company has an office. It is in Center City, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I took the train to go there for training. I love taking the train.

This office occupies many floors in this building. I had a nice time, meeting my counterparts and learned a lot. It's time to leave.

I walk a few block from the office to the Amtrak 30th Street Station. There it is up ahead. I walk across the bridge to the train station.

Here we are inside. Isn't it grand.

I don't have much time before my train leaves. I don't want to miss it.

I find a seat. Some seats face forward and some seats face backwards. I want to make sure that I get a seat that faces forward. Look, they even have plugs so people can plug in their laptops.

The train pulls out of the station. Good-by Philly.

This is a Septa Station. Since it is late afternoon, most everyone is getting off.

We travel through the suburbs into the countryside. My favorite part of the trip is when we go through the beautiful farmland of Lancaster County.

Watching the Amish Farms

Further on down the line we look out to the left. There is the Susquehanna River right along the tracks and Three Mile Island.

There are the cooling towers of the power plant. Do you remember what happened March 28, 1979? If you lived in Pennsylvania, you remember where you were and what you were doing. Where were you? Whew, that was a close call.

Three Mile Island is in Middletown, just south of Harrisburg, so we are almost at our stop. I better get my stuff together.

The end of the line. We arrived at Harrisburg and disembark. I have to walk two blocks to the parking garage where I parked my car. I'm glad it's still daylight outside.

Did you enjoy the train ride? The next time you have to go on a trip, why not consider the train?

Stop over to see Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. Susan is hosting Outdoor Wednesday. Thank you Susan for hosting one of my favorite memes.