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Spring and I found some real flowers in my yard!

Mar 21, 2008

I believe I have missed a month, can today really be the
first day of spring?
In a flurry of activity this past week I completed a
pattern for a lined tote bag made of old jeans. (As that
was just about all I accomplished during my week of spring
break I would have to say it was a 'slow' flurry.) From
the number of jeans I have in my attic I probably could
make tote bags for everyone in the country! I am hoping to
have some embroidered by a friend with the necessary
machine to sell this summer at the Kutztown Festival.

We currently have 3 blocks from the 'Hexagon Star' Block of
the Month Series posted on the web site. Remember the
blocks are free but if the download doesn't work you may
have to go through the order process and use the discount
code listed on each page. Or, just email me and I will
send a file. A few more and I will actually be ready to set
them together and with any kind of luck it may look like I
have imagined it. I'll post a picture when I finish.

We have listed a few new items and more designs in the
'Handmade Clay Zingers and Earrings'. One new product is a
needleminder. These too are handmade and in beautiful
cameo type designs with magnets that will hold your needle
and keep it from sneaking away when you are not looking.
My needles are always hiding where only bare feet can find
them so I have put mine to good use.

I just found this recipe in the Lancaster Farming for a
Lemon Cake--it sure was good!

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
grated rind and juice from 1 lemon
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.
Cream together the shortening and sugar.
Beat in the eggs.
Sift together the dry ingredients and stir into the sugar
mixture.
Beat in the milk and lemon rind.
Pour into a buttered and floured 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Combine the lemon juice and confectioners' sugar to make a
glaze and drizzle it over the warm cake.
Makes 8 servings.

One of the visitors to our web site sent me instructions
from Wanda at Wandascountryhome.com as to how to make the
degree sign. It really works. Use the number pad--NOT the
numbers above the keyboard. On the numbers pad type 350.
While holding down the ALT key with your left hand, on the
numbers pad type 167 and the degree mark magically appears.

And finally a quote from "the Undercover Club Newsletter"
--Those of you in the Western PA and surrounding area will
know about this newsletter.--
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but
learning to dance in the rain.

(Although I am not sure those in the midwest wanted to
dance in quite as much rain as they had this week. We wish
them all the best and pray they can clean up their homes
and have their lives get back to normal real soon.)

Enjoy your Spring and have a very Happy Easter and Passover
Marilyn