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Dreaming of the mountains...
Who is Granny?
I'm the incredibly blessed mother of 9, "Granny" to , and wife of "The Papa," the knight-in-shining-armor whose loving support has made it possible for me to stay home and give my life to mothering, homemaking, and 26 years of homeschooling. Life at Granny's House is full of laughter, friendship, books, music, lively debate, writing, and good things to eat. My days are made even more meaningful by coming alongside other moms, giving them the support and encouragement that I lacked as a young mother and helping them to network with each other in ways that strengthen homes and families. A few times a year I board a plane to visit my "away" kids, to attend the birth of a grandchild, or to enjoy some lazy days with my best friend, but I always love coming back to...Granny's House.
August 15 - SAC Day begins
August 16 - Sam is 7!
August 20 - Kristen's birthday
August 30 - THE WELTYS ARRIVE!
Sept 3 - FAMILY PICTURES
Sept 3 - Chris' birthday
Sept 5 - Henry is 9!
Sept 7 - Isaac is 10!
Sept 17 - The Papa's birthday
Sept 23-30 - Granny and Papa go to Hawaii
Sept 26 - PawPop is 88!
Sept 29 - Tim is 15!
Oct 2 - Cheyenne's birthday
Oct 4 - Liam is 5!
Oct 7 - John Caleb is 17!
Oct 18 - Tony's birthday
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
I had a request on my other blog for our sugar cookie recipe, so here it is. Believe me, if you can manage to wait, these really are better the day after they're made!Granny's Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Cream butter, sugar, and eggs. Add vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients.
Chill for one hour.
Roll out approx 3/8 in thick and cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 6-8 min. Do not brown. If they're browning, reduce oven to 375 and add a couple of minutes. Cool thoroughly on rack.
1 lb. confectioners sugar
1/4 c. butter,softened
enough milk to make a nice consistency
food coloring (Wilton's is best)
Cream butter, sugar, and salt together. Slowly add enough milk to make a frosting that is easy to spread. Using a mixer will give a fluffier consistency.
Divide into small portions and add food coloring. Spread on cooled cookies and add sprinkles, red hots, raisins, etc. If you don't end up with a lot of sprinkles on the floor you haven't used enough.
Best eaten the next day, if you can wait!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Granny and Molly at a special goodbye breakfast this morning at La Madeleine. We sat by the fire and enjoyed the scrumptious food and talked about tomorrow's move. Molly says she is "a little bit okay" about it :-)
Monday, December 19, 2005
It's Cookie Day!
Granny and Papa, all nine of our children, one son-in-law, and all eleven of our grandchildren piled in the kitchen for our traditional day of decorating Granny's Sugar Cookies. I mixed up the dough on Saturday, CJ and Bethany got up early this morning and rolled and baked for several hours, I mixed up six pounds of confectioner's sugar with butter and food coloring, and EVERYONE joined in the decoration (with some spending as much time licking fingers as spreading!). Yep, white flour, white sugar, a healthy share of chemicals, and a huge dose of fun and laughter...
(More musings about Cookie Day here.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
For the record:
this was granddaughter Molly's "funnest day ever." Never mind that she'll say that again Tuesday and next Friday and Christmas Eve and again Christmas Day. For now, THIS was the funnest day.
So what was so much fun? For a seven-year-old princess, a half-day of shopping and lunch out with Granny is right up there with a trip to the beach or a sleepover or the day we got the trampoline. I know this because, as we sat across from each other at Chili's today, my mind wandered back to another restaurant in another city in another century, in what seems now like another world. I was only five, and my funnest day ever was a trip to the elegant Marston Department Store in San Diego. My Grandma got me all dressed up in my best party clothes and drove me downtown for a morning of shopping, capped off by lunch in Marston's tea room. And the MOST FUNNEST thing was that Marston's put on a lovely fashion show during lunch, with live models that walked in between the tables and displayed the finest Chanel suits and evening wear from Givenchy and Yves St. Laurent. (In my barely five-year-old concept of appropriateness, I exclaimed to one of the models, "My, you ladies DO wear clothes!" Grandma reminded me of this until the day she died.) It was a fantasy for a little girl, and wonderful training for all those formal affairs to which we were treated in the mid-20th century. China teacups, starched napkins, tiny finger sandwiches and delicate petits-fours became the ornaments of my memory book, ones I treasure nearly fifty years later. My grandmother gave me the gift of feeling like royalty.
Well, we do things very differently in 2005, but there are still opportunities for giving the same gifts. My physical condition has not allowed me to recreate some of the experiences for my grandchildren that I would have liked, but I hope that as Molly leaves my home and moves to a place and a life where I am not a constant presence, she'll remember the tea party we had in my bed during my convalescence. . .the three Christmas Cookie Days she's shared while living at Granny's House. . .the candles and the spicy smells and the welcomes. . .and the funnest day ever at Kohl's and Target and Chili's.
I'll miss you, my dear Molly.
"...Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done....that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children."
"The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it."
[Oxymoronica, n., A compilation of self-contradictory terms, phrases, or quotations; examples of oxymoronica appear illogical or nonsensical at first, but upon reflection, make a good deal of sense and are often profoundly true.]
Oxymoronica, Mardy Grothe
Some Sing, Some Cry, Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
His Word in My Heart, Janet Pope
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer
Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas
The Confessions of Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats, John Keats
Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
Words That Work, Frank Luntz
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Poke the Box, Seth Godin
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes
A Patriot's History of the United States, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom, Anh Vu Sawyer
The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, Shona Cole
The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, Elizabeth Kantor
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough
"Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were a present far too small...
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life,