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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Weekly Writing Challenge: Solitary

In the wee morning hours, perch fishing on the lakeshore of Lake Michigan in Chicago can be a solitary pursuit. This jaunt down to the lake did not produce a catch, however the experience for my grandson was memorable.

 

 

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Congested Mind

When your mind is closed

Ideas fail to come in

When the eyes are shut

Darkness pervades

You can never know what lies beyond

If you never alter your reality

 

 

 

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The Campfires of Autumn

          The steamy, hot weather of summer has lost its kick, and the cooler fall-like weather has moved in to stay. This is the perfect time to gather the family for an evening of relaxation outdoors; it is easy to do if you have the right equipment.  With a little preparation, your campfire will be ready for roasting marshmallows in no time.

          If you are in an area where campfires are allowed (some townships have banned backyard campfires) you will want to purchase a fire pit from your local hardware store. These nifty little containers start at around $40 and can be set on your driveway or sidewalk.  A few sites on the Internet direct viewers on how to make your own fire pit.  At HGTV, instructions are given in the article, How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit; there is also a video on YouTube called Simple Backyard Fire Pit (fire pit) with Spit that may be useful for creating a campfire area.

           Once a receptacle has been secured to hold the campfire, setting it up is easy.  According to the web site, Love the Outdoors in an article named appropriately, How to Build a Campfire  a few simple steps will have you warming by the fire quickly and safely.

  • Gather wood and stack in separate piles away from fire area. Do not use green or freshly cut wood.

There are three different kinds of wood needed for a successful campfire

  • Tinder – small twigs, wood shavings, dry leaves or grass, dry needles, bark or dryer lint. This should start to burn immediately with a lighted match.

  • Kindling – small sticks 1″ around or less

  • Fuel – larger wood that keeps the fire going

DON”T FORGET ABOUT SAFETY!  Keep a bucket of water and/or a Fire Extinguisher close by to put out the fire.

Once the materials are gathered and you are ready, it is time to start the campfire.

  1. Place your tinder in the middle of a clean fire pit.  Light the tinder with a match.

  2. Once the tinder has begun to burn, slowly add the kindling.

  3. When the kindling is burning and a good fire is burning, add the fuel (Large wood) one piece at a time.

  4. To keep the fire burning, add fuel (Large wood) every so often.

          To roast a good marshmallow there needs to be hot coals in your campfire.  Watch a video entitled, How to Roast the Ultimate Marshmallow to learn the perfect tips. When you have conquered marshmallow making, you may wish to check out S’mores – How to Make S’mores for the perfect S’mores recipe.

          Singing around the campfire is a great way to enjoy the evening festivities.  At Sing Along With Me, you will find an alphabetical collection of traditional Guide, Scout, and Campfire Songs to sing.  Print out the lyrics and share them.  Make the time spent around the campfire memorable.

          The cool autumn evenings will heat up quickly when the logs burning in the campfire emit their primal warmth. Gather up your family and friends to sit around the campfire to sing some campfire songs, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy a restful evening together. Soon the winter winds will blow and the season of campfires will be over, but with a little preparation, never forgotten.

 

Works Cited

How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit. (2012). Retrieved from HGTV:  http://www.hgtv.com/home-improvement/how-to-make-a-backyard-fire-pit/index.html 

How to Roast the Ultimate Marshmallow. (2012). Retrieved from You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5QvvnETZ7c

Simple Backyard Fire Pit (firepit) with Spit . (2012). Retrieved from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMpNclW0G44

Sing Along With Me. (2012). Retrieved from Songs With Music: http://songs-with-music.freeservers.com/alphabetical.html

S’mores-How To Make S’mores. (2012). Retrieved from What’s Cooking America: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Cookie/Smores/Smores.htm

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday

This photo is entitled, “Traffic”.  Traffic is what most of us encounter on a daily basis regardless if we live in Bangkok or Chicago.  A morning commute filled with the smell of exhaust, the blare of a train whistle, and the squeaky brakes of a mass transit bus awakens us faster than a morning cup of coffee. This is “everyday” stuff.

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Near/Far

 

An interpretation of the theme of the Weekly Photo challenge: Near/Far.  If you would like to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge, visit the The Daily Post at WordPress.com.  Even if your blog is not about photography, you can still join in the challenges every week.  It is a great way to participate in a daily/weekly post.

 

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Grandmother’s Raspberry Walnut Muffins Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Makes 12 muffins

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup raspberries, cleaned and halved

1 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour

1 Cup almond meal/flour

1/2 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

3/4 cup coconut milk  plus 2 Tablespoons

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Heat oven to 400.   Line a 12-muffin pan with paper muffin cups.

 

2.  Rinse and drain raspberries. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In another smaller bowl, whisk egg with the milk. Add the egg and milk mixture to the dry mixture along with the melted butter. Mix lightly to combine, just until ingredients are moistened. The batter will be somewhat lumpy.  Sprinkle raspberries and walnuts over the batter and gently fold into the batter. Spoon into the prepared muffin pans.

3.  Bake for 18 to 21 minutes, until a cake tester or pick comes out clean when inserted into the center of a muffin.  Enjoy!

 

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©Jamie Nowinski 9/10/2012
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Blog Awards

 

It has been busy around Grandmother’s house the last few weeks with back to school, family visits, and weddings.  There have been days when I just could not go to my computer to post.  Nevertheless, while I was busy, good news was flowing in from Pat Wood  who has nominated Grandmother Musings for the One Lovely Blog Award.  I also received a badge that says 200 wonderful bloggers have been following Grandmother Musings.  I am constantly amazed that anyone, much less 200 followers, would read my musings.  It is humbling and an honor to know that I have reached that many people.

I wish to thank Pat for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Pat’s blog–  PatWoodBlogging is a place for her to write and test out her desire to be a published novelist.  You can read her “gentle” short story, A Fairy Story that has been published in Woman’s Magazine.  She also has a few other stories,  Clean Death, A Taste of Death, and The Scent of Lavender available to her readers to peruse at their leisure.   This superbly written blog is worth a look and a comment.

Rules for the One Lovely Blog Award:

1.   Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you, and post the Award on your site.

2.   Describe 7 things about yourself.

3.   Nominate 15 other bloggers.

7 things about Grandmother Musings…

1.    Wrinkles on my clothes really bother me.  I iron and my new method is to use the  Wrinkle Release spray.  Surprisingly, the spray works on most fabrics and saves me ironing time in the morning.

2.   I never intend on being a gray-haired grandmother.  Why should we be gray?  There are plenty of colorings out there to avoid the gray taking over.

3.   My houseplants are always neglected in the winter. The plants always survive until summer break when I can pay attention to them.

4.   This weekend I went Disk Golfing for the first time.  I liked it, although, I had a score of 25 over par.  I figure I will have to get better if I keep at it. LOL!

5.   I once found a beautiful dress to wear to a wedding for $8.00. I will tell you about it, sometime.

6.   Reading glasses are ugly and I dislike wearing mine. Unfortunately, I seem to need them more every day.

7.   I love to drive!

The following 15 exceptional blogs I would like to nominate for the One Lovely Blog Award…

Nonoy Manga

Home Designs Master

Reddolls

CindyKnoke

PatCegan

BURGESSART

johncoyote

Sag-Aftra One Union

Valdecor

The Inklings

Professions for Peace

Hurdles to Happiness

Life Textures

Peace the consciousness, the transitoriness, your existence

Rfljenksy-Practicing Simplicity

Please check out these remarkable blogs, and do not forget to leave them a comment.  Bloggers are the BEST!

 

Thank You to all the wonderful people who follow Grandmother Musings.  Thank you for taking the time to visit, read, comment, and share you life with me.  Blessings to all!  Jamie 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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