Sunday, March 28, 2010

Many Hands Make Light Work!

This is an old fashioned proverb, and it is very true! Our dear children have experienced this first hand in the last two weekends.

Last Saturday, the 20th, Glenn and the kids spent hours and hours raking the yard. The kids worked so hard and without complaint! I think the garden tractor and rides on that and driving that helped the matter!

"And whatever you say, or whatever you do, do everything in the name of the Lord, and not for people." Colossians 3:17

"Honor your father and mother, this is the first commandment with promise, that your days may be long and it may be well with you."

Glenn had an opportunity to do just that yesterday with his Dad, "Grampa Jon". Grampa needed to make a trip up to Vermont to get a load of hay with his hay wagon. He sells hay in NH as part of his work. So Glenn loaded up our van with all of the kids and they followed Grampa the 2.5 hours up to Vermont and then worked as a team to load 268 bales of hay onto Grampa's hay trailer. Glenn said that the kids all worked super hard, and were such a great testimony. The bales were heavy, and it was a lot of work, but they all worked together and had it done in no time. The reward from Grampa...A trip to his favorite diner on the way home for some munchies! The heavenly reward...."Priceless"!!

Everyone got home last night, tired, but excited about a job well done!

Friday, March 26, 2010

We Love Cooking with Great Grammy Winslow!

"Listen to advice and accept instructions and in the end you will be wise." Proverbs 19:20

We have treasured the time spent with Great Grampy and Great Grammy over the last 10 months, bringing meals to them and enjoying their company. Grampy is 92 and Grammy is 90. Twice now we have headed to their farm early on a Wednesday to do some baking with Great Grammy. Grammy's family is from Denmark and were wonderful bakers. She and her sister Dot used to run a roadside bakery stand long, long ago, and it was a huge hit, with homemade rolls, and breads and sweet treats! About 5-6 years ago for Christmas, Grammy gave each of us a cookbook binder with her treasured recipes in it. They are written in her own handwriting. It truly is a treasure! I love making things from this cookbook. What an amazing gift to us! Here is a list of the recipes in it:

Back in the Fall last year Grammy wanted to show us how to make her famous coffee ring. It's super yummy! It's made with Plainer Sweet Dough. You can either make it into rolls or a coffee ring. Below is the recipe. Everyone enjoyed helping out!

It's super important to follow the recipe. Above is Grammy showing us how to shape and cut the ring!
Now it's time to wait for it to rise! We enjoyed a cup of tea while we waited.

And then the wait is over! Add the icing and you have a beautiful coffee ring! As Grammy says..."It's truly the talk of whatever you bring it to for an event! It's a favorite!"

Then the week of St. Patrick's day we headed over to Grammy's early to make her famous chocolate cake with fudge frosting. This was to celebrate Jon's birthday. This cake is so yummy! One of the secret ingredients is sour milk with vinegar in it. The fudge frosting is cooked on the stovetop and when placed on the cake, it hardens and turns into chocolate fudge! Oh my...soooooo yummy!!

The kiddos enjoyed a game of aggravation while we waited for the cake to bake! The aroma was divine!

Then the best part, of course---birthday cake for dessert! Needless to say, it was a hit with everyone, and there wasn't even a crumb left! Yum! Thank you Grammy!
We love you!
Stayed tuned for what we will bake next in the Winslow kitchen.....high on the list...the famous lemon jelly cake! I can't wait for that one!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Our little gift from heaven----Jonny Boy turns 7!

Friday, March 19th, we celebrated Jon's 7th birthday!
On the menu: ---On the special birthday china......
giant chocolate chip pancake, sausage and apple juice
hotdogs on the grill, cucumber slices, doritos, and switch (carbonated juice)
pizza, chips, and a salad. Trip to Johnson's dairy bar for icecream for dessert!

The theme was definitely camo. A nice camo shirt from Grammy and Grampa in Florida, camo t-shirts from others, camo pants from Mom and Dad, and a really nice camo jacket from Maddie! Jon was thrilled with all of it! He had a wonderful day, and promised he will try not to grow any taller this year so that he can get good use out of his new camo pants! That was sweet, but probably NEVER going to happen....this boy just keeps getting taller and taller and taller! He asks you all...."Can you see me now?"