Benefits of Staying at Home...

Since last Tuesday (3/17/20), I have been fortunate enough to be working, playing and staying sequestered at home. With Greg being among the high risk demographic (immuno-suppressant medication, kidney damage and... well... he is turning 60 in June), both he an I are relieved and feeling very much blessed to be in what we realize is a much better position than a lot of our fellow Americans. Our hearts go out to all the world and we pray for guidance on how we might help from our sheltered position.

That being said: when the going gets tough, the tough BAKE!

No eggs? No problem. The following Early American Brown Brown recipe is from Where's Mom Now That I Need Her by Betty Rae Frandsen, Kathryn J. Frandsen and Kent P. Frandsen. It's easy and I've made it successfully with nothing but all-purpose flour in the past. It's a dense bread with a touch of sweetness. Enjoy!

Early American Brown Bread

2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup white flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed (I used light brown sugar)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
4 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar (I used white vinegar)

Mix whole wheat flour, white flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Combine milk and lemon juice or vinegar; let stand for 10 minutes. Stir milk gradually into flour mixture until well blended. Spoon batter into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.


The Sun Rises

Bracing against the chill of a March daybreak
and the morning's mortality rate,
I hook Atty's leash and head out the door.
No more than a house and a half away,
we're greeted by bright sidewalk chalk
and a neighbor's note to
"RADIATE POSITIVITY"
and to remember
"Love grows here!"

Standing still,
my walking mantra
changed.


Thank you for the random act of kindness... 


In the Soup

Serenaded by robin song, we begin
our early morning routine.
My seasonal allergies made worse
by dense fog,
I walk
repeating the mantra:
I am well.
I am strong.
My lungs are clear and I can breathe easily.


Zentangle Project Pack No. 08 - Day 8

Aaaaaaand Day 8! The last day of this project pack. I opted not to complete the full hexagon but did stay true to the tutorial this time. I really like the effect made by the black line and inner shading. :)






Zentangle Project Pack No. 08 - Day 7

A Zentangle garden? Again, I put my own slant on it...I guess I just wanted it to be an "organic" garden. ;)




Zentangle Project Pack No. 08 - Day 6

Not exactly the guided result but close... I just didn't fancy the overlaying colors. Artist preference I suppose. ;)




Zentangle Project Pack No. 08 - Day 5

This one was a bit more involved but really rewarding. It even received the Greg stamp of approval!








Zentangle Project Pack No. 08 - Day 4

Yes, I went rogue on this one... I really just wasn't feeling excited about the guided tangles so I did my own thing for Day 4. :)





Zentangle Project Pack No. 08 - Day 3

And... Day 3! I decided not to fill the tile quite so much and added blue chalk (from Project Pack No. 07) in the background. Part of the fun is adding your own slant to it. ;)





Zentangle Project Pack No. 08 - Day 2

Obviously, I'm not even attempting to keep up with the Project Pack pace. ;) Give it a try and go as slow as want so as to enjoy the process.





Benefits of Staying at Home...

Since last Tuesday (3/17/20), I have been fortunate enough to be working, playing and staying sequestered at home. With Greg being among the...