Friday, January 18, 2008

give-away and sign

I was wandering around blogland and read a posting of BJ's about signs. I thought the sign by my front door would be a more appropriate 200th post than the last couple of paragraphs that I typed first.

This is just a postcard that I put in a gold frame. I set it by the front door hoping that my family would see it and it would remind us of what is really important. Return to this house with honor; certainly but Return to God with Honor is the more important goal. THAT is what we are trying to do.

It's been a long time since I posted a random bite of knowledge. Andrew came up with another last night; 'Did you know that a cut in an avocado seed turns red?' It does. How do we know?
  • First Mom eats an avocado and leaves the seed on the counter.
  • Son sees the seed and peels it (why? I've seen many avocado seeds and NEVER thought of peeling it).
  • Then cuts it into quarters;
  • then because he may want to reassemble the seed someday he assigns a number to each quarter and cuts a roman numeral into the side.
  • It turns red.
  • He cuts more Egyptian hieroglyphics on it, they all turn red.
  • Then both boys start hitting the avocado seeds with the wrong end of the knife to see what happens and how long it takes...
This is what I came up to write about in my momentous 200th blog!

(Wow! I spelled hieroglyphics correctly on my first try!)

I also had request for this recipe 5 years ago and couldn't find it. I found it in my daughter-in-law's notebook of recipes I gave HER 5 years ago. Would have been nice to make these for Christmas but, well, I didn't. Actually the first time I made these was for the wedding. Since then I have tried a couple other recipes but didn't like them as well as this one.

Spiced nuts
(served at Mel's wedding-a BIG hit)

2 egg whites, beaten then add
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
stir together then toss in
4 cups Pecans
Stir until coated and place on a greased cookie sheet, keeping the nuts in one layer and bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes.

There I've kept that piece of paper, moving it occasionally since July, now I can toss it.
This is my 200th post! drum roll please.
The give-away.

I have seen some cool give-aways in different blogs, this is not one of them. It's an 'okay' give away. I hesitate to send anyone more junk for their lives but here's a picture of the 'okay' things I've been making. Tuesday I will do a drawing of the 10 or so people that have posted on my blog since I announced the give away. At that time, Tuesday, I will post a better picture and the winner gets to choose which heart pin I send her.
Most of these pins are made from a red cashmere sweater I found at a thrift store. The burgundy one is just acrylic, I think, (no label) and is my sample heart. The striped one and the cross stitched one are from wool sweaters. (I've been waiting for the sun, but gave up. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I'll be able to get a better picture later.)


Liz said...

Wow! What a great 200th post. The hearts are beautiful. Good job.

iHanna said...

Laurei, thanks for the comment in my blog. your story about the boys was a fun read!

Janie said...

Wow, was just over at Bj's blog and saw yours. The hearts are beautiful. I would love to own one. I love handmade items. They certainly do come from the heart. Have a wonderful weekend, janie

Angela said...

I'm pretty much still in shock that I had two recipes you'd been looking for. It made my day!

Annie said...

Love the avocado story and the hearts are darling! Way to go on a 200th post! I have a looong way to go before I ever accomplish that. Have a great day!

bj said...

Congratulations on your 200th post. Fabulous!! I always enjoy your blog.
I am sorry I didn't get signed up for your sweet, heart giveaway. I have been gone a little while and am slow in getting around to all the lovely places out in blogland.
Someone was lucky, tho!!
Thanks for stopping by and won't you pls come again when you have time.
hugs, bj

bj said...

Here I am to sign up on your lovely of these precious hearts would look fabulous in my living room somewhere. I am so bad to try to put everything I just love in my living room so I can see it all the time.
Keeping my fingers crossed....and hugs to you, bj

Rhondi said...

Hi Laurie. This is my first visit. I found you from your comment on BJ's blog. I think the hearts are sweet. I love heart so I hope I win! Also the saying you showed is such a goos thought to have by your front door. How true it is. Rhondi

maggie said...

The hearts are soo sweet. Would love to win one.

Jenna Z said...

Oh, these are so cute! Thanks for the chance to win one!