About Prairie Pine Peddler - connect with nature

I'm creative and self-taught and have been blessed with many talents. My grandmother had a great impact on my life. One of the things - I remember her teaching silver-smithing at home to her jewelry associates. Unfortunately, I never got to learn from my grandmother's jewelry skills first hand as I had waited too long. An opportunity came to teach young adults jewelry classes at the library where I work. I studied the art of jewelry making and finally felt confident enough to share my information in these classes. They were fun and enjoyed working with the young people. I suggested that we teach adult women and had the same response. I have continued to teach in other organizations. After teaching several classes, I got hooked and found that jewelry making is relaxing and the time flies when I am creating. I feel blessed to be able to share my jewelry talents with others and enjoy seeing my creations worn by family, friends, and customers. I have worked in a Professional Framing Shop. Then, after my daughter was raised I purchased a mat cutter and have framed and matted pictures, needlework, and shadow boxes for family, friends and customers. I love doing genealogical research. At one time I did this as part-time job. Now I use this knowledge and help others find their ancestors that come to library when they are looking for an obituary or not sure how to get started. It’s nice to get paid for something you love to do. I was interested in learning how to do flower arrangements and started making candy and flower arrangements. At Christmas time I like to make arrangements in cute snowman mugs and sell them. They are a popular item for me. I have some new interest as of 2014; I switched over and started wire wrapping all my jewelry components. When I attended college, one of my favorite art classes was a pottery.. I have a degree in Interior Design, and a Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Certificate. I have also taken various other college classes from time to time throughout my life. I am presently a reference/information clerk by day and was doing jewelry by night. But presently I am taking some time off and enjoying some new endeavors. Some of my other hobbies include sewing, Pinterest, socializing, cooking from scratch, just taking some time for myself.

Portobello Stew meatless

The author named it “Portobello Vegan Beef(LESS) Stew” serves 4

This hearty vegan beef stew uses tender portobello mushrooms in place of meat, along with potatoes and veggies in an herbed red wine broth.


2 Tbsp. Olive Oil                                                                                                                                      1 lb Portobello, stemmed and coarsely chopped                                                                              1 large onion, coarsely chopped                                                                                                          2 celery stalks, chopped                                                                                                                         2 carrots sliced, I had mini ones and didn’t cut them just threw them in                                 3 garlic cloves, minced                                                                                                                           1 cup dry red wine, I used white cooking wine purchased at Walmart                                      1/4 cup of whole wheat flour (recipe originally stated all purpose flour)                                4 cups vegetable broth                                                                                                                           2 Tbsp. tomato paste                                                                                                                              2 lb. red potatoes, chopped into 1-2 inch chunks                                                                             3 Tbsp. fresh thyme & 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary                                                                1 tsp. Bragg’s liquid amino, salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:                                                                                                                                             Coat the bottom of a large pot with oil and place over medium heat.                                         Add mushrooms and cook until softened, 5 minutes                                                                     Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic                                                                                                 Cook until veggies begin to tenderize, about 5 minutes more, flipping occasionally with a spatula                                                                                                                                                       Add red wine and bring to a simmer                                                                                                 Allow wine to simmer until it is reduced by about half, about 5 minutes                                 Stir in flour, a bit at a time, until fully incorporated.                                                                     Add broth, tomato paste, potatoes, turnip, thyme and rosemary                                                 Stir to fully incorporate ingredients, Raise heat and bring to a simmer                                     Lower heat and allow to simmer, uncovered until potatoes and veggies are soft about 45 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add a bit more water to the pot if mixture becomes to thick and starts to sputter.


this recipe has changes from the original http:www.connoisseurusveg.com/portobello-vegan-beef-stew/


Words of Wisdom etc.

I have been having a lot of health issues and instead of taking the medications the doctors have prescribed. I have decided to eat differently. Inflammation is not fun to live with. It has lessen since I have changed my diet. I am hoping as I continue down this path that it will disappear or not be so hard to deal with.

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We have a health code I have tried to follow  off and on since becoming a member, but fallen off of it from time to time. I am trying another attempt. This time I have decided to eat more plant food and vegetables.

The Word of Wisdom is a law of health revealed by the Lord for the physical and spiritual benefit of His children. On February 27, 1833, as recorded in section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord revealed which foods are good for us to eat and which substances are not good for the human body. He also promised health, protection, knowledge, and wisdom to those who obey the Word of Wisdom.                                           If you are interested in reading the Words of Wisdom for yourself here is the link: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/89?lang=eng

Last year I was following Lisa Leake, she promotes “100 Days of Real Food.” I took a 6 week course right after the New Year that she was offering to help one to get off of processed food. I lost 20 pounds in doing so. She pointed out  why it was more important for us to read labels and that those processing our foods are putting  ingredients that will actually make us sick and most of us can’t even pronounced the words. She emphasized that eating whole milk was better than low fat as they have to add more sodium to make it taste better. I only eat cheese that is white now, I stay away from all cheese that have been dyed.

I found a Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese in big block at Wal-mart for $8 which will normally last us for a month that is white and made by Cabot.

When we visit my husband’s people up in Wisconsin – they have dairy stores up there. They sell pizza cheese and mozzarella cheese in block. We asked what the difference was? They said the  Pizza Cheese was made from Whole Milk and the mozzarella cheese was made from 2 %. I chose the whole milk cheese. I just use less of it.

My next step was I joined a support group on Facebook (Discover the Words of Wisdom Support Group) that will help  me as  I travel down this road to treat my body better and be able to run and not faint. I hope this will help you too. Please share with me your story. I love to read and hear stories of other people’s journeys.

I am going to be posting recipes that helped me and I am posting them so I can  send a link to those in the support group so they can get the recipe out better too.




Do You Ever Miss Places You’ve been?


I belong to Cee Photography group where we are given questions from week to week and show up usually on Monday. Most Monday’s I am work and by the time I get home I forget about my commitment and then remember on Wednesday.  Recently she asked us what picture we had on our monitors. I visited another person and it didn’t dawn on me to post something. So I started looking at trees, mountain, stream, creek, rocks and suddenly a flood of emotion came up as I miss going to these places I once visited in my life time… mainly Pennsylvania.

One year we went to visit relative in Lancaster, instead of taking the turnpike we took Route 30, it was so beautiful the next turn was so amazing the scenery would put you on a natural high. I remember passing Buchanan National Park, the trees were just gorgeous.


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I love seeing houses like this. Colonial style, you go to one town and drive into the next town and not even know it. The country side you might run into the an Amish carriage or the Mennonites. My aunt use to tell me you could tell if they had pole in the front some would have phones out side, others would not have electricity. We visited a farm once and they had lots of kerosene lanterns hanging from the ceilings.

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How simply they live and they grow their own food and at times you would see them at farmer’s market. I love seeing the old farm stone houses or a barn or two with stone basement. Just does something to me. So breath taking and the roads wind around the next bend not knowing what you will see next

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Quite the adventure, and how I would love to return there soon.

Share Your World ~ Jan. 1, 2018


What one word describes you best? Compassionate

What is set as the background on your computer? 

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been too? I have been to quite a few foreign countries Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, England, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland. My grandmother took my sister and I to Europe in case she wasn’t around when my sister graduated from high school. We got to spend about week in each place. It was really neat. We traveled by train and bus mostly. It is something I will never forget. I am thankful for loving grandmother who took us to see architecture and experience the food and visit someone in Belgium that my father had employed here in America. When we were in Portugal we visited the fellow who had been exchange student where we went to high school.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  We spent Christmas with my daughter/husband and granddaughter. My granddaughter is 6 now and we all enjoyed one another company. Us girls made spritz cookies in the kitchen together. I didn’t have hard time with Christmas this year. Time spent went too fast. My daughter announced she was going to make this a tradition for next year. That pleased me and put a smile on my face.

Share Your World ~ Jan. 15, 2018


Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to…. I am selling my mat cutter to a friend and I was suppose to take it to her tomorrow. However the weather is getting colder and the wind is picking up and probably isn’t a good time to go. So I am looking forward to staying home tomorrow so I can make some bread and some soup and tidy up the house a bit.

What is your favorite comfort snack food? low sodium potato chips

What was one of your first money making jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)? My first job was potting plants at greenhouse we got 25 cents a flat that was completed. I was in 8th grade. Later when I was in college one summer I was a cashier for a Drive In Theater.

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What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  I’m thinkin about Valentine’s Day already. Instead of giving my granddaughter candy or money decided to make her a cute owl apron for in the kitchen. Saw one on pinterest but I am going to use it as an inspiration.

Share Your World ~ 8th January 2018


Do you prefer a bath or shower? I definitely like a shower, I don’t like soaking in tub that is not my cup of tea.

What do you do to make a living or during the day? I am unfortunately still working full-time, but hoping to retire at the end or beginning of next year. I sometimes feel like just kicking the bucket and quitting now, but I am trying to wait until it is really my turn to quit on account of my birth year.

So what do I do for a living?  I have been a public librarian for the past 20 years.  I am reference clerk and wear many hats. I download the local newspaper on daily basis, I help people in the computer lab with assorted request, I find books that people want to read, I help people with their genealogy request which is my favorite thing to do. But lately many of our newspapers have gone digitally, so they can look them up themselves online and we aren’t called on to look them up for them as much.   I have been an Art show coordinator for the past 8 years.I also taught variety of classes at the library such as jewelry class, genealogy classes, computer classes, software classes, card making classes. I have also gone out in the community to give programing about the library and the services we provide.

If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying? I am not a student but we have free Gale Online Courses we can take through our library website. I just recently signed up for two classes. I have been wanting to learn how to talk to people that are deaf that come into the library. I know a little sign language that my grandfather taught me when I was younger and I know how to say thank you as one of my deaf patron showed me how to sign for that.. The other class I am going to take is in March, it is called Mindfulness. I can’t remember what it is about presently. Just looked interesting.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom? No stuff animals in my bedroom. Don’t like a lot of little stuff taking up room when I am ready to get into bed.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Over the Christmas holiday we went to visit my daughter. I decided to make cookies for her and her family. While trying to spread the icing on my cut out  cookies I actually used a paint brush. Then I had this desire to look further into how to decorate cookies. So I recently checked a book out at the library which I would now like to obtain for future use. It is called ” The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating 

I never realized that decorating cookies is a specialty art too. Just recently I was watching someone using fondant to decorate baby blocks made from cake and all the measurements and care that was going into this project that someone had ordered for their baby shower.. It was a WOW experience for me.


Share Your World~December 25, 2017

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today? Today is Christmas Day, my daughter invited us to spend Christmas with her and our granddaughter and her husband. I have been looking forward to this since she asked us several months ago.  I think as my daughter has gotten older and her grandparents (my parents have had their share of illness and still living at the age of 91) that she seems to be gravitating towards how important families are. I enjoyed our time together and it just went too fast.

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper) My favorite spices are cinnamon, cloves. I looked up spices I was surprised to see that oregano, garlic are consider spices I would have thought they would have been herbs. So I would also add Italian Seasonings as they have nice blend that we like to use on our homemade pizza.

When I think of cloves I think of  Chai Latte. I got a gift card at coffee shop, but I don’t drink coffee, but they do serve Chia there, so I have been waiting for cold day to go over there so I can sip it while at work.  I work at a library in the basement. Normally Monday mornings there is chill as it has been closed since Saturday. But with the holidays we have been closed since Friday, Dec. 22 at 6pm. so it will be colder and will take a day or two to warm up again. So that is when I am going to get my Chia for tomorrow.

What can you always be found with? I would say I can’t talk with out a pen in hand. I like to take notes, or if I learn something new I like to write it down, I love keeping a journal of my coming and goings. Before I go to bed is when I write in mine. So I keep a pen on my night stand. Sometimes at library a title of book will give me inspiration for blog subject to write about. I have often thought if I ever got in an elevator and it would stop for some reason I would want to have pen and paper so I could occupy my time until we got out again.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? When I called my daughter to see if it was alright to bring cheese ball, then I later asked her if she liked homemade cookies, she replied quite quickly with “we love cookies!.                            So I set out to make more Christmas cookies for her family. I made Spritz like my mother use to make. Then I mentioned a cut out cookie that was wheat cookie recipe. She said she didn’t like whole wheat. But I went ahead a made half the recipe as my husband and I had scarfed down quite a few.  I also made  peanut butter blossom cookies.

While I was making the cut out cookies (whole wheat flour) I really got into decorating them. I used a paint brush to brush on the icing. Then I started thinking about this and thought the artist was coming out in me. I took a plastic sandwich bag hung it over small jar and filled it with icing. I had gotten the idea from youtube recently and then pulled it up, twisted it and cut a small corner off in one of the corners and used it decorate my Christmas Tress cut out cookies. I have now decided to see if I could take class somewhere, but then my daughter suggested I might be able to check out DVD from anther library or find a book that would teach me how to make decorate cookies or cupcakes. I would like to learn before the next potluck at church.                         

I needed a tin for all the cookies I made but ended up using a #10 can. I spray painted in a dark red and then used white acrylic paint and an old tooth brush to spray white paint over the can to make it look like snow. I placed my cookies in baggies and lowered them down in the can. I made wire handle and was able carry it in that way.

My daughter mentioned she didn’t like whole wheat cookies but it seemed her husband loved them and half of them was gone. So someone appreciated them. Then we went shopping to pick up something and we ended up at Michaels. I found a Wilton Cookie Press thought it was ideal for making Spritz . I was able to obtain 50% coupon on my phone and went to register and only had to pay $5.99 was a deal. We went home and made cookies us girls. My daughter later mentioned the next day that she was going to make that a family tradition. When my mother was still able to cook, she always made me a tin of Spritz for my birthday in December.

My mother has dementia and is lucky if she remembers who we are. I certainly miss talking to her and sharing her wisdom with me. She has fallen more then she has in her entire life. She fell off her bed and broke her hip in three places. About two months ago, she got up from eating at table in the nursing home and tripped over the table leg and she broke bone in the other hip. This time she will not be able to bear any weight on it for sometime. Not sure what they will do with her. She is petite person to begin with. She only weights about 90 lbs. My sister said she doesn’t remember what happen to herself because of her dementia.

Usually holidays are hard for me. But this year being around a six year old and my daughter, I forgot all about it. I really enjoyed myself and was glad I didn’t have to make dinner at home. It was one of the best holidays I can remember having.