Leaf Desgin


As we step out to go to church today, just outside of the door but to the right of our door on the house was this cool looking insect. .I had never seen one that had a body that looked like a leaf, it was just so neat that I wanted to share it here with you

He’s hanging on facing down or we thought it was to cold for him to move. But it has a leaf body, have you ever seen anything this close up?

When I went to take compost out today, he was still hangin on. Our house is olive green and he actually blends pretty good. I was just amazed that he was still there on Monday morning.


Share Your World ~ Oct. 9, 2017

What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.) Couple of years ago we went to Houlihan’s and I had the most delicious platter. It consisted of zucchini noodles and other vegetables with side of salmon that had been marinated. That has been my wish to go back there on my birthday. But haven’t gotten there yet. It was so good!!!!

Are you focused on today or tomorrow? Both. I like to plan my day. But I also have some genealogy goals to fulfill, I have promised people I would do for them. I met someone at my husband Goodrich Reunion and their distance 6 or 7 great grandparents I think runs into my line.

My Cousin daughter wants some family history and asked if she could pay me as she has two daughters and wants them to have a genealogy book.  I am excited that someone finally cares about the work I have been doing for years.  I am not going to charge her in fact I would like to deliver it to her in person. They live in Louisiana. I have never had desire to go there but now I do.

Third thing I started last year but put it aside I want to get my Long Family together and donate it to the Juniata County Genealogical Society in Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pennsylvania.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask? Funny that you would ask this as I am also working on family history. Well I would like to interview quite a few on both my maternal and paternal side. I would like to know what it was like for them growing up during their teen years.. Were there parents strict with them. Why did they decide to come to America vs going to another continent.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. I have had an over abundance of tomatoes this year. They got in late but I was still blessed with tomatoes on vine in October.

I froze some of them in ziplock freezer bags. Then I decided just recently to make up my own spaghetti sauce and make that from the tomatoes that are still coming off the vine. I was at the dentist again this afternoon and the dentist mentioned  his wife puts spaghetti sauce in zip lock bags.They now have 49 bags so they can have spaghetti one a week.

I was going to use canning jars, but the ziplock bags sounded so much easier.  I had not thought about putting them in freezer bags. So I came home and poured 2 cups into each ziplock bag and placed them in the freezer. I had made batch yesterday from Roma tomatoes. The second batch i added dehydrated onions and zucchini slices. I figured I could either use it for spaghetti or lasagna.

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Share Your World Oct. 2, 2017

If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go? Maybe, it would depend upon the circumstance. I would not want to be sitting near the opening.

What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts) I don’t enjoy chewing meat, have had teeth problems most of my life.  So I tend to  like softer foods like eggs, lentils. I use to love almonds, peanuts, now living with partial which is harder to chew with. I don’t care for peanut butter but I grew up on  cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. I use to love Oscar Meyer LIver worst, my mother would put mustard on bread and raw onions on top of liverwurst and I take that for school lunches.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon? I like waking up before dawn. You can get more done in the morning then at night.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. I appreciated the teamwork we have in the reference department at work when we were working on getting the Art Show ready for opening night. . Pitching in and helping each other getting items ready for Community Art Show. I also appreciate the example my mother set. I also appreciate my husband too and the things he does for me.

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Share Your World Sept. 25, 2017


What is your favorite outdoor activity? My favorite outdoor activity is sitting around a  fire cooking marshmallows with family members particularly my grandchildren.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? I use to love to drive but now I like being passenger and read books, it is less stressful.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

My first wish would be to have a mother / daughter relationship with my daughter.

My second wish is to travel and visit some of my girl friends and treat them to dinner and enjoy each others company.

My third wish is to be more spiritual and be in tune with Heavenly Father.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?    I actually have photo this week. I am in charge of an Art Show we have this yearly at our library where I work. I am the Art Coordinator. We are going on our 8th year. I actually made a collage- I was inspired by my parents wedding day – they were in this cool car and I have always liked the color of it and the window. I think it is 1940 DeSoto. My parents teenage years were during the 1940’s. My dad met mom at a  skating roller rink.  They were married in April 1950 I went on line to see what was going on during that era and this is what I came up with . They are still living and mom turned 91 in June and Dad will turn 91 on Oct. 31, yes he is Halloween baby. Mom used to like to jitterbug and dance around the house. This is honoring them.20170926_174145

Share Your World ~ Sep 18th 2017


Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about creating a creating a mixed media artwork.   I was visiting a relative that had taken a stencil to her wall and used sparkling and then painted over it. I thought it was so neat that her stencil design was in 3D but still subtle.

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep? Well if I was visiting someone I like to have a door on the room I am sleeping in. But if I was in motel I would want shower and nice room. so I guess for me it would depend where I am. I would like to be around friendly and helpful people. I also would want to have the internet so I could look up  or research if I needed too.

What is your greatest extravagance? Well in the past it was buying craft supplies or artist supplies for different projects. I am glad that I have stock piled so in that way when I need something I already have it. Especially since I will be retiring one of these days and my income won’t be like it once was.

What inspired you this past week?  

I had a fantastic day on Monday. My coworker had the day off so I had not  realized she was going to be gone. But I  had great morning as someone came into the library needing my expertise. I know what is in the genealogy collection and was able to assist him finding what he needed. He was so excited with my enthusiasm. He said I was “miracle Mary”, I said I had never been called that before. I was also able to connect with someone that use to have column in our local newspaper that was familiar with his great great grandfather. He left with his great great grandfather GAR marker and email from both of us in case he needed more information from us. You could feel the karma in the air. I told him I believed he was put on my path that day and he felt the same way.



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Shopping, Errands to run, feel like staying home, where ever you are going to be. Why not start out your day with yummy and energetic green smoothie.

This is what I put in mine today:

1 banana, 1/3 cup Aldi’s Coconut Milk, 2 large handful of Spinach – blend these together. Then add 1 Tbsp. Chia seeds, 1/2 pkg. of frozen mango from Sav a lot, 1/2 avocado, 1 lime squeezed, plus a little zest and blend and 2 Tbsp. plain whole milk yogurt..

The possibilities are endless.

From Kitchen of Prairie Pine Peddler

Friday Pizza Night


Friday is pizza night at our house. I usually get the dough out from the freezer and set it out till I leave for work in the morning.. Then it goes back into the refrigerator. When hubby comes home he pulls it out until I come home.

I rolled out my dough on the counter with flour underneath it,  I rolled it till it was about 16 inch to fit on my round pizza pan.. Then instead of spraying my pan, I  decided to try putting flour on instead. Then layed out my dough so I could dress it. My husband likes anchovies fillets and I like to keep  his side separate from mine as I don’t care for them at all.  Last week one got on my side and it was yuck.  After my dough is on the pan, I spray it with olive oil on the dough, sprinkle some Italian Seasonings on  top. then I laid out hubby pepperoni.on his side of the pizza.

So tonight I tried something different. I cut very thin rings of onions and sauteed them in olive oil in a black cast iron pan to they were soft, lightly browned, continuing to turn them over so they would not burn on one side. Then I added some sliced button mushrooms and sauteed them and added some garlic and stirred a few more minutes and divided them between the pizzas.

This is my side of the pizza –, his pizza is lined with pepperoni all the ways around so I could keep his toppings inside of that therefore and hopefully I would not run into one his anchovy fillets.

 then we cook our pizza for 8 minutes with out the cheese on it in a 425 degree oven in the middle shelf. When it comes out we cover it first with mozzarella cheese that we shred ourselves. I like to use a salad shooter as it is less work.

Then I like to sprinkle on the  parmesan cheese. Everytime I use this I think about my mom. She told me when she was little girl her father would take her and her sister down to see his mother, she was 100% Italian Grandmother. Her father would buy piece of parmesan  cheese to take and give to his mother. Since that time she told me, I quit using the process parmesan cheese and like to buy the real cheese myself.

By the way if you ever visit Wisconsin they are known for their cheese. So now when I go up there I usually get two chucks parmesan cheese  and it will last me all year long.   as you can see I didn’t cover the edges where the pepperoni was as I wanted to know how to cut this when it coves out of the oven.. Then after putting the two cheeses on , I put it back in for 7-8 minutes to melt the cheese over the pizza. Don’t forget to spriggle Italian Seasonings mixture over this. You can buy it already made at  Dollar Tree or grocery store will carry this as well.  Or buy it from natural food store. Come to think of it I did buy mine from Austin Parker a natural food store where one can buy it by the ounce. .Then I poured it into the container I had at home. This is my finished product.