Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas

Have a very Merry Christmas from my house to yours.
This is my living room where I set and watch tv. My kitchen over looks this room. I am wishing you all the happiest of time with your families.
Fall Girls Ride at My House
We Need a little Help to get started.
The river ride Is so fun for the riders and the Horses. Some times the horses even play and splash us. This year it was too cold for a swim.
Kathy brought Penny over and gave us a long ride. Much easer for some of us who don't ride any more. Nice warm blankets and drinks to warm us up.
We had a blast playing with the photo booth. We look like movie stars.
This year we camped in the house. We watched movies and chilled out. I should say thawed out. It was a cold and windy day.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sylvan Springs Tour .. Healing Spa .. RomeCity, Indiana

This is the tunnel that goes under the parking lot. Leading to an under ground spring..whooooo. It is called the sour kraut tunnel because the nuns found it perfect to store the barrels.

Who knew this treasure was so close to home.

We have all heard stories about what has gone on here throughout the years. The healing springs of fresh water has been a refuge for the ailing since the early 1800. Train stations stops were add to deal with those who came here to stay for extended stays. Nuns ran the operation. They worked the fields. Grew beautiful gardens, orchards and raised their own chickens, cattle and pigs. It contains a floral room, sewing room, up to date kitchen with huge equipment, laundry, ball room, dinning rooms and more. They were able to feed 700 people at one setting for meals. All the rooms have queen size beds and a private bath room. 50 rooms are decorated in different themes. Bunk rooms with shower rooms.

The doctor also had his own house on the grounds.

The Chapel is beautiful and massive.
Then it was sold to the WAY people. I am not even going to try to explain the WAY. It was like a commune. (sp?) The families that live here took good care of the grounds. They were required to spend 2 hours a day caring for the grounds and buildings.
It was College.
On the grounds are 2 or 3 soccer fields. It was used as a camp for sporting events.
Now someone from Ohio owns it. They have put 3 million dollars of their own money into it and can no longer keep it up. So,,,,, it is for Sale... any one interested.. If so please buy it. The history and beauty will go to waste. Also if you want a tour think fast because if is has to be broken up in sections it will never be the same. I think Martha Stewart would love this place. If you know Martha would you please pass this on to her....
If you are in the area stop and try the healing water.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Girls Pajama Party 2010

Sorry Drost.. We thought your deer need a bra.. or two.

This was our 5 th year!!!
WOW that is so great to think that we have all gotten together for 5 years in a row! We laugh, carry on like teen agers and except each other for who we are. Most of us stay up all night. It is dangerous to be the first to fall asleep or leave you phone unattended . This year Paula was the only one who went to bed. Someone drew her eye brows with a permanent magic marker. She was a trooper and shopped with big dark eye brows. We always have fun. We go over the calendar and plan the year of when, what and where. Play games, eat and yes have drinks. All of us have pj. alike. . This pj party is at Rhonda's house. She lives near Shipshewana, Indiana.
Shipshewana has a pj shopping week end. http://www.shipshewana.com/index.php Everyone who wants a discount shops in there pj.s. The town is filled with shoppers dressed in all sorts of pj.s Shopping starts at 6 am or EARLIER.
Everyone brings snacks and drinks to share. We start arriving at Rhonda's around 7pm. . I was ready at 5. I had my margarita machine packed and ready to go. I like to try new recipes. I found this recipe from one of my favorite blogs. Our Best Bites.http://www.ourbestbites.com/
Hope you will try it and let me know what you think.
Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

In the pictures you will see all the ingredients. I used a large glass pie dish. You use chips or crackers to dip into it or spread it on toasted bread.. We really just want to eat if off our spoons. I found this on one of my favorite blogs. Our Best Bites. .http://www.ourbestbites.com/

7 oz jar roasted red peppers ( i drained them. Then let them set on a paper towel to dry them. Then diced them
8 oz soften cream cheese
4 cups cheese. I used a Mexican 4 cheese style
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons minced onion
4 cloves minced garlic
1 Tablespoon of spicy mustard

Heat oven at 350 ..
In a bowl stir together cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, garlic and mustard. Then add shredded cheese and roasted red peppers. Stir.
Store in frig until ready to bake. This can be made ahead of time and stored in frig.
Bake in oven for 30-45 min. I baked mine until it was brown on top and slightly brown and pulling way from the side of the dish. I would say I baked it for 45 min.
Serve warm. Enjoy.... we did ..

We look pretty good for staying up all night. Breakfast at the Blue Gate. It was very COLD and windy that morning.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The farm... or zoo????

They visit me daily. They waddle in a row to set under the tree just out side the window where our computer sets.


Flower Deer

Cute little pig butts...

Betsie the Bunny

Will  .. he was our guest for Thanksgiving..