Timber Valley SKP Park of Oregon

Sit and Sew

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I have found a new hobby. Quilting.

I enjoy sitting at my sewing machine and put together something that my family will have to remember me by!

I formed a sewing group here at Timber Valley SKP Park and we have a great time sitting around and working on whatever project we have handy at the time. We do get a lot of chatting done along with our sewing! It’s a great way to get to know one another too.

Jeanie is working on her beautiful flower quilt. Here she is getting her binding ready to finish of the quilt.
Linda, Sally and Joy discuss what color to border Linda’s placemats.
Sally is working on a “camper” themed quilt and is cutting out all the little pieces she needs to put material to.

 

We have show and tell about our projects and Marlene shows off her bag and pillow cases.

I finally finished my Downton Abbey “Sybil” lap quilt. This will keep me warm in the motorhome as we travel down the road. Chicks and Roosters quilted it for me and she did a beautiful job.

Us gals are going to make barn quilts for our sheds. ((Photos when they are done)) but I made this small one for the motorhome. I used the material I purchased in Whitehorse, YK and Alaska (Denali). The design is the bear paw block. Dale made the wooden bear paws and we mounted them on a piece of bamboo.

So we do more than sewing! Some of the gals are working on the corded baskets. This is Joy’s favorite craft.

I will miss this time with some good, good friends when we leave for the summer. I will also miss all the wonderful projects these gals craft. I’m asking for photo’s from them so I can keep up.

Life is good, awesome, beautiful, fantastic, crafty, delightful! God happens to be the same.

One Of Those Days

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Today was one of those days where we were busy on one hand and relaxing on the other. 

Our day started about 9 because we were up watching the Olympics too late last night. Dale took off for a hike and I finished my emails and fixed dinner. I was brushing Morgan when I decided she needed a bath. So we got that done much to her dissatisfaction. It is so funny because she loves water but not out of a hose with soap applied.

Then we went to the luncheon provided by the Air Gun Club. They were raising funds for there rifle range. So for $7 we got a hamburger or cheeseburger and all the fixings, potato salad (Costco), baked beans and ice cream for dessert. 

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As you can sort of see, the place was packed. It was nice to see, though, that these people know when an event starts. At our park in Sutherlin people come earlier and eat and leave before the time provided to begin an event. 🙂 

We ate out here with others. We sat with Kyp and Barb and found out we met them at our park when they came to visit. Upon further conversation they are the ones that gave us the discount coupon to come here to stay. Sorry no photo of them. I was too busy eating!

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It was a good time and the people here are so friendly. They really came out to support one of their activities. 

Then we came home and relaxed. I was able to sit out in the sun and read for awhile. After all, it was 77 out! Since it was a nice day it was a shame to spend it inside. So we took off to tour the country side. Dale took me to the place where he hiked on Tuesday and then we went on further to Julian. 

We went through towns like Oak Grove, Warren Springs, Sunshine Summit, and Santa Ysabel, We went to Julian because that is where the Julian Pie Company is. Dale wanted to show me where they went after their hike, but I caught on fast enough that he wanted some of their delicious pie! So we stopped. 

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We were greeted at the door with…..

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They had Carmel Apple, Dutch Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Apple/Peach Crumb, Boysenberry Apple, Apple Mountain Berry, I’m not a big pie eater so I settled for their Cider Donut covered in chocolate. Yum. It was good. A fun little store that has 3 delivery trucks and does a bang up business. 

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Their muffins and caramel apples.

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A little nook to sell a sundry of wares. 

We meander back towards home, checking out some areas where houses lived. Dale stopped at the fire station in Warner Springs to ask about a trail he wants to hike on Sunday. As we neared home we decided it was time for dinner and stopped at a little hole in the wall that was recommended to us for dinner. 

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I’m not one for BBQ anything, but we stopped to see what some of the folks here raved about. We were pleasantly surprised. For a Friday night the place was not hopping. We were the only guest in the dining room as it was too cold to sit outside. We decided that neither one of us was not that hungry, so we shared a wild salmon dinner, with salad, grilled veggies and a roll. The thing about this place was – extra’s were added for a price. Water was $1.25 a bottle which we were charged $1.50. (we didn’t quabble over a quarter). We did order a baked potato to share. The portions that we split were very generous and it was only $2.50 extra to split. So we felt ok about that. And our salmon was delicious. The veggies were cooked just right. In all, we were satisfied and glad we shared. 

It was dark out by the time we left and we came home happy and satisfied. I think it is called “content.” 

A beautiful ending to a beautiful day. 

Tomorrow we head to old town Temecula and a Farmers Market. 

Life is just grand. It really is. Our God smiles down on us! 

National Pie Day

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                                       January 23rd was National Pie Day and at Timber Valley we weren’t talking – pi, but the real thing!! bbpie
You know how SKP’s love to eat. 

Timber Valley was properly represented with homemade pies and store bought pies. Of course, there were prizes on the line here for the homemade pies! Our illustrious judges had a daunting task ahead of them to choose the “tallest” pie; the “prettiest” pie; the “tastiest” pie; and the most “unusual” pie. 

Joan was our committee leader for this event and she did a wonderful job to getting this event organized  Our judges were Garry, Dave, Don and Jim. All guys because, as we know, they know ***food.***  They took a lot of time deciding on which pies (not knowing the bakers) would win awards.

And the winners are: piewinners

Faye won the “tallest”  with her Lemon Meringue Pie; Joan won for the “prettiest” and it sure was beautiful; I won for the “tastiest” and Rita won for the most “unusual” (and that’s a long story).

Not being a pie maker, I was surprised to win at all. I found this wonderful site, www. pieofthebeholder.com.

Since I had blueberries on hand, the recipe that caught my attention was the Sour Cream Blueberry Pie.
Here is the recipe.

Make or use pre-made pie shell or crust. Line crust with foil and fill the pie with beans to hold it down so it doesn’t puff up.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool.

The filling:

1 cup of sour cream

3/4 cups sugar

2 1/2 tbsp. unbleached flour

1 egg, beaten  (physically not verbally)

3/4 tsp. almond extract

1/4 tsp. salt

2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (2 containers, 4 bux at HEB)

Whisk the sour cream, sugar, salt, flour, almond extract and egg  in medium bowl. Mix in the blueberries. Spoon the filling into the crust. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, until the filling sets.

The topping (it’s clumpy crumble):

6 tbsp. unbleached flour

1/2 stick unsalted butter (I used one stick by mistake and added a couple of tablespoons of flour to give it more crumble. It kinda worked)

1/3 cups chopped pecans

2 tbsp. sugar

Using your fingertips, mix the flour and butter until small clumps form. Mix in the pecans and sugar. Sprinkle the topping over pie. Continue to bake at 400 degrees F until the topping is lightly browned, about 12 minutes. You may want to place a tin foil collar around the crust as you would be reaching the point of super crunchiness. Cool on a rack and serve at room temperature.

So easy to make and tastes so good.

And here’s my pie. Totally delicious!!!
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After the judging, we sold 3 small pieces of pie for $1 and the proceeds went to our Jack’s and Jill’s event club. After everyone got to taste all the different pies, we auctioned off the leftovers.  We had a real auctioneer among us, so he took over the proceedings and earned J&J even more $$. (He came free!)

Life is good. Thank God for blueberries and all nature’s fruit!

Aren’t These Cute

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One day around Christmas time, Dale and I went into a shop on Central in Sutherlin while waiting for Morgan to get a bath and clipped. It was called “New 2 U.” They have used furniture, books, and all sorts of stuff. It’s an interesting shop. And they were having a sale.

We found these birdhouses that we couldn’t resist. One was for us and one for Dale’s sister, Dorana.

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This one was for Robin and Dorana – a winery birdhouse.

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This one is ours! We saw a birdhouse like this when we were in Washington and “just had to have it” when we looked through the glass at the creative birdhouses. At 20% off, there was no thought – take it home!

The flower in the background is one my friend, Jane, gave me when we first begin our friendship. This was a big deal for her as she and her hairdresser, Karen, exchanged this little flowers that move back and forth when in the sun. I felt so honored.
You can find them at the Dollar Store!!! Where else!

Life is good. God is to be praised! Always.