Thursday, May 28, 2009

May Basket Auction

I belong to our local guild here in Fortuna. It's called The Eel River Valley Quilt Guild. Every year they have a fund raiser where businesses and other members donate a basket full of goodies. They then have a silent auction where people put their bid on a sheet of paper. The trick is to come back and check a lot or someone will out-bid you. Most of the baskets go for lots of money, so I never get to actually buy them. I guess I'm a bit cheap. I did want to donate a basket this year. I filled with 4 of my patterns: "Charmed...I'm Sure", Criss-Cross Charms, Charms in the Car and my very first pattern, Sewdoku for Quilters. I put two charm square packs in there along with my famous "Taco Purse". There is some homemade stationary with birds, a "Deely-Bob-Scissor-Fob" and a pendant I made from a Scrabble tile. I also put some of my favorite things like: a "Purple-Thang", UdderCream hand lotion, quilting pins, a seam ripper and some chicken buttons. The duck in the middle of the basket is a recipe card holder from my favorite store, "Art and Old Things" right here in Fortuna on Main Street. I also bought the cute little bird that is sitting in a nest. I'm hoping everyone likes it and it makes the guild a lot of money.
Chirp, Chirp

Monday, May 11, 2009

Best Mother's Day Gift Ever!!

My grandson Kellen gave his "other grandma" (me) the best Mother's Day present ever!
A special greeting card he made himself. Here's what he said in his e-mail.
deer granma
hav a hoppy granma day!
luv Kellen.

Look at the concentration.....

"Let me see....I think I spelled everything right...."

"'s perfect!!!!""I love you Grandma Robin!!!"
What a little sweety! Thank you Kellen for making my day!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Yum!!!!!!........Rhubarb Pie

What a beautiful day here in our little world!! "Mr. Bird" loves his yard ( I think that's what I'm going to call my husband in my blog from now on) and was out side doing some gardening. Mostly getting rid of the weeds that have dared to show themselves in the borders and between the porch slabs. Every year we have to spray Round-up to kill them. I love our yard this time of year when it finally is warm enough to actually enjoy it.

I had noticed the other day that my Rhubarb plants were getting ready to harvest, so Mr. Bird pulled and topped them for me. I'm going to make two pies later today.

What a beautiful bunch of Rhubarb!!!

Since tomorrow is Mother's day I thought I would pay tribute to my Mom by sharing her Rhubarb pie recipe. My mother makes the absolute BEST Rhubarb pie in the world, bar none!!! Now that she's 80 it's harder for her to make pies, but I remember some Saturdays when she would make 5 or six pies at a time. We have a very large family (11 kids) and everyone wanted their fare share! Mom ran our family like a well oiled machine.

Here is the recipe:

Helen’s Rhubarb Pie

For one 10” pie-
Filling: Mix together:
4 cups raw rhubarb, cut in ½ inch pieces
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
4 Tbs flour
1 scant tsp dried orange peel
2 eggs
Crust: Cut together 2 cups flour, ¾ cup shortening, and ¼ tsp salt. Beat together 1/3 cup milk and 1 egg yolk. Add to flour mixture and toss with a fork.
Add more liquid if too dry and less if too wet. Roll out dough for top and bottom crusts. Place bottom crust in 10” pie plate, fill with rhubarb mixture. Dot mixture with butter. Place top crust over all. Seal and flute edges and cut slits in top crust.
Bake at 450 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes. Juice should bubble through slits in crust.


Here are my pies. The juice on top is the "bubbling" that has to occur before you know your pies are done. The house smells wonderful right now. I'm going to have a piece later on tonight when I watch TV.

Mother of the Year (with the cutest baby ever!)

I also want to send my awesome daughter-in-law a very special Mother's Day wish. This is her first Mother's Day and after all that she had been through since he was born, I want to nominate her as "Mother of the Year". Today our sweet little Kellen is 9 months old! He's been home from the hospital 3 months now. Time is flying!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the special mother's out there!

Chirp, Chirp,