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Lemonade Stand Award

awardWhat a nice surprise!!  Claire, from “Is This Heaven?  No, This Is Iowa!”, has passed the baton of the Lemonade Stand Award to me.  The Lemonade Stand Award represents “gratitude and/or a great attitude.”  Well, that will put a smile on your face!  Claire has a great blog about farm life in Iowa and she’s a knitter and beginning spinner to boot.  Top it off with a very good sense of humor and you’ve got some good reading!

So, here are the RULES of how the Lemonade Stand Award works:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post
2. Nominate 10 blogs that show gratitude or great attitude or both
3. Be sure to link your nominees within your post
4. Let them know they have received this award by commenting on their blog
5. Share the love and link this post to the person whom you received your award from

That said, here are my nominees:

House of Cardis — Kristine has three Cardigan Welsh Corgis, takes beautiful photographs, is an amazing dog trainer and great writer.

T H E . T H R I F T Y . K N I T T E R — Nikol is a powerhouse of energy and creativity.  She is the energy behind The Harveyville Project, Yarn School and artclub, she can crank out lovely batts like you wouldn’t believe, is a fellow Harveyville Spinster and my partner in the Color Source Books.  Plus, she has sheep AND chickens — so jealous . . .

A Whirled Yarn —  Jennifer is an amazing spinner and her yarns are just works of art.  Last year she opened she opened Settlers Farm yarn shop in Wamego, KS and this past week had the first annual Woolfest.  Again, she’s a fellow Harveyville Spinster and teacher at Yarn School, & she has sheep AND chickens too.  Hmmm, still so jealous . . .

Sarah’s Homestead Blog —  Sarah spins and dyes amazing rovings and yarns and has Maisy Daisy Handspun.  I met Sarah at Yarn School (she’s a GREAT teacher) and she has helped me fine tune my spinning and dyeing.  Yep, you guessed it, she has chickens too.   *sigh*

Hello Yarn — Adrian, spinner extraordinaire and she has a color sense like no other — her hand dyed rovings are lush and good luck if you can get into her fiber club!  Another teacher at Yarn School that is generous with her knowledge and laughter.  No chickens but a darn cute pup named Pippa.

Snowangels — Ana is a talented designer, knitter and photographer (do you really think I could have taken those pictures of my feet wearing my socks?!) & she does some fine lettering as well.  It’s great fun hearing about her kitties and Blythe dolls (she knits the best sweaters for those little dollies).

Ruffly Speaking — I’m love reading about Joanna’s Cardigans and her great knowledge of the breed.

Posie gets Cozy — Such an inspiring website!  Alicia is a fabulous crafter, great photographer AND she has a darling Cardigan named Clover.

Miss Alice Faye — Beautiful lace knitting and spinning — just inspiring.

Okay, this one is sort of a honoree because the blog has closed but it still up.  Cupcake Blog — The YUM factor here is over the top!

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My Great-Aunt Ett’s Oatmeal Cookies

I’m not a great cook by any stretch of the imagination, but one thing I do enjoy is baking. With all the beautiful fall follage and the chill in the autumn air, it seemed time to make one of my favorite cookie recipes — Great-Aunt Ett’s Oatmeal Cookies. I’ve added a few of my own ideas to the recipe (like adding walnuts, using olive oil instead of lard and adding flax meal, plus my mom put teaspoon values to the spices and oven temperature), but it’s still the same great standby that’s been in our family for ages.

GREAT-AUNT ETT’S OATMEAL COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

3 tblsp flax meal

1 cup olive oil

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup raisins

1 cup walnuts

Combine sugar, oil, flax meal, eggs,& milk; set aside.

Combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg. Sift this mixture into the liquid mixture.

Add oatmeal and mix thoroughly. Add raisins and walnuts and mix thoroughly.

Drop from a teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Eat and enjoy!

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