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~ Dreamy abstraction in Four Square House on the Pairie

Month: January 2017


We Had very nice weather the last few days. I had another wonderful trip to Maxwell Wildlife Preserve this past Saturday but it is still winter so the cold weather returns.




I used a 3 pound pork roast instead of a 2 tenderloins. It will take a little longer to cook so cook until done. .  I cut in the center as directed in the roast.







  • 12 dried prunes
  • 2 pork tenderloins (2/4 to 1 pound each.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tart apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Cook prunes in boil water 5 minutes; drain. Remove pits.

Cut tenderloins lengthwise almost in half. Sprinkle cut sides with salt and pepper. Place half each of the prunes and apple down center of one side of each tenderloin; cover with the there side. Fasten with metal skewers; lace with string. Place on rack in shallow roasting pan. Roast in 325 degree oven until done, 45 to 60 minutes.

Remove pork to warm platter; keep warm. Add 3/4 cup water to roasting pan; stir to loosen brown particles. Pour into 1-quart saucepan. Shake 1/4 cup water and the flour in tightly covered container; stir gradually into drippings. Heat to boiling,  stirring constantly. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon n pepper. Boil and stir 1 minute. Cut pork into slices,; serve with gravy.






  • 2 pounds new potatoes
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon water


Heat 1 inch salted water (1 teaspoon slat to 1 cup water) to boiling. Add potatoes, Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and cook until tender; 20 to 25 minutes; drain.

Cook and stir margarine, sugar and salt in 10 inch skillet over medium heat until mixture starts to turn golden brown. Remove from heat and; cool slightly. stir in water until blended. Add potatoes, Cook over low heat, turn  potatoes to coat with sugar mixture.








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Print and 2017 Decor Trends





The printed word is all over the house. It is still a very popular theme in the average home decor.  I have an interest in home trends. It will be sad to see that cooper is out as long as yellow/ gold paints. I still love the look of my family rooms walls. Grey has also seen its heydays. I was never too much into the grays. I am glad I decided against the subways look in my kitchen. I was a bit leery of the trend. It will make a kitchen look dated very quickly. 


Some trends for 2017




I like the color and it can look wonderful as as accent walls. Look beyond terracotta pots to get into the color.

Dark Greens

Add a touch of dark greens to you chairs.  If you are in to purchasing a new couch or recliner this might be a color you could consider.


CORK is Still In

I am so happy to know this since I still have not started working the beverage center cork back splash.  You will see more cork covered walls in designs.


Reading Areas

This is the best news for me. I was planning to make my away (front) room with a sitting area for reading. Make a comfy spot for reading books, magazines and browsing.


Tropical Prints

This might be a hard one for most to use but think about using a throw pillow with a little tropical suggestions.




I am seeing this trend where I work with some decor items that came in. These will be simple lines, geometric designs, and triangles in fabrics and items.


Texture and more texture

From couches with pleats to other items with weaved large stitches of yarn.  You will continue to see the fur and mohair in designs.



Blue is really really in. It is a beautify color to work work. I have always liked blue in my kitchen.


Jewel Tones

Be careful with this one!.  This is emerald greens, sapphire blues and amethyst purples worked together. What a beautiful look but can spell disaster if not done correctly. 


Raw Wood

As I was looking for a sliding door ideas for my Away room I came across a door make with raw wood. It was awesome look but not the look for the room I am doing.  I am think of making an end table with Osage wood for the family room for change. Maybe find an art form to add.



Will be a trend. It will be easy to add planter. I specifically like the small little greenhouses.



Were I Stand



We got the first snowfall the other day. A whopping 2 inches on the ground.  The snow is not too bad but the temperature is frigid.  Any temperature under 32 is too cold for me.  i am a beach girl at heart although I love the prairie in many ways.  The cold and the almost constant blowing wind prevents me from falling madly in love with the area.




I started removing items out of the Away (Living Room) today. I want to get the falling ceiling repaired and walls painted.  Trim and doors repainted or stripped and stained. Floor painted and room carpet.  Then it will be decorating the room. Another 2-3 year project I am sure.




A lot of contemplating going around today.  Should I start a project when I will be closing tonight? I do have some trees in the fridge needing to be planted but I really want to take my time and do it right and not do a rush job. I have been doing Mount laundy. One of those mundane tasks that tasks seems to pile up weekly.

I followed Dusty around a bit to see what areas he was contemplating about going into. He seems to do that a lot. The birds are out today and I saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, many House Sparrows, a Blue Jay and a Dark-eyed Junco. Time to get my fabric organized better. It is such a mess.




Today the goal was to put the house back into order for the new year. Putting up the tree and all the trimmings were not too difficult. Mostly because I did not put much of what I have out this year.  This year started again the new year working on reading the bible with the one-year bible companion and reading some book every day. I sued to read about one a month. Anyway,  I started this year with “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and I am finding to be an enjoyable read. Bird observations daily is another goal.  I have found where I work pretty boring,  I did not see one bird yesterday. It was rather windy so maybe they stayed in the bushes and trees. I would not blame them. I still need to go out and do some observation today.

Taking photos is again back on my daily goals. This is the second picture this year. Today’s theme is one word.

After doing some study of Arts and Crafts Era ceilings I found that burlap was very popular so later this month it will be the project to do on the ceiling of this room go get the parlor how I want it. I am excited it is coming to be, finally.  Watch for later updates as I more on.

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