Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Crocheted with Love

Lately I've been crocheting quit a bit when I'm not doing school, and it reminded me of all the projects I've done in the past.
 Here are just a few; I've done more, but I'll have to share those in a different post. :)


This dress I made for a my cousins baptism gown :)
 
 
 
This set I made for my hope chest, when I get one ;)
 
 



 This blanket I made for fun
but ended up giving it to my aunt for her newest baby (of the time) I've also made it in white for another cousin's baptism ;)






















This dress and headband I think I still have (when you move, things tend to get lost), though, to tell you the truth, I'd rather not. :)
I've tried to sell it, but nobody bought it... guess it goes for a gift or in my someday hope chest. :)
 
 
 
Just today, I finished a sweater, but I don't have any pictures of it yet... next time ;)
 

 ~Daminika

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

*Father Have Mercy*

Last fall, at our annual Fall Party, some of us sat upstairs and sang a song that my great-uncle O'Neil wrote. After a lot of mess-ups that made us laugh, we finally sang the whole song through! :) I just thought that you would like to hear it, though we're not that good. ;) But, we had fun!

(Our Fall Party is also a costume party, so if some of us are dressed funny; that's why)


 
When I put the video together, I forgot to put that Austin was also singing with us. :)
 
 
I hope you enjoy! (If YouTube is blocked on your computer this video won't work, sorry)
~Daminika
 
I know I haven't been doing very many long post lately, but I've been busy with school. :) Maybe one of these days I'll get around to doing another picture post. :D

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fudge Pie for Home Ec.

(My Home Ec. book :D )
 
This week, for Home Ec. I was to bake a pie.
 I don't normally bake pies, cookie's are usually more my thing, so I wasn't really sure what kind to make. I like chocolate and my sister's haven't been able to find a recipe for a fudge pie that held it's shape.
 I'm pretty sure I found one, as long as you put it in the refrigerator, which I didn't do until I after we had tasted it. But the rest of the pie held it's shape once it was cold!


 I got the recipe from my oldest sister's Cowboy Cookbook, and seemed to work. Only, it said it made two pies, so I baked two crusts, but I soon realized that the filling was only enough for one. So, I put it all into one crust. I ran into another problem when I made the meringue; though their was only enough filling for one pie, there was plenty of meringue for two pies! So, my pie had a lot of meringue! So, if you make this, it might be smart of you cut the meringue in half. (Unless, of course, if you like a lot of meringue ;)


Fudge Pie
One Baked Pie Crust
 
Filling:
2 c. sugar
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour or cornstarch (I used cornstarch)
3 tbsp. cocoa
2 c. milk
5 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
 Meringue:
5 egg Whites
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. sugar
 
 
Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the first four ingredients in a saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over moderate heat until mixture thickens and boils. Boil for 1 minute. Stir half of the mixture into egg yolks, then blend egg mixture into the hot mixture in the saucepan. Add butter and vanilla and boil until very thick. Pour into baked crust. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in sugar and cream of tartar. Place meringue on pie and bake until brown.


 
 

Hope you enjoy!
~Daminika

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

School and Cake

I don't know about you, but I never look forward to the first day of school. After summer, my brain is a little foggy, and I never want to have to get up in the morning. (Being a night owl, getting up early is always hard for me)
 Well, today was the first day of school, and it went well. I mean, once I knew what I was doing on what day of the week, I got it down pretty good.
 Here is my Schedule for this year:
Everyday:  Bible (Singing, Verse(Penmanship), and study)
Piano (I just have to play for at least ten minutes, which I do throughout the day)
Format Writing (The only thing that was added sense last year)
United States History
Family and Consumer Science (aka Home Ec.)

Tues. and Thurs.: Basic Science

Wednesdays: American Government

Friday: Bible (Verse and Study)
Cleaning (Home Ec.)


Well, today, for Home Ec. I made a Pollyanna Cake, using the recipe my sister found. Only, mine didn't turn out! All, well. :)

~Daminika

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Great-Uncle O'Neil

Back in May, I did a post about Summer 2014 (view post HERE)  and said that I was going to post a video of my great-uncle singing at 'The West Reunion', but our computer was too slow to upload it.

Well, here you are now, a little late. :D

 
*O'Neil West singing "Red Wing"; July, 2014*

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

About Me:

An Update to my ‘About Me’ page.



 Is there really much that I can say about my life? I live in a tiny house, or, much smaller than the one I just moved from, and share my room with two of my sisters. We go to a small church that is part of the Apostolic Lutheran Church and I am home schooled. When I think about it, I guess I enjoy school. I don’t have much of it left to do, but I do History, Basic Science, Consumer Science, Grammar, and three different things for Bible (write a verse in cursive -- for penmanship, read and sing every morning, and a Bible ‘study’ of sorts). I have finished my Math (hooray!), but really enjoyed it while I did it. I like my History book, my Science book is okay, it being Science, and my Consumer Science is cool. Though, I like to write and like to know Grammar, that is one subject that I don’t enjoy as much as some.

 
There was a time when I had no idea who my heroes were. I would ask people thinking that they knew more about me than I would. But, nobody knew. Now, I know that I have not one, but three heroes! The first and most important, my hero is Jesus. I mean, he died for my sins, how could he not be my hero!?
George Washington has been my hero for a while now, I think I already mentioned that on this blog. But I never mentioned my other hero, and mostly because I was told that he was an idiot and not a Christian. I not only didn’t dare to tell anyone about him, but also thought that maybe I shouldn’t think so highly of him. But, after learning more about Walt Disney, I think I can tell people and back up my views of him. I’m not saying that he wasn’t human, I’m just saying he wasn’t what people say he was. Think about it; half the things people say he did, he wasn’t even still living at the time they say it happened! Don’t get me wrong; I’m not proud of the Disney company anymore, I think Walt himself would be ashamed.


 
 
My dreams are pretty normal for girl; I want to meet and marry the man God made or me. I have dreams of how we would meet, what our wedding would be like, what we would name our kids,… all the normal stuff to dream about. But I do have a dream that a lot of people don’t even think about; making movies! I want to make good, clean movies that are good for the whole family! My dream is sorta like Walt Disney’s, but I wouldn’t really want to become a huge company like he did. Recently, I’ve watched three movies that have made my dream bigger! First, I watched “As Dreamer’s Do: The Amazing life of Walt Disney”, which, as the title explains, was about Walt Disney and his dream. That made me realize that he was not the horrible man you hear about, but an American Christian who just wanted use the talents God gave him to make people happy. Then, I watched “Ace Wonder”, a movie made by Home schooled Christians, much like myself. This movie was so amazing, I had to watch their first movie, “The Widow’s Might”, which I was interested in, not just because the director was young, but also because it was about him trying to live his dream; making movies. Not just watching the movie itself, but also watching “Behind the Scenes” made me realize that my dream isn’t crazy and I can do it! … someday.

 Here are some things I'm just crazy about; my favorites: 1950-60, dresses, music, records, pink!, coffee, hanging out, rain!, the end of the year (October: my birthday, November: Thanksgiving, December: Christmas! Not to mention how awesome winter is!), boots, coats, and my friends!

And here are some of my pass times: do hair, crochet, knit (sometimes), write, dream, sing (in private), talk (unless you know me really well; you won’t ever see this side of me), SMASH* book, listen to music, and laughing.


Ten Random Facts:


1. I’m a night owl; I guess I take after my Grandma Stenersen’s side of the family, I like to stay up late into the night; maybe that’s why I have so much fun in New Hampshire?

2. I cry a lot; lets face it, I really do! I guess I’m emotional? My sisters say that will be a problem when I get married, but my mom said that who I marry will be made for me and will know how to handle it… I hope ;)

3. I’m shy; around people I’m not comfortable with anyway.

4. I can’t handle it when people are sad; I get sad myself because I can’t make them happy!

5. I can’t handle being left out; but I’m getting better! Last Sunday, all my friends went to a museum and I couldn’t go (I’m not 16 yet); I didn’t cry! But that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to.

6. I try to dress up everyday; it’s fun and living 15 minutes from town, who knows when we’ll randomly run to Wal-Mart or Fred Meyers!? (even though I did dress up when we lived 25-30 minutes away, but now I have a good excuse, don’t I?)But, though I dress up everyday, I live the first half of the day in my pajama‘s. ;)

7. I can’t curl my hair; no matter how hard I try, it always falls out!

8. I’ve always lived in Clark County; and if it was up to me, I always will.

9. I love kids! All my little cousins are amazing and I just would die without them!

10. I’m weird; or so says my cousin.

 

 
Well, That’s me!
~Daminika