Thursday, February 28, 2008
I was looking forward to another round of King Henry VIII with his wives and this didn't disappoint. The story is told through three viewpoints: Jane, Lady Rochford, widow of the executed George Boleyn; Anne, King Henry's 4th wife; and Katherine, King Henry's 5th wife. After reading this book, you come away with a respect for Anne of Cleves, as you would have for Katherine of Aragon. Anne was most proper and didn't want to do anything that would be disgraceful. Kitty was quite annoying with her self-indulgent behavior and attitude. The complete opposite of what Anne was. It was something when Jane was confronted by the Duke on why she would never be married again and how she served only herself and didn't care for her husband. It seemed it was at that point that Jane could no longer justify what she had done to her husband and sister-in-law.
Of all the books by Phillipa Gregory relating to King Henry VIII and his wives, I would say this The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance while sometimes dark, has its humor. The Constant Princess was much more serious. These three are my favorite of what she has written on this topic. Each book brings something different and is an interesting read.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I participated in the challenge on SCS today. It took several attempts to even come close to what I visualized. I like this one, which was my last version the best. It was funny because when I looked at the challenge last night, it did nothing for me and I decided not to do it. At some point today, it came to me to use this set and to give the challenge a go. I was going to use DP, but it seemed to detract from the main image so I ended up stamping my own backgrounds.
Stamps: Hearts & Roses (Kitchen Sink)
Ink: Rose Red, Real Red, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Opalite Crystal Blush
CS: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Old Olive, VV
Misc: Slider, Choc. Chip ribbon, dimensionals
Thursday, February 14, 2008
This week on SCS, my cherry card that I posted in January, was picked for a sketch challenge. The challenge was to make a card using scallops. I got to choose a card for this weeks challenge, which took some time to do as I looked through all that was uploaded. My challenge was to make a card that used stitching, a button or a pin. This was my take on the challenge.
Stamps: Bird Notes (Crafty Secrets)
Paper: Artichoke, Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl, Watercolor, Soft Sky, Real Red, River Rock
Ink: Stazon, Basic Black, River Rock, Soft Sky, So Saffron
Misc.: Punches, thread, dimensionals button
Having read The Other Boleyn Girl, The Virgin's Lover and The Queen's Fool last October, I enjoyed getting back into the Tudor court. It wasn't as quick of a read as the first two I listed, however, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book, The Constant Princess, delves into Katherine's life at Infanta Catalina, Princess of Spain and her parents crusade against the Moors. It talks of how she was raised as princess of Spain and England since she was betrothed to Arthur and would one day be Queen of England. It was lovely romance between Katherine and her first husband Arthur, which lasted less than a year. She made a death bed promise to him that she would marry his brother Harry (Henry VIII) to be Queen of England. To take us through her time while she waited for Harry to come of age and ultimately it was the death of his father that allowed them to get married. In this book, she endured much and was graceful and determined. Her strength and power were wonderfully written of and I enjoyed reading from her viewpoint.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Last Friday night was a Pinewood Derby and there was a cook-off using food storage. I had no idea what to make. It was sort of early enough it could have been dinner items and yet 7 p.m. is late enough that you most likely had dinner so I opted for a bread. If I went the dinner route, I was going to cook rice and have a tuna/pea sauce to put on it. It is a recipe that my grandmother made, my mother and now I do.
It was sort of a backwards compliment but I won "The Golden Can Award for Best Dessert". I was the only dessert. It makes my think of when my father-in-law tells me I'm his favorite daughter-in-law - I'm his only daughter-in-law.
Here is the recipe:
Chocolate Applesauce Bread
1 (25 oz.) jar apple sauce
2-1/2t baking soda
4T unsweetened cocoa
1/2C chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350o. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, then the applesauce. In another large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cocoa. Stir the dry ingredients into the applesauce mixture; blend. Pour the batter into 3 buttered 5x9 loaf pans, filling each pan about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the loaves evenly with chocolate chips and bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the middle of each loaf comes out clean. Let cool on wire racks. Remove the loaves from the pans when cool.