Linda was nominated by her dear sister, Diane, who we had the pleasure of introducing here. As we all know, October is breast cancer awareness month, so it is the perfect time to meet this inspiring mama.
Linda is a mama to two very different, but equally fantastic boys. They aren't really boys anymore- Josh is 29 and married to his terrific wife, Liz. Ben is 26. But, they will probably always be boys to mama Linda!
Five years ago, Linda retired after 34 years of sales with General Foods and Kraft. She has since taken up bicycle riding, which is her husband, Tom's, passion. We're not talking bike around the neighborhood biking. We're talking bike 20+ miles at a time biking! Whew!
Linda spends 7 months of the year in Phoenix and 5 months at a house about an hour west of Colorado Springs on the back side of Pike's Peak. It is truly quiet and beautiful at 9,300 feet! Linda aptly describes it as "breath-taking!" Lucky for Linda and her family she enjoys cooking and baking since they are 30 minutes from restaurants and a grocery store. In addition to biking, Linda also enjoys watching the wildlife and hiking in the woods.
Linda shares her story best:
Linda wanted to practice her quilting before venturing into too many large quilts, so she started making small quilts for her Aunt Melba who is 91. The first "quilt" she made for Aunt Melba was a place mat for her 90th birthday. But, Aunt Melba refuses to use it as Linda intended and has turned all of Linda's place mats into wall hangings!
(I think Aunt Melba knows a beautiful thing when she sees it!)
Linda tries to make wall hangings for Aunt Melba that match the seasons so she can rotate them out. But, Aunt Melba loves them all so much that she doesn't take them down and is now running out of wall space!
These are some place mats and potholders Linda made.
This quilt was a kit that Linda's husband bought her for Christmas (don't we love a husband that buys quilting supplies!). It's a perfect match for their Colorado home!
Linda is achieving one of her goals by reading the Bible cover to cover. She his almost there! Her favorite verses (especially since retirement) are James 4:14-15:
Yet you do not know what you life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.
Linda's kind enough to share her latest favorite recipe with us. Perfect for fall days with a little artichoke dip! As she says, "If I can make cookies, I should be able to make crackers!"
Mix: 3 cups oatmeal, 1 cup wheat germ, 2 cups flour (1/2 white/ 1/2 whole wheat), 3 T sugar, 1 tsp salt
Add: 1 cup olive oil, 1 cup warm water, about 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 T caraway seeds
Roll out 1/4 to 1/3 of the mixture at a time into a thin rectangle using plenty of flour to keep it from sticking.
Sprinkle sea salt over the dough and, using your rolling pin, roll the salt into the dough.
Cut into desired shapes (leaves anyone?). Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet (Linda recommends using parchment paper) at 300 degrees for 40 minutes. Enjoy!
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