Monday, July 24, 2017

Musical Monday: Vikki Carr - "It Must Be Him"

 Do you ever feel this way?

That an e-mail, text or call just must be from a certain friend (current or long lost) or a relative?
 I confess, I sometimes (not very often) feel this way.

Or is it a way of life- a childish way of thinking?  Feeling that things just must be our way?  Not trusting God, wanting things to go or be a certain way?  Think about the Israelites begging for a King.   (1 Samuel 8)
I confess, I sometimes (very often) feel this way.

I'd really like to know why.

Some fun trivia:
"It Must Be Him" is a popular song originally with French lyrics (title: "Seul Sur Son Étoile").
New English lyrics (and a new English title) were written, and the song was published in 1967. The best-selling version of the song was recorded that year by Vikki Carr, which reached number three on the U.S. pop chart and spent three weeks at number one on the easy listening chart. The single peaked at number two in the United Kingdom, spent three weeks at number one in Australia and went to number thirteen in Ireland. Carr went on to record it in Spanish and Italian, as well.

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

"....That's when the phone rings, and once again I start to pray - Let it please be him, oh dear God It must be him , it must be him or I shall die, Or I shall die... Oh hello, hello my dear God It must be him but it's not him And then I die That's when I die..."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Food on Friday: Sausage, Ricotta, and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

 Mmm...My friend Selena shared this recipe with me, and I made it (with help from my Folks) for my dear friend Elizabeth's belated Birthday dinner!
Sausage, Ricotta, and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells get the recipe over HERE at CravingSomeCreativity.   Keep reading for my changes/tweaks!

~I had to use both a 9"x13" and a 8"x8" (but did not put any cheese on top of the little pan, because I ran out--we'll have to add it when we eat it).
~I added 1/2 a large sauteed onion to the sauce layer- so glad we did (cooked in burger drippings).
~I used 1 -24oz jar of Organic pasta sauce.
~The pasta we bought was a 12oz box, and it was plenty.  (I followed the cooking instructions on the box of Barilla pasta: Boil uncovered for 9 minutes- no testing needed.)
~We added 1/2 teaspoon Salt to the filling- so glad we did.
~We used HEB's mild Italian sausage, and added 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes- another time I'd put the flakes in the sauce, or use spicy sausage.  (We found that it is hard to find flavored sausage that does not contain MSG...)
~Another time I think that I'd half again or double the Spinach.
~The filling needs more Garlic & Salt- it just disappears. We'd also add Black Pepper & dry Parsley next time.
~I think that a little more Mozzarella, and a little less Ricotta would have been good.

What a crazy dish to make- I burnt my fingers and was very stressed, but it was worth it!!!

It was good~ we all had seconds, and cleaned our plates... =)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Whatever Wednesday: Zig Ziglar Quote 1

“Take one cup of love, two cups of loyalty, three cups of forgiveness, four quarts of faith and one barrel of laughter. Take love and loyalty and mix them thoroughly with faith; blend with tenderness, kindness and understanding. Add friendship and hope. Sprinkle abundantly with laughter. Bake it with sunshine. Wrap it regularly with lots of hugs. Serve generous helpings daily.”
― Zig Ziglar

Monday, July 10, 2017

Musical Monday: Barbra Streisand - "Someday My Prince Will Come"

 While I can't say that I'm a big fan of Barbra Streisand, I am a big fan of the song "Someday My Prince Will Come".  Thank you, Barbra- you did an outstanding job with this version!   =)

In case you are wondering, my posting this song does NOT mean that I've got a guy in my life...God has not brought anyone to me as of yet, and because most days I'm no prize, I cannot imagine anyone would be interested in "little ol' me".  But I can't help hoping in "maybe someday".  =)

My Guy may not think that he's a "Prince", and maybe he will not think that he is "good enough" for me, but in my eyes, he will be a Prince, and I will probably think that he hung the moon. Let me re-phrase that: I will think that he hung the moon.

I want a "Prince" to be friends with, to lead and guide and play with me...I know we could take on the world together.

But don't worry, if it ever happens, I will let you know.

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

P.S.  "Someday My Prince Will Come" is a popular song from 
Walt Disney's 1937 animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Friday, July 07, 2017

Food on Friday: Garden Cafe

 Mom got a Groupon for Garden was a fun little eatery, nestled in a old neighborhood in Dallas, Texas.  I imagine that this was the kind of place that one reads about in books like: The Moffats.  =)    You know, the neat, friendly old houses, surrounding a little park and a short row of shops to one side...just send your kid for an onion or ground beef....

The Garden Cafe makes or grows or gets local almost everything on the menu- and they have Chickens & a garden in the back next to the patio!  Their Ham, Bacon and Chipotle Mayo are SO very good!  =)

Mom got Chicken Salad:

I got the "Turkey Melt", and before you say "That's not Turkey!", I'll quickly add: true, they were out of Turkey, so substituted Ham...they were also out of Tomato. =(    BUT IT WAS SO, SO GOOD!!! 

You should visit sometime:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Musical Monday: "Someone's Waiting For You"

 "Someone's Waiting For You" is a heartbreaking song from The Rescuers, sung as Penny (voiced by Michelle Stacy) is sad that she has never been adopted. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Original Song". 

~Disney began working on 
"The Rescuers" in 1962.
~ This 1977 film was the 23rd Disney animated feature film.
 ~ Due to the film's success, a sequel entitled "The Rescuers Down Under" was released in 1990, which made this film the first Disney animated film to have a sequel.
~I'm pretty sure that Uncle Clint took Joshua & I to see the a re-run of this film in the 1980's, or maybe he took all (or some) of us to see
"The Rescuers Down Under.

....I just LOVE this song...

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Friday, June 02, 2017

Food on Friday: Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie (recipe too)

  Pie- after cooling on the counter for 1 & 1/2 hours, I popped it in the freezer for 30-40 minutes (rotating it part way)...just so we could eat it sooner!  But really, this pie was better after letting the flavors meld for 12-24 hours.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie
I found this recipe over at Taste of Home- I just LOVE a pie that is sturdy enough to just pick up and eat, and this is one of them!  I learned about eating pie out of your hands in the movie "Rascal" - they had Apple, and really that is THE BEST way to eat an Apple Pie!  (note to parents: you never know what your children see that will stick with them, and become one of their crazy habits.)

Recipe here:

Changes we made:
1) Mom's Crust - recipe here
2) 12oz Cream Cheese (instead of 11, but did not leave out the milk)
3) we used 1 tea. Cinnamon, ¼ Cloves, ½ Ginger, no nutmeg
4) ½ tea. Salt
5) ½ & ½ White and Dark Brown Sugar
6) White Spelt flour
7) Cool on the counter for 1 & 1/2 - 2 hours

Monday, May 01, 2017

Musical Monday: Dean Martin "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You"

This song has such a nice sound~ great arrangement!   I first learned of this Dean Martin gem in the movie "How to Fall in Love"...but I forgot to look it up till I re-watched it on Saturday night.  I stopped the movie, and looked it up right away- taking the time to listen to it twice!  =)

"You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" was written and published in 1944....It is best known in versions by Dean Martin, who recorded it in 1964.
Dean Martin's version spent 9 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 25

 Click HERE to see the list of artists that also recorded it~ it's a long list including Peggy Lee.
(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring shirts


New shirts, so friends can match! 
A friend once told me that sewing for children was not worth it.  I beg to differ- you should have heard the shriek of delight when this gift registered, and seen the crazy run into the house, and heard the excited bubbling and babbling of this little girl to her Mama.  I felt, and do feel quite happy and loved.

The Labels came from:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First trip to the Dallas Zoo

 Mom and I took Lilly & Rayann (from last Fall's Sewing class at the co-op) to the Dallas Zoo!
We met some more friends who, I'm sorry to say did not make it into many of the photos on this blog post. (find more photos on Facebook)

Bicycle built for two!

Katie is expecting! =)

Life is good.
 Pretty girls!

Lots of photos were taken!

Water play

Wet hugs!

Fun times!

 Zoo buddies!

It was a long and exciting day!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

First Annual St. Patrick's Day FUNdraiser Bingo night

Our First Annual St. Patrick's Day FUNdraiser Bingo night was a success~ 
- People Came  =)
- We all had fun  =)
- We raised around $400!!!  =)

 Please come to the First Annual
St. Patrick's Day
FUNdraiser Bingo night

Come out in support of Our Favorite Red Head!
(Elizabeth Hunter wants
to teach English in China this Summer!)

Who can come?
Any folks 100-10 years of age

(We played 2 rounds of 10 in a row!)

~A little about the St. Patrick's Day Bingo FUNdraiser~
This event has been a dream of the McKee Family for a few years now, and we are excited that it is really happening for the first time in 2017! We are hoping that it will become a long standing fundraising tradition in our community. 
The plan is every year we'll play bingo (for fun, winning donated prizes), and raise money for a different cause every year.

Scottish Macaroons! Recipe HERE.
(I'd add Vanilla next time...maybe 1 teaspoon per batch)

Get the 1960's Lemon Pie recipe HERE

We hope that you'll plan to come next year!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fall 2016 Dress 2 of 2

Wow- this dress has been done awhile now, and I'm just now posting about it!  I REALLY love this dress- it seems to fit better than the others I've made.  The first few times I wore this dress, I wore a shiny black belt, and black leggings, and black shoes- forgot to take a photo, though... =/  ...this time I went with brown belt & shoes- I love both looks.

 ~After making my dress, I went to ModCloth for dress ideas, and saw that they have a dress almost exactly like mine!  I could not believe my eyes!!!
~The fabric is a fine, light weight Red Plaid woven cotton ~ purchased from the Wal*mart dollar bin YEARS ago.  Mom bought like 2 bolts, and has had 2 dresses so far. Wasn't it nice of her to let me have some? (and we still have more!)
~Yes, I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071  =)  
~And I lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could wear a belt with it. (but I don't guess I have to)
~I added an extra inch of fabric to each shoulder front, and gathered it to make it match the back bodice.  (Then pinched it out in 2 pleats at the waist.)
~And I pinched out 2 more pleats, so...4 pleats total. =)
~The zipper is a regular (vintage metal) zipper, set in the side, following the packet instructions for a
~OH! This was the first time I added belt loops to this dress pattern!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

My Second Baby Cake

To day is mini cake baking day~~~  I baked 's "Mini Ombre Cake" - -
 - recipe found HERE.   The cake is LOVELY!  
(the frosting- not so much...too sweet, too greasy...)
I loved how the edges of the cake were nicely crunchy, even after frosting.

~I used Costco's Organic Butter (instead of Kerry Gold)
~and I could not find our Strawberry jam, so I used my own homemade Cranberry Sauce.
~Don't make the frosting "early"- it ends up an odd consistency...maybe melted...
~I loosely covered the cake about halfway through baking- I'm glad that I did.
~Next time, I think that I'd use a Cream Cheese (or part cream cheese) frosting on the sides, and have plain Jam/Jelly on the top- you know, more flavor that way!  OR frost it with a Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting! 😋

Sunday, April 02, 2017


The following is from my devotional:

 "...March 22
There's no reason to worry; God has promised to help you- to strengthen you, to deliver you, to guard your heart.

It's easy to give in to worry. Life can be overwhelming when your faith is tested. But God has commanded us not to worry. And there's a reason: He's in control. We need to find our strength in Him and fully realize, through our faith and through His Word, that He is in control of our lives, so there's no need to worry. No matter what happens, God is in control of it. His sovereignty is never interrupted. So when you are consumed with despair, struggling to make it through the next moment, seek God, and keep seeking Him until you have His peace. He's promised to give you peace that will not only surpass all understanding but surpass all stress that tries to overcome you.

Psalm 46:1-3
Isaiah 41:104
Matthew 11:28-30
Mark 4:38-40
John 8:36
John 14:27
Philippians 4:6-8
2 Timothy 1:7 & 9
Psalm 118:24
(you can look them up here:  )
Heavenly Father, I need Your peace. I am overwhelmed, uncertain of what to do, but I will keep my eyes upon You...."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Whatever Wednesday: Sewing for children 2

Today's post is an update on THIS post.  (Truth is, I forgot I'd already posted about this dress, and stumbled upon it just before hitting publish!)   I sewed these dresses November of 2014.

 Her Mom says: "...She has worn it as a dress, then tunic and now a top. This will probably be the last year. 😢 The fabric is excellent. Hardly any fading and it washes/drys really well with no wrinkles."

 I also made this Teddy Bear one at the same time for one of Pebbles'  little girls:

I love that they have been so long wearing- I hoped that they would be fun and versatile, and they are!