Saturday, August 29, 2015

Friendship~

I love friends, family & cake!   
Thank you God, I have some of the best friends!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Musical Monday: The Cascades (Full Album!)




 I just recently found this Cascades playlist,and I can't tell you how many times I've listened to it....6-8 times?!

I really like it....do you?





(Album embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Movie: "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come" (1961)

Embedded below or watch HERE.

This was not your everyday 'War Between the States' movie- I think that I should like to read the book someday.  (here)  I thought that John Fox Jr. did a good job showing how families and states were divided.

Some of the faces you may know are:
George Kennedy (We know him from LOTS of movies & TV shows...he was often the bad guy.)
Jimmie Rodgers ("The Real McCoys" & songs such as "In the Jailhouse Now", "Waltzing Matilda" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine"
Chill Wills was from Seagoville, Texas =)



 A few of the quotes I liked were:

Chad:  $5!  (bidding on a horse worth over a hundred dollars)
Richard:  "He (Chad) doesn't know the value of a good horse"
Major:  "Maybe he know the value of $5."

and

Chad:  "Why couldn't we be on the same side, Major? I only tried to do what I thought was right...".....
Major:  "Chad- listen and always remember this- every man on both sides was in the right who/(if he) did his duty."

and

Caleb:  "Where your treasure is, there your heart be also."
Chad:   "What does the bible mean by 'treasure'?"
Caleb:  "Oh, I don't know, Chad - some folks might say a loving woman."

and

Chad to Mellisa:  "Caleb said -- a man's treasure is a loving woman...I've found my treasure, and I know my belonging place now."

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mug Swap 2015 post #1

This is the first Mug Swap that I've ever participated in...or any kind of swap, for that matter!
CuppaKim is the organizer/hostess- you can find her Blog HERE, but she is mostly on Instagram  HERE.


 (Sorry- google insisted in posting this photo sideways!)




My package went to Val in California~ I do hope that she likes the things I sent her!  I used a piece of scrapbook paper for the label- I thought that it made the package more fun. =)




Every year the Mug Swappers raise money for a good cause, and this year it went to a couple who can't have children. But because God has given them the opportunity to adopt 2 babies at the same time...they need $40,000.   Read about the Barnetts and donate if you feel led HERE.


http://mugswap.com/#/barnetts/

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants* 2015 ~ post #6

This dress is like Post #1 (here) & #3 (here).


~I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071
~The fabric came from a dress that my Mom made 20 years ago. (She got the fabric from Wal*mart.)
~I gathered the bodice front and took 2 pleats in the back, and added a waist inset.
~The zipper is a regular zipper, set in the back.
~ Oh, and the zipper came from the Teague/Gann (sp?) collection! =)


 Summer 1996? Mom's dress was 1 year old:


*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Musical Monday: The Cascades - "Angel on My Shoulder"



I just love the sound of this song~ the instruments, voices & lyrics.  It makes me smile.  How do you like it?


Embedded below or listen HERE.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Food on Friday: Chocolate Frozen (Greek) Yogurt (recipe too!)

Mmmm....this was THE BEST chocolate ice cream I've had in a long time!  I definitely recommend you making this recipe!
 

Get the recipe HERE
Click HERE to read about how we like to freeze our ice cream.


Monday, August 03, 2015

Musical Monday: The Cascades- "Shy Girl"



Who knew anyone wrote a song about a shy girl?  To me, this song is sweet & sad somehow....
 "Shy Girl" was The Cascades second song. (Rhythm Of The Rain was their first song.)

Embedded below or listen HERE.

Monday Movie: Make Room for Daddy- 'Party Dress' (1953)




I don't think that I'm a fan of the TV show "Make Room For Daddy" because I don't care for all the "Dumb Old Dad" stuff, but I must say that I liked the "Party Dress" episode. =)

Children grow up so fast.  Enjoy the ones in your life before it's too late!

The show is embedded below, or you can watch it HERE.




Friday, July 31, 2015

Salted Dark Chocolate (recipe too)

"Sinfully Delicious Salted Dark Chocolate"

This recipe was written by Amy Kelso of Backat the Ranch. Easy, tasty chocolate that is good for you!  We use Organic, Fair Trade cocoa powder from Frontier.  =)

This makes a great healthy candy, but be careful how you store it.  Coconut oil melts around 72°F!
    
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Coconut Oil  (We use the ratio of 1:2 Cocoa Butter 2 -1/4 oz & then Coconut Oil up to 7 oz total) 
  • 1 cup organic cocoa powder (3 & 1/4 oz)  (I just realized that I was accidentally using 1/2c! Well--it was good like that, but I'll have to try the whole amount next time, lol!)
  • 1/2 cup raw, local honey (5-6oz)
  • 1 tsp. natural vanilla extract
  • 2 Generous pinch of organic coconut sugar (or 1T Sucanat)
  • 2 Pinch of sea salt =)
    Optional: 1c rice cereal/broken pretzels/granola & 1-2c chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc.
    (This week, I added 1 cup of Hemp seeds & 1 cup of Rice "crispies". Tasty and easy to bite.)
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil & honey in sauce pan over low heat. (We found that you have to heat it till it starts to bubble a bit- otherwise it will not harden properly.)
  2. Add cocoa powder, blend well.
  3. Stir in a pinch of coconut sugar and sea salt.
  4. Remove from heat.  (this is when you would add the optional crunchy stuff)
  5. Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper.
  6. Pour chocolate mix onto paper lined dish.
  7. Refrigerate (or freeze) until chocolate solidifies.
  8. Cut into squares or break into bite sized pieces.
  9. Store in refrigerator. (or freezer)
My Note:
Another way we like it is: individual chocolates: place whole nuts in mini muffin wrappers (or silicone), and add the runny chocolate to them. If you use silicone molds, you must make sure that they are completely frozen before popping them out. =)

Notes I collected from the original blog post:
"You can adjust the amount of honey and coconut sugar to suit your personal taste.  I like mine a little less sweet and will often cut the amount of honey in half."

"Experience has shown me (experience and some helpful comments from my readers) that this chocolate will be an oooey gooey honey-fied mess if not spread thinly enough… so word to the wise."

"If you like, you can save your sea salt ’til the final step.  Sprinkling sea salt on top of your cooling chocolate adds to the visual appeal."


Happy Eating!
~Adrienne

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants* 2015 ~ post #5

Dress number five was made out of my Grandmama's Damask table cloth.  If it had turned out, I intended to wear it to my Cousin Laura Ann's wedding back in April.  But it did not.


Good news:
1. Even though I had never sewn with this type of fabric before, it went together VERY well!
2. And the invisible Zip (here) was THE BEST looking one I've ever put in! =)

Bad news:
1. Something went wrong in the bodice: it is oddly too tight (even though it's a pattern that I've made lots of times, and it should have fit).
2. the bodice was too long, but I did not know until after my perfect zipper went in.
3. And the skirt was too long. (I know, I can fix that, but why?!)

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How did I finish the raw side-seams?


 First, I trimmed them, then I sewed a second line of stitching farther out...(see photo above)...then I sewed single-fold bias tape to one side, folding over at the arm opening (see below photo).


Last, but not least, I very carefully (so as to only catch the lining and not the dress fabric) hand stitched the single-fold bias tape to the lining, so it is now neat & flat (see below photo)!


I wanted to have a gathered skirt, but the fabric would NOT be gathered....so...free hand pleats were the answer:


*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Whatever Wednesday: Einstein quote

 

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
~Albert Einstein

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Psalm 23

{A Psalm of David.} 
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 Photo location: Kyburz, CA

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants* 2015 ~ post #4

A new Strawberry (cotton) house-dress:


~My go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071 came to my rescue again!
~I know it's out of date, but this is one cool dress- I guess because it's roomy.  =)
~I tried for the first time ever just stitching the facings to the dress so they wouldn't flap, and they don't, but I'm not crazy about how they turned out.
~The fabric came from Wal-mart in Commerce: remember when they thought that it would be a "brilliant" decision to get rid of the fabric counter, and go to pre-cut & pre-packaged fabric???
 That was a flop!
For those of you who don't know, or don't remember the result was that no one wanted to buy their fabric that way, and refused to do so.  So, the result of that was: a GIANT clearance event, and people buying in a frenzy!  (We and the Hales were some of those people.)


~This is my second Strawberry Dress, Mom made my first one for my birthday in 1993!

*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Summer Of No Pants* 2015 ~ post #3

A new church/town dress~


This dress is like Post #1 (here).
~I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071
~The fabric came from Jo-Ann craft & fabric in Rockwall- I picked it out while thinking of Sarah saying that I needed to wear more green.  This was as green as I felt at the time~ I really like it!
~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.
~I stitched down the pleats, so it looks "finished" even if I don't wear a belt.
~The zipper is a regular zipper, set in the side, so I did not have to worry about the "tiles" matching!
~I also lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could wear a belt with it. (but I don't have to)


I could wear this dress with a sweater in the Fall or Spring~
*SONP not is officially happening this year, but I like to sew, and wear cute dresses & skirts anyway, so I'll just do my own thing....(Summer of No Pants is a Google+ group, and anyone can join & post at anytime.)