Monday, December 11, 2017

Musical Monday: Pete Seeger's "It Could Be a Wonderful World"

I just love this song~ 

When I hear it, I think of Great-Grandma Nina P. Gardner,
as well as my Great Aunt Carol, and my Great Uncle David.

When I sing it, for some reason, I think of Grandma (my Mom's Mom)

Embedded below, or listen HERE....

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Caramel-Pecan Tarts (Recipe)

Mmm...these are the cookies I made for our 4th Cooky Exchange- they are worth making!
The cook book was given to us by Donna Stainback, back in the '90's.

 Changes: melt the butter in the filling, and use popcorn salt.

This is what my packaging looked like, I made the tags, and the leaf dishes came from Dollar Tree.
(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Winter 2017 Gift Exchange

I really enjoyed the Mug Swaps that "CuppaKim" used to I wondered if you (or someone you know) would like to participate in a Winter Gift Exchange?

The plan is that you send one gift, and you get one gift! 
We are looking for ladies who would be interested in a holiday gift exchange. Doesn’t matter where you live, you are welcome to join. You only have to buy 1 gift at $10 or more and send to your secret sister. 
(fyi: Amazon would be good for that)

If you wish to participate, give your info (requested below) to Adrienne McKee 

CUTOFF DATE: Monday, December 11th, 2017

In agreeing to participate, you FULLY agree to send a gift on or before December 18th, 2017. No exceptions

1) $10-15 spending cap suggested, but not required

2) open to any Woman who will follow through =)

3) Required information:

-your name & address

-list 1-2 things that you'd like

-list 1-2 places that you'd like a gift card for

-or say that you'd like to just be surprised 

-maybe list a few likes or dislikes


Illustration- your info should look something like this:

Adrienne McKee

address line 1

address line 2

Gift:"The Best Of Peter, Paul And Mary: Ten Years Together GH"CD
or "Swiss Family Robinson: Vault Disney Collection" DVD

Gift card:Hobby Lobby/JoAnn/Aldi/Amazon
Surprise? no thank you/yes please

Like: Dark Chocolate

Don't like: scented anything (soaps/candles/lotions/food/drink/etc..)

Monday, December 04, 2017

Sewing: Curtain for the coffee/toaster bar

Mom had originally planned to have the cute old-fashioned shutter doors on this section of cabinet.  But Dad said that she would not really like it...SO...we now have curtains (on spring rods) that will be changed out (more or less) Seasonally. 

We had a bit of extra fabric, so I sewed a strip to the bottom of a tea towel (from Atwood's).

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Whittle's Fabrics online shop

I just found Whittle's Fabrics online shop-- they have very good prices (great shipping, too), and it would be lots of fun to visit their shop some day.  

1) It doesn't get much better than Flat Rate Shipping!!! =)
2) I could hardly wait for my order to arrive, the shipping was super fast, and the package came before I thought it would!
3) AND I am very happy to report that the Fabric Colors & Web Photo Colors matched (Or at least were so close I could not tell!  If you ever bought fabric online, you KNOW that this can be a big problem- so many photos on the web are NOT true colors!)
4) Costumer Service was great- I had a little trouble checking out, their web site did not empty the cart after I placed my order, so I did not know it went through, (So I placed it 2 more times before I realized that it WAS being placed), but I contacted Whittle's right away, and they fixed the problem quickly.

1) They don't tell you (even approximately) on the web page how many yards of a given fabric are available.  (But I guess that one could call and ask, if they weren't placing an order at midnight!)
2) The web site did not empty the cart after I placed my order (it may have been that someone else was trying to place an order at the same time- some "little" web stores can't handle that very well).

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mom's Birthday weekend

It's been a busy past few days~

We attended Andrew & Ruth Hale's wedding (Dad was also a groomsmen), and I got to wear a my favorite Cashmere sweater to an outdoor reception- nice and cozy!  We also got to see and visit with lots of friends!

Our main water heater went out...But the new parts could be here tomorrow! =)

We had homemade Curry!

Mom and I went to a movie: "Same Kind of Different as Me." (you should see it)

 Dad broke a tooth, and went to the dentist, his truck died, and the septic has problems....

I made a Chocolate Pudding Cake (served with Sour Cream)  Recipe HERE.

The weather was beautiful!

And Mom & I got tattoos...

(We put them on, took the picture, and then I was saying "Is it just me, or does this hurt???" - we took them off right away! (itching/burning) But it was fun!)

All in all, it was a memorable weekend, 
and mostly fun!

Happy Birthday, dear Mother of mine!  =)

~ Thank you for the memories! ~ 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chocolate Pudding Pie???

How do you like these little baby Chocolate Pudding Pies?  I tried to make them for an upcoming lunch date. I'd never made a chocolate pie before, but during the last lunch I was (good-naturedly) requested/ordered (by a 5 year old) to bring chocolate pie next I was easy (too easy) and SO, SO tasty!  I thought that I could see more such pies in my future... (Recipe HERE)  
 This was one of those times that mine did NOT look like the picture. Oh, well.

I don't know what went wrong- the pudding was thick (while hot), but did not set while chilling over night. Chocolate soup- you had to pop the whole thing in at one big bite. Hmmm...I don't know what went wrong. Had to serve it in little paper cups!😕 Oh, well, I'll have to try again!

 (I just love this new blog I found!  Monet has such a way with photographs and words...! )
~I baked the 2.5" circles of dough over the bottoms of an upside-down pan: find instructions here
~We had no milk, so I used Cream
~Per Mom's suggestion I increased the Cornstarch by 1 Tablespoon
~Used one of Mom's Famous Pie Crusts (recipe here)
~If I was making them for children again, I think that I would cut the cocoa powder a bit, for adults, use it all! 

Sunday, October 22, 2017


~The following is from my devotional:

 "...March 9
God has promised to be with you always. When you feel overwhelmed, know that He can give you the strength and peace you need.

Change can bring about feelings of inadequacy and overwhelming uncertainty. But God is with you. Don't think that He doesn't know what you're going through, that He doesn't know the fear in your heart. He is aware of all you're going through and all that is required of you in daily life. And He is your help. He will give you all the wisdom you need to make the right decisions and to fulfill all that you must do. Don't lose sight of the big picture-- His purposes in your life. In every situation in your life, God gives you opportunities to live out your faith in the midst of fear and uncertainty. And He'll give you all that you need to live victoriously in His will.

 Psalm 146:3-5
Proverbs 3:5-6
Isaiah 40:29-31
Jeremiah 29:11
Matthew 11:28-30
James 1:5
(you can look them up here:  )
Heavenly Father, when I feel overwhelmed, assure me through Your Word that You are my help and there is nothing to fear. Strengthen me so that I might bring glory to You in all that I say and do..."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies...bring all kinds of good memories.😻

 I knew that one had to chop her own chocolate back in the day,
but who knew that you could get it scored, so it would be easier to cut????

Friday, October 06, 2017

Food on Friday: Brownie recipe

Vegan, Sugar Free, Egg & Dairy Free, can be Gluten Free, too!

The recipe can be found at Christina's blog:"Dessert For Two". (Besides an interesting blog, she has cookbooks, too.)

This was an easy recipe to make completely Organic! 
(Vegan, Sugar Free, Egg & Dairy Free, can be Gluten Free, too!)

~ We doubled the recipe (making 2 - 9x5 pans), and froze some.
~ Used half and half Almond Butter & Fresh made Pecan Butter
(Mara Hubbard's Organic Pecans).

~ Butter in place of Coconut Oil.
~ I could not bring my self to use SO much Maple Syrup, so I used half Honey.
~ The Fair Trade Organic Dark Chocolate  chips came from Azure Standard- HERE
~ They don't make a "Gatherer" of the GenoType Diet world cheat much at all!

Next time:
~ I'd cut the sweetener, and add an egg.
~ Maybe add some pecan chunks.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Sewing: a duvet make a large pillow out of a feather comforter

Do you have trouble figuring just how to store your feather comforter off season?  
I'm not telling you that this is the best way (Must not be, otherwise anyone could buy a large-pillow-making-duvet-cover at any BB&B or Amazon!), but it works well for me, and I get a large and comfy feather pillow during the Texas Spring, Summer & Fall!  Not to mention, if at any time I feel cold, I can just pull out the comforter without having to run up to the attic!

I bought the ruler fabric to make Dad a little pillowcase, but I later realized that I did not buy quite enough for him, so I pieced it with the blue cowboy remnant that I love (but never could decide what to do with).  The back side is a fun Route 66 print Mom bought me. (all 3 fabrics were bought at Jo-Ann...and the dog print the other pillow is wearing)  

I was going for a vintage western feel...I think that I caught it. =) 
Velcro on the open side, closes up nicely.  A twin comforter fits nicely in this 33"x33" cover.

(I actually sewed this January 2017, but I forgot to post about it till now!)
(I'll share this post on "Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson")

Sunday, October 01, 2017

“Peace in Troubled Times”

The following is from my devotional:
"... April 18 “Peace in Troubled Times”
In the midst of troubles, you can have peace—God's peace. Find rest within God's promises. It's all you need.

When troubles come—and they will!--it's often difficult to even find the words and strength to pray. We lose our peace when the chaos continues and causes us to endure more than our faith wished to. We want quick resolutions, on-demand deliverance, and most of the time, that just doesn't happen. God makes us wait. But it's in the waiting times that we can know God better than ever before. If we draw near to Him, if we trust Him even when things don't appear to be moving in the direction we'd like them to, He will give you His peace. The peace that surpasses all our understanding brings about an inner strength and calm amid the raging storms of life. And that's all you need. If He is with you, you can rest.

Psalm 25:16-18
Psalm 31:7
Psalm 33:17-22
Psalm 34:1-8
Psalm 147:2-3, 5-6, 13-14
Proverbs 3:5-6
John 14:27

 (you can look them up here: )

Heavenly Father, I long for your peace. Help me to rest in You and wait upon Your Divine hand. 
You are my strength and my song; You are all I need...."


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Summer Of No Pants 2017*: Post 3

Dress number 3, and last one of the "season"...

~Fabric came from Jo~Ann YEARS ago-- I intended to sew a different pattern- a sundress, but never did- wasn't brave enough, so I decided that it was time.  So much so, the fabric smelled like really old fabric that I've gotten from other people (until I washed it). After some thought, I realized that this fabric is more than 15 years old...yes, it should smell a little funny. 😕

~ I used the retired Simplicity #8071 - it is my FAVORITE pattern. It's easy, and it has no darts or seams in the bodice!  =)
~The Zipper is a metal one from the Teague/Gann collection- this was the second time I tried a Lapped Zipper application...not so good- I need to try that again, in another outfit!  =/


*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.)