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.)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

What baby needs- in the 1940's

I found some fun info....and what a relief to know that a baby can get by with less than I thought!

If you'd like to read the top baby names from the 1940's, you can do so HERE!   
No surprise, James & Mary were #1  =)

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Visiting the S. Carolina Family

I'm sorry to say that I'm a year late in posting about this visit! 😕
  Mom and I got to visit some friends in the South~ like the S. Carolina Family!   They and their boys were a lot of fun, and we had fun playing, reading, eating and talking~ the visit was too short!  Thank you again for having us!

 The "new" thing was making box towers~ lots of fun!

Sunny morning coffee~

Jack took Luke's photo, and then Luke took Jack's...


Jack gave Sophie a sip, and then Luke gave the giraffe a drink too...Coffee is very serious business.

Jack, weed-eating
Heads up Luke! There is a "weed-eater" behind you!
I'm sad to say it, but we had to leave this happy little was time to head on to Savannah, GA

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Movie: Forty Little Mothers (1940)

I was celebrating my half-birthday tonight, and chose to watch this 1940's film "Forty Little Mothers"...I'd never seen it before, but I'm glad I came across it! 

What a fun movie~ better watch it quick, before they pull it off of youtube!

 Interesting trivia:
This film's first telecast in Philadelphia took place September 18th, 1957.

 (embedded below or watch it HERE)

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Sunday Blessing #16

“Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety, and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temparate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune, and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.”  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, August 21, 2017

Musical Monday: "I Have A Dream" ❤ ABBA ❤

 Mom and I share a love for ABBA.

 We went on a Mother~Daughter Date: to the ABBA tribute concert in Dallas last Saturday night!

 We thought that we had seats in the back corner, but they moved us up to the second row!
Thank you Mom, I had a lot of fun! =)

 "I have a dream" is my favorite ABBA song, so I'm sharing it with you:
(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Summer Of No Pants 2017*: Post 2

Today's post is a Refashion of sorts. Remember my Green Dress from 2015? I LOVED that dress, but it was time to say goodbye. 

After much thinking, I decided that I could just sew a new bodice...and have a new house-dress!
I forgot to take the dress to JoAnn's when I bought the red fabric, so I had to just guess, and pray that they would go together okay- I think they do...

...I carefully removed the side zipper, and cut the skirt free...
(I cut was a very hard and sad thing to do. But I did it.)

...then I thought I should use the old green bodice for accent: I cut the neck facing (remembering to line it, so it looks good)...

...and then I realized that reusing the original white zipper would look funny going down the back of the new red bodice...
...SO, I cut strips from the old green bodice, and carefully sewed them to the back of the bodice/zipper opening (forgetting to line it, so it looks funny)!   Are you cross-eyed yet?  I am!

Yes, I am aware that this dress is rather child like, but it was fun to make,
 and I hope I bought it some more time...before I make something else out of it!  =)

*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.)