Sunday, April 20, 2014

My First Marrage Proposal~

After (or while) eating my Chocolate Cake (Raffa fundraiser), Daniel declared:
"I guess I'm ready to marry Adrienne"
-Daniel Buttons
My reply?  
First thought:  "That's Funny!" 
 Second thought:  "Maybe we should wait a few years...."

P.S. I just learned that:  

"....the FIRST thing he said, before the proposal, as we were eating your delicious cake and talking about it was...well , I guess Adrienne must be an angel, cause this tastes heavenly!!! And then the I guess I better marry Adrienne. High spot of the day!!"

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Did your dog die?"

An all points bulletin: I have decided that using the phrase "Did your dog die" or anything like it shall be henceforth considered taboo. You never know what the person you just said that to is going  through or just dreamed about.  I realized this week that the few times I was told that it hit too near to home.  Friends: PLEASE forgive me for the times I  thoughtlessly spoke those words.  Thank you.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Please help~

Please consider helping out our dear friends (here) ~ it's hard enough when a family looses their home, but when your home is quite damaged, and have such losses to your family business (working ranch) & only income source ....that is really hard and you need Friends, Family, Neighbors and Strangers to help you get on your feet again!   The Hutchins have been working the Ranch for 19 years. (We've known them for like 21+ years...)

Thank you Lord, for keeping the family safe in the storm, and for your protection as they (& their friends) clean up and rebuild.  Amen. 
(This photo is a little old- it is short a few in-laws & grandchildren.)

 "Please help the Robert and Nancy Hutchins Family and their family business, Rehoboth Ranch, recover from the tornado which struck their home and ranch April, 3rd 2014. The complete scope of damage is currently unknown. Their house was severely damaged; losing most of the roof, causing interior ceilings to fall in and resulting in significant water damage. All of the barns were completely destroyed and the dairy sustained significant damage as well. Most of the moveable chicken pens were destroyed including the "egg mobiles" and the laying flock was destroyed. Please see the Rehoboth Ranch Facebook page for more details and pictures.

Rehoboth Ranch is the Hutchins family livelihood, and beyond the basic repair cost, this will seriously impair their ability earn their living. Any donations, great or small will be appreciated, but most of all your prayers are coveted during this time."

Thursday, April 03, 2014

RIP dear old hand-mixer~

This was my family's 3 hand-mixer in 32 years, and possibly my favorite.....we mixed countless cookies together....numerous cakes together...tons of chocolate candy together...lots of cheesecakes together....pounds and POUNDS of butter together...piles of almond buns together....pans and pans of brownies together.....fantastic amounts of frosting together. Sigh.

The timing was Providential though- I had just finished baking 4 Chocolate Cakes for Raffa, and was just declaring the double batch of chocolate cream cheese frosting to be done, and it died. 

What a way to go! With your boots on, making delicious frosting!

Together is such a nice word.
With my hand-mixer in mind, I've listed a few of the definitions below:
In a relationship, association, business, or agreement.
* Taken or considered collectively or conjointly.
* At the same time; simultaneously.
* Without intermission or interruption; continuously; uninterruptedly: for days together.
* In cooperation; with united action; conjointly: to undertake a task together.
* With mutual action.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


There are many reasons to mix or cut your butter...Because you don't want to consume that much butter, because you can't/don't feel like you can afford to eat as much butter as you would like, because "eating butter is bad for you" (what a joke) or because you want to get more good oils in your diet, and you can't possibly eat THAT much homemade salad dressing! 

Whatever your reason, mixing your butter is a good idea, and I think that you should think about doing it.  It's more spreadable, too!

 1 lb. Salted Butter (the best you can afford!)
1 tea. Salt (or more)
8-10 oz Oil  (Rice Bran, Olive, Grape Seed, Coconut, etc....we like a combination)
It's also a good idea to wear an apron.

  1) Soften (not melt) your butter...I know, sometimes easier said than done.....

2) Pre-mix the butter BEFORE you add the oil- sorry, no picture.

3) You can measure your oil, but I prefer to weigh it because it means one less greasy dish, and is not so wasteful.  

4) Add your salt.

   ~> Please note: it is best to pre-mix the butter BEFORE you add the oil...if you mix it the    way I show in the picture, it is very likely that you will splatter oil all over.
 Yes...ALL over...even if you are very careful. =)

See the bowl on the left? That Butter was melted. 
See the bowl on the right? That Butter was softened.

5) Add your oil, mix and use a rubber spatula to get all the butter into glass bowls that have Pyrex, Anchor Hocking, etc...carefully place in the fridge where any family or visitors will not grab them before they harden!

6) Eat it up yum!    (on muffins, breads, cookies, brownies, dried fruit, pretzels, potato chips, veggies, in soups or eggs....okay, okay, so you get the point!  =)

~Happy Eating!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Little Red Riding Hood

 The Story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' (1949):
Or watch it here!

For a Comic Little Red Riding Hood, watch this one:

Or watch it here!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sew For Victory!

A 1940′s Themed Sew Along over at LuckyLucille!  

I found out about this Sew Along last year over at Bramblewood Fashion~  I was unable to particapate at the time, but I'm really glad that I happened to see that Sew for Victory is happening again this year!  =)

First I spent an hour-hour & a half searching the web for photos and pictures of old patterns- and I got lots of good ideas (for more clothes than I have time for!)...then I went to my boxes of sewing patterns, and pulled out anything that would do as it was, and the things that could be altered...then I compared them to all the similar photos that I had found online, chose the old photo, and the new pattern (all remembering that I already own the perfect fabric- a polly-cotton sheet that I picked up at the outlet mall a few years back...I just don't remember what outfit I was planning to use it for at the time!).

 This was the inspiration:

And this is the pattern and fabric I'm planing to use:

Keep your eye out for the finished dress! =)

Sunday, March 09, 2014

"An Original DUCKumentary"

 Mom and I watched  "An Original DUCKumentary" - a PBS Nature show, about an hour long, about Ducks. (No surprise!) 
We found it really very good (just ignore the evolutionary talk), no one got eaten, and very humorous!  =)

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

My Day & Parties

When I work elections, I like to look at the lists of voters for folks that where born on the 5th of March, and those born in 1985....there are not a lot of us, or at least I don't feel like it.

But then that makes me special, right? =)

Last night (after working the elections all day), I decided to be young again, and camped out on the living room floor in a nest of feather comforters and watched "Standing Room Only"....needless to say, I was sore & felt a little old when I woke up this morning!

What will this year hold?!  I wonder....  =)

So, Happy 29th Birthday to me!  =)


First Party of the Season:

 ...let's set the camera up to take a photo of ourselves....well...that was a bit formal...

....let's take some funny pictures!

 What kind of face are you making behind my back?
Oops! I didn't know that Adrienne set the camera to take multiple pictures! =)

Thank you for coming to my Party, Sarah!

Second Party of the Season:

The new kind of Party Hats! (3 for $1 at Dollar Tree!)

Homemade Almond Brownie (recipe) + Rice Dream Vanilla "Ice Cream" + Sprinkles = YUM!

Thanks for coming to my Party, Elizabeth! 

Third Party of the Season:

We watched the 1955 version of "My Sister Eileen" (watch it here)  
           (I don't think that it was quite as good as the 1942 version, but cute anyway)

 Mother's Cookies (new Safari style for St. Patty's Day)

 Thank you for coming to my party, Mom & Dad~ have a chocolate bar! 
(found the cute tags at FPTFY- click here)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Welcome 2014

Hello, New Year!
Can you believe that a whole year has gone by? Or maybe I should say, only a year since I wrote last year's year-end letter?

Some highlights of my year:
1. My little brother is married now, so I now have 2 SIL's.
2. I'm working more outside the home (with Grandma Hale) and that is taking a lot of energy, so- I'm not quite so handy around the house....but my folks still like me and like to have me around.  Grandma Hale has been a blessing to me. =)
3. Cooking with Almond Flour has been an interesting new thing for us- and it's got more nutrients than baking with grain!  My favorite recipes are Brownies and Scones/cookies.
4. I go to be a "guest poster" for the Summer Of No Pants 2013 blog event!  =)  That was fun!
5. My Mom's Dad died- with no grandchildren from me. On the bright side he won't be calling and asking if I'm married yet, and saying "What's wrong with her?".
6. Had my first facial....I would not call it fun...
7. My cat, Fergie is 14 years old- I never thought that he would live this long or well!
8. I went to my first Women's Retreat (I went with Mom- that was fun, I'd do it again!)
9. and my first Single Women's Retreat/sleep away camp without Mom....I don't know if I would want to do that again....

 An update on my wishes for 2013   my end of the year answers are in bold

(not numbered, because I don’t think that I could do it justice)
~Get completely moved in  (NOPE- try again in 2014)
~Make a snowman (No snow- try again in 2014!)
~Have a fun 28th birthday party (YES! I had 4 fun Birthday parties!)
~Make time for sewing/creative fun every week (Well...not really...try again in 2014)
~Have one get together/party every month (this more or less happened- 17 events right off the top of our heads, but not anything like the regular "Women's Club meetings that I was thinking of, and not necessarily one event every month)
~Learn to drive  (Well....sigh...what vitamin does one take for bravery? I need some. )
.....if I write these down will they be more likely to happen?  (well, I guess not)

Some amusement highlights of my year:
Saw my first "I Dream of Jeannie", "The Munsters", "Newhart",  "Bewitched", the first 2 seasons of "Call the Midwife", "The Paradise". (FYI: I have NO desire to re-watch those first 2.)
 Oh, and I also watched my first 3 "Maisie" films- there are 10 in all 
(think 1940's war time Show Girl/Rosie the Riveter/Nancy Drew).

My viewers/readers come from these top 10 countries:
United States
United Kingdom

 The following are my (all time) top 5 posts:
1. Fashionable Friday~ 1970's   at 1355 views
2. 1930's Children's Food Ads~   at 611 views
3. Fun Monday~ 1960's   at 558 views
4. The Summer Of No Pants #1   at 198 views
5. Don't Fear the Zipper~   at 184 views

~You take care now, you hear?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Masterpiece Theater: The Paradise

Mom and I have watched and really enjoyed this mini-series  ~ a little stressful, but clean & I always like to watch shows that are from the perspective of "the help"....shows like "Miss Rose White", "The Help", "Miracle on 34th Street", "Driving Miss Daisy", the first season of "Downton Abbey" and "Upstairs Downstairs" (We'd not re-watch the last 2, or suggest watching them....I know that some  folks really like them, but I felt that I should say what my family thought....Oh, and "The Help" needs a filter....) 

"Young and ambitious country girl Denise Lovett arrives in a booming northern city and takes a job at The Paradise, the glittering department store across from her uncle’s drapery shop..."
                                                               ....and the rest is history....

We watched it on the PBS website- but they just expired, so are no longer available to watch for free sorry, I did not tell you about them sooner!)! 
(FYI: we did not care for the 4th & 5th - and won't watch them again)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Chapter 4- "Character Building" & A Giveaway!

 "Beautiful Girlhood" is not just for little girls. It's for big girls & ladies too!
The bit below I read during Church today, from the book "Beautiful Girlhood" Revised by Karen Andreola
 Enter to win your own copy at the bottom of this post!!!
(or you can buy it from CBD here or Amazon here)...Mom read this book to me when I was very small, and I am now rereading it for the 2nd time.  I don't sit down and guzzle it...I just read a part of a chapter every week or so. I think that it's good for me.  I also think that every family should own one or more copies.

"....She who has an ideal character is first of all pure and true, them earnest and sincere, patient and gentle, and more ready to serve than to be served. It is easier to build bad than good character....Choose well as the days go by. Build for all time, not just for present pleasure.  What you are building will bring you praise and satisfaction all your life, or it will be your curse and disgrace....
"Is it right?"  "Would it be for my good?"  "Does it meet the approval of my parents?"  "Is it glorifying to God?"  are questions which you should be continually asking yourself as you decide what to do and what to leave undone....Christ is our Perfect Pattern, and only those who form their lives after Him are building the best character...." 

James 3:5-13
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Wax Lips

Question: Do you have a Wax Lips Memory?

My very early (& only) memory of Wax Lips involves my Aunt Stefie....I don't remember if she brought them with her when she came to visit, or if we already had them, but I remember some red ones and a yellow pair, too and that there were not enough to go around, so we had to take turns, and she & Mom had great fun kissing us...I remember my Aunt tipping my brothers backwards! (I also remember NOT liking the taste of the wax lips!!!)

...I could swear that there were photos taken, but I can't find them! =(

Friday, November 08, 2013

Telephones have come a long way, baby!

(embedded videos today!)

 Dialing Tips circa 1950 (American Telephone & Telegraph - Bell System):
 (Yes, this video is a little long, but you don't have to watch the whole thing to have fun and get the point!)

                                                                  Or watch here

 New Telephone Innovations in the Early 1960's:

                                                                  Or watch here

 Looking for a new phone?  Check out the 1979 "Design Line":

                                                                      Or watch here



I really like the pretty colors that some phones came in- why is it that black or white is pretty much all you can find these days?  

 Which one do you want?  I'd like the "Belle of the Wall" ~ in Red or Peacock!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

New Dish Towels

I had bought a lot of white dish towels (the "flour sack" kind at Attwood's- they used to have the best deal around...I guess that they still do), for a "Dish Towel Bridal Shower" that did not happen...sad sigh!
And so they sat...a while...till Mom commented last week that we needed to keep an eye out for some new dish towels (she was not thinking of me doing any up for her).  

While she & Dad were out of town over the weekend, I prettied up two of them for her/us!

 They are being modeled by the gifts that my folks brought back for me (aren't they lovely!), they found a FIESTA store in downtown Canton, Texas that sold "seconds"! =) 

FYI: the Royal Blue rick-rack is about 5" from the edge....if you want the particulars on the Yellow & Turquoise, just ask, and I'll try to get them for you!
(To see the first two towels I ever made~ click here!)

 Happy Dish Towel~ looks more like me than Mom! =)