I really enjoyed the Mug Swaps that "CuppaKim" used to organize...so 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!
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
(fyi: Amazon would be good for that)
you wish to participate, give your info (requested below) to Adrienne
DATE:Monday, December 11th,
agreeing to participate, you FULLY agree to send a gift on or before
December 18th, 2017. No exceptions
$10-15 spending cap suggested, but not required
open to any Woman who will follow through =)
name & address
1-2 things that you'd like
1-2 places that you'd like a gift card for
say that you'd like to just be surprised
list a few likes or dislikes
Illustration- your info should look something like this:
Best Of Peter, Paul And Mary: Ten Years Together GH"CD
"Swiss Family Robinson: Vault Disney Collection" DVD
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).
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).
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...
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!)
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
time....so I tried...it was easy (too easy) and SO, SO tasty! I thought that I could see more such pies in my future... (RecipeHERE) 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!
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.
The recipe can be found atChristina'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!) Notes: ~ 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.
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!)
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.
~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.)