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.)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Food on Friday: Pears

Fruit Box labels are such fun~ not many companies have cute labels anymore.  
I love to look at the Orange Boxes at Costco, and wish I could have one of each....
(But, I don't know what I'd do with them.)

I've dried 3 dehydrators full of Pears (from the Hale's) so far-  They are very good this year. =)
Most I cut into chunks, but some I left quartered...and some of those I tossed in Cinnamon!
 Mmmm... I also made 2 Pear cakes- with this recipe. =)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Psalm 121

Psalm 121 is one of my favorites, and has a lovely lullaby-like tune, but it can also be sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne...which is good, because everyone knows that one, and we can all sing together!

I to the hills will lift mine eyes,
from whence doth come mine aid.
My safety cometh from the Lord,
who heav’n and earth hath made.
Thy foot he’ll not let slide,
nor will he slumber that thee keeps.
Behold, he that keeps Israel,
 he slumbers not, nor sleeps.
The Lord thee keeps, the Lord thy shade
on thy right hand doth stay:
the moon by night thee shall not smite,
nor yet the sun by day.
The Lord shall keep thy soul; he shall
preserve thee from all ill.
Henceforth thy going out and in
God keep for ever will.
Psalm 121

 Glencoe Valley - Scotland (or so I'm told)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Summer Of No Pants 2017*: Post 1

 Dress number 1:

My Aunt waned me to sew a dress with an elastic waist, and I tried in June '16, but did not care for how it worked, after much thought, I tried again---I need to think some more and try again, as this this dress is better than the last, but the pattern still needs tweaking.  (Before I cut the fabric she gave me!)   I lengthened the bodice and added 2 casings to the inside, and ran 1/2" elastic- I was careful to not stitch the elastic into the zipper, so that if I wished I could take it up, or redo it.

~ I used the retired Simplicity #8071
~The fabric is a fun cotton that came from Jo-Ann  ...THIS season! (It was also a New Year gift from my Uncle Clint!)
~And I lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could give it an elastic waist- I don't need to wear a belt, but I can.
~The zipper is a invisible zipper, set in the back- this may have been my best yet!  I just love my IZ foot that Dad got me- I can't thank him enough!
~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 pinched out 2 more pleats, so...4 pleats total.)

*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.)

  To learn more about SONP, please visit  
and put  Summer Of No Pants in the search'll be fun!  =)

Thanks again, Uncle Clint for the new dress and bag!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Food on Friday: No Cook Chocolate Cookies

I wanted to make Almond Brownies the other night, but Mom said not tonight. The next night I did not feel like baking, and cookies sounded better...I know, I know- you don't have to tell me: all "No Cook Chocolate Cookies" are closer to a candy than a cooky! =)
(I made these thinking of you Uncle Clint- I'd have sent you some, but, they would not have mailed very well...)

This recipe came from Grandma (Martha Spain) I believe, but Mom and I both tweaked it... =)
So, I'll give you all the recipes with 3 generations of notes, and you can feel free to make it the way that seems right to you!

 Oh, and I found this Blog Post written by Joe Willson on the subject at hand to be interesting, sad and funny- you may like it too. =)

 No Cook Chocolate Cookies
(They will be a bit sticky, I guess from leaving out some sugar- I had to scrape them up with a metal brownie spatula- Like this ONE.)  Grandma's recipe is below- just click on it, it should get bigger.

Mix in a medium size bowl, and set aside:
1 cup EACH: Organic Quick Oats, Sprouted Oat O’s, Organic Coconut (Shredded, Unsweetened)
1/3 -1/2 cup chopped Organic Pecans
(next time, I'll try broken organic spelt pretzels in place of the oat o's, and use more pecans and less coconut)

Mix the following in a pot:
1 cup Organic Sugar
1/4 tea. Stevia powder
a pinch of Salt (I think that I'd up it next time)
1/2 cup Organic Cocoa powder
1/2 cup Milk
1 stick Butter

~Boil 1 minute- DO NOT STIR.  ~Remove from heat, and add:
1-2 Tablespoons of Organic Peanut butter
1 tea. Organic Vanilla Extract

Stir well, and pour over the dry ingredients, stir thoroughly.
(Optional: stir in a handful of Mini Chocolate Chips- hopefully they won't melt right away)

Drop onto waxed or parchment paper covered baking sheets, and refrigerate or freeze.  They will be a bit sticky, I guess from leaving out some sugar- I had to scrape them up with a metal brownie spatula- like this ONE.

~Happy eating!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

DIY: Mei Tai baby carrier

Summer sewing: 

I sewed my own Mei Tai baby carrier.

I figured that I should own my own-- you know, so I can be a better baby sitter! =D  

I got the plans from Suzanne over at "Beau Baby" ...the grey twill was free, I don't remember who gave it to us- thank you whoever you are!

(Thank you Trinity, for being my little model.)

 Changes made:

~I added 2" to the length of the body panel- but I guess that I did not really need to do that.

~Sewed it inside out so it would be reversible (kind of like the tutorial HERE).  But I attached the body to the waist, and the waist ties to the waist band like you would assemble a there are no raw edges, and it is completely reversible.

~I did not stuff the shoulder straps, and I don't think that I'd like them stuffed- wouldn't it be hot???

~ I widened the shoulder straps 1", but next time would widen them 2"-4"

~For the waist band padding, I used 4 layers of fleece- 4"x30"

Whatever Wednesday: Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

“I wished a companion to lie near me in the starlight, silent and not moving, but ever within touch. For there is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.”  

 “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”

 “There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.”

“Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese--toasted mostly.”

“It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.” 

 “To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

 “Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.” 

 "To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying 'Amen' to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive."

 “The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain common work as it comes certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life.”

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Blessing #15

"God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, 
unless He has a specific plan by which 
great blessing can come out of the difficulty." 
~Peter Marshall

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Whatever Wednesday: Dead Car

Sometimes...well, a lot of times Mom complains that I don't finish a job, or simply don't do it well.  It is true- a lot of times it is true. 

BUT sometimes, I go all the way, and do it right.  Like draining the car battery. 


I drove myself over to Rachel's house for lunch last Tuesday- that was fun, but I had trouble getting the key out of the ignition at her house, and here at home after, but managed. 

I did not know anything was wrong till Mom and I loaded up the car last Friday afternoon (it felt like 104 that afternoon) to go to town to pick up our raw milk, and run around a bit- Mom said that the key was taken out in the wrong place, and could not get her key in. 

I got my key in, only to find that the car was dead- all the way dead.  

...Sigh again.... 

I called the Hale family and Mr. Hale came over and had a very hard time jumping it- he finally went and got a charger, and, after a charging a long time, it now seems to be good as new!  =)
(In the mean time, he lent us his car so we got to the milk pick up.)

Thank you, Mr. Hale!

~I think that I learned my lesson- be sure that the key ins in the "lock" position before taking it out. =)   Did you learn anything?~

Question: Why would anyone design a ignition switch so you could accidentally drain your battery???

Monday, July 24, 2017

Musical Monday: Vikki Carr - "It Must Be Him"

 Do you ever feel this way?

That an e-mail, text or call just must be from a certain friend (current or long lost) or a relative?
 I confess, I sometimes (not very often) feel this way.

Or is it a way of life- a childish way of thinking?  Feeling that things just must be our way?  Not trusting God, wanting things to go or be a certain way?  Think about the Israelites begging for a King.   (1 Samuel 8)
I confess, I sometimes (very often) feel this way.

I'd really like to know why.

Some fun trivia:
"It Must Be Him" is a popular song originally with French lyrics (title: "Seul Sur Son Étoile").
New English lyrics (and a new English title) were written, and the song was published in 1967. The best-selling version of the song was recorded that year by Vikki Carr, which reached number three on the U.S. pop chart and spent three weeks at number one on the easy listening chart. The single peaked at number two in the United Kingdom, spent three weeks at number one in Australia and went to number thirteen in Ireland. Carr went on to record it in Spanish and Italian, as well.

(embedded below or listen to it HERE.)

"....That's when the phone rings, and once again I start to pray - Let it please be him, oh dear God It must be him , it must be him or I shall die, Or I shall die... Oh hello, hello my dear God It must be him but it's not him And then I die That's when I die..."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Food on Friday: Sausage, Ricotta, and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

 Mmm...My friend Selena shared this recipe with me, and I made it (with help from my Folks) for my dear friend Elizabeth's belated Birthday dinner!
Sausage, Ricotta, and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells get the recipe over HERE at CravingSomeCreativity.   Keep reading for my changes/tweaks!

~I had to use both a 9"x13" and a 8"x8" (but did not put any cheese on top of the little pan, because I ran out--we'll have to add it when we eat it).
~I added 1/2 a large sauteed onion to the sauce layer- so glad we did (cooked in burger drippings).
~I used 1 -24oz jar of Organic pasta sauce.
~The pasta we bought was a 12oz box, and it was plenty.  (I followed the cooking instructions on the box of Barilla pasta: Boil uncovered for 9 minutes- no testing needed.)
~We added 1/2 teaspoon Salt to the filling- so glad we did.
~We used HEB's mild Italian sausage, and added 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes- another time I'd put the flakes in the sauce, or use spicy sausage.  (We found that it is hard to find flavored sausage that does not contain MSG...)
~Another time I think that I'd half again or double the Spinach.
~The filling needs more Garlic & Salt- it just disappears. We'd also add Black Pepper & dry Parsley next time.
~I think that a little more Mozzarella, and a little less Ricotta would have been good.

What a crazy dish to make- I burnt my fingers and was very stressed, but it was worth it!!!

It was good~ we all had seconds, and cleaned our plates... =)