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.)

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!