Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Whatever Wednesday: Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
Okay, so this was actually across the road from the Ranch.




Monday, July 25, 2016

Musical Monday: Hawaiian pop music

I found some fun music, but YouTube would not let me embed the player, so you'll have to trust me and click on the link.

It would be perfect for your next outdoor BBQ, or Hawaiian luau.
               Or for when you need some happy, but not wild music to wash dishes by... =)

 Please remember that I don't approve of Hawaii being a state/the way they became a state- you can read about it HERE.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer Saturday~ 1

Is this family not the cutest?  (Don't you love the fabric colors & prints!)


Friday, July 22, 2016

Food on Friday: Homemade Chocolate Cajeta Mom makes some of the best things to eat! 
This Chocolate Cajeta was made with raw milk from P & E farms, Frontier's organic cocoa powder, organic sugar & Equal Exchange dark chocolate chips...stir in LOTS of love, and cook forever.
Eat by the spoonful, on ice cream or bread.  Just do you eat Cajeta?  =)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Of No Pants 2016*: Post 3

 Dress number 3:
~ I used the retired Simplicity #8071
~ Can you guess where I got the fabric?  I've owned it for a few years now, could never quite get up the nerve to cut into it.  I'll give you a hint: at the time I bought it, you could not get fabric like it in the stores. It was not popular at all. 
~ The invisible zipper was the first one I sewed using the new invisible zipper foot that Dad gave me for my birthday- it was a lovely experience!  (I was going to use a vintage metal IZ, but it kept getting stuck in the foot, and so I tried not using the IZ foot, but I could not sew close enough to make it I gave away my whole vintage metal IZ collection. Sigh!)
~ I was very careful to match the pattern, but alas, quite inexplicably they did not match after all. =/
~ This dress just may go on my next trip!  =)

 I bought a small "baby" size bolt of fabric, so I shall have more of this fun cotton in my life for a few years.  I sure hope that it wears well!  =)   (Fun fact: the hem stitching (on the inside) is red!)

*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!  =)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Elizabeth's Birthday Party

Elizabeth's party theme was mostly Flamingos & Hawaiian shirts, but I just HAD to make these parrots!!! I saw a "preschool" (super easy) version of this craft on Pinterest (HERE), and thought: "Maybe I can make them fancier/better?!"

After LOTS of searching,  I was able to find FREE, editable Flamingo tags! ((HERE))   Such a fun find, and they were not hard to edit! Oh, and I had Staples print them- they looked SO good.  The Favors were dried fruit, and made up of 1/2 each: a pineapple ring & a kiwi slice, 1/2-1/3 a papaya spear, and a small handful of banana chips.  Not a lot, but a fun little take away treat! =)

Another thing I did with these tags was make labels for the food table.

The main fun thing that we did was have a Tropical Clothing Contest- that was a hit!
Our winners where: Cody, Elizabeth, Peter & Mary!  =)

Are not these Flamingo straws cute?!?!  I got them here.  
Note: I opened them up in advance- it was a good thing too, as it took a lot of time and patience!


Playing "Coffee Pot"

Dad, asking for the camera.

 Leo & Kelli

Deborah & Daniel

The Table.  Thanks to all you lovely friends for bringing all the wonderful food!
(I just LOVE the napkins I found (here)- they were perfect for our party!) 
We had Flamingo labels on the food, and Flamingo toothpicks too!

RECIPE for the Pina Colada Cheesecake bars can be found HERE!
Playing "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

The Birthday Girl!

Dad and I

Mom and I

Thank you all so much for coming, 
for helping Elizabeth celebrate, 
and for making my party a success!

 I may be sharing this post with: Share Your Cup Thursday!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sugar & Grain Free Mini Cheesecake (recipe too!)

I made these Sugar & Grain Free Mini Cheesecakes with Macaroon crust April 21, 2011.
Then I forgot to take their photo and  post about them!  =0

 Sugar & Grain Free Mini Cheesecake - serves 4

(You know what...just follow the mixing and assembly instructions for the filling found HERE,  but use my list of ingredients found below)

1 t. Gelatin
 1/4 t. Stevia Powder (the good kind with no fillers or additives)
1 T. Xylitol
1/2 c. Water

Then Add:
8-10 oz of Cream Cheese
1 good, fresh, organic Egg Yolk (from a source that you trust)
1/2 t. Orange extract
a dribble of Vanilla extract
2 canned Pineapple Rings  (cut into bits and stirred in, or however you like)

You know what...just follow the mixing and assembly instructions for the filling found HERE .

Macaroon Crust:    Pre-heat the oven to 350

 Mix in a little bowl:
3/4 c. Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened)
1/4 c. Almond meal or flour
1/2 a "Smidgen" size spoon (here)  Stevia Powder (the good kind with no fillers or additives)
a tiny bit of Popcorn Salt

With mixer on high, whip into soft peaks:
1 Egg white

Then carefully fold all remaining crust ingredients into the egg white.  Divide the Macaroon mixture into 4 greased oven proof little custard cups, carefully spreading it evenly over the bottom and sides.

Place the crusts in your Pre-heated oven (350), and bake uncovered for 6 minutes and then cover and bake 4 minutes more (10 total).

After the cups cool, divide the filling between them, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve!

Happy Eating!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Summer Of No Pants 2016*: Post 2

This Summer, I need some town/work/house that's what a lot of my sewing will be =)

 ~My go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071 is my FAVORITE pattern. It's easy, and it has no darts or seams in the bodice!  =)
~I fully lined the bodice- the fabric is so thin and cool- it's not too warm.
~The fabric came from our friend Gay, and the Zipper from the Teague/Gann collection! =)  Thanks again ladies for giving them to me!

Yes, I love this dress- the fabric is light and pretty, and the pattern does not rub.   I wonder how/where I could get more light, woven cottons...????

*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.)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Of No Pants 2016*: Post 1

My "Golf  Shorts" dress....If I was ModCloth, I may have called it "Tee Time" dress.

~I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071
~The fabric is a seersucker from the Teague/Gann (sp?) collection

~I did not lengthen the bodice because I was adding the waistband. (I wish that had)
 ~I should have lengthened the bodice front, and placed the waistband on top (So that I would not make a mistake in the length...I would save time by not having to seam-rip & re-sew!).
 ~ I think that I should have just lengthened the bodice back, instead of cutting the back waistband...juggling 3 bodice pieces instead of 4 would have been nice.

~But I did add 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 I pinched out 2 more pleats, so...4 pleats total in the front of the bodice. =)
~The zipper is a regular zipper, set in the side (so I would not have to match the plaid).

Smooth front:

 Elastic in the back:

Cute necklace Mom & Dad gave me:

*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, May 20, 2016

Happy Eliza Doolittle Day, 2016!!!

 Remember to have fun today!   ...hang out with friends, eat chocolate, drink tea, dance, listen to/sing along to fun music...
I found out that this post makes the ninth EDD post on the this blog---and to think-- I was celebrating it before I started posting about it!  =)

2 of my favorite songs:

"I Could Have Danced All Night" 

If you are looking for a quick & easy Chocolate recipe, try this one: HERE


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Grandaddy in Nevada

Do you ever see things that you would not normally like, but they make you remember someone...  ...So on some level you like something really odd, like the postcard below:

This postcard reminds me of my Mom's of the things that he used to say was "The whole famdamily".   I guess that he thought that it sounded nicer that way?  I don't know about that, but as a child (and now) it is fun to say (in my head or to myself), and it tickles your mouth somehow, when you say it. =)

Dwayne Eugene “Doc” Cottom 
 May 12, 1939 ~ October 22, 2013. 
Grandan Gene, Matt, Grandma Marge & Joshua, Me & Mom, Grandaddy and Clint (Summer 1986)

Usually known to his Grandchildren as "Grandaddy in Nevada"
and sometimes "G-dad"....

~Grandaddy in Nevada left some pretty nice people~

His wife Mary, they had 25ish years together.
Mary & Benjamin (Summer 1992)

3 Children:  Debbie & Pleas McKee, Matt & Debbra Cottom, and Clint Cottom

6 Grandchildren:  Joshua & Anna McKee,  Adrienne McKee,  Benjamin & Jalinda McKee, Cameron Carstenbrook, Megan Cottom, and Matthew Cottom 

3 Great-grandchildren:  Garrett, Damond & Simon

Grandan Gene (my great-grandfather), Grandaddy, Cameron, Uncle Matt & Uncle Clint

Donna & Cameron Carstenbrook, and Uncle Matt

Summer 1986- Uncle Clint & I and Joshua & Grandaddy at Circus Circus in Reno, NV 

This was normal~ open the door, stand there,
and holler & yell~ until everyone came running!

Grandaddy & I weren't really the best of friends...  =) (Summer 1986)

Grandaddy trying to play with Benjamin in 1992

Grandaddy & Cameron Carstenbrook