Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Best FB posts of 2018

 Children are so funny when they aren't yours!  (That goes for parents too!)  I hope you enjoy these funnies! (I changed the names of the innocent)

"When everyone wants to be held while I fix dinner."


"Pressure washed the garage. Come in to find Edward drew on every surface of the house with a dry erase marker. Couch and projector screen included. Every appliance. The walls the cabinets."


 "I told Taylor that we needed to give him a haircut today (he hates them and we've been putting it off), then went to get John a snack from the kitchen. I could not find him for 20 minutes!! Literally went in and out of every room three times. Finally decided to let him come out when he was ready and started another job...and lost John too. Finally found John, who had found Taylor, and was supplying him with rations of pretzels and goldfish."

What a doll!!

That look of horror when you see your favorite lamb hanging to dry...

 A picture is worth a thousand words...

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

"It is Well With My Soul"

When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, it is well with my soul

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Monday, December 31, 2018

Alone Yet Not Alone

 Footprints in the Sand (HERE)
 "....He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

 Alone Yet Not Alone
"I'm alone, yet not alone.
God's the light that will guide me home.
With His love and tenderness,
Leading through the wilderness,
And wherever I may roam,
I'm alone, yet not alone...."

Listen below or find it HERE:

Friday, December 28, 2018

How I feel today: Need You Now

Need You Now

"Well, everybody's got a story to tell
And everybody's got a wound to be healed
I want to believe there's beauty here
'Cause oh, I get so tired of holding on
I can't let go, I can't move on
I want to believe there's meaning here

How many times have you heard me cry out
"God please take this"?
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh I need you
God, I need you now......"

Listen below or HERE.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Peter's Cake

Peter's Cake. Just the way he "ordered" it: 
1) a lemon cake that
2) looks like a "stump" 
3) that's NOT frosted
4) with a 3 foot long gummy snake coiled on top! 

...I think that he liked it!    This was the first "fun/crazy" cake I've baked or helped bake in a LONG time- I really enjoyed the challenge.  I'd seen these and other gummy snakes EVERYWHERE, until I went to buy one. Then I could hardly find one.  (Visit HERE for a better photo of the cake, and for the details about the cake!)
~some of the components~

Lemon Curd "crumb coat"  (worked well!).

~making the marzipan mushrooms~

 Peter, Hannah & Jonathan came to the party- I sent them home with leftover cake.  =)

The 3' gummy snake came from HERE.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

For Sale: cotton child-size snowman half-apron!

 For Sale: cotton child-size snowman half-apron! $15 or make an offer.
(Body is aprox 18" at the hem, 12" at waist and 14" long. waist/tie length is 48")

Friday, December 14, 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Wishing you and yours a happy one~


Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Saturday, November 03, 2018

First Pecan Pie of the season!

Lovely weather today~ we went and picked 49lb of pecans at the Alford Family Farm in Emory!
We cracked almost enough for the pie- 7oz (1&3/4 cups) good pecans, 9oz trash/shells/very few bad pecans...not bad!  =)   The picking was easy too!

After a bit of thought, I realize that this was my very first time ever to bake a pecan pie.
(I made pecan tarts last year (recipe here), but this is my first actual pie!)

2 cups FRESH pecans lightly toasted @ 375, broken
5 Tablespoons BROWNED organic butter
3 large organic eggs (from our chickens) 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup organic sugar
225 ml (between 3/4 &1 cup) organic maple syrup
Bake 35-45 until "firm on edge, center set but quivery like jello when pan is nudged".

Thoughts: Should not have toasted the nuts*. It was too sweet.  But the maple flavor was good!

(Really brown butter----smelled SO good!)

~Mom's homemade pie crust recipe here~

*Grandma would say, toast the nuts going in the goo, and put raw nuts on top.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Nancy Leigh DeMoss & Robert Wolgemuth

 Listening to Nancy & Robert's story had me crying and laughing.  

Crying out of sympathy, empathy, joy and regret. (Regret that I have not lived in whole hearted contentment and trust in God's great plan for me: not that I ever felt called in the way Nancy was, but that I could and should be a better example than I have been so far in life.) 

Laughing out of sympathy, empathy and joy.  =)

Links to the YouTubes that I watched today:

Bobbie’s Story—Infused with His Grace (here)

Building a Marriage for God’s Glory (here)

Nancy & Robert’s Story (here)

The Wedding–A Picture of the Gospel (here)

A Conversation with Mr. & Mrs. Wolgemuth (here)

The Nancy Leigh DeMoss book I read 1&1/2 times so far: "Singled Out for Him" - I bought this little book at the first Single Women's Conference in Big Sandy, TX a few years ago- I don't necessarily agree with everything, but I like that the chapters are short, and it is an easy and yet challenging little book to read....

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Denim Skirt for Me

 Sandra Betzina, TV host and author, advises (on lapped zippers), “Ignore the instructions that came with your pattern. Most are so complicated, you’ll give up and switch to a lapped zipper insertion.”
Use Her instructions, HERE!!!

Want better darts???  Watch this video, HERE!        Want a song to sew by? Try: this one, HERE...

Label from "It's Mine Labels"
I LOVE vintage packaging, I love vintage Zephyr Talon zippers: 
Coats & Clark could learn a thing or two from them! 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Seasons Greetings...

...this morning I made my first cup of Fall tea!  (I know, I'm wearing short sleeves, but the weather was calling for tea!)