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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Things I Treasured Up - all in one day!

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The three treasures I hold are...make that four.

Well, let me tell you about them...

Treasure #1.
Caleb: Mom, I have a really bad headache.
(we just picked him up from his morning at school, and were on our way home.)
Me:  Caleb, maybe it's that you're hungry.  You know?  Sometimes our tummy's have a way of talking to us - letting us know it's hungry and that is why we get headaches. You just might need to eat something. We're almost home...
Caleb:  But MO-o-om.  I didn't have time to talk with my tummy... I had school to do.

I don't know how many times this week - he has mentioned to me that his favorite thing to do is to stay at home and play with his sisters.  Well, guess what!  Today he's staying home.

That headache yesterday proved to put him on the couch, most of yesterday afternoon, and now he's down and out with a major head cold; coughing, runny nose, body aches and earache.  Again!

It' s 8:15 AM!  The kid is still sawing logs... I'm letting him.

The bus can go on by...which, it will!  In a mere 10 minutes...

Poor guy.
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Treasure #2.

This little gal of mine... Miss Aubrey...is something else.

Guess what we're doing today?  Besides, her favorite thing to do... which is to help me make homemade bread.

We're tacking the cleaning of this, our main Refrigerator, today.  Inside and Out.  Because SOMEBODY decided to mess with the controls...

((Me: clearing of the "froat"...as Aubrey would call it.  I caught her in several other instances here of late, such as playing with the thermostat and... that wow!  if this doesn't keep me on my toes?  what does?))

So, yeah.  We're doing that today.  Hey, it REALLY needed to be done anyway.  I'm just so glad we discovered this, last evening, and not this morning or later.  Not to mention it was discovered just as our meal was on the table, ready to be served. I have no idea how long ago the controls were turned off.  But, thank the good Lord, we have two refrigerator's and could easily keep things cold in the other "working"one... but the freezer stuff was pretty much all thawed out.  (That's how I discovered it). Grrr...

A day or two ago... I could have put it all outside and it would have kept great.  eh? ;)

It was her way of admitting to it and apologizing... that I didn't get too cross.  Like I said, the job needed to be done anyway.
This morning.  I looked her in the eyes and sighed... and she's says, "What?".  I asked her, "What am I going to do with you?" - she replied, "feed me".

With what?

She laughed.

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Treasure #3.

Here of late, for whatever reason, it seems that Jayne has been putting us through a ritual of settling down for the night.  Not every time.  Usually, she "begs" to go down the same time as the others and yet this includes - crying to insure that she will get her "hugs and kisses" in before she goes off to sleep.

Yesterday - she never got a nap in.  Grumpy Baby Bear.  And actually, she pulled an Aubrey trick by falling asleep at the table.  Aubrey would do that constantly, and still will.  Jayne doesn't do that.  Last evening she did.  I held her - then - while eating and kicked myself for not going with my gut-feeling of giving her, her bath earlier.

She soon woke up and the evening continued on. Baths were given out and the kids off to bed.  Only Jayne would not settle.

This was the moment of truth. 

My baby is growing up.  Fast.

I took her over to our room to the rocking chair.  Again, this is not normal.  The days of holding and rocking my babies have long passed...I guess.

She could not get comfortable.  Or, at least, she felt like she was uncomfortable to me as I held her.  Her feet dangling over the edge of the one armrest, her head bumping the other side, just off of my upper arm.

Soon it was her wrestling around to try and nestle her head on my shoulder - her legs and feet awkwardly trying to "fit somewhere"... it wasn't happening.

My baby! 

It hit me, this was the last...she, is my last.

We sang - Jesus loves me! her favorite, and others... and she is trying to sing along... in her babyenese.

Cute!

I told her it was time for her to go back to her little bed; it was nighttime.  She willingly went...

Hugs and kisses all over again.  I covered her up and she grunted her little words of "gunt-gunt"... which I interpret to mean.

"Good -Night!"

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But my favorite thing, of the whole evening, was when my hubby came downstairs (during his studies), after everyone finally settled, to find me in the kitchen; there he took me in his arms, no words, and held me, for a long, long time...
He knew I needed that, and...

Now... that!  I treasure.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

in the midst

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Peace. 
 It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. 
~ unknown
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Just a prayer for my heart today...and yours.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Urge to Purge

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** Random Photo.  I just like it - that is why I share it with you today.

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I woke up this morning with FIVE bags on my mind.

Not, Bags by Bevy!  Believe it or not.

But five regular, plastic grocery bags.  

Why Five?  

I have no idea... just a number.  In fact, if they get too full - it might turn into FIVE Garbage bags. ;)

MY GOAL today is to fill those bags.   
I've been on this urge to purge for a little while now.
(I bet that post title threw you for a loop, didn't it?)

THROW.  SAVE. GIVEAWAY.


Clothing closets.
Books.
Toys.
Random Stuff.

So - see ya later!  
Do you think it can be done?

Maybe you'll be inspired to join me.  ;)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Into our Hearts and Home

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A house is made of walls and beams;

A home is built of love and dreams. 

~unknown


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Grateful for friends who willingly walk through our front door, into our home and who listen to our hearts.

 ...and who bring along fixin's for served-up-right Banana Splits!  With a cherry or three on top!
There were three on there...I saw it!

Happy Monday, to all!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Make it Yourself :: tater skins

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These are frozen potato skins.  Just in case you couldn't tell... (grin!)

Yeah, I didn't know what to talk about today - so I thought I'd pull something out of the freezer!  Actually, out of the archives is more like it.  Because, like I said I wasn't sure what to write about today and I remembered I was going to post this like, last year (almost to the day!)... and that never happened.  Oh well.

We're not a HUGE Super Bowl family around here. If anything, it's fun to get together for the food.  Amen?  But, a little football is fun   Especially when watching the Washington Redskins play and anyone else who plays against Dallas... oops! Did I just say that?  That is my husband's line.  And especially now that our son is starting to take a little bit more of a keen interest - sitting alongside of Dad - learning about each play by play of the game..

Anyway.  I guess you can tell who we're Fans or NOT fans of... but that's another subject.

I know one thing.  I'm a fan of...
Tater Skins.

Having these things on hand is really fun.  

I will buy up a bag of Russet Potatoes.  Bake them.  Scoop out the pulp and use that to make a Baked Potato Soup or say maybe a potato casserole of sorts... and flash freeze the skins by laying them out on a cookie sheet.  Freeze them solid and stack into a large Ziploc - until I need a couple here or there.

I will either brush melted butter or egg white - depending on my mood. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper, per taste.

By the way, there is no need to thaw before baking.

And then sprinkle with shredded cheddar, crumbled -up fried bacon and/or chives.

Bake at 375* for - I don't know - maybe up to 8-10 minutes.  Till they look and smell right. :)  (that's how I fly in the kitchen...)

Serve up with Sour Cream.

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Do you have a Super Bowl Party planned and do you like to dish it up good?  What are some of your favs to bring to the table?


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Daybook in January- 2013

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window...
The sun is shining- in and out - but oh, is it ever "chilly- willy" out there...Aah! and if there aren't even a few snowflakes or two.  Fun!

I am thinking...
That I'm hungry.  I really should be thinking about lunch and getting that together for everyone...

I am thankful...
for a warm house...

In the kitchen...
there is a clean swept up kitchen floor and after lunch, there will be dishes to do...

I am wearing...
a long jean skirt and my favorite orange, three-quarter length sleeved knit shirt...
Have I told you that I'm to wear 20-30mg Compression Stockings... leading up to an upcoming surgery, I'm to be having come March?  I found these great socks (a line for men) that are thick and dressy looking while having this compression built into them.  They look fine... they're men's because that way they are longer for me due to the size I need for my calves.  (okay, I hope that wasn't too much information...but anyway.)

I am creating...
((oh, wait till you see this...))
I promise. I have a post coming up, soon, that is a DIY project and I'm so excited.

I am going...
to my sister's place, later this afternoon.  My nephew, is having a birthday later this week and the cousins always enjoy getting together...

I am wondering...
What do you get a soon-to-be 7 year old boy, for his birthday?

I am reading...
Finally!  I picked up the book - "The Mission Of Motherhood", by Sally Clarkson.  I've been wanting to read this book for sometime now and so now I am.  It's been interesting...

I am hoping...
that all this cold weather we've been having, here of late, will create some ice out there on those little ole ponds.  I've been wanting to take the children out to "experience" ice skating.  I'm hoping I can find skates that they'll fit into to, if not, they'll start with just their boots...

I am looking forward to...
spending the evening with family.  A pizza party, with birthday cake!

I am learning...
This about myself:
 
sounds like me! 
(via HERE
 
I am pondering...
this whole Mothering thing.  Some of you are going to get this.
Why is it some days are so crazy. Upside down. Nothing gets done.  Everything gets done - wrong!  You want to, have to start over - but how? and where?  And other days, without asking... it's all one big BLISS.
Smiles and Joy.
Everyone is...
 Kind. Loving. Tender. Patient

Around the house...
In cleaning out some closets the other day ... I was able to haul some several bags of clothing off to local Five & Dime (as my hubby likes to call it - I call it a Thrift Store), this morning.

A favorite quote for today..."Home is not where you live, but where they understand you." ~ Christian Morgenstern

One of my favorite things...

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Candy with a Cup of Coffee.
And, how many C's did you see in that sentence?  Hopefully you answered 7.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
A friend is coming by to pick up the two bags she requested from me.
I have a follow-up dentist appointment - finishing up a recent root canal that I had done.
If I would wrote this up last night I would have had more plans to write here, but as of this morning... those plans have changed.

A peek into my day...




By the way.  This post took all day to write...done in bits and pieces.  AND - now it's time to leave, and get this party started.

Joining up with Peggy, from The Simple Woman's Daybook.  You can too!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mission Kindness - Just because...it's golden.

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Not long ago, I was reading in one of my favorite go-to books on hospitality.  I'm not sure why, but this idea and suggestion had never caught my attention before.

It did this time.

This idea of "mission kindness" The book suggested pulling out your pocket calendar and penciling in a day to be intentional; acting out and implementing acts of kindness'... getting your children involved...and just to keep it simple.  But doing "something" to be thoughtful and to make someone's day.  Besides, having good intentions but then never doing anything about it - is simply a recipe of "bad taste" and a not-so-good example... especially if you have little ones looking up to you.

Maybe it's with just a loaf of fresh home baked bread.  A juicy watermelon.  A tall Iced Coffee!  And when they ask Why?  You just answer... "just because".

I want to tell you something that makes me happy.  Aubrey (my four year old) and I have only started doing this recently and so there has not been a whole lot of experience under our belt, as of yet. But, I've been baking this certain kind of bread and keeping one loaf for ourselves and giving the other away.  She loves to help...

It's fun watching the unsuspecting receive this gift... as they are handed a warm loaf of homemade bread.

Here is the recipe.  I recently discovered this one from a friend of mine - via blogging - Faye Henry.  Faye blogs at The Blessed Hearth I find her to be one of my absolute favorites... you've got to go meet her.
Tell her I say "hello!" and that I sent you...".

And now, so is this recipe.  And this has quickly become one of my favorites, as well.  I told my daughter, "I think making this bread is like the easiest thing I've done all day."  It's the truth...

NO KNEAD ROSEMARY BREAD
(the rosemary is optional)

2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
2 c. warm water
1 T. sugar
2 tsp. salt
4 c. flour
2 tsp. chopped rosemary
olive oil..
Just put the water and sugar in your mixing bowl and stir well ..
Add the yeast and stir again..
Add two cups of flour and stir well.. Then add the other 2 cups of flour and salt and mix well with a wood spoon..
Cover with a damp tea towel and rise for an hour or until doubled..
Then with oiled hands divide dough into two parts or (make just one bread pan size) and form into buns ... 
Sprinkle top with sea salt and chopped rosemary.(opt)
**UPDATED to add:  Let bread rise a second time.
Bake in an 375 degree oven for 30 - 35 minutes 
Just to let you know that I usually turn this into just one loaf and put it in a good size sprayed bread pan or in a pie pan..

And leave out the rosemary and salt as hubby likes it plain..
You can substitute the flour with part wholewheat or 12 grain if desired.
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As you can see.  I didn't do the rosemary.  I topped mine with Oats, instead..

Very yummy!

Another Update:   The last time I made this... I tried using 3 cups of Bread Flour, and one cup of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  I also switched out the sugar with a Tablespoon of Honey.

Delicious variation, in my opinion.
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So, this Mission Kindness thing... is not a mission impossible.  It is something that all can do.

I've been reading to the kids at night a Bible Devotional.  This week were camping out at a lesson taken from the verse in Matthew 7.  Verse 12.

It is the Golden Rule.

"Do unto others what you would have them do to you."

Mission Kindness just so happens to go along with this verse and it goes far beyond any giving of bread...
Trust me.  As a Mom, even I'm still learning this one...

Monday, January 21, 2013

May you and I...

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Busy Monday here...
** laundry **
** bread baking **
** tween-sitting **
** cleaning up broken glass  ;( **
** dishes **
** sweeping floors **
** fielding all the "Mother-may-I's" **
** sorting through kids clothing, cleaning out a closet **
** hopes of sewing ;) **
** dinner plans... of Pork Chops, Spinach and Stove-Top Dressing, w/fresh bread on the side **
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Blessings on your day!!

May you and I be filled to the fullness of the measure...

Friday, January 18, 2013

{this moment} :: it's Jayne's turn to learn...

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  ~ Soulemama



And, learn she did!

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Happy Weekend to all... with just a  little ole bounce in your step!


PS: Sorry about the red eyes, in the photos - they wouldn't reduct...;)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Special Orders, on Reserve - The latest from Bags by Bevy!

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Here is what I've been to lately... in the sewing department.  These are all on RESERVE.  Not for Sale!

:: SWEET MOUNTAIN RAIN ::
{Medium Tote, clutch handles}
On Reserve for Gladys M.

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The next two bags are on RESERVE for Donna H.

:: Bejeweled ::
{Small Tote, clutch handles}


:: Bedazzled ::
{Small Tote, clutch handles}

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"God has put something noble and good into every heart which his hand created." ~  Mark Twain

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Family Circle

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Here of late, at lunch time, while "trying" to say our noon mealtime prayer and while Daddy's at work... it often seems to end in this little tiff between my two older children (ages 4 & 5) because they just can't seem to "reach" each others hand to pray.
By the end of the so-called prayer, one of them is either lying up on the table; stretching, trying to reach across the table, crying by now... or what have you.

This photo was taken on a good day.
 

By the way. In case you've wondered, when we pray, as a family, we usually always hold each others hand,to complete the circle.  So, this is what they're used to and expect I guess.

Well.  I've had enough of it.  So one afternoon, I told the children, "Look, rather than make a big fuss each time - during our lunch hour  - we can just fold our hands in front of us, etc. and we can still pray - peacefully and reverently."

Of course, that evening, at dinner time, when my husband came home from his hard day at work... and as a family we once more sat down to our meal; we bowed our heads and "circled up" and there was no fussing.  We all could reach...

The meal prayer ended.

And the clamor for dinner plates to be filled... began.

I asked them all to stop and said, "Wait, children, let's all take each others hand again... I want to show you something."


"Do you see this?  Look!  We can all reach and make a complete circle because Daddy's here.  There are no missing persons around this table. This is why it works at dinnertime and not at lunch. Having Daddy home, with us, is a BIG BLESSING and something we can  truly to be grateful for.  When someone is missing from their place at the table - there is a hole.  It can be a problem
 And we sure know and understand what its like to have someone missing... especially during lunch.
Scott looked at me and winked.


We are a Family Circle that Lord Willing will never be broken."
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"A family that prays together stays together." ~ Al  Scalpone


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

{Cornbread} ... the rest of the story!

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Yesterday, I told you that I had an interesting story (or funny, to me!) about this cornbread.  Here it is. 

Mitzi, this one's for you...


Whenever we would go to our friends house for a meal and Rachelle (dear friend from Church) would serve her cornbread - which was often and we didn't mind one bit - (In fact, we would "hope and pray" that she would make this cornbread - because it was so good) my husband would always say to me..."babe, you've got to get this recipe".

(( if you need another look at the recipe - it is HERE!))

Now.  I make a good cornbread.  So I thought, and I still like mine, sometimes.  The recipe, I use(d)... it came off the back of the bag.  But Scott was right.  There was something about Rachelle's cornbread that was VERY different from mine.  Her's was a VERY moist & sweet and all around delish sort of bread!
You see,  I normally would use a Coarse Yellow Cornmeal (Unroasted).  And with the recipe she gave me... I tried and tried.  We ate cornbread at every turn -so it seemed.  But.  No use.  This was NOT like Rachelle's.

So.  One day. Rachelle sent home a container of the kind of cornmeal that she uses - roughly one cup.  We thought maybe this was the "deal".  She prefers a White Cornmeal.  And true, that made it seem a bit more like hers but still something was not "right".


I told her about it the next time we saw each other - that for some reason it still is just not turning out like her Cornbread does.  She asked me if I would like more of her cornmeal, which this was Rachelle's first clue (I didn't know this at the time but it got her to thinking), when I said "no! I still have some cornmeal in the container you gave - I'll just add from my own to make a full cup measure".

Ah ha~ the light bulb moment had come.  The next week at Church, Rachelle comes up to me with a smirk on her face and hands me a container with more cornmeal and a measuring spoon.  She asked me to try her spoon when I measured out my Baking Powder, the next I made it.  She has an idea... of just what might be going on.

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Well.  We were having guests this particular Sunday dinner.  I decided to make Cornbread, to go with our meal.  (I know what your thinking, Geez!  these people sure do eat a lot of cornbread...)  But this time, just for fun,  and I had been telling this other friend about the weirdness of this story, of what I knew so far, we decided to see what we going on.  The recipe that Rachelle originally gave me called for 5 tsp. of Baking Powder.  

We quickly figured out her spoon did not measure a teaspoon.  IT MEASURED one and half teaspoons.  Even though printed on the spoon itself it read 1 tsp.  Rachelle said she thought about this before with other recipes...things wouldn't turn out for her, and she wondered if her measuring cups (remember the cornmeal?) and measuring spoons weren't off.  But she never was able to fully know as these are the only ones she owns. 

We figured out that it would take 7 1/2 tsp. (using my spoons) to make this cornbread turn out.   And turn out, it did. 

Hallelujah!

This time - not only was the bread VERY moist, sweet and all kinds of delish!  it was also nice and high and fluffy and not one bit dry or crumbly. 

I still use my Coarse Yellow Cornmeal... and my hubby is a happy man!  A VERY happy man.

For me, this was a fun discovery.

Speaking of discovery.  Here is another.

One of my most favorite ways to eat leftover Cornbread... particularly for breakfast, with my cup of coffee is this.  Warm it up nice and good in the microwave, with butter melting all into it.  Drizzle it with honey and sprinkle generously with cinnamon.  Eat with a fork...

:)

You have to.  It's just that good.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cheeseburger Soup and Cornbread

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Good Morning, to you... it's another grey and foggy, and quite a bit of soggy sort of day around here.  It's all good.  I love these kinds of days...  

Feel's kind of like a soup and cornbread day - don'tcha think? 

So, here you go.

Today's Special.  Two recipes for the price of one. ;)  Fair enough?

Actually, I made this the other evening.  And recently, I acquired a new blog reader here at Treasured Up and Pondered who has been asking about this recipe.  So, Connie, this one is for you. (smile!)

Cheeseburger Soup

1/2 lb. ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup grated carrots
3/4 cup diced celery
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
4 T. butter, divided
3 cups. chicken broth/stock
4 cups. diced, peeled potatoes
1/4 cup. flour
8 oz. (2 cups) American Cheese cubed (or, mix of shredded Cheddar, Colby and American)**
1 1/2 cup milk
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4- 1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

In a  3-qt saucepan, brown beef, drain and set aside.  In the same saucepan, saute onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 Tablespoon of the butter until vegetables are tender; about 10 minutes.  Add broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter and add flour.  Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly.  Add to soup; bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to low.  Add cheese, milk nad salt and pepper;, cook and stir until cheese melts.  Remove from the heat and blend in sour cream.  Yield: 8 servings (2 1/4 quarts)

** I sometimes will use 8 oz. of cubed Cream Cheese.
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Cornbread

1/2 cup butter - very soft (can be melted)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup cornmeal
7 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder (yes! you read that right.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups milk

Put all ingredients into a batter bowl and mix with a hand mixer.  Pour into a greased 8 x 11 (or 9x13) glass baking pan (yes, glass works best).  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

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This Cornbread recipe comes from a dear friend of mine. I have a funny story ( I think it's funny - at least, it's interesting!) to share with you about this here recipe.  I'll save it for another day, though.


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I want to know about something that made you "pause and ponder" over the weekend.  Anything?

This one got me.  Consider it food for thought.

"Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom." 
~ Michel de Montaigne

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday's Find :: Needled Notion

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Can you believe in all of my sewing years I have never had a pin cushion... to call my own?  That is, until this one came my way.

 ~Friday's Finds~ 
{Welcome to Friday's Finds! For those of you who are new to this blog and/or just poppin' in - Hello! and welcome. On Friday's I like try to feature "a find" of no particular value or sentiment, no reason or rhyme and yet, exactly for all of those reasons I just mentioned.}
  
 
I happen to have a sweet little ole mother-in-law, who just so happened to have an extra pin cushion lying around.
A pin cushion given over with a warning: "Watch out for a few needles still stuck inside - I can feel `em!"

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She was right!

Here is my Friday's Find!

 Now.  The first photo was taken back in August of 2010.  At the time that is what Susie-Mom said to me... when she handed over the pin cushion.

Yesterday.  I was upstairs sewing.  And - over the course of time, while using this vintage blessing, I know I have used it pretty hard.  Meaning needles and pins are certainly in and out of it.   A lot!
I also have a four year old daughter who likes to "play" - ahem, excuse me!... she is learning - in my sewing room.
But yesterday, I went for  my one particular needle when I discovered  it was gone ... along with a few others that I KNOW I have recently stuck in there.  Uhmm.  "Interesting... ", I thought to myself.

One thing I thought I had "learned", over time, is to try and keep a small piece of thread through the eye of the needle so that it won't go "swimming in sawdust". Which I did... You see the one with the white thread attached?  Yeah.

Well, this gave me a chuckle yesterday afternoon... I thought to myself, " there is nothing like this vintage tomato pin cushion notion getting all needled for no apparent reason".

Till it was all said and done.  I think I pulled 18-20 needles out of this pin cushion.  One of them being an actual sewing machine needle.  Great!  I needed one of those...

Either I didn't fully follow through on my own "observation", with the thread idea (which is possible), or my MIL lost some really good needles over time.  I mean there were some really good ones in there.  And, I wouldn't be surprised one bit, as there are probably a few more still in there ...

I wonder how many stitches each one has made?

Happy ~sewing~ Weekend, to all.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Something Old and Something New

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I enjoy flowers as much when they get old and dried out as when they were fresh.  I don't know - I just look at those flowers, and in my mind, I still see the beauty they once had.  I never throw any of them away. 
~ as quoted by, VAN CLIBURN, Born 1934

 
 This can also be said for quilts.  ~ The Quiltie Ladies, The Quiltie Ladies Garden Journal

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Doesn't this inspire you to pull out something old (such as random fabric scraps and such) and create something new?  It does me...

It's a brand new year.  Look out!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hat Maker

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Who knew I could turn Hat Maker for a chance to step back in time?  Lol!
I really did have some fun with this one.. back before Christmas.
The group above came together to act as an Mid-18th Century Caroling Group.
We called ourselves...

"Ye Olde Merry Carolers".


In the beginning, talks happened of what we would wear as our garb and costume.  One of the ladies, in the group, had a vision of Top Hats and Scarves and such... and that we would stand under an actual Lamp Post, etc., etc.

I kind of had the same idea and so it was born.
With a bit of "nerves" rolling in and the pressure to do a job as authentic as possible without spending a fortune... the challenge was on!   A lot of felt, and creativity. ;)

Actually, I used my son's green and white striped Cat in the Hat, hat for my inspiration.


I did enlist the help of my hubby to draw a near perfect circle so that I could have a decent template to work with.  We didn't have one of those compass thingies and so he used two pencils, my flexible measuring tape and his steady arm to draw it for me. 
(Smile!)

 
 I mentioned the challenge.  Part of this challenge was doing online research in finding ideas of hats, poke bonnets and or shawls with which the caroling ladies of the day might have worn.

I did a lot of research.

Using what fabrics I had around, or borrowing a couple of already made hats and adding feathers and lots of ribbons made the increasing challenge all that more fun.  When they say that nothing sticks to a tin pie plate, they're right!  I could not get glue to stick to this thing.  I thought to use a pie plate for a base for one of the hats - to keep it's shape... and so that it would mold a bit to the head.  Eventually, I had to change my idea - partially - and only add glue to keep the fabric in tact, just to the far edge of the pie plate where there is all those little ridges (if you can picture what a disposable tin pie plate looks like).

Here you can see the top side of this one hat. I  added a stretchy hair band with flower clips (bought from HERE, a friend of mine from Church, who has her own etsy shop) and added a few Peacock Feathers, from another friend.

To take pictures during the concert was difficult for Scott.  The lighting was really, really low.  He had the little ones and so I took this one picture out of all of his attempts, and lightened it up a bit, to try and show you "the Carolers" in action.  Not the best photo... sorry.


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The end of the evening... Finale.


Almost.

I wish I had photos of the whole evening.  There was a chance for a family photo at the end of the concert, during the Fabulous Dessert Reception that followed.

That is when that first photo was taken. ;)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Farm Show with Friemily!!

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If you wondered where I was - yesterday.  Our family spent the day at our version of what one might call the State Fair.  We were at the Pennsylvania Farm Show... in Harrisburg, PA.

With Friemily.









We could not have asked for a better day.  This was certainly a memorable day...

With our dear friends.  Also now considered our Friemily. 


Friemily:  fri-em-i-ly, noun
1. friends who you wish were or are, close like  family
2. one or more adults or children, who act like family, but aren't
3. a group of friends and a group of family, attached to another by affection
(definition, used by permission, from my friend Christine, who blogs at Vista Woman.)

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By the way.  The photos selected here are only a few... of the many taken.  I chose only a few of my faves, the ones that were the most clear and some of the photos that I wanted to include got lost in the editing... don't ask.
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