Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday's Finds :: Another Use {and we have a winner!}

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Good Morning!
Welcome to the day after Thanksgiving.  Welcome to Friday's Finds.


What a wonderful day - was had by all - in our family.
It was very nice to be together, once again.  And, of course, a delicious Thanksgiving Meal.
We have yet another on Saturday. ;)
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I have a couple of (random) things I want to show you here today..

First.  It's been discovered... Another Use... for a few clothespins.  
Oh, Aubrey!! My creative one..


This was her doing.  Happy Friday's Finds..
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Secondly - I instructed Caleb, the other day, to take a few "professional photos" of the Tea Party going on, in the kitchen ... when later I discovered his "selfie"...thumbing through the photos.

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Lastly...
A few items out of the sewing department.  Can we say BagsbyBevy busy??

 :: Autumn's Frost ::
Medium Tote
SOLD! to Rachel A.

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 Two pairs of Homespun Baby! Shoes - a boy and girl pair, respectively.   Both as gifts..

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As well!  I wanted to show a few photos of the kids and Grandma from yesterday!


These photos are not the best but talk about random and too funny...even the attempt at a family Christmas Photo - was well... not the best!


However, the dusting of snow was pretty!!  Again... a day was made full of food, conversations (great conversation!), games and so much more.

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The winner of the Mugs & Muffins GIVEAWAY is:  Melanie

Congratulations - friend!
I'll get this mailed out to you - as soon as I am able.

Have a blessed weekend!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

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If you're not thankful for what you have,
You won't be thankful for what you get.
~ unknown
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Thank you, girls, for sharing!!
Aubrey's handiwork.  Get it?

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Here is my five!!
1. My family. Each one is unique, special and beautiful.
2. The ups and downs of the every day. If I never was down I'd have no reason to look up!
3. That I can cook & bake. I'm not bragging, I'm just saying it because I love that I can bless this way! especially when I hear every now and then - "Mom, you are the best cooker".  Makes me warm and fuzzy every time. (trust me, we have our off moments here too.)
4. My husband. And, (certain) Friends. Sometimes, I wonder who I would be or where I would be - if we had never met.
5. Books! Yes, though I don't have time to read much - I have a shelf of go-to books that continue to encourage and bless me on the front-lines of mothering, marriage, relationships, hospitality and homemaking, etc.

 Live out your thanks! Today and always. All Ways.


"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." ~ W.J. Cameron
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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Comfort Food :: Apease Cake

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As promised, here is at least one of the recipes I said I was going to be sharing with you...
Apease/Apee Cake, or Hard Tack, as some refer it as 
 At least, that is what my husband knows it to be called - hard tack.
This {old recipe}cake is such a fond memory for me.  Mostly eaten for breakfast, my Mother would make this cake pretty often in our home while growing up.  You can see, by the look on my daughter's face and her near empty plate - that -  it's pretty good!  :)


I guess, I'll be making this more often now, too.
Of course!  I say it goes down best with coffee or milk.  Your choice. Smile!

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Apease Cake
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar (or, 1 cup brown and 1 cup granulated)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
Mix dry ingredients, then add oil and milk.  Mix well.  Spread in 3 7" or 8" greased pans.  Bake at 350* for 30-40 minutes.  Sprinkle granulated sugar and cinnamon on top before baking.

Enjoy!

The winner of the Mugs & Muffins GIVEAWAY will be announced sometime on Friday - so, you still have time to enter!  This Giveaway ends tonight at 10:00 pm, EST.

I just want to say, here, quickly, what a joy to see (and hear from!) many new faces this time over on my last Mugs & Muffins post.  Thank you!  I really  have enjoyed hearing from you - and now I have some new "friends" to call my own..too!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mugs & Muffins :: Guest Post and Giveaway! - Faye Henry {The Blessed Hearth} :: Recipe ::

Expand/CollaPRESERVING THE FAMIL
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Welcome, once more, to our next edition of Mugs & Muffins.  I am so glad to have you spend the morning here with me...and any other dear readers popping in.

As we enter our week of Thanksgiving, here in the states... I just want to say how thankful I am for each one of you.  Without you, there would not be much of a reason to write...really!  As much as I do enjoy it.
I am just glad you like to come by.  Makes me feel good!  So, thank you!!


So...wow!!
I am super excited to have our guest host, Faye Henry, with us today.  Faye is my friend and teacher -as I like to say - because I learn so much from her. ;) She is from New Brunswick, Canada and writes daily at The Blessed Hearth. She has agreed to share our "encouragement" here, this morning, for which I'm so tickled.

View albumFaye has willingly opted to share a recipe with us today... but, you'll have to head over to her blog to read all about it, there. Smile! (I, personally, can't wait either!!) Perhaps, because, that might be a simple way to get you to go visit her blog, I don't know - but I do know you'll be glad you did.  For one, she makes you feel like you're sitting there right at her kitchen table, having a cup of tea or coffee - while she just fills you up with her insight and wisdom.  I kid you not.

Here is a photo of her Vanilla Bean Apple Honey - to give you a tease!  She says it goes perfectly atop muffins, bagels and toast, biscuits or even bananas..

And, Faye has provided (half of) the lovely GIVEAWAY for today, as well!  Made by her own loving hand..
Faye is very talented this way... I wanted you to know she owns her own seasonal Primitive/Gift shop called the House of Henry.  You can check that out on Facebook, if you would like.  I'm sure she wouldn't mind if you "liked" it, too! :)

Okay - grab your cup of coffee or your tea!  Don't forget your muffin...here.
Big Sky {Pumpkin} Muffin
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Let's get started...here's Faye now.  Please make her feel welcome!!

Photo courtesy of The Blessed Hearth

Faye Weir HenryProverbs 24:3 ~  By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established..

PRESERVING THE FAMILY.. by Faye Henry

 I hope that this will bless someone today..
There is something precious in our lives today that is worth some thought and that is the preservation of our families.. 
During the Fall season many of us spend hours creating and preserving the harvest. 
We realize that the Winter season is coming upon us and we are like the squirrels scurrying around preparing pickles, jams, jellies and such.
We are canning, fermenting and drying whatever comes our way..
 Although, we can go shopping at the market and buy most anything at any time of the year we have made the choice to preserve what God has provided for us in our gardens and local markets.
There are many ways of preserving and many different types of food that can be saved simply by using a method of preservation.
It is the same with our families.. 
We can take our time and abilities and make the choice to save this precious unit that God has blessed us with.. 
That is what preservation really is... 
The saving of something that is worth the time and effort.. 
Families are precious and so worth preserving.. 
I share with the Keepers of the Home in our meetings that once our child takes their first breath then it is not about us any longer.. 
Until the day the Lord calls us home then it is about the precious family that we have been gifted with.. 
Our hearts marvelously grow to love and wonder and care in a way we didn't know it could.. 
We make the choice to love and care not only for our child but for our marriages as well.. 
There are so many types of families today.. 
Perhaps it is just the two of us, single parent families or perhaps the grandparents live with us but we are all family. 
Sadly...
 Today the family is not being elevated the way God desires.. 
Everything in the media and such makes the grass look greener in yonder fields but that is not the reality.. 
We do not live in a fairy tale world and the same old will reappear in the next field..
By the time that this is discovered the children are sharing time with parents and the family has gone awry..
Having a heart and mind for our home will transform our house into a haven for our family and ourselves.. 
Not that it will be perfect or a spotless wonder but it will be the will of God for us..
It will be a place where love abides and Christ is centre.. 
When we make the effort to build a Christian home we are doing our best to preserve our family..
Let's pray that the Word of God be the salt that savors our family and that God's help and wisdom be the method of preservation that keeps our family together..
Down through the years may our hearts turn the pages of memories  with our families that have been blessed by God...
Blessings.. 
~Faye

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Thank you, so much Faye - for sharing your thoughts, from your heart, here today.  

I don't know about you, ladies, but I certainly feel so encouraged.  Are we consciously preserving our families the way God intended the Family Institution to be?

Can you think of one practical way - you might currently be working to preserve the blessing of family - in your home?
Share that with us, in the comments - will you?

Or...

Give/share five things you are truly grateful for.  
Beings that this is the week of our Thanksgiving - my mind and heart are focused right now on this fact that I would like need to grow further in my gratitude.  Journaling my thanks is one way to do that..
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::Giveaway::
To enter the giveaway - refer to above suggestions..  EACH COMMENT will earn you another entry.  Also - let me know (via comment) if you have chosen to follow Faye's blog - The Blessed Hearth. or liked her page on FB - House of Henry.
If you are entering anonymously (or you don't have your own blog) - please be sure to include an email address - so I can be sure to contact you.

Today's giveaway comes in two parts..but is one gift!
There is Faye's contribution and then there is mine.  Making it a nice little bundle.  A bundle of blessing!!  (Smile.)

Let me tell you what this giveaway includes..

-A Primitive Garland - with five different homespun fabric flags.
-Moisturizing Ointment (for dry skin) - which Faye recommends to use sparingly...as in "a little goes a long way", she says. It is made with the ingredients of: olive and almond oils which have been infused with the herbs: Compfrey, lavender, plantain and rose.  Also beeswax, and Vitamin E..

-A One Thousand Gifts Journal, by Ann Voskamp (I love mine and wanted to share one with you!)
-(6) scented votive candles, three of each scent:  spiced cider and ginger pumpkin

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada.  It will close on Wednesday evening at 10:00 pm, EST.  The winner will be notified on Friday - sometime.


:: Muffin Recipe ::  
Okay, I originally wasn't going to include a muffin recipe today  - but when I went back and reread the post, I missed not having one, included.  My reasoning was that I didn't have time to make any "fitting muffin" for Faye's Vanilla Bean Apple Honey...so, I can't be sure that this muffin recipe, today, will taste well with her recipe... but here you go.  A muffin recipe after all.  I found one from the archives.. (smile!)

Big Sky {Pumpkin} Muffins
If you don't have a jumbo muffin tin handy; this recipe can be made in a regular size muffin tin.  Follow the instructions below baking at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, then cool for 5 minutes.

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening
8 oz. (1 cup) of sour cream ** If you want to make these pumpkin - exchange a half cup of sour cream for canned pumpkin and through in some extra spices; cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.. to taste.
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup plus 2 T. sugar, divided
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon

Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.  Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly; set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together sour cream, milk, egg and 1/2 cup sugar.  Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined; set aside.  Mix remaining sugar. brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Spoon half of  batter into 6 greased jumbo 3 1/2" muffin cups; sprinkle with half the sugar mixture.  Add remaining batter; sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.  Bake at 350* for  about 25 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.  Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes; serve warm.
Yield:  6 jumbo muffins.


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I apologize, here too, for the wonky-ness of this post - at the end...  all this dead space.

Have yourself a wonderful, wonderful time with your family on Thanksgiving - and may God bless...each and every one.

See you next time..

Friday, November 22, 2013

Our Family Tree ~ and yours!

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My heart is so full right now I hardly  know where to begin.  Seriously.
{Photo Source}

If you're just stopping in right now - hello! and welcome..

If you're back, from yesterday, (yesterday's post) you know that I mentioned I was going out with my hubby last night to an out-of-state conference, last evening, and that I didn't know much else.  I was to wait and be surprised - and blessed I was.  Indeed!  We both were..

You see!  Scott (that would be my husband, who likes to "surprise" me on and for our dates) and I both have a desire to change, and keeping changing, our Family Tree!!  To leave a legacy of peace behind us.

One of those ways is in the financial realm.  Yes!  there is such a thing as Financial Peace.  It is not an oxymoron..

I was so excited to find out that we we were headed off to NY City/Newark, NJ - to the NJ Performing Arts Center to see Dave Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, LIVE - in person.

**Please check out these two/three links, I just shared...they may change your life forever!, and the life of your family.

And by the way, in case you were wondering - our kids did great for my sister, so she said.  The house was "at rest" when we got home early this morning.  I knew it would...

WHOA!!!!

 Scott and I, even still this morning, kept saying to ourselves - "We cannot believe we were able to do that last night".  It was really, really awesome.  And it encouraged us all the more - to keep the course.
              
 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children.  ~ Proverbs 13:22

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This is/was one of those times... when I just want to take everyone I know. And, that is a lot of people..by the way.  I just want to shake them by the shoulders (wake em up a little), grab them by the hand and say - Get on this bus!! you're coming me with me.   You ha HAVE to listen to this -Please! -  it will radically change your future... and the legacy you will leave behind for your family.  It's up to you!  You can do it - do it well or you won't and you'll  leave behind a mess.. a HUGE mess tied up with a bow of heavy links of chain!  How is that for a picture?

When we left last night... I just wanted to hold my head in my hands and cry.  Cry long and hard, because I care...

Also... I had to Google a photo, this morning, because I didn't have my own camera along, last night, and I wanted to remember!  I wanted to find something that closely resembled, as best as possible, the sight(s) of the city - coming out of the NJPAC - last night.  Bright city lights, streets lights, (small) trees, along the curbs, all aglow after a fine mist (maybe it was the smog) ..., but, it was pretty!  As pretty as it was... I would still much rather keep my feet in the country.  Besides, that is where trees grow best!!  ahemm...

All that to say..

I am grateful to GOD!  for a man, a husband, a father to my children - who loves me, who loves us enough to dig his heels in deep; draw a line in the sand; step right up to the plate and who said - we, as a family, are making a lasting change for our future.  We are ... we will... we have!!

We did it together!!  Because we are together..

Oh, we have such a story, and I could go on and on...

But, can I save that for another time?  Time doesn't permit me to tell it all here today..  but if you can at all relate to what I am saying here today - give me a shout out.  I would love to hear at best, a snippet of your story...your thoughts.

As well, Scott and I are committed to praying for those whom we do have opportunity to rub shoulders with... that we can be a blessing - because as this has changed our lives, so radically, we are hopeful to encourage this change in others Life Story as well.   Currently, we are in the planning stages of coordinating a (local) FPU class come the New Year.  Stay tuned..

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I want to quickly encourage you - please come back on Monday for my next Mugs & Muffins.  I have guest post writer  - Faye Henry, my blogging friend and teacher (I learn so much from her) coming and she is sharing a message of encouragement on Preserving the Family.  You won't want to miss it - plus, we have a great GIVEAWAY, in store, as well.


I just love how this theme, Faye's message, ties in with what I just shared, today.

May your weekend be fully blessed...  see you here on Monday?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Daybook in November

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FOR TODAY


Outside my window... the fallen leaves continue to chase each other (of what's left!) in the wind... I love the sound, that each one makes..

I am thinking... how thankful I am for each one of you - my readers, my friends. For both the oldies and the newbies.  Thank you!!
I am also thinking that I cannot believe here we are at Thanksgiving - and that Christmas is so very soon around the corner..  Are you ready?  I am not..

I am thankful... for a huge box of  butternut squash, gifted to us by my farmer cousin and his wife, this past Saturday.  I baked up four, so far, and got about 24 cups of "pumpkin".  The reason I'm so thankful is the one Cinderella pumpkin (see photo, HERE) that I had gotten - with full intention of putting it up, in the freezer, went and spoiled on me.  I wasn't so sure I'd be able to find me another to put away- so late in the season.  So - this box of about fourteen squash is really going to make an abundance of "pumpkin" for the freezer.  That is for sure!

In the kitchen... I am making a batch of (Make-ahead) Mashed Potatoes.  My Aubrey has a Thanksgiving Dinner - on Friday! - with her school.  I volunteered , the other day, to make a batch of the real thing.. (smile!)
Along - with the baking up of more squash..

I am wearing... a long, ruffly, plum/purple Sarah Clemens skirt (gifted to me!) and a black T-shirt.  LOVE!!!

I am creating... a few Christmas gift ideas.  As well as, trying to wrap up any outside bag orders that need to be completed..

I am going... somewhere tonight with my husband - that I really have no idea what he has up his sleeve. Some for sort of conference..out-of-state. :)  I expect this to be a late night getting home.

I am wondering...how it (the time away, this afternoon/evening) is going to go for my children.  My sister - Juline is going to "handle the house" while we're gone.  Getting the kiddo's their dinner, evening routines and settling them for bedtime.. The kiddo's will be in good hands.  I'm not worried.

I am reading...recently I was gifted a bag of old magazines (Southern Living and Taste of Home, etc.) from my MIL... those are currently my thumb-through-reading material... sad glad to say.  Meaning... not a lot of meaningful content, however... I enjoy this "fluffy stuff" every now and again..

I am hoping...for a beautiful time with family over Thanksgiving!  We have much to be thankful for.  The wish is true for you - as well.

I am looking forward to...  This coming Monday!!  And I want to invite you all to come back here for my next Mugs & Muffins.  You'll not want to miss this one..

I am learning...  There is always... ALWAYS... something new to know!  Don't ask me right now, though... I can't think of what?!?!?!

Around the house... dust is collecting.  Uh oh.. Time to clean.. ;(

I am pondering... this, what I overheard in my hubby's online course, the other night - while I was sewing in the same room.  Here is the quote.. (see next prompt.)

A favorite quote for today..."I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that.  And, then...I realized, I was {that}somebody." ~ Lily Tomlin

One of my favorite things...Chinese Cabbage and peanut butter!!  It makes a wonderful (crunchy - especially if you like crunchy p.b.) snack that is easy to assemble and fun to eat.  It's become a new favorite thing of mine..
Simply spread one leaf with peanut butter and fold over in half..

A few plans for the rest of the week:  I guess this will mean to imply our weekend plans.   I have a Ladies Breakfast, in the AM, on Saturday.. and Sunday, after service, we were invited to my sister and BIL's for dinner.  I was asked to bring a dessert.  Of course, that reminds me ... I will probably be making a dessert on Saturday afternoon - sometime. :)

A peek into my day...



Actually.  This photo was taken yesterday - I was watching a friend of mine's four children.  Three of them were outdoors, after lunch, with my Aubrey.. having a grand ole time.  One of them is in the tree - of course! Our one of two trees in our yard...

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Following along, today, with Peggy from The Simple Woman's Daybook!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pumpkin Patch {field trip}

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A couple of weeks ago now, I had the privilege to go with my 5 yr old, Aubrey, on her first ever school "field trip".  This was the trip that was once planned and rescheduled; planned and rescheduled; planned and accomplished.  Yay!
Yes!  three times.

I guess you could say "third time's a charm!" on this one.

We went to the
Tabora Farm and Orchard
located not too far from us.

Here is a post loaded full of photos, of the day.. thanks to Aubrey who manned the camera for a good number of them. Smile!


Together Aubrey and I enjoyed a morning of bright sunshine - as you can tell by some of the photos, with the squinting of the eyes.  We were able to listen in on how fresh pressed apple cider was made and asked to choose two from a variety of crisp and crunchy apples to take home with us.  By and far we were invited to walk around their store.  There, we gladly took in the delicious sights and smells of the baked goods, coffees and deli/food items, etc. in their store. We knew what we wanted - without a doubt.  We chose some Apple Cider Doughnuts (to later share at home with the family)... and wow! were they ever good or what?

We took a fun little wagon ride with Mrs. Farmer around and through the orchard.  We listened as Mrs. Farmer explained some interesting details on how they kept their apple orchard "alive & well" through last Spring's cold spell. She told us they had to call for help from friends and family and even the local F.D. - because they purposely lit over a hundred fires (in barrels), to burn through the night, all throughout the orchard, in order to keep the buds and blossoms from freezing.

Once they noticed how deer (or something?) were eating some of the blossoms off of certain other trees  - so she and Mr. Farmer slept out in the orchard one night to see if they could find out "who or what" was eating at their trees.  Sure enough... it was about 30 deer... that had come out to feed.
So.. they came up with this crazy idea.  She said they decided to hang a dryer sheet onto every tree trunk in their orchard.

What??  A dryer sheet?  Why - a dryer sheet, we wondered?

She told us that, that same night - she and her husband slept outdoors in their orchard again.  This time - they couldn't believe their eyes.  Over a hundred deer showed up that night to make off with something to eat.. but this time, something didn't smell right.  The deer thought they smelled people (because of the dryer sheets) and took off.. she said it was kinda funny to watch that whole thing unfold right before their eyes.

But - their fruit trees were spared.. and that was all that mattered.
Getting off the wagon and walking around - we took a few photos of the pumpkin patch - and took some time to feed a few goats and see the rest of the farm.  What a fun day - getting to know some of Aubrey's classmates, friends (of course the other parents that went along) and teachers a bit better..

Finally - a fun photo of Aubrey and I right before it was time to go from our day at Tabora Farm and Orchard.

Good times - were had by all!


Friday, November 15, 2013

{Ponder this}

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To be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be
thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring (I add: the colors of Fall) - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.  ~ John Burroughs

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The gift of life unwraps itself through time; all we need to do
is to sit back and enjoy it's contents.  ~ unknown

May your weekend - time with your loved ones - be full; aware of the Giver - not just the gift!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

On a {windy} Sunday afternoon..

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It is often life's smallest pleasures and gentlest joys that make
 the biggest and most lasting difference. ~ unknown


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Another title for this post could be: What's that I spy - high in the sky?

The photos tell all.  Lots of fun and memories were made on Sunday afternoon.. flying their kites.
Can you see the kite? It's lost in the clouds there a bit but Caleb has it all "under control".
And, the day, it brought on some shivers and cute rosy cheeks, as it was pretty chilly out there.
But a nice warm lunch was there waiting when they blew back in.

What could get any better?
An afternoon spent with Dad - all while knowing Mom was indoors preparing some grub.
Well I was!  But somebody had to go outside to call them back indoors.

Sausage 'N' Noodle Dinner
(consisting of browned & crumbled sausage, shredded cabbage, grated carrots, onion and noodles -
all brought together with a nice sour cream)
and 
"Red Lobster" Cheese Biscuits

I wish I had pictures of lunch.  But it pretty much disappeared..

Here is the recipe for the biscuits..

2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup milk or water
3/4 grated cheddar cheese.

Bring together with a fork.  And use a large scoop to put out onto baking stone. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Bake @ 450* for 8-10 minutes

While hot, brush on :
(mixed together)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Serve Hot!!
Easy and delicious.

Edited to UPDATE:  I realized I had the name of the casserole wrong (I originally posted it as Creamy Cabbage Casserole).  So now... I found the (correct name) recipe I used.  It's from Taste of Home.  The link for the recipe is HERE.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bags by Bevy :: Some of it's recent activity...

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:: Night Song ::
$60.00
SOLD to A.K.
Large tote bag with a special-ordered, over-the-shoulder (adjustable) strap


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So, you're looking to take a road trip; do some overnight traveling, you say?  And, you say you  need a practical, fun - durable and unique bag to keep it all together...?

Well then, take a look at this one. (smile!)

:: Traveling On ::
 Large, overnight style bag
$45.00
Available HERE.  Thanks for looking..

Off to the sewing room for more of the same.. (well different, but the same).  You know what I mean..

Monday, November 11, 2013

Everyday Gratitude

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As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common, everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness-just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breathe it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day and a cool breeze when the day is warm.

~Laura Ingalls Wilder
Hydrangea Bouquet gifted to me by my Mom..
Warm Sunshine on a cold day...
{Beef:  our future meat supply for the freezer}
A cool breeze when it's warm
Turkey Craft - done by the kiddo's

Comfort Food:  Potato Pie 
More Comfort Food: Apease Cake
{both recipes will follow in a separate post}
My {favorite} Home Folks.. my peeps!
 Sometimes - it just brings me to tears how blessed I (really) am.  Every Day.  Gratitude.

Happy Monday! Please... take a moment and reflect on your own common blessings.. today!  Will you?  You'll be amazed..
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