And it’s October

October 16, 2009

I’m doing a horrendous job keeping up with this thing!  Well, school did start and all that goes with it, so I’ll use it as my excuse.

I didn’t get a booth at my church’s bazaar this Fall- just too much going on to make myself even MORE crazy.  I did put some things in the Gallery show in Richmond though.

Mom's camera 2236 I made these Buttercup Bags for the show- aren’t they cute?!?  If they don’t sell (which would be a travesty!!) I’ll probably put them on etsy – OH! I registered for an etsy account!  I’ll give you more info once I actually have something for sale….

Mom's camera 2223And some wooden disk pendants on handmade organza ribbon necklaces…..

Mom's camera 2227

And some of my scrappy flower pins.

This week I also sent some handmade notebooks to GA to benefit a doll club.  I think they turned out SO cute- especially since I used my own original photography.

Front of notebooks

Front of notebooks

Backs of notebooks

Backs of notebooks

I used the Photojojo tutorial.

Happy World Bread Day!  Yup, October 16th. You are probably saying to yourself- “sugar smacks! I forgot to make bread today!”  Well you are in luck- here is a quick and SUPER delicious bread recipe you can make right now.

Jiffy Beer Bread

3 c.  self-rising flour*, 3 T. sugar, 1- 12 oz. can or bottle of beer

  • Mix flour and sugar in a bowl; make a well in the center.   Add beer, stir till blended.
  • Bake at 350 degrees in a greased bread pan for 60 minutes. Turn out immediately.
  • Try not to grab a stick of butter and eat it all yourself!!

* 1 c. self-rising flour= 1 c. all-purpose flour + 1 1/4 t. baking powder + a pinch of salt

 This recipe sounds good too- I haven’t tried it yet.


3-1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
3 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt

  • Stir together. Make a well in center and add, in order:

1 c. vegetable oil
4 whole eggs
1 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
2/3 c. apple cider
1/2 c. thick applesauce

  • Mix everything until smooth. Pour into greased and flour pan.
  • Makes two 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 loaves. Can also be baked in one-pound coffee cans. If baked in can, fill 2/3 full. Makes 3.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

 I’m off to figure out dinner………



WHEW!!!  Can I say I’m relieved??  No more getting up early, no more 6 am calls asking if I’m available to substitute teach………

I got the teacher gifts done before the end of school- I made paper cake boxes filed with chocolates. My kids wanted the give gifts to not only their immediate teachers but about 10 others at school!  And wouldn’t this be great for any party or multiple gift need?  At Christmas, with a poinsettia-type flower on top- adorable.

I’m now on to other projects.   Today’s project was to make 10 dozen (yup- that’s what I said) rolls commissioned by someone at church.  Thank goodness hubby got the kids a Wii this weekend as a good grades reward (and this will be the ONLY time you will hear me say that- I’m not a video game person)- they played for hours while I baked for hours! [Although I will also say it’s addictive to make those Mii people- I’ll have to post a picture of what “I” look like]

Next up, a bit more work on the Tea I’m organizing at my church for next year- I’m SO EXCITED!  It’s a fundraising project for our ECW Outreach (we give $$ to many other groups) but it’s also a new fellowship idea.  The plan has been approved, people have volunteered for most of the committees, I have entertainment, and I decided the theme and favors already!  “May Day” is the theme- so it will be about flowers. (And the favor is the cake box from above- SHHH! Don’t tell anyone!)  But more about that later….

At home we are having our 2nd annual Midsummer’s Eve party this weekend.  I’m really praying for nice weather!!!  It was great last year, with the bon fire, and tiki torches, and candles and all (and the sangria!).

I’m also “booked” a few places this summer to speak about my 365 project, which is crazy cool.  A friend made a video for me, set to music, which has gotten rave reviews.  I’m even impressed by my own work when I see the video!!  If it ever gets posted to Youtube I’ll let you know.

It’s very late and I need some shut-eye -next time I’ll tell you about the country store auction I went to on Saturday. Man I wish I had more space for stuff and a wad of cash- bargains were to be had!

Shirts with original tags, STILL in the display case.

Shirts with original tags, STILL in the display case.



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A New Year

January 3, 2009

Here we are- a new year is upon us. 

And it’s hard to believe that my 365 photo project is over- yesterday was my last day.  I need to figure out what to “do with it” now.  My mom wants me to come up with a presentation, a talk I can give to her library or church.  I want to look over my pics and calculate the stats- how many cat photos, how many kid photos, etc.

I’m not sure what my new project will be.  Or if I will have a specific project.  I like taking pictures- and it’s weird to not take one today.  Maybe I’ll think up a theme and start later this month.

I want to work on my birthday quilt for sure.  Milestone birthday- bleecchhh!- but better than the alternative.

And right now I need to make a dish for a birthday party we will attend tomorrow.  Don’t give a rat’s patoot about nutrition?  Here is what I am going to make- a “keeper” from Christmas:

Bavarian Party Dip
1/2 c. minced onion
1 lb. Braunschweiger
3 oz. cream cheese
1/4 t. black pepper
Sauté onion 8-10 min.s, stirring frequently; remove from heat and drain.  Remove casing from braun. and mix meat with cr. cheese until smooth.  Mix in onion and pepper.  Serve as a liver spread on crackers, thinly slice party rye or serve as a dip accompanied by a variety of raw veggies.
[Sam’s note: when I had it over Xmas the preparer added more sauteed onions than required; placed the whole mixture in a plastic-lined bowl and chilled; and when ready to serve, inverted on a plate and iced it with a mayo/sour cream mixture and sprinkled with chopped onions. We had it with bagel chips]
I’m also going to make this for church for Epiphany (I’ve never made it before- the notes are not mine)-
Gift of the Magi Bread  (makes 2 loaves)
1/2 cup softened sweet butter (do not substitute)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium or 3 small)
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup coconut
1 cup semisweet mini-chocolate chips
2/3 cup sliced almonds, divided
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/2 cup chopped dates

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside.

In a mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract (can add coconut or pineapple extract for extra flavor).

Combine flour, baking soda and salt and add to the creamed butter mixture alternately with the bananas. Stir in mandarin oranges, coconut, mini-chocolate chips, 1/2 cup almonds, cherries and dates; mix well to combine.

Pour into 2 prepared loaf pans. Sprinkle with remaining almonds (I like more almonds on my bread). Bake 50 to 55 minutes (45 minutes is what I bake it at; it will depend on your oven) or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool 10 to 15 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pans. Cool completely.

(Sorry the page isn’t formatting correctly- my paragraphs are running together.)

Off to cook!

The Elves are Busy

December 1, 2008

Not really!!! Just me- in that after Thanksgiving frenzy of washing and getting back to the regular weekly schedule- at least for a short while.

Where did December come from?!?!  I thought I had another week….. Seriously! I’m not at book study because I thought I had another week to read.  Phooey.

I need to get back to damage control, but GOOD NEWS!!  My entry was accepted into the Light of the World online exhibit at ECVA!!!  I’m so excited- I’m one of 30 accepted from a pool of 100+ entries.

Ok- back on your heads!!!! (Know the joke?  I’m not going to explain it here if you don’t!! Maybe later…….)  I’ll show some Christmas presents I’ve made- next time!


Girl Road Trip- a few photos

September 28, 2008

I’m trying to be good- get stuff done WAAAAY ahead of when they are due.  I’ve finished DD’s Halloween costume– all but the hem.  Mine is partially done- I decided to go ahead and keep working soley on hers once I got past the yokes. 

We are also making Halloween t-shirts from the recent Family Fun magazine.  Cute, not hard.  We are finished dying and are now washing- DD is anxious to see how it turned out!!

Ok- while I’m waiting for spaghetti noodles to cook, I’ll show you a few photos from the trip. I WILL recap the whole thing- I swear.

Ave Maria Grotto- Cullman, Alabama.  A monk constructed miniature replicas of religious sites in the early to mid-20th century.

Ave Maria Grotto- Cullman, Alabama. A monk constructed miniature replicas of religious sites in the early to mid-20th century.

Vehicles in a junk yard.  Only in Alabama would one see a school bus, a trolley and a boat, side-by-side.  An FYI- there was a tractor trailer to the right!!

Vehicles in a junk yard. Only in Alabama would one see a school bus, a trolley and a boat, side-by-side. An FYI- there was a tractor trailer to the right!!

Me doing my best sharecropper imitation at The Shack Up Inn-Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Yes, we stayed overnight in this shack.

Me doing my best sharecropper imitation at The Shack Up Inn-Clarksdale, Mississippi. Yes, we stayed overnight in this shack.

More later!


Where have you been??

June 15, 2008

Where have I been?  Where have YOU been?!?!?

I’ve been……..busy.  Like one-armed paper hanger busy. I had 2 jobs for a while, in addition to my job as chief bottle washer and meal maker. (This is where I do my bad imitation of the Jamaican family on In Living Color- remember that??)

But, now it’s Summer, and rug-rats are out of school…….whooo HOOO!!!  At least I don’t have to pack lunchboxes or get up at 6:30 a.m. for a while.  But, I will be constantly surrounded by the kids.

I’ll give an update on other stuff later (isn’t that the death-knell for me?  hopefully I’ll do it).  I’m working on the Father’s Day meal. The typical ribs, macaroni salad, spinach, coconut cake, etc. DH and the kids are out canoeing and I’m ALONE!!!! Happy MOTHER’S Day!!!!

Here is something funny:
Logo There are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


It even gives one stats about your given and surname!

Here’s my maiden name:
Logo There is
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I SO want to know who she is!!! 

I made these refrigerator pickles yesterday- pretty good.  I added pickling spices and an extra 1/2 c. of vinegar- and i used 1c. white vinegar, 1/2 c. apple cider.

If you are a former 80s teenager, this video will bring back lots of memories.

And lastly, if you like utterly stupid humor, watch this. Hilarious! At least the first time you see it……..

I’m off to cook and do a little cleaning.

P.S.- I’m still doing my photo-a-day project! Half done, 6 months to go.


January 11, 2008

365 2008-01-03

I’m having fun doing my photo-a-day project!!  Sometimes I forget to take my camera “everywhere I go,” but I haven’t forgotten to do a day altogether. The above is one of my first day photos.

You can see my pics so far or in the future right here– on the right is “Project 365.” I can’t post every day’s photos yet- I’m going to run out of my monthly allotment of memory- at least until I figure out how to make my photos smaller!

Besides that I’m just back-to-basics- doing what I need to do, no frills or extras.  It’s kinda nice.  I’m not crafting but I am reading- Thomas Lynch’s The Undertaking.  Not exactly peppy, but it is very good and positive.

I need to go work on dinner- the basics!