Monday, October 5, 2009

Countdown to Houston!

Wow, it's been a while since I blogged. i was late getting my paperwork in but at least I got it!! Will be in booth 564 for both Market and Festival. My tester Mary sent me some great display items. I can't wait to get my booth up and display it all. =) I'm just a little fish in a big sea so.....wish me luck!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I want to wish each and every one of you Happy Mother's Day. Whether you are a mother, a grandmother, or just a significant person in someone's life, you have played the role of a this wish is for all of you.

I have spent the morning baking a cake for our family gathering in an hour. The family is gathering to honor my grandmother. She is an amazingly strong woman and has outlived both of her sons and then her husband. She will be 90 on her next birthday. When I lived in Hawaii (1995-97) she came to visit she was 76 at that time. We hiked a mile up a mountain to go see a waterfall. We couldn't keep up with her! Kept having to ask her to slow down for us. LOL She always has food frozen so that if she has unexpected guests or isn't in the mood for cooking she can pull somethings out and heat it up. She always has at least one buttermilk pie in her freezer. YUM! So today I made something that reminds me of when I was a little girl. She used to make chocolate mayonnaise cake. I made one for her today. I'm making a fluffy white icing with it too, just a little twist on the way she made it. I'm sharing my recipe with you all.

3 c. unsifted flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 c. real mayonnaise
1 1/2 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Grease 2 (9" x 1 1/2") layer pans; line bottoms with waxed paper. Sift together dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir in real mayonnaise. Gradually stir in water and vanilla until smooth and blended. Pour into prepared pans. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool. Remove from pans. Frost with chocolate frosting.

Here is the icing that I used:

1 c. milk
5 tbsp. flour
1 stick butter
1/2 c. Crisco
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
Beat together milk and flour. Stir on low flame until thick. Then place aside to cool. Put butter, Crisco, powdered sugar, and vanilla in bowl and beat together until creamy. Then add top ingredients and beat together until stiff.

I'll post an image. I'm having to put it in a carrier so it won't be a beautiful cake pedestal.

Monday, April 27, 2009

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saying Goodbye is really saying Hello

It's so hard when you see someone that has left this earth. My 3rd cousin passed away this week and her funeral was yesterday. While it was so difficult to see her children and siblings in pain there was a joy there too knowing that she had been liberated from the diseased body she was in and had gone on to a new and better one.....that she was no longer in pain. Death is not death, it is a new life in Christ for those who believe.

Monday, April 20, 2009

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

I LOVE peacocks

I have always loved colorful butterflies and birds -- peacocks, hummingbirds, blue jays, cardinals and tropical birds. When I was a little girl our neighbors across the road from us had peacocks. I thought they were the coolest things. Mom had several peacock plumes in a vase that mesmerized me by the way the light reflected off the colorful feathers. I have just about finished a unique embroidery design set of peacocks. I love this set and combined my love of crystals with these.

Back to the grind with a new outlook

When hubby got laid off work I had to really put my nose to the grindstone and didn't have time to even think about my blog. Praise the Lord he is back to work. =) I've just recovered from having a migraine that downgraded to headache for 2 weeks. It's SO nice to be feeling better. It was debilitating and really slowed me down . Watch out world, I'm back, and with a new outlook. LITERALLY!! I got a new haircut and new glasses. This is a whole new look for me. I've always had obscure glasses, not wanting them to be noticed. Well, you can't miss them now! People had some similar to these while I in the navy and we called them birth control! LOLOL To top it off these are bifocals! Talk about feeling old. The only change that I didn't make that Morgan wanted me to do was to dye my hair green. LOL

I have so many things to come out with in the next few months. I'm getting ready to submit things to have my first booth at Quilt Market this fall. I have lots of quilts to get done between now and then. =)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

God's Cake

Sometimes we wonder, “What did I do to deserve
this?” or “Why did God have to do this to me?”

Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her mother how everything is going wrong:

She’s failing algebra.

Her boyfriend broke up with her.

AND her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter
if she would like a snack, and the daughter says,
“Absolutely, Mom, I love your cake.”

“Here, have some cooking oil,” her Mother offers.

“Yuck,” says her daughter.

“How about a couple raw eggs?”

“Gross, Mom!”

“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?”

“Mom, those are all yucky!”

To which the mother replies:
“Yes, all those things seem bad by themselves.

But when they are put together in the right way,
they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God Works The Same Way.

Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times.

But God knows that when He puts these things all
in His order, they always work for good!

We just have to trust Him and, eventually,
they will all make something wonderful!

God is CRAZY about you.

He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen.

GOD can live anywhere in the universe and He chose your heart.

--author unknown

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My New Addition / Bartering

Bartering is a good thing. I love being able to barter for things that I want or need with others that want or need something that I have. Here is my latest acquisition. She is a beauty. I got her on a barter. woo hoo!! She's an Eqyptian Red Eye, Singer 66, 1910. I haven't even tried to run her to see if she works, but I don't care if she does or not, she's a beauty to look at. Oh, an look at that alligator skin cake. How cool is that? I wonder if she is a modified treadle. Would love to know her history...all the people that have loved her over the years, what young girl learnred to sew on this. Was it a gift to a new Bride? Who was this Elizabeth that scratched her name on it? I'll never know but love to image all the clothes and quilts that were made on this. Although, I suspect that it wasn't used too much as most of the goldwork is still on it. There is very little wear and tear. Who's prized possession was this or was it put into a cabinet for years on end, neglected? She's a showcase now at my home and will always be proudly displayed.

Monday, January 5, 2009


Colt, I know that you willl never read this but here it is. =) Congrats on the Bowl win and being named MVP. The game just ended and I watched your acceptance speech. We live on the back side of your grandparents land and your granddaddy Burl was out working on his fence a couple weeks ago. Our dogs were going crazy out there so I thought it was a rattlesnake...but it wasn't, it was your grandad. I told him that I bet they were mighty proud of you. He said they sure are but their biggest hope is that you keep your head on straight. I know that he would be so proud of you right now because the very first thanks you gave were to Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior. I know that you will one day make it big in the NFL and you will be in the perfect position not only to say those words but to show others that you live those word I know your whole family does. Gosh, I remember watching your dad and your uncle Michael play football in high school. Seems like just yesterday. =)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Trouble Tree

This is a great story. I need to put a tree up. Thank you to the author this, whomever you may be.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

T'was the month after Christmas

T'was the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
nothing would fit me, not even a blouse;
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I had to taste,
at the holiday parties had gone to my waist;

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared,
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared;

The wine and the rum balls; the bread and the cheese,
and the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt,
and prepared once again to do battle with dirt,
I said to myself, as only I can,
"You can't spend winter disguised as a man!"

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
'til all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore,
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

--author unknown

Friday, January 2, 2009

Kids keep on growing

I sure hope that i can keep a better track of this blog this year than I have in the past. Briana has been visiting for Christmas break and will be leaving all too soon. It has been wonderful to have her home. The boys have sure loved being around their big sister. She took some wonderful photos last week that I want to share. I think she has quite an eye for photography. She does come by in honestly since we have several professional photographers and amateur photographers in the family.
Marshall : 7
Morgan: 5
Blake: 11

Blake has a penchant for photography too and got in on the picture taking that day. He took a great picture of Briana (16)

I'll have to load more pictures in my Webshots album: