I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17 Check out Alana at http://www.domesticblissdiaries.com/2012/11/2012-thanksgiving-guide-make-it-mean.html and her link to Ruth's scripture readings for Thanksgiving.
Have fun getting ready for Thanksgiving. Don't forget to prepare your heart.
I have several posts I haven't posted because of school starting and busyness - getting back into a routine. Haven't posted because I wanted to take photos with the posts. But this is just stuff. One day it will all be gone.
Instead I'm posting this now. Jesus loves you. He died for your sins. And Jesus is coming back.
In these uncertain times there is hope and peace for you. It only comes from the Lord Jesus. He's coming back and soon. If you don't know Him you can. If you don't know Him you will be left behind.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever (that's you) believes on His name should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Sandy Bradshaw and I rode the same bus from the time I was in the seventh grade until about the time one stops riding the bus in high school. She was one grade a head of me. I remember her always being nice and always having a big smile.
After September 11, 2001 hardly a day went by for years that I didn't think of her and her family, at least several times a week.
When I watch those specials on televsion about it I still cry.
523 NYC firefighters and paramedics lost their lives by respoding on that tragic day. Do something nice for someone today. Deliver cookies to your local fire department - we are. Visit a shut-in. Volunteer at your church. Tell your child's teacher "thank you".
So we had a party this past Saturday. Much preparation of which I will share in the coming days. For now we are enjoying the last day of summer break. That's why I haven't been here lately.
So hang on.
Way before school was out I was thinking of things for us to do this summer as a family. Star Wars movie day was one that I thought Wonder Boy and Southern Cal Boy would enjoy way more than me.
After our Disney trip this spring, another story for another time, the Jedi Training camp had been implanted in my brain and kept popping up again.
So the movie day became the spring board for Jedi Training camp for Wonder Boy and his friends while letting Southern Cal Boy have fun as well.
I craft magic. It's my job. It's what I do. While everyone else is out working the daily grind and getting paid I'm here doing research and making magic happen for the minds of little kids everywhere. And big kids.
So stay tuned. I promise, in the coming days I'll share photos of items we crafted for the cause and links to ideas you can use for your own young Padawans Jedi experience.
It's not too late to enjoy some good fresh seafood.
On the way home from OBX we traveled the road less taken to the small fishing town of Wanchese where fisherman are able to catch and ship fresh seafood all over the world.
We enjoyed some great seafood at the Fisherman's Wharf in the industrial park area and right on the water. Beautiful view of the water from the dining area.
Haven't been in many waterfront seafood restaurants in years, so it was great and brought back lots of memories of summers spent on the Atlantic Coast and our seafood night at the beach.
I enjoyed the fried sea scallops and shrimp. Um-um!
Southern Cal Boy's stomach had been bothering him so he declined fried and got their Cowboy steak. He shared some with me and it was as delicious as the seafood. It was a steak that would have made Robert Mitchum proud. The link is for you who are too young to know. In the words of Hoops and Yo-yo "He's (was) a tall glass of eggnog." Sit down George Clooney!
with an attitude
Stay tuned for ramblings on our Jedi Training Camp.
Here's something to serve with your tomatoes from the other day for a fast, easy, and light dinner.
Feta cheese with some Italian herb mix sprinkled on it. See my Father's Day gift posts for the recipe. Salami, deli quality please. Got this at Target in the grocery area. The little red and yellow peppers came from there as well. Add some pickled pepperoncinis, olives of your liking and some delicious bread and butter pickles if you have them. My Mawmaw use to make the best. These are the ones we have now.
I had to take the photo at this angle.
Bigger than life.
Just like Dukes mayonnaise, Krispy Kreme Donuts, and Cheerwine. Enough said.
The last thing is a big, crusty baguette or loaf of ciabatta. Sam's has a bag of ciabatta rolls that are under $4.00 for a fair amount.
That's a great meal for Southern Cal Boy and I on a Friday when Wonder Boy is at Nana and Grandaddy's.
Hope you have enjoyed your summer and the posts so far.
Fresh slice tomatoes, preferably German Johnson tomatoes. Slice up some fresh mozzarella that comes in the big hunk or circle, not the rectangles. Some fresh ground pepper, fresh chopped basil, a little drizzle of olive oil and you are good to go!
Next time, something to go with this for your patio party even if it's just you.
Check out these great gardening tricks. A couple of these I already do. My roses love coffee grounds.
And marigolds! They are the best. They bloom until the first frost. Let the seed heads dry on a paper towel and then put them in an envelope or small paper bag shut with a clothespin and you are ready to plant in the spring. Just tear the flower head apart to separate the seeds. I have been fortunate enough in the past that if I leave the whole plant in the garden until spring or just before, some of the seed heads not eaten by birds will self sow. This year I didn't have as many but I still had marigolds coming up by themselves around the garden.
Another tip for plant markers is one I read about in a garden magazine or somewhere years ago. Use plastic knives (from take-out) or buy a box. White or any color you like and use a permanent marker to write the name of the flower, herb, or vegetable you are planting.
Registration for Samiritan's Purse Operation Christmas Childbegins Monday, August 6, 2012. If you can help link to their website for contact information. Share the gospel and good news and love of Jesus Christ and the gift of Christmas with a child. This type of investment is the kind to make.
Call a volunteer scheduler at 800-442-9120 on or after Monday, August 6th at 8 a.m. EDT. You may have to wait to have your call answered. Spots fill up quickly for reserved days to go and work because there are many who know this is such a worthy cause. I've volunteered 3 times at a warehouse and it is an awesome experience. You will not be sorry.
If you can't do that please pack a box and take it to a local drop-off point for their 2012 season. Bless your heart and someone else's this year.
My monstrous butterfly bush from our local farmer's market for $6.00 purchased about 5 years ago. Then it was about two limbs 3 feet tall.
A couple of weeks ago Wonder Boy and I made a butterfly oasis. Been wanting to do this for a long time. We have lots of flowers that butterflies like and colors to which they are attracted (purple, yellow, orange, pink, and red.)
I had clipped an article out of a Lowe's magazine a few years ago and referred back to it. Not wanting to have to purchase a bunch of stuff I found some information on the Internet. Apparently, I didn't keep the link, but this one will do. Besides the type of flowers that attract butterflies, you will need some type of dish to fill with sand and some rocks on top for the butterflies to get warm.
We dug a small shallow hole to put the microwave frozen dinner dish into the ground.
Next it was filled with tiny gritty rock and craft sand from a closeout bin and some sand we had from the beach.
The rocks were from my late mother-in-law's stash. The cost of our oasis was basically free. We then filled it with water, but not too much. Since then we've had rain sporadically and really haven't had to fill it again. Also, where it sets in the garden the misters usually get it wet as well.
The lost Internet link's author told how she watched the butterflies in the morning after incorporating the dish filled with sand, water, and rocks in her yard. We see butterflies all over the place because of our flowers.
But we have not taken the opportunity to watch and see if the butterflies actually dig the oasis or not due to a week of VBS, a week of running here and there for haircuts and visiting loved ones. We are summering and that is why there also has not been many posts of late. Did I mention my dishwasher was broke for about 3 weeks? ... and we've had various other technical difficulties. Anywhoo...I digress.
Remember the beautiful pictures of the potted flowers at Mother's Day and earlier in the spring/summer?2 hanging baskets and several potted flowers were burnt toast due to the sprinkler not coming on or not enough while we were gone at the end of June.
Due to the recession and knowing we were going to be gone again, I resisted the urge to run out and replace them. Instead I planted some marigold seeds from last year and petunias and other seeds that had not made it into the ground. Some of them are tiny, but if the heat lasts until October like last year, they should have some bloom time.
The yellow petunias died and the purple million bells are all that's left. Don't think I took a picture of those when they were at their peak. Made me sick. I never said I was Martha. My friends and family who don't do any of the things I do, often accuse me of being Martha. But I'm saying it again, "I'm not Martha". I'm sure she's groovy and all that, but she often nauseates me. So I usually don't tune in. I'd rather check out some mom blogger website and see what's going on in a little bit more of the real world. It's more fun and usually the information is more helpful.
Stay tuned for my upcoming post on gardening tips. Freebie: Make sure the sprinkling system timer is on and the batteries are fresh.
Squeeze all the good out of it while it's still around.
This wasn't meant to be another Christmas in July. The only photo of rag swags that I have made is this one from Christmas even though I made a regular one about 3 feet long for my cousin's bedroom about 6 years ago.
This one was made from Christmas trinkets for packages and/or ornaments to hang on the tree.
If you want to make one before the fall run to Hobby Lobby as they have a lot of Christmas items out now. This one is made from ribbon and pieces cut from scraps of fabric. The NOEL and felt mitten was most likely bought at Hobby Lobby. The jingle bell came from the Dollar Tree.
I used red clothes pins that are decorated with wooden or plastic snowflakes to put on the ends not only for decoration but also to clip on to the package or tree. White package string was used on which to tie all the scraps and ribbon. You could use white cording that is used to line piping to hold the ribbon and fabric as well.
If you'd rather make a large decorative swag for anytime of the year, this coastal swag at The Shabby Creek Cottage is the bomb. It's in some of my favorite colors - and the ones we have in our kitchen. The mini-lights on this garland take the whole idea up a notch. Check it out for yourself.
Recently, Target had red, white, and blue strings of lights marked down. They could be used with those colors of fabric and ribbon for a fourth of July swag. I think a Halloween one would be cute, or do one in pinks and purples for a little girl's birthday party or girl's bedroom, etc., etc., etc.
Yesterday was our first attempt at Junior Chef School. Me as the chef teaching Wonder Boy.
First thing, he made pizza dough. Measured everything by himself and mixed it up. I added a little more water and instructed him to keep mixing it with his hands. Wonder Boy loved that.
The best dough recipe I've ever used is from an article Russ Parsons from the Los Angeles Times wrote years ago from a chef named Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix. Here's the website if you are in the neighborhood and want to check them out. I don't even know when the article was written. In the 1990's or possible early 2000's. Anyhow, Pizzeria Bianco must be great if this crust is any indication.
The recipe is from Chris Bianco's Pizza Biancoverde recipe. We use the dough recipe to make our crust.
3 cups flour
1 cup water, room temperature
1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
Combine flour, water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon salt in large bow (I prefer a pottery bowl for this) and mix either by hand or mixer until fairly sticky dough forms. If dough is too slack, add up to 1/2 cup flour. If dough is tight and dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Form dough into ball, cover with towel and let sit at least 30 minutes.
We let ours rise longer than that as we were busy doing other things. When we were ready to make the pizza we put it on the baking sheet and pressed it out by hand. Bianco's recipe makes two crusts, but we use all the dough for one durable, not very thin crust.
Apparently mixing the dough by hand makes it better because I don't do it that way and Wonder Boy did and it was the best homemade crust we've had in who knows when. Also, I found that my pizza stone is gone. Think it actually fell apart back in the winter and I forgot. Anyway, it's gone. We used a silver colored air insulated baking sheet.
We used a bottled marinara sauce. Next, mozzarella (the kind that comes in the big ball) and we shredded it to top off the pizza.
Heat the oven to 500 degrees on lowest rack until crust is browned and cheese begins to bubble, 10-15 minutes.
Here's the pizza. It was yummy. Hope you make some of your own. Fresh basil and sliced homegrown tomatoes would be tasty too.
You don't have to wait until autumn to plan your Christmas. If you have the time and would like to do a little bit now this is a good resource. Pick only what you want to do - I wouldn't get the decorations out myself since it takes me forever to put them away and it would not be enjoyable for me. Also, it would probably be difficult to know exactly what events you would like to attend at this point.
However, the card and address list (maybe you'd like to make your own cards) and the gift list if there are any gifts you intend on making - those would be good things to concentrate on. Michael's has some Christmas items out already and scrapbook papers are among them.
Not your thing? Get back in the pool, pull some weeds, build a sandcastle, visit an elderly relative or friend. Catch some fireflies in a jar. Make a butterfly garden. How about some homemade peach ice cream? Maybe there is a beautiful scenic drive you'd like to take that's close to where you live like Pacific Highway, Natchez Trace Parkway, Skyline Drive, or the Delmarva Peninsula. Love the season you are in.
This weekend is Hallmark's Ornament Premiere for Christmas 2012. I won't be attending. Hallmark's ornament prices have gone through the roof and the quality that they were in the 1980's and even into the 90's just is not there. Yeah, they light up, turn, play music, but the materials are just not that great. I'd rather buy something handmade by an artisan than waste it on a piece of junk made in China.
We have some we have bought over the years, ones that Santa has left for us, and some from family members. Last year Santa left a Hallmark 1957 Chevrolet fire engine replicating one that the Fredericksburg, PA Company 1 had used for my dad in his stocking at our house. But I can't control what Santa does. If Santa wants to buy the Hallmark ornaments I'm fine with that.
Christmas Classics Weekend
In conjunction with their Ornament Premiere weekend, the Hallmark Channel will be showing Christmas movies all day Saturday and Sunday. That's tomorrow and the next day. I can get excited about that. From November until Hallmark stops playing these movies in December or January, is about only time I turn on the television other than watching the news. Except that I'll probably be outdoors pulling weeds if it's not raining.
Love Call Me Mrs. Miracle,The Most Wonderful Time ofthe Year, The Christmas Card, and Holiday Engagement is cute.
So if you are tired of hot weather where you live and time permits, grab some popcorn, bake up some chocolate chip cookies, and enjoy!
When I was a little girl my Nanny taught me how to embroider. I could even make French knots. Nowadays my French knots are lacking and honestly were not very good. Crunch time didn't help so I'll try again later.
Other than the above ladies' works, my inspiration came from two different K & Company kits that I got on mark-down at Michael's about 2 years ago.
This K & Company inspiration binder from Brenda Walton
and this pad of K & Company scrapbook pad also from Brenda Walton, both from the Olivia Rose collection.
None of which had anything more than the dandelion seed head, a bird, fish, and similar flowers.
K & Company by Brenda Walton
Olivia Rose Collection
Everything else was my design. Some items I drew on the fabric. Mostly, I just embroidered it freehand. The fabric was a thin flour sack tea towel that was bought a long time ago and stuffed away for a future project. The towel hem is apparent in the shot below where you can see puckers before it was sewn to the fabric and turned under and hemmed again.
Also, the dragon fly on the right came from a purchased pack of patches. Thought it would add a more 3-D perspective. Would have liked to have embellished with trinkets but time again did not permit.
I sandwiched a piece of flat batting between the embroidered piece and the above fabric that I used as backing. The edges were turned underneath and ironed in place and sewed in place. I sewed the yellow rick rack on by hand.
The pant hanger is not vintage. It's actually made out of bamboo. My friend has a coastal room and thought she could hang it in there or anywhere else in her home for summer.
Was thinking coastal and of the beach when I began. A song, one that I really probably didn't like when I was growing up - it was popular about the time I was in the second grade kept coming to mind "Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind..." by Seals and Crofts. Okay, so now I really like it. Just like Danny's Song by Kenny Loggins that I couldn't stand when I was growing up. They both make me think of Southern Cal Boy. I digress. Guess I'm getting old.
Hope my friend loves the wall hanging. I had the best time making it! It was fun, something I had kept putting off until I just "did it!" instead of dreaming about it any longer. It was made with love.
Don't let your fears or time keep you from being creative and undertaking a crafty or re-do project you've been wanting to do. Have fun with it. It doesn't have to be perfect.
I am not getting paid or receiving any compensation from any of the artists or vendors mentioned in this post. I just like their work.
Our whole family loves listening to Adventure's in Odyssey and the happenings at Whit's End. You can listen on the radio, Internet, and with CD collections that you may purchase. There are all different kinds of stories filled with mystery, fun, and excitement.
I am not getting paid to endorse Adventures in Odyssey nor do they endorse my website. I just believe it's great and believe in the truth that it teaches.
This post was going to be a recipe I made up for homemade banana ice cream back on Father's Day for my dad but one that could be used on July 4th or any hot summer day. But plans change.
We missed our annual July 4th concert and fireworks show we usually attend in a neighboring town tonight due to traveling over the last week. Our return flight was rescheduled twice and became a 12 hour delay and from a time zone 6 hours behind our zone. We didn't mind staying where we were. We would have loved to stay. However, the delayed flight set off a domino effect for us. What followed was misrouted luggage, temperamental tummies, and lack of good rest had us home bound tonight. Plus, somebody had to go to work today. Maybe in the next week or so we'll have some photos from the trip. I had posts for this week, but now they seem.
After the last episode went off the local TV station showed a montage of Andy Griffith photos through his career. Then I realized what had happened. Andy was gone. Now I know how my mom felt that hot August day in 1977 when we were sitting at the Hardee's with the AM radio on and at the top of the hour the news broadcaster announced "Elvis is dead." We were eating cheeseburgers when that happened. Elvis would have been proud.
Okay, so I couldn't hold back the tears when I told my son why they were showing the picture montage before they announced it. Andy Griffith wasn't Elvis, but I grew up with Andy. I've known Andy Taylor ever since I could watch television. Andy has always been there. I watched Andy with my grandaddy. My 9 year old son loves Andy. No joke, my son was on Skype today with one of his friends while I was watching it. He told his friend about the Andy Griffith show and the boy didn't know what he was talking about. So my son brought in the laptop he was on to show his friend our television so he could see what the Andy Griffith Show is. In a few minutes my son was off Skype and we were watching the end of the episode. This was before we knew Andy had passed.
Sheriff Andy Taylor taught us the Golden Rule and that everyone has been given mercy and that we should give mercy back to others. The Andy Griffith show taught us that the two most important things in life are home and faith. Mayberry was a town where everyone knew everyone and everyone was worth knowing. Andy Griffith might not have been perfect, but the dad Sheriff Andy Taylor was pretty close. Too bad there aren't good, wholesome, ethical shows offered up on the airwaves today.
Here's a rare clip of Andy Griffith singing the "The Fishin' Hole" aka The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song. Hope you enjoy it.
If I don't get to post any thing more on July 4th - hope you enjoy your freedom and hope you enjoy this slice of Americana.
And remember, real freedom comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.