Monday, November 30, 2015

OMGoodness - I'm tired...

but it's a 'good tired' as my Mama used to say ...
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving time - we sure did!
It started with this crew [my brother & sister and families -] 
This photo was taken after the oldest and wife left to go to her family's thanksgiving...
[photo cred Kelly B]
So we had a house full -  and enjoyed our meal -  citrus salad, [crockpot] turkey breast, sausage dressing, green beans, cheesy potatoes, and pumpkin pie, apple crumble, and tea cakes just like our Mama M used to make... YUM. 
I was too busy enjoying our time together to take many photos... 
 Afterwards we sat outside and played MK's new game - Headbands - fun!
And, yes, my sweetheart put his own spin on it - ha.
I think we ended up out front [and not on the patio] because MK had great memories of the hammock, so Craig got it out and they all enjoyed it!
 And also, because we were all hoping she could overcome some of her anxiety about animals - and KittyLou was perfect for that - 
She even TOUCHED her - and that's wonderful - 
even if she was bribed to do it - ha.
Friday we went over to Craig's mothers and enjoyed Thanksgiving with her. 
The boys went  with us and were wonderful to get all of her Christmas out 
so she could begin decorating for the holiday - 
On Saturday we did our non-traditional fondue with our little family - 
We start with cheese [and apples, new potatoes, bread, etc.]
Then moved on to meats and stuffed mushrooms that were either battered and fried or cooked in daughter-in-law's yummy broth -
Then we finished the meal with chocolate fondue 
[and cherries, pound cake, bananas, and marshmallows...]
We were too full to eat it all!
So on Sunday we had friends over for 
Turkey, Tidbits, and TALK
- our take on this whole 'friendsgiving' thing - but with the twist of bringing your leftovers to share... because, as mostly empty nesters we can't eat it all anymore...
But alas, no photos... we just enjoyed BEING together...
As we enjoyed having this one home for a few days...
missed his gal, but know she was enjoying being with her family...
So later Sunday evening I gathered all of 'fall' up to be put away...
I'm looking forward to the Christmas season...
But I have a confession to make - I've been buying some gifts these last few months, and I think I'm going to have to give the play room a thorough cleaning to locate them all - 
Something it obviously needs to have done any way...

Saturday, November 28, 2015

I LOVE that Illustrated Faith

has partnered with Day Spring!! 
I can't wait to see all the goodies they come up with together!!
 This week they are encouraging us to post some of our favorite gift ideas - 
So here's some of mine - 
Brose through Day Spring and I'm sure you'll find some wonderful things 
to add to your list too!

Some of my favorite gift ides from Day Spring --
1 - Love this bright and festive star garland - it would look great on the mantle or over a picture frame!
2 - What Women Fer by Angie Smith - I've  enjoyed Angie's writing since the very beginning of her blog - but have somehow missed this one - looking forward to reading this!
3- Love this necklace by Lisa Leonard - "JOY" - is perfect for the season!
 4 -  This cosmetic bag is so cute - and I'll admit that I' would use it for a watercolors or Bible journaling pens.
5 - and lastly - this adorable planner! Looks like it would give lots of room to document our lives!
Check out to find out how to enter to win your gift guide too!! 
#dayspringGIFTGUIDE  @DaySpring and @IllustratedFaith

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A few weeks ago I FINALLY had the opportunity

 to meet Christy and attend one of her cooking classes… 
She’s the food master behind Southern Plate – I have all of her cookbooks and LOVE her down-home [and frugal approach*] to cooking good meals for our families. 
We’ve been sharing on Instagram for a while now… and have crossed paths more than once at different events [or stores] here in town – So it was a treat to finally meet her!
And y’all – she’s just as sweet IN REAL LIFE as she is on the screen – lol. 
 She cooked us up A MEAL: popcorn crunch that is addicting – roasted vegetables – cranberry crumble – sweet potato brulee’ -
Oh. My. I’d been wanting to try crockpot turkey breast for a while – and, 
It. Was. Delicious. 
Guess what I’ll be serving at my own Thanksgiving table? 
I’ll pair it with a family favorite of our own – from our little family cookbook, printed in 1987...
Aunt Betty’s Sausage Dressing.
  Here’s the recipe straight from the family cookbook** and I’ll tell you a secret – 
shhh – I’m not really a lover of dressing – 
But I truly do love this! 
  I’ve seen a Tyler Florence recipe that is very similar…. 
And I’ve been trying to figure out how he got a copy of our family cookbook - HA
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I’m sooooo looking forward to being with my sweet family.
*I bought my ten pounds of butter on sale as soon as I left the class – ha.
**Family - I know I said this last year – but I’m setting a GOAL to get this scanned and on-line for our Cousins Facebook Group soon!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

I am really enjoying putting a bit of art

in the margins of my Bible... 
[and on the extra page in my little note takers Bible...]
 These pages were inspired by The Inheritance by Beth Moore 
- a Bible Study my weekly group has been doing this fall --
 I wanted it to look like a fishing net cast over the cross of Christ...
and I kind of like how it turned out...
All are done in water color with ink on top...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Y'all know I put out the 'fall' stuff in September and

 it stays until the end of November ... 
I usually just add a bit of Halloween that is easily taken away... 
Then I can continue to enjoy the pumpkins and leaves for a while longer...
I picked up this burlap pumpkin early in the season [it still felt like summer here -] at Old Time Pottery [less than $6]... I've debated about putting a big H on it, but I've just enjoyed it like it is ---
This is a frame I use a lot in different places throughout the house... 
Here it's in the foyer with a little plaque I picked up at The Dollar Tree when we were traveling in August...
Here's a close-up of our mantle -- the silver tray belonged to my mom... also the the horse hair [Navajo[ vase that we picked up in Arizona [more than a] few years ago... The lantern came filled with Christmas ornaments... and the leaves and tiny pine cones from The Avenue of the Giants in Northern California... the milk glass is from thrift stores across the country... and an old window that always reminds me of my Mama M's house. 
Wa-Laaa --- use the things you love! 
We have a wardrobe that is exactly like the one my Mama M had and I love having it in our living room... on top of it is a diorama that the oldest made for me last year... and on the mantle next to that is a big H, a metal star on milk glass...a couple of pumpkins 
and a small flower arrangement in burlap...
I'm still loving this little suitcase on legs... the pumpkin is on a milk glass pedestal with a smaller one setting inside a silver-plate coaster...
[Yay for sun! It's been two weeks since I've seen it!]
And lastly - our little dresser that sets just inside our entryway... 
It has a garland / banner of trees I made a few years back  and another of my mama's silver trays... The copper kettle is from her house... I added an assortment of pumpkins, a candle, and a basket of small scrapbooks... also one of my favorite photos of us...
I look forward to Thanksgiving every year - it really is my favorite holiday!  
I love being with family with no expectation other than to just BE together!
I'm already planning our meal  - it's going to great being together!
I hope you have a good one too!

Monday, November 9, 2015

So... let's back it up a little bit...

and talk about Halloween...
[photo cred: Bobbie Weinbaum]
 It's so obvious that I'd never make it as one of those 'professional' bloggers who post their holiday posts a month out in order to inspire the rest of us - 
and I'm thankful they do - 
because there's some great ideas out there, y'all!  
But I'm just living life and sharing as I go -- 
and sometimes, a week or so after the fun I've had...
Y'all know I like to set a pretty [fun, crazy, whatever you want to call it] table -  
And this year's skellie theme started with these cute bowls I found at TJ Maxx...
[again, photo cred: Bobbie Weinbaum]
Shown here with my gr-mothers chicken stew recipe 
and my take on the Pioneer Woman's olive bread recipe** - OH MY.
Next, I found these adorable plates at Old Time Pottery...
I picked up the silver-plate coasters at a thrift store to raise the bowls up a bit, then I decided that I liked the look fo the silver-plate [tarnished] trays as chargers...
[We got most of these for less than $4 at thrift stores -]
The tablecloth is from Kohl's [last year 80% off] and the little black and white pumpkins are from Roses [50c each...] 
-- Jack-o-Lanterns and witch are from my stash...
I met some girlfriends at the Scrapbook Playhouse for a weekend of crafting and fun.. 
And you can see that I carried the skellie theme into my 'costume' as well...
Again, a thrift store buy [$3] that I added panels to the side for a comfortable fit - ha.
Linda had a sharknado them going on ---
 [photo cred: Amanda Zimmer]
She also made the MOST delicious and adorable cupcakes!
Pockey for spider legs - who knew?
  [again, photo cred: Amanda Zimmer]
 My sweetheart had picked up a bottle of non-alcoholic 
pumpkin flavored bubbly on sale,
 so we enjoyed that as well - and it was pretty good...
And added a festive flare to our gathering - ha.
Despite all the fun we had, I still managed to complete over 30 pages! 
- I'll share more of those in the coming days...
Until then - here's My Take on the PW's Olive Bread:
Mix together: 
1/2  stick butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup mayo [BLUE PLATE]
8 oz cheddar cheese
and about half a cup each of chopped black olives and green olives with pimentos.
Slice French bread lengthwise [two long pieces] and spread each with the mixture [pile it on!] then back for 25 minutes at 325*.
Slice and serve.
It's my first time to make it - but, omgoodness, 
I want some right now!!

Friday, November 6, 2015


All One Little Word images are from pinterest -

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This week I’ve had the opportunity to be with family who have lost loved ones…

 two of my cousins [sisters] passed away within two days of each other. 
Their deaths were not unexpected, and yet, 
who is ever really ready to say goodbye to someone you love so much?

These cousins are more my mom’s age than mine 
[in fact, one was six months older than my mama.]  
 [They have children more my age]
… and because their mother [my mama’s sister] lived just around the 
corner from us when we were growing up –
 they and their two younger sisters have always been a constant in my life. 
My heart aches for their children [and gr-children,] 
and two younger sisters who are left behind… 
So my mind went so Saudade
“Saudade was once described as "the love that remains" after someone is gone.  
Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. 
It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (e.g., one's children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. 
It brings sad and happy feelings all together, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling.” 

It’s a word that I found [I can’t remember how -- ] after my mama passed on… and it’s a comfort as it explains my feelings so accurately… 
I wanted to give them a little something during this time 
and I created this mixed media piece ... 
The heart says 'saudade' because I know they will 
always have their sweet loved ones in their hearts....

Friday, October 30, 2015

Here's some Bible Journaling I did this week --

 This page was inspired by the Beth More Study, Inheritance, that I'm doing with my group on Thursday nights. Last week she was talking about our gifts - 
and how we are all gifted in different ways -- 
"Let's just be who we are made to be without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves to others... or trying to be something we're not."
I needed to hear this right now...  
"Don't be envious of others' gifts..."
and while so many of us may lean toward this --  
I love that his was added as well --
"Don't be prideful about my own..." 
I love John 3:16 and how it so clearly shows how much God loves us! 
I remembered a little art piece I did a year or so ago and 
wanted to have it in my little journaling Bible...
Here are my sermon notes from this week - a challenge to stand for our beliefs [our God!] in the world we live in today - [the washi tape marks the beginning of the book of Nehemiah --]
 And here are some sermon notes from a while back 
that I took the time to read over again and highlight a bit with water colors...

And then I created the page across from it - because if 'm REALLY willling to go where ever He leads me - then I need to trust and obey.
[I find that many of my faith pages end up 
having scripture based song lyrics on them - do you?] 
  You can see that I'm using my 'square' Bible that I've had for a while -
So I have sermon notes already in the margins.... also, I tend to highlight more with lettering than with actually art in this Bible...
but I do love these little arrows...
And lastly, more study notes from hearing Priscilla Shirer live a couple of years ago... I took a little time read over these once again while I was out / town for work...
I highlighted a bit with water colors...
Just a way to have the things that stood out to me continue to stand out a bit - lol
Happy journaling!