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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to you My Friends!

As, I was spending the day at my Mama's helping cook the Thanksgiving Feast, because that is always what it is....I began to think of you, my blogging friends. I know in my heart that most of you, if any of you, will i ever meet. But, I feel like over these almost 3 years, you have become such an integral part of my life. You have been here to give me advice on projects.....praise on projects.....and, just here if I needed you. And, so I felt I needed to say Thank You.

I can't even begin to say thank you enough to all the wonderful and amazing people that I read from and learn from everyday. I feel that I have grown as a person and a crafter/artisan because of each one of you. I even learned how to make and bake my own treats for my four legged baby, Odawg.....he loved them!

Most of all, I feel like you are my part of my family....you have shared your happy times and sad times with me......there have been births shared and even the lose of loved ones.....and I with you. I so wish that I could reach right through my screen and give you all a hug and share a cup of coffee with you. Maybe, one day, I can save enough money and go to one of the awesome conventions out there, but, until that time.....let me say a big thanks to each of you and letting me be a part of yours.....so, from my family to yours.....Happy Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Snowmen Family For Mama!

Happy Sunday Evening Everyone,
It is a very rainy and windy evening here in rural South Georgia! I'm not going to complain because we need the rain. So, let me tell you a few things about my Mama...first, she has been married to my Daddy for 59 years! Can you believe it! You hardly ever hear of marriages lasting that long now of days, and I have to admit....she needs a Crown for living with my Daddy all these years! Just joking!

She has been the best wife to Daddy, the most awesome Mama to us four children, the most wonderful to her eight grandchildren, and the most supreme GG to her two great-grandchildren! For, the past several years, she has been the main caretaker for my Daddy who is severely disabled now.....and she does every day without question. I so remember when Christmas came around she loved getting the house ready for all of us to come home......and now, she can't do everything she use to. 

As most of you know, last weekend I participated in a wonderful Christmas Craft Show. I had been painting and crafting for several weeks. I had used  an old cabinet door and painted a snowman on it, and it sold at the show, which I was excited about. But, I didn't know until after the show, that snowman painting had been my Mama's favorite, So, this week I got busy painting her a snowman painting. All i had was a rather large piece of wood, so I decided to paint a snowman family....representing my Daddy, in blue....Mama, in green, her favorite color, and her great granddaughter, Kenzley in pink, and Alan, her great grandson in blue like GDaddy! I gave it to her this week and I would give a million dollars for her smile when she saw it:

 I Just love it and I know she loved it also....I'm so thankful for her every day! Love you Mama!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Homemade Mushroom Soup

Happy Saturday everyone,

This past week has brought cold, chilly weather to rural South Georgia and my cravings for winter soups and stews has begun. So, I had brought a pack of Baby Bella mushrooms on sale for $1.49 and I knew I had to do something with them soon. They were nice and fat and I knew they would be perfect for soup.

I started by using a tablespoon of butter....then when that was melted added a tablespoon of garlic(crushed) and a good splash of olive oil. I then placed the cut up and chopped mushrooms into pot and stirred. I then added a good splash of Worcestershire sauce. I let that stew together until mushrooms were started to turn colors. I then added about a cup of chicken broth....vegetable or beef broth could be used, but, I used what I had on hand. I also added two bay leaves and a sprig of rosemary from my garden. I left the bay leaf in during the whole process, but I took the rosemary out after almost 5 minutes.

I covered the pot and let cook for about 5 minutes. I then took a tablespoon of flour and mixed with water....it turned out to be about a 1/4 of a cup, maybe a little less, and poured into soup and let it thicken. I then added a cup of cream and a cup of milk.....after, I sprinkled about a teaspoon of nutmeg into soup....to give it a little something extra. I had all things on hand, so this soup cost me the $1.49 for the mushrooms....it was delicious!

My pictures are not the fanciest, but, I think you can tell how good it was and I certainly enjoyed it.



Monday, November 17, 2014

A Wonderful Christmas Craft Show!

Happy Monday evening from a very chilly and windy South Georgia! The Arctic Vortex that has affected other parts of the country, maybe, even where you live, has finally made it way down South! I'm all bundled up sitting in the recliner, wishing that it was the morning, so I could have a cup of java, but, alas...at my age, I just can't drink it this late at night anymore.

This weekend, I had the privilege of attending the 1st Annual Grace Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar. First, this is a beautiful church with courtyards everywhere, beautiful places to sit and pray or meditate, filled with gorgeous stained glass windows.....just a wonderful place to be. This was their first time holding a church bazaar which spotlighted local vendors sharing all sorts of great crafts and talents!

Now, I have to say, that this show, wasn't the best of sales I've had, but, the sales were great, and the fellowship between the vendors was awesome.  The woman who planned the event was my childhood best friend....we spent every day together.....and visiting and reconnecting with her was better than all the sale I could make. But, I'm going to share some pics from my booth, which showcased my whimsical folk art and signs.....handmade jewelry.....wine glass candle holders.....my adorable wooden snowmen families and my new Countdown to  Christmas plates.....and the last pic will be of me towards the end of the day looking very tired, but with a smile on my face......

 I'm going to be taking it easy from now to the first of the year....making a few gifts and a few recipes I want to try.....and spending time with my Daddy who is not doing well. Please think of our family when you say your prayers.  Enjoy the pics and Blessings to you,


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Chocolate Covered Spoons! Oh My!

Happy Sunday Everyone!
I feel really like a bad parent...I haven't blogged or posted anything this past week! I have been doing nothing but getting ready for a huge Christmas Craft Show this coming Saturday.....so, as much as I hate to admit it, blogging hasn't been on my mind. But, I'm back.....almost through with everything I'm going to be selling.

One of the items I've made is coffee mugs with funny sayings painted on them. Ya'll know I love my coffee, but, another thing that I love is chocolate! I had thought about ordering some pre-made chocolate covered spoons, but, after searching, I realized that it wasn't in the budget. So, I researched on Pinterest and realized that I probably could make them myself.

I had a pack of spoons left over from the last cook out, and had the chocolate morsels to melt, but, I wanted to have something else to add a little pizazz. I drove down to my closet Dollar General just to see what I might could find, and found a small box of Christmas Peppermint Bark, which I love. When I got back, I placed several pieces in a Ziploc bag, and crushed it into small pieces so it would be easier to place on the melted chocolate on the spoons. So, gathering the chocolate morsels, wax paper for the baking sheet to lay the spoons on, the spoons, I then placed about a cup of the morsels in a small dish and micro-waved them until they were thoroughly melted...this took about a minute.

I quickly dipped each spoon into the melted chocolate and then dropped the peppermint pieces on each spoon. I laid each one on the baking sheet and placed into refrigerator to set.

There were a few things I need to do the next time....I realized I could add a very small amount of oil if the chocolate gets to hard, and to make small batches of the chocolate, but, I tried one out this afternoon with a cup of coffee and it was so good, and of course each one will be wrapped in clear wrap and finished with a cute little bow!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween at Gobbler Hollow!

Happy All Saint's Day from Gobbler Hollow!

Last night, was our families annual FREE Halloween Festival we put on at my sisters/mothers house! We all spend weeks ahead of time creating displays and building all types of ghosts and ghouls! From years past of having many members of the family including the parents, to last night, having a good many involved, but not as many as before.

We have a No Scare Zone for the young ones, to our haunted town and Grim Reaper to our Witches House we had this year. We also built a backdrop featuring a scarecrow and donkey where the youngsters could get their pics made for free! Also, this year, our mother decided we needed to have a popcorn machine plus candy!  Each year, my sisters and I dress up as The Witches Three....my baby sister, Rebecca is Esme....the Wise One! Me, well, I'm usually Winnie from Hocus Pocus, and my other younger sister can do a great British voice and she is the "classy Ronnie" who "flies" in for Halloween. So, the first pic will be of the Witches Three...from left to right...Esme, Winnie, and Ronnie.....will have various pics from the Haunt...and end with the last where you can clearly see I'm out of costume!

 In this very last pic, you can tell, I had already slipped out of costume....since I'm the "elder sister witch", I was tired....lol. Also pictured with us is our dear family friend Michelle, who was our candy fairy!

Now, it is back to getting ready for the Christmas Craft show!