Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Considering all things Pumpkin.... Lets be THANKFUL!

                  Today is..... NOVEMBER 24...... UMBELIEVABLE.

 Thanksgiving for my family is TOMORROW!   The cooking and cleaning frenzy has begun.  For the first year ever I have  broken the rule ... Thanksgiving first then Christmas.   I have Mostly Fall things still out but the Christmas decorating has begun.  Shocking!!!  One big tree up, a few little trees and some garland hung.  And I am pleasantly surprised how good that makes me feel.   Since we have snow on the ground... maybe that gives me an excuse.  Please don't poo- poo me too much if you think I'm rushing into Christmas and minimizing Thanksgiving... That is not it at all.  With the lights on the trees, the house feels extra cozy with a dose of love for my Thanksgiving guests. Thanksgiving is still front and center but my soul has softened.   As Mikey says.... "Try it you'll like it".   Thanksgiving is a lifestyle..... not One day.  Christmas is about the Love of the Savior everyday... Not one Day.   Each day matters.  Each day is a gift to be celebrated.  In a world that is crazy confused....  What happens at HOME is important.  Creating Home is important.

Enjoy the moments of each day ..... life is short.  

The days just go so fast around here,  I have a hard time keeping up.  Feels really good to be a little bit ahead of things.  Next week will be major chaos as I shift totally into Christmas gear.  But for now still holding on to the last little bit of Autumn Yum, creating cozy spaces and just thinking a little differently about how I want to live my life.   No one seems upset that there is a Christmas tree up here in November.  They are all clapping!!!!  Who doesn't like twinkling lights ???  I have put a lot of stress on myself over the years to make it all happen in a short period of time.   This year things are different and my heart is smiling.

So gather your flock together.  Now is the time to EAT  PIE,  Mashed potatoes, turkey,  stuffing.
Be thankful and let the love flow to those near and dear.  It is All Good!!!!

 The Amazing Pumpkin Pie delight 
Countdown has begun....

My mouth is watering just thinking about eating this.
Forget the turkey
just give me the PIE!

It will be going in the oven as soon as I am done posting this. 

I hope you need to make a quick grocery run yet
before the big day.
Do you like cheesecake?????
Pick up the ingredients for this pie!

I promise you 
this recipe beats any Pumpkin Pie hands down.

YUM -Delicious

2 graham cracker crusts

3Packages of Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1 (15 oz ) can pureed Pumpkin
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 containers of Cool whip !!!!!!

Preheat oven to 350*

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add Pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream
sugar and the spices.  Add flour and vanilla.  Beat until well combined.

Pour into crusts. Spread out evenly.  Bake for 50-55 min until cracks start to form around outer edge of pie.  Center of pie will still appear slightly under done.  Allow to cool completely then refrigerate. 

Pile on the Cool Whip and enjoy!

Thank you Paula Deen for the recipe.

Spices in the recipe have been modified because we like more : ) 

ENJOY the Blessings of Family and good Food!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

My heart overflows with gratitude for
 everything God has provided for us through another year.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Quilts are a funny thing.

What makes you love them or leave them??

People of all kinds choose to live accordingly......
We are either people who can't live with them  : (
because they seem old fashioned

Or we don't want to live without them!!!!
The more the merrier.  : ) : ) : )

I am placing myself in the later category : ) : ) : )

This is an Old fashioned quilt love story rewritten.
One that speaks to the hearts of women crazy about home.

I am a maker...
I am a quilter...
I make quilts...
I make quilts because ?????

Really I don't know why I feel such a need to make quilts.
I just need to do it.
I can't stop making.
I can't stop looking at fabric,
I can't stop buying fabric for the next quilt.

Maybe it has something to do with L.O.V. E .

For Love isn't L.O.V. E.  until you give it away.

I've made quilts and I've given away quilts.  I've bought quilts that have found themselves Lost on their Luck.... for the love of the original owner has faded and they have kissed them good-bye for the last time.   I have a hard time with quilts that have no one to love them.  People are the same... I just feel bad if their life is empty of love.   We've got to have L.O.V. E.  to survive.

Such is the story of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
the quilt pictured here.

She was Lost on her Luck.... kissed goodbye for the last time.

 We found her at a flea market .... she said, " Hello" and then "How do you do ?"  and then started singing Happy Birthday to Me : )

Well how could I not buy a singing quilt! Actually my daughter insisted to buy it for my birthday.  She stole our heart.   We knew we could love her.  We understand Contrary women.

We didn't tell her she would need a hot bath when we got her home.

She is scrappy!   Very Scrappy!
So scrappy I can hardly tell how she was put together.
That's why her name is now  Mary Mary Quite Contrary.

She has a love that sort of catches you unexpectedly. 

She is Pure Scrappy love

  I think a grandma probably made her.

I get grandmas : ) 

In the spare minutes of her day 
she couldn't help herself
she had to sew
squares together.

I have no idea how long it took her
but it seams to have been a process.
The squares are different sizes

It looks like she made blocks...

Then sewed them into rows according to block size.

Then again maybe not :) 
 You see it is so hard to figure her out!

Sounds like women in general.... hard to figure out ; ) 
Why do we need to do what we need to do?

For sure this grandma was just stitching herself happy. 

 Each square,  each shirt, each skirt.... 
Maybe this is a history of all the quilts she made
maybe the clothes they wore
L.O.V. E .

A quilt to keep somebody warm
L.O.V. E .

I have been sleeping under her for the last month
L.O.V. E .

I think I get too hung up on quilt design.
trying to make it perfect....
And forget about L.O.V. E.

She is not quilted
She is tied. 
Simply tied : ) 

Unexpected Beautiful Love. 

Let the L.O.V. E. Begin.




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