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Welcome 1st day of September! This is one of my favorite months of the year… the weather will slowly but surely begin to cool off, and we can welcome autumn. My favorite time of year. Hooray! Soon I can run outside and crunch leaves.

Yesterday, in honor of the dreary weather we had, I threw a chicken pot-pie in the oven. I tend to be the type that doesn’t use recipes when cooking food of that nature, so once the pie crust was chilling on the fridge, I just started throwing veggies in a pot. On a wing and a prayer, I finally threw the pie in the oven and turned on the timer. (I also can’t cook without a timer!)

Though I say it myself, this pie was most definitely yummy! I used fresh-ground flour in the crust because we’re out of white. Even though it makes the crust a little grainy, it blended well with the chicken and veggie filling. I just had to take a picture before we cut into it…

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Yum!

We had leftover chicken from one of those roast chickens you can buy in the deli section at the grocery store. I used potatoes, fresh baby carrots, fresh celery, a small onion, and added some garlic powder, salt and pepper while I let them boil together for about 15-20 minutes. I thawed some frozen chicken stock in a pot, and worked on rolling out the crust. Right before the veggies were done, I added some frozen peas and let them cook about 5 minutes. I added salt to the chicken stock, and thickened it with cornstarch. Once that was all done, I cut up the chicken and added it to the veggies (remember to drain out the water in the veggies!). Then I just poured it all into a deep-dish pie pan, and topped it with another crust! Bake it at 350 degrees for about an hour. (Until it’s bubbling.)

And for fun, a few of my favorite cooking quotes:

“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes,
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”
~A.A. Milne~


“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen,
a warm stove, and simmering pot and a mom.”
~Barbara Costikyan~


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
~A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf~


~All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
~John Gunther~

September 1, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Happiness, Life, Quotage, Rain, Tuesday. Leave a comment.

At it again…

Hello everyone!

I must confess, I have completely enjoyed being away from the computer for the past week or so! However, I’ve come out of hiding to show you the beginnings of yet another project! I have always wanted to make a vintage style double wedding ring album quilt, and I finally found a pattern that works! After trying three different patterns in the past 6 years, and getting frustrated every time, this foundation piecing pattern works!!!!! <–link

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The beginning of the pile of arcs.

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Foundation piecing… I like to do 10 arcs at a time!


I added an extra row on the top and side, to make it a queen size, and in four days (yes, 4 days!) I have come this far!!!!! Now I just have to sew the top together… all those curved seams….. oh my. This is just the pieces laid out on the floor, on top of a blanket so I can easily roll them up and out of the way without messing up the layout.

And last, but not least…


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Here is my LOVELY quilt! 🙂

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This is going to turn out SOO pretty!

I really have to say that this has gone much quicker than I expected. The hard part now is all these curved seams. Piecing the quilt together has always been my least favorite part. I’d much rather quilt it! However, once this top is pieced I’m really going to go all-out with the quilting. Does anyone have any ideas for the design in the large white areas? 🙂 I would appreciate ideas! 🙂

God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

June 30, 2009. Fun, Hopechesting, Life, Projects, Sewing, Tuesday. 1 comment.

Back!

I’ve been MIA for a short while, but it’s not because the creative juices aren’t flowing! In fact, quite the opposite… I ended up taking photos of most of the projects I’ve managed to complete in the last few weeks, and it was neat to put them together in my first-ever mosaic. Some of the photos are repeats for you, but bear with me. 🙂 After taking these photos I got an idea for one dress, and almost completely cut out another. Three cheers for having time to do fun sewing projects!

 

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1. Dress., 2. Quick Fix, 3. Apron-y, 4. Red Dress…, 5. Sundress!, 6. Different.,
7. Contemplative…, 8. The last one., 9. Criss-cross,
10. GREEN., 11. Laughing at myself…, 12. Helping., 13. Linens

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

My next project… a reproduction 1930’s outfit… I hope it turns out, because I finally got the nerve to cut up my all-time favorite feedbag! 🙂 God bless, and have a wonderful day!

 

Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”
~Danny Kaye~ 

June 16, 2009. Clothing, Fun, Happiness, Hopechesting, Knitting, Life, Photography, Portraits, Projects, Sewing, Summer, Tuesday, Yard Sale. 1 comment.

Some Changes…

Hello everyone! You might not have noticed a few minor changes on my website, but I worked on this yesterday for quite a while! After much thought I decided I wanted to remove my other “main” website, and moved the domain to this site!

And if you scroll down on the sidebar, you’ll see a new feature, a green box titled “Freebie”. That holds two vintage embroidery patterns which are free to download! I hope to change that out every now and again, and I’ll be sure to let my readers know when new patterns are available. 

I also have a new Shop page, which can be found clicking here. I haven’t yet set up a thumbnail for the sidebar, so that link will have to do for now!

God Bless, and I hope to be back again soon! Have a wonderful day, everyone!

 

It’s a perfect day for hanging out…


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The laundry, that is!

March 31, 2009. Fun, Life, Organizing, Photography, Portraits, Projects, Shop, Tuesday. Leave a comment.

Another day outside…

Hello again! 

I spent all afternoon outside again yesterday, and managed to get two rows ready for planting in my garden! I was very pleased with my efforts, and my garden will be shaping up nicely soon! I sure wish I had a Farmall B… I don’t know what I’d do with it, but I’d tractor something! 🙂 I took pictures of a Farmall A while walking with very dear little friend. She and I had a grand time in the snow, and we both thought the tractor looked neat! 

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There’s just something wonderful about old farming tools. Wouldn’t you agree?

And the most exciting news of all, is that spring is finally on it’s way! I like to think that it’s here, but unfortunately the chill came back today, and dampened my enthusiasm. However, spring is certainly on it’s way, since we have our first Daffodils up! They were waving cheerily in the wind all day yesterday. This morning I just had to go cut a few to set beside the computer for General Happiness. I love things that are happy, and daffodils are definitely #1 on my list!

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Aren’t they just the most cheery little flowers you’ve ever seen? Oh, I’m so happy they’ve come up to say hello this early! 🙂

Well, I must run for today… God Bless, and have a wonderful day!

 

“And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
~William Wordsworth~ 

 

 

March 10, 2009. Family, Fun, Garden, Happiness, Life, Tuesday. Leave a comment.

Everyday life

Good evening, y’all! I hope you have had a good day. Mine has been pretty decent, just everyday life. 

I managed to get my pick-up truck stuck in the snow today, which made for quite an interesting adventure! You should have seen us… me behind the wheel, my grandfather and mother pushing. 🙂 Pop-pop tried to get it out without pushing, but the wheels just kept digging deeper! 🙂 Needless to say, it was hilarious! 

This afternoon I had a fun spur-of-the-moment photography project… I thought y’all might like to see this one, I was pleased with the results! 

 

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Total Random-ness:
I’ve decided that I need to write “YOU ARE HERE” across my forehead, just in case I forget where I am (which happens more often than you might think!). Then I would know where I am in relation to everything around me. (Which helps when reading maps…) 😀 Those who know me well will understand! 😉

Well, I’m officially chilled to the bone and tired. I’m going to get comfy, take out my contacts, and cozy up by the fire. Stay warm, and God Bless!

“Don’t you stay at home of evenings? Don’t you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes~ 

March 4, 2009. '64 pick-up, Fun, Life, Photography, Projects, Snow, Tuesday. 1 comment.