Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Thanksgiving Table: The Stuffing

From Turning Point by David Jeremiah

What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me? Psalm 116:12
Recommended Reading Psalm 116:12-19

The oldest references to stuffing are in ancient Roman cookbooks that talk about vegetables, herbs, spices, and cereal being combined and "stuffed" into chicken, rabbits, and pigs. Romans also added liver and brains to their stuffing. Stuffing has appeared in cookbooks ever since and was quite popular at Medieval banquets. The sensibilities of the Victorians resisted the word "stuffing," substituting the more delicate word "dressing," a term that caught on in the Southern United States.

The word "stuff" means to cram full. For example, after we've had our fill of turkey, beans, potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce (and stuffing), we'll lean back in our chairs and say, "I'm stuffed."

Well, try not to overeat; but this Thanksgiving, remember how God has "stuffed" our lives with blessings. The cheerful heart has a continual feast (Proverbs 15:15). "From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another" (John 1:16, NIV). Our cups overflow. When it comes to His bounty and benefits, we can truly say, "I'm stuffed!"

We bless the Lord, the just, the good, who fills our hearts with joy and food; who pours His blessing from the skies, and loads our days with rich supplies.

Isaac Watts


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Custom made vs "Off-the-Rack"

If I had my way, I would sew everything my grandchildren wear. But, it just isn't possible for me to do that. Their mommies get as much fun, joy and pleasure buying for them as I do sewing for them, for one thing. Plus, I have to admit, I enjoy buying ready-mades for them too!!!
Such was the case last night in a department store. I spotted a really cute little dress that was so perfect for Christmas and just bespoke granddaughter Irby's name, that I couldn't leave it there. Yes, I could have made it, and it would have been much more well-made and elegant, but I couldn't have made it for that price (it was half-price!!)
This little dress is made of lightweight velour or panne velvet, I am not sure which. No, it is not heirloom and no, it is not the way I would have made it, but it has SPARKLES and FUR, and tulle RUFFLE on the slip, and she will absolutely love this PRINCESS dress!!! (I picture her wearing this on Christmas Sunday and it is snowing)
I am still a child at heart at Christmas, and this sometimes makes me lose all my sensibilities!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Well, FIRST of all. . . .

the light is out in my sewing room. Not too bad in there in the morning hours, but you can forget it  by afternoon. It is like a dungeon. Called the man last week, hasn't shown up yet. I think it is the ballast, of which, I have a new one at the ready, along with new bulbs. Heck, I think I'll just high-tail it over to Lowe's tomorrow and buy myself a chandelier. Been wanting one in there anyway. You can always count on a chandelier, they never have these problems.
Then had  Lacey (whom I adore) today and sewed like a fiend during her little nap (my back is killing me. need a new sewing chair, too)
Earlier in the day, I noticed we had no hot water. Now, we got one of those new fangled tankless numbers a while back, and have had a number of problems with it, but it seemd to have worked itself out, after many calls to the help hotline. Once I realized it wasn't working itself out, it was after hours for the help hotline, so I got online looking at the manuel to see what the error code meant. My error code wasn't listed. Nice hot soak in the tub will have to wait. My darling hub (whom I adore) is is out of town, not that  that would have made one bit of difference on the hot water situation. The man is the love of my life , amazing in many ways, spoils me rotten, but Mr. Fixit, he is not.
Then, I gathered up all my sewing projects to do the hand work while watching my favorite show, "Dancing With The Stars". Of course, since I was going downstairs anyway, I picked up several other various items that needed to be put away. Arms full, got to the bottom of the stairs and forgot that I had put up the baby gate to keep Lacey off the stairs, knocked it off and somehow, the thing hit me in the BACK!!
Watching the clock, so I don't miss "DWTS", I realize I haven't eaten today so i am trying to figure out if I have time to run to Sonic for a burger. The phone rings. It is my darling daughter in law, (whom I adore)asking if I am able to watch Millie (whom i adore) a couple hours tomorrow. (well,of course!!!) We have a nice LONNNNNNG chat.
Nuke a Lean Cuisine (yummmm) and get all settled in to watch my program. Two bites, and phone rings. It is my darling daughter (whom I adore) telling me how great her homemade spaghetti sauce turned out!!!!!
Ever have a day like this????

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Velveteen Christmas Coats and Bonnets

The first of my Christmas sewing!! Karen Faylor's "Toddler Coat and Bonnet"

The ribbon under the pink bonet looks a little smooshy, but it really is not!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

You know Christmas is coming around here. . .

well, "I"  know when it's coming, anyway!!! I have gotten lax over the last few years with all my preparations for Christmas. I have always LOVED it and have had all kinds of traditions that I did without fail. When my children grew up and moved out, I think I got to where I thought, they aren't here to see all this, so why go to all that trouble. No, actually, I think what it is, is that I got older and lazier!!
But, this year is different!! I have had  most all my shopping done for two weeks now. I ordered my gift wrap, fabulous ribbon, gift tags and tissue all standing at the ready and I may actually start wrapping this week!!
I have baked breads and made perserves for gift baskets and casseroles for busy evenings and put in the freezer. Got my favorite candles (Aromatique's "Cinnamon n Cider) and flavored coffee (Pumpkin Spice) to fill the air and set the atmosphere!! And most important of all is my Christmas music: listened to the CD's all day Saturday!!
The way I know that Christmas "is-a comin" is that the floor of my office is piled high with all the gifts, wrappings and paraphinalia I have gathered that is essential for my mood!!
This year, I may do something I have NEVER done: put up the tree for Thanksgiving!! I have a dear friend, who is now in Heaven, that alwasy did that. When asked why, she would always simply say "Because it is so festive"
And "festive" is the word of the hour around my house!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

You are invited. . .

to a Christmas party!!!! Laura, of Ellie Inspired, is having a wonderful week long party beginning November 14! Go on over to her place and see all the great things she has going on to get you in the Christmas spirit: recipes, crafts, decorating,  free patterns, tutorials,Christmas memories and some giveaways !! I knowyou don't want to miss this !!!


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