Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mailbox Love


Most days going out to the mailbox is pretty boring, pizza coupons and internet service ads.  But not this week, first came a package from Molly at Birdie Blue.  I won her Cath Kidston giveaway!!  You know how I LOVE Cath Kidston!


Love my Dream Home Journal!


Love my Menu and Shopping List!

Thank you Molly!  Be sure to visit her blog, Birdie Blue, I know you will absolutely love it like I do.  She has such a great eye for color and design.  You won't be disappointed.  


As if my package from Molly wasn't enough, my Fresh Vintage from Fig Tree Quilts arrived.  With it came a free cell phone case pattern.  Oh, what a happy day!


I also wanted to answer a couple of questions that have been popping up lately.  First, I've had some inquiry as to the lavender water I use to iron with.  At one of the local barn sales I attend, a woman makes this and I always get some when I'm there.  I believe it is a tiny amount of lavender oil mixed with water.  It does not stain the fabric but gives it the most wonderful smell. If we have all that ironing to do, why not enjoy the process?  Secondly, I have shown the cooking lavender as well.  That is lavender designed specifically for cooking, without any oils.  I use that to make lavender shortbread.  It's wonderful! 


Be Blessed,

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Recipe for You


I've been finding myself wanting to cook more lately.  I really don't know why, but my family is certainly glad.  Seems like the summer has us eating a lot of fresh pesto and grilled chicken and while that is fine, it can get a bit boring.  Some of the cooking inspiration has come from my organizing the spice jars.  I have posted about these before and wanted to let you know that I decided to add some clear packing tape over the labels.  I found that messy hands can mess up a rather pretty label and I certainly don't want to waste my Cath Kidston labels!


I decided to store these jars in a vintage enamel baking pan.  It slips conveniently into my kitchen island and I like opening the door to see them.  At 99 cents these jars are a bargain from World Market.


This recipe for Green Enchiladas comes from Martha Stewart's Quick Cook Menus and I've been making them for years.  This is one of her early books (1988) that I got as a gift from my FIL for Christmas the year after I married his wonderful son.  Enjoy!

Green Enchiladas

2 pds boneless chicken breasts
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 lg. white onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 pd. fresh spinach
3 cups sour cream
2 (4 oz.) cans green chiles, drained and chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 cup milk
salt to taste
12 flour tortillas
6 oz. Monterey Jack Cheese, grated (I use pre-shredded)

1. Poach the chicken breasts in a small skillet or saucepan with water to cover until done, 15-20 minutes.  Remove from water, cool slightly, and shred into small, bite-size pieces.  Set aside.

2. In a small skillet, melt the butter and saute the onion until tender, about 5 min.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a large casserole (I use Pam).

4. Steam the spinach in a steamer or colander.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.  Let the spinach cool slightly; chop coarsely.

5. Combine the onion, spinach, sour cream, chiles, cumin, reserved spinach liquid, and milk; mix well and season to taste.

6.  Add half the sauce to the shredded chicken and mix well.  Place the tortillas in the oven to soften (about 3 min.) and remove.  Fill the tortillas with equal amounts of filling and roll up.  Place the rolled tortillas seam side down in one layer in the prepared casserole.  Cover with half the grated cheese and top with the remaining sauce; sprinkle on the remaining cheese.  Bake until heated through, about 30 minutes.

Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Lovely Couple

I'm so excited to share with you today the engagement photos of Chelsea and Justin who will be getting married in two weeks.  You may remember Chelsea from the shower I had for her.   This wedding marks, for me, the beginning of my friends who have children getting married.  Justin is the son of Diane who I do the barn sales with.  As we count down to the wedding day, take a peek at these gorgeous pictures...









Breakfast at Tiffany's was feel they were going for.  Justin wore his Grandfathers hat.  I just love the gloves and the sunglasses on Chelsea.  They are such a fun, loving, kind and caring couple.  I know they make their parents very proud.  I have enjoyed getting to know them and being a part of this special time in their lives.  Currently I'm finishing the napkins for their rehearsal dinner.  I know the wedding will be as beautiful as they are!

With joy,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Scripture


"Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul
and healing to the bones."

Proverbs 16:24


Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Quilt Shop


Wednesday, of this past week, found me traveling to a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan with three of my girlfriends.  We spent the day hitting the antique stores and visiting quilt shops. This little place was well worth the stop, as much for what was outside as inside.


The owner lives in the house and has the quilt shop in an attached addition.  How fun is that?  Just grab a cup of coffee and walk down the hall to the shop.  No traffic lights here!  I love the sign on the old ironing board.


The house had a large wrap around porch and it was decorated so nicely.  Many shades of red, white and blue with vintage items tucked all around.


Everywhere I looked there was something else to snap a picture of.  What a fun display item this old carriage can be.  


I was good and limited my fabric purchases to these 1/2 yard cuts of fabric.  Aren't they pretty?  I'm not sure what I will do with them yet but I'm looking forward to using them.  Hope your Saturday finds you doing something fun!

Smiles,

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Pretties


Retro Ice Cream Cups


A Favorite Magazine


Vintage Nut & Candy Cups


Vintage Hand Mixer



Fun Potholders



Gardening Tools


Vintage Crinoline

Bet you can't guess what colors I'm crushing on!  For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things.

Joyfully,


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Simple Pleasures


My husband's grandmother was quite the quilter.  I remember when we were dating I would often hear of her going over to the church to sit around the quilt frame and stitch with the other ladies.  When we married, she gave us this quilt.  I pulled it out this week and placed it on my bed.  When I see it, I think of her and it makes me smile.


I loved spending time with her.  Her name was Leokadie and saying her name was like poetry to me.  She was loving and kind and gentle.  There wasn't a craft that her hands could not do.  She made the best Pierogi I have ever eaten and had the whitest hair I've ever seen.  During our visits to see her in her last year with us, she was never without an open Bible by her side.  Inside her Bible was a crocheted cross and I would see her touch that ever so gently with her long fingers.  She made quilts for all her grandchildren's marriages.  Long after she was with the Lord, her quilts were still being unwrapped as wedding gifts.  I am reminded that a piece of her stays with me as I enjoy the simple pleasure of my quilt.

For more Simple Pleasures visit Dayle at A Collection of This and That.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's Back...


When I was a teenager my parents, along with the help of my two brothers decided to build me a dollhouse for Christmas.  This included making the furniture and my Mom made all the rugs, doilies, curtains and bedding.  At the time I had a canopy bed and the ugliest most trendy bedding around.  My Mom snipped some fabric off my bedding and made the doll bed as a replica of my own bed. 


My daughter and I were shopping recently and as we rounded the corner in the fabric store, this caught her eye.  She gave me a quizzical look and asked me if this was the same fabric as my doll bed.  Curiosity was killing us so we purchased a small bit and brought it home.  It's a close second, don't you think?  Just missing the army green background.  For some reason, this has made me feel really OLD.  Since this is not in my color palette (at all) what on earth do I do with this fabric now?


Joyfully,

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No Idle Hands


I've had a yearning as of late to pick up my knitting needles again.  I usually don't start a project until I have another one done but I'm finding that I like knitting a bit, sewing a bit and reading a bit lately.  This wrap caught my eye and I thought I would try my hand at the diamond pattern.  I'm finding that as I count the various stitches in each row that I'm enjoying the rhythm of the knitting and it helps keep my mind focused in the present and not off in the "what if's" a mind can conjure up when feeling anxious.


When I grow weary of the counting then I'm back at my sewing machine working on the cloth napkins for Chelsea's wedding rehearsal dinner.  This is pretty mindless sewing and I like it right now.  The colors are very soothing and the lavender water I press with is calming as well.




I'm also trying to work my way through this book.  It is not normally something I would pick up but since the movie is coming out next month I thought I would see what all the fuss was about.  I'm finding it entertaining as I have just finished her journey through Italy and the "eat" part of the book.  I'm not sure, overall, how I feel about it yet and was wondering if any of you have read it and how you feel about it?  Also, do you keep more than one project going at a time?


I want to let you know of a giveaway, Beverly at My Sew Sweet Studio has made a beautiful tote bag and is giving it away in celebration of her 100th post. Stop by for a visit!


Smiles,

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shirley's Quilt


During the last few weeks of my son's spring semester at college, we found out that he would be playing baseball in New York for the summer.  I started praying right away for the family that he would live with.  When word came that he would be living with Shirley, a recent widow and one other player, I felt at peace knowing God had a plan.  I started thinking about a quilt for her as soon as I met her knowing that I would want to give her a special gift.


How do you thank someone who opens their home to a stranger?  Who cares for and feeds your child?  Who makes sure he has what he needs and waits up to see if he made it home safely?  Who takes the time to pray for him and ask him about how he played that day?  


Shirley cried when she unrolled the quilt.  She cried again when she hugged Taylor goodbye.  We said we would keep in touch and let her know the results of his testing.  I don't know if we'll ever see Shirley again, but I so thank the Lord for her and all she gave this summer.  Making and giving gifts to others is my way of expressing my love and thankfulness for them.  The label on the quilt read "To Shirley, from deep within a Mother's heart I thank you".


With joy,

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Scripture

I would love to know what kind of butterfly this is...

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom
his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you
with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray
that you, being rooted and established in love, may have
power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and
how long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to
know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may 
be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

Ephesians 3:14-19


This past week has been a challenge and I'm glad to be home.  All of your comments were just what I needed upon returning.  My FIL remains in the hospital, not any better and not any worse.  My son has had some tests and we are awaiting the results.  It appears that we are in wait and trust mode.  While I wait and trust I am also working hard on listening to God.  It has been a very interesting few weeks for me and God has been teaching me a lot about being a wife, mom, daughter, daughter-in-law and friend at this stage of my life.  While I may not always get it right, I know that I love with my heart and try, with the grace of God, to be the best I can in each of the roles I find myself in.  I am so glad to have a Savior who loves me, no matter what, and takes the time to teach me His truths.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Joyfully,