I want to thank you for all of your heartfelt comments. Each comment felt like a reassuring hand on my shoulder, and blessed me more than I can express. This is the first death of a parent that we have experienced and there has been such a range of emotions for so many reasons. The service was beautiful. My son read scripture, Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14 and my daughter sang "His Great Name" while playing her guitar. My adorable nephew who is 6 yrs. old read some scripture as well. There is something that reaches down into the core of your being when you watch your son carry his Grandfather's casket. I was reminded again of the brevity of our earthly life and the wonderful promises of eternity with Jesus.
I was able to see my cherished friend, Gina (Geeg), at the visitation. Gina was my maid-of-honor 23 years ago this August 15. She handed me this gift, which I will treasure. It is a picture of Gina and I at her wedding this past fall. I love that the frame looks like a quilt. I have known Gina since junior high. We took Home Ec class together and she still teases me about the "ugly jumper with the mushrooms" that I made. It was the early 70's! Gina, my husband and I graduated together in 1980. We spent some wonderful holidays with her big Italian family eating pasta and turkey. Gina, if you are reading this, I am short, but you must have been standing on the platform, cuz I'm not that short, am I?
This is wedding week for Chelsea so her soon-to-be Mother-in-love, Diane and I spent part of the day checking off things from her to-do list. I was glad to get out of the house and clear my mind a bit. We stopped at Goodwill. I found this necklace for $5. It was so unusual that I couldn't pass it up.
I struck gold on the vintage sheet find with this pretty number. It survived the scalding hot water wash so it will be added to the rest of the group. I have such a yearning to quilt but I've got 3 weddings in the next two weeks and I'm doing the flowers and bouquet for one. No quilting for me.
Diane found this pretty vintage pillowcase at an estate sale and gave it to me today. I'm thinking that if I have hit the 20 mark with vintage linens, then I might do a "Turning Twenty" quilt. I really shouldn't start another quilt until I've finished this. The bane of my existence...
I've been sitting here at the computer and for once, am at a loss for words. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes that I haven't been able to share. I can tell you that my Father-in-law did not get better and after a month in the hospital, has passed away. Today is the funeral. I've had to do and say many things in the past few days that I've never done before, some good and some very hard. I look forward to getting back to posting about happy things but, for today, I've got to go do a few more hard things and hope that I can be bold enough to ask you to keep my family in your prayers.
I saw the strangest thing the other day, a chipmunk had crawled up my hollyhock plant to the very top. He was peeking over the fence in my yard. He took one look at me and jumped, I hope he's alright. Perhaps he thought I was pretty strange too. I wish I had gotten a picture but I knew he wouldn't hold the pose for long. Let's take a midsummer look at the garden...
I will remember the garden this winter when the snow is blowing and the beds are bare. I will forgive the Japanese beetle for devouring my hollyhocks (at least the roses are still intact). It truly has been a good summer in the garden. I hope you are finding time to enjoy creation today!
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!
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!
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.
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!