Monday, July 30, 2007

Whew! Was that a Weekend that just flew by?

We were so busy this week-end, that it came and went in a flash. Saturday we drove to Greensboro NC to the Guitar Center. Of course I forgot my camera so no pictures of that trip. We took the scenic route instead of the fastest route and it was so enjoyable. Yngwie bought a guitar, a Fender Telecaster with his hard earned money!
Sunday I went to see my Grandmother and we had a great time walking around her yard looking at her flowers. She has the prettiest tiger lillies. I happened to catch a visitor checking out the lillies too. Her butterflies are almost tame around her. She can reach out and touch their wings and they don't fly away. My favorite of her flowers are these ornamental peppers. She has them in purple and white, but the purple are my favorite! I have some growing from some seeds she saved for me, but mine haven't bloomed yet. She is fretting about them some because she was sure she had planted some red ones too. Maybe she gave me the red seed. We shall see. Not much time to post this afternoon as the tomatoes in the garden are calling my name!
Have a blessed evening.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Show & Tell!

Kelli at hosts show and tell on Fridays. Head on over there and join the fun.

For Show and Tell today I thought I would show you some of my little bisque dolls. I bought my first one of these dolls when I was a teenager.
I was a majorette when I was young, so I really love the majorette dolls. They are not too old, The red one is from the 1950's and the green one from the 1960's.
These little ladies are all alike except fot the color of the band around their middle. Not sure why they have a colored band around their middle! These dolls are from the 1920's/1930's. See their bobbed hair. I found this little doll at an old house that belonged to one of our friends. I was standing in the yard, kinda kicking my feet in the dirt and unearthed her! My friend didn't want it and told me to take her home. Wonder how long she had been buried? And why?
The little dolls are very tiny and are called Frozen Charlottes.
This is the story of Frozen Charlotte:
It was New Years Eve and it was very cold outside. Charlotte was waiting in her new dress for her boyfriend, Charles, to take her to the village inn for a New Year’s Eve party. Finally, Charles’ sleigh came. Her mother asked her to put a blanket around her so she wouldn’t be too cold. But Charlotte did not want to crinkle her dress, so she did not take the blanket. The village inn was 15 miles away. They had gone five miles when Charlotte said she was cold. Charles made the horses run faster. Five more miles they rode when Charlotte said she was getting warmer. Finally, the village inn was in sight. Charles jumped out and called her many times. Charlotte did not move or say a word because she was frozen. Then he came over to her and felt her hands. They were very cold. He now knew that Charlotte had frozen to death. He rode Charlotte back to her cottage. Her parents were very sad. Charles was very upset, too. He died of a broken heart.

A somewhat morbid story, but I think the dolls are so cute.
Hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Cinnamon Pound Cake

I had planned to make this cake this weekend but got busy with other things and never got around to it. So, I made it yesterday. You should have smelled it cooking! OH MY! Yngwie came in the kitchen and said "Smells like Christmas in here". It tasted just as good as it smelled too. I did make one mistake making this cake; fortunately it was easily corrected. I looked at the recipe on the other side of the cookbook and put in 3 cups of sugar! This recipe only calls for 1/2 cup of sugar. But since I hadn't mixed the cinnamon in it yet I was able to scoop it out.

Cinnamon Pound Cake (From the VIP Cookbook, A Potpouri of Virginia Cooking Vol VII)

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup sugar (not 3 cups!)
1/4 cup cinnamon
1 box vanilla instant pudding
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 oz. sour cream
1/4 cup water
4 eggs
confectioners sugar (optional)

Mix cinnamon and sugar together and set aside. (make sure you didn't add 3 cups of sugar!)
Mix all other ingredients together using a mixer until well blended. Slowly add mixture of cinnamon and sugar to cake mix mixture. Bake in a greased and floured tube or bundt pan for 50 minutes on 350. Sprinkle top with confectioners sugar if desired.

Thanks Doris Clark from Bridgewater, VA for a delicious recipe!

Have a blessed day!


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Good Sunday Afternoon

Friday afternoon I hit the "jackpot" at the Rescue Mission Thrift Store. They had a been on fabric and it was $1.00 for each piece. Some of the pieces that I got like the blue and red velveteen had 6 yards on them! I love the Holly Hobby apple fabric, that is destined to become a tote bag! And the blue strawberry fabric is so cute! Can't wait to have time to start creating!

The little metal tray with the flowers has Wisconsin in the middle but I don't care. What a cute way to carry glasses of tea out to the pool without them sliding all around on my tray. There are individual little cup rings on it. I also got the metal colander for .50 and the little elves and snowpeople were in a bag for .50. My favorite finds were the books. The pictures in the Country Flowers of a Victorian Lady are so pretty, and there are some unique recipes in the June Roths Fast and Fancy Cookbook!

Speaking of recipes. I made Cha Cha Chicken Salad from the June 2007 Southern Living Magazine to take to my book club meeting. It was really beautiful and tasted very good, but needed something. I think the next time I make it I am going to increase the curry powder and add a little grated onion. I think that will give it the kick it needed.

Cha Cha Chicken Salad
1 8oz. pkg cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp salt
6 cups chopped cooked chicken ( I cheated and bought a rotiessere chicken)
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple (I drained mine some)
2/3 cup orange-flavored sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup chopped roasted, salted almonds
Garnishes: fresh herbs, (I used mint), blackberries, raspberries, sliced peaches.

Whisk together cream cheese and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in chicken, pineapple and cranberries until blended. If desired (and I did this) spoon mixture into a plastic wrap lined 8 inch round cake pan; cover and chill at least 8 hours. Invert chicken salad onto plate and remove plastic wrap. Gently press almonds onto sides of chicken salad. Garnish if desired.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday Show and Tell

Kelli over at is hosting Friday Show and Tell. This always so much fun. Head on over and join the fun!
This week for show and tell I have one of my thrift store finds. A couple of weeks ago at the Rescue Mission thrift shop, I found this old rocker for $3.00! When I took it home both Dear husband and son turned up their noses. "just you wait and see" I told them.

I took the chair up to my husbands show and sanded, and sanded, and then sanded some more. A couple of coats of red paint and voila!! A really cute red chair for my front porch.
I made the pillow last week too. This was made from an old dish towel that my Grandmother gave me. I love the print on it and knew I had to use it somehow other than as a dishtowel.
I am going to do a double show and tell because you just have to see this tomato! I really need to do a commercial for miracle grow!!
This is going to make a delicious sandwich for my lunch! Yum! Can't hardly wait. Hmm, maybe I won't wait!!!
Hope everyone has a great week-end!



Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

Trudi over at has tagged me to list 8 random facts about myself, so here goes:

1. I was in a freak car accident when I was six years old. I was asleep in the backseat of my mom's car while it was parked in my aunts driveway. A drunk driver crossed both lanes of the road, came into my aunts yard and hit mom's car. I was thrown onto the floor on that "hump" thing and my back was injured. I have had back problems ever since. The judge told the drunk driver "don't do it again" and let him go.

2. I hate to use my cell phone! My friends and family know to only call me on my cell phone if it is necessary.

3. My mom died from leukemia when I was 16 years old. It was very hard, I had an 11 year old sister. My Dad was devastated but did a pretty darn good job of being Mom and Dad. I still miss her everyday.

4. I love to play in the dirt. I love the smell of dirt, I love to feel it in my fingers, and mostly I like to plant things in the dirt and see if they will grow. I have had this gardening obsession ever since I was too young to even remember. My Dad has photos of me helping dig potatoes when I was 2.

5. I love little dolls. I like all dolls but love little dolls under 6" tall. I have boxes full of them. I can't resist buying them when I am at yard sales or thrift stores. One year I hung them on the Christmas tree. Just dolls and lights. Sounds tacky but it was really kinda cool!

6. My Mother in law taught me to sew. Everybody in my family sewed but no one really ever had time to teach me. Once I learned, it was like a whole new world for me. I love being able to look at skirt at the store for $75.00 then go home and make it for $10.

7. I love to cook! I wish I had more time to pursue this. I work full time so the morning and evening meals are pretty rushed. But on week-ends I get to cook alot if I wish.

8. Last but not least, I have the greatest husband and son on the earth! Dear husband and I have been married for 27 years and I love him more every year. Our son is 15 years old and unlike most teens, he is a delight to have around. He's witty, compassionate, loving and kind.

So there's probably more than you ever wanted to know about me!

If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged!

Have a blessed day

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Garden Pics

Good Morning!
I thought maybe I would show you a few more pics of my gardens today.

The giant bush is a Hybiscus. When I was given this plant 20 years ago, I was told I would have to move this plant inside during the winter as they are a tropical plant and would not withstand Virginia winters. Hogwash! I said. This giant has been blooming every summer since I got it and has also withstood my moving it to several locations in my garden (musical plants again).
This sunflower growing in the veggie garden is lazy. It refuses to stand up and greet the sun. Oh well, there are a few in every crowd.
This is the first year for this deep purple morning glory that is growing up one on my plant stakes. I love the color.

But this is my favorite. The water lilly in my pond opened this week. It only lasts a couple of days, but is so beautiful in the pond.
Oh by the way, my mother in law is doing so much better! The doctor said she could drive now and only has to have the oxygen during the night. She is getting some color back in her face and is putting on some weight. Praise God for her continued recovery!
Have a blessed day,


Saturday, July 14, 2007


So it's actually Saturday, but I am going to cheat and post anyway in Kelli's Friday Show and Tell!

Yesterday our family went on a day trip to Monticello, home of our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson! This is probably the 5th or 6th time I have been here but I love this house and gardens so much I never tire of looking around. The house is completely restored on the first floor with 60 % of all the furnishings that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. But it's the gardens that I love. 2 acres of vegetables and many beautiful flower gardens. Check out the view from his garden "observatory". I even included a picture of "yours truly" in the corn patch. The hat was one of my "creations"!

The flower gardens were in full bloom and I took so many notes while on the guided tour. Many varieties that I want to incorporate into my garden.

One of my favorites was a black scabiosa! I guess it is really purple, but so dark it looks black. I also really liked the spider flower (cleome), the Joseph's coat, and the beautfiul purple and blue larkspur.

Thomas Jefferson was constantly trying different ways to run his household more efficiently and the 7 "eyes" on his kitchen "stove" is proof of one. Instead of cooking everything over the fireplace, he made 7 small fireboxes along the wall!

After our tour we ate at Michie Tavern. It is such a beautiful place, built in 1794. The food is southern home style and you are served by waitresses in period dress.
I have heard that Monticello is beautiful decorated for Christmas. I may need to go check that out for myself!
Have a blessed day.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Vacation Fun!

So far, vacation has been wonderful! It has been a little hot, 95 degrees, but we have been on the lake and if we get too hot we just jump in and cool off. We are just hanging around the house, boating, jetskiing, and generally doing everything we want to do!

Yngwie had a friend over yesterday for some tubing. Yngwie can't seem to let go of a guitar long enough to do anything. Actually the guitar is just a "junk" one that was already broken. It doesn't even have a back to it, but still plays. They got a lot of strange looks from other boaters!
(The 5150 on the guitar is from a Van Halen song. It is apparently the code for someone who is insane.)

We went up to the Smith Mtn. Lake Dam. This is the whole reason there is a Smith Mtn. lake. SML is a man-made lake. It was 20 years in the planning before they actually started filling the lake in 1964. There is 500 miles of shoreline. The dam supplies power to many counties. My husbands great-grandparents and my great-grandparents houses were bought my APCO in the 1960's and were burned to make way for the lake. My great aunt remembers when they started filling the lake and said they would stand and watch watermelons, roofs, outhouses, etc. float by. There are still trees standing upright in some parts of the lake. My Dad has an old "movie" (filmstrip) showing him water skiing around the trees in the water.
The dam area is really very beautiful. One of the few places that hasn't been developed. Yet.

Hope everyone has a blessed day.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Good Morning! Just checking in with some of my yard sale finds from yesterday! We went to a church yardsale in our town. Church yard sales are the best! Lots of stuff under one roof, and all proceeds were going to the youth mission team.
The first thing I spotted was this old silverplated tea pot. I loved it's shape and for $3.00 it was a steal!. Then on another table I spotted the Peter Rabbit bowl made by Wedgewood, its was .10! The small bowl said Sears Roebuck on the back and it was .10 also. I also bought 8 small craft books that were .10 each and two small cookbooks also .10. I really like the one called "Party Ideas in Action" There is no copyright date in the booklet and on the back cover it says Southern States Cooperative. There is lots of fun crafts and food in there.

I also bought a yellow skirt with some small birdhouses around the bottom for .50.

When we got home I tried a new squash recipe. I tell you I am becoming pretty creative in ways to fix the squash that is coming out of out ears! I know you can freeze it, but I just don't like it frozen. Below is the recipe, it is really good with just the right amount of "zestiness" not to hot but still just a little spicy. This is from Southern Living Annual 1980.

Zippy Squash Casserole
5 large yellow squash
2 tbls butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 c. celery, chopped
3 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
1- 2 oz. jar pimentos
1 tbls green chilies
1/2 tea salt
1/4 tea garlic salt
1/8 tea pepper
1/2 c soft breadcrumbs
1 tbls butter melted
Wash squash trim off ends, slice and place in boiling salted water. Cook 15-120 minutes or until tender. Drain. Combine next 10 ingredients; add squash, stirring well. Spoon mixture into a buttered casserole dish. Combine breadcrumbs and melted butter, sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Delicious!

Have a blessed Sabbath!


Friday, July 06, 2007

Friday Show and Tell

Yay! It's Friday and Kelli over at is hosting show and tell. Hop on over there and check it out!

This Friday I would like to show you my 1961 Sears Spring and Summer Catalog. I bought this catalog from ebay because it is my birth year. I love the clothes in this catalog! They are so bright and feminine.

Some of the clothing pictures are even in black and white. I can't imagine ordering a skirt with only a description of the color! There are also 9 pages of slip and 4 pages of hats! Most of the younger ladies that I know don't even own one slip! I love looking at the little girl dresses. They are so cute. It seems like todays fashions for little girls make them look like little teenagers. Not a look I particulary like. You could even order your makeup and fabric! There are 11 pages of just fabric, some of it in black and white pages. I love the bathing suits! I would so buy that blue one!

And of course there are your chenille bedspreads. I actually have a chenille bedspread on my bed now!
But my favorite thing that you could order from Sears are pigs! Yes! I said Pigs! Not just any pigs, but disease free pigs, starting at just $77.95!
Thanks for looking everyone! I'm on vacation starting today at 4:45 and will be off work until Monday, July 16th! We aren't going to journey too far from home because we don't want to leave my MIL alone too long. We may go to Monticello, Thomas Jeffersons home, for a day. We haven't been there in years and it is so beautiful.

Wishing everyone a blessed week-end!