Tuesday, November 13, 2012


 This is by far 
the bestest bread pudding you will ever have.....
Absolutely EVERYONE who tastes it wants the recipe.
The first time Ethel had some, it was at the movies.
Yes, I am one of those people who 
take their own treats to the theater.
I can't afford 15 dollars for a bag of M&M's, 
let alone the price of the ticket. 

I have what I call,

I had just taken it out of the oven 
when she called to go see War Horse.
When we get there and the lights go out.
Out comes this warm, 
delectable, luscious, yummy 
(I know, a lot of adjectives, but thats how good this stuff is!)

One fork among the 4 of us. 
She couldn't believe I brought it!
But once she tried it, 
I caught her licking up one side and 
down the other of the fork.
Gross Huh? 
Back and forth we pass it,
 (even after Ethel tongued the fork) 
moaning with every bite,
until it was gone.

Sure enough they wanted the recipe!

Here it is right out of the oven

The Bourbon topping with Pecans.

And here's the book where I got the recipe.
It's dated March/April 2010.

I know this is small, I will try to enlarge,
 but I wanted to get it posted.

This subscription is worth every dime.
Not a lot of pictures, but it gives the absolute best, 
"use this and don't use that"
kind of info.
And that's what I'm known for, substituting,
but I followed this recipe to a tee. 

I also purchased their 
Slow Cooker Revolution,
Every recipe I've tried in this book has been perfect!

It's really worth trying!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Here is a quilt a fellow quilter is doing. 

It went from this:

To this:

Using a template you place on the squares 
then cut and turn and sew them back together.  
I did one a while back.
Check out the size difference on the two.
There is quite a bit of waste. 
But the look is so nice.
The star on the top did not stand out so she is going to embellish it with something..
I'll take a shot of it when she finishes it.
Good job Linda!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I made this alphabet for a shower gift.
They are fabric and about 3"tall.
As you can see I didn't go with the typical. "A is for apple" 
Kind of small to see but....
C has little red crabs 
M has little mice 

But my favorite and most personal is the X.
A picture of her ultra sound.
Yes, I know ultra sound starts with a U.
But it is also an x-ray.
Can you see the babies little ear on the bottom right leg. 
On the left leg is the little nose and the eye right above that.
Kind of looks like a thumb sticking up right below the nose.
The mommy to be loved it. 

Just to show you how pliable they are.
No magnets on the back of these.
This mother is a little anal about certain things.


Let me first start with a little history.
Last month I went to Kohls, to RETURN something.
I went back to customer service, returned, and asked what my balance was.
I was directed to the phone on the wall to call and check.
They told me I had a credit of 129.22.
I think I stood up a little straighter, 
and looked around to see if anyone else heard this new found blessing that came upon me.
Now I knew I had returned some items, 
but the Lord himself knows I don't have any extra money to be giving away. 
I did ask, 
"Are you sure?"
They confirmed the balance.

Well it was like Christmas for me!
Out I go with new insight and figured, 
let's just see what Mabel might need.
I felt like spreading my arms right outside customer service, and saying it's all mine.

1 Hour later:
5 tops
sweater and vest for my granddaughter and an indian top, it was fringed on the bottom. 
She loves it.
Yes I got all that  for the 129.22
I think I even had a credit balance left over,
with the 30% off coupon and the Kohls cash I already had.
And to top it off they gave me more Kohls cash.

Leaving the store walking with my chest out a little further,
I can't wait to go home and tell my husband.

The days to follow I would come down stairs, dressed for work, and he would comment,
"Is that one of your new tops?"
I was surprised he even noticed.
Again I would stand a little straighter and say YES!
After a week of new tops, he asked,
"Just how many tops did you get?"
I was glad it was Friday.
Oh yea, I got 7 very needed pairs of socks too.
I knew he wouldn't notice those until he did the laundry.
YES. that is his job!

Now lets jump to today 
Our Internet is down at home, so he sent me to work with the bills to pay.
He has his little list of what to pay and the amount, with the original bill.
I look at the electric bill and there is a disconnection notice.
According to the dates, they should have shut it off on Oct 25th.
I gave them a call and asked what was going on,
 and if they were suppose to shut it off, why didn't they?
  She said the storms on the coast caused them to send everyone there and they didn't have the man power to come out and physically turn it off.
Thank you Super Storm Sandy.
The bible says, "Something good always comes out of something bad"
Here's my good! 
I had light and heat.

So when I get all the answers I need from her,
 I find out we..... I mean He, didn't pay Octobers bill.

I called to let him know, and he swears he paid it.
So back I go to the bank web site to verify everything.

There it is:
You guessed it!

Kohls is right above Ohio Edison, on the bill pay list.
$129.22 to Kohls

When I called to let him know, the first thing out of him mouth.
"Damn it Debbie, 
now you have to pay the electric bill that's due now
and get Kohls off the pay list!"

I cracked up and  I told him I didn't have it. 
 I was wearing it!

But I did thank him.

Poor Ray I'm going to be the death of him!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Raegan is 6

Raegan and her brother, Hunter have October Birthdays.  Mommy and Daddy took them to Disney last month, so we just had a little get together on their special day.

I love this shot!
 I just wish I was clearer.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

One of my favorite Halloweens...2004!
Best costume I ever made for my son.....The Headless Horseman.
Even his sister was a little apprehensive about standing next to him!!
Secret was the black hood mask he was wearing underneath that allowed him to see out.
This year with Hurricane Sandy our Trick or Treat will be wet, my son won't even be dressing up and my daughter is a Zombie.  My how it all changes in 8 years!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

P.S.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The devastation on the east coast is unimaginable.  Mabel & Ethel are praying for everyone.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Last of Summer
I do look forward to these purple flowers blooming each fall.
I can't remember what they are called, Fox something!
I have divided them 7 times. 
Very hardy.
And I can't believe the Coneflower is still blooming.

Bye Summer!
Suppose to get very cold this weekend,
 after our 80 degree weather yesterday.
Now I'll have to look forward to my forsythia,
(I like saying that word)
 to bring in spring.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dressing Room

I think my next project is going to be my dressing room. 
 It is quite bland.  Everything is white. 
I will take a picture before and after. 
 Look back and you will see the vanity I redid.  
Those will be the colors to work off of.  
Navy and gold.  But for now, I have a few scarfs that were driving me crazy hanging on the back side of one of the doors.  So I hung them here for the time being.  

These rods are on every window up stairs.  
This one came to good use, till I redo the dressing room.
The pink blind has been hanging there since my girls had this room when they were little.  
Since it was so expensive and still operable, 
I have to keep it.
But I will paint it.  
I did that to another one in one of the other bedrooms. 
I used fabric spray paint.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Some People!!!

Just a little over the top.
And you should see this place when she has all and I mean ALLLLLLL
her flowers planted in the spring.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cord Basket

I made this basket for my daughter,
She wanted a large shallow one for underneath her bed. 
For her magazines, glasses, 
and all the stuff you put on your night stand.
She can slide it out of sight.
When she showed me what she wanted I said 
"I can make that"
She actually rolled her eyes at me, can you believe that.
But I do say that quite often.
But I think I actually surprised her when I sent her a picture of the finish project.

All you need is cotton cording, like for clothes lines.
They have different sizes at Joann Fabrics.
I went up one size from clothes line.
See the red clip on the cord, I laid it out on the floor before I started to see where I wanted to start turning up the edges. I guess you wouldn't have to do that, but I only had 20 yards and had to make sure I had enough to make the sides.

Take strips of fabric about 1 1/8" 
No need for precise cutting.
And you don't have to worry about frayed edges.
Use a glue stick to start, wrap over the edge of the cord and then diagonally to cover. When you get to the edge, add more glue and add the next strip.
Sorry for the out of focus

Determine the size you want and put the cord side by side and use a zig zag stitch to join.  
When you are ready for your sides to form, 
Just hold up the flat side and it takes the shape of a bowl.

Hope you like it little girl!
It's on it's way, be on the look out!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Our Future

Being the needle crafters we are now,
 in our A.D.D. world. 
Ethel and I see  this in our future.
Our gadgets hanging all over us.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

This weekend my daughter and I made these pop tarts.
Fun, Quick, and Very easy. 
Thank God for already made pie crust.
I'm not a make your own crust kinda girl.
Anything that makes my life easier is the way I go.

The white rectangle on the top, is the template I used to keep everything the same size.

I used a paring knife to cut out the face.

Don't cut them all out, 
you have to remember to save some for the bottom.

Dollop of pumpkin, to much and it will ooze out.
The filling and frosting recipe is at the end of post.

Inspector Number 3
His BD was on the 7th, he is three now. 
Woke up the day after and asked if he was still "Free".

Seal edges with a fork.

All of these were out of one two pie crust
400 degrees 
8-10 mins
Looking at this photo I just realized 
3 at the top don't have mouths or is it noses.
My daughter must have done those, I'm sure it wasn't me!
The log on the left, was left over dough.
Nothing goes to waste!
I freaked out when I put on the glaze,
 but it ended up drying clear

They were very good

Perfect size for little hands 
The template is 2"x 3"
Here is where you can get the recipe

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Quilt Show

This past weekend we went to a quilt show at Sawmill Creek. Catered more for the long arm quilters. 
And for those of you who aren't familiar with a long arm.
Check out the size of this machine. 
It does the quilting for you.  I am very intimidated by it. 
But I would love someday to own one.  
But with the cost of these, don't see it in my future.

 I took quite a few pictures of the the quilts.  The lighting wasn't the best. But the quilts were quite impressive.
 Some of them were more like pieces of art work than anything else.

 This was one piece of fabric with just quilting 

 Sea Glass

 I think this was my favorite.  Not because I'm into livestock, but the use of the different fabrics on the birds, that made them look like feathers.  I truly appreciate the time and thought that went into this piece.


Buttons were a big part of this quilt, that's what made it.


At least you can tell they are jelly fish!

And for the Rod Stewart fans.
They kept all the concert t-shirts and used them here.

This was another one of my favorites.