Monday, April 21, 2014

3rd Annual Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts

This Friday and Saturday (April 25 - 26) the third annual Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts will be held in Montgomery, AL at the Alabama National Fairgrounds.  This is the first year the event will be all indoors.  I'm going with a friend.  She and I both went the first year and enjoyed it.  Neither of us were able to attend last year, and this year it looks as though it will be bigger and better than ever, with lots to see, do, and buy for fiber enthusiasts and others. More information is available at Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts

Monday, October 14, 2013

Winter Squash Soup

Marley has been asking for winter squash soup - made at home, from fresh squash - not the boxed soup I normally get her when she asks for it.  So today I finally honored her request and the result was quite delicious.

I scoured cookbooks and the internet for recipes that looked good, techniques for simplifying the process, and a list of ingredients that I liked.  By combining some and tweaking others, I came up with this recipe.


1 large butternut squash
1 large acorn squash
1/2 a yellow onion, chopped in small pieces
4 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
32 oz chicken broth
1/2 cup cream
cayenne pepper

Wash both squashes, then with a sharp knife, prick the butternut squash several times.  Place squash in microwave oven and cook for about 4 1/2 minutes.  This softens the tough skin.  Cut both squashes in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds with a spoon. (Seeds may be saved and washed, then roasted for garnish if desired.)

Arrange squash halves on foil-lined baking sheet, cut side up.  Brush each half with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and black pepper.  Place in 425-degree oven and roast for one hour. 

Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then scrape the cooked squash out of their skins into soup pot.  In small skillet saute the onion in the butter until onion is tender and translucent.  Add skillet contents to soup pot. If desired, mix the squash and onions thoroughly with a mixer or egg beater.  Slowly pour in chicken broth and stir broth and squash together until thoroughly mixed.  Add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and the cream (or Half & Half).  Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through.  Eat. 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Egg cozies

A couple of years ago I saw this cute egg cozy kit from Peace Fleece and teased Penny that she should knit them for the eggs she gets from her chickens.  She laughed and I laughed, but I couldn't get the kit out of my mind.  About a year ago I ordered the kit, started a chicken, then set it down.  Earlier this summer I decided to finish the kit. Soon I will be making soft-boiled eggs for breakfast and you can be sure that those eggs will stay warm in their chicken cozies until we're ready to sit at the table and eat them!

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bountiful boys

Lyle arrived on July 29 weighing a whopping 9lbs. 8oz.  I think at least 6 ounces can be attributed to his hair!  Liam and Lyle are both growing and changing, and we are all loving every minute we get to spend time with either of them. Baby duty couldn't get much better than this!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Baby blankets for Liam

Liam has grandmothers who knit, crochet, and quilt.  He is a well-blanketed baby.

Here he is on the quilt his Gmom, Penny, made for him.

Here he is on the quilt his great-grandmother, Linda, made for him.

And here he is on the blanket I crocheted for him.  Happy baby, thankful family.  God is good!

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A growing baby boy

Liam arrived on June 5 and is growing and thriving.  His mama and daddy are learning and changing  (diapers, habits, their routines, etc.).  All is well and Liam's extended families are besotted with him!

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When you get two knitters together...

...they knit.  Penny and I knit while we waited at the hospital for Liam to be born. 
She worked on a silk shawl, and I worked on a cotton dishcloth.  And before too much time had passed, we had the best little knit-together-by-God-in-his-mother's-womb grandson!

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

More barefoot sandals

I went a little crazy with barefoot sandals for the girls.  They're very quick and easy to make, and there are so many pretty and fun patterns available.

Julie's Peacock Barefoot Sandals worked up well in DMC Coton Perle 5.  A pair of these sandals takes less than four skeins of the Perle 5 - and they feel so nice!  I did wind the skeins up into balls before using it - just to make it less likely to tangle while I crocheted.  There's a lot of thread left over so I can mix and match for several more pairs.

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Waiting for Liam

Tom and Kate's son, Liam, has an official (doctor given) due date of May 30th.  Kate would be okay with him making his arrival anytime from today on.  His other grandmother, Penny, comes tomorrow and wants him to wait until Monday, so she's not tired from the trip and has at least one good night's worth of sleep under her belt. 

I'm ready, ready, READY to meet this new grandson!  A few minutes ago I finished stitching the binding to a quilt for him - a quilt my mother began for Tom when I was pregnant with him 26 years ago.  Mom cross-stitched the alphabet squares and pieced the cross-stitch squares and fabric squares together.  Then she got busy (a lot of grandchildren arrived in a few short years and she was - and is - a very hands-on involved grandmother - the very best!) and put the quilt aside and didn't finish it.  A few years ago she gave it to me to finish, and while I went ahead and put the batting and backing on, and quilted it, I waited until Kate was pregnant to figure out what to use for binding.  Last week I finally found a fabric that I liked, so I cut and sewed and ironed and pinned and stitched and today.... it is complete. 

So please come on, Liam!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Preparing for a Feast on Fat Tuesday

While others are preparing to deny themselves something for the next forty days, would you consider joining me in indulging in something extra for Lent?

 Deuteronomy 8:3 tells us, "So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord."

And Jesus repeated that truth in Luke 4:4, " And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

Let's sit down each day at a banquet feast prepared for us by the King of kings and LORD of lords, the true manna from heaven, the Living Word, and see how that perfect daily bread enriches our lives.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." ~ Colossians 3:16

(I made a schedule for Lenten Bible reading a few years ago, and you're welcome to use it, too! I find that it takes me about an hour - or less - to read the selection for the day.)

 Lenten Bible Reading Plan
Day 1: Genesis
Day 2: Exodus
Day 3: Leviticus, Numbers
Day 4: Deuteronomy
Day 5: Joshua
Day 6: Judges, Ruth
Day 7: I Samuel
Day 8: II Samuel
Day 9: I Kings
Day 10: II Kings
Day 11: I Chronicles
Day 12: II Chronicles
Day 13: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Day 14: Job
Day 15: Psalms, chapters 1 - 75
Day 16: Psalms, chapters 76 - 150
Day 17: Proverbs
Day 18: Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
Day 19: Isaiah, chapters 1 - 33
Day 20: Isaiah, chapters 34 - 66
Day 21: Jeremiah, chapters 1 - 26
Day 22: Jeremiah, chapters 27 - 52
Day 23: Lamentations
Day 24: Ezekiel, chapters 1 - 24
Day 25: Ezekiel, chapters 25 - 48
Day 26: Daniel
Day 27: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah
Day 28: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Day 29: Matthew
Day 30: Mark
Day 31: Luke
Day 32: John
Day 33: Acts
Day 34: Romans
Day 35: I Corinthians
Day 36: II Corinthians
Day 37: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians
Day 38: I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon
Day 39: Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John
Day 40: Jude, Revelation

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