Tuesday, August 25, 2015


For weeks I have been thinking about the first day of school and how wonderful it was going to be. How I planned to have a special breakfast, on nice plates, something that we didn't normally have and do things that we didn't normally do. Try to make it special and memorable. 

I had plans to have everyones work all typed out and labeled and ready to go.

I had plans to make sure the house was spotless so I could devote all my time to my little students.

Supper would be put in the crockpot early so I didn't have to worry much with that as the day progressed.

Everyone would be groomed for their first day of school picture. 

I would make sure we checked off every subject on my master list...

Ideally, in my mind, the perfect first day of school should have happened today.

Guess what? It didn't happen. It was not perfect.


Not even close.

But you know what?
It was still pretty great.

We had devotion together.
We prayed together. 
We read together.
Separate lessons were done.
And so on and so forth...

We got our first day of school down for the books.

It won't go down in our history books as the most special first day ever...
But it was good.

Perfection is such a joy sucker.
We all seek it in one way or another, I believe.
We have to realize that perfection is not something we need to strive for, 

The little adage that says...
Practice makes perfect.
Practice makes progress.
Yes it does.

Practice making sure you pray with your kids.
Practice making sure that your kids see you overcoming obstacles rather than becoming defeated by self-doubt, worry, self-condemnation, fear, or any other thing that is not promoting the fruit of the Spirit.
Practice making sure that you accomplish goals you set for yourself and for your family. Even if they don't get done in the time you set... persevere. 
Practice using that loving tone with your family instead of that exasperated, overwhelmed voice that tends to come out of my mouth way too often. Sigh.

All these things and many more are good ways to practice making the best out of every situation. Making every moment of every day a learning experience. A wonderful growing experience. 
Imperfection... it's like those beauty for ashes...
He will make our feeble efforts beautiful if we turn all our imperfections over to Christ.
I'm not where I should be, but Praise the Lord, He's still working on me.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cinnamon Rolls

These are the best cinnamon rolls I have made in a LONG time! 

1/4 oz yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 eggs
4 cups flour

Combine warm milk and yeast and give a minute or two to combine. Add sugar, melted butter, eggs and mix. Gradually add the 4 cups of flour. I did this in my kitchen aid mixer and allowed it to work about 5 minutes. My kitchen was very humid this morning because we woke up to torrential rains. So you may need every bit of that flour, or you may need less, that's the reason you want to add it gradually.  Once you see your dough coming together and forming a nice smooth ball, allow the dough to rest for an hour. I put mine in my dehydrator. It has a bread raising setting, to warm it up and keep the yeast happy. You could also put it in a very low oven to raise. Either way.

Once your dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a flat, slightly floured surface. As much as I LOVE, adore, and am completely smitten with my farmhouse table, I can not knead bread on it. The cracks won't allow it... so I use my teeny-tiny kitchen cabinet top. It works though...
And on we go!
Roll the dough out to a rectangle.

Brush with 1/3 cup softened butter 
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. 
Roll it up and cut into slices.
You get approximately 12 or so cinnamon rolls from this recipe.

Let dough rest again for about 15 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350*

Bake at 350* for about 15 minutes or until slightly browned.

While resting or baking you can make your favorite glaze.

I have in the past made cream cheese icing, buttercream, but for these cinnamon rolls I kept it very simple with powdered sugar, vanilla and cream.
It was rich and SO, so good.

I took a cup of powdered sugar and a tsp vanilla and slowly poured a bit of cream in the mixture. Stir, if too thick, pour a bit more... continue til it is pourable and delicious!

Pour over warm rolls and enjoy!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Weekly Menu :: August, week 4

Well, ready or not, we are supposed to start school on Monday morning.
I do not feel ready, but I wonder if you ever really do feel ready?
Not only do we start school, but we are in revival this week also. So lots running. Lots.
Here's a quick rundown of the menu


Ham and Potato Soup with Cornbread

Pinto Beans, Fried Potatoes, Corn

Salmon Patties, Carrots, Broccoli with Cheese

Thursday- Practice
Enchiladas with refried beans

Friday- Homemade Pizza


Monday, August 17, 2015

Mark it with a B...

Several months back I bought this burlap square at Walmart. I had an idea of how I wanted to use it, but then I changed my mind... I do that often. As the girls and I were pulling out a few fall decorations this past weekend as we were cleaning up, I decided what I wanted to do.
I'll mark it with a B, for our last name!

I got on the computer and searched for a font that I liked. I believe I ended up using Baskervilles for this (I'm a huge Sherlock fan, so the name drew me in, but the font was perfect for what I was going for, a classy, strong letter) I printed the B off on some card stock so it would hold up when I pinned it to the fabric to cut around.

I found some plain brown fabric, I wanted the letter to be bold, so I felt solid would do it best. Then, I cut a small rectangle shape of fusible web. It's super simple to use. All you have to do is put the shiny side to the wrong side of your fabric, iron gently until it adheres. 

I laid my "B" on the fabric with the right side of the fabric towards me, and the fusible web side of my fabric towards the back, and I cut out my B.
(The picture below shows the wrong side, it is the side with the webbing. 

Pull the webbing paper from the B gently

Place the letter wherever you like. I used Burlap for this project, but you could do this on some other type of fabric. 

Iron in place. I couldn't press very hard on this side because the burlap is stapled onto a frame. So once I ironed the front side, I flipped it.
And then I ironed from the back side. Just to make sure it was going to stick.
Just a note, there are a lot of different fusible webs out there, so read the instructions on your particular type. Some say don't rub, instead raise and lower the iron up and down across the fabric until it is sealed. 
If this were going to be on something that would get a lot of use, I would zig zag around the outside of the B to help make sure it doesn't eventually peel off... but being that it is just a hanging decoration, I think ironing will suffice. 

There you go... a quick little project. I really like it, now you can go mark something with your initial or monogram too! Have fun!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Weekly Menu:: August, Week 3

Just a quick update on what this week looks like on our menu.


Monday- Practice
Egg Roll in a Bowl- My way

Tuesday- Practice
Baked Ham, Okra, Corn, Potatoes

Wednesday- Church
Ham and Eggs

Thursday- Shannon's Birthday and Practice
Shannon had birthday meal at Provino's
Children had barbecue meatballs and veggies from Cameo


Saturday- Football Jamboree
Chicken Parmesan


Friday, August 14, 2015

My Ribbon Organizer

This morning I whipped together an organizer for my ribbons.
The picture below shows my tote box. 
A big. fat. mess...
I was straightening up my shelf in my bedroom/craft room and realized how messy this ribbon box truly was. Too stuffed to close. Too messy to really see what I had or what I need.

This morning I woke up extra early... 4:30 early to watch the meteor shower. So I was able to get a really early start. I began working on my crafting projects after I had my quiet time and coffee.
I got a tiered skirt hanger like the one below. 
I will say, it works... but I would suggest the second picture if you can find one like it. A little less work to get the rods on and off. 

What I had to do was take the hanger and use some pliers to open the sides and slide off the clips and slide on the ribbons.
Here's one of the rods unattached from the rest.

Slide the clips off. 
Slide all your ribbons on and bend your hooks just enough to hook everything back on, but easy enough to get off and replenish when needed. 

The old adage is one I love...
A place for everything... and everything in it's place. 
Eventually. ;) 

Enjoy your weekend friends!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

My Organization Space

I am always on a quest to make my home a much more organized space. Seeking to make me, my husband and my children able to accomplish much when needed and able to relax when necessary. 

Like I told you before, football season is here and that brings later evenings and late suppers. We will begin homeschooling for the year in the next couple of weeks also, so that is a constant on my mind. Getting prepared for that is a big undertaking and I am eager to begin, but not just begin strong (which is easy), but to finish strong... and that is a much bigger undertaking.

A pinterest idea put to use... and it works beautifully!
I was going to mount it to an old piece of wood, but while I was looking around, I found this little chalkboard and thought it was PERFECT for mounting the jar to hold our markers. 
I love it.

For the clothespin board, I simply took some fabric (in this case, fabric that I am pretty sure came about the same time I did. A super retro 70's fabric that I just think is fabulous!) and I stretched it across some canvas and stapled. Then I took some coordinating ribbon and stretched it across and stapled securely. This will be nice to keep any invitation we have or any memorabilia that we gather or anything else that we need to see and remember. 
I have our calendar up also. To fill in with dates of specific events, or special homeschool field-trips, etc. I feel that this will be a very handy space for us.

The little heart came from a  sweet lady in Wales. She and I were partners in a handmade pin cushion swap and she went above and beyond and sent me several other goodies. I know I've had this for about 5 years, at least. I use the pin cushion she made me constantly... it's my favorite one that I own. I used the heart and stitched it on some fabric and made a little embroidery hoop art. It's a sweet little reminder and addition.

And then I hung a large white board to write daily tasks, encouragement, or copy work. All in all, I am very pleased with how this turned out. Now to work on the rest of the house. ;)
Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More baskets

Have I told you how much I love making these baskets? I really do...
And while I've been making them, I've learned some things.

One thing I have noticed on other places is that there isn't a lot of information out there. Like they are trying to hoard the rope basket making knowledge for themselves. haha

I honestly don't know if there is a right or wrong way to do it, but I have learned that COTTON is the best way to go for me.

I've used the nylon 7/32" and it works and I've made several nice baskets with it.... but the cotton 3/16" is my favorite. I wish I could tell you how to exactly make each basket, but it's all free form.
I don't count how many rounds, or at what point I start pulling the baskets upward to form the sides. There really is no way of explaining that, at least that I know of.

It's something that you should try out if you are interested. Give it a go... if not there are MANY people out there selling their wares.
I'm one of them. ;)

I haven't listed any on etsy just yet, but you can visit my Facebook page where I am posting any new creations. 

The one above... I call it The Farmer's Market Basket! 
It's my fave and I'm making another one today. 

Have a great day, friends!