November 28, 2007
I wish.......I wish I was still on vacation in Gulf Shores, AL. It was a cooooold day here today. I found myself thinking of the beach, the sun,the smell of the ocean, the sand between my toes. If I can't be there, I am grateful for the memories and photos I have of the beach.
November 26, 2007
I finished the quilting on my friend Gloria K.'s quilt today! Yeah! I think it turned out well. She is giving it as a gift, and the recipient is one lucky friend! I had a lot of fun quilting this wall hanging. I interspersed snowflakes among the stippling which added to the fun. I love your quilt Gloria!
If you missed my post about Paying It Forward scroll down to check it out. There is still a couple of spots left!
November 25, 2007
Happy Belated Thanksgiving! My dear Hubby and I traveled to my parents home and enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and friends. I was thinking about what I was thankful for. At the top of the list:
1. My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
2. My wonderful husband
3. My family
4. My friends
I was reminded today that material things can be replaced, but not the people in your life. Take the time today to let then know they are loved!
November 19, 2007
For many years my contribution to the Thanksgiving meal has been bringing the Sweet Potato Souffle Casserole. When I was gathering the ingredients I decided that I needed to share the recipe with my blogging friends. One thing I especially like about this recipe is the ability to make it ahead of time, freeze the sweet potato mixture and topping, and then bake it on Thanksgiving day. This makes the busy day of Thanksgiving easier. I always use fresh sweet potatoes that I have cooked and pureed. You can use the canned sweet potatoes if you prefer. I doubled the recipe when I made it today, so keep that in mind if you try out this recipe and your yield doesn't look like mine.
Sweet Potato Souffle Casserole
Sweet potatoes, canned (drained) 40 oz. or 2 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes freshly cooked
1/4 C. Milk
1/2 C. Butter
3/4 C. Sugar
1 T. Vanilla extract
1 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Flour
1/3 C. Butter chilled
1 C. Pecans, chopped
In another bowl, stir together the brown sugar and flour. Using a pastry blender mix in the chilled butter until the mixture is crumbly and evenly mixed. Stir in the chopped pecans.
Freezing directions: Place the sweet potato mixture in a gallon freezer bag or container. Remove the excess air from the container, seal and freeze. Place the brown sugar mixture in a quart size freezer bag or container. Remove excess air and freeze.
To serve: thaw both bags. Spread sweet potato mixture in a greased or spray coated baking dish. Evenly distribute the brown sugar mixture over the sweet potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min.
November 17, 2007
November 15, 2007
We also went to the Gulf Shores Zoo. The zoo is known as "The Little Zoo That Could". They have been featured on the Animal Planet show because one year they had to evacuate all of the animals (except the alligators) four times because of hurricanes in the area. That is a major feat. It is such a neat zoo. I had misgivings at first because of it's size. I thought I wouldn't be very fun because there wouldn't be enough to see. Wrong! You can get very close to the animals and they are kept in very nice cages/habitats. We were able to watch tiger cubs play outside in a pen area. The keepers were there to make sure they behaved themselves and didn't chew up the water hoses. As they took them back to their cages we were able to pet them.
There are a few habitats that have platforms that you can go up on to look into the habitats. It was fun to get some photos of the animals without going through the wire fences. This is the second time we have visited the Gulf Shores Zoo and if we go back to the area we will visit it again.
I haven't been able to sew since I got back home. A young man, (28 yrs. old) in our church went home to be with the Lord last week. While Jeremy is in a far better place he will be greatly missed here. His Mother is the church secretary that I fill in for when she goes on vacation. I am filling in now for her for a few weeks. I am happy that I can help her and her family not only by praying for them, but by giving her a little breathing room to sort things out. I spent the afternoon and evening today baking for our Youth groups bake sale that is coming up. I made 5 different kinds of cookies and a batch of cookie bars. I love to bake, but not eating the products is difficult! I have to admit, we had to try some of them to make sure they were eatable!
November 13, 2007
This is the view I had while sitting at my sewing machine. Don't you wish you could have this view every day? I sure do. At times I believe I spent more time watching the waves come in and people walking by then sewing. All in all that was fine with me. My sewing area at home is in the basement - no view. I enjoyed having a window to look out of, especially with the view I had!
I worked on my Nickles quilt and got all of the blocks sewn together. It looks giant! This is a king size bed that I laid it across. I am planning on using it as a bedspread for a queen bed. I don't think I will have a problem with it not being large enough. I'm not sure what I will name it yet. I sewed most of blocks while on vacation at different times in Gulf Shores. What do you think of the name "Road to Gulf Shores"? Now to get it quilted!!! After the quilt top was put together I was able to work on my blue scrappy quilt. Fun fun fun!
November 12, 2007
This is one of the views from the balcony. Some view! Of course I took my Featherweight with me and was able to accomplish a few things. The mornings were just a little chilly, the perfect time to sew. I will post about my sewing at the beach soon. The daily temperatures usually reached the mid 70's which is just perfect in my book. The hot hot days of Summer are not my favorite. Give me the Fall days at Gulf Shores anytime!
I just had to leave you with a photo of the beautiful waves. It was hard to pick just one. I have the sound of ocean waves on my ipod. I often fall asleep at night with the sound of the waves in the background. When I have a lot of things on my mind that is one sound that sooths my soul and helps me to relax. Mmmmmm, that sounds so inviting and it is past my bedtime right now. On to the ipod and sleepville now!