Thursday, October 29, 2009

Craft Booth Photos

Here are some pictures of my craft booth. I know they are a little dark, but I didn't use the flash. I went during store hours and didn't want to disturb anyone with a flash. Mom & I are starting to put Christmas in on Monday, so I thought I'd post a few before then.

Remember my $3.00 shelf find...Well, this is it. Perfect for what I needed.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Beautiful Fall Day

It has been the most beautiful day here in the Mountains of Virginia. Hubby & I enjoyed a motorcycle ride today with my dad, and a few friends. We ended up going about 100 miles. It was a nice ending to the weekend. Here are some pictures.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


YAY - I opened my own selling website. WOW, I am so excited. I have worked so hard getting this started. I want to say THANK YOU to Amy at AmyBug's Primitive Attic. She has been awesome. I purchased the graphics from her and just went by the directions on the DIY website. She has been so kind and has responded and helped with any questions I have had. So...if any of you want to take the big step...I highly recommend Amy!!

Please check it out and let me know what you think. You can click on the banner to the right or just go here.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Going Back in Time

Last weekend my daughter & I visited The Big Otter Mill. They had a little festival and are trying to raise money to restore it to working order. My great, great, great grandfather built this mill around 1920. I was just mesmerized at the workmanship of this Mill. I got to meet some extended family too. I can't wait to visit again and take the rest of my family. My father is a genealogy buff and has traced our ancestors back 100's of years. I am so glad he has taken the time and worked so hard to learn about our family. It's a great thing to pass to my children. Any other genealogy searchers out there?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Sure felt like Winter today!!! Our daughter had a softball tournament and the high here today was a balmy 53, that doesn't sound all that cold, but add to the fact there was no sun, and the wind was was down right COLD. They ended up winning all their games, even though she was just a cheer leader. She fractured her wrist and just got the cast off yesterday, so she is out of commission for a few weeks...just in time for the season to end. We came home to chili in the crockpot (thanks Rachel - it was soooo good) and a football game on TV. Doesn't get any better than that.

On another note. I am waiting on my website to be set up. I ordered everything on, stay tuned. I'm really exciting about this new adventure.

Have a wonderful weekend (what's left of it)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Simple Times

Do you ever wonder how our ancestors would react to our world today if they could come back? I mean really!!! What happened to the simple times. Were they really simple back then? Did they feel overwhelmed with life as they lived it? Like I feel today? Yesterday, when I did 8 loads of laundry I had to stop and think about it. They didn't have washing machines....they scrubbed on boards in a creek. They made all their clothes, cooked all the meals, from scratch I might add. No boxed cake mixes or packaged cookies. They didn't have Kroger to run to. My conclusion...they didn't own 10 pairs of jeans, and didn't change clothes 3 times a day (like my son). They didn't have softball practice, or soccer practice...women didn't work outside of the home. I know they were just as busy....just a different kind of busy. I think I could live like that for a day (or two) - hmmmm wonder what they would think of microwaves, ice makers, running water, and flushing toilets???

Okay - I feel better now!!
Have a great one,

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Black Bean Salsa

Note to Self: Dear Linda, Please put the Salsa in the Pumpkin before your son eats it all.

I should have put the Salsa in the pumpkin before I told my son what we were having for dinner. I then played taxi and dropped my daughter off, came home to's all I had little bowl of salsa. Yep, he downed it.

Okay - the idea is to make the salsa and place inside a cleaned out pumpkin. We had chicken enchiladas and this YUMMY Black Bean Salsa (what was left of it). Makes for a great display if you have a Fall Party to attend.

Black Bean Salsa

1 15oz can black beans drained and rinsed
1/2 cup red pepper diced
1 cup corn nibbletts
1/4 cup sweet onion chopped
3 tbsp. celery
2 tbsp. minced jalapeno pepper - optional
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red vinegar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. commercially prepared salsa
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I'm still recovering from our very busy weekend. My daughter had her Homecoming Dance. Her softball team also had a tournament. Even though she can't play due to a fractured wrist, she still wanted to go to the first game to cheer her team....then we had nails done, hair done, picked up flower and dressing up. She was beautiful and they had a great time.

We have just about completed our craft booth. I still haven't taken pictures....I forget to take my camera. Oh well!! next time. I've got another Fall Recipe I want to share, so I'll do that later this week.

Have a Blessed Tuesday,

Friday, October 2, 2009

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread

Yay - Finally Friday!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful upcoming weekend. Pictures coming soon on the stocking of our craft booth (Just have to go over and take some). Thought I'd share the chocolate muffin recipe I made for the church bake sale (recipe from Lynns Kitchen Adventures). Enjoy and have a wonderful Friday.

Buttermilk Chocolate Bread
1 stick butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips

You can bake this in a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan, but I decided to make muffins. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the buttermilk. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Stir into buttermilk mixture until moistened. Mix in 1 cup chocolate chips. If making as bread....bake 55-60 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven. If making muffins...bake 18-20 minutes. YUMMY

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hello October

Okay - I mentioned earlier I had to bake some goodies for a Church Bake Sale. Here they are. All wrapped and ready. I made Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies and Chocolate, chocolate chip muffins.

Busy, busy

Busy day here today and the rest of the week!! We have Homecoming this weekend, so you know what that means. I'll be busy all day Sat., with picking up flower, nails done, hair done, pictures taken...yada yada yada. When did it get so complicated? When I was in high school...I painted my own nails, did my own hair with those electric hot rollers, plucked my own how times have changed in just 3 years LOL!! I wouldn't trade it for anything though. Memories in the making, and my beautiful daughter will be just beautiful. Love you sweetie!!

Today I'll be making cookies and brownies for a church bake sale. I'll post pictures later. The bake sale is Saturday too, and hubby will drop the goodies off tomorrow morning. Also today...we will start moving into our new craft booth. My mom and dad just came from a shopping trip, so we'll have lots of new stuff. I wasn't able to go this time and I was bummed. Within the next couple weeks I hope to have a selling blog or website set up to sell our goodies.

Have a great day!!