Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
1. "The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving." ~ H.U. Westermayer
2. "Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow." ~ Edward Sandford Martin
3. "There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American." ~ O. Henry
4. "You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled." ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
5. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
6. "We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction." ~ Harry A. Ironside
7. "It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful 'in general.' It's very strange. It's a little like being married in general." ~ Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
8. "It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast." ~ W. J. Cameron
9. "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." ~ Cicero
10. "Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men, but be careful that you do not take the day and leave out the gratitude." ~ E.P. Powell
This Thanksgiving Day, let's remember what we truly have to be thankful for. Let's take a good, hard look around us and realize that while we may not have everything we want, what we want is not always what we need. Let these ten Thanksgiving quotes remind you of the true meaning of this great American holiday as you celebrate with friends and family.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Today at Tidy Mom of 2, She is hosting a Love the Pie! I have been waiting all week for this! I have had my two favorites sitting next to the computer waiting for me to type this blog post! So lets get started!
Crunchy Carmel Apple Crisp
I know this isn't a pie, but It started out as a pie, but its so gooey and oozy that I omitted the pie shell, but you can definitely put it back!
1 pastry crust for a deep dish pie (9 inch)
1/2 cup of sugar
3 Tbsp all purpose flour
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples.
1 recipe for crumb topping (see below)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup Carmel topping
For Crumb Topping:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup Quaker oats (or other quick cooking oats)
1/2 cup butter
Direction for the Crumb Topping:
Stir together brown sugar, flour, oats. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until topping is like course crumbs. Set aside.
Directions for Pie:
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated. Transfer apple mixture to the pie shell. (Tip: Remove the store bought pie shell from the aluminum pie plate, and transfer it to a pie plate of your own :) Sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture. Place pie on a cookie sheet so the drippings don't drop into your oven. Cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 min. Then remove foil and put back in for another 25 min. Remove from oven, sprinkle with chopped pecans and liberally drizzle with caramel on top. Cool..
I make this the day before, and pop it back in a warm oven, and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top .. Its supper yummy!
Second is a family favorite!
Chocolate Whiskey Pecan Pie
1 9inch pie shell
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
4 eggs beaten
1/4 cup of whiskey (we prefer Jameson's)
1 teaspoon salt
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325. In a small saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Cool slightly.
In a large bowl combine eggs, whiskey, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Slowly pour sugar mixture into the egg mixture. Whisking constantly. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 min or until set and golden.
This can also be made the day before and just pop it back in the oven to warm it up!
I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Candied Sweet Potatoes
6 sweet potatoes
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
generous dash of vanilla
juice from 1 med orange
generous dash of orange liqueur (optional)
Boil the unpeeled sweet potatoes in a pot for about 20 min. Once cooked and soft to the touch, peel and slice (or cube) into an oven proof dish.
Heat oven to 375 deg.
Put the butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, orange juice and orange liqueur in a sauce pan and bring to a gentle boil. Pour the sauce over the potatoes and bake for 15 min. Remove and place the marshmallows on top. Return to the oven and bake until melted and browned.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Place your pattern on the Flannel with the wrong sides facing out. If you left your fabric in half like I did you will have the right sides already facing each other in the middle.
With your fabric marker trace your pattern.
With Scissors cut out the shape. As you are working with your fabric doubled up, take care to cut them carefully keeping the fabric together. It doesn't have to be perfect, but It also shouldn't be way off
See .. you have cut 2 at the same time!
See? All cut out. Now comes the fun..
If you are using a mix of fabrics, start matching them up. Right Sides together.
Pin around your edges
Find your opening and push it right side out. Shape it out.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
You know, I usually don't get to upset.. I guess I'm just really in a mood today. I'm just fed up, feeling used and feeling like I'm the last one picked for a game of kickball. Thank goodness my sister will be here in two weeks. I need a friend.
I will be putting a tutorial up this week for those burp clothes.
Friday, November 6, 2009
I love to do giveaways, but I don't like to do a lot of them. If I give the whole store away, well then how do I expect to make any money? Giveaways are good also in a way. Its a marketing strategy, It gets new people to your site, exposure and free publicity.
Recently I signed on for some advertising at The Creative Junkie. Can I just say how much I love this site? Andy is so funny, OCD, and goodness knows I wish I could write and be as clever as her. So when she opened up to advertising I was right there screaming PICK ME PICK ME!!!
So we got together for a giveaway. Now working with Andy is challenging, I don't think I have ever worked with a blog owner that sent that many emails, was that thorough, and that committed to hosting a successful giveaway. For the last week Andy has plagued me with questions, double, triple checked my store, looked at my feedback, and even critiqued my site!!! Although she did tell me I could tell her to mind her own business!!! So today when I opened her blog post, I almost fell out of my chair, she is such an awesome writer she even made me Quirky! Hey anyone who can make me cooler than I really am.. I am so on board with!
So today Is the start of the giveaway for 2 .. yes 2 $25 gift certificates to my store. This giveaway is so painless.. You don't have to blog about it.. you can if you want.. you don't have to tweet.. although it would be much appreciated.. you don't have to spam your friends on facebook, although I would forever be in your debt.. All you have to do is tell Andy one thing.... Its just that easy. So pop on over to The Creative Junkie and enter.. There is also a little surprise in her post (maybe a money off coupon?)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
And of course last night was the Premier of V. Am I so old that I remember the mini series? I'm very excited that this has come back. I have been looking forward to it since the buzz started. Ahhh and My all time favorite Tuesday night show is the Biggest Loser. I love the show, love the intensity, It really does motivate me to get off my behind. The only thing I'm not liking about it this year is Jillian. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE Jillian.. but some people are just fat because they are fat. There doesn't always have to be drama. They didn't always have to be neglected, picked on, beaten. Lets face it.. I'm fat.. I'm that way because I LOVE FOOD! Especially real food, good wine, and a cold beer on a hot day. There doesn't always have to be drama Jillian.
Last on my Tuesday night round up is The Good Wife. How can you forget her in ER? I'm so happy to see my favorite ER heroine and Mr Big come together.
So not only do I watch all of that on Tuesday night but also Chopped, The little couple, 18 Kids and counting.. Its an action packed Tuesday night. Not sure how I would function without the DVR. Don't even get me going about Thursdays..