Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This week has been a busy one around our house. We have VBS at our church in the evenings and I have also helped with my little niece during the day. I am thankful for the time I have had with her. Jordan is such a joy to our family and when she throws her tiny arms around my neck and proclaims, "Auntie Pam, I miss you and I love you sooooo much!", well my heart just completely melts.
I am looking forward to this weekend and am thankful my daughter and her friend, Kevin, is coming home for a very quick trip.
I am thankful for the sunshine! We have had a glorious and hot week. That is a special treat for me because I love Summer. :)
During the difficult economic times, I am so thankful for my husband's job. I know many are hurting and we have no guarantees for the future. I choose to be thankful today and not to worry about tomorrow.
What are you thankful for today?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Little Birdie Secrets has a fun tutorial today for these party poppers. Instead of confetti-filled purchased ones, avoid the mess and make your own with candy, toys, money, etc. These poppers would be fun for birthday parties, wedding receptions, or any holiday. Just change the tissue and paper colors to coordinate with your theme. Follow the link to the party popper tutorial, leave a comment and let them know you saw it on The Best Laid Plans.
Monday, June 22, 2009
2 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup flour
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
3 scant Tablespoons of cocoa
Combine all the dry ingredients and mix until well blended and lumps are minimal. Add milk slowly. Use a wisk for better mixing and to prevent lumping. Heat over medium-high heat and stir constantly to avoid sticking. Heat until gravy is smooth and bubbling slowly. Remove from heat and let it set until it is the consistency of gravy. Serve over warm biscuits with butter. Serves 4-6. May be doubled.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
1. My mom's generosity...she had a perfectly good, only a few years old, living room set and gave it to my daughter and her friends to use in their rental house in Charleston.
2. One of our son's oldest friends, Tyler. He is 22 and will be working with Campus Outreach, a faith-based organization on college campuses. Tyler met with us this week to talk about his work and his commitment to grow relationships and share the gospel with college students. We are honored to lend our support in prayer and finances.
5. My sweet little niece. Her 3rd birthday was Saturday and we were out of town. My sister had clued me in on a birthday wish of a pirate's costume! Jordan is a huge Backyardigan fan and especially loves the pirate show and wanted her own dress-up clothes. I found the cutest set online, with a one piece jumpsuit that looked like a vest, pirates shirt, pants and boots. It can with a pirate hat with pirate hair attached. I ordered a pirates sword and see-through eye patch and had it all delivered to her house. She called Monday afternoon and this is how the conversation went, "Auntie Pam?! Auntie Pam?! Arghhhhhhhhh Matey!" I cracked up. Of course, we had to dash over and check out the littlest pirate. She blesses my heart and makes me laugh every time we are together. :) I will try and get a picture to post of her in costume. Precious!!!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Instead, imagine this...three pieces of Christmas fabric. All three fabrics are modern with a lime green, hot pink, red Christmas trees, snowflakes and dots. It is my fabric for the Christmas in July swap. I wanted to show you this fabric. It is definitely not your ordinary Christmas fabric but yet, when I saw it, it screamed, "Take a half yard each!". So, I did. :)
Imagine this...two Java Jackets or AKA cup cozy. I have made two, both lined with a contrasting fabric and in between the two fabrics is a thermal lining to keep your java hot.
I am hopeful that the camera chip issue will be corrected tonight and your imagination can experience reality.
On to other sewing:
I am cutting off two pair of jeans, one stained and the other shrunk, to make shorts for my son.
I am also cutting out more Java Jackets and hope to get those sewn and posted to my Artfire store.
I have a 5 luggage tags to make and a monogram applique for a laundry bag.
I need to complete my Christmas in July sewing.
I have multiple handbags and one messenger bag to cut out and sew.
In the process of all of this sewing, I need to glue the support leg on my old sewing desk and it needs a good coat of paint. I will hopefully do this tomorrow. We have been short on sunshine but tomorrow looks promising. Until then I will be sewing on the kitchen table.
What are you working on today? Do you have your own to-do list? Are you making progress or feel you are swimming upstream?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
3-4 chicken breast, cooked and cut into bite size pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I use the 98% fat-free)
1 can cream of chicken soup (low-fat again)
1 cup sour cream (I use low-fat but not fat free as it has a weird flavor)
1 can tomatoes and chili peppers (I use Ro-Tel brand)
Corn tortilla chips
2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican mix cheese
In a sprayed 9" x 13", crush chips in to the bottom of the dish until covered. This is the crust of the casserole. In a large mixing bowl, combine first five ingredients. Pour evenly over the crust. Sprinkle cheese over the entire casserole mixture.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly. I serve with salsa or Pico de Gallo, Spanish Rice, chips and Mexican dip, fruit, etc. It is an easy dish and happens to be my son's favorite.
I don't have a completed picture of the casserole. I walked my son through making this last week and tried to take some pictures. He was not thrilled to be the pictorial subject of my blog so all the pictures were a bit blurry. Just envision a cheesy goodness!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
1. I am thankful for my husband. Even when he is tired and has a too-full plate of commitments, he is still willing to work, volunteer, parent, be a friend and still always love me. I hope he always knows how appreciative I am of him.
2. I am thankful for my children. Both are busy with their lives but almost without fail, each day I get a call from my daughter who lives three hours away. Sometimes it is just to see what the day is bringing and sometimes to tell me a funny story and other times like today where she calls me from the grocery store to ask what type of potatoes go in a potato salad. (which she got the recipe from me yesterday. :) Since graduating college and moving back home, I have come to depend on my son so much. He has given me loads of help around the house and has now even started helping me in the kitchen in order to learn how to cook. He is working and has started his own business and yet still always seems glad to spend time with his momma.
3. I am thankful for all these days of rain we are getting in South Carolina. I find myself wishing for more sunshine but having been in a drought for several years, the rain is a blessed event. I hope to be appreciative.
4. I am thankful for friends and family. Ones I see often and others I see or talk with occasionally. Each bring a different gift to our family.
5. I am thankful for the gift of creativity. My mind is always in overdrive thinking of projects of sewing and crafts and it gives me a wonderful outlet and fills my days with a sense of accomplishment.
What are you thankful for today?
My personal daily reminder:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thess. 5:16-18
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I love Mexican food and especially love the fresh flavor of cilantro. Pico de Gallo goes great with my Chicken Enchilada Casserole, which is what I made last night.
4 ripe plum tomatoes (the store didn't have plum yesterday so I used Campari - delicious)- seeded and chopped
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro leaf, chopped
2-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped or 1 - 2 Serrano peppers (I like Serrano) seeded and finely chopped
1 Tablespoon lime juice
garlic salt- a pinch or good shake, to taste
Combine all ingredients, cover and store in refrigerator for at least an hour or so. Serve as an accompaniment to Mexican casserole or even tacos, etc. I love it with tortillas.
Chicken Enchilado Casserole recipe coming Monday.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Huntington Beach is famous for it's wildlife. We had close and personal sightings of raccoons, squirrels, many kinds of birds, and alligators.
On Monday, after leaving Huntington Beach, we dropped by our daughter's house in Charleston to take her to lunch and let Stan see her new rental. Here they are getting caught up in the hammock on her second floor balcony.
Can you tell she is a Daddy's girl? :)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Don't you just love that big button? The pattern called for a fabric flower or a plain front. Hanna is not a flower person and I think the button gives it just the right punch! I added two pockets on the inside and instead of Velcro, which it called for, I used a magnet snap.
The pictures were taken at my daughter's house in Charleston. I wish you could see outside the windows. There are two huge palm trees just out the door. I just love the coast and especially this city.