Sunday, November 29, 2009

First Communion

Today my middle guy made his First Communion. Now that we are Lutheran, we are growing into the traditions and to be 10 and have your first communion in the fall is customary! Okeedokee!

My son asked if I had any of this fabric left and said "Hey, that'd make a good shirt for church!"

Isn't he the sweetest?

Notice the silver crosses? It looked very nice.

And, even though the pictures stink and we are squinting, I'm adding the other outfits I made for the day--

It was a wonderful service at church and we all really enjoyed it. I'm more beat that you could imagine.. I made a feast fit for a king twice this long weekend! LOL

Oh ya.. and below is a rare shot of the DH and I together--- Good night!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Shopping

I'd never indulged in the "Black Friday" mayhem until my husband shared with me the thrill. Now? He stays with the kids while I take off :-D

Do you like to stay home? In your jammies and slippers with your big steamy cup o'joe? I've got the deal for you. Go shopping with the SewingMamas Team on Etsy and you can grab up all the specials we are offering!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It doesn't have the mayhem of the other holidays-- the loss of the meaning behind the holiday or the crazy influx of candy. Thanksgiving is just what is sounds like -- a time to get together with family to come together for a meal and give thanks for everything we have.

I've been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for as long as I can remember. Not even sure if I started making it before or after I had my first child. But through all those years, I've got it down to a science. My biggest mission was to have as many things made from scratch, try to reduce the fat (and the lethargy that comes after eating like that) and have dinner on the table HOT. That last one took some time!

I've made up many of my own traditions. Don't get me wrong, we had a BLAST as kids getting together with my Dad's family every year, tons of cousins everywhere, long table after table, "everyone have a chair?!"-- it was a great time. Sadly, there aren't tons of cousins for my kids but there are our own traditions. I started making cranberry sauce from scratch. Oh boy, that met with staunch criticism for *many* years but it's looked forward to now. I also like to enjoy the fall vegetables- wonderfully roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes (because I can't pick which I like better), a newer, healthier broccoli casserole, and, new this year, homemade butter!

I used to be a preschool teacher. I loved having the kids get a baby food jar and shake and shake the heavy cream-- with a lot of help from the teachers!- and bring home their own little butter ball. I'd done this with my oldest once or twice, he didn't remember. Well, I was going to make sure SOMEONE remembered doing it and the two younger were on board!

The picture above is of Sturbridge House Pumpkin Muffins (made from pumpkin cooked from Halloween) and our own fresh homemade butter, still in the buttermilk.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone. Enjoy your own traditions and have Thanksgiving whatever way makes you happy. It isn't about emulating someone else, it's about being yourself.

Thank you, Lord, for all the many blessings you bestow upon us. Your love and guidance is a welcome gift.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Vintage Pattern Find!

It's amazing what you'll come across out of no where.

Long story short, I have a wonderful batch of vintage patterns from the late 1960s. Most not even opened! What I don't have is the shape to be able to wear most of these styles. Your lucky day! I'm offering them up and you can find them here. Drop me a note if you need more info.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Nice Morning

I've been getting up early for, oh I don't know, a few months or so. It's the only time my house is quiet. I'm a homeschooler so it's not quiet during the day ;-) and, at night, I'm in a house full of night owls-- playing with legos, cds with music and stories going, and "one more hug!" goes on until well past 9:30, and that's on a good night.

So this morning, I woke at 7, came down scuffling in my jammies and slippers with a cozy robe and had my coffee. Eventually, I had to wake children so that we could get to our Homeschooling Group that we attend on Thursdays.

"Good morning!" I call up the stairs. Nothing. "Hello?" Still nothing. "Time to get up!" And, then, finally, I hear a "Hi Mom" creakily respond. Yep, reliably, it's my middle child-- my saving grace most days. I made him a deal. I'd make one of his favorites, Homemade Belgium Waffles with chocolate chips, and he'd get up and shower. Sigh :-) If it were only that easy to get the other two awake.

I've had this recipe for quite some time and have had the waffle maker even longer than that. Give it a whirl. You won't regret it (can't you see the steam coming up from the waffle iron? Oh yes, it's a treat, I'll tell you.

Homemade Waffles

one egg
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup skim milk
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp olive oil

Whisk egg in bowl until a little foamy.

Mix dry ingredients together in another bowl. Add milk and fold together gently (just stir it gently). Fold in egg and oil.

I've made this in MANY variations. Only the white of the egg, different flours, just skim milk, it all works.

For a treat, I like to heat maple syrup and frozen berries and use that to sweeten it. Yum!!

Oh, and don't forget, for your favorite middle child, add chocolate chips

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Singer Treadle Sewing Machine

I have a close friend that has many things in common with me. She lives in my town, she homeschools her children and, well, she sews! This common interest started out innocent enough but has totally taken on a life of its own.

That brings me to my Singer Treadle Sewing Machine. Circa 1924. A beauty to behold.

Long story short, she owns many sewing machines. I sent her a link to a beautiful treadle machine that she ended up buying and taking home. She, in turn, saw a machine on the side of the road (no less) and that's how I ended up with my pretty lady.

I didn't take a 'before' pic but today is my 'after' pics. It was a beautiful day today. I took a short walk with the dog and kids. I should have stayed outside longer. Instead, I stayed inside while others cheered for the Patriots and I researched and cleaned up the machine and its table.

The above pic is the after. The below pic in the midst of painstakingly taking each piece, spraying it down, scrubbing it, removing clumps of lint, and just getting down and dirty with this piece of history. How I wish it could tell me the tales of where it's been, what it's made and how it was loved.