"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Friday, September 30, 2011

Old Wedding Dresses

My mom and I went to the Texas Tech Museum yesterday, it's a small museum, but it's free!  They had wedding and trousseau dresses on display.  I thought I would share some pictures with you, did you know white wedding dresses were not popular until Queen Victoria got married in a white dress?

I love the ruffle on this dress!

 The pearls down the front on the right are so pretty!

These dresses are from the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Most of them are the Gibson girl style.
Can you imagine wearing one of these petticoats to make your behind look big?

They even had some veils I could try on!  Of course I couldn't resist!

Can you imagine making all these dresses with a sewing machine like this?

Then of course you would have to vacuum up all those loose threads and pieces of fabric with this vacuum cleaner (about 20 years later).

I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past with me!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A New Skirt and the Fair

Sorry I've been so quiet on here.  I was getting my house clean and in order before I went out of town to see my family in Lubbock.  My sister's birthday is Thur. and mine is Fri..  We go to the fair in Lubbock every year I'm in town for my annual visit.  My sister went the first time when she was two days old.  The first time I went I was a year old.  This is not a great picture, I was in the fun house.
I made a new skirt that I wanted to wear to the fair this year.
I bought this denim material back in June and I tried to make it into a pair of culottes.
The material was too heavy and bulky.  Pippi likes this material!  So I had to take out the inner seams and make it into a skirt, then I made it too big and had to take it in.  It took me three months to finally finish this skirt(I only worked on it off and on).
Here is a picture of my niece Johnna and I on the Merry Go Round.

Here is one of the rides my sister and I rode, that's us way up there.  We both decided we are getting too old to ride those rides!  LOL

We rode the swings and I was very dizzy when we got off!

 Here is a picture of my mom and Johnna sharing a corn dog.

Johnna's favorite ride was the canoe.

We like playing with the hats too!

Here is a picture of all of us as we were leaving, we were tired and hot but had a great time!

Johnna fell asleep on the way home.
One of the materials had "patches" on it, so I built on that theme and made more patches on the bottom of the skirt using the rag quilt.  I didn't have enough material and added some other denim I had.  I added more patches all around to bring the two materials together.
You can see the patches better in this picture even though it is a terrible picture of me.  It's kind of hard to take a good picture in a moving barrel.
I won't be home until Monday, my husband stayed home with the cats.
Have a great day ya'll!

Monday, September 12, 2011

My new mixer!

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Phillipians 4:19 
As ya'll know, I have been borrowing mixers from my friends.  I borrowed the Bosch  http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/2011/08/bosch.html  which I liked, but there were several things that I did not like.  I borrowed two different Kitchen Aids, I wrote a review on one of them,  http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/search/label/mixer%20review  where I showed you the difference in sizes, The wattage and sizes of the bowls and attachments did not compare to my Cuisinart.  They worked fine, but I still prefer my Cuisinart.
My Cuisinart has a seven quart bowl, 1000 watts, and a timer that turns itself off.  It also has 12 speeds to give you better control.  As you can tell from my previous post, the paddle, whisk and dough hook are also better and bigger.  This is probably the closest thing you can get to a professional model for your home. 
I got my original mixer over four years ago on Black Friday.  I did a price compare at Bed Bath and Beyond, used a coupon and got a free blender attachment all for about $280.  It was a great deal!  About two years ago I broke the spring on the mixer and would have to hold it down to get the bottom of the bowl.  This break was totally my fault though.  Then the motor quit in July.  I must admit I have used this mixer and put it through the wringer in the years I have owned it.  When I bake, it is usually for church so I always double and sometimes triple my recipes. 
I was heart broken, how could I ever afford to buy a new mixer?  I decided to sell cupcakes one week at church and Twinkies another week to raise money for my new mixer.  I paid $15 to send my broken mixer back to the company with a $10 check for return postage.  I figured I would have to wait until Black Friday and find another great deal.  I knew the Lord would provide, I just did not know how.  I never heard back from Cuisinart until today when UPS delivered me a brand new WHITE Cuisinart!  What a blessing, I like the white better!  Since I had kept all the parts when I sent the mixer back I now have two of everything, even two 7 qt bowls!  I had registered my mixer when I first got it, so make sure you always register your products.  And remember that God will always provide in some way, you just have to have patience and faith!
All I need now is some of those cool vinyls to decorate my mixer with!  I'm thinking either cupcakes or orange, yellow and green flowers to match my curtains!  LOL

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tips for ready to serve meals

I feel like I always need a picture on my blog posts, since I didn't have any for this one I thought you might like this one of Pippi and Muffin.  Aren't they cute?
With fall, school and the holidays coming up we are pretty busy.  I thought I would share a couple of interesting blog posts I have found.  Unfortunately I couldn't do this first one since my husband hates veggies and soups.  She shows how she has one day of meal preparation.  She chops up all her veggies and puts them in baggies ready to pop in a crock pot in the morning.

This next one is ingenious!  They are great if you like to have food storage in case of a catastrophe, or your husband loses his job, or if you just want quick meals!  I thought they would be great for camping too!  She uses freeze dried food - dry milk, veggies, spices and even freeze dried meat!  You just pour boiling water over it and you are ready to go!

Something else I have always wanted to try is having meals prepared in cans.  My husband doesn't like soups and chili but I don't want to make a whole batch just for my lunches, I get sick of the leftovers after a while.  My goal is to eventually get a pressure canner so that I can make my own homemade canned soup!  Talk about convenient.  What a great gift for a sick friend, a can of homemade chicken noodle soup!  Fresh, organic and healthy - no MSGs!  Here a couple of articles I found:

If anyone has any other resources they would like to share I would appreciate it!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

How to make a cake by the Little Rascals

I realize a lot of ya'll aren't as old as I am and might not remember the Little Rascals, but they are so cute.  In this video clip they are baking a cake.  I must admit I have never had a cake catastrophe this bad!  LOL

Here is a link also  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO6Ks77oYo4&sns=fb
I love the way they interpret the directions!

Have a great day ya'll!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Laundry Day

"....and let them wash their clothes, and so make themselves clean."  Numbers 8:7b  You would not believe how many times God says this in the Bible.  Have you ever realized how important it is to God to be clean?  As women, whether we are married or not, we have laundry to do and it won't clean themeselves.  We do have stuff that makes it easier, like washing machines and dryers.

My dryer broke about two months ago.  July was just one of those months where everything was breaking.  My dryer broke, my stand mixer broke, and I even "broke" (fractured) my wrist.  My fingers still don't always work right.
My husband rigged up a clothes line for me in the backyard.  He found some tent posts, an old metal shelf, and a bird feeder hanger to make my clothesline with.

 As you can tell by my grass, we are having a drought in TX and temps reaching 110°.  I hadn't bought clothespins yet (My husband brought some home this week after I had to chase one of my slips) so I had just been laying the clothes over the line.

There are pros and cons to using a clothes line versus a dryer.
*  The electric bill has been reduced drastically!
*  I love the smell of clothes that have dried in the sun.
*  Clothes last longer
*  The dryer is not making my house hot
*  The clothes dry quickly in the TX sun.
*  etc.

The cons
*  It takes more time
*  I'm afraid that if I forget to bring them in one day, this might happen:
Last night when I told my husband at 10:30 I forgot the laundry, he said don't worry about it, but I was afraid the raccoons might get into them.  I found this( and the cat) picture on the internet, so obviously my fears had a foundation!  Not to mention our "pet" racoon that comes to visit every every evening.

Not a great picture since we took it through our screened window.
More cons:
*stiff clothes, but wait, I found a way to fix the stiff clothes!  Just put a 1/4 cup of baking soda in your wash and it softens your clothes!  Even my husband said it works!  So yeah!
We are praying about moving, so I don't see any sense in buying a dryer until after we move, but of course I'm still trying to come up with the money for a new mixer and in my opinion that comes first!  LOL

Have a great Labor Day Weekend ya'll!
P.S.  I don't know how they got those kittens in those bags, my kittens would never go for that!  Although Muffin does like the dryer!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A new book for you!

I wanted to share a book my Pastor wrote, my husband helped to put it in book format. This is a great book on the history of the King James Bible, be sure to order a copy for yourself!

"The Word, God Will Keep It: The 400 year History of the King James Bible Only Movement."
By Joey Faust

17 chapters. 335 pages.
Did you know that “King James Onlyism” has been the most popular view among Christians for the past 400 years?
This book, filled with hundreds of quotes, takes you on a detailed journey through the past four centuries to behold the vast number of Christians that believed the King James Bible is the infallible, preserved Word of God! Many of these early Christians also warned future generations of the terrible consequences that would arise as a result of forsaking this Holy Bible – consequences that our age has seen come to pass. This book also exposes a web of occultists and false teachers – outside – as well as inside, Christian churches – that have worked to overthrow the faith of multitudes in the King James Bible.

Some of the chapter titles include:
“Conditioning for a One-World Church”
“The Originals-Only Scheme”
“The Necromancy of Westcott and Hort”
“Heretics Behind the ASV”

Order online from http://www.fundamentalbooks.com/

Or send $16.00 to:
Fundamental Books
700 Cordes Dr.
Venus, TX 76084

If you want to know the truth, then this is the book you should have!

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8