Friday, November 5, 2010

New to Bloggng....

Seems like it, heh?  Long time snce I've been here.  And all this time, 12 people hunted me down in cyberland and asked if I was ok :o)'s nice to be missed :o)

What's been up down here in Mississippi you ask?  Well, you probably didn't ask, and trust me, it hasn't been anything earth-shatterng interesting or exciting.....and in nor particular order, here's a peek at what we've been doing:

Finished a set of dresses for the girls...the lavender/gree floral witht he green apron was KatiAnne's...Emily and Abigail both had a brown floral with a solid brown apron.
Got my Family Bible Study book for The Book of Proverbs from Generations with Wisdom.  There is a good Proverbs study at the Padfield site as well.  We've used several of these study units and have always enjoyed working through them.

We've gone and collected water, as usual, about every other week...

The children selected a cabin site in the woods, west of the pond area.  And they started hand-clearing the smaller gum trees out there.  I think we can easily fit at least a 16x16 building there.

Emily had her yearly check up with her surgeons at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.  She goes every year to have them look over her shoulder area and keep tabs on the portion of lymphohemangioma still embedded in her muscle structure. Probably never a concern, but it's nice to have doctors who actually have first-hand experience keep watch on this.

Let's see...what else? I don't really know.  I'm sure we've done something but I sure can't think of anything.  It's been 3 years already since jacob and David were burned.  Three years!  Hardly seems like that long!  We spent the better portion of the month at LeBonheur having burn treatments and the like. 

On the sewing table I still have a lengthy least 3 more dresses/apron sets for the girls, and's turned cold again, and I should have those nightgowns done already! We fired up the wood heat stove last night for the first time.  Up until now, any heat needed has simply been to take the morning chill off and we've used the cookstove.  I don't think we're in full-blown heating mode just yet, but it's coming close.  I've had a shrug on my hook for a few weeks now, working on it as I have a chance.  A shrug is a cross between a sweater and a shawl...

here is a simple pattern (you might need to register for the Lion Brand site to access...but it's free!)  My pattern is basically just a wide scarf, length from wrist-around my back-to other wrist, then I stitch the ends closed to form a bit of a sleeve. You can also make some quick and easy with widths of fleece :o) You want to measure from wrist to wrist around your back, then determine how long it will be from neckline to mid-back or waist. Then just cut your fleece, catch your ends and stitch together to form a sleeve, maybe 6-8 inches. Voila - instant cozy fleece shrug :o)  You can make a great warm and cozy hooded scarf the same way...pick your width and length, then fold in half and stitch several inches to hold it together in the middle, forming a sort of hood. Yeah...I of these days I'll pop up one of those squidoo lens or something and actually show folks how to do some of the weird things I bring up :o)

In need of some uplifting good reads? 
Visit Mississippi Mama's blog....Donna has just been glowing with good stuff lately (as usual!) 
MomWithAHook is running a Teach Your Child To Crochet series over at Crafts for Kidlets. 
La Scuola d'Argento has some great Civil War links. 
And CrazyShortcutQuilts has some great tutorials on making your own sewing/quilting fact check out all the links in the "series" for some great DIY ideas.
Thanksgiving is around the corner...have you read An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa may Alcott?  I love that short story.  Don't get excited over finding a movie of the same name and loose similar's not the same storyline at all.  It's not bad...just not the same.
Plain Pam has TONS of good recipes...this Chili Frito Pie makes me so hungry! and Caramel Shortbread....oh yum! And, if you're like me and just don't have Frito's around the house...make your own! They are delicious and easy:
These easy-to-make homemade corn chips are ideal to serve with salsas, dips, chili, soups, sandwiches or simply as a crispy, crunchy snack!
Homemade Corn Chips:
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Optional Seasonings:
Garlic salt
Onion salt
Seasoning salt

Generously grease 2 large cookie sheets with the shortening and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cornmeal into each pan, gently tapping or shaking to distribute cornmeal evenly; set aside
Combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and nonfat dry milk in a mixing bowl.
In a glass measure, combine the water, oil and Worcestershire sauce, mixing well.
Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and pour the liquid mixture into the well; stir mixture with a fork to mix well.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth, about 1 minute.

Divide the dough in half and place each dough half on the prepared cookie sheets.
Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough directly onto the cookie sheets to spread very thinly, about 1/16-inch thickness.
Sprinkle lightly with the desired seasonings and roll-over lightly with the rolling pin to press seasonings in.
Using a pizza cutter (or very sharp knife), cut dough into squares, triangles or other desired shapes.
Bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely on cookies sheets.
Store tightly sealed to retain crispness.


Mrs. Trixi said...

You blogged, you blogged. I am so glad. Although, I do keep up with in other places. Ha Ha
Your dresses are lovely and I love the spot you've picked out for a cabin.
Have a great weekend!!

Plain Pam said...

Welcome back! Sure missed you, but figured you must be a little busy! Loved your update posting,

little homestead in the mountains said...

Its nice to have you back, you know your blog was the first one I ever read, and reading yours is what got me started in the world of blogging. I took a pretty long break from blogging myself, it doesn't seem that anyone reads mine, so I quit for while. I am glad to hear your little girl had a good report from the doctors. God Bless!

Greg and Donna said...

You're back...yippeee! Thanks for the mention! And is that Proverbs book by Kevin Swanson? Greg and I want that one. Let me know how you like it! Hope you have a great weekend!

rhonda jean said...

You have been very busy and productive. I was wondering what you were doing but imagined you'd be doing this and that with no time for the computer.

You're a very good seamstress. I love the apron you made for KatiAnne, and the dress. I wanted to make a couple of nightdresses and aprons before I put my sewing machine away but didn't get around to it. They'll have to wait now.

You live in a beautiful part of the world. The pond in the woods is glorious.

I send warm wishes to you and your family and wish you continued success with your sewing and knitting.

Life of a plainlady said...

You mean you were doing all that stuff and STILL remembered you had a blog??? WOW! I am impressed! Glad you remembered us and wrote a post! :)

Sharmayne said...

Hey Deanna, I was beginning to wonder if you had been sick as well & had planned to email you this week if I hadn't heard anything:) Can't believe it's been 3 years since that fire! I'm reminded of it with the block you worked on that month for our penfriend quilt we did:) Take care my friend, love & hugs, Sharm

Dana said...

Glad your back!! I kept checking here and your kitchen blog and I even tried to find you on fb with no luck, but I was looking!!

Glad to hear things are ok and love the new dresses!!

Sharon said...

Ok, now I am confused, I thought you were living in TX but you mention Mississippi. So did you move because you couldnt take our wonderful HUMIDITY. LOL. I am also glad you are back. I checked every day for your new post.

Mrs Dewey Smith said...

Hi Sharon - we've been in Mississippi the whole time (6 years). Dewey had a job offer in Texas, and earlier this year he had a month long job in San Antonio....but no, we live in Mississippi :) The initial job was to be an 18mo or better project and we had talked about loading up and going on the road with him.


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Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

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