Favorite Scripture

FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, DECLARES THE LORD...PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU...PLANS TO GIVE YOU A HOPE AND A FUTURE.
JEREMIAH 29:11 (NIV)

Monday, October 13, 2014

A LITTLE FALL BAKING and BEACH


FALL 2014
BAKING & BEACH & BUTTERFLIES

Buttermilk Quick Bread

This is such an easy peasy recipe that can be tweaked in SO many ways.
Put something in the crock pot and bake a loaf of this bread...VOILA!
You have supper.AND you can sew ALL day if you're lucky enough to be retired!

I thought I would share this recipe I found (don't know the source...sorry) with you
as well as a few pictures from our Fall Beach Vacation.  My family has decided that October is THE PERFECT MONTH to go to the beach....Temps are perfect,,,warm days...cool nights...beach fires...smores...fishing is great....and prices are cut in half!  It's a WIN WIN!
Our schools have returned to having a Fall Break after 3 yrs of none.  Let me tell you, as a retired teacher, I can remember when Fall Breaks became a reality...OMGOSH...it was the Best Mental break I had ever had.

Three Terrific Grandsons
Meet RJ, 6 weeks old (isn't he precious?)
These Three are pretty tight. 

13 yr. old Ryan with his new IPHONE and RJ!
Is this not adorable?????
Ryan has never had his own phone but due to soccer practice
 and 
security issues, a phone was a safety precaution, not a luxury.

GULF SHORES ALABAMA
2014
BABY RJ AT THE BEACH

Our Home for a Week!    James loves the waves! (see PaPaw in the background getting his fishing rod all baited up?  That man fished for 1 solid week morning till night)


Basic Buttermilk Quick Bread

Makes one loaf
2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (4 oz) white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (8 oz) buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup (2 oz) unsalted butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil
Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a standard 9x5 loaf pan.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Melt the butter, if using. Whisk it in a separate bowl with the buttermilk and the egg.
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients. Gently stir and fold the ingredients until all the flour has been incorporated and a shaggy, wet batter is formed. Be careful not to over-mix.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and pat it into the corners. Bake for 45-50 minutes. When finished, the loaf should be domed and golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing and slicing.
Wrap baked loaves tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Baked loaves can also be wrapped in plastic and aluminum foil and frozen for up to three months.
Basic Variations:
• Sugar can be reduced to a tablespoon for more savory breads.
• Up to half the flour can be substituted with an alternative flour.
• Replace the buttermilk with a mix of yogurt and milk or milk and a squeeze of lemon.
• Use up to 1 1/2 cups fruits, nuts, olives, cheese, or other ingredients, added to the dry ingredients.
• Use 1-3 teaspoons of herbs or spices, added to the dry ingredients.
10 Variations:
1. Cranberry-Walnut Loaf (pictured above) - 1 c. dried cranberries, 1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnuts, 1 tsp vanilla, zest from one orange
2. Apple-Cinnamon Loaf - 1 c. diced apples, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup toasted and chopped nuts
3. Cherry-Almond Loaf - 1 c. dried cherries, 1/2 cup toasted and chopped almonds, 1 tsp almond extract
4. Blueberry Loaf - 1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 tsp vanilla, zest from one lemon
5. Ginger-Orange Loaf - zest from two oranges, 1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch of cloves, pinch of nutmeg
6. Herbed Sun-dried Tomato and Cheese Loaf (pictured below) - reduce sugar to 1 T, 1/2 c. grated cheese, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp thyme, 2 T minced sun-dried tomatoes
7. Onion-Dill Loaf - reduce sugar to 2 T, one minced onion cooked until soft, 1 T minced fresh dill
8. Pesto Loaf - reduce sugar to 1 tablespoon, 1/4 c. pesto, 1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
9. Spicy Jalapeno Loaf - reduce sugar to 2 tablespoons, 1/4 cup minced jalapeno peppers, 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tsp chili powder
10. Irish Soda Bread Look-Alike Loaf - reduce sugar to 1/4 cup, 1 T caraway seeds, 3/4 cup raisins   SOURCE:  Noshing with the Nolands

FALL BLESSINGS & REMINDER

GMAMA

Monday, September 29, 2014

SLOW DOWN...TO EVERY THING THERE IS A SEASON........

Rush HOUR Schedule

SLOW DOWN

I'm SEW glad you slowed down and stopped by to see my RUSH HOUR Projects.  I really got into this lovely fabric and had a Plethora of ideas but not sew much on TIME.

Their Fabric is Red 
Gray,Black, and White Too
I Love Studio E Fabrics
How About You??


 I call this my  TURN TURN TURN Quilt/Duvet Cover
Some of you may remember the song from the 60's
Rushing through our days made me think of this beautiful Scripture

Not very Professional, but I just couldn't crop out those sweet little Granddaughter legs peeking out at the bottom of this quilt.
She was trying so hard to help Grandmama show off the Turn Turn Turn  Quilt/Duvet Cover.  9 yr. old Emma comes to sew with me most every Sunday Afternoon.


Hand Embroidered Scripture...Ecclesiastes 3:1

RUFFLES

Fabric Box & Pin Cushion

MORNING COFFEE CUP COZY

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE???
LOL!!! I HAD TO SHOW YOU MY FIRST GLASS COZY!!
It suits my personality so I'm keeping it just the way it is! 
 A lot more fun to look at, don't you think? It will make me smile as I drink my OJ.

QUILT BACKING & PIN CUSHION

Since I retired 6 yrs. ago after a 30+yr. as an educator, one thing I value the most is NOT having to RUSH.  I can make my own schedule, take a nap, spend time with those I love, create items from fabric either by hand or at my sewing machine, enjoy a morning cuppa on the front porch swing, listen to the birds, bake treats for my family, sew with my Granddaughter, watch my Grandsons play flashlight tag at dusk all from the comfort of my swing, rock my 1 month old adopted grandson, read books with my James, share with you on my blog, or simply do nothing if I so choose.

MY GIVE AWAY...
IS 
TIME
TAKE 1 HOUR ....JUST FOR YOU
COMPLIMENTS
OF 
GMAMA JANE





BIG HUG & GRATITUDE TO MADAME SAMM & CAROL
FOR
CHEERING US FORWARD & UPWARD!

PLEASE VISIT MY BLOG HOPPING FRIENDS

Monday, September 29








Tuesday, September 23, 2014

RUSH HOUR...HURRY UP!!


HURRY UP !
UPDATE: SEPT. 26th:  Oh I'm feelin' it..the pressure...My Day is MONDAY!  YIKES!  My quilt is NOT yet quilted... I'm working as fast as my little short crooked fingers can sew...Sunday is when I had planned to take my blog pictures and it is supposed to come a 'gully washer" of a rain.  Oh Dear, Oh My, what is a Girl to do?
Get OFF the computer, Jane Ellen (what I was called by my mother and what I am called by family and closest friends) and get to work!!  
It's Rush Hour for sure..........
Check back on Monday to see if I make it!
Rush HOUR Schedule

I'm participating in Another Great Blog Hop !!!!  Blog Hops push me out of my comfort zone and make me try new techniques and fabric I  wouldn't ordinarily choose on my own.  I NEVER wish I had not participated.  

Why don't some of YOU try hopping with us?  Trust me, when I jumped in I couldn't even bind a quilt the correct way but I learned from my new quilting friends here at Sew We Quilt! You have found a SAFE place to show us your stuff!  If you don't have a blog, Madame Samm and the Blog Hop Cheerleader will work with you on a way to overcome that obstacle.  If there is a way you can post on my blog, we can work it out (hint to my friend, Sandra D., you know who you are!!!)


Thanks to CAROL our CHEERLEADER
YOU'VE DONE A FABULOUS JOB OF ORGANIZING

THANKS TO MADAME SAMM
CHEERLEADER, VISIONAIRE  EXTRAORDINAIRE 

HERE IS THE SCHEDULE

My Day is Sept. 29th


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