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)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SLOWING DOWN with Cute Picture Alert

CUTE PICTURE ALERT

BABY RJ

THIS PICTURE HAS NOTHING TO DO (WELL, IN A WAY I GUESS IT DOES) WITH MY BLOG POST TODAY BUT....
Since RJ is just so darn cute and I'm absolutely obsessed with this baby right now I had to share one more cute picture.  I will warn you now, expect one of these cute pictures to pop up at anytime.

SLOWING DOWN

 I am all about slowing down which for me began 6 yrs. ago when I retired from a 30+ yr. career in education.  I was on such a treadmill that I couldn't get off...children, lesson plans, mentoring new teachers, teaching colleagues from one end of the state to the other, teaching Developmentally Delayed children my last year, a grandchild born premature & diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy,travel....ALL this..... on top of caring for a mother with Lewey Body Dementia IN MY HOME...whew...my health, my brain, my soul was fighting for first place.  Then one day in October of 2008 at 3:10 p.m. sitting in the floor of my classroom bathroom after a day of being bitten, stomped on (fractured foot BTW) by an out of control 5 yr. old, and an autistic/non potty trained 8 yr. old's pee-pee all over me.......I SNAPPED !  NO, I Mean it!!  I SNAPPED!!! 

 I called my husband and told him that as of Dec. 17th, 2008 I was retiring.  Yes Dear, I know I lack 7 months before I can retire....BUT, I'm Retiring....No, I don't know how I will make it happen BUT I"M RETIRING AS OF DEC. 17TH, 
2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GUESS WHAT ???  I walked out of the school door on Dec. 10th ( 7 days before my deadline) without fanfare, drove home, took a nap, woke up, and got out my sewing machine!  I've been slowing down and stitching ever since that day!!!  Slowing Down has gained me back my Life!! 
My Next Post will explain WHY I am all about Slowing Down even more and returning to an OLD LOVE.....It's going to be FUN, RELAXING, and WITH PURPOSE.... WINK WINK
Dimensions Gold Collection Petite "A Kiss for a Snowman" Counted Cross Stitch Kit, 6" x 6"


STAY TUNED...




Blessings
Gmama Jane

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MIRACLE ON THE HILLIS FARM

MIRACLE
ON
THE HILLIS FARM


“I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.
For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn’t give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.”
Unknown

My daughter recently (3 months) adopted this precious baby boy, RJ (initials stand for grandfather's names).  The story of how RJ came into our family is a story of God's perfect timing.

About 6 months ago, my daughter, casually made a remark that seemed silly at the time but Oh how GOD must have chuckled.  She said, "Mama, I just wish some young girl would hand me a baby. James needs a sibling and we've been trying for 7 years."
I laughed and said, "Honey, God is certainly able to perform such a miracle but we know in all likelihood that's just not going to happen."  HA!!!

Fast forward to August, 2014 and a simple message sent via Facebook initiated a miracle that had been in the making for many many years prior.  A young woman LITERALLY handed my daughter a perfect baby boy.  Within approx. 5 weeks from initial Facebook message , RJ became a member of this family.  My daughter and SIL even had the awesome privilege of being in the delivery room when RJ was born!

So...without further ado, may I introduce you to RJ, my miracle Grandchild!

Clay and RJ

SCOTT and RJ


My FAVORITE Picture
GOTCHA DAY...FINAL ADOPTION HEARING...RJ gets a new BIRTH CERTIFICATE


Hope you enjoyed a little slice of our Family's Joy!!



Friday, November 21, 2014

TWAS MY DAY ON THE BLOG HOP...COME TAKE A PEEK


TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

MY DAY !!

THANK YOU, THEARICA!


Thearica, My Special Santa, sent a box filled with goodies!!  Would you believe this sweet friend made the effort to track down my daughter by phone just so she could ask about my likes and dislikes!!?  I was so impressed and even more so when my daughter shared with me (AFTER I received my gift) just how kind and sweet Thearica was over the phone!!!
Take a PEEK with me and see my Beautiful Gifts


Let's Take a Closer Look
Snowman Mini-Quilt (hand appliqued)
Hand - embroidered Needle Keep (Beautiful)
White Lace Vintage Linen
Hand -Embroidered Doily (I so love vintage linens w/ embroidery)
Super Big & Sweet Candy Canes & Suckers...1 for each Grandchild !!!)
Isn't this Thoughtful?!
Gorgeous Christmas Cookie Jar (filled with Peppermints)
  
One more Look at Cookie Jar bottom right.

Rudolph stole the Candy !!!


Beautiful Card with such Kind Thoughts...Thank You Thearica..from the bottom of my heart!




NOW....MY CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Christmas Apron
My Model is my 13 yr. old Grandson who Bravely allowed Grandmama put an apron on him.
He is such a sweetheart...none of this 13 yr. old smart mouth I used to hear when teaching.
He has such a heart for people in Third World Countries without Clean Water!!

PURSES
Truth:  I still have to put in the lining.  I've never made a bag before so this took me FOREVER! 
 I would watch a step on You-Tube, Sew, Watch You-Tube, Sew, etc....


Tissue Covers
This is my Go-To Quick Gift to give to my
Sunday School Class, Sewing group, etc...
I try to make most of them in NON-Christmasy
fabric so they can be used all year round.


BAG-ITS
Plastic bag holders
These are made to fit the receiver's "LIKES"


Christmas Card Holder
Disclaimer:  My son makes these in his wood working shop.
He made me one out of cedar wood and background is Burlap.
Each one is custom ordered and my picture doesn't show the beauty of the wood.


AND Last But Not Least, My Ongoing Project to Remodel my Sewing Room... a small preview of the LARGE Ruffled Skirt that will go around the bottom of my Sewing Room Cutting 
Table!  Matches the Curtains only they are Black Gingham with Yellow Gingham Ruffle.


SPECIAL CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS
TO
MADAME SAMM  LEAD VISIONAIRE 
&
MARLENE, HEAD CHEERLEADER


TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE HOP
SEW...PLEASE
HOP ON OVER TO EVERYONE'S BLOGS
FOR SOME EXTRA CREATIVE GIFT GIVING IDEAS

Friday, Nov. 21

Blessings



Thursday, November 20, 2014

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP...



TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP...

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
Twas the night....Marlene has the schedule

i AM JUST NOW GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND PUTTING UP THE INFO CONCERNING "TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" BLOG HOP.
TOMORROW IS MY DAY.

I have been without internet service for over a week.  Needless to say, media Com and I have had SEVERAL conversations.  Yesterday, I FINALLY got hold of a Tech that knew how to
 jury rig circumvent some issues and allow me to get online until the tech rep. makes a house call Dec. 2nd!!  GEEZ..........

Here is the Complete schedule so you can go back and look at all the quick gift giving ideas all these creative ladies made.  You WILL want to copy these for your own gift giving!

Monday, Nov. 17
Cucki Stitching Cove (Cucki was in an accident and is in the hospital - say a prayer for her)


Tuesday, Nov. 18

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Thursday, Nov. 20

Sew We Quilt (Madame Samm)

Blessings
Gmama Jane

Monday, October 27, 2014

MEOW....MY DAY on BLACK CAT CROSSING

BLACK CAT CROSSING

Wicked Wendy has the Schedule HERE
I'm Late Posting because our service provider has been out and just came back on.

WICKED WISHES 
GO TO
MADAM SAMM
&
WENDY
FOR PUTTING TOGETHER ANOTHER FUN FRIGHTENING HOP.

HERE IS MY SMALL CONTRIBUTION TO
BLACK CAT CROSSING

12 X 17
MINI QUILT

PUNKIN PATCH PILLOW

BACK OF PILLOW
(THE RUFFLE IS SO PRETTY BUT I COULN'T GET A GOOD PHOTO) 
YUCK, LOOK AT THAT UGLY CORD...I'M JUST NOT A VERY GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER...THAT WOULD BE MY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER DAUGHTER'S GENE POOL.


PUNKIN PATCH PILLOW
&
WICKED WANDA FROM A PAST
WICKED BLOG HOP

HOOTIE PINCUSHION & POCKET HOLDER 
FOR 
QUILTING TOOLS


AND AN EXTRA PICTURE 
OF 
GRANDSON JAMES
 HOLDING NEWLY ADOPTED 
BABY BROTHER
 R.J.



HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR TODAY.
PLEASE VISIT THESE GIFTED LADIES. THEIR CANDLE SHINES SO MUCH BRIGHTER THAN MINE BUT I LOVE BEING AMONG ALL THIS TALENT.

Monday, October 27  





AUTUMN BLESSINGS

GMAMA JANE



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

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