Its hard for me to believe February, 2018 is already almost over! March is almost here and it just doesn't seem possible.
The most exciting thing that happened in February was the gender reveal party for our 7th grandchild. Who ever thought up these parties, was so smart. This is the 4th gender reveal party we have attended for a grandchild and each party was so much fun. Currently we have 5 boys and 1 girl.
And it is a girl!!! Her name is Victoria. I love that name!
There are many ways to reveal the gender. For this party, my son bought 2 gender reveal kits at a sporting goods store. When the target was shot by my son, the powder that rose up was pink. I guess this is a typical southern way of doing things. HaHaHa!
It was so exciting! The gender was sealed up in an envelope by the ultrasound technician. So my son-in-law was given the envelope and he chose the correct target and set it up. So not even the parents knew until the pink cloud rose up.
I'm trying to decide what kind of girl's baby quilt to make. I already have lots of girl's fabric and I bought some more after I found out a girl was on the way. I'll also be making burp cloths and other things.
Another thing that happened in February is that I had a milestone birthday..... I am now 60 years old! Not sure how that happened, but it did. And I'm ok with that. I saw a picture of myself when I was about 14 years old recently, and I wouldn't want to go back to those days. I love my life now! Yes, I could have done some things differently and made some smarter choices. But, the things I have experienced have helped make me who I am today.
I want to work every day toward being the best version of myself. This means being as intentional with my time as I can.
Another milestone for February... I have worked at my current job for 30 years! My coworkers gave me a small party, with balloons, bakery treats, a framed certificate and card.
Well those are the most important things that happened in February, 2018 in my life!
One last picture. Spring is on the way! This is the field behind my house. The farmers plant a cover crop in the winter and its always so beautiful to me.
This picture made me think about the song, "The green, green grass of home". Have a great day!
Its a rainy Sunday afternoon and I am crocheting some baby hats. Grandbaby number 7 is due on July 4, 2018, and the gender reveal party is this coming Saturday. I know it will be kind of hot in July here in eastern North Carolina for any baby to wear a crocheted hat, but these are meant for a photo opportunity! This grandma loves to take pictures and I am already making plans for a newborn photo shoot.
If the baby is a boy the pink hat will be gifted to someone else, and if its a girl, the blue hat will make a good gift, as well.
This is the pattern that I printed out two years ago. I am not a natural at crocheting and I struggled to teach myself how to make hats. I will make the ears once I finish the blue hat above.
I love these little clips that I ordered from Amazon a few weeks ago. There are a lot in this cute tin, but I only use a few at the time while sewing down the back of a binding on a quilt. They make the process so much easier.
I don't know if you noticed, but the old red truck with a Christmas tree in the back has been everywhere and in every store during Christmas. I saw a few things during Christmas of 2016, but this past Christmas, they were on every kind of Christmas decoration you could think of. I love them, so I made this Mug Rug, or small quilt. I didn't have time before Christmas to get one made. I'll put this one away until next year.
Here's a red truck Christmas decoration I bought before Christmas from Dollar General. I also bought 2 dish towels with the truck on them, but they are packed away too deep for me to get out for a picture!
My husband loves the 1953 Chevrolet Truck, so I bought him this small model a couple of years ago for a gift. He would love a real life size one, but oh well,.....
I love sewing Christmas items and I have a large plastic tote full of Christmas fabric. I already have 3 Christmas Quilts, but I am thinking of making another one.
I would love to make some Christmas items all along all year. Once November gets here, there's no time for it!
I finished a quilt! It was too cold outside today to go out there dragging a quilt around, so I just took a bunch of pictures inside. I don't finish a quilt very often, so when I do, I take a lot of pictures!
I was going for an Americana theme.
There are some pieces of some men's shirts in this quilt. Also some denim from jeans.
I'm hoping to finish more quits this year than last year. HaHa, that won't be too hard since I only finished one wall hanging size quilt last year!
Happy New Year! Yesterday I did some baking. It was the first time I have had time to do a little recreational cooking in a while. Over the Christmas Holiday I made food for several celebrations, but there was no time to try anything new. I was doing good to get my "tried and true" recipes together and on the table.
I am happy to say that these two new recipes will be on my Christmas table next year and at other times as well! They are low carb and sugar free since they are made with almond flour, coconut flour and stevia sweetener. I use Pyure sweetener and love it.
This is how my kitchen looks when I am doing what my husband affectionately calls, "computer cooking". I don't have a printer at home, so I read the laptop screen while I am cooking.
This one is called Low Carb Jam Thumb Print Cookies and the link for the recipe is HERE.
The recipe makes 28 cookies, but I only ended up with 24, so I probably need to make them a little smaller next time. Also the recipe called for finely shredded sugar free coconut and I didn't have that available to me at the store where I shop. They were delicious anyway! I ate way too many.....
The plaid plates are from Walmart.
The cake is called Gluten Free Cranberry Bliss Pound Cake and the link for the recipe is HERE.
I have never used fresh cranberries, having only ever used canned cranberry sauce. I love cranberry sauce, but it has a lot of sugar in it. This cake turned out great!!! Its delicious and has a very "Christmasy", or fall taste to me. I'll be cooking it more often than that however. Cranberries are easy to find at the grocery store this time of year and according to the bag, you just put the bag in the freezer for use later. I bought 2 bags and put what I didn't use in the recipe in the freezer.
A friend of mine made this cake using blueberries and it was delicious as well. So, this summer when there are soooo many blueberries around my neck of the woods, I'll be trying that option.
I have discovered that my tummy feels much better when I eat gluten free. Who knew? I have always, always eaten a lot of bread. But now when I eat bread my tummy bloats. I will still eat bread occasionally, but limiting it seems like something I need to do as much as possible.
In 2018 I plan to eat real food as much as possible and focus more on healthy eating than the number on the scale. I ate anything and everything I wanted for about a week at Christmas and was feeling very bad by the end of that binge! Now, after about a week of eating right, I feel so much better.
The 2 recipes I made fit well with the Trim Healthy Mama diet plan, as well.
Here are a couple of affiliate Amazon links for products I love:
I've been wanting the new Trim Healthy Table cookbook and was getting ready to order it for myself on Amazon for Christmas. I was happy to see that there is a $5.00 off $15.00 book promotion going on right now. The code is: BOOKGIFT17.
You can use the code on most any book or combination of books totaling at least $15.00 though. Just make sure the code works on your particular book order before pressing "Order". This would be good to use for buying children's books for Christmas gifts.
This looks like an interesting read for anyone who wants to make money from home. I love sewing gifts for my family and also items to sell in my Etsy Shop. The problem is to figure out what people actually want! It also has to be something that doesn't take forever to make.
One of my favorite things to make to sell is Clothespin Bags. But, I have to face it, not too many people are in the market for those in this day and time! I think I could sell quilts, but they take me forever to make!
I've been wanting to try some of these kinds of clips for holding down the binding when either machine sewing it or hand sewing it. And the little tins are so cute too. They are on sale for $7.88 on a lightning deal for another hour and 40 minutes
After that I "think" they will be $9.88. Be sure to check your price before hitting the purchase button!
I thought I would share a new On Line Bible Study that starts Monday. Its based on the book, "Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado. Its being offered by the Proverbs 31 Ministry at THIS LINK.
The Bible study is free, but you have to furnish your own book. I got mine at the library. I hope to be able to renew it in order to finish the Bible study. My library also has it in E-Reader format, but all their copies are already on loan. I have my name on the waiting list just in case.
You can download the first 3 chapters from Proverbs 31 if you want to do the Bible study, but don't have a book yet.
You can order the book from Proverbs 31 which helps to support their ministry or from Amazon in print form or digital format HERE.
Any time is a good time to learn about not being anxious, but this time of year is an especially good time!
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
I have been plugging away steadily decluttering and organizing in the zones in the farmhouse, each week working in what ever zone the Flylady is in. If you haven't heard of Flylady, its a wonderful program for getting organized and getting things done! I have implemented the Flylady principles off and on for years and haven't found any other method that works as well.
Last week we were working in the master bedroom and closet. It was the perfect time for switching to my Fall and Winter clothes and storing the Summer ones! I filled up a couple of boxes with shoes and clothes that I no longer like, or don't fit and actually dropped them off at the thrift shop right away, instead of riding them around in the back of my vehicle for days or weeks.
I didn't quite finish doing what I wanted to get done in that closet, so this week, I have been doing tiny jobs each day. I can get so much done by breaking up big jobs into small bite size jobs. Sometimes its a micro size bite of the job, but eventually the job will get done if I hang in there!
The first 2 days of this week were dedicated to the living room. I have three jobs in mind for that area. Number 1 is to purge some old magazines that are stored in a basket. Number 2 is to clean the dust bunnies from under the furniture. Number 3 is to vacuum under the cushions on the couch. None of those are too much work, but need to be done.
The rest of the week will be spent on the front porch and entry way. Neither of those areas need much work, but I do need to get rid of some scraggly plants that are on the porch and sweep. There are also some pumpkins that are beginning to look a little bad, so I need to check on those. I'll leave my fall decorations up for a couple of more weeks though.
I've been planning for Christmas, following along with Flylady's "Cruising Through The Holidays" plan. I haven't made too much progress, but I'm working on it! I bought a red journal to keep my lists and ideas in. I plan to get more serious about getting ready for Christmas early now that November is here. I hope your November is peaceful and blessed!
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