Just had my first trip to the lighting department of Home Depot EVER–to pick out my very own, new light fixtures! If it was grammatically correct to add 65,000 exclamation points to that–they’d be there…believe me. Happy-happy-HAPpy! I tried my best to be frugal and simple and farm-housey, to the best of my ability.


But this one. THIS one is for my bedroom. (Insert huge grin right here) The guys said it was a “Victorian” light, but I say, if it’s going in my farm house then it’s a FARM house light. Neener-ha. Besides, it’s pretty.


Speaking of pretty….how’d that get in there? Must have been a mistake. Oh, well. I’m keeping it. HA!


The guys worked like mad to get all these lovely things put up–as quickly as possible. You can see that here in the front room, the ceiling still needs a bit more paint–but the light is very pretty. Real simple.


The family room lights are a bit more flat, because, for one thing, they glared less, but mostly because The Bald Guy was nervous that he’d hit his head on some fancy hanging swag-type thing. So, of course we got flat, slightly boring lights. They work fine and look nice–beyond that who really cares? It’s the family room for Heaven’s sake. Haha.


There are three of these in the kitchen–so when I take pictures of all my amazing creations–there will be no shadows anywhere! Wahoooo!


No, no. Of course this is not a light. It’s the oven that my sweet kids got me for my birthday. The one that came with the house had a broken inner window that we couldn’t replace because that model doesn’t exist anymore. Remember, the fellow that lived here built the house in 1944 and was the only owner. He passed away at age 104. Lots of stuff around here is old. It’s ok by me. I LOVE it allll.


Even the gas lamp in the front yard.

Perhaps–especially the gas lamp in the front yard.

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Autumn Walk


Though I haven’t actually moved into “my” cute little house yet, I do go there often just to walk around the yard.


It’s like I’m trying to convince myself that the trees and bushes…IMG_0454

and limbs and branches and sticks…


and leaves on the ground…


and leaves changing color for the fall…


and the leaves that want to stay the same…


and the lovely, mulchy, foresty looking ground cover…

IMG_0437and the mysterious berries are alllll…

really, truly


It’s like some kind of dream.


And the hornets that seem to be getting braver and braver…

they’re mine too.

IMG_0435It’s beautiful…

and I’m so, so grateful.

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Pretty Baby~

Before quilt market, April and I hit on a fantastic idea.


Since she would have a booth at the Moda area, why not use that cute baby as a living mannequin–so to speak. We could dress her up in pretty little ruffly things made with the prettiest fabric on the planet. SUCH a good idea!


I scoured the internet and found just the right patterns–four to be exact–for the entire event. That baby would have a new outfit from her mama’s fabric for all three days at the conference and one special dress to wear to the fancy-schmancy black and white formal dinner.


The teensy tiny catch was that I only had 6 days to make the 4 outfits.


The race was on!


1~ The first thing was the easiest. I made the little pants to go with a sweet little red shirt. Sadly, because I made the top last, I don’t have a picture of it.


2~ Next, was this little summer dress. It was autumn weather her in Utah, but it was warmer in Texas, so this outfit would still work.


I was nervous that this one would be too wide for this tiny baby girl so I sewed a tie on the front…


that cinched it up just enough, with a little bow in the back.




3~ This sweet flowery top…


with the double tiered, ruffly bloomers. So dang cute!!


4~ And last of all, the “formal” dress for the Black and White dinner.

I finished the last stitch on the last top–the red one–about an hour before taking April and Jacob and the baby to the airport. Yeah, that’s pushing it, I know.

But it worked…

in the nick of time!



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Cheesey Breakfast Casserole


Don’t you just love those scrumptious meals that toss together in a flash and come out looking like…well, like this? It was a perfectly glorious moment when we pulled this little lovely out of the oven, I’ll tell you. My son said, “When did you make that?!”

Of course, I smiled and said, “Oh, it’s just something that I threw together.” HAAA!


Threw together, indeed.

One large bag of frozen hash browns. Not the 20 lb I’mfeeding19kidsandalargegrizzlybear bag from Costco–just the normal large bag from the regular grocery store.

Pour it into a big bowl.


3-4 cups shredded cheese. I used a Colby-Jack mixture.


Add 1/2 pound or so, of diced ham. I found the cutest little pack of already diced ham in the meat case at the grocery store. I was so excited at the prospect of NOT having to cut it up myself that I might just have squealed out loud right there in the meat department. Scared a few people. It was a special moment.

If you are into onions then this is the time to add them. About a Tablespoon of dried chopped onions or 1/2 cup chopped fresh onions ought to do it.

Toss it all together and put it into a greased 9×13 glass casserole dish.

Whirl 8 eggs in the blender with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Pour over cheese mixture. Make sure the eggs are evenly distributed in the dish. Top with a handful of shredded cheese if you want it to be extra scrumptious.


Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Eat. It. Up.

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Cheesey Breakfast Casserole
  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash browns
  • 3-4 cups shredded cheese
  • ½ pound diced ham
  • diced onions (optional)
  • 8 eggs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  1. Toss first four ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Put cheese mixture in a 9x13 shallow glass baking dish.
  3. Whirl eggs, salt and pepper together in a blender.
  4. Pour evenly over cheese mixture.
  5. Sprinkle a handful of shredded cheese on top.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


With The Kids


While my daughter April went to Quilt Market, in Texas–I got to stay behind (wahhh!) and take care of the kiddos (hooray!). We actually had tons of fun just hanging out, doing homework, annnnnd….


putting together a gargantuan 1000 piece puzzle. I wasn’t sure that they’d care ANYthing about such a huge thing with such teeny, tiny pieces.


But they did. We spent hours and hours sitting at the table talking, and laughing, and finding pieces for each other. Probably helped that it was a puzzle about candy.

It also helped that we had plenty of Cheetos on hand. Speaking of hands, look what I found.


Skeleton Cheetos!!! Whoever heard of such a thing?


Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.


As if Cheetos needed to get any better. These ones were white cheddar flavored. Oh, my goodness…YUM.


This little guys is yelling, “SAVE ME!!”

Too late.

Heh, heh, heh.

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