Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome Autumn!


Bright red apples and purple grapes, orange pumpkins and golden corn,

These are what the harvest brings in the land where I was born.

Frosty mornings and cracking leaves, Barns all filled with their winter grain:

When the harvest work is done, listen to the rain.”

~ Eleanor Graham, 2nd grade songbook.


I couldn’t resist reposting this phrase from Aunt Ruthie’s blog post!

Also, this print I came across looking for Autumn Prints.  Oh my, I have fallen IN LOVE with her work!  Go see Catherine Holman on Etsy!




Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dear Autumn,

HPIM2893 Oh, how I have missed you!

You are the colors of orange, yellow, red and green that thrill my heart!autumn watermark

Oh, how I’ve longed for you!

You are the leaves that we hear crunch beneath our shoes!

Oh, how I’ve dreamed of you!

You are the beginnings of harvest and the smells of homemade pumpkin pie!HPIM5678

Oh, how I’ve hungered for you!

You are the leaves of different shapes and colors that show God’s wonderment!

Oh, how I’ve wished for you!

You are what brings my heart to a place of warm childhood memories!good housekeeping, child baking

Oh, how I want to remember you!

You are the fire in the hearth with a cup of hot apple cider and a good book!

Oh, how I’ve pined for you!

You are the candles I light that will fill our home with a glow and a warm heart!

Oh, how I’m lit for you!

You are a blanket I snuggle in when I watch Little Women!Little Women 15

Oh, how I want to see you!

Please dearest Autumn, come soon!AutumnTrees5x7 watermark

Yours Lovingly,



Blog Blessing

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mama’s Cookbook Shoppe Facebook Fan Giveaway

Hello Y’all!

It’s been such a busy summer, and there is more to come!  I’m very much looking forward to 2 of my dear friends getting married soon, in the same month!


I wanted to share a Giveaway that I’m doing this week for my Facebook Fans.

So far, there are 211 Fans of my Mama’s Cookbook Shoppe page.  Yay! 

I sure would LOVE to double that number this week!  And here’s how you can help me:

1.  If you are not a Facebook fan of Mama’s Cookbook Shoppe, yet, you are sure welcome to be one.  (click on “Facebook” to get there)

2.  Share my Facebook page with 5 Friends.

3.  Post how many friends you invited to “like”, on my page.

You have until this Saturday, 6pm Pacific Time, to do these 3 steps.

I will do a Random Drawing, and the Winner will receive a FREE Cookbook from my Etsy Shop of their choice!


If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments of this post.

FYI:  This Giveaway is for my Facebook page.  Entries posted in this post are not eligible.  Thank you.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Farm Chicks Show 2011

I haven’t been here in awhile!  Whoa! 

Well, life took over.  Had some ups and downs.  And writers block too.

But, I thought I’d share some photos of my time at The Farm Chicks Antique Show!

DSC_0071.NEF DSC_0049.NEF DSC_0052.NEF DSC_0053.NEF DSC_0055.NEF DSC_0056.NEFI have fallen in LOVE with Teal and Turquoise lately.  You can kinda tell by some of my pics. :)


DSC_0058.NEFNever seen anything like this before!  Very cute!


DSC_0060.NEFThe Best Peanut Brittle Ev-ah!!!! DSC_0061.NEF


DSC_0063.NEF DSC_0064.NEFFun!  Yep!  It was!DSC_0066.NEF DSC_0067.NEF DSC_0068.NEF

My sister, niece and I spent 5 hours enjoying this show!  It was our first, and my niece LOVED it!


Here’s a little anecdote:

I wrote a comment on Serena’s blog about my time at the Show, and guess what…

She wrote me back.

(insert big smile here)

Here’s what I wrote:

“Hi Serena!  That's what I've should've said when I saw you at the show Saturday while I was running wildly (walking really fast actually) at a few minutes before 6 to see if some of the items I was eyeing was still there.  They were, but hated to keep everyone who was getting ready for your dinner.  Ah, it was a regret though.  I should of got an old printing press block.  Ugh.  Oh well.  It was my first show, and I brought my sister and 10 year old niece, and they had a great time!  Hope to make it next year! :D

Her Reply:

“Well we can just say Hi! now then :)
Thanks so much for coming. And, now you have a good "one that got away" story. :) We all have one of those!
I hope to see you next year.



Wanna go with me next year????

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Giving Challenge: Revised Edition

Dear Blog Friends,

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You may have noticed that I have not done a Giving Challenge the past couple weeks.

I have decided to do something different with it.

No longer will I post about who I am giving to, or their reaction.  I want my giving to be un-noticed.

What I do want to do on this blog, is show ideas of what others can do to give, and to also give encouragement in the giving process.

There’s a lot of “giving” in that sentence above, but you see (or read) my point.

The Giving Challenge is will still go on, and I hope you will be encourage!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mother Says…

RetroWoman2-1 “Make your bed first thing in the morning.  It motivates you to have a clean room.”

It’s amazing how true this is.

Once that bed is made, it makes your room all the more less untidy.  It makes you motivated to keep that room at it’s best because that is your room of rest.  Oh, that rhymed!

You know that feeling you get when your home is a mess?  It makes you feel down, and just plain yucky.

Get Up! 

Make That Bed!

You’ll feel, oh, so much better for starting your day fresh and gettin’ the ball rollin’!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Drive in the Country…

A drive in the country…


relieves my worries,

calms my heart,

makes me dream of my future.


The countryside shows me…

HPIM4237 a simple,



traditional life.


The birds soaring above green fields,

and majestic trees reaching for the large sky.



Homes nestled in the quietness of the rolling hills.

Men working their land with their family and neighbors.



Animals grazing

and chickens pecking and scurrying

in the front yard.



Daffodils surrounding the homestead,

while the laundry is blowing in the breeze

on the wash-line.



An old barn tells a story of hard work.



A farmhouse tells a story of family love.


A simple beauty it is, to me. 

So beautiful it makes me cry…

and sometimes makes me want to fly.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Prayer Answered

Thank you ALL for your prayers!

I just found out this morning that her husband is home safe!!  She is not allowed to give any details of what happened right now, but Praise God he's home!!!

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