11
Feb
2014
Blue for Ben ...
Tags: Vintage, vintage Pendleton, blanket, wool blankets, prayer, God's comfort
A sweet little boy named Ben is undergoing life-threatening brain surgery as I write these words.

I've never met him but I love his family ... I've known them for many years.

When I had my hysterectomy, his Nana - who is also my dear friend, Donna - brought over a huge plastic tote filled with yummy food.  I had been so nauseous during my eight day stay in the hospital that I'd barely eaten a thing for many days.  Tucked in that big tote was a Tupperware bowl full of fresh watermelon.  I'll never forget ... I scarfed that watermelon down like it was my job!!  And felt tremendously better afterwards.  I love Donna.

Fast forward eight years later ... when I got the news that my Ed had died, Donna was at my house in record time.  I got the word at about 10 p.m.  I was already in bed when my pastor came to our door.  I'm sure Donna was in her bed too.  Yet there she was.  And she, along with many others, stayed and prayed and cried and hugged me till the wee hours of the night. 



Because Donna and her family live their faith and have shown the love of Christ to so many people, they have thousands of people praying for them today.  A Facebook group was started called "Blue for Ben" and everyone is wearing blue today as a way of showing our love and support for this dear boy.  I've got my blue on!

This need is great and sometimes fear and worry creep in and suddenly there seems to be a chill in the air.  Ben's mom, Mindy, has shared her heart on her Facebook page and it's been touching and inspiring.  I want to wrap them all up in a warm and cozy blanket and take this pain and heartache away from them but I can't.

Only God can. 



Only God is able to reach down from heaven and whisper peace and hope and comfort to a heart that reels with the "what if's" that plague each of us when the unthinkable happens.  How does a four-year-old get a brain tumor the size of a fist?  I don't have the answer, but I know that bad things happen to good people all the time.  Those of us who have experienced the unthinkable know that Jesus spoke the truth when he said, "In this world, you will have trouble."



He went on to say, however, "But take heart!  I have overcome the world."  (John 16:33) Now those words bring comfort.  Those words can warm a cold, weary heart.  Those words bring encouragement to the soul facing the unknown ... like my friends.

Like Ben. 

And his mom and dad.

And his twin brother Jack.

And his little sister Megan.

And his Nana Donna, my dear friend.



I have a little 3 x 5 card on my desk that is a constant reminder to me of one of God's promises to us.

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me;
Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever;
forsake not the works of Thine own hands."  (Psalm 138:8)

I claimed this verse for my own son Ben in April of 2010 and I keep this card handy as a visual reminder to me of God's amazing love and ability.  He is able to do all things but sometimes, as we know, he chooses to allow pain and suffering.  I pray that isn't the case with our little four-year-old friend.  I pray God grants him a long, happy, productive life and that this season of trouble will be a faint memory.  God knows about this concern and He is able. 



I love my collection of vintage wool blankets.  Some are Pendleton, some made in Scotland, and some just old and well-loved.  In the days before cars had heaters, these blankets were necessary for warmth.  We often quip, "Bundle up!" when our kids head outside (especially this winter!), but years ago people literally had to bundle up when traveling to keep the cold at bay.  Dare I confess I snap up these old blankets every time I find them when I'm out thrifting?  I do.  What's one more collection, right?

Today these old blankets whispered to me of the warmth of friendship and how we all need each other and of how kindness and prayer are more valuable than any of us may ever know.  I hope you'll join me in praying for my friend Donna's little grandson, Benjamin.  His surgery is supposed to last about six hours and then the road to recovery begins.  They don't know if the tumor is cancerous yet.  Like I said, this is a big need, but we have a BIG God who knows all about it.  I hope that warms your heart like it does mine :)

 


I participate in the following parties: Flea Market Finds, It's Party Time, Restyle Sunday at Stylish Once Again, Spiritual Sundays, Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer, Today's Thrifty Treasures, Make It Pretty Monday, Marketplace Monday at Common Ground, Masterpiece Monday, Meet Me Monday, More The Merrier Monday, Mosaic Monday, Thrift Share Monday, Uncommonly Yours, Cowgirl Up, Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, Northern Cottage Party Time, Sew-Crafty Tuesday at Ruby Jean's, Tabletop Tuesday, Talent Tuesday, Tuesday Trash to Treasure at Sassy Sites, Tuesday's Treasures, Tweak It Tuesday, Twice Owned Tuesday, Good Life Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Penny Pinching Party, Primp Your Stuff Wednesday, REDnesday, Share The Love Wednesday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, What's It Wednesday, White Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesday, 100 Ideas Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence, Coloradolady, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday at Delightful Order, Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack, House of Hepworth's, Open House, Thrift'n on a Thursday at Savvy City Farmer, Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating, Time Travel Thursday, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Anything Blue, Be Inspired Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Feature Friday Free For All at 5D5W, Fridays Unfolded, MMS Furniture Feature Friday, Potpourri Friday 2805, Show and Tell Fridays, The Charm of Home, Thrifty Things Friday, What Have Your Redone at Redoux, A Few of My Favorite Things, Favorite Things at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Funky Junk Interiors, Get Schooled Saturday, Pink Saturday, Show and Tell Saturdays

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On 2/13/2014, marge wrote:
 What a beautiful request for prayers. Mine, and I hope many more, are with Ben today."


20
Jan
2014
Blueberry Lemon Buttermilk Cake on a Chilly Sunday
Tags: Life, Tasty Kitchen, Pinterest, organic blueberries, buttermilk recipe, healthy dessert
The cold and windy weather we've been having is bringing out the hermit in me.  I could easy morph into a recluse when it's 6-degrees outside and the howling wind transforms the snow into cyclone-like ghosts outside my window.  The creek was magical the other day though when the sun was shining on the water ...



But this weekend the sun was nowhere to be found and it was B.L.U.S.T.E.R.Y, to say the least.  So since I'd been invited to Kelly's for Sunday dinner, I decided to try a new recipe that included buttermilk - I still had some left over from the holidays.  I went to my favorite source, Pinterest, and found a Pin for Blueberry Lemon Buttermilk Cake from Tasty Kitchen.  It's a keeper and the kids all agreed.

I had everything on hand though I used frozen blueberries instead of fresh.







Nothing tricky about this tasty treat.  I followed the directions to the letter though I did cook it for about 5 minutes longer than the recipe cites.



Sprinkling extra sugar on top results in a lovely, almost-crispy coating that finishes off the cake nicely since it's not frosted.



Greasing the pan and adding a layer of waxed paper (also greased) ensures every bit of sweet cake comes out of the pan. 





You can follow the link above or here or find the recipe on my Pinterest page.  Kelly and Jeremy made steak, sweet potatoes, and asparagus and this dessert paired very nicely with it.  Sometimes a light dessert is in order and this one doesn't disappoint. 

Off to do some more purging.  I'm getting rid of LOTS of stuff that has been clogging up my life for too long.  I mean how many pairs of shoes does one girl need?  I remember Ed and I getting into a BIG fight when we were first married over shoes ... my shoes to be exact.  But that story is for another time - ha! ha!  Enjoy your day, Friends.  And don't forget to remember the fine work and words of a great man today, Martin Luther King, Jr. We need more men like him, don't you think?


I participate in the following parties: Flea Market Finds, It's Party Time, Restyle Sunday at Stylish Once Again, Spiritual Sundays, Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer, Today's Thrifty Treasures, Make It Pretty Monday, Marketplace Monday at Common Ground, Masterpiece Monday, Meet Me Monday, More The Merrier Monday, Mosaic Monday, Thrift Share Monday, Uncommonly Yours, Cowgirl Up, Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, Northern Cottage Party Time, Sew-Crafty Tuesday at Ruby Jean's, Tabletop Tuesday, Talent Tuesday, Tuesday Trash to Treasure at Sassy Sites, Tuesday's Treasures, Tweak It Tuesday, Twice Owned Tuesday, Good Life Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Penny Pinching Party, Primp Your Stuff Wednesday, REDnesday, Share The Love Wednesday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, What's It Wednesday, White Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesday, 100 Ideas Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence, Coloradolady, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday at Delightful Order, Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack, House of Hepworth's, Open House, Thrift'n on a Thursday at Savvy City Farmer, Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating, Time Travel Thursday, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Anything Blue, Be Inspired Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Feature Friday Free For All at 5D5W, Fridays Unfolded, MMS Furniture Feature Friday, Potpourri Friday 2805, Show and Tell Fridays, The Charm of Home, Thrifty Things Friday, What Have Your Redone at Redoux, A Few of My Favorite Things, Favorite Things at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Funky Junk Interiors, Get Schooled Saturday, Pink Saturday, Show and Tell Saturdays

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On 1/20/2014, lois wrote:
 While watching Martha Stewart make a recipe using buttermilk, she suggested using dry powdered buttermilk. I didn't know there was such a product! It is to be stored in the refrigerator, but, like I used to do, have that last bit left over from Christmas baking being wasted (usually)! Your recipe sounds really good!"
On 1/21/2014, Susan Freeman wrote:
 This looks like a delicious recipe. I love combining blueberries with lemon. Big Texas Hugs, Susan and Bentley"
On 1/21/2014, Judy Rothrock wrote:
 I am always so happy when I see your blog. I love the picture of your creek...so cold and blustery looking. You have a way with words for sure. It's going to be sunny all week but very cold here. At least no snow. I am getting to be a hermit for sure and if I did not have to, I would never go out my door. I would stay in my Jammie's, read books, play on my I Pad and sit on the sofa and watch the world go by. Having lots of pain in my backside all the time makes me want to be a coach potato for sure. Only thing is my body gets heavier and heavier as I do this!!! I think I will try this dessert. Thanks for writing, I feel closer to you this way. Hugs."
On 1/22/2014, Marianne wrote:
 Mmm...M! So yummyLicious! I'd love to join you for a piece or two :) Your snowy photos are beautiful. Blessings, Marianne"


16
Jan
2014
DIY Drawer Organizer
Tags: Life, kitchen organization, utensil organizer, drawer organizer, scrap wood, do it yourself, diy, cottage style decorating, vintage shelf paper, contact paper
I think it's fair to say I'm in good company these days as so many of us are hard at work organizing our offices/studios/sewing spaces and lives as we head into a brand new year.  I got ambitious the other day and tackled my kitchen.  Today I'll just share one little project I completed in my effort to purge and simplify.

The drawer that holds my cooking utensils and such was a hot mess!  Everything was heaped one on top of the other and it was a chore every time I needed my handy little Tupperware orange peeler or any other smallish item - plus it was a safety hazard with sharp objects hidden in the confusion. 

I'm often late to the party and I've only recently discovered the allure of shopping on Amazon.  I put some drawer organizers in my cart the other day and they added up to about $25.00.  I hated to spend that much money on plastic from China so I decided to head to the basement to see if there was anything I could use instead.  I also was antsy and wanted immediate satisfaction!



I started pulling all manner of wood from underneath the workbench.  I've been in my house about three years now and have yet to really examine the heap of materials the previous owner kindly left underneath the workbench.  To my delight, buried under shoe molding, bead board, and loads of planks, I discovered some interesting castoffs that were nicely notched.  Also, among the wooden miscellany were a couple of long, narrow pieces that looked to be just the right fit for those nice notches.  Eureka!  I was on my way to utensil-drawer-heaven!



I confess I'm rather intimidated by the chop saw.  Or power miter box as I think it's more accurately called.  I hate the sound and I hate having my hand so close to that scary blade.  And I hate all the saw dust.  But ... a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

I carefully cut the notched pieces to 18-1/2" long and placed them inside the drawer at each end.  Oh, but first I covered the drawer in some charming vintage Contact paper that I've been saving for just such an occasion.  Cute, isn't it?



I realized the drawer screws were preventing a snug fit so between a drill and a wood chisel, I carved out a bit of the new notched drawer organizer so there was no gap between the organizer and the actual drawer.  At times like this, I feel my sweet Ed smiling down on me.  He had a plethora of tools and he was a good teacher.  We were a team and as a result, I learned a lot about remodeling and home maintenance.  I love using his tools :)



It was a snap to cut the long piece of wood to size - the only tricky part was holding onto the six-foot length with one hand and operating the saw with the other.  Sometimes it's nice to have a helper!  The three pieces each fit like a glove.  They're a tad taller than the notched end pieces but good enough for me!  I later discovered the notched pieces were left over from the pantry cupboard.  Later that afternoon I noticed similar wood attached to the walls of the pantry to hold the slid-out drawers.  Must have been some excess that was thrown under the workbench.

All in all, I think it was a great success and I'm delighted I saved $25 by doing this project myself with castoff wood from the basement.  So the moral of the story is ... always check to see if you have supplies on hand to achieve your desired result before spending money on a store-bought solution.  Doing things yourself most often achieves a prettier, cheaper, and more satisfying outcome.

And today I'll leave you with another embellished photo I took of the creek outside my little cottage.  I love the quote ... fits me to a "T."



Have a blessed day, Friends.  Till next time ...

I participate in the following parties: Flea Market Finds, It's Party Time, Restyle Sunday at Stylish Once Again, Spiritual Sundays, Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer, Today's Thrifty Treasures, Make It Pretty Monday, Marketplace Monday at Common Ground, Masterpiece Monday, Meet Me Monday, More The Merrier Monday, Mosaic Monday, Thrift Share Monday, Uncommonly Yours, Cowgirl Up, Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, Northern Cottage Party Time, Sew-Crafty Tuesday at Ruby Jean's, Tabletop Tuesday, Talent Tuesday, Tuesday Trash to Treasure at Sassy Sites, Tuesday's Treasures, Tweak It Tuesday, Twice Owned Tuesday, Good Life Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Penny Pinching Party, Primp Your Stuff Wednesday, REDnesday, Share The Love Wednesday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, What's It Wednesday, White Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesday, 100 Ideas Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence, Coloradolady, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday at Delightful Order, Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack, House of Hepworth's, Open House, Thrift'n on a Thursday at Savvy City Farmer, Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating, Time Travel Thursday, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Anything Blue, Be Inspired Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Feature Friday Free For All at 5D5W, Fridays Unfolded, MMS Furniture Feature Friday, Potpourri Friday 2805, Show and Tell Fridays, The Charm of Home, Thrifty Things Friday, What Have Your Redone at Redoux, A Few of My Favorite Things, Favorite Things at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Funky Junk Interiors, Get Schooled Saturday, Pink Saturday, Show and Tell Saturdays

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On 1/16/2014, marge wrote:
 You are sooo creative - nice job organizing your kitchen tools!"
On 1/16/2014, Lois wrote:
 Great job, Lynn! It's so gratifying when we do something outside our comfort zone (the saw would have definitely been beyond mine!) but brings so much satisfaction! You have such beautiful views from your home, but I got a chill when I saw this 'cold' view, although pretty! Love and prayers..."
On 1/17/2014, april wrote:
 Hi Lynn! I haven't visited with you in ages--glad to see you're doing well! Great job on the drawer project. I'm still scared to death of the saw, myself. It's so LOUD! Happy new year to you, friend! ~april"
On 1/17/2014, Linda@ Itsy Bits And Pieces wrote:
 I love your resourcefulness, Lynn! You used what you had and did a great job!"
On 1/22/2014, Marianne wrote:
 Nice drawer, Lynn...you are such the fix-it lady, still amazing me. This is funny, though, because I've been getting rid of old stuff..last night couldn't get to sleep, so I got up and started cleaning out the closet. I felt really good when I got back into bed. Like I accomplished something important, and I believe I did. Blessings, friend, Marianne xo"


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