Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Challenges this week.

I have felt challenged this week in getting my Etsy up, by failing to connect my paypal account up, and continuing to feel like I haven't had the time or energy after work. But I am still moving forward friends! I'm excited to show my new designs and all of my different patterns and shapes. I also bought more vintage fabric yesterday, and I'm pretty ready to see what I can create with them. I hope to have my Etsy up very soon and when I do, I will surely let you know of it! 

In other news...

I have been challenged this past and current week to be in God's Word. There are so many mornings when sleeping 15 minutes longer feels so much better than to get up and be fed spiritually in Christ.
I have trouble in seasons when I feel overwhelmed, like I never feel rested. But, I also grow tired of not being freshly renewed by The Word every morning, when I am not consistently picking it up and making time for it. It has always been a struggle for me since I was younger. I grew up in a Christian household, but picking up the word never felt like a priority to me, or at least, I never made it to be one. 
As I have become a woman and a wife, God's word is sweet honey. Sometimes when I come across verses that I have never read, I am simply amazed at the gift we have in our hands, and the ability we have to become strong and wise by His Word. 
Picking up our bibles every morning isn't necessarily a hard physical task. Mentally, we can be elsewhere and place it to the side.
Our pastor spoke about transformation. If we are really following Him, there is change in our lives; with reconciliation comes transformation. If within us is the holy spirit, are we putting in the effort for Christ to reign the highest above all in our lives? 

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."
 2 Corinthians 3:18

With Love,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Etsy Banner.

I just wanted to share with you my new and very first handmade Etsy banner!
My Husband helped me so much, since I don't know how to work his photoshop program.
I drew the middle portion of the banner art (the feather and thread spindle), and Matt added in color and text!
To update you on my new Etsy shop: I have been setting up my new paypal account, and finishing up new items to put in the shop.
I know I haven't stayed to my goal, but life has been pretty busy. But I'm really excited to finally get everything posted for you. I will keep you updated!

With Love,

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A 33 year old Pumpkin bread recipe.


I made pumpkin bread yesterday and I was so excited to try it because it was my first time ever making any! The past couple of visits with my grandma (I call her Nanaw), who is sweet as come be, she's shared several recipes with me. A lot of them are desserts, and I would love to share them with you as I bake them. Since the Holiday season is right around the corner, I hope they will come in handy to you.

This recipe was given to me by my grandma. 
She had a newspaper clipping that read November 29, 1987.
How cute is it that they posted recipes in the newspaper by those who sent them in? Why isn't this a regular occurrence in the newspaper? I would love if they had a section devoted to recipes from those who'd like to share them.

Wish this was my picture, but it isn't! Just to be honest.
But this recipe is for two loaves. I ended up making one loaf, and muffins.

Set your oven to 350 degrees.

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 15-16 oz can of pumpkin (2 cups)
3.5 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking Soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup water

1 cup raisins (if desired)
1 cup chopped nuts (if desired)

Mix sugar and oil. Add eggs and pumpkin; mix well. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and cloves; add to pumpkin mixture alternately with water.
Mix well after each addition. Pour into 2 well-greased and floured 9 by 5 pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours, until loaves test done (use a tooth pick or wooden bbq skewers, stick down the middle and pull out slowly, should not leave wet residue if done). Let stand 10 minutes. Removes from pans to cool. Makes two loaves.
If making one loaf, and a dozen muffins, fill your 9 by 5 pan a little over 3/4, making sure it has enough room to rise without spilling over. With the rest of your mixture, you should have enough for 12 muffins! 

Since I made one loaf, and the rest muffins with my mixture, I will tell you how to do so. 
I ended up taking my one loaf out of the oven with 8.5 minutes left on the timer. But, all ovens can differ, so make sure you're watching your bread at least the last half hour of baking. 
In making the muffins, I remember having them in the oven for at least 15-20 minutes, but I would advise checking on them at 15 minutes and there on until risen and plump. Check them with a toothpick as well to make sure your center isn't gooey. You will be baking along with the other loaf, so the temperature will still be 350 for the muffins as well. Use cupcake/muffin casings for an easier clean up, and for a good on the go breakfast or snack!

Hope you'll enjoy this recipe as much as I did! They turned out sooooo moist and yummy!

With Love,

Friday, October 1, 2010

October is here.

Good Morning,

It is the first of October, and it feels so nice to be home with Fall. I have been inspired by this season to create headbands that represent this time of the year, when the colors around us begin to change into golds and reds. I have a lot of leaf patterns, and I am starting to use a different kind of "headband" material that should be more comfortable and easier on your do. ;)
Just thought I'd give you a DL on what my thinking process has been for the new pieces. I hope to be opening up by the end of this week. 
I've been drawing art for my Etsy banner, so my shop will look nice and fancy.

I'm off to write a couple letters to friends in Cali and to spend time with Cali family that is here...can't wait! Hope your first day of October this year treats you well.

With Love,