Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving thoughts and craft tutorials

Thanksgiving is almost here.  Sometimes because of Christmas sales, black Friday and more materialistic pursuits, some of us have lost sight of the true meaning of Thanksgiving.  So today I would like everyone to sit back, take a breather and think about all we have to be thankful for.  I am adding my list in this post but I encourage you all to make lists of your own.  Read them aloud during your Thanksgiving celebration. Be thankful for the little things, the ones that don’t require a credit card or checkbook.  And since crafting is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby I am adding a list of free (as always) thanksgiving tutorials you can create quick and easy!  Just click on the photo for the full tutorial.

I am thankful for:

The colors and beauty of sunsets and sunrises – There are those who cannot see

Family and friends – There are those who are alone

The roof over my head and food on my plate – There are those who are hungry and cold

Childlike innocence and acceptance – There are those who judge unfairly

My dog – Loyalty cannot be bought

Good things that often follow the bad.  You see, they say when one door closes another one opens.  The key is to actually notice that other door and leave the past behind

Colorful fall leaves on the trees and piles to jump in – There are those who cannot walk thought the forests and fields

Healthy mind and body, there are others who are much, much worse.

Guardian angels – My husband fell off the roof last year and while he had a lot of pain he is alive and well and I know there are other who are not so lucky

My children – although they bring painful tears at times, they also bring tears of joy in abundance.  There are others who will never know that joy and pain.

My faith in god -which has never left me even in the worst of times.

My blog, my art, and my followers – you have taken me around the world

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving hair clips from Bowdabra blog

Thanksgiving thanks jar from Bowdabra blog

Recycled floral napkin ring

Indian corn wine glass votive holder

Chalkboard place cards

Monday, November 16, 2015

Free printable horse coloring page 3

I'm back with the third free horse coloring printable!  This time we get a little crazy.  You can color this whimsical horse in so many colors and really de-stress!

What do I mean de-stress?  Well, there is plenty of evidence that suggests that coloring is great for stress relief.  And it's not just for kids!

Watch this video that explains the benefits of coloring for adults...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Easy Crustless coconut pie

My former mother-in-law, Dot, grew up on a farm in rural Virginia in the 40’s.  To hear her tell it, she wanted for nothing.  Farms back then were full of hard working country folk.  They didn’t need much from stores. They raised or grew just about anything they needed, and sold goods for anything else.

She was an awesome cook and could make a meal from just about anything in her cupboards.  I fancy myself a fairly decent cook but I didn’t learn on a wood-burning cook stove like she did.  I probably would have set the kitchen on fire!

Thanksgiving each year the woman known as Granny, gran, Memaw, Mega, G, and momma would put out a spread that would boggle the mind.  Delicious meats, stuffing’s, casseroles and pies spread out on tables in abundance.

Pies were her crowning achievement.  She could whip up a pie with inexpensive, and available ingredients and have everyone begging for a second slice. 

This recipe is her famous coconut pie that makes it own crust!  It’s perfect for a break from the usual pumpkin pies this Thanksgiving or any day of the year.  And I bet you won’t have any leftovers!


4 eggs
½ cup self-rising flour, sifted
1-cup sugar
½ stick butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
7 oz. coconut
2 cups milk
Non-stick cooking spray


Beat the eggs in a large bowl.  Add the flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, coconut, and milk and mix well. 

Grease a deep-dish pie pan with oil or non-stick cooking spray.  Add the ingredients and bake in a 350-degree oven for 40-45 minutes. 

Serve with whipped topping.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Easy Thanksgiving fall garland

You can quickly and easily transform a $1 craft paper garland into a beautiful Thanksgiving reminder.  Print thankful words on scrapbook paper and decoupage to the garland.  Create your own font from your own handwriting at and you will have a personalized garland that you will treasure for years to come!


Craft paper garland (I found it for $1 at Target)
Computer, printer, and various fall themed scrapbook papers
ModPodge decoupage glue
Medium sized paintbrush
Piece of cardstock to cut your pattern
Newspaper or craft paper to cover your work surface


1.     Cut four pieces of scrapbook paper to the size to fit in your printer.  In a word processing program of your choice type four thankful words.  Use your choice of fonts but for a fun twist create your own handwriting font or one from your child’s handwriting at  Center each word on a piece of scrapbook paper and print. 

2.     To make a pattern from a piece of cardstock trace around the triangle.  Using a ruler measure ½” around all the edges.  Cut out on the inside lines. (It will be a little smaller than the triangle of the garland so you will have a border all around.

3.     Using your pattern and working on the back of the paper cut out each word triangle. Do this with all four of the words.

4.     Use the pattern to cut out four more triangles (without words) from fall printed scrapbook paper.  You should have 8 triangles, four with words and four with only a pattern.

5.     Begin to decoupage the papers onto the garland.  Brush a liberal amount of Modpodge on the back of the paper.  Press to adhere to the garland making sure the borders are even.  Brush some more decoupage glue on the front of the paper.  Continue adding the scrapbook papers alternating words and printed paper until you reach the end.

6.     Let the glue dry and hang.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Crock Pot Brunswick Stew

Brunswick stew

Growing up in Virginia, I've had many a Brunswick stew.  From Family reunions to Fairs and Festivals there was always a steaming pot simmering.  Although I've made it for years, I wondered, where did it begin?  I decided to research it's roots.  Yes, Virginia lays claim to it in Brunswick County, but I also discovered that Brunswick, Georgia and Brunswick County, N.C. also take credit for it. What is Brunswick Stew?  It's kind of like a thick soup but it can be as thin or as thick as the chef desires.
So in Virginia the story goes that the recipe started on a hunting trip and used squirrels or rabbits. (I was always told it was rabbits) Where it truly started, well, your guess is as good as mine. 

I do have a delicious and easy recipe for the crockpot.  My ingredients are more store-bought rather than wild since I don’t eat squirrel but it’s delicious nonetheless.  I like to brown the chicken a bit before I toss everything in the crockpot.

If you would like more information about Brunswick stew check out American food roots.

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Crock Pot Brunswick stew


1 tbsp. olive oil
2 lbs. chicken tenders cut into bite sized pieces
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. poultry seasoning
16 oz. frozen succotash
1 ½ tbsp. all purpose flour
2 medium potatoes cut in bite-sized pieces
15 oz. can tomato sauce
15.5 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion chopped


Add some olive oil to a non-stick skillet on medium heat.  Add the chicken, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.  Cook for a few minutes till the chicken browns a bit.  Add some butter to the pan till it melts.  Add the flour and cook for 2 more minutes. 
Add the browned chicken, potatoes, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, onions, succotash and Worcestershire sauce to a large slow cooker.  Set it on low for 6-8 hours.
Serve with warm dinner rolls or biscuits.

Brunswick stew