What I’m Making: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

I was in the mood for a little fall baking.  I’ve been trying to feed the kiddos more fruits and veggies and fewer treats.  This recipe does have sugar but I’m calling it a compromise as it has applesauce for the oil and pumpkin in it.

The recipe is super easy.  In no time at all I had it mixed up and ready to bake in the oven.  It is designed to make two regular sized loaves.  I’ve learned that I like to make smaller loaves as I can give some away.  So rather than making two large loaves I made two small loaves and one large loaf.

As I said at the beginning of the post, this recipe gives the option of using oil or using applesauce.  I knew Kalissa would be eating some.  I happen to be on the phone with her as I started making this.  I said to her, “oil or applesauce”.  She picked applesauce.

I was a little disappointed.  Often when I substitute applesauce, I don’t like the taste…I tried it and… Continue reading

Martha Washington Cabinet

Remember all of that fabric that was in my garage?  As I was cleaning all of that up I decided to do some other cleaning too.  I unearthed the Martha Washington cabinet that I bought a couple of months ago at the thrift store.  I told myself it was time to find a place in the house for it or move it on.

I didn’t know if I wanted to paint it, strip it, or what.  I decided the first thing I needed to do was to figure out where in the house I wanted to put it.

I ended carrying it in and put it here at the entry of the house at the front entrance near the staircase.

It sat there for a day or two…I tried to decide if I liked it there or not.

Then I figured out… Continue reading

What I’m Reading: Vanderbilt

I had myself on the waitlist for the book Vanderbilt:  The Rise and Fall if an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe.  I have long been interested in the Vanderbilts.  After all, I was a girl who longed to have a pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans.  They were all the rage when I was in high school.  Sadly, the jeans never quite fit me right.  I did end up getting a pair but I didn’t wear them a lot.

Nieve me didn’t realize that the Vanderbilts that helped build the railroads and shipping to their heights was the same family that produced Gloria Vanderbilt…or for that matter, Anderson Cooper.

I’m not a gal that thrives on knowing the rich, keeping up with their relationships and the who’s who of it all so for me the book was really interesting…and amazingly sad.  So sad.

It always amazes me that a family can build and be so successful in business but fail so miserably in relationships.

I also appreciated the time span this book portrays from well before the Civil War to the present day.  I think we all know our parents or great grandparents lived through the depression but what did that mean in the lives they lived.  I appreciated seeing how history played a part in the Vanderbilt family.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
Continue reading

Cross Stitch Update

I didn’t have a lot of stitching time this week.  Never as much as I wish.

I’ve heard from many of you that you picked up cross-stitching during Covid.  I’m so happy for you all.  Many of you are like me and stitching in the ’80s and ’90s and gave it up for quilting.  However you got to stitching, I’m glad you’re sharing this hobby with me.

Last week my progress on A Changed world was only five stitches.  I did a little better this week.  These are the true colors…

So what did I get done??

I extended the side border from finger to thumb.

I worked on the left side putting in the tree trunk, working on the flower, and finishing the tree with the blue flowers.

I didn’t finish the flower as I realized I put the color placement of the flower blossom is backward.  Where I have the yellow stitch on the flower on the left is supposed to be white.  UGH.  I need to unpick in but wasn’t in the mood.  Hopefully this week during naptime I can unpick it.

Two weeks ago I told you I was confused by the color of the center tree.  Here is a little recap…

There are supposed to be x’s in between the green x’s you see but I am kind of confused.

Looking at the pattern cover.  It looked like it’s white in alternate x spot?  See picture below.

The called for color according to the chart is 934 and that is dark green.  Hmm.  I didn’t know what to do about that.  I left it for now and will come back and look at it when I’m finished and decide what to do.

Happily, another person who is stitching this chimed in and said she followed the pattern and stitched the dark green but hadn’t compared it to the cover picture.  She said she believes it is an error in the pattern.  I agree.  Several of you thought that I had stitched the wrong color in the wrong spot (totally possible…but not this time)

I think I am going to put either the white or lime green from the row below in the middle tree.  For now, I’m going to just keep stitching.

As for Anniversaries of the Heart… Continue reading