Friday, April 15, 2016

Summer Style 1//Flashback Childhood

 "I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in LOVE, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge so you may be filled with all the FULLNESS of  GOD."
Eph. 3:17b-19

Confession time. I am learning to say no, to say I can't do it all. That I struggle. 
That others are right.  Yeah. . .
And I can say that to you, but it's hard to say to others in my life.
And that is where I have asked for forgiveness. And ask for Grace. And that's good and right. And it's very  hard.
 And God is God.

Summer Style 1-Flasback Childhood
A little over a week ago, my family went to a thrift store in the evening. I had scouted some stuff earlier that day, and we returned as a unit to make final purchases! 

I had found something, put it back, gone back, caressed it, put it back. 
Finally grabbed it.
I did not know if I'd even end up wearing it.
But I took the risk.
So...a romper from the 1990's. Floral print, zip in back. Baggy shorts.
 I was sooooo proud. Just so happy!
 My sister, who was not part of the unit raid to the thrift store, but still, being part of our unit, eagerly wanted to see our finds. It's a family tradition of sorts-- to show of all your finds. 

I showed her all the stuff I got, except this. 
She knew I was hiding something.
She asked.
I made her PROMISE not to laugh.
She asked "That bad?"

I ran off to try it on for her.

She laughed, bent over on a bench, in laughter!

My parents loved it, our roomey Lisa LOVED it!
Emily loved to laugh at it. 
It was pretty great.
I laughed too.

I love it! So comfy! Since it looks like a dress, but is not, I can do a bunch of kicks and also not worry about the wind blowing my skirt up.
A little geeky?

It even came with a lace embellishments. Come now

It's completely fitted, has a raised bodice with box pleats coming out. It makes for a nicely fitted look on top, with a flowy "skirty" bottom.

Anyways, best $5 I have spent of late. So many memories too.

I hope you all will enjoy seeing some of my summer style in the next few months.

God Bless!

~Yours ever learning and confessing~


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Enchanting Rose Teacup Exchange REVEAL

 Once again Stephanie at the Enchanting Rose has hosted another lovely  exchange!
This was my second teacup exchange, and it was such a blessing. 
I received such an amazing package from Ashleigh! Thank you!  

This turned out to be the first time I decided to actually open the package as I filmed, and I am so glad I did. I hope this will give Ashleigh some idea of how much it meant to me. It is longer than anticipated, so sit tight and you'll see why! Feel free to view it larger on Youtube. =)

I sent a package to Ashley  and had a lot of fun putting it together. There was a large tea-cup, a package of chocolate, one of  coffee, and a homemade infinite scarf.

 Thank you for reading, and many thanks to my two partners. I appreciate you!

Much love,


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Of Daffodils and Lemon Curd


Hello dear ones, how have you been of late? I have been pretty good. I hope you have as well.
This was meant to be a "March in Focus" post, but has turned into a concentration of all things yellow! So please bare with me!

Of late I have been indulging in poetry, a sure sign of springtime in our house, as the springtime means the anniversary of my late grandmother's birthday and death.  It was Nana who made poetry such a huge part of my life. I was given a book of Wordsworth recently and have to say, I adore his stuff.
His "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud" or "Daffodils" poem is so ethereal. Please take the time to read it. The loveliness is perfect for this time of year! And it also inspires the taking of pictures. So many pictures! I wonder if Wordsworth had any idea what his
poetry would do to future generations? What a thought indeed.  

Aside from the happy news of nature, I had the (sad) approaching end of my Civil War co-op class. Yes, indeed, this year I volunteered to teach a home-school class at a local church co-op. It was really one of the most, if not the most, fulfilling things I did this year. I had a great group of kiddos from 6th grade on up. They worked super hard and we laughed way too much.
For the end, I told them that I was thinking about making the famous "Robert E. Lee Cake".
Well, there was no backing out after that.

I did not realize it is a fairly intense cake to make if you are going for 100% homemade. Not so much difficult as time-consuming. I spread out making the different parts over three days, as my schedule was pretty full that week. I made the curd first and let it refrigerate. I also wanted to bask in the loveliness that is  'curd in china' for as long as I could.
Tell me, is it not a thing of beauty?? Unfortunately it did not last forever, except in this photo...
In it's simplest form, the Robert E. Lee cake consists of a sponge cake with a lemon filling. This recipe popped up a few years after Lee's death in 1870. It became very famous all over the South and is one of the more notable American cakes you can make. There are different ways to make it, but I combined all of them into one, for the full experience.

So, lemon sponge cake, filled with homemade lemon curd, topped with lemon/orange frosting, topped with shredded coconut. Cause when you make the Robert E. Lee cake, you gotta do it right. Besides, I wanted my 'children' to have a full, uncompromised education.  ;)
Here I am on the third day of assembly, my delicate sponges ready for the oven. My mother was on hand to take pictures of the momentous occasion because that is WHAT WE DO. She thanked me later for including her in the 'experience'. Awe!

 Before, after and in-between the batter preparations I was zesting. Yep, zesting is a serious business when you have to flavor curd, batter and frosting.
Very beautiful, lemon and orange!
When it was all said and done, the coconut sprinkled on and the frosting adjusted, this is what we had.
Anyways, it tasted wonderful and the memories were worth more than the actual cake.
It's a great cake for spring and look fabulous with daffies.
(And Olaf recommends reading some Wordsworth while you eat a slice)
Just to be safe!
Anyhootle, HAPPY APRIL!
Much love,
~yours ever trying to laugh~