Friday, July 30, 2010

Kookie Cookies on Food Friday

Fritos and Skippy??
Yes, YES!!

My fave recipe.
Since my little lady is allergic to peanuts.... alas, these beauty's will never cross my lips again!

So I thought you would enjoy this yummy treat.

Kookie Cookies

1 pkg. (10 1/2oz) corn chips
1 C light corn syrup
1 C sugar
1 C creamy peanut butter
(did I mention these are NOT good for you?)

Spread corn chips in a greased 15 x 10 x 1 baking pan.
In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil. 
Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter until smooth.
Pour over corn chips.
Break into pieces.

I used to have alot of home parties, you know, tupperware, mary kay, etc...
I always made these for the parties.
When I would send out invites to my next party, people would always ask...
Are you going to have those fritos??
One gal only came for the fritos!!

How about Food Friday?  Shall I call it Food Friday?? 
Yes I think I will.
Because I have so many recipes I love and love to share.
Welcome to Food Friday :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Random Summer Happiness :)

Yesterday I made my mom's pickle recipe.
Nothing says summer like home made pickles!
My mom and her mom would get together every summer and make these.


7 C cucumbers sliced thin
1C green peppers cut fine
1 C green onions cut fine

Put together all of the above and add 1 T. of salt.
Let stand one hour.  Drain well and add:
2 C sugar
1 C white vinegar
1 T celery seed (to much for me, I add less)
mix well put in container and refrigerate.

Yesterday the girls and I watched Napoleon Dynamite and Lauren made red velvet cupcakes.
Except we ran out of red food coloring, so we had to use green :)

Here's a little glimpse of the Lollibag's I'm making for the Creative Connection show in Minneapolis

I'm a tad bit worried gals, that I will run out of Lollibag's.  Three and a half days of selling is the most I've ever done.
But on the bright side running out means I've sold them all!

I'm off to sew :)

Monday, July 26, 2010


July 26, 1996 at 8:30pm, my mom died.

I suppose I won't forget that moment.  I was home, I had just been at the hospital for most of the day.
But I had to pick up the kids...Josh was 6, Nic was 3 and Lauren was 6 months.  My friend watched them for me.

At 8:30 pm my dad called and said "mom just died." 
So I rushed back to the hospital, up to her room and went in and looked at her, then I ran down the hall to the bathroom because I was going to throw up.
I never did.
And that marked the beginning of the last 14 years without mom.

I still wish I could have spoken with her about dying, I wish I could have said goodbye and that she could have imparted some words of wisdom to me.
But she had to much faith she would be healed and refused to think otherwise.

When I was little my mom sang the Doris Day song Que Sera Sera to me.
I do the same for my girls.  When I bathe Sophie, she never liked to lay back and get her hair rinsed, so I sing that song to her......
I look into her huge brown eyes and feel such love for her.
And I think this must have been the way my mom looked at me and the love I have for my daughter must be the same love my mom had for me.

When I was little I remember my mom in the kitchen fixing dinner and she would be cutting onions.
She would always sing these words....
Onion Onion OOOO La La!
Onion Onion OOOO La La!
( I wish you could hear the tune)

During my teen years, I don't remember alot of loving words pass between my mom and I.
But I was a handful.  Something my mom did has stuck with me all these years.
I was 18 and pregnant and unmarried, having grown up in a christian home.
I went to church one Sunday with my mom.
Instead of sitting in back with me, her wayward daughter, she brought me right up to the middle of the crowded sanctuary and sat with me in front of all the people.

I felt like she wasn't ashamed of me!

She acted as though I was a daughter to be proud of!

We never spoke of that day, I can't wait to tell her how much that meant to me, when we meet again.


The photo above, that is my first son, Josh, my mom's first grandbaby.  She was a wonderful grandma!

As I was looking through my photo's trying to find some of my mom, I was getting irritated.
I thought, why aren't there more recent ones?
I am not sure it has sunk in yet that my mom has died.

Is that possible?


But yet, I know how hard it has been for 14 years not being able to call her and ask her to pray for me or tell her about the 2 other daughters I've had since she died.

It has been more difficult that most of my kids don't remember grandma Nancy.
Josh does. And I suppose that was divine, because Josh was the one that needed a grammy most.


I just told my hubby last night, I was always thinking you knew my mom longer than you did!
Hubby only knew her for 3 years when she died.  And I said , It kills me that I hardly remember her, hardly remember her voice.

But looking at the picture above, the day she came to the hospital when my second child was born, I do remember her voice...
How excited her voice was to see Nic, and she ooo'd and aahhh'd over how big he was and just kept saying my name..
Oh Prudy, he is so precious!
Oh Prudy, Look at how big he is!
He is just darling!
And she giggled after she said each one.

Whenever I talk about when Nic was born, ladies you get me.... I have to brag that I was 21 and that kid wieghed 9 pounds 2 ounces and I did it natural,  ya, you heard me, no meds...


When I was just married to hubby and we had 2 kids, mom would come over and bring some kind of treat.
Like Enntaman's pastry or whatever and we would have that and tea or coffee.

What I wouldn't give to have a cup of coffee with mom right now!

While she was over she always reserved time for the boys.
She would go down in the basement where their toys were and get on the floor and just play with them.
She never said I wasn't allowed down there too, but I knew she wanted one on one time with them.
She did it to make them feel important and loved.
She did it because she wished she would have done that with me when I was little.

I can still hear her telling me...
Prudy, don't wish it away, don't wish their childhood away, it will be gone before you know it!

And by the end of this post, I have a pile of kleenex in front of me and I am trying to think of how to sum up my mom in a few words.  Or maybe one word.


That would be it, her name is Nancy Faith.
And that is all I know of her now, is her unwavering Faith in God.
And that is what she has taught me.
Did my grandma know that when she named her daughter Faith, that she would need it someday?

Whenever I hear the song   I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me
well you can imagine, I have to grab my tissues out of my purse as I'm driving.. I try and imagine what my mom did when she saw the King and it makes me long to go home.
And here are the words:

I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When your face is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all

I can only imagine when that day comes
And I find myself standing in the Son
I can only imagine when all I will do
Is forever, forever worship you
I can only imagine.

What did my mom do? 
I think my mom ran to Jesus sobbing and collapsed in his arms.
And she is finally whole and healed and happy.
And I could not wish her away from that.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Oregon Coast Dunes....A day with Portia

It was Portia's turn to have a mom/daughter day.
So we went to the coast.  I love it out there!

I was assuming since it was going to be 95 degrees in my town today, that it would be about 80 at the coast.
Ha!  It was about 40 degrees when we went to find sea shells.

When you arrive at the Dunes, you have to climb a big steep dune to get to the ocean. 
This is the view from the top.  The temp dropped considerably at the top and just kept getting colder and windier  on the way down.

It was very foggy, windy and cold.  You could barely see the ocean.
But still, it was so breath taking!
It is almost scary to be there, the dunes are huge, the ocean is loud and vast.
You feel so small.
And think.... our God is greater!
And this is just a small part of the world he created.

We were giggling at how cold it was, after this I put my hood on.
And soon our legs and hands were numb.

That is the steep hill behind Portia, the climb back up it was the best workout I've ever had!
On the climb back up, Portia and I were laughing so hard, because it was so steep, we didn't think we could do it.  We were almost on our hands and knees, and I lost my flip flop!

I had the best time with Portia, I love that little girl so much!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What happened to my summer??

Are you guys feeling this too?  I mean, really, what happened?  In Oregon it rained till the end of June, so summer weather didn't even start till then.  AND the kids had to attend school till June 17!!
Ridiculous, I say, ridiculous!  They will learn so much more digging for worms and helping me tend the garden!  Don't you think?  How much better is it for a child to...for my son, to figure out what's wrong with his vintage Toyota Corolla engine, and for my daughters to bake a new recipe, or design a barbie outfit then sew it by hand.

Don't get me started....

I am working on a post for next Monday, on that date, July 26, 1996 at 8:30 pm, my mom died.

And, Lauren received a custom order for pins, so as long as the customer got them already.... I will post pictures, I didn't want to ruin it for her, cuz she reads my blog.  But they are some of her best work, here they are.

The little girls they are for are turning 2 and 4.

And more news I have, at the advice of Rolane from The Vintage Barn, I applied to be a vendor at The Creative Connection event.
I was really nervous to do this, I guess I thought I would be rejected.  But they accepted me!!
This event is in Minneapolis, so I get to see my friends and family too!  It will be great fun.

So now I have to sew like a mad woman again, because there are 3 1/2 days of selling not just one like Vintage Barn!  But with God nothing is impossible!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, praise God!

In preparation for my post Monday I have been picking photos of my mom from old albums, and Sophie was just looking at them and saying "Momma!"  "Look"... 
So I looked and it was a picture of Josh when he was 1, who is now about to turn 20.

Has anyone had a moment like this?  I looked at the photo of my first born, that my last born was showing me.  And I thought, WOW.  Where is time, who stole it from me?

I had no clue at 19 that I would end up with 5 kids and at 38 I'd have a 3 year old. 

I feel overwhelmed and blessed at the same time.
In my own hands I pretty much ruined my life, but yet God took it anyway and made it wonderful...
How great is our God?!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Sunday BBQ

I LOVE summer BBQ'S!  We had one Sunday.  It was just hotdogs....
But the weather was PERFECT.
I just enjoyed watching my girls play in the yard with grandpa from Hawaii.

Eating our hotdogs.

Sophie insisted on wearing her Olive Juice dress.
I found that dress at goodwill!!! 
 What a find..... go check out their prices and you'll understand how excited I was when I saw it.

Playing yard games with grandpa.

Lauren trying to juggle.

It was a beautiful afternoon.  I am so blessed.

As I am writing this, I am eating a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.
Lauren had an itch to make cupcakes after watching Cupcake Wars last night.

I love having a 14 year old daughter who bakes!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Vintage Find!!!

Look what I found!

It is a 1940's grocery cart!
I love it.  Odd you say?
Yes, but it's adorable.

I took the girls out today, we've been hunkered down in the house all week. 
We went into this antique store and we all saw it.
We thought it would be fun to keep fabric in by the sewing machines.

Of course the girls will probably play with it.
Maybe throw some food from the pantry in it. 
 That's ok, I would  have loved to have this in the house when I was little!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pretties for Sale!

I've been promising Lauren I would list her bracelets/headbands and pins, so here they are!

This bracelet is made of denim and has tiny pink lace and cream fabric on it. 
Total length including ties is 18 1/2 inches.
$8.00 plus shipping.

This is a headband/bracelet and you can make it a choker necklace too!
It is made out of vintage yellow floral cotton.  It has vintage tatting sewed on for design.
Ties are vintage pink ribbon.
Total length including ties is 48 inches.
$10 plus shipping

My favorite.  I wore this at The Vintage Barn sale.  These items will fit adults or children.
This bracelet is made from denim and a zipper and vintage floral fabric.  Ties are vintage pink and orange cotton.  Ties have decorative stitching in lime green.  Adorable!
$12 plus shipping.

Another one of my favorite's.  Bracelet made from all vintage fabrics, bottom is green fabric, middle is pink, top is a tan linen.  Closes with two lobster claw clasps.
$8 plus shipping.

These pins look great on a lollibag!

This pin is made from cotton fabric and has an old metal button in the center, kinda looks like a military button.  Total width of pin is 5 inches.
$10 plus shipping.

This pin is made from vintage fabric and a vintage button.  There are two layers of floral fabric and three layers of black tulle.
Width of pin is 5 inches.
$10 plus shipping.

This pin is made from burlap, denim and a sheer black and white stripe fabric.
It is 5 1/4 inches wide.
$10 plus shipping.

If you would like to purchase any of Lauren's items just send me an e-mail or leave a comment!
Thanks for looking!

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