Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sweet Stocking

Oh My!! I ordered Anna's Christmas stocking Friday from PotteryBarnKids.com and it came in today! I absolutely LOVE it! It is so sweet and cute! I almost cried when I opened it and saw it because I'm so excited about our first Christmas with her! It is so sweet and HUGE! :) There is plenty of room get lots of fun goodies in there! :) Well I better get back to sewing...I just wanted to share my excitement! :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Devotion

This past Friday night my husband and I hosted the weekly Friday Night Bible Study our church group does. I was so excited to host! It so much fun to have all of your friends in your house and know that they are well taken care of! :) We cooked soups that night because it was so cold and it was perfect! My husband, Kirk, shared on evangelism that night for the lesson and it was so wonderful. He asked some really challenging questions, such as, "What place does evangelism have in your life?" & "How important is evangelism to you?". I have to admit...I was very convicted and challenged by these questions. So many times I find myself, just strolling along through life in my own little bubble doing my own little thing and I forget to share about the most precious gift, which is that I am blood bought by my wonderful, gracious Savior Jesus Christ! There are so many people perishing in their sin and that are in despair and I really learned that I need to be more aware and willing to share my faith with them! I love to see when the Lord answers prayers and saves people and to think if I shared about Him to someone and the Lord changed their heart! That would be such a blessing! So I am thankful for my husband's study and I pray that I will keep my eyes and heart open to sharing my faith more with others.

That night we sang a song before the study that I really loved. I have never heard it before and I always love new songs! It is so powerful! It is called "Devotion".

Devotion
I've been runing trying to be one who sees
I've been working this salvation out on my knees
There is nothing better than knowing
We are redeemed
I'm believing trusting in creative hands
I am praying for our world to bow to your plan
And this one thought is unmistakable
To take up my cross and follow You Lord

When You stand the tall trees and mountains bow
When you speck the fiercest of oceans is still
and I see the sinner seek devotion
The lost become chosen and I fall to my knees

I'm forgiven by a Savior who did not deserve death
He was blameless and I was lost in shamefulness
Undelivered but it doesn't seem right
Unless I keep my eyes focused on the Savior who gave His life
In the middle of a world that denies it believes
It is breaking apart at the very seams
There is one thing to be alive for
And it's to take up my cross and follow you Lord

I will take up my cross and follow Lord where you lead me
And I will take up my cross and follow wherever you go

There is so much truth in this song it blows me away! "There is one thing to be alive for and it's to take up my cross and follow you Lord" and to tell other's of Him too on the way! :)

I hope everyone has a great Sunday! Thankgiving week is in full swing! Yay!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Cooking

So like I said in my previous posts, we are starting a new Thanksgiving tradition at my mom's house this year. I'm excited because we all get to pitch in and bring something. I love to cook so this was right up my alley. I was requested to bring my Corn Casserole and I decided that I'm going to make something new and bring Buckeye Bars for dessert. Since there are only about 6 more days until Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my recipes with you!



Corn Casserole


Ingredients:

1/2 cup margarine
1 can kernal corn
1 can sweet cream corn
8 oz sour cream
2 eggs
1 pkg Jiffy corn bread
2 cups Shredded cheese (1 cup in, 1 cup on top)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and put into casserole dish. Cook on 350 for 45-50 mins.

Buckeye Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
22 NILLA Wafers, crushed
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 of 8-oz. tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.)
3 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Directions:

LINE 8-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Beat butter and peanut butter with mixer until blended. Mix in wafer crumbs. Gradually add sugar, mixing well after each addition. Press onto bottom of pan.
MICROWAVE COOL WHIP and chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min.; stir. Microwave 15 to 30 sec. or until chocolate is melted; stir until blended. Spread over peanut butter layer.
REFRIGERATE 2 hours. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting to serve.

I got this recipe from KraftKitchens.com. They have so many great recipes! I can't wait to try to make them! Yum!

What are some of the recipes you are making for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Featured EtsyBlogger

The Featured EtsyBlogger for this month is StoryBeader!
She has some really pretty jewelry in her store!
You can see more at: http://storybeader.etsy.com/ and you should
check out her blog at: http://storybeader.blogspot.com/.
Here is a picture of a Christmas bracelet! This would be perfect to make any
outfit festive for the holiday season!


EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival

I have been out of the loop doing Blog Carnival, but I'm very excited to get back into it! Sorry Etsybloggers! :) The Blog Carnival for Nov. 24th is to dicuss this question:

What is your favorite tradition for the Thanksgiving holiday?

My favorite tradition for the Thanksgiving holiday is going up to my grandparents house in Little Rock, AR. Ever since I was little, we would always pack up and head up there for a weekend of fun, food, and family. We also had a tradition of getting together to watch the LSU/Arkansas game that is always the day after Thanksgiving. I loved those times and have so many fun memories from those trips. This year will be a little sad because it is my first year not to go up to Little Rock for Thanksgiving. Our family is just getting too big and things are getting cramped plus it just puts too much work on my aunt and aging grandparents, so this year my parents are hosting Thanksgiving! Although I was sad about not traveling, I am excited about our new tradition of my mom's house with all her girls and their children. I am so thankful this year because my year has been full of joy and I'm so excited for Anna's first Thanksgiving.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Please share! I love to hear stories!

~Stacy

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

About The Fancy Fritter

The Fancy Fritter??? What does that mean? Well for all of you who have children, you know that all sorts of crazy things pop out of your mouth when you are either singing to them or playing with them and since my daughter was little I have just called her "fritter." She can be a "fussy fritter" or a "funny fritter", but she will always be a "fancy fritter." Totally corny, I know but I guess that is what motherhood does to you. That is why I started this blog. To write my motherly ramblings, share stories about my Fritter, my relationship with the Lord, church life, and my recent sewing projects. I love to sew and try to help bring in a little extra income by selling my handmade children's items. I'm having fun on this creative, fun, and sometimes crazy journey of a stay at home mother. I hope you enjoy the fun! :)

My Etsy Shops




Spiced Apple and Pear Pie

photo courtesy of foodnetwork.com



Ingredients
Dough:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup suhst
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), diced
1 large egg
3 to 4 tablespoons very cold water
Filling:
1/2 lemon
3 pounds baking apples such as Golden Delicious, Cortland, or Mutsu (about 6 apples)
1 1/2 pounds baking pears such as Bosc or firm Bartletts (about 3 pears)
2/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on the pie
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
Generous pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten


Dough:
Directions
Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Rub 1/4 cup of the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until completely absorbed. Then rub in the remaining butter until it resembles cornmeal mixed with pea-size bits of butter. (If it gets warm and sticky, refrigerate it to chill.)
Beat the egg with 3 tablespoons of the water; then drizzle it evenly over the dough. Lightly stir the dough together with a fork. (The dough should just hold together when you squeeze it together, with some dry crumbly bits.) If the dough is really dry, sprinkle it with the final tablespoon of water. (To make the dough in food processor, see below.)
Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap and shape into disks. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. (The dough can be frozen for 2 months. Defrost dough in the fridge overnight.)
Filling:
Finely grate the lemon zest and set aside. Peel, core and then slice both the apple and pear into 1/2-inch slices. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fruit, then toss fruit with the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt and nutmeg.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fruit and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves and juices simmer, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, uncovered, until the fruit softens and the juices evaporate some, about 10 minutes. Evenly mix the flour into the fruit; then cook about a minute more to thicken the juices slightly. Stir in the vanilla and lemon zest; and remove from the heat. (The filling should resemble a tight compote.) Cool completely.
Form the pie:
Lightly dust the work surface with flour. Roll a disk of dough into an 11 to 12-inch circle. Transfer the dough to 9-inch glass pie pan (see photo), trimming so it hangs about 1/2-inch over the edge of the pan. Fill the crust with the prepared fruit so it mounds slightly in the center. Roll the remaining dough into a 12-inch circle. Brush the rim of the crust with some of the egg.
Roll the dough onto the rolling pin and unroll it over the fruit so it hangs over the edge of the pie pan by about 1/2-inch. Trim crust if needed, reserving the scraps for decorations or for patching, if needed. Fold the top crust edge under the bottom one, then press the edges together to seal. Cut trimmed scraps into designs if desired and set aside. Flute the crust by pressing a finger into the crust against the other hand's index finger and thumb to make an even impression. Repeat every 1/2 inch around the pie to create a ruffled edge (see photo). Refrigerate the pie for at least 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, place a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat to 425 degrees F.
Brush pie with egg and place cut dough designs on top if desired. Brush again and sprinkle with sugar. Cut 6 to 8 small steam vents into the top of the dough. Place pie on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake until the crust (both top and bottom) is golden brown, about 50 minutes more. If the edges begin to brown too quickly, cut a pie shield out of a piece of aluminum foil and cover the edges (see photo). Cool on a rack.
Serve pie warm or at room temperature with whipped or ice cream. Keep pie, covered, at room temperature for a day, or refrigerate for up to four.
Cook's Note: To make the dough in a food processor: Pulse the flour, sugar, and salt together in the bowl of the processor. Add a 1/4 cup of the butter and pulse until it resembles fine cornmeal. Add the remaining butter and pulse until the butter is in small pea-sized pieces. Beat the egg and 3 tablespoons of the water together, add and pulse 1 to 2 times, but don't let the dough form into a ball in the machine (see photo). If the dough is dry add pulse in the other tablespoon of water. Remove the blade and turn dough onto a large, sheet of plastic film. Use the sides of the film to bring the dough together, then wrap tightly to chill.
Busy Bakers' Tips: The filling can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated. The pie can be fully formed, except for brushing with egg and dusting with sugar, and frozen. Place the pie in the freezer for 30 minutes, to harden it slightly, and then double wrap it with plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, unwrap the pie and brush it with egg and sprinkle with sugar. If baking from the frozen state, following baking temperatures above, the pie may need to bake slightly longer at 375 degrees F, about 1 hour 25 minutes.
For a different finish, top with several slices of sharp cheddar cheese, and melt under the broiler for 2 minutes.

Busy as a Bee making Bibs

Busy as a Bee making Bibs...(Try saying that 5 times fast..LOL)
Last week I got a exciting phone call from a friend that I went to high school with that has a embroidery business and she travels to all different craft shows and does really great selling all of her stuff. Well she normally gets her bibs wholesale from a big company, but she saw my site and wants to use me! I'm super excited! Well, today she calls me and said that she just heard back from this show in Arlington and that she needs a bunch of bibs by Thursday! :) So I'm meeting her this evening to get some fabric that she wants to use and then I'm going to be stuck to my sewing machine busy making bibs. I'm excited though and happy to know that my name is getting out there that people are wanting to use me.


As for my store goes, I'm hoping sales will pick up for Christmas. I recently added some sweet baby/toddler pillows and they are so sweet and I love the soft minky on the back...I was considering making one for myself! ;) I'm working on some boy ones too so after the bib craziness if over I will get to those. Here are some pics:




Well I'm off to start fueling up on some coffee...It will be a long night for me! LOL

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I've been tagged!

Ok so I've been tagged by Angie's Crafts now I'm trying to figure out what to do next! So I guess I'm supposed write 7 random things about myself then tag 7 other people to do the same!

So here are the rules:Put a link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Share 7 random facts about yourself on your blog. Then tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blogs. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So now for the random facts:
1. I have never been snow skiing.
2. I can never cook a good fried egg...LOL
3. I love to eat french fries with milkshakes....Something about the salty and sweet! :)
4. I love to get mail! :) Nothing will make your day brighter than having a sweet note written to you!
5. My water broke in Outback Steakhouse....Made for an eventful dinner! LOL
6. I have never been out of the country....I'm dying to go somewhere though! :)
7. I would love to open my own Children's Boutique one day!

Now for the tagging of 7 other people:

1. Fire Mommy
2. Grumpy Pants
3. Nora's Blog
4. Betsy Ann
5. Cards by Jenna
6. The Thrifty Nester
7. Strongholds

I can't wait to read everyones!

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Fun Sunday Afternoon

Yesterday afternoon after church we took Anna to the park for the first time and she had a blast! We had such a GREAT time! We went to the Greenwood Park which is only about 10 mins. away from our house and I plan on going back more because it was so convenient. We had a great picnic lunch and then we let her swing in the baby swing, which she absolutely loved! It was such a sweet family time! I hope you enjoy the pics of our sweet day!


Anna's first time swinging! All smiles!


Sliding down the slide together! Yay!


Smiling with Daddy (AKA Swing Pusher & Handsome Hubby! :))

P.s. My blog has been tagged so stay tuned for 7 random things about me...and Watch out! Your blog might get tagged too! :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fun giveaway

A few weeks ago I ordered some beautiful fabric from the ladies at Marie-Madeline Studio's to make some custom pillow covers. Ever since then I keep going back to their site and picking out all my favorite things! Well their friend Jasmine is hosting a giveaway for one of their great purses. I hope I win! You should enter too! :)

I came to find out too that Jasmine is Voddie Baucham's daughter! My husband and I and all of our friends at church love him! We were first introduced to him when some friend's came back from John Piper's Desiring God conference in 2006. I just thought it was a small world that I found his daughter's blog. I'm excited to keep up with her blog and read her daily insights! How fun!

Ready for an Upset!

I'm up super late. but we just got in from a bonfire at our church. It was a night full of fun roasting hot dogs and making smores! (My tummy is very full now!) We also sat around the fire and sang "Lord of All Creation" and "Amazing Grace". I love having bible study outside because it just makes you feel so small and it is so great to just marvel at God's beautiful creation that He holds in place. Each star was placed there and He continues to keep it there just for His pleasure! Wow...It boggles my mind! :) Anna loved the bonfire! She was all bundled up in a little pink fleece suit with a matching hat. (I wanted to take a picture by I left my camera at the in-laws!) She just jumped up in down in my lap and watched the fire very intently. She was a sweet baby and had a good time so I was happy!


Well, tomorrow is a big LSU day! Tomorrow at 2:30 LSU takes on Alabama. Oh, how I wish I was there! The roaring cheers of Death Valley get me so excited!! I think BAMA is one of the most disliked teams by LSU fans, so I'm sure it will be crazy. I really would love to see an upset tomorrow! BAMA is currently the #1 team in the nation...How that works, I'll never know! (Whatever!!..lol) We are all getting together with some of our friends to watch the game and I'm excited because 2 of our couple friends (brothers and sister-in-laws) are big BAMA fans and we always have banter back and forth, so I'm hoping we can upset them. :) You never know?..Crazier things have happened! We'll just have to watch and find out! GEAUX TIGERS!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Honorable Man

Well, the votes are in and I am disappointed to say the least. But I now look with optimism towards the future of America and pray for our new president that he would make good decisions that will help Americans and our families. What gives me peace at this time is that I trust in a sovereign God and I know that He puts men into power and I know that this is His will. That is what gives me comfort. I ran across a copy of the speech that McCain gave last night and it was wonderful. I wanted to share it with everyone! (Click the picture to read article.)




This will probably be the last time that I post about politics for awhile....I have to be honest that I am kinda glad it is all over. Well, have a great Wednesday and God Bless America! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Historical Election


Well today is Election day and what a historical day it will be. I just got back from standing in line for a hour and 30 mins with a squirmy 6 month old and it was so worth it! Anna did great too! She loved playing with the curtain once we got in the booth! You know it is a historical vote when you are standing in line and you see 5 people with walkers and 4 people with oxygen tanks all standing in line! I was amazed at the crowds, but happy to see everyone fulfilling their civic duty.


My husband and I are McCain/Palin supporters and feel they will be the best for our country at this time! I am looking forward to them pulling out a win and to hush all of the left wing liberal medias mouths! (Oh, I could ramble on for days about this...) However, I can trust that our sovereign God has this election in His hands no matter what the results and that is what gives me comfort.


Well we will just have to see what will happen after all the votes come in! I hope the "Right" one wins! hehe! :)


~Stacy
 

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