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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Yes,  autumn has finally reached the San Joaquin Valley and I’m so ready for it.

We’ve had over 50 days this summer of 100+ degree weather.

Time for summer’s departure!


Our grandsons took down all our fall decorations from the attic, so I quickly decorated, filling the house with fall colors.

My bay window is festive.


The table runner I started  a few weeks ago is done and was placed on the dining room table.


I even have my own pumpkin patch by the wood stove.



Hubby has also gotten ready for the winter, buying some pellets for our wood stove.

The older grandkids helped us stack them.  Love those kids!



I’m thinking we’re all set now, for a while anyway.

Now I’m craving pumpkin pie! ♥♥♥♥



My dear friend’s father passed away recently.  She is so devastated by the loss.

He was her rock, her friend and she always smiled when she talked about him.

Her heart is full of sorrow, the wound so tender.

My words won’t make her feel better, it takes time, a long time to heal.

I wanted to do something for her, and all I could think of, was a heart shaped pillow that she could hug while watching  television, or just placing it in a special place.

I’m calling it a comfort pillow.

The pillow is made of squares sewn together.



Then I cut a heart pattern from newspaper. I used it to cut the heart shape from the squares.


I’m hoping this heart pillow will comfort her in a small way.♥♥♥♥

20140704_140257Cancun cactus.




Since this week  on the 16th is Mexican Independence Day , I wanted  to share a few  of my favorite things.

Pan Dulce (Mexican pastry),  is always a special treat for me and my family.  It’s tasty and colorful.

I remember my mom sending my dad to buy some if she knew that we were having company.

Then we have menudo which is a soup made from tripe and hominy, it’s another favorite of mine, but many people get turned off because of the tripe.



Mexican pottery is something I collect. I especially like Talavera  and vintage pottery.  This blue nesting set of bowls was found at an estate sale and is vintage.





These bowls are hard to find and when you do find them, they can be quite pricey.  This set was a great deal.

My favorite pottery is the Talavera.  I love the blue and yellow, but I also have a red piece.




Even though I am a very Americanized Mexican, I do try to keep the traditions going for my children and grandchildren.  It’s so important not to forget your heritage and be proud of it as well.♥♥♥♥




I remember waking up and turning on the TV to watch Good Morning America . They were showing an airplane crashing into a building and because I was still trying to wake up, I thought it was a preview of a new movie.  And of course, tragically, it wasn’t.

I stayed glued to the television, watching and sometimes crying, and wondering why.

Many years later, we still wonder why some people are so evil.

There is no answer.

We still have to be on guard and still try to live our lives.

We will never forget that day, nor will the  innocent people whose lives were taken away from them be absent from our minds.


About the fabric:

I can’t remember if I bought this piece of fabric before or after 9-11.  But it was a small piece showing 3  or 4 different skylines.  I would always display it in the library on 9-11.






20140704_121800Gorgeous tree in Cancun.




I have always had an overactive sweet tooth. Loving sweets is my big vice and I believe I inherited this from my mother.

She loved baking early in the morning. I think she did her baking early because we did not have air conditioning when I was a young girl.

My mother would bake brownies, or cookies and sometimes cake.  She never used recipes, just whipped something up.

Another sinful treat was peanut butter mixed with Log Cabin syrup.  We stirred it up till it was creamy.  (I still do this when there is nothing else sweet to eat.)  Yummy!

A sweet treat that my kids have liked since they were in grammar school, is Chocolate Crackles.  This recipe has been in my recipe book for at least 30 years and I haven’t made it for at least 15 years.

So I put my baking apron on, not really, and decided to do some baking.  I just completed this apron and it was a royal pain to make.   Anyway, back to my baking.



Here is the recipe and it’s showing its age.


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The recipe also calls for walnuts, but my kids never liked nuts in their cookies, so I just left them out.♥♥♥♥

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