Yes, ribbon heaven arrived in my mailbox today! A sweet, sweet friend of mine sent me a ton of the new Maya Road ribbon. (click on the photo to see a larger view) WOW!! It was funny because I opened the box while I sat in my car at the mailboxes in our subdivision. When I pulled all of this ribbon out of the box I said, "WHOA, oh WOW!!.." and this man was walking by. He looked at me like I had lost my mind. It's ribbon, lady. Yeah, well, it's also my FAVORITE embellishment ever. So now to wind these pretties around bobbins tonight and add to my ever-growing collection. (I think this makes 5 boxes now) And yes, I USE them, too. I don't just collect. :) Can't wait to throw them all on the table tonight and tell David, "look what I got today!" and see his facial expression. He never, ever asks how much something cost but I just want to see what he'll say before I tell him it was free. So a huge *HUG* and *THANK YOU, MY FRIEND* to M. What a generous, dear friend you are. :)
I have had a huge smile on my face all day. We woke up to weather in the 50's with a strong north wind. Oh, it's wonderful! Noah and I went out for a long walk this morning. He was skipping along the sidewalk in front of me, saying how much he loved the cool weather. At one point he held both hands up in the air and screamed "THANK YOU, GOD!" He knows who is responsible for the weather. :) It was 50 degrees WARMER just a week ago, so this is a huge deal around here. Noah got a lot of pleasure on our walk at seeing dozens of worms all "frozen" on the sidewalk. They had come out of the dirt, I guess and gotten caught in the cold front overnight. Poor things. Noah thought it was beyond cool.
I'm going to make some banana pumpkin bread tonight so we can have it for breakfast in the morning. I wish it was cool enough to turn on the fireplace, but I think I'll wait. :) I have been playing Christmas music on my computer, though, for at least a month. I love it all year long and I know my Mom is smiling if she's reading this. That's where I get it! Can't wait to fill my IPOD with Christmas songs.
I was shown yet again today how God is so involved in my life and knows what is best for me. I'm not going to name any names, but I recently applied for a couple of scrapbooking manufacturers' design teams and was turned down for them. I was really disappointed to not get on the teams and sulked for a day or two. However, I recently got to see some of the products that one of those companies is releasing in a few weeks. I don't like them at all. It's not something I would ever purchase myself, so see.....God knew that and had better things planned for me. Now I'm on two design teams that I absolutely LOVE. Thank you, Lord, for watching out for me...even in the little details like this.
Last night I made a yummy soup, perfect for the cool weather. It's one of our favorites and it makes the house smell so good. It's been modified enough that I can call it my own. Here is the recipe!
Jennifer's Corn and Potato Chowder
1 sm. onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 green pepper, diced
6 small red potatoes, diced (with skin on)
2 cups extra-sweet frozen corn
4 c. chicken stock
3 1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. half and half
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. butter or margarine
2 tsp. dried sage
salt and pepper to taste
8 slices of bacon
1-2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
* Melt butter/margarine in large stockpot and saute' all veggies, except for corn and potatoes, until onions are very soft and translucent. Sprinkle the flour over veggies and continue cooking for one minute, stirring constantly and not letting any lumps form. (it will make a buttery paste) Slowly add the stock, milk, and half and half, stirring constantly. Add the sage, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, the corn and the potatoes, and simmer gently over low heat until potatoes are tender, stirring often so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot. (approx. 20-25 minutes)
While the chowder is simmering, cook the bacon slices until very crispy and then crumble into bits. Taste the chowder and adjust salt and pepper according to your taste. (you'll probably have to add quite a bit of salt, so add 1/2 tsp. at a time, stir and taste) Serve chowder with cheddar cheese and bacon slices sprinkled on top. Also good with a few dashes of tabasco for kick!
Notes: You can use lowfat milk or even skim, but the skimmer the milk, the thinner the chowder. Also, I like to cook my bacon in the microwave on a bacon rack covered with a paper towel. It helps drain a LOT of the fat off of it and makes it crispier. ENJOY!
Saturday we'll be cheering on the Longhorns as they BEAT THE TAILS off of the Oklahoma Sooners!! ;) HOOK 'EM HORNS!!!
" Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." --George Eliot