Friday, October 9, 2015

{ Friday Foto }

Autumn in Cades Cove

Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain Grocery

Breathing in Grace,

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

{ Wednesday's Words - Joy and Delight }

There's this lady and for as long as I've known her, she's had a very "happy" attitude.  It seems that no matter what she's going through, she's always able to still keep a smile on her face and find little things in life to make her happy.  Actually, now that I think about it, I know two ladies like this, it's a fact that there are things they are both going through that are hurtful and sad and can be depressing, but they still seem to be able to maintain their "sunny disposition".  I've decided that what I'm actually seeing in these ladies isn't happiness.....
it's JOY.
Their JOY comes from their DELIGHT in the Lord!

Oh, the lessons I can learn from them both!

HOPE we're each able to find joy and delight in something today!
(mine is gonna be the blessing of spending time with our grand-kiddos!!!)

Breathing in Grace,

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

{ A Short Getaway }

I have a confession to make.
Pappy and I played hooky from church SONday.
Yes, we did!
I only slept about 3 hours Saturday night and we were both tired and knew we just needed to get away for the day.
that's exactly what we did.

Here are a few pics of our day trip to Carver's Apple Orchard.

It was an absolutely beautiful day and we had such a great time.

HOPE everybody has a terrific Tuesday!

Breathing in Grace,

Monday, October 5, 2015

[ A "New" Leaf ]

I picked up this leaf in the road on my morning walk.....

.....and it reminded me of me.

The leaf has lost a lot of it's vitality;
no longer fresh and vibrant.
It's a little ragged and torn and wrinkled,
but still very much a leaf.  It's no longer providing shade, but has fallen from its perch high in some oak tree to land right in the road in front of me to provide me with a life lesson.

I'm not as swift on my feet as I once was and definitely no longer have a youthful look about me.  I am a little worse for the wear these days, but I can still be useful in God's kingdom.  He went on to remind me of that when I came upon my friend walking and I could tell something was wrong.  I was able to walk her back home and get her into her house before she fell.  What if I hadn't been right there, right at that time?

Who knows?
Nothing bad might have happened.

I also wouldn't have learned a valuable lesson.

We're valuable to God, no matter our age.
He can still use us!

Let us NEVER forget that.

HOPE you have an awesome Monday!

Breathing in Grace,

Sunday, October 4, 2015

{ SONday Prayers }

HOPE your SONday is awesomely blessed!

Breathing in Grace,

Friday, October 2, 2015

{ Friday Fotos.....}

I love to create, whether it be through sewing, or crocheting.
If you've ever visited my page { Crochet-Sewing-Crafts }, 
you know that I chose this verse of scripture for my "Wise Old Owl Designs".....

Whatever talent I might have, 
I truly want HIM to have all the glory.....
because without HIM I could accomplish nothing.

Owl hats for our great nieces
(can you tell their parents and grandparents are Tennessee Vol fans?).....

Baby sister.....

Big sister.....

Another little owlie hat for a sweet new baby girl at church.....

I made this pillow cover some time ago, but just recently got around to getting the foam rubber insert and getting it finished up.

A couple of years ago, we re-did a little stove for our grand-kiddos.  We FINALLY finished the sink and still have the hutch to go.  Maybe they won't be grown before that gets accomplished.  The sink bowl is a stainless bowl we found at Big Lots and the faucet came from a fellow we know who deals in "junk" and I made the curtain for the bottom.

Just finished up this rag quilt last Saturday in time for our niece's baby shower on SONday afternoon.  She's doing her nursery in red, white and navy and airplanes!!!

Our baby grandson is all about horses.....
so what's a Nannie to do but crochet him one?

Can you ever have enough owlies?
I didn't think so!!!

One of our grand boys is really into sharks right now, so this goes to him!

 This is my latest creation.
Our oldest grand boy has wanted me to crochet him a beard for quite some time!  
It's so hard to tell our kiddos "no"!!!

(Did you think this was a picture of my brother?
Menopause has been really hard on me!!!
ha! ha!)

Happy Friday, Everybody!

HOPE you have a great weekend!

Have fun.....
stay safe.....
enjoy life!!!!

Breathing in Grace,

p.s. in case anybody thinks I left out our grand girl, I made her a skirt and failed to get a pic before I gave it to her....:(

Thursday, October 1, 2015

{ Tasty Thursday }

The first day of October.
Mercy, where has this year gone?

What better way to start off October than with a recipe using pumpkin and spice?

I went to my Mom's earlier this week and she gave me a Duncan Hines Spice Cake mix, saying she had no idea why she bought it and thought I might use it. Right after that I saw a recipe on Pinterest for easy peasy cookies made from a spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin and optional chocolate chips.  I didn't want chocolate chips (imagine me not wanting chocolate), but decided I would use a cup of Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice morsels instead.  In only part of the cookies I used  raisins, since Pappy isn't a fan of them.

These turned out absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

All you do is mix the pumpkin into the cake mix and add the optional other items....
no eggs, no oil.  These cookies don't rise, actually they don't change shape much at all, so take care as to how much you put on your baking sheet.  I baked them at 350 and just took them out after a bit to test if they were finished.

I'm gonna share with my Momma.....
if I don't eat them all before I see her again!

There goes the diet!!!

(There were actually more than shown because I filled up two cookie sheets.....
plus, I had to have a couple several warm ones)

Let me know what you think if you make these.
Next time I'm gonna use some cinnamon and maybe some allspice.

HOPE your Thursday is blessed!

Breathing in Grace,