Sunday, December 8, 2019

Second Sunday of Advent...

Whimsy and Hugs!

May your December be full and happy... just like this little guy and his buddy my son found waiting on the porch! One flew away quickly. but the other one stayed there until after we left .....but flew off later, so he's ok...

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Christmas in Bevier

Today was the annual craft fair in my adopted hometown. It's always fun to be there and visit with dear ones. I always exchange gifts with a friend from the city there. This year one of my gifts for her was a Sherlock Holmes junk journal I created, She. loved. it! My son did the photos I found in a multi-step process... She has always loved Sherlock Holmes and Steam Punk. Home run!

Merry Christmas!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Little things

I have been working in my studio on several Christmas gifts, and I have the mess to prove it! I can't begin to imagine all the wonderful tools and glue, snippets, and beads... Were these really just poked all over the house? Wow!

I have a few visitors in my old curved front cabinet... From Miss Autumn and Miss Winter Precious Moment to the little pixie and Snowflake beanie and sweet Snowflake girl... Happy Christmas!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Monday, December 2, 2019

December Daily

I can't believe how cozy I was... right up to the part where I dumped a cold can of Diet Coke upside down in bed with me... You should have seen my bail out! Cat flying/getting the heck outta Dodge, covers crackling, and yours truly doing a little dance on this blustery-filled morning. Suddenly I am not as thirsty! 

We sold the absolutely gigantic stereo that would have played this vintage 78 collection. I just kept a few for the covers.

I chose a blue truck in honor of my dad's blue '47 Chevy in the barn. I plan to tuck some real evergreen around this one...

Made this chicken again today, but with boneless chicken white meat pieces, We had it and its sauce and a huge steamer with broth-steamed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, onion, zucchini, carrots, garlic) on baked sweet or Irish potato. Guess who picked Irish... lol Well, Faith 'n Begorry, I sure did!

The Paleo Kitchen's Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs 


Juice of 2 lemons 

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or melted fat of choice 
1 teaspoon garlic powder 
2 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken thighs 
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 
1 clove garlic minced 
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves minced 
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
2 tablespoons raw organic honey melted 

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F with the rack in the middle. 

2. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. 
3. Add the chicken thighs and coat the chicken in the marinade. Season the thighs with salt and pepper. 
4. Place the chicken thighs skin side down on an elevated rack on a rimmed baking sheet. 
5. Roast the chicken in the hot oven for 30 minutes. 
6. While the chicken is cooking, combine the garlic, thyme, mustard, and honey in a small bowl and mix well. 
7. Take the chicken out of the oven and brush the honey mustard on both sides of the chicken. 
8. Flip the chicken skin-side up and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the thighs are cooked through and the skin is nicely browned. 
9. Remove from the oven and brush on extra honey mustard if desired.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Have a great week!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Decembering With You

Happy December First. We were greeted with wild swirls of big-flaked snow that melted as soon as the roaring winds gave permission for each dancer to touch the muddy earth... Missouri cannot make up her mind and focus on a season for very long. My son and I both incorporated the storms outside and the wailing of my windows (usually indicating gusts of at least 35 miles per hour) into our sketchy dreams. I heard him cry out in the midst of a dream: How much do you want for this place? I asked him what he meant, but then there was total silence for about ten minutes. Then he loudly shouted: I AM  ALL  Right!!! My dreams were more of the usual kind for me... with what I love to call "visits" from my parents and grandparents. We were trying to all get in a car to go somewhere together in the midst of a huge downpour... Laughter. Lost things... Snatches of the rich life.

For this year's Advent devotions I am reading one chapter of Luke each day. My candles came from my mother's stash, and the tea was Holiday by Harney and Sons. 

Happy December!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Turkey Overload

Well. The fridge is full, and so are all of us. Quite a few of my son's friends were here and are still having fun. I am curled up in my bedroom with my tree and candles glowing and my kitty snoozing. She was sure a lot of help! lol NOT. Tried a new recipe for Paleo stuffing. It was popular. Lots of leftovers, which my family really loves. 

We had a big black kitty named Koga. He was my son's very favorite pet ever... This looks so much like him. 

Oh, ha ha... I just love the look on this sweet face. I have known a lot of "pot-stirrers" who looked just like this!!!

Soooo true. I am truly discombobulated... I really like to do Thanksgiving early like this instead of later..  It is a beautiful holiday... a real treasure for memories and joy.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving week!!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Today was just one of "those days! I woke up at 5 o'clock and started preparations for the party. First on my list: the cake. I chopped apples and roasted pecans, and was nearly ready to pop my beautiful old-fashioned cake in the prepared 9 x 13... when - - - It just uh....

So that was a mess. I even threw out the whole apple I was just that disgusted. I saved only my grandmother's old spoon... Next: Made a batch of Hello Dollies and set them in the oven I had preheated for the cake. Asked Alexa to set a 30 minute timer. Didn't have enough color so she graciously added ten more minutes. Still no color. Uh... I had snapped off the oven in a little snit after above incident, so the cookies had just been "chillin'" in an off oven. 

Made a pot of "Fall in Love" Autumn coffee to try a new bag I had bought in multiples and given to several unsuspecting friends. Spit that out. Turns out brown sugar bourbon only sounds good. It tastes like old bacon and bitter bathwater. Made final pot of good old Dunkin' Doughnut Shop coffee.

Time out. My son tells me he hasn't seen the cat all morning. I tried all the buzz words she cannot resist: "Want some Cheese? Cat Chowwwww! Wanna schnaaack?" Silence. I flipped through my mind and decided she had hit the door and slipped out while I was cleaning up the cake. I hadn't seen her since then. Purty sad. But today was thankfully not that sad day. He finally found her in his room where she is not supposed to go with the door shut. She was quiet until he found her and then she began to sing the Blues about all the goodies she had been offered... lol

The rest of the day was smooth and great! We are three long-time friends with a lot of fun stories to revisit. We ate Casey's Supreme pizza (minus green peppers), bread sticks, drank Dunkin' coffee, hot and iced tea, sweet tea, and munched on Hello Dollies!

Tomorrow I start the prep for the turkey bird... bake bread and do anything early I can... Fun! I love to cook.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Thanksgiving, a grateful welcome to the Christmas season...

This past week I have been getting out some all my Christmas things. Such fun to tuck the same traditions into new surroundings. Each year I think I will just get out a few items but in order to do that a person has to pack and store intelligently... Um, well--- that's just not how I roll. So I cannot find the spot with about 15 extension cords. I may have to buy 3 more. Here are a few shots. most without the twinkly lights until said cords are either found or repurchased. Do you know they sell a $3 cord for $7.50 this Christmas? lol

Tomorrow we celebrate my friend's birthday. I think I am making my grandmother's apple cake and a big salad. Another friend is bringing pizza. Saturday is Friendsgiving, a traditional holiday meal for my son's friends. Lots to do for that!


Whimsy and Hugs!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


I was surprised to find a pretty good sized refund from WalMart in my email. Unfortunately my too cheap to be true trees were actually too cheap to be true. So... I did order enough lights to do all six trees, so now I will have enough lights for probably two or three years. I am okay with the refund... and the lights... It was gonna be a funny explanation to my son why I bought a flocked tree last year and sold it (because flocking nightmare!!!) and then purchased 6 more this year. He doesn't care and has no issues with anything I do, but... it felt a bit wrong and impulsive--- although I had big dreams for them.

Looks as if my beautiful buttercream tree will come out of her corner in my Studio after all... 

Whimsy and Hugs!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Winter's first grip

I had such a cozy day yesterday. And tonight with a temperature of only 7 degrees, I hear my propane dollars and kilowatt quarters clinking through all the olden cracks in this house. However, we're safe and warm. My son's health has improved so much by working from home. I have a lot of blessings and I know it...

He hung up a couple of thick comforts to keep the cold drafts at bay. Our bathroom is in a part of the house directly through the door from the heated/AC portion. We have a huge room we need to use more. but the furnace down there (four steps down to what was converted from a garage in the 80's) went kaput! It has a small AC unit I never run... I had lived in that room when I moved here for about 8 years, but after Mom fell on Thanksgiving 4 years ago, I moved up here to be able to hear her better... and I liked being in the hub of the home too well to go back down.

I can see in these pictures my vision of rolled towels has run amuck. Shocker. I don't think it looks at all spa-like or elegant... just rather wild and barely contained. Hmmmm.... Pinterest, you clever vixen... lol

I snapped my Callie atop the winter white harvest cupboard this morning. Think she was checking my work, seeing if she approved. She definitely loves this afghan made many years ago for my son. I remember last year when my son saved it from the North House, she homesteaded it for weeks. I washed the piece and stashed it in my steamer trunk through the warmer months, so each crocheted row is such a long lost and welcome buddy to her...

Talk soon.

Whimsy and Hugs!