Fall Findings



I was given a photograph from Pinterest – no directions – and asked if I could recreate the straw bale Minion for our church’s first Fall Festival (or at least the first in many, many years).  minionNow, how can I say no to a request like that?  Answer – – I really couldn’t.

So, I looked at the photograph  and tried to figure out how to recreate the adorable character in the foreground.  I tried to use only the item that I had on hand.  For example, using large canning rims & elastic for the eye goggles.

The minion I createdminion-at-cumc was a huge success (from some of the reported accounts) yet still does not have much to say.

Blessings to All!






Thoughts on giving . . .

Christmas Can Change the World

Thursday’s SOAP – Luke 21:1-4

21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

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If you are tired of the commercialism of Christmas and want to enjoy the Season in a more meaningful way try the Advent Conspiracy.  Visit the post below for more information.

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Moms’ Afternoon Out


If you haven’t seen “Moms’ Night Out” yet – SEE IT!  It is a great movie with Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, and Trace Adkins in a surprising role!  You can get the movie on DVD from Netflix and Redbox

Our day started with lunch at a nearby bakery cafe. It was a cold a rainy day (sounds like the start of Snoopy’s writing), and the weather called for something warm and hearty. There was a choice of a chicken and a beef stew on the menu. Since I eat a lot of chicken at home, I decided to go with the Moroccan Beef Stew served over brown rice. Yum!! Hearty and filling – couldn’t eat it all, but maybe I should have had less bread :-)!  My friends each had lovely fresh green salads.

Then it was on to the next part of our “Moms’ Afternoon Out” (I started to title this blog entry “Ladies Afternoon Out,” but figured that I still qualify as a mom to Pounce and Shadow).



The main feature of the day was held at the church my friend attends.  It was great! We chatted and nibbled on chocolate; then the movie started. I laughed, chuckled, and yes, even snorted as I watched this flick with two friends. This afternoon was over too soon, but we are planning on getting together soon for a crafting afternoon.



Once home, my yummy lunch led to a quest to find a recipe for the beef stew so I could make it at home. This search for Moroccan Beef Stew led to a recipe from Gourmet Magazine (the bakery cafe did not have the recipe available at their web site). I found the recipe on Epicurious and you can find the recipe here.  I’m always on the look-out for new dishes to try and have added this one to my recipe box!

Interested in planning you own movie afternoon? I would definitely recommend “Moms’ Night Out” (unless you don’t like to laugh)!