Sunday, January 10, 2010

Plays nicely with others.....

Oh joy of JOYS!  This weekend has been absolutely wonderful so far!!

It started on Friday night with a visit to some friends....I had made a coconut cake a day earlier and wanted to share a couple of slices, so we took them a sampling and stayed for a chat and a cup of coffee.

yes, that's one of those ancient tupperware cake safes it's sitting on - harvest gold, I believe!

The next day, she called to say that her grandson-in-law, who is a chef at the Hilton, tasted the cake and was so impressed that he wants to order two per week from me to serve in the restaurant on a regular basis!!!  We have yet to finalize this, but even if it doesn't pan out, I'm deeply flattered and honored!  I truly love baking and to be able to share it like this would be a dream come true!

Saturday morning started with a nice long breakfast with my hubby that turned into a thrift-store, friend-visitation, grocery-shopping day!  I love "kicking around" with my husband, and the time passes like crazy when we're together, but that doesn't bother me a bit.   I have to stop here and say how blessed I am to have developed such a wonderful relationship with my mate.  I realize too often how rare this is, so if you have this special bond with your mate, give thanks!!

Anyway, onto more good stuff.....

I have had my serger buried on the floor of my fabric closet for OVER a year now, and last night I decided to pull it out and see if I could get it to work.  I have always struggled with my sergers, never really making friends with them, and I got sick and tired of this one acting up, so I just tucked it away and tried to forget about it.   Some of the things I make for my shop would be much easier to do if this cotton-pickin' machine worked well without thread breaking and such *&(#~%^?! things it does to me!  So, I asked my husband to go to the closet and retrieve the blasted thing for me.

He asked if we should start praying...I said yes - pray HARD.

I was having trouble specifically with the lower looper thread breaking constantly, no matter how loose the tension was.  I decided to just put a heavier duty quilting thread on that spool, and VOILA! - Within 5 minutes, it was working!  He really must've been praying!

The thing sews beautifully, although it was a bit clunky sounding after sitting in the closet unused for over a year.  A bit of oil in certain places and that should fix it up.

I'm working on toddler dresses and this will be so nice to have the seams finished with the serger!  I haven't made clothes in a while and it's a nice change from quilting and handbags, etc.  I can't wait to get back in my sewing room to play with my long lost "friend"!

Pacified, I headed to the kitchen to try out that Rachael Ray steak recipe I blogged about earlier, but didn't get a chance to make.

It turned out pretty good, actually, although I didn't make the sauce because the instructions left out what to do with the chicken stock/beer, and I was in a bit of a hurry anyway.

Probably the best part of the whole weekend was that I didn't clean house...I probably should have, but I didn't want to, so I just didn't!  Of course, you know what they say....

I would just love to have a bunch of this fabric, but I don't know what I'd do with it.  Perhaps it could serve nicely as those valances I've been wanting in my sewing room!  I have a hard time splurging on myself and don't know if I could spend that much money and feel good about it....perhaps I'll have to remember it when I've got a coupon or something.  As a matter of fact, my mother gave me a gift card and told me to use it for "tools of my trade", meaning my sewing business...hmmmm.....could window treatments for the sewing studio be considered "tools of the trade"?

Above all these "good things" that made my weekend wonderful (I'm sure I forgot a few things, too), is the most important and most cherished event that is developing even as I speak.  My youngest daughter, who lives an hour away in her own apartment,  called me this morning with "tears of joy" to say that she had a revelation and is no longer angry at God, and could she come home to go to church with us and have lunch together?  By all means, YES!!!!  Hurry home, dear one!  I've been praying for such an event in her life and this just goes to support my belief that you can't outgive God, and if you trust Him with all your heart and remain faithful in prayer for these things, He WILL answer you, in His time!

So, my weekend will have a few more wonderful events, I'm sure, before Monday arrives!


Rae Ann said...

Hi Jenn!
I loved your post! It sure sounded like a fun, blessed weekend. I am so happy about your daughter. It goes to show... that we must never give up on our matter what!
The cake looks so good! I was wondering if you would mind sharing the recipe with me. I think that looks like something I am craving....I love coconut!
I too am blessed with a wonderful
spouse. He is my best friend and we love our Saturdays together. Yesterday was out thrift, run around day as well.

randi said...

Congrats on your new baking business! Too fun! :)

How nice that you got the serger going. Sure wish I had one of those. Someday maybe....:)

Lizziebeth said...

Girl you can't post photos like this without a recipe. Let me know when you make a cookbook. Loved looking through your blog.

Red Shoes for Rwanda said...

Okay...If I promise not to email your recipe to anyone, including the Hilton or whatever, can we get it?!?! YUM. I LOVE coconut. My wedding cake was coconut. Yet I hate coconut milk. Weird, huh? So happy about so many things for you in this post, that my heart is running over~ Look for your Mary Jane Farm subscription in the mail. It usually takes a month. Until then, check out the website, I adore it!!!! :) xxoo

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