Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Another Holiday Favorite

Grandma Freed's Butterball Cookies

  • 2 sticks butter, room temp
  • 1 TBS real vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup powdered sugar (confectioners), sifted
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 cups chopped pecans 


Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease cookie sheets.

Cream the butter and add the vanilla.

Gradually add the flour and the sugar.

Add the pecans and blend into dough gently.

Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, watching closely.

Finish by dusting the cookies with powdered sugar, using a sifter.

Makes 4 dozen "melt in your mouth" cookies.

A Totally Fab Favorite From My Childhood!


Monday, December 21, 2009

A Most Gracious Lady

I made a phone call, this morning to Little House Needleworks, because I wanted to ask a question. I dialed, never expecting that the voice on the other end of the phone would be Diane Williams, herself, and that she would be willing to not only answer my question, but to also share in fellowship about her wonderful design company.

I called, Diane, because I wanted to know if I could publish a copy of a chart that I own, for the ladies whose names are not chosen in my Giveaway, a consolation prize, if you will.

Knowing little about copyrights I decided to ask a very good friend, who knows such things. She advised me to talk directly to the designer, as this was a very sticky area, the infringements upon copyrights and the act of piracy on the internet.

We chatted and I just gushed, rather embarrassingly about how much I love everything Little House Needleworks, as well as her daughter's Country Cottage Needleworks, and she listened and made me feel like her biggest fan, instead of the rather idiotic housewife that I am.

After we hung up the phone, I began to think about all the things that Diane shared with me, just what happens when someone decides to use a designer's pattern and the domino effect that ensues. The reality is that many small designers and LNS's are forced to close their doors because they cannot keep up with the loss of needed income to stay afloat. I realized that, though we all like to be able to get something for nothing, and it's nice to be able to hit the download button and have a new WIP to share, but at whose expense, and to what end. Let's be honest, the average cross stitch chart is not that much to purchase, most less than $10, and the greatest bargain is Diane's many choices in chart packs that allow you to purchase both the pattern and the Crescent Colours floss.

I can say that I have never used a chart that I didn't purchase, as I know my readers have not either, it does occur, more than we know.

So, it is with this in mind that I am standing with Diane and all those that have taken a stand with her, and I am saying "No" to copyright infringement. I have posted the badge on my side bar, and I will "wear" it proudly (yes, I have been given permission to use it).

Thanks, Diane, for such a lovely chat, and a wonderful view of what is right. You are a very gracious lady.

I still have not thought of an idea for the consolation prizes, but I know it will be wonderful and best of all it will not take anything away from the women who we rely on to keep us in stitches.


A Stitcher's Tale Of Whoa Nelly!

I realized something this past weekend while I was straightening out and organizing my STASH, I've got a problem!

So I decided to make a few New Year's resolutions, which I wanted to share with you, dear friend, but I thought I would do it in a fun way, using our stitching acronyms....at this wonderful link... Debi's Cross Stitch/acronyms.

So, here goes:

I decided to clean out our spare bedroom, which is basically a "catch all" for anything and everything that doesn't have a designated spot in our house. This, of course, included most of my STASH. I keep my floss organized in bins, which stay safe in a chest in the living room, but the rest of my STASH I keep in the spare room, tidy but unorganized.

I decided that I would first organize everything into areas on the floor, canvas, tools, and the like. I began with my WIPs and WISPs, and then moved on to my UFO's, which looked at me with sadness and accusation (not really, it just felt that way) and the guilt set in, as I asked myself "Why didn't I finish them?" It just seems so much easier to start a new WIP than to continue on with a WISP that isn't cooperating (you know the type). I moved on to the rest of my STASH, and "Whoa Nelly!" I realized that I have been overdoing the S.E.X. and it is time to stop, as there is no need to buy so much, and hang onto STASH instead of using it. You see, I don't have an LNS, so I am forced to buy my needed supplies online, and in doing so I always have this fear of running out of a needed item in the middle of a project, so I tend to buy two when I really only need one, and then I hang onto it, afraid to use it up. Not a big deal when you are buying floss, but not a good idea when it's other things such as canvas. This is how a self-respecting lady on a budget will easily become an out of control S.E.X. addict.

So, as I worked diligently through the day, it became very obvious to me that I have been a PRUDE, and it was high time to implement a StRIP, or else I would end up a lonely old lady with no room for anything but her SABLE. I decided to join a few more SAL's and begin another WIP, and made a promise to myself that from this point on, even if my canvas becomes uncooperative, I will not stop until I finish, even if FROGGING occurs more than stitching and my mantra becomes "rip it-rip it," and even when my ORT cup overflows, and even if I have to make a WIP into a WISP, I will finish what I start and use up what I have. No more UFO's in this girl's life, nor being a PRUDE who refuses to StRIP, and the S.E.X. stops here.

With this in mind I am now ON THE WAGON and doing my own version of the HD!

Sorry my online LNS owners, but for now, I bid you "adieu."


Sunday, December 20, 2009


I received this amazing chart from Calico Prairie, for my birthday, and I am so thrilled to be starting it.

It's Little House Needleworks "Home of a Needleworker."

I am stitching it on Monaco Antique White, using the charted Crescent Colours floss.

Yes, that is a "Domo" slurpee cup, it is my wonderful ORT bucket :)


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Did Someone Say "MOO?"

This is the MOOver, a free public transportation vehicle that runs up and down the main route in West Dover, VT.

You will read posts that refer to "Up Yonder" and that is where we go every weekend from Thanksgiving to Easter, as the Teakettle boys (including Pa) are avid snowboarders. It is a 3 hour drive from our home in Southern CT to our house in Southern VT, but oh so worth it.

This picture is where the Moo lets the guys off at the end of our street, then it is a short walk up a small hill to our driveway. The mountain that they spend their days playing on is about a mile up the road, so they ride the MOOver back and forth between the mountain and home, and I can take it into town as it stops at the library, supermarket and other public places.

You can see the foot and a half of snow that we have had so far up there.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Up Yonder Snow

We got 5 inches of snow today, on top of the already foot and a half that came down this past week. The guys took the 'Moo" home from the mountain so Ma didn't have to go pick them up in the downfall. Oh, how I love public transportation and not having to leave the up yonder house before the plows are out!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ma's Snickerdoodles

Tis the season for the perfect Cookie Exchange treat and these little beauties are it!

These cookies are a Teakettle Clan favorite, in fact no sooner do they come out of the oven, then they are gone!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.

Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

3 dozen cookies.



Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ma's Giveaway


I am finally announcing....My Giveaway!

As you can see I have a lot of really cool treats to give to a lucky winner!

There are a few simple tasks that I ask of anyone who wants to enter for a chance to win the whole "Kit and Kaboodle."

  • Please leave a comment on this post only, letting me know that you want to be entered in the giveaway, as well as your email address so that I can contact the winner, you do not need to have a blog to enter, but I must be able to notify the winner.
  • You must become a Follower of my Blog to enter, so if you are not already a follower please do so.
  • Please post a link to my giveaway on your blog, so that anyone who wants to join in can.
  • International blog friends are welcome and included.

I will draw the winner's name the old fashioned way, and with full honesty.

I am going to run my giveaway through the end of the year. I will chose the winner on New Years Eve, and will announce the winner on New Year's Day. So, check back for a nice surprise for one lucky winner to start the new year.

Good luck everyone!

The items included are as follows:

Patterns: Prairie Schooler #115 "Pins and Needles", Little House Needleworks "Proverbs: Wisdom" and "Herb Garden", Cheryl Wood Designs "Witch Shoes", and Izzie Kate "First Christmas."

Tools: Decorative Laying Tool, 2 pretty Scissor Fobs, Rainbow Scissors, and A Stitchers Journal from Blackbird Designs.

Floss: Crescent Colours: Candied Yams, Clay Pot, Cocoa Bean, River Rocks and Root Beer Float; TGA Sampler Colors: Dried Thyme, Evergreen, Forest Glade, Peacock, Poppy, Raspberry Parfait; TGA Shaker Colors: Shaker White, Tin Bucket, Tomato, and Toffee; Weeks Dye Works: Bethlehem, Butter Bean, Brick, Cornbread, and Taupe; Rainbow Gallery Panache: PN05; and Rainbow Gallery Treasure Braid: PB60.

Linen: Lakeside Linens 28 ct Antique White 13X18, Lakeside Linens 28 ct Vintage Pearled Barley 18X27, Stitches and Spice 36 ct Edinburg Barrier Reef 20X28. (All measurements are in inches.)

I will pay all shipping costs.

These are all new items, never used and my home is smoke free.

Ma Teakettle

Tuesday, December 1, 2009