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Tis The Season

Tis the season when people are more friendly, kind, and caring.

Full of celebrations, Christmas programs, parades, and parties we tend to scurry from one event to the next. We’re trying to find the perfect gift or  we are  feeling badly because our dollars won’t stretch far enough to even buy gifts.

Pretty soon our stomachs are tied up in knots, and we have forgotten what the true meaning of Christmas is.

Concerns for those who need a little joy in their lives and not having the means to give is very disheartening.

Seeing little children who won’t have a gift under the tree makes us sad.

It makes them even sadder, because most children they do not understand, and can feel unloved.

So here’s to all who know what the true meaning of Christmas is.

Christ, who gave his life on the cross, whose birthday we are celebrating, gave us the biggest gift of all!

He gave Himself.

Now that is the best gift, of course. But we can give, too.

To all who open their hearts this year and give of themselves, here’s to you!

You foster parents who take in other people’s children, the ones who adopt unwanted children, you are a Christmas blessing.

To the workers and volunteers who help with the needy and the elderly, God bless you forever.

For the Child Advocate Services, thank you!

If we could all just take some time, go Christmas caroling at a nursing home, visit a Veteran or shut in, or volunteer at a soup kitchen (or such), what a difference we would make.

Now that is the true meaning of Christmas! IMHO

We should celebrate it 365 days a year, give a gift of your heart, compassion and love.

Merry Christmas, friends!

❤ ~evie

A Mother’s Love

paul and dot family 1960I wrote this several years ago, just before my mother passed away in 2007. Thought you might enjoy another glimpse in my gardens of life.

Sitting in the chair next to Mom, I watched and listened as she breathed softly. Her face is so thin now, not like when she was up and on her feet. Even after taking care of Dad for many years as he suffered with Parkinson’s disease, she remained healthy and active.

Mom was always going — to church; with family and friends; outside to work in her flowerbeds! God gave her life and she enjoyed a full one. Married for fifty-eight years, mother to eleven children, grandmother and great-grandmother to many more, she always had charity and showed hospitality to all. She taught us what love really is.

Tears stream down my face as I recall moments I’ve cherished with her, trying to focus on the joy of the life He gave us. It’s a hard task, because Mom hasn’t acknowledged my existence in over a month, and I choke back the tears, not feeling joy at all. I miss her laughter.

I remember the day my son Russell was born, she was there helping bring new life into this world. Her love shines throughout my life. When my daughter Mirandy arrived, nothing could keep her out of the newborn nursery, even the nurse on duty. She loved each grandchild and great-grandchild even before they were here!

When my daughter’s firstborn arrived, Mom was excited to make the trip, although a long one. We invited her sister, Nonie. Both were about eighty years old, neither got around easily. My friend Trish and I were ready, albeit a little nervous about their comfort. The journey would be worth it, just exhausting. After praying, we were on the way!

Grandma Dot was ready to meet Ashley and be with Mirandy. Across the Midwest we drove, laughing and playing road games while stuffed inside Mom’s little white car! At the motel after arriving at our destination, we giggled like school girls, playing with Ashley and her gifts! Four generations of females were blessed those days in that room we shared. Our love grew stronger for each other.

On the trip home, time at Precious Moments became another precious memory. Afterwards, a fast food picnic lunch at a city park, and we were on the way to see where Dad’s maternal grandparents were buried.

Mom misses her mother, too. She is ready to go Home! It’s hard to give her up, but I have wonderful memories. Soon she will be with her Heavenly Father.

I wipe my face with an unscented white tissue, the kind she has always used. I think of her life, plain and simple, a God-fearing woman. I cry because I miss her, even though she is next to me. I wish she would wake up, call my name — be aware of me.

On a side note, my sister and I look alike. Both Mom and Dad have called me Vicki most of my life!

I’m thinking, “Say hello! Fuss at me! Call me Vicki!”

I dry my tears. She’s awake.

Hope arises! She opens her eyes and says, “Vicki?” 

“It’s Evelyn, Mom!”

Entering The Christmas Zone!

It’s that time again!

Believe in the Spirit of Christmas Printable

Gearing up for Christmas!

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Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday have all passed without further ado! Now is the time to think about the reason for the season.

LOVE!

Brrr, baby it’s cold out there!  I need hot chocolate. (I love hot chocolate!)

Cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream

Cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a  quick  holiday idea for making gifts teachers, friends, etc. My kids love  this hot chocolate mix.  Adapted and tweaked from Grandma Dot’s recipe to…

Evie’s  Hot Chocolate Mix!

1 – 8  ounce jar cocoa powder

1 – 8 quart package  non fat dry milk (about 10 cups)

1 -16 ounce package sifted powdered sugar (about 3 -3/4 cups)

1 -10 ounce jar powdered non dairy creamer

Optional * pinch of cinnamon and whipped cream or marshmallows. I like to add a peppermint stick to my gifts!

My grandson, Justin doesn’t like cinnamon so I just add it to my cup!

~ In large bowl mix all ingredients except optional items. Store in airtight container. For one serving add about one fourth cup hot chocolate mix to one cup boiled water. Let cool before drinking!

Last year for teachers and friends, the grand kids and I did Rudolph Hot Chocolate Treats .

For over a year I have pinned these holiday ideas, and here’s the mother load! I thought maybe you would like to check out my Pinterest board full of Christmas ideas.

Many are do-it-yourself, easy decorations, crafts, and ornaments that will make your holiday brighter.

Enjoy and don’t forget to follow Evie’s Gardens here and on Facebook!

Thanks ~ Evie

Holiday’s Are Coming!

As a child I remember going to our grandparents’ home. My grandfather managed a dairy, his father owned Pippin’s dairy when he grew up.

Just a blast from the past I thought I would share!

My great grandparents on the Pippin/Sams Branches of our Family Tree.

Made me think back, then forward. Family memories rock. Period. No one has your family and your life time memories. They are tucked away somewhere in your mind,  just to jump back in there right at the holidays. I know, right?

I love to make memories with my grandchildren and my children!

Last year while at my daughter’s, I had a wonderful time with my grandchildren, Ashley and Cooper doing “random acts of  Christmas kindness“, which from now on, will be referred to as RACK.

From making cookies for the neighbors and the fire fighters to picking up trash in the neighbors yards, we did an act of kindness from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

It’s the beginning of the holiday season, and I am looking forward to some family and friends’ time!

Every year at this time when my Thanksgiving cactus blooms, I start thinking about the fun ahead.

Last year we had a blast making gingerbread houses with Brittnee and Kye, two more of my grands who were visiting from Oklahoma. The kids had fun, the left over Halloween candy is history, and we made some precious memories.

This year’s holiday season started off sad, with an unfortunate accident that took the life of my nephew. My sister in law’s sister passed away, and there is lots of sickness going around.

Our local VFW Post and our auxiliary make Thanksgiving dinner for our community who don’t have family, or can’t afford to make such a meal. We take donations to help cover the cost.

Mr. M and I usually contribute by pitching in where ever we can. It’s such a little thing to spend your time making peanut butter sandwiches for those in need. Then we feast on a meal that is blessed by many doing RACK. Oh, yeah!

Then Countdown to Christmas! Check out my Pinterest board for a fun, easy inexpensive Christmas craft to do with your kiddos for teachers’ gifts, or for party favors.

Hot chocolate, anyone?

The number of cakes in the jars for my troop and family Christmas gifts is increasing, if I can keep the man out of them! 😉 I am making extras to have for when company drops by! My favorite so far is the egg-less, milk-less chocolate cake!

Remember the reason.

Enjoy the season.

Give thanks.

And RACK on!

Cake In A Jar? Oh, Yeah!

For those of you who follow me, are kin to me, love me… (tee-hee), you know our Ladies Auxiliary is gearing up to send Christmas packages to our troops whom we have adopted.

You also know I have been making cakes, breads, and brownies in jars to send to our military for those care packages.

So yesterday I was thinking (yeah, I know, scary, huh?); wondering what I could do next, thinking back over all the yummy goodness I have baked and eaten in my lifetime.

I thought about the first time as a newly married (very young) wife when I invited my parents over to eat, making one of Dad’s favorite desserts, Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Hey, I can still remember – it hasn’t been that many years ago.

That got me to thinking, again… okay, stop laughing y’all.

How could I adapt that scrumptious dessert to a jar? Well, as you know, I had to try.

Just remember,  for those of you who are diabetic… don’t let your friends tempt you to eat the whole thing. (Christy Badgwell! 😉

That red and white checkered book where I found the recipe was my first cookbook…  a wedding gift from my Aunt Nadine, purchased with S and H green stamps.

The recipe has been a favorite in our home since then.

I renamed this, but  recipe is adapted from the BHG  (somewhere around 1970.)

 

Pineapple Upside Down – Right Side Up Yummies!

1 – 20 ounce can of chunk pineapple (I am sure crushed would work as well, I had chunk.)

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup Crisco or shortening

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

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Thoroughly grease (I use a pastry brush) bottoms and sides of 5 wide mouth pint size canning jars. Don’t grease the top inch!

Drain pineapple, reserve juice. Add water to remaining  juice to make one cup liquid.

Melt butter in the microwave. Add brown sugar and two tablespoons of the reserved pineapple juice.

Drop pineapple chunks making a layer in bottom of  jar.  Divide the melted butter – brown sugar mixture between your five jars.  Save enough to swirl some on top! (Maraschino cherries, optional.)

Meanwhile… cream together shortening and sugar until light. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.

In another large bowl, mix dry ingredients, stirring with a whisk, (or sift ) until mixed. Add alternately with reserved pineapple juice.

Fill jars approximately half full with batter.

Divide remaining pineapples, drop on top.

Swirl remaining brown sugar and butter sauce on top of batter in each jar.

Sprinkle flaked coconut on top.

Wipe the top part of the jar down with a damp paper towel to make sure nothing hampers the sealing process.

Bake  at 350 for approximately 40 minutes. Oven temperatures vary, check with toothpick. When toothpick comes out clean, cake is done.

At this point you probably should send the men out of the kitchen or there won’t be anything left.

Put seals and rings on, tighten. When you hear the ping… it’s sealed.

Oh, yeah, leave one be…  forget the seal and ring. You have to sample it! And then you can crash from the sugar rush!

Put in your pantry, or send a jar to one of our military people… they will love it!

For more information on sending packages to the troops check this out!

Happy eating! ~ Evie

Inspired Again!

Every day something inspires me to do better. Pinterest boards inspire me to do so much more… I love the hints, tips, and recipes!

Hot chocolate, anyone?

Last year while living and spending time with two of my favorite kids, we  looked on Pinterest to make Christmas presents for their teachers. We decided  to make our own Rudolphs!  After seeing  hot chocolate gifts, we started with a basic hot chocolate mix and did our thing.  This is the end result! We had fun making all them all.

You can use store-bought mix, or just comment and let me know, I will send you a link to the recipe that I have tweaked and used for years. It’s G’ma Dot’s!

Check it out… there are lots of inspiring links on my Pinterest boards. People inspire me to do crafty things around this homestead!

My friend and auxiliary sister turned eighteen recently. She inspires me!

Always amazes me to see a lady (Yes, you are a lady!) at this age, knowing what she wants from her life, and making to effort to do the best she can.

I get inspiration from those who supports our military at this young age and doing good for others,  when most are concentrating on the fun side of life.

The auxiliary I belong to… you inspire me, sisters!

Thank you for your service and your friendship!  I hope what we do helps someone along the way!

If you would be interested in joining the cause, check out www.ladiesauxvfw.org

Will you be my inspiration tomorrow? Looking forward to finding out.

My sister-in-law inspires me. Happy birthday, Evelyn Kay Thompson. Sharing her world tomorrow, maybe. 🙂

Have a fruit filled day! ~ Evie

What’s Blooming in Evie’s Gardens!

My children are the special flowers in my garden of life.

The first time I experienced seeing and inhaling this beautiful, fragrant rose I was five months pregnant with my daughter.

I immediately knew what I would name her.

Fast forward to today! I always have called her my rose and she has blossomed into a beautiful flower!  She spends quality time with her children, holds down a demanding job, and still makes the effort to do for others.

Yesterday my daughter, Mirandy was awarded “Volunteer Of The Year” at her children’s school. Not only was she the President of the Home and School Association, she also, as many of you know… has just fought a battle with cancer and won.

This Momma is proud of her blossoms and  loves the pretty flowers growing in her gardens, too.

Here’s what’s happening in the gardens today!

Right now Evie’s Gardens is bursting with spring colors from the vibrant red of the Mirandy rose to the bright yellows of the water iris.

The geraniums fill their space with bright orange petals while lavender brings fragrance and a splash of color.

Irises of many colors bloom painting the gardens with beauty only God can offer!

I love finding unique ways to grow things. (And I recycle!) These are the insides of a couple of old stoves that do not meet safety requirements, although the plants don’t care. Sedum does well in bricks and the Dianthus adds a brilliant pop of color!

I prefer my farm TV to any show on the tube! Between pets, chickens, goldfish, and wildlife, it is quite entertaining!

Some of my favorite chicks!

It’s a chick flick starring Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, Fern, Fannie, and Flo!  These chicks are happy because I built them a chicken run today!

Strawberries, tomatoes, onions, cukes, squash, peppers, okra, lettuce, and sweet potatoes all grow happy with herbs inter-planted! Hope my Stevia does well. More on that later! Excuse the water hose, it’s a work in progress!

Don’t forget to mulch… it’s getting hot and dry time!

Follow us on Pinterest and join us on Facebook! Thanks for stopping by. Visit again, and watch our gardens grow! Have a blessed day!  Evie

Hi, It’s Just Me!

For those of you on Pinterest… just thought I would introduce myself and share a  few flowers in Evie’s Gardens! For those of you who read my blog… I  am back!

If you follow me on Pinterest, and wonder who I am and why I pin such diverse objects, let me introduce myself.  I’m Evelyn aka Evie. Passionate about life in general, I wear many hats. A gardener and crafter at heart, I incorporate both.

My yard and greenhouse are usually full of handmade, recycled, DIY objects. My many family members and my friends are the perks in my life. I enjoy making peanut butter sandwiches… aka… random acts of kindness.

I started this blog last year, then my computer crashed. My daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma and my husband was diagnosed with skin cancer. So… the blog was put on hold.

Unfortunately all of my Evie’s Gardens files were lost when my computer crashed. So I must start over. 😦

Computer is fixed. Life goes on. (Still haven’t retrieved all my files, but we are working on that.)

My news years resolution was to embrace the life God has given me, to live it, love it, and laugh and enjoy it and definitely be thankful for it!

No worrying about what ifs, no dwelling on why I didn’t. To do what I am led, no questions asked!

This is  my granddaughter Ashley. I have challenged her to eat healthier.

We’re working on this! Click on the picture and see what Doctor Oz says about healthy foods!

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We are making healthy choices this year!

When cancer strikes your family you question your mortality. We have a challenge to eat healthier! We are doing this daily in the choices we make!

Oh, to have the energy this little guy has!

Let's get healthy!

If my grandson Cooper can hoola hoop, I can, too!

My daughter Mirandy received the results for her pet scan. Halfway through chemo, the cancer has shrunk in half! Yeah, I’m praising the Lord!

Team Mandy

 This is my daughter Mirandy (front row – center), her family, my son and his family, and me!

This guy on the right is my husband. At this time I am staying with my daughter in IL while he remains at home in OK.

We are just a small part of Team Mandy. There are so many who support her through this battle in her life. We had t-shirts made as a gesture to show her we care, and they are proudly worn in Illinois, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas! Go Team Mandy!

Even though we are having some bumps in the road, life is not going to get us down! We are fighting like a hoot! (Mirandy, aka, Mandy’s nickname)

I Pinned This!

I tried out the aluminum foil ball for the dryer that is supposed to get rid of static electricity. It didn’t. If anyone else tried it and it worked, tell me what you did right and what I didn’t!

If you would like to follow me as I go through my life in Evie’s Gardens… jump on board.

I’m you will find something that interest you, whether it is gardening, spiritual, crafts, food, DIY, kids fun, or just some good humorous fun! Please get involved!

Glad you dropped by.

Today I just wanted to introduce myself.

Hope your day is blessed beyond belief! ~Evie

In remembrance of  MLK… “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”~Martin Luther King

Life Is What It Is!

It’s been a while since I have written on this blog… lots of things have happened since the last time I wrote. First of all, my computer crashed and I had only my phone to communicate with on the internet. I am back now, though!

Another thing that has happened… my daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma, so I have made the trip from Oklahoma to Illinois to help her through her chemo and help with my grandchildren.

Staying in the city is a change from living in the country!  The city noises are strange compared to the quietness of our rural home, and it’s not easy sleeping with the different noises.

Ashley, Cooper, and I put up the Christmas tree last week, and together we decorated it. We also have crafted some nice decorations, too.

My daughter Mirandy and I thought it would be a wonderful thing if we did Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK) this holiday season with Ashley (9)  and Cooper (4), to give them something positive to think about. We wrote twenty-four kindnesses on a sheet of paper, one for every day until Christmas.

Ashley rewrote them on gift size cards I had previously cut from construction paper. She decorated the fronts of the cards with stencils and colored pens, enjoying every minute of it!

When we awake in the mornings, we take turns drawing out of the big holiday bowl, which holds the cards for our kindness of the day! RACK has been a big conversational topic in this house, and my grand children are feeling good about doing these little things for others.

I didn’t realize just how much Cooper thought about these acts until Saturday evening while he and Ashley were in the bedroom watching a movie. Paul, Mandy, and I were in the living room getting ready to watch bedlam, (OSU vs OU).

All of a sudden Cooper comes running into the living room crying, “Grandma, Ashley is in here doing random acts of meanness!”

I nearly fell to the floor laughing! Well, he’s been told to use his words! 🙂

Have a great day, God bless you, and don’t forget RACK!

Catch you later, Evie! ❤

It’s Another Day In This Life!

Spellbound... just one of God's artworks! My friend gave me this rosebush in memory of my mother!

What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see, when He takes me by the hand and leads me to the promised land.

Listening to the news, earthquakes in diverse places, hurricanes, war, homosexual marriages, makes me think really hard about my teaching of my youth! I heard about Sodom and Gomorrah , and what God put upon those places. All the teachings I learned makes me so sad for those who haven’t heard the Word of God.

It is so sad that we, as a society take things for granted; the norm, just the way it is.

Well, it isn’t supposed to be that way! I realize what I am writing may make some think I am crazy… but God is the author and finisher of our faith. His word is the truth, and people, we really should take heed and understand that this isn’t a joke passed around Facebook. It is why we are here, the journey we have traveled, the life we have lived.

Where would you be, if He wasn’t here with you? Where would you go, if you didn’t know the Lord? Where would you be? And where are you going when you are through with this life?

For real, where would we be… if we didn’t have the faith to go on day by day? And if we didn’t have a higher power to draw from?

I may lose some friends over this post, but here’s the thing. I would rather have my Jesus and the kingdom of God, than lose a friend who is not a believer.

Every day we are one day closer to the coming of the Lord. Are you ready? I hope I am, and I pray I am worthy of the kingdom of Heaven, even if it is a little travel trailer tucked in the corner of someone else’s estate.

Do you know my Jesus? If not, message me, I will introduce you… it’s who I am, what I am, and where I hope to dwell someday, with Him!

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