The Fabric Maverick: May 2008 Archives
June is traditionally considered the month for weddings. I do not why, most brides want June weddings. A great deal of planning goes into a wedding. This is why I prefer to attend weddings and not plan them. Hopefully if you are planning a wedding your bride has not turned into "Bridezilla"! Just for fun, I looked around the internet to find some websites which might be helpful to the already stressed planner. This is a wonderful website- SuperWeddings.com. This website has everything to help plan a wedding from wedding tips to honeymoon planning. There is even a free wedding planning newsletter. You know how the Fabric Maverick loves the word free. There are craft ideas such as creating a twinkle tent. There is a wedding for every budget. Did you know that pink and brown are hot colors for weddings now! This is another great website - Wedding crafts. This website will show you how to make a wedding invitation, a veil, bouquets, cakes and more! Here is a project for tulle pew accents from their webpage!
Last but never least- Martha Stewart . She is the Queen of making something simple look elegant. Only Martha could make sugar cookies look like a wedding cake! She baked sugar cookies cut in different sizes and glued them together with royal icing to resemble a wedding cake. She placed then in a see-through box, attaching a gift tag with ribbon. Looks elegant doesn't it! We don't do cookies, but we do have a way with fabric. Check our bridal fabric section!
Graduation time is upon us. Our children will soon be graduating from high schools and colleges everywhere. This means something different to each of us. It is fearful yet exciting to see our children spread their wings. After years of not knowing what we were talking about, we have suddenly become intelligent again. If you are one of the lucky ones, your child will already have found a job. This is rejoicing on several levels. There will be newfound money. No more will you have to pay for health insurance and auto insurance! They will be paying for their own food and apartment. You will once more have money! Maybe you can still go to Italy someday!
Now come the real challenges of everyday living! Along with all the book learning, I hope that they have picked up some basic living skills. You are thinking "What am I talking about?" This is what I am talking about:
1. Can they balance a check book?
2. Can they create a budget and stick to it?
3. Can they cook?
4. Do they know about nutrition?
5. Can they sew on a button?
I am sure there are several things that you can add to the list. I have long thought about writing a book called "The You Cannot Eat at McDonald's Forever" cookbook. It would list what you should keep in the pantry at all times with basic cheap 30 minute recipes.
Every person should have basic sewing skills. If they have to take their clothes to be altered, they will soon find how expensive it can be. Consider giving them a basic sewing book with an inexpensive sewing machine. Then teach them how to use it. This is a skill that will last them a lifetime! Hopefully they will enjoy the process and advance to the next level. Even if they do not, they will know how to sew on a button and hem a pair of pants or skirt.
Good Luck to you all! May life treat you well!
Chef Bubba is a lover of all women. He loves women from 2 years and up. Miz Ona, his mother, raised him to appreciate women and everything they do for the family and world around them. Now Chef Bubba is the first to admit that his menus tend to be for the hearty male appetite, so he is breaking his rule of using only his own recipes to offer this delightful breakfast menu for Mother's Day.
PreparationSpread softened butter on one side of each bread slice. Arrange 12 bread slices, buttered side down, slightly overlapping in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread marmalade evenly over bread; top with remaining 12 bread slices, buttered side up.
Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through eggs), stirring with a whisk. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Sprinkle casserole with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
12 servings (serving size: 1 piece)
CALORIES 293(28% from fat); FAT 9g (sat 3.2g,mono 2.2g,poly 2.3g); PROTEIN 9.1g; CHOLESTEROL 116mg; CALCIUM 132mg; SODIUM 315mg; FIBER 1.6g; IRON 2.2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 46.4g
Love from Chef Bubba.
I have been reflecting on what to say about Mothers for several weeks. One thing that people seem to forget is that babies do not come with instruction books. When they cry, you need to figure out whether they are hungry, need a diaper changed, ill or just cranky. There is no training to be a mother. I think the reason it takes 9 months to have a baby is for us to adjust to the fact that we are giving up our own identities to someone who will spit on us, cry all the time, and wake up in the middle of the night. Any time we had for ourselves is a fond memory. I will not even say what happens to our bodies! Everything I am saying applies equally to biological mothers and adoptive mothers. This is the time when a young woman really grows up and becomes a responsible adult. To me, mothers are the glue that holds families together. When I had my daughter, my husband was my rock. He supported me when I was too tired to think straight. I give a special salute to the single parent who has had to be mother and father to her children. Mothers are frequently taken for granted. Surprise! The reason is that we will always be there to help in any way we can. We help with homework even if it means we have to learn new math, we are chauffeurs, make the house a home, set schedules, grocery shop and , in many cases, work outside the home. Our main job is to teach our children to be individuals and responsible adults. This means they will leave us someday to start their own lives. Many times this is thankless work. At times they will say they hate us. My best response to that was that I did not like them very much at the moment, but I still loved them. Our job is to love them which will break our heart when they leave that final time. We are no longer on the center stage but have moved backstage in their lives. I have now regained my identity, but I sometimes miss those after school conversations about the trials and triumphs of my daughter’s day. I recently read an article about the dos and don’ts of celebrating Mother’s Day. I agreed with some and disagreed with others. I decided to come up with my own list. First of all let me say I do not think gift certificates are impersonal. I do think they are practical when you do not know sizes or specific tastes.
!. Do not take your mother out to eat on Mother’s Day. I know this will upset the restaurants of the world. This is actually the busiest day of the year for restaurants. This means that you will have to wait for a table. Because there are so many people there, there will be no place for your elderly mother to sit. Tempers will be lost and no one will have any fun. I know that I would appreciate it if my daughter or son would prepare a meal for me in their home. They do not need to be a good cook. I would just enjoy the time spent together as a family.
2. Do not buy your mother a home cleaning gadget, unless she specifically requests one.
3. Do base your present on your mother’s personality. If she likes movies, buy her a gift certificate for the movies. If she is unable to go to movies, buy her DVD’s that she would like to see. What mother does not like chick flicks? Create a selection of Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, Under the Tuscan Sun and Atonement. She can laugh and cry at the same time.
4. Do not go with a generic present such as a box of chocolate from the drugstore or a bouquet of roses. If she is a chocoholic, go the extra step and buy her the best in chocolate such as Godiva. At the very least, give a gift certificate so she may select her own.
5. Do tell your mother that you love and appreciate the things she has done for you. I know one lady who gave her mother a jar with a pretty ribbon. Inside the jar, she had slips of papers with memories of moments from her childhood and thought of appreciation for moments when her mother was there for her.
6. Do help your mother around her house if there is something to be fixed that she can no longer do for her self. It may be something as simple changing a light bulb if she is uncomfortable about standing on a ladder.
7. Do not call your Mother at the end of Mother’s Day or the day after to tell her Happy Mother’s Day. The only acceptable reason would be if you are overseas, in jail or a spy.
8. Do help your mother in the garden if she is a gardener. You can help weed or dig out the beds if she is longer able to do the hard work. It is also great way to spend time together.
9. Do give a gift certificate to Fabric.com if your mother loves fabric but you do not know what kind she likes.
10. Last but not least- Do remember your mother on Mother’s Day even if it is just a card or phone call. Remember Mom will always love you!
Check in on Friday. I believe Chef Bubba from the Redneck Cafe will have some Mother’s Day recipes for you.