Vintage Girl 901

Vintage Girl 901

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Caramel Theory

Thanksgiving is here, and we are going to Georgia. I'll be happy to see family, but it won't be the same. There is no home to go home to. I don't have a kitchen to cook in. Even though I cooked very little, I still liked to be able to if I wanted.

I'm fighting the dreaded malady of depression. It's a constant battle, but I can put on my happy face and no one will know. It's what I do best. 

My daughter, her husband and the baby are coming and we are staying in our pastor's and wife's home.  They offered. I'm not complaining.  It's just not home.  The kids are sad because this is their first Christmas since the sale of our home, their childhood home.  I wonder if they will ride by or if it will make them sadder. 

This time of year, I crave my mama's cooking and that includes chocolate pie, banana pudding, carrot cake, pound cake and German chocolate cake.  Yes, we all like something different and she accommodated.

I met a lady Saturday at the Holiday Bazaar who does a whole lot of baking. 

She had such a pretty presentation. Yelp, FREE and yuuuuumy!

The salted caramel was divine.  I didn't want to be like the ladies in the supermarket standing in line to sample the product.  

These young girls are making a living the smart way, though probably not the easiest.  At least we know that homemade will never go out of season. 

by Jessica Renaud
My theory is simple - The best way to create rich, creamy, flavorful caramels is by combining high quality, local, and organic ingredients. 

The Caramel Theory was created in the wee hours of the morning by owner Jessica. Always one to make things from scratch, caramel was no exception. Her holiday gifts of homemade caramel were so enjoyed by friends and family that Jessica decided to make them available to the public, and The Caramel Theory was born. 

Each recipe is thoughtfully created to bring out the natural flavors of each ingredient. The sugar is slowly caramelized until a rich, copper color has been achieved. Other local and organic ingredients are then added to create each unique flavor. The Caramel Theory caramels are corn syrup-free and made with no artificial flavors creating a clean, authentic caramel taste unlike the rest! 

When Jessica is not selling her caramel at local craft fairs and farmer's markets, she works full-time as a pediatric nurse. But she is never too far from the kitchen. 

Visit Jessica on line at

Are you baking this Thanksgiving?  Have a Happy one and enjoy your loved ones. 


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Holiday Bazaar

On Saturday, my daughter-in-law, Christina and I participated in a Holiday Bazaar here in Nashville. 

I represented Nerium.

I got about 10 contacts and a customer to try the product. Here's hoping. It's been hard to do business in a new place.

Christina's presentation for Norwex was truly amazing. Norwex sells cleaning products, cloths, towels, mops and mitts with no chemicals. Amazing what water and the right "rag," can do. 

I especially liked The Rustic Jar.

I like to paint jars, but sometimes I just want to buy a jar already painted. 

Although painting jars is not a new thing,

I don't know if I've ever seen a painted, pumpkin jar.
Have you?

Or an apple jar. 

This, I've seen and love!

The couple was just adorable. I asked if I could blog them:) They were all excited.  I said, "No, I'm not a big-time blogger, just love to share my loves." I must have looked professional or something.
Probably more "something."

I'll share some more this week as well as some things for you to pray with me about. 

Happy Thanksgiving Week.
Hope your week is full of blessings!


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cotton Fields Back Home

Growing up in rural Georgia, 
there were always cotton fields. 

We lived only a mile from town, 
but there was a large cotton field behind our house. 
We played in those fields, making a path
from our house to the neighbors.

Close to Thanksgiving, the cotton balls
were almost ready for pickin' and 
the field behind our house, 
looked as if it was covered in snow.

Mama said in her day that the cotton balls 
had to get rotten before pickin'.
She loved cotton-pickin'.
I prefer already-picked cotton.

Like what you see in the galvanized bucket. 

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic as the Holidays approach.
Missing my parents and home just a little bit.

Hope to touch base before Thanksgiving. 
If not, Happy Thanksgiving.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Slow Down!

We are house-hunting.
We are awaiting pre-approval. 
Realtors will not even show a house 
unless you have this in hand. 

Say a prayer, please. 

There has been few fall foliage this year. 

On my ride to look for houses I saw this.
It was truly a magnificent sight. 

Then I came upon this.

God often speaks to me in a word, 
a simple word.


On a back road to my daughter's, 
a road that is not supposed to be busy, but is!
I was rushing, huffing and puffing
and was on the edge of road-rage.

I felt God speak into my spirit, 
"Why are you hurrying?"

"You talking to me?"

"Why the rush?"


No Train Horn.

No warning???  No Train Horn???

"This is your warning, I said it first...slow."

When I hear the same message over and over on different days
written or spoken by different messengers, 
I get the idea that God is conveying the message. 

I often want to rush His will, rush His plan, 
yes, rush this house-business.

Like Sarah, I've often failed God just by trying to 
rush his plan.

I plunge ahead, creating my own event, 
my own Bible study group, 
my own business endeavor.

In an attempt to rush His will
I create my own miserable mess, 
I get ahead of Him and miss His plan.

Once again, I'm reminded to rest and not rush, 
slow down and not speed.