Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cil & Lillian's Thanksgiving Treats

As promised, these are the Pumpkin Pies I made for Cil and John. The Porters are all coming to John and Cil's home for Thanksgiving. When I delivered their goodies, their home was absolutely in the Thanksgiving mode.
Thank You Cil and John! You are great friends!

My sweet friend Lillian Stewart asked me to make her a Pecan Pie for her to have for Thanksgiving. Lillian's children are going to be in from College and from Nashville. Amanda and Erik are her life! Lillian is a wonderful friend!
Happy Thanksgiving!

The Smells of Thanksgiving

Candy Woodlee asked me to make her a Coconut Cake just for Thanksgiving. When I delivered it to her today, she said, "I will have to hide it because it will be eaten before Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow." She also said, "It's too pretty to eat!"
Thank You Candy for your sweet comments. I try to put my heart and soul into my work. It was once said that if you enjoy your job, you'll put everything into it. I really enjoy my catering. I don't consider it a job, it's a passion.

Cil Porter asked me to make her this beautiful Sundrop cake just for her husband John. I just love going to Cil and John's home. They have a beautiful home and the view on the lake is beautiful! Cil asked me to make her two Pumpkin Pie's as well. I will post them just as soon as they come out of the oven.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Rhonda's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Rhonda Ramsey is a wonderful friend. She asked me to make her a Strawberry Pretzel Salad for Thanksgiving. Rhonda is always helping me when I grocery shop. She has become a really great and awesome friend! My recipe was given to me by Judy Woodlee several years ago after a Christmas dinner at Central. I did take the pecans out in the crust because of food allergies with nuts.
Happy Thanksgiving To A Great Friend!

Thanksgiving Catch-Up

Melanie Brock and Debbie Jennings asked me to make them 4 dzn. cupcakes for Bunker & Wesley's Birthday party tomorrow. Bunker and Wesley said that they wanted "Ms. Joy's Cupcakes, They Are Heavenly!" Happy Birthday Boys! We Love You!
Kandice Patrick asked me to make her another dzn. of my awesome Banana Cupcakes with Honey & Cinnamon Buttercream Icing. She plans on taking them to her mother's house for Thanksgiving lunch. I bet they don't make it there. Jerry told me that he only got one out of the last dzn. I made for her.

I will add to this post as soon as I get them completed!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Above All Earthly Blessings....Above All Earthly Joys....I Give Thanks

Today as I was compiling my list and getting ready for Thanksgiving, I stopped and started thinking about what Coy said Sunday morning about what we are blessed with. I want to share with everyone what I am blessed with.
My Blessings and What I am Thankful For:
God, because he loved us so much. The unconditional AGAPE Love, giving his son Jesus to die a cruel death on Calvary.
Jesus, his example, him starting the church, and giving his life for us to have eternal life.
For God sparing Dillon when he almost died just a few months ago and for healing his broken hip when he was in the accident at school and the doctors didn't think he would ever walk again, and I am thankful for Dr. Christofersen for his knowledge in medicine to put Dillon back together.
For God putting his hand on John Ryan when he was in the direct path of the tornado and letting him be spared when the barn was devastated and him in it.
For God being between the tornado and my children in Centertown Elementary School.
For God keeping his hand on me and John when we should have died that terrible day.
For God giving me the strength to move every day after my injury 5 weeks later. Even though it left me handicap and some what disabled, he gives me enough strength to function each day.
For God creating Dr. Rosen, the person who can help me walk without pain again. I am also thankful for my PT Rudie who has been there helping me when I struggle at therapy and cheering me through every painful exercise.
For my daughter Katie, who through all of my pain keeps telling me that God will make it go away.
For my husband, for just being him!
For my Mother...the most wonderful Christian example ever!
For my church family @ Westwood church of Christ....I love you!
My dedicated customers....who I absolutely am thankful for...I have truely enjoyed each and every thing I have made for you!
I know that there are more things that I could list, but....I pray for everyone to have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2008

39th Annual Region's Craft Fair

I just wanted to share a few pictures of the Craft Fair that is going on this weekend at the Civic Center here in McMinnville. I have had more compliments on my booth! Thank You all of my friends who stopped by and bought goodies from me, who placed all of the many, many orders, and the overwhelming response in my booth. I am almost sold out and it's only the first day! My friend Jane Ann Pryor is the Chairman of the Craft Fair this year. Thank You Jane Ann for all of the compliments about my booth and the presentation that I worked so hard on! Your kind words made my day!
I made Red Velvet Cakes from my Aunt Christine's recipe, Sundrop Cake from my MIL's recipe and have sold almost all of them out! I am taking orders for Thanksgiving, items to be ready for pickup for all who didn't get there early today.

My Coconut Cakes are the talk of the Craft Fair. My Aunt Christine made these when I was little and it brings back such wonderful memories of her!

Pumpkin, Pecan, and Fudge Pies are displayed at my booth as well. Fresh, never frozen....orders for Thanksgiving can be made by calling me or shooting me an e-mail!
Any flavor of pie, cake, cookie, or treat can be made!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Regions Annual Craft Fair This Weekend!

I had almost forgotten to remind everyone that I will have a booth again this year at the Regions Craft Fair this Friday & Saturday (Nov. 21st & 22nd) @ the McMinnville Civic Center.
I am going to be on the Main Floor this year in booths #56 & 57. Come by and check out all of the goodies I will have.
You can also place orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas there too!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Kandice's Cupcakes

Kandice Patrick asked me to fix her some goodies for her and drop them off by her store at the 3 Star Mall. She had sent me an e-mail asking me to make her some Homemade Banana Cupcakes with Honey & Cinnamon Buttercream Icing. I had never made them before, but it didn't take me but just a second to let the wheels turn in my head about a recipe. I whipped up a recipe this morning and it is dynamite! Kandice had never eaten Homemade Chicken Salad and wanted to try some of my Chicken Salad on Croissants. I hope you enjoy them! Thank You Kandice!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Playing Catch Up

My sweet friends Kathy Collier and Cil Porter are hosting a Baby Shower for Kaitlyn Darnaby today. Kathy had called me a couple of weeks ago asking me to fix some goodies for the shower. She requested my Classic White Cake just for a sweet baby girl. I couldn't resist making these darling eatable baby booties. She had also requested for me to make some of my wonderful Cream Cheese Mints. Keeping with the theme, I made baby booties as well. Of course, she wanted some of my Chicken Salad on Cocktail Croissants. They are just the perfect size for this occasion.
My sweet friend Michelle Prater asked me a few days ago to make her son Logan a cake celebrating his 4th Birthday. She loved my Strawberry cake I made her SIL April last week. She said I could do any theme that I wanted....I just love this Birthday Champ Pin. This is something that he can enjoy at his party and keep forever.
Happy Birthday Logan!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Playing Weekend Catch Up

Tara Collins called me and asked me to make some goodies for her daughter's birthday which is today. She wanted my Classic White Cake with White Buttercream Icing, Pink and Hot Pink Dots and Lime Green Ribbon. She wanted a beautiful "Blinging C" on top. I really think that it turned out beautiful! She also wanted a smaller version for her daughter to have for herself.
Tara also wanted some cupcakes and cookies with the same theme. I was up early this morning baking the cakes and cookies fresh for her to pick up by 10 a.m. My children love it when they wake up to the smells of my kitchen on their days off from school. They always tell me that it smells like Gatlinburg in our house.
April Kinslow asked me to make this darling Wow Wow Wubbzy cake for her daughter Kaylee's birthday. She asked for me to make it with my Strawberry cake recipe. I had never heard of a Wow Wow Wubbzy, but it didn't take me long to find it on I decided to hand draw him on the cake. He turned out quite cute! April is very sweet and I really appreciate our friendship!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Neyland Stadium Double Take!

Neyland Stadium Double Take
Laura Carter called me a few days ago and told me that her son was having his birthday today and she wanted a Neyland Stadium cake for him. Then later on that day....I got an e-mail from my friends Regina Woodlee and Linda Blair wanting me to make one of my "beautiful" cakes for the Auction at Centertown Elementary's Fall Festival tonight. So....while I was making one, I decided to make one for the Auction.
With Homecoming tomorrow at Knoxville and with our friend Phil Fulmer's retirement....what a better way to celebrate!
We are saddened to hear that Phil will be leaving UT as their football coach. My husband works with Phil's brother Glenn and the Fulmer's are an AWESOME family! My children were very blessed by meeting all of the Fulmer's and John Ryan made good to Phil when he told him that he would be coming to school there.
Everyone come to the Fall Festival TONIGHT at the new school!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Kandice Patrick called me and asked me to make her some Old Fashioned Potato Candy. This is my favorite Homemade candy with Martha Washington coming in second. I hope you enjoy this and hope you get to feeling better soon!
I made two of these just out of the oven Fudge Pies.

The first one I delivered to High's Funeral Home for the McGiboney Family. Joyce Britton is a dear friend of mine and her sister-in-law Mary Jane McGiboney is a regular customer. Mary Jane lives out of state and will ask me to make things for her family members. Mr. McGiboney passed away Monday night. I hope that you know that we are praying for you!

The second one I have made for Dean Gay. Dean is my cousin and she was attacked a couple of days ago by a pack of dogs. Dean got to come home this morning from the hospital and I thought she might need a little something to help her feel better! Katie and Elana, her granddaughter are "Special Friends and Cousins". We are praying for Dean and hope she is feeling better soon!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Cinderella Story

I wanted to share with you these beautiful cakes. I have been meaning to get edited and posted and have been unable to get the time to get them edited. I loved her idea for a "Cinderella Wedding". Each layer was a different flavor. The layers were: French Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Carrot, and the Anniversary Layer was French Vanilla and Chocolate. She also wanted Almond Flavored Buttercream Icing.
When you're a Tennessee Volunteer Fan, you gotta have one of my favorite cakes! This Neyland Stadium cake was Rachel's favorite! She asked me to fix this just for her!