Just the beginning!

Apronsandappetites came to fruition after years of saving recipes out of magazines.  It was first going to be called Magazine Menus.  I had big plans of inviting different friends over to sample all the different dishes (on my beautiful new white plates) (that I have yet to buy).  Sort of a small-town Julie/Julia:  Mommas/Magazines with iced tea.  But that just didn’t really encompass exactly what I wanted from a personal blog.  I wanted more than trying all the recipes.  I wanted… well, life.

For about ten years now my life has been in a sort of hiatus.  Lots of stuff that can wait for another time to tell.  I feel like a butterfly in a cocoon breaking out into light.  And I want to do everything!  My appetite is waaaaay bigger than just a meal made from magazine recipes.  Wala!!!  The Appetites.

What goes better with big appetites than a great apron?  I love aprons.  I love the stories behind aprons.  I love the way they feel, the way they look, their secrets.  They’re like a good book, one you stay up all night to read or loathe to have to put down till another day.  I want to share some of those great aprons and apron stories with you, and I want you to share yours with me.  Aprons aren’t just for keeping clothes protected… they’re all about personalities, life situations, and love.

My name is Brenda, and I have to tell you right up front:  I’m a little different.  Ellen Degeneres had a hilarious phone call from a little woman who said, “I love Jesus, but I still drink a little whiskey every now and then.”  Or words to that effect.  So if you love Jesus (I do) and you’re not afraid to be in touch with the earthy you (or offended by the earthy me) then please join me… and enjoy my journey.

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40 thoughts on “Just the beginning!

  1. I’m so down for your journey. You lead and I will follow…anywhere! Sorry I don’t have an apron with a story…but oh the appetites…

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  2. I can’t wait to read more!! All this talk about aprons makes me think of my Granny…she ALWAYS wears an apron. Love you Brenda, you are such an inspiration to me!!

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  3. Looks interesting. Believe I will follow the blog. I love to eat, cook, and I have two aprons. Both are suspect. Anything you write should be well worth the read. Did I mention that I have an appetite? You already know that though.

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  4. This is so exciting! Totally buckling up for this journey because I know you so well! haha Looking forward to your posts. Is this one of the things you were referring to in your Christmas/New Year card?

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  5. Congratulations for the plunge! Now instead of the few of us that know you have so much to give out – many, many will know. I feel like I should buy you a gift for the start of something new, something refreshing! Yeah…a gift would be nice.

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  6. B, you have always been an inspiration to me. I, like the others, am on board and I cannot wait for this ride! Go, Sally O’Malley, go!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Aunt B I always find myself talking about you, quoting you and wishing I had more time with you! Your spirit is one of a kind! I can’t tell you how much this blog already has me smiling! I’m telling everyone I know! Woohoo for apronsandappetites!

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  8. I am so excited for you Brenda!!! Looking forward to reading and following you..After Dad’s passing this will be a something to look forward to…You are such a delightful person, wish I had the pleasure of meeting you and growing up with you..Lots of love and hugs…Sandy

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  9. Well, maybe I can post now! I’m having a hard time (old woman that I am) getting on here! haha I think I took the wrong turn somewhere!
    Brenda, this is going to be so much fun!!!

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  10. Sandy said she would have liked to have grown up with you. She has no idea! hahaha
    We all had the best childhood ever didnt’ we? fun fun No matter what else has happened in our lives, we have those wonderful memories.

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  11. My Sister,

    I almost feel like you need to go on this journey without me, but I can’t let that happen. We will forever be joined in heart and spirit. You know I have an appetite…for life, for God, for family; I have Grandma Pauline’s apron and my own from the ranch; I have been writing too, but it is not ready for a blog just yet. Proud of you.

    Love,
    Paula

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  12. aprons and appetites…we have so much in common, it’s silly….just finished my second apron last Friday…the first I sent to my Brother in Vegas(he can cook his butt off), and the second is for our daughter….
    When Jesus is first, everything else falls into place!
    Have a blessed day!

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    • As soon as I hit your blog, I could feel your sweet spirit. I don’t make any aprons… yet. But I have inherited my mother-in-law’s sewing machine, and she was a fantastic seamstress. So I have confidence from her. I have found favor in God’s eye this beginning of the new year. He has blessed me… and I am grateful.

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  13. NONONO you have to start cooking! We want to hear about the recipes! So you have to cook! Speaking of white plates. I saw the perfect set of white stoneware at a
    discount store. It was the heavy stoneware with a floral like edge on it. And it was in almond white and had destressing. OH, I wanted it soooooo bad. But no where to store it! But now, I have my hall closet all cleaned out, ready to shelve , just for such purchases. Iw ill probably never see that stoneware again. 😦 I had my dishwasher removed and that area has two shelves with a scalloped trim and I keep cookies jars and baskets with snacks in there. I love it! David does the dishes. I cook. Love your blog!!! So much fun!!!

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    • Well, that makes me feel better, knowing you don’t have a dishwasher (can’t count David). Everybody is always ragging me about not having one. That’s only because they feel sorry for me and do the dishes. (I always take the dirty ones out of the oven to add to the pile when they’re not looking.) 🙂

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  14. Dirty dishes in the oven??!! You dog!!!
    Let’s talk spoiled cats! Our two outdoor cats have a house built esp. for them. It is carpeted on all the walls and floor. It has a lightbulb in it that keeps it right about 70* at all times, even when -15 outside! It has a dimmer on the back of the house to adjust the lightbulb and heat. They get for their 2 meals a day….wet food, dry food and treats all in their bowls. They have a heated pad in the garage if they desire to stay in there for the day. And we won’t even get into how spoiled Dandi is. Everyone knows that!!
    Now Brenda, you go get that heated pad and put it in that dog house and make a nice home for that little kitty outside. OR, better yet, bring the kitty inside to live with you!! 🙂

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  15. Brenda, Buff bought a new dishwasher. She wanted a quiet one because he kitchen and family room are one big room. So she spend some outrageous amount of money on it. BUT you can be standing BESIDE it and not hear it running!! Amazing!
    Worth every cent.

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  16. Hi Brenda! You are NOT going to believe this. I spent this past week cleaning out magazine recipes I have been collecting for over 20 years!! They really didn’t take up that much room but it was just time to let them go. Now, tell me why does a person have to have 12 different recipes for Lemon Pie, especially when they rarely cook? LOL
    Anyway, it’s ironic Kevin mentioned to me yesterday about your blog apronsandappetites! Imagine as I read “Apronsandappetites came to fruition after years of saving recipes out of magazines.” ROFL!
    I really enjoyed reading your blog and especially poignant was “Mom’s Last Gift.”

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