Monday, November 29, 2010

Recipe for Bell's Seasoning

If you have been unable to locate
Bell's Seasoning,

here is the recipe for making it yourself:







Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you all had a fun and blessed Thanksgiving!

We survived the usual boring dinner at the funeral home.
We had a few extra people this year which made life more interesting.

The Lord has truly blessed us this year.

I am still alive and able to walk some
even though my doctor says that I should be dead.

Ray has been laid off almost two years now.
We had health insurance through last month -
though at a very high rate.

We have had the time to plan for a new business
where we will be totally self employed.

I have had the opportunity to plan some new beadwork.

May the Good Lord bless you and your family!

Ruth Ann

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bananas Foster Crepe Filling

1 fresh banana, sliced

2 Tablespoons of salted butter
3 Tablespoons of dark brown sugar
A a splash of white or dark rum
Sweetened whipped Creme

Saute the first 3 ingredients until hot and bubbly. Add rum, spoon into a crepe and top with a banana slice and whipped cream.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Raspberry Dessert Recipe

1 stick margarine, softened

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Mix well. Press into a 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool.

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

8 ounces Cool Whip

Mix together and spread over cooled crust.


2 3-ounce packages raspberry jello

½ cup sugar


2 cups hot water.

When dissolved add

2 10-ounce packages frozen red raspberries

Stir until the mixture is somewhat thickened.

Pour over cream chesse mixture.

Cover and refrigerate until set.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Free Beaded American Flag Pattern

This is a free pattern for an American flag bracelet.
It is worked with 11/o delicas and be finished with a purchased or handmade clasp.

Ruth Ann

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Chickens and Roads

I want to live

in a world

where a chicken can

cross the road

without anybody

questioning its motives.

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Monday, May 24, 2010

Think Like a Queen

“Think like a Queen.

A queen is not afraid to fail.

Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

–Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Simplicity - da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

~Leonardo da Vinci

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Mission of Serving

"God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission -- I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in His -- if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another, as He could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve Him in my calling. Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him. My sickness, or perplexity, or my sorrow be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about; He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me-still He knows what He is about.”

~Venerable Henry Newman

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Gentle Gardener

The Gentle Gardener

I'd like to leave but daffodills to mark my little way,

To leave but tulips red and white behind me as I stray;

I'd like to pass away from earth and feel I'd left behind

But roses and forget-me-nots for all who come to find.

I'd like to sow the barren spots with all the flowers of earth,To leave a path where those who come should find but gentle mirth;

And when at last I'm called upon to join the heavenly throng

I'd like to feel along my way I'd left no sign of wrong.

And yet the cares are many and the hours of toil are few;

There is not time enough on earth for all I'd like to do;

But, having lived and having toiled, I'd like the world to find

Some little touch of beauty that my soul had left behind.

Edgar A Guest

Saturday, April 24, 2010


The Year's At The Spring

The year's at the spring
And the day's at the morn;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in His heaven-
All's right with the world!

Robert Browning

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Margaret Thatcher Quote

'Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it.'
~ Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gem Stone

Your gemstone is Garnet.

Each gemstone has a unique crystalline and chemical composition. For thousands of years, shamans, royalty and healers have used the properties of individual gemstones to bring about desired changes, heal the bodies and minds of people, and ask for blessings or improvements.

You have just completed a test that helped you discover a gemstone that can serve is your crystalline ally. Garnet is inline with who you are as a person and can bring you benefits to different aspects of your life.

Garnet helps bring order and organization to chaotic situations. Being attractive is a characteristic you value. To help you achieve that desired attractivenes, Garnet can be of assitance. Garnet also helps you attract more positive energy into your life. Garnet is a birthstone for the month of January, the month you were born.Garnet is also a stone that corresponds to your astrological sign, Aquarius.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Fun Ship Cocktail

Extra! Extra!
For Your Sipping Pleasure:

  • 1/2 oz. Amaretto
  • 3/4 oz. 151 Rum
  • 3/4 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Apricot Brandy
  • 4 oz. Fruit Punch (recipe below)
Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

  • 2 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix
  • .25 oz. Grenadine
  • .125 oz. Angostura Bitters

  • 4 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 4 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • dash Grenadine
  • dash Angostura Bitters
Blend and pour over ice

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

Our geese have returned!
I love to get up early and
hear them talking outside my office window!

Our ginseng has started to come up.
We planted seeds in the pots early in the year.

We planted seeds in the milk jugs and ice cream tubs a couple of weeks later.
We planted the tubers in the woods last fall.
I'm sure that they are coming up,
but we haven't found them yet.

Our plum trees haven't had plums in several years,
but the dwarf tree is lovely this year.
The sticks surrounding the plum tree
are dwarf blueberries.
the messy greenery at the base
is an assortment of mints and herbs that survived the winter.

Have a joyous spring!
Ruth Ann

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Legend of the Dogwood

The Legend of the Dogwood Tree

There is a legend, that at the time of Jesus Christ's Crucifixion the dogwood was the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus, nailed upon it, sensed this, and in his suffering said to it: Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross...two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember.

Ruth Ann

Friday, March 26, 2010

Morning Glory Cottage Jewelry Designs

Willie Zuniga
Morning Glory Designs
creates some of the most beautiful jewelry I have ever seen.

While my jewelry boxes overflow with
fine jewelry,
bridge jewelry,
pieces collected in foreign lands,
I prefer Willie's jewelry.

Just don't tell my husband!

Willie's jewelry is all handmade
using the best products.
All of her metalwork is specially coated
to give it a sturdier,
smoother feel.
Though I am allergic to most metals,
her ring, which I wear almost constantly
has never bothered my finger.

I own many pieces of Willie's jewelry
and want much more!

There aren't enough good things that I can say
about Willie's jewelry,
except that you must buy some for yourself.
I have purchased pieces to give to my friends,
but they are all still here.
I just can't bear to part with them.

Willi also donates a large portion of her sales
to buy supplies to teach cancer patients to bead.

Go forth and buy!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Buy American

You might want to pass this on. I buy 90% of our gasoline at ARCO..................but take a look at WALMART. WOW they do it right

Gas rationing in the 70's worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even have been good for us!
Are you aware that the Saudis are boycotting American products? In addition, they are gouging us on oil prices.
Shouldn't we return the favor? Can't we take control of our own destiny and let these giant oil importers know who REALLY generates their profits, their livings? How about leaving American Dollars in America and reduce the import/export deficit?
An appealing remedy might be to boycott their GAS. Every time you fill up your car you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia . Just purchase gas from companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis.
Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill up my tank, I'm sending my money to people who I get the impression want me, my family and my friends dead. The following gas companies import Middle Eastern oil:
Shell................................... 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco..................... 144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil........................ 130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway............. 117,740,000 barrels
Amoco................................. 62,231,000 barrels
And CITGO oil is imported from Venezuela by Dictator Hugo Chavez who hates America and openly avows our economic destruction! (We pay Chavez's regime nearly $10 Billion per year in oil revenues!)
The U.S. currently imports 5,517,000 barrels of crude oil per day from OPEC. If you do the math at $100 per barrel, that's over $550 million PER DAY ($200 BILLION per year!) handed over to OPEC, many of whose members are our confirmed enemies!!!!! It won't stop here - oil prices could go to $200 a barrel or higher if we keep buying their product.
Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:
Sunoco.........................0 barrels
Conoco.........................0 barrels
0ASinclair.....................0 barrels
BP / Phillips................. 0 barrels
Hess.............................0 barrels
ARC0............................0 barrels
Maverick.......................0 barrels
Flying J.........................0 barrels
Valero.........................0 barrels
Murphy Oil USA *.........0 barrels
*Sold at Wal-Mart , gas is from South Arkansas and fully USA owned and produced.
*Not only that but they give scholarships to all children in their town who finish high school and are legal US citizens..
All of this information is available from the U.S. Department of Energy and each company is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.

Thar Be Dragons!

While traveling in China Ray bought me a pearl bracelet with little gold beads. The clasp was a gold dragon biting its tail. Mr. Dragon had ruby eyes.

We had a break-in at our old house a couple of years ago, so now someone else owns my lovely bracelet. The clasps above are the closest I've found, but they're only sterling with no rubies.
Anyone know where to find a gold dragon?

Ruth Ann

Friday, March 5, 2010

Art Beads Muse Contest IV

The 'Use the Muse' kit 4 beads and treasures were mailed today. I expect to receive mine Thursday or Friday if the Post Office doesn't get it hung up somewhere along the way. I think my mail lady enjoys my beading magazines, because quite a few never arrive.

Except for County and State fairs, this is the first contest I have ever entered. I know there are far better beaders out there, but I'll try not to embarrass anyone. ;o)

If you should see a strange woman hanging onto her mail box, it will probably be me!

Ruth Ann

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Field Full of Robins

Our little skiff of snow is gone and the field is full of robins today.
The snow didn't last long, but is was exciting to those of us who rarely see snow.
Our Bradford pears were in full bud, but now are frozen nubbins.
The grass is starting to grow in spots.
Oh, lovely spring!
Work. Work. Work.

Have a great day!
Ruth Ann

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Craft Map

I'm on the
Craft Map
Look for me in
Dunlap, TN

Ruth Ann

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Love You!

How to say I Love You in 100 Languages

English - I love you
Afrikaans - Ek het jou lief
Albanian - Te dua
Arabic - Ana behibak (to male)
Arabic - Ana behibek (to female)
Armenian - Yes kez sirumem
Bambara - M'bi fe
Bengali - Ami tomake bhalobashi (pronounced: Amee toe-ma-kee bhalo-bashee)
Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu
Bisaya - Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bulgarian - Obicham te
Cambodian - Soro lahn nhee ah
Catalan - T'estimo
Cherokee - Tsi ge yu i
Cheyenne - Ne mohotatse
Chichewa - Ndimakukonda
Cantonese - Ngo oiy ney a
Mandarin - Wo ai ni
Comanche - U kamakutu nu
(pronounced oo----ka-ma-koo-too-----nu) -- Thx Tony
Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
Cree - Kisakihitin
Creol - Mi aime jou
Croatian - Volim te
Czech - Miluji te
Danish - Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch - Ik hou van jou
Elvish - Amin mela lle (from The Lord of The Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien)
Esperanto - Mi amas vin
Estonian - Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian - Afgreki'
Faroese - Eg elski teg
Farsi - Doset daram
Filipino - Mahal kita
Finnish - Mina rakastan sinua
French - Je t'aime, Je t'adore
Frisian - Ik hald fan dy
Gaelic - Ta gra agam ort
Georgian - Mikvarhar
German - Ich liebe dich
Greek - S'agapo
Gujarati - Hoo thunay prem karoo choo
Hiligaynon - Palangga ko ikaw
Hawaiian - Aloha Au Ia`oe
To female - "ani ohev otach" (said by male) "ohevet Otach" (said by female)
To male - "ani ohev otcha" (said by male) "Ohevet ot'cha" (said by female)
Hiligaynon - Guina higugma ko ikaw
Hindi - Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
Hmong - Kuv hlub koj
Hopi - Nu' umi unangwa'ta
Hungarian - Szeretlek
Icelandic - Eg elska tig
Ilonggo - Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu
Inuit - Negligevapse
Irish - Taim i' ngra leat
Italian - Ti amo
Japanese - Aishiteru or Anata ga daisuki desu
Kannada - Naanu ninna preetisuttene
Kapampangan - Kaluguran daka
Kiswahili - Nakupenda
Konkani - Tu magel moga cho
Korean - Sarang Heyo or Nanun tangshinul sarang hamnida
Latin - Te amo
Latvian - Es tevi miilu
Lebanese - Bahibak
Lithuanian - Tave myliu
Luxembourgeois - Ech hun dech gaer
Macedonian - Te Sakam
Malay - Saya cintakan mu / Aku cinta padamu
Malayalam - Njan Ninne Premikunnu
Maltese - Inhobbok
Marathi - Me tula prem karto
Mohawk - Kanbhik
Moroccan - Ana moajaba bik
Nahuatl - Ni mits neki
Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni
Ndebele - Niyakutanda
Bokmaal - Jeg elsker deg
Nyonrsk - Eg elskar deg
Pandacan - Syota na kita!!
Pangasinan - Inaru Taka
Papiamento - Mi ta stimabo
Persian - Doo-set daaram
Pig Latin - Iay ovlay ouyay
Polish - Kocham Ciebie
Portuguese - Eu te amo
Romanian - Te iubesc
Russian - Ya tebya liubliu
Scot Gaelic - Tha gra\dh agam ort
Serbian - Volim te
Setswana - Ke a go rata
Sign Language - ,\,,/ (represents position of fingers when signing 'I Love You')
Sindhi - Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sioux - Techihhila
Slovak - Lu`bim ta
Slovenian - Ljubim te
Spanish - Te quiero / Te amo
Swahili - Ninapenda wewe
Swedish - Jag alskar dig
Swiss-German - Ich lieb Di
Surinam - Mi lobi joe
Tagalog - Mahal kita
Taiwanese - Wa ga ei li
Tahitian - Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Tamil - Nan unnai kathalikaraen
Telugu - Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
To female - Phom rak khun
To male - Chan rak khun
Informal - Rak te
Tunisian - Ha eh bak
Turkish - Seni Seviyorum
Ukrainian - Ya tebe kahayu
Urdu - mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
To female - Anh ye^u em
To male - Em ye^u anh
Welsh - 'Rwy'n dy garu di
Yiddish - Ikh hob dikh
Yoruba - Mo ni fe
Zazi - Ezhele hezdege
Zuni - Tom ho' ichema

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


In England and other countries around the world the beginning of Mardi Gras is
celebrated with Shrove Tuesday.
It is the day before the beginning of Lent or Ash Wednesday
when all fats and flours are removed from the household.
In many places, particularly in Olney, England,
this is celbrated by a pancake race.
While having been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans a couple of times
and to an Ash Wednesday service once,
I have never been to a pancake race.
We'll have to give to give it a try some day.

Happy Mardi Gras!
Ruth Ann

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Lovely Winter's Day

It's winter in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. No snow today and the temperature was supposed to be in the mid 40s. It is currently 35 degrees and cloudy. We are enjoying a huge oak log in our wood burning fire place. (The other 6 are gas, but we're considering changing over.)

I don't know how wood will do in the kitchen as I always raise my bread on the hearth. Will the heat be sufficient? We shall see.

We're expecting 7 guests for dinner this evening. We'll be dining in the kitchen because the dining room is slightly narrow and whomever sits in front of the fire gets roasted alive.
Ray is cooking, of course. A ham has been baking for hours, blending it's aroma with the fire. Pure Heaven! We're having our special creamed potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese. Fried corn that was scraped from the cob only a few months ago. And green beans with bacon, mushrooms, pimentos, and almonds. A greater feast, you couldn't ask for!

The guests are bringing dessert and wine. A fine evening!

Ruth Ann

Sunday, February 7, 2010

About RaggBaggs


Ruth Ann Swanger

Business Name:




Southeast Tennessee

What is it that you design and create?

bead weaving, embroidery, designer purses - I have also published 2 cookbooks with afternoon tea recipes

What is your favorite part of the design process?

Taking someone else's pattern and creating my own design from it. We live in an area with no bead stores for about 200 miles, so I buy kits to be sure that the beads co-ordinate.

How did you come up with your business name?

I started out making limited edition embroidered purses. After a serious accident, I was no longer to keep up production, so I switched to beadwork (which I've been doing for more than 40 years) as my main source of income. RaggBaggs was well known, so I just kept the name.

When and how did it all begin?

I've loved craftwork all of my life. Mama taught me to embroider by hand before I started kindergarten. Daddy taught me to knit and crochet. I learned beadwork in 4-H. My mother-in-law taught me to quilt. I learned to do machine embroidery in the 80s. Kumihimo is my latest learning experience.

Who or what inspires you?

I just love to make things. I have never been able to sit down and do nothing. There is always a project close at hand.

What advice would you give other independent artists who are just starting out?
Find something you truly love to do and do it. Except for very special people on very special occasions, never give your work away. Make pieces that you really love and keep them if you want to or have to. Never undersell your work.

Make your husband feel like he's the most wonderful person on earth (mine actually is!) so that he'll do most of the housework while you play. Uh, I mean work. Yeah that's it. Work!

What music are you listening to?

Live Irish Radio

What TV show are you hooked on?

Anything on the food channel.

What was the last movie you saw?

White Christmas

What is your favorite food?

I love our local southern food, but I'm always game to try something new. We went to Atlanta and had Lebanese food the other night. The prices were outrageous, but I can't wait to go back. We love Chinese food here in the states, but spending a month in China just about starves us to death. We have great passions for Indian, Mexican, Irish, and Portuguese cooking.

What is your favorite candy or treat?

Coconut pie loaded with meringue.

Coffee or Tea?


What store could you walk around in for hours and be happy?

Any bead store. Every jewelry store in St. Thomas!

Any pets?

Our 10 1/2 year old Shih Tzu named Poppett.

Favorite place to visit or would like to visit?

My favorite thus far has been Ireland, but I'm itching to spend a year in Greece!

If you could be a superhero, what would your name be and what superpower would you have?

Super Traveler!

Celebrity crush?

Higgins from that show that took place in Hawaii. Can't remember the name of the show, but Higgins was so well mannered and elegant. Not to mention so very British!

Favorite holiday?

Hallowe'en and Christmas.

If you were a shoe what shoe would you be

Woolly Mammoth Crocs.

What do you secretly wish you could do or be?

A world traveler with an unlimited budget.

Favorite piece of clothing?

Any type of formal wear that's both comfortable and elegant. Tea with Her Majesty anyone?

Do you speak any languages or want to learn one?

I speak English fairly well if you overlook my southern accent. Any country we visit, I learn to ask 'where is the bathroom' and 'how much does it cost'. Ray learns to order beer and to say 'that's too much!'

Plans for yourself/business?

I buy lots of unusual jewelry components and focal pieces when we travel. I buys lots of fine fabrics. I eat lots of exotic food. So my plans are to travel a lot!

Have a great evening!
Ruth Ann

Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

My niece recently returned from several months in Brazil.
Last night she taught me to make this marvelous cocktail.

  • 3 limes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 quarts ice
  • 1 cup cachaca (Brazilian brandy made from sugar cane)


Cut the limes in half, and then cut each half into 8 pieces. Place 12 pieces of lime in each of 4 double old-fashioned glasses (or other 12-ounce glasses.) Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar into each glass. Using a muddler or the butt end of a large wooden spoon, mash the limes into the base of the glass. Try to dissolve the sugar as you do this, and stir occasionally. Fill each glass with 1 1/2 cups of ice and 1/4 cup of cachaca. Pour the contents of the glass into a shaker, and invert the glass into the shaker to act as a lid. Shake the glass and shaker to combine the sugar and cachaca for several seconds. Lift the glass from the shaker, and pour the contents back into the glass. Repeat the process with the remaining 3 glasses.

Yield: 4 caipirinhas

Friday, February 5, 2010

Chicken Salad Recipe

We're having a singing at church tonight. We're expecting about 500 people from all over the southeast. What fun it will be for our little country church! Here is the recipe for the chicken salad I'll be taking. We sing really well, but we eat better!

Provisions Market Chicken Salad

1 ¾ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled

½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

3 green onions, sliced

3/8 cup green seedless grapes

3/8 cup red seedless grapes

6½ tablespoons mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon honey


Ground pepper

Cut chicken into ½” cubes. Place in a large bowl. Add almonds, onions, and grapes; toss.

In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over chicken mixture.

Ruth Ann


The 2010 Loveland Valentine's Card Remailing Program

This 2010 Loveland StampEach year, thousands of people bundle up all of their Valentine cards and send them to the Loveland post office, where they're stamped with a special poem and cancellation mark (this year's stamp is at left). This is the 64th year of the program!

If you want to get in on this neat event, send your bundle of cards and letters to Postmaster, Attention: Valentine's Postmark, 446 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538-9998.

For cards within U.S. and outside of Colorado, your cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 9; for within the state of Colorado, your cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 12.

Show your Valentine how much you love her with a special piece of jewelry from

Have a great day!
Ruth Ann