Archive | November 2014

Thrifty finds and guest room project

I am an empty Nester.  Sadly, to every mother’s dismay, our children must grow up, and move away.  Being the “Mother Hen” that I am, I have good days and bad.

I miss picking up after them.  Making them dinners.  Washing their clothes.   Shopping for school supplies or clothing throughout the year.  Even now that they have left home,  I still pick up a shirt or two here and there when I think it would look good on them….or perhaps a few essentials  I think they might need in their kitchens! Maybe cook them a meal or two to bring to them at their new abode,  to make sure they are eating well.   I can’t help myself!  I’m still their Mom!

The house is quite lonely without the noise of young men scrambling about.  With empty rooms only one or two good things can come out of them.  One…..an office for my hard working hubby! And 2…a guest bedroom.

For the past few weeks, we have been busy putting together a quaint, vintage style, little room.  Nothing over the top or elaborate.  We wanted something reminiscent of  the years from the 1930-60’s.  A mish mosh of things we have crafted, collected, and  also two or three things from loved one’s.  It’s not quite finished yet, but I wanted to share a few pics of it’s progress so far.

My youngest son had to endure 7 tough years of starring at John Deere wallpaper border and a sleepy yellow wall paint.  He hated it, but every  time I went in his room, I felt like I could just go to sleep.  The yellow was very relaxing.

Bedroom Walls, Before

It also had a green carpet that when combined with the J. Deere paper, reminded us all of grass fields! (Not a good thing)

We painted the walls in a beautiful minty green  SW 6750 Waterfall by Sherwin Williams, a paint and primer in one, which saved us tons of time.  The boarder came off incredibly easy and all traces of it were covered by the paint.  Only a few rough spots needed sanding.

Sherwin Williams SW 6750 Paint & Primer

Son 2 left behind a dresser that wouldn’t fit into his decor at his new apartment, so we painted that in a crisp white gloss.  My dear hubby painted that, while I had the easy task of painting the twelve knobs in black.  We make such a great team!  I don’t have a before photo because we both dove right in without thinking!

We purchased an old, antique iron bed from golsn.com a local shopping site similar to the popular Craigslist.

Bed before

We had it sandblasted and powder coated in an amazing winter white with clear coat.  I scoured eBay until I found just the right antique Bates Hobnail or Popcorn Chenille bedspread, and made frequent Goodwill visits for an assortment of vintage flat and fitted sheets and pillow cases.  I got bargains galore! I picked up a queen sized floral bed skirt for a piddly $2.99 and it fit exactly how I wanted-no tucking or pinning or hemming as I expected on my full sized bed.  I went through some storage boxes in my closet and pulled out an old crochet tablecloth that I bought many years ago, and I had always  planned on using it for a bed.  On the full size bed it has lots of overhang on both sides.

Crochet Tablecloth,blanket

It is so country…..doesn’t it look fabulous?  It makes the bed feel so cozy and it’s not heavy; it can be used during spring, summer, winter or fall.  The quilt is another ebay find I bought about 10 yrs ago, when I was on a antique/vintage quilt purchasing phase!  It’s tattered and stained from years of love from previous owners.  I didn’t want to fix it.   I love it just the way it is! It’s priceless to me.

I picked up so many pillow cases and unmatched sheets for that mixed up penny pinching, old time look n feel.  I’ll be stocked for years to come! My hubby and I have each tried out the new bed and it is a comfy retreat.  Now we’re just waiting on our first house guests.

Antique Iron Bed with assorted vintage and antique linens

I have a few more things to do before the guest room is complete.  I will post more as we go. Till next time……

 

 

 

 

 

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Seed Harvest

Bluey and The Sunflower 2014

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~Gerard de Nerval

I harvested my Sunflower seeds on October 5th with the help of my Blue Healer!   I had two sunflower plants this year.   This one was huge and produced tons of nice plump seeds.

Sunflower measure 2014

When the flower head was brown and very dry, the seeds were ready to harvest, and they came out pretty easy.   I then set them on a single layer on newspapers to dry them even more.

Drying Sunflower Seeds Harvest2014

‘Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
~William Wordsworth

After drying, I have stored them in several jars for planting next year.   I collect all sorts of everyday jars that are perfect for storing seeds.  Notice the small 2″ ketchup bottles?   All the seeds shown here are from one Sunflower head.   There was quite a bit more that I left on the head for the Momma and her baby deer that visit our yard.

Sunflower Seeds 2014

With all these seeds, I have more than enough to plant rows of sunflowers in the spring.   Its gonna be a looong winter of waiting.  Do you have a favorite plant or flower you collect seeds from?

With every seed that is planted in the garden, it’s growth is your hope for a brighter future. ~Pamela Kinney

Autumn Tree 2014

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

End of Season Tomatoes

Window Sill Ripening Tomatoes. Last Harvest 2014

I gathered my remaining Tomatoes from the vine at the end of October. We were expecting our first frost, and  I just couldn’t see them going to waste.  We got several dozen tomatoes from that single plant….my first  vegetable in my TN garden.

I placed them on my windowsill in my sun room which has sun light on three sides throughout the day.   The sun room doesn’t get as hot in the fall and at night we keep the room at a cool  60˚.

I read somewhere, that it can take 1-2 weeks to ripen tomatoes wrapped in brown paper bags or newspaper, but I liked being able to see my pretty tomatoes.  They make me smile,  almost as much as flowers do… (almost)!

Having not given the thought that they actually “would” ripen, I just assumed they would take at least the full two weeks.  I had hoped to share them with my Mother who is coming for a visit this Thanksgiving.

Long story short, most of my Tomatoes are just about fully ripened, after only one week. Unless I make Salsa  or another recipe, I will not be able to share my fresh tomatoes with my Mother.

In the meantime, I have heard so many people talk about a Southern staple of Fried Green Tomatoes.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I did an online search for them and found so many varying recipes.  Some had ingredients I didn’t like (such as Cajun spice) and others used more or less ingredients etc.  Here’s what I came up with.

Ingrediants 4FGT

Fried Green Tomatoes

-1 large beaten egg
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-1/2 cup general all purpose flour
-1/2 cup cornmeal
-1 tsp. Salt (optional)
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-3 medium-sized green tomatoes (cut into 1/3 inch slices)
-Enough vegetable oil for half inch depth in frying pan. (I used a non stick pan)

In small bowl combine egg and buttermilk, set aside
In separate bowl mix 1/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of cornmeal, pepper and (optional) salt~ I try not to use salt when cooking, but rather use the shaker at the table if desired).

Next, Dip cut slices of green tomatoes in bowl of 1/4 flour to coat, lightly shake off excess, then dip into egg mixture and then coat in cornmeal mixture.

fryingGreenTomatoes

In a frying pan, heat oil.  Carefully place tomatoes in single layer in hot oil and Cook for 2 minutes on each side until you reach a nice golden color.  Do not burn.  Remove from oil and place on paper towel to soak up any extra grease and then cool.   Season to taste with salt & additional pepper if desired.

Fried Green Tomatoes

My hubby liked them.  After trying however, I personally couldn’t get past the whole “not ripe” tomato thing!  I thought it was just strange.  So…….I made myself a normal, everyday Tomato sandwich on a Toasted Whole Wheat bun with oodles of Hellman’s Mayo and black pepper!  Yum….nothing tastes as good as simplicity!

Fresh sill ripened Tomato Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bunwith loads of Hellman's Mayo, Black Pepper and fresh from the garden Lemon Thyme Sprig for garnish! Yum....nothing tastes as good as simplicity!

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.  ~Lewis Grizzard

Thanksforgiving : A Poem

 Orange, yellow, sage, brown and mauve…..
these are the colors of fall that I love.

Pumpkins, leaf kicking, and costumes for fun….
gathering the family, yet missing someone.

Drying leaves and air so crisp….
the fog, the breath, the floating mist.

Goodbye swimsuits, beach balls and floats….
time now for mittens and those big bulky coats.

Hot chocolate, football, let’s cheer for your team….
Stuff the turkey, set the table, make wine glasses gleam.

Thankful each day for the shoes on our feet….
while praising the Lord for the food that we eat.

A blessing from Heaven, for all those on earth…..
for doing good deeds and proving their worth.

Our puppies, our kitty’s our parents our kids…..
Thank you dear Lord, for the reasons we live.

Teaching, learning and helping us grow….
to be better people from all that we know.

Forgiveness for the asking each day if we must….
remember our God, in him we can trust.

Be honest, be faithful, be giving and kind…..
be all you can be or you’ll be left behind.

Be thankful each day, morning, noon and at night…..
say your prayers often, and your future will be bright.

We shouldn’t just pray but one day in November……
but rather each day in the months through December.

Thanksgiving is coming, and Christmas is near….
we can all thank our God, for our living this year.

-Pamela Kinney

doughbowl fall14

Thrifty Vintage Finds ~ Dormeyer Blender

After a brief trip to Florida, I Had a chance to do some junk marketing when I got back to TN.  We Picked up this cool vintage Dormeyer Blender at my favorite Goodwill store.

Antique Dormeyer Blender  Model 5902

Antique Dormeyer Blender Model 5902

It was Made in the U.S.A. (in Chicago) around 1950. This Model, 5902 still has it’s original white enameled paint on it’s heavy weighted and sturdy Metal base.  The thick, heavy glass container is in perfect condition, without any chips or cracks. They don’t make glass like that any more.  It has a light grey rubber lid with a raised chef imprint/logo.

  The generous length of cord is cracking with age and needs replacing, but since I am planning for the most part, on simply displaying this piece, I will leave it in it’s original condition.  I did plug it in and the motor sounds great and the super sharp blades work like new.  I believe they called this machine, the “Meal Maker”.  I love the old-fashioned on/off (one speed) Toggle switch; it’s very vintage and Industrial looking.

This gem was a mere $5.99 and after searching online, I found it has a resale value of at least $62.  Though I don’t have any plans on reselling it, it would look awesome in an old fashioned soda parlor!  This Blender will have a prominent and nostalgic place on my counter top as it does in history.

Have you done any antiquing or thrift store shopping lately? What cool things  have you found?

Happy Thrifting ya’ll! 😀

Hydrate your skin with Kroger Body Wash

      Kroger Hydrate Shea Butter Body Wash rates right up there with Olay, at half the cost. I was surprised. After using Kroger Hydrate in the shower for a few weeks, I read the label and found that it contained no soap. I felt clean, soft, and smooth and my skin had the pleasing scent of Shea butter. I Love it when my husband complements me after hugging me, that I smell good! He always follows his comment up with “Mmmmm” and when he asks what I am wearing, I tell him it’s just my body wash.

Although I have used Olay Moisture body wash in the past, it is not my usual brand.  Kroger Hydrate Shea Butter Body Wash is identical to the name brand Olay, but, it’s 24 ounce pump bottle is about half the cost, making it very economical.  In today’s high cost living, thrift doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality.  With Kroger you no longer have to pay more to get the same results. Their Hydrate body wash lathers into a bubbly, fresh scented cleanser. It didn’t dry my skin at all.   I #GotItFree as a BzzAgent @Kroger.

Hydrate Shea Butter Body Wash at Kroger

Hydrate Shea Butter Body Wash at Kroger

Kroger Cocoa Butter Lotion takes me to the beach!

Oh beauty isle, here I come! I headed straight for my local @Kroger a few days after getting home from a recent Florida trip. It rained while I was there, and I wasn’t able to enjoy the beach or outdoors like we had planned.

When I got to the Kroger beauty care isle, I searched for the scent that captured what I was missing on my trip to the beach. Cocoa butter! Kroger’s version, I #GotItFree  in Cocoa Butter is Ah-maze-ing!!!!! (compares equally to Vaseline brand lotion)

I love this stuff. The smell just took me to my towel on the beach. I closed my eyes and I was transported to my sandy spot alongside the ocean where seagulls gracefully fly overhead. Where waves splash against the surf and sand. Kroger Cocoa Butter Lotion took me there, and takes me there every single time I rub it into my skin. It glides on smooth as silk. It’s not heavily perfumed; it’s just the right amount. The lotion is not too thick- it doesn’t weigh you down or feel sticky. There’s no greasy feel either. And, did I mention the scent?

The price is almost half off top name brand lotions. Kroger Cocoa Butter skin care lotion makes S”cents” to me~It’s a keeper!

Kroger Cocoa Butter has me dreamin of the beach!

Kroger Cocoa Butter has me dreamin of the beach!