Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lynchburg

 




Just a few pictures from my Lynchburg Sister's home.  We had a sister/brother luncheon there last week.  She made lunch for us which was absolutely delicious.
If you have never been to Lynchburg, Tennessee, you are missing out.  The town square is delightful.  It seems that every time we go to visit, there is some new shop that has moved in to town.  This year, the new shop was the Knotty Ewe.  This is a new "knitting" shop, so as you can imagine, I was in heaven.  The shop was full of specialty yarns and such.  I purchased a couple of yarns, and I have already begun a scarf that I will share later.

We also enjoyed visiting a couple of new antique stores.  One of these stores is called the Cow Pattie store.  Yes, I said the Cow Pattie store.  She sells antiques and special pots made of cow manure to help your flowers grow. 
Go figure.

I have shared a few pictures from my Lynchburg Sister's home, and I will share more later.  She is proud to live in Lynchburg, and her home reflects that.  You will notice in one of the above pictures, she has a picture of the famous Mrs. Mary Bobo's restaurant sitting in her kitchen. 

  My Lynchburg sister and her husband moved into this home a few years ago and completely remodeled it.  She has decorated it beautifully by hand painting furniture and shopping at discount stores. 
It is always a joy to visit her home and her town.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Back to School

Every year it is the same thing.
The beginning of summer starts, and I wonder how we will fill up each day with activity.
Then, the next thing you know, there are back to school catalogs in my mailbox.
At that point, I know the summer is over.
This year, it just seems to have gone especially fast.

I really did not have anything planned for our summer break this year.
So, I am pleased with all the things we have accomplished.

~We held a yard sale.
~My son got his driver's license.
~My son has practiced driving alone.
~My daughter has gotten contacts.
~We had a nice unplanned vacation to the mountains.
~My husband had a colonoscopy with no problems.
~My daughter was released from her Vanderbilt doctor for good.
~We had a very successful church Bible School.
~We got a new pastor.
~My sister's and I have enjoyed several nice lunches.
~My brother joined us for a visit to my Lynchburg Sister's home.
~I picked blackberries.
~I attended three summer teacher workshops.
~I opened a new Etsy Shop!!!

I am sure I could add more to this list...
but the fact is
today was my first day back at work.

So, it's back to going to bed early and getting up early...
Packing lunches and completing homework...
Motivating and Inspiring...
School is back in session.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Parmesan Potatoes

The very first time I ate Parmesan Potatoes was at my husband's house when we were dating.  His parents had grilled steaks, and he had made parmesan potatoes.  
Both the steaks and potatoes were delicious.

To make these delicious potatoes you will need:
6 large potatoes
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup butter or margarine
Peel and cut potatoes into quarters.

Combine flour, cheese, salt, and pepper in a bag.  Moisten potatoes with water and shake in the bag, coating the potatoes with cheese mixture.

Melt butter in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.  Place potatoes in a layer in the melted butter.

Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour, turning once during baking.
Enjoy!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Surprise Lillies

SURPRISE!!!


The lillies have appeared.


Do you have surprise lillies in your yard?



They are so fun and so beautiful.



My Grandmother had these in her yard when I was a little girl.  I loved them.


You never know when they will appear...and then one day the stalk is there and the blooms quickly follow.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shirt Pillows

What great fun!
This is my latest addition to my Etsy Shop.
Pillows made from cotton shirts.

My Lynchburg Sister gladly let me display them on her beautiful wicker chair.
They can be displayed with buttons and pockets showing... or not...
Aren't these just fun pillows???
And they are now available in my Etsy Shop!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Texting Kitty


Oh my...everyone at my house is into texting. My son never puts his phone down. My daughter begs to use my phone to send messages. My husband is slowly learning how to type short, simple messages. And, even the cat has at times borrowed my phone.


My daughter snapped this picture of our cat, Precious, and it has to be one of my favorite pictures. We entered it in a contest, but we didn't get any response from it.


I have to admit, sometimes sending a text message is an easy way to communitcate. And if the cat is into it, maybe I should try it more often.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

LittleFamilyBigWoods Etsy Shop

I have a very special announcement to make.


After much studying, considering, wondering, and playing around...I have decided to open my very own Etsy Shop.  I am very excited to share this news with you.


My shop will include several items that I have made myself...some of which you have seen come together here on my blog. Like this pillow for instance:   http://littlefamilyinthebigwoods.blogspot.com/2010/06/pillow-project.html

I will also offer for sale a few heirloom and vintage items. 

I have been working the past few days getting my little shop ready to open.  I have lots more that I am hoping to post, but it is a slow process for me.

You can visit my shop here:  
http://www.littlefamilybigwoods.etsy.com//

Saturday, July 17, 2010

More Inspiration

I just recently have found the blog, Livs List, http://ljo-s.blogspot.com/.  This blogger is from Norway.  She uses lots of galvanized buckets and white flowers in her decorating.  Very pretty combination.  I have discovered a few things around my house to use with the white flowers. (The large bucket with the handles was stored in our barn.  I had forgotten about it until my husband reminded me it was there.) 

 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Decorating

I really enjoy looking at the decorating styles of several different bloggers in Europe.  You can find these blogs in my Favorite's Section on my sidebar.  One blog in particular has inspired me to look for galvanized containers to use in decorating. I love how she uses twine and old fashioned items that are really simple.  I have added some of her tecniques to my own deocrating that I thought I would share with you.




Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wilderness Walk 2010

Every year, at the end of the school year, our Sixth Graders head to David Crockett State Park for the Soil Conservtion's Wilderness Walk.  This year they were treated to a show by the park ranger featuring various animals.

A turtle...
A snake...
And a beautiful owl...
The kids all love it when the park ranger does her famous owl calls.
This is always a wonderful field trip, with the kids learning about conserving our natural environment.  Their favorite part is getting to actually get in the creek with nets to try and catch whatever they can find.

I definitely felt my age on this day.  The park ranger, soil conservation leader, and one of the other Sixth Grade teachers were all former students of mine. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blackberries

Have you ever picked wild blackberries?
I went blackberry picking last week.
It was a wonderful feeling.
The smell of the woods.
The nicking of the blackberry vines.
The heat of the day.
The juice of the berries.
Stink bugs on the leaves.

There are feelings and memories that flood me when I pick blackberries.

I remember one year when I was a teenager, a neighbor of ours had some bulldozing done on his property.  The trees and such were pushed up into long rows of brush.  These huge piles of brush were covered with blackberry vines.  My parents and I would put on long sleeve shirts, hats, and jeans and pick blackberries to sell by the gallon.  It was so hot....it was so snakey...I hated it.  But, the blackberries sold for a nice price.

Now, I pick blackberries because I want to.  Go figure.  And I love the effort it takes, because that just makes the cobbler taste that much better.
A little butter...
A little ice cream...
Now, I don't even notice the scratches on my arms.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chicken Pot Pie

If you asked me how many times I have made this...I would have no way to tell you.  It is the easiest, yummiest main dish and goes great served with other vegetables.  I actually got this recipe from a friend who brought lunch to me when my Sixteen year old was born.  So, I have used it and shared it for several years.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Spray a casserole dish with pam.

Then:


Mix:
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 stick melted margarine or butter
1 can Veg-All (drain water)
2 small cans chicken or 1 large can chicken (drain water)
Pour in casserole dish.

Mix with a wire whisk:
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk.
Pour over top of casserole.


Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until brown.


Enjoy!!!



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