Saturday, August 28, 2010

Blue Tablecloth

Not far from our home is a little country store called
The Green Valley General Store.
We pass by the store often, but I have not stopped there
in years.
My Sewing Sister recently told me that the store had been featured on Tennessee Crossroads.  The store has several specialties, one of which is fried pies.  I decided to stop today to purchase a couple of fried pies...which I did...one was apple and the other chocolate.  They were absolutely delicious.  I cannot believe that this store is only 3-4 minutes from my house, and I have not been shopping with them.
I also purchased this tablecloth while I was there.  I have been needing
something to cover my dining room table for a while...and this tablecloth
works very well.
Green Valley General Store
They also sell:

  • ice cold lemonade

  • baked goods

  • candies

  • jellies

  • quilts

  • antiques

  • glassware

  • soups

  • sandwiches

  • and much more

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ice Cream in a Baggie

My daughter has a couple of school friends who have come home with us to spend the night.  They are having great fun.

We decided it would be fun to have a special treat and make ice cream in a baggie for our dessert after our meal.  It has been a long time since I have made this special treat.

To make this ice cream you will need:
     1 Tablespoon sugar
     1/2 cup milk
     1/4 teaspoon vanilla
     6 Tablespoons salt
     ice
     1 quart freezer bag
     1 gallon freezer bag

First, fill the gallon bag half full with ice...
then add the 6 tablespoons of salt.
Set aside.
Next, add the following ingredients to the quart baggie...
sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Close the small baggie and shake to mix the ingredients.
Next, place the quart baggie inside the gallon baggie.
Check to be sure both baggies are closed securely.
You'll need some gloves (or in our case socks) to keep your hands warm.
Shake for 5 minutes.

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And finally, it is ready.
After 5 minutes remove the quart baggie and wipe it down good with a wet cloth.
Open the baggie and enjoy!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Caramel Frosting

This is one of my all time favorite cake icing recipes. 
It is an old fashioned family favorite.
To make this icing, you will need
-1/2 cup butter
-1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
-1 3/4 to 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
-1/4 cup milk
 Melt the butter over low heat on the stove.
Add the brown sugar and cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
 Add milk and continue stirring until mixture comes to a boil.
Remove from heat and cool.
Add confectioners sugar until consistency to spread.
Use to ice a 9x12 cake or cupcakes.
This is a delicious sweet, sweet icing.
It makes a thicker icing that serves nicely
when cake pieces are cut for serving. 
I usually use this icing with yellow cakes.
Enjoy!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Place For Everything


After much searching...

 
 I finally found just the right container...



For my antique cookie cutters.

So now we can say,
"A place for everything, and everything in its place."

Friday, August 13, 2010

Power's Off

Our electricity was off for 2 hours this evening.
It is has been soooooooo hot in Tennessee this year.
Today's high was 100 with a higher heat index.
Our students at school have been given cold bottled water each day to help with the bus ride home.
We can't take the kids to the play ground because of the heat, but at least it is cool in the school building.
I really feel for people who have to work outside or have no air conditioning.
I just realized that this evening while our electricity was off.
We ended up on the front porch with the
watering can and the caladiums.
I do enjoy the time with no television or noise.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Saw God Today

My daughter called me outside this week with shouts of,
"Mom, come quick and bring the camera."
A beautiful butterfly had crawled onto her hand.
On her hand is where it decided to frolick and play.
It stayed and stayed and stayed.
 And as it played on her hand, I was able to take lots of nice pictures.
Isn't God's world good???

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Fun Read
















It's time for today's Sunday Fun Read.

Today's accelerated reading book recomendation is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Hatchet is the story of a young boy named Brian, and his misfortune on an airplane.  The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crash lands on an island.  Brian finds himself all alone on this island with nothing but a hatchet...hince the title of the book.

The book includes the adventures Brian goes through as he struggles to survive alone on this island.

This book is an awesome book, and it is one I often recommend for boys, although some girls enjoy it too.

If you read this book and like it, but you're not too happy with how it ends, Gary Paulsen has written another book called Brian's Winter that gives an alternate ending to Hatchet.

We have now been in school three days, and my students are already reading like crazy.  I hope some of you will enjoy this book recommendation.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Knitted Dish Cloths



These dish towels are the lasted addition to my Etsy Shop.  http://www.littlefamilybigwoods.etsy.com/
I really enjoy knitting this pattern.
The colors are fun, too.  I am really missing my knitting time now that school is back in session.  But, it has been a great week!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Knitted Scarf

This is my latest knitting project-a scarf for my daughter.
The thread is hand dyed cotton thread.
 I am really enjoying knitting with this yarn. 
 It is very soft and easy to knit.
This is one of the skeins of thread that I purchased at
The Knotty Ewe in Lynchburg, TN.
Knitting is so relaxing.  This morning before I went to work, I sat down and knitted 4 quick rows.  I wish I could do this every day. 

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