Sunday, November 22, 2015

This is my kitchen and the best bacon cooker ever
My Husband!
When we moved in the cupboards went clear to the wall
So Kelly took out the last section so my hutch
Would fit.

Kelly finished the kitchen moldings and I love them.
We are planning on doing this through the whole 

I think he did a great job!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stash Busting

Stash busting will begin this week.
Any ideas what to make?
I am starting with coasters. The tutorial is on 
But I really have a lot of fabric.

Friday, October 16, 2015

First Came the Chicken

First we got Chickens and now we are getting EGGS!

We have 7 girls and they are all free range chickens...
Which is a farm phrase that means they go where ever they want.

And that even means on the front porch!
I didn't know I would enjoy Chickens so much.
They are so fun to just watch.

And going out to the coop and finding eggs is so fun.
Its like getting presents every 
They always stick together and love to run down every morning 
by the Alpacas. Its like they are so excited to see the boys they have to run all they.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Stitching Up Dish Towels

This is one of my favorite patterns and I love making this one for gifts.
I am starting to decided my winter stitching and I think I will be starting with this one.
I like giving this one with a mix of Gingerbread Cookies for gifts.
I love gingerbread and gingerbread cookies too.
You can see my patterns on my Etsy shop;

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Canning Party


Every year when I am canning I always think this
would be so much more fun to do as a party!
*I would only invite a few so not walking into each other.
*And pick the funniest hard worker friends.
*You could make invites a that looked like labels,
but you have to have cute labels.
*Making labels is as much fun for me as the canning.
Then it's really fun if it comes from everyone's garden.
* assign someone to bring cute lids and rings.
I have seen some really cute ones out there.
Since I didn't have the party mine are the regular ones.

* Make a cute dish towel and hotpad for everyone!

Then share all your hard work!

Someday I am going to do it this way!


Monday, August 3, 2015

Hanging Clothes!

So pretty! All done and using this Wonderful
Clothesline "That Man of Mine" made for me!
I know I left you waiting to see the next step.
Wood putty and sanding then on to painting.

Oh wait ....
You have to see how tall before going into the ground!
Look where Kelly is pointing....
thats where it gets buried to.


I love how creative "that Man of Mine" can be.
I think its a work of Art.
Good thing I made a darling clothes pin bag to hang on it!!

Starting with a table cloth!
Kelly got me 56 clothes pins and he thinks I will need more....
I had to remember my system
the clothes pin bag goes to the side
 you are going moving down.

Now I have the hang of it!

I love it! I have so many fun memories about hanging
clothes when  was young.
 And leaving the laundry up through the rain a few times.

Its in and my first laundry basket full.
I think I have plenty of lines.

Fresh smelling Sheets and table cloths!

I have the best Husband ever!!!
Next I should share my Laundry Soap Recipe!
I think I love making it way more than washing clothes.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sneak Peek

This is a sneak peek of my new clothesline Kelly is making me.
I am so excited I can't wait for it to be up!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pineapple Dream Dessert

I love finding old recipes I made
 a million years ago and forgot all about.
This is that recipe.

It is so easy you won't believe it.

And it looks good done!

And tastes even better!
2 1/2 cups graham crumbs (2 sleeves)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz container Cool Whip
20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained well
*Preheat oven to 300 F.

*Melt butter in the microwave and allow to cool. Combine the crumbs and butter and toss together until incorporated. Press 2 cups of the crumb mixture firmly into an 9×9 square pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool.
*Beat the cream cheese and butter together until creamy. Turn the mixer down to low and add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until incorporated. Turn up and beat well for a minute or so. Add a heaping tablespoon of the drained pineapple and stir in with a rubber spatula. Spread the cream cheese and pineapple mixture over the crust.
*Fold the remaining pineapple into the Cool Whip and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the remaining graham cracker crumb mixture on top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

I had forgotten all about this recipe and when I found it I had so many fun memories of my kids when they were small and being so excited over desserts! lol so funny!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

No Soliciting

I had to laugh when I saw this! 
My Daughter Darcey made this for by her front door.

She makes the cutest signs ! All of the things she does are so cute.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tie Up Your Apron Strings

I love making dish towels more than just about anything.
These are 2 of my favorite patterns.
The top can be done 2 ways...
all stitching  or appliqué and stitching.

This one I designed to go with my food blog.
Summer always makes me think of canning and you need your apron for that.
Oh and a cute dish towel wouldn't hurt.
you can find these patterns at my etsy shop:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Read or Cook

                                                        Do you love to read cookbooks?

It's my favorite!
I like mystery books but cookbooks are my fav!
My husband was so sweet and turn an hutch  into a cookbook hutch!
I love it!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Island Farm House Shrimp

We love Shrimp at our house so I thought I would share a very yummy recipe.
Since it doesn't have a title I just made one up.

Island Farm House Shrimp
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Cloves garlic chopped up
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil or 1 tablespoon dried
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 Lbs shrimp ( I use same recipe for clams)
fresh ground black pepper

Heat oil when hot add garlic and saute for 1 Minute. 
Add chopped basil, wine, broth, butter and bring to a boil.
Add Shrimp and cover with lid and cook until it turns pink.
Remove shrimp to a really cute serving plate and add salt and pepper to broth  to taste.
Pour some over Shrimp to keep moist.

You can eat it like this with cocktail sauce or I also serve it over noodles with lemon and more basil.
It is so yummy so make lots its also great on salads!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hen Quilt

There are so many choices in Lori Holt's new book
"Farm Girl Vintage" it was hard to decide which one to do first.

This was a fun quilt to work on except for picking colors.
I hate picking colors.
I love the newspaper  print that is around the edge.

I love this quilt and I loved working on it.
I think I will do the lamb one next.

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Vintage

There is nothing more fun in decorating than to take something old
 and make it new again!
I have had this milk can kicking around forever and I knew
if I hung on to it long enough I would finally think of something to do with it.
Well... I am at least this far...
Now I just need to decide if it will get more added to the bow
or if it will become a planter.
Either way its going on the front step by my Rocker!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Decorating Jars

After doing my Spiced Carrots I decide to try the Free pattern that came with my copy of "Farm Girl Vintage".  You can get it free from Fat Quarter shop with your order for the book. They were so easy to make I decided I better make a several. Then I gave them away to our lastest guests around a jar of Spicy Carrots.
It makes your jars look so fancy.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spicy Carrots

We had so much fun doing Carrots!
And it was so easy I thought I better share the recipe.
We did a few jars with onions too and they were so good we are going to do it again 
and this time add other veggies.

We used Ball electric canning pot so we followed the directions for the water bath it came with. I love this pot. I got mine from the Ball Canning website.

Spicy Pickled Carrots
5 pounds of full-sized carrots, peeled and cut
4 jalapenos peppers, with seeds, halved lengthwise down the middle
14 whole cloves
2-1/3 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
7 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed slightly
5 cups distilled white vinegar (5% acidity)
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1-2/3 cups granulated sugar
5 Tbsp. pickling salt
You will need 7 pint jars (or 3 quarts and 1 pint), preferably wide-mouthed. Into each pint jar, put 1/2 a jalapeno pepper, 2 whole cloves, 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, and one clove of crushed garlic.
Peel and trim both ends off the carrots. Cut them into carrot sticks that are one inch shorter than the pint jars. Pack the carrots sticks upright in the jars and fairly tightly. Put odd lengths and bits of carrots into one jar so the rest of them are as uniform as possible. (Or, if you have large carrots, you might like them cut into diagonal round slices.)
In a large pot, mix the vinegars, sugar and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Carefully pour the hot vinegar into the jars over the packed carrots, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. (You might have extra vinegar if you did a nice job packing the carrots tightly.) Wipe the rims of the jars with a damp paper towel. At this point, if you aren’t canning these, add lids and put your refrigerator pickles in the refrigerator. Eat within four months.
For canning: Add lids and rings and process in the boiling water bath for 15 minutes (20 for quarts). Then, turn off the heat and let the jars sit in the bath for an additional 5 minutes before removing to the counter (onto a dish towel). Let sit un-disturbed for 24 hours. Check seals. If any jars failed to seal, store in the fridge. Otherwise, store in a cool, dark place for up at a year.