Thursday, September 25, 2008

A visit to our local Farmers Market....plus, my first Giveaway!



Today was shopping day, and we were able to stop at my *favorite* store, a new specialty farmers market! I brought along my camera so you could enjoy the "shopping experience" as well! :)




Specialty Honey and Jam varieties



Floral & Gift Department

Deli Department

(This is an actual wheel of Italian Parmesan cheese cut in half!)







My sister browsing through the spices...



The Bakery

(The fresh baked bread smelled delicious!)



Here I am deciding which tea to purchase!



For my dear friends,


I would like to give away this new box of tea I purchased today:


To enter, just leave a comment! If you would like to be entered twice, mention/link this giveaway on your blog, and let me know in your comment that you did, and you'll have double the chance of winning!

This giveaway ends: Oct. 10th, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Autumn...




I knew there was something different and more wonderful about today...
Maybe it was the chilly breeze that awoke me from my slumber, as I desperately tried to get warm again by snuggling deeper into my covers...
Maybe the secret was given away by the unusual quietness of the morning...
I'm sure it had to be the sounds of leaves gently rustling through the trees...
Maybe it was the comforting feeling of wearing socks...I haven't worn socks in ages!
Maybe it was the contentment as I peeked outside into the front yard, to watch the squirrels scurry around, determined to collect and dig and bury as many acorns as possible...
It had to be the smile I gave to the sky, as I went outside to do schoolwork, just feeling the crisp, clear air....
Yes, as I looked at the calendar, and realized what "day" today is, I wasn't too surprised!
I hope everyone has a wonderful First Day of Autumn~!

Friday, September 19, 2008

A quote from Tasha Tudor...


“Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininty, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error….”
The Private World of Tasha Tudor

Monday, September 15, 2008

Herb of the Month: Thyme

"Thyme is one of the best known and most widely-used culinary herbs. It is quite easy to grow and is commonly found as a decorative as well as a functional plant in many home gardens. A member of the mint family, thyme is a perennial evergreen shrub, whose sometimes woody stems are covered with small, gray-green to green leaves. Its small, two-lipped flowers range in color from pale pink to purple and bear quadruplet nutlet fruits. The entire plant is aromatic. "
From "Thyme Varieties and Facts". Click here for more information :)

Tonight I made chicken and vegetable soup, and using fresh Thyme as an ingredient added so much flavor to the dish! I read that you can add Thyme to salads as well :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Good Morning!




We got a late start this morning, so I made breakfast--Cheese Biscuits, Bacon & Eggs!

Here's the recipe for "The best cheese biscuits"

1. In a mixing bowl, add 2 cups all-purpose flour...

...4 tsp Baking powder, 2 (heaping!) TBsp Sugar, and 3/4 tsp Salt.










2. Add 2 cups of Cheese (I used 1.5 cup cubed cheese, then added in a mixture of mozzerella and parmesan too!)




3. 1/3 cup oil...




....3/4 cup milk



4. Combine all ingredients!

5. Release dough onto floured surface....




Roll out dough a half inch thick...




...Then use cookie cutter (I used a mason jar lid!) to shape the dough.




6. Arrange biscuits on a greased cookie sheet...





Place the pan in a 425 degree oven, and bake for 15 minutes :)

Remove from the oven...

And Enjoy!

We had a lovely little brunch this morning--The cheese biscuits were delicious (even without butter!) I'll definetely make this again! ps) The recipe made 13 biscuits, and there is still dough left over that I put in the fridge :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Washing Day!



Today we cleaned, dusted and washed, and I enjoyed reading
"Classic Household Hints" by Susan Waggoner, and learned a few tips:

1. For quick stain removal:

Grease--Make a paste of cornstarch and water and apply to the wrong side of the fabric. Let paste dry, then brush off.
Ink from a ballpoint pen--Moisten a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol. Rub until the stain disappears, and rinse thoroughly with tepid water.


2. Washing Tips:
*Cotton whites will stay whiter if you launder them in cold water and add a spoonful of cream of tartar to the wash water.

*Save money by replacing fabric softener with vinegar. A cup added to the rinse cycle will make fabrics soft and fresh.
*Removing clothes from the dryer before they are bone-dry will reduce static cling!

3. Kitchen Pests
*Dried Bay leaves in a kitchen drawer will discourage insects. Renew the leaves when they lose their aroma

*To kill roaches, sprinkle boric acid on top of cupboards, and wherever you see them scurry. It won't kill them on contact, but will last much longer than commercial sprays.

ps) it is toxic, so keep the powder away from children and pets.

*To prevent ants, paint your windowsills with lemon juice. Ants don't like the acidic juice and will not cross it. (Ants are also allergic to cucumber skin, you can try that as well!)

I definetely recommend this book--Every chapter is full of practical and easy tips for everyday!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Secondhand Treasures: A Hat, Mirror, and Antique Bowl


Eclectic Hat: (cost $1.00) At first, I didn't like this hat, but it fits really well, and I'm going to re-do it... replace those bold sunflowers, and change the ribbon--Hopefully, I'll be able to do a before & after post! In the meantime, I may feel spontaneous, and wear the hat to our local fair! haha!


Candleholder: (cost $0.25) I've always loved these--the candle/mirror combination will illuminate any wall! Its an easy way to create an old-fashioned look :) For a quarter, I went ahead and purchased it for novelty!


Antique Bowl (cost $1.50) Originally priced at $2.50, I asked the cashier if she'd take $1.00 for it. She said because we help support them by donating often, she'd take $1.50 for it! Its a great find..On the back it reads "warrented 22 carat gold". That sure is special! This is definetely a hope chest addition, I'll be wrapping it up to use for later!

Monday, September 1, 2008

After the rain...

We've had quite a bit of rainy days during the past week (I believe its because of these tropical storms) but the cooler weather and much needed rain was delightfully welcomed :)

Asparagus Fern

Miniature Rose

Muscadine Grapes


Garden Gate



"He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass, as showers that water the earth."
Psalm 72:6