Monday, April 29, 2013

Blackberry Cobbler!

 
 
 
I have the hardest time when I pass by the fresh blackberries while shopping at Costco! These are one of my favorite fruits to make a cobbler with. I always think of my Nana when I make a blackberry cobbler. When I was a little girl, I would stay with her during summer break, and we would make cobblers from all the blackberries that grew wild around her garden!
 
 
 
I use her family's recipe that has been in our family for years. The only secret to this recipe is that it is made with love! I recently added a step to my Nana's recipe and it makes this cobbler perfect!
 
 
Blackberry batter recipe;
 1 cup of milk
 1 cup of self rising flour
 1 tsp of vanilla
 1 stick of butter
 1 cup of sugar
 
 Blackberry filling
3/4 cup of sugar
2 c Blackberries
2 Tbsp water
2Tbs cornstarch
 
First, melt your butter and pour it in a 9x13 pan. Then mix milk, vanilla, sugar, and flour, until there are no lumps! Here is the new step I added to her recipe..
 
I take two cups of blackberries and add them to a saucepan, and cook them on medium heat with 3/4 cup of sugar and 2 Tbsp of water. When the mixture comes to a boil, add in 2 Tbsp of cornstarch to thicken. This gives the cobbler a pie filling effect..
 
Next, I add the batter mixture to the pan with the melted butter, and finally add the fruit filling! Bake on 350 for 45 minutes or until golden brown. I add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to mine!
 
 
I hope you enjoy this as much as I have!
 
 
 
 
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Monday, April 22, 2013

New Bed with Old Stories!


 
 
I recently changed a few things in my daughters bedroom which led to a project with chalk paint! I am a huge fan of this stuff! I love that you do NOT have to prime, sand, or do any prep to your furniture piece! That is my kind of project!
  My mom gave my daughter a double mattress for Christmas this year, so we surprised her with a new bedspread. The problem was the new mattresses had no headboard or footboard. I made a mental note to begin looking for one when I was at some of my favorite thrift stores.
 
   Before I knew it, my grandfather heard I was in the market for a headboard and foot board, and called to inform me he had one in his attic for her! Just what I love! A piece of furniture with some history! This furniture has history I know all about, because I slept on a bed with these pieces during summer time visits to his home! I was excited to be able to pass some stories down to my daughter that went with her new bed!
  
I cleaned the pieces with a simple water and soap solution. I let this air dry for a few hours, and then I mixed my websters chalk powder to a satin white paint.
 



 





 
 
 
You can use any kind of paint and color you want. When you mix the chalk powder in the paint it becomes chalk paint!
 
 
 I have to tell you this is a fraction of the cost of most chalk paint that's already mixed on the market! I have paid extra to buy the chalk paint already mixed, but it will be difficult to do that again after using websters chalk powder!  I love that I can pick out my color, have it mixed, and then mix in the powder to be chalk paint!  You can read here on where I bought my Chalk powder.
 









I used miss mustard seed's furniture wax to seal it.





 
Here is the headboard and footboard out of my grandparents attic!



 
Here is the newly painted headboard and footboard! I think this makes a perfect bed for a sweet girl!


Until next time,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Books On My CoffeeTable



 Lately, I have been drawn to books that feature the Old South.. I love the old movie Gone with the Wind. I read the book my fifth grade year, and my mother was so shocked that she let me stay up to watch the classic that fall when it aired on television. That was one of the best weeks of my life! Mind you I was only twelve years old!
 
Over the years I have never lost my attraction for the old historic south, if anything, it has become one of my favorite things to do! I love to travel and stop to see historic homes that were not burned by Sherman's army.
 
I was really excited to find this book at a garage sale! I paid fifty cents for it, and would have paid more! I have this sitting out  with my collection of old historic homes of the south...Gone with the Wind!
 
 
 
My favorite book on my side table right now is A House in the South.  I highly recommend it if you want to see a gothic mansion, a  rustic seaside cottage, or a civil war home in Charleston!
 
 
  It also has many decorating ideas, including: 
  • Using wrought iron for decorative elements. 
  • Incorporating the porch as an essential room of the house. 
  • Collecting antique silver.
 
 
 
 
Last but not least, one of my favorite places to visit is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  No trip is complete without A Guide to the Biltmore Estate! I have owned this book for over ten years, and I have visited several times. This estate never gets old; its timeless! I hope you have enjoyed a peek at the books on my coffee table!
 
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I Got My Citronella Mosquito Plants Today!





I want to share this wonderful mosquito plant with everyone! They are in high  demand, so I suggest if you see them at your local nursery, or stores, pick them up right then! You can not find them once mosquito's season is here! 
 
 I live in coastal Georgia and mosquito's are large enough to just about eat you up! One of the bad things about living near a beautiful water area is that these pesky insects do, as well! They will just about carry you away during warm weather!
 
I bought my citronella mosquito plants from my local Lowe's. They have a lemony fragrance that resembles citronella and mosquito's avoid this at all cost. Trust me your guest will ask you who lite a citronella candle when they walk by it. They are also very tropical looking. They are part of the geranium family so they have beautiful blooms all year long.

 
 
I plant mine in decorative planters next to my front and back doors! This keeps me from having mosquito's in my house! Here is a picture of my newly potted plant!
 
 
I love the fact that they serve more than one purpose! They are beautiful flowers PLUS they keep pesky mosquito's away!
This is my kind of flower!

 
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

I was nominated for the...Liebster Award!

 
 
I was nominated by Angela from hickorytrailblog.

 Thank you so much! It's such a privilege!

 
A Liebster Award is given to showcase smaller blogs who are up and coming, and who have less than 200 followers. This is an award that you accept with the intention of paying it forward.
The rules for the Liebster Award are simple:

1. Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
2. Choose a few new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
3. Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
6. No tag backs!


Go ahead and like them on Google+ or follow them as friends :)


My Questions from Angela:

1. Why did you start blogging? To connect and share ideas with new people.

2. What state do you live in? Georgia

3. Do you work outside the home? Yes, I work in a second grade class

4. What is your favorite vacation spot? Mountains

5. Do you have pets? If so, what kind and how many? A dog and he will be my only pet ever!

6. Where do you buy most of your groceries? Publix

7. Are you a coke or pepsi kind of person? Pepsi

8. What is your most enjoyable moment? Watching my children do sports, and music!

9. Do you eat healthy or fast foods mostly? Try to do healthy

10. Do you have a background in interior decorating or just a knack for it? I have done some interior decorating courses.

11. Do you know that Jesus loves you? John 3:16 :) Yes I do! Praise the Lord!
 
 
11 random facts about me:
 
 1. I am a born again Christian who tries to live each day for the Lord.
 2. I love Pepsi more than food!
 3. I love to travel!
 4. I am a History loving person...
 5. I grew up in a pastors home.
 6. I try to live each day enjoying the simple things in life!
 7. I grew up in a family of all girls
 8. I  love Italian food
 9. I got married at 18 and we still love each other 17.5 years later!
10.I would rather starve than exercise!
11. I love to get together with family, friends and have fun!
 
 
QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:
 
1. Do you know Jesus loves you? John 3:16
2. What do you tend to blog about the most?
3. What's the name of your favorite blog to follow?
4. What is your favorite food?
5. What is your favorite thing to do?
6. Who inspired you to blog?
7. Where do you eat out the most?
8. What is the one thing you would change about your layout of your home?
9.What is one goal for this year?
10. Pepsi or coke?
 
 
 
 
 
 My nominees are:
Don't forget to link me back into your post so I can see your answers to the questions I posed for you
 
Until Next time,
 
 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Vintage Chair

 
I really had no reason to stop by a yard sale on my way home last Saturday, but I am sure glad I did! This cute vintage chair is what I brought home with me.
 
This chair is perfect for my daughters new vanity that I will be sharing with you soon!
 
I gave it a new paint job and picked up some Zebra print material for a new seat cushion! I will share the seat cushion I made soon!
 
 
 
But for now, here is a look at my new find all cleaned up!
 
 
 
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

From Trash to Treasure!


A year ago my husband and I were riding around in our neighborhood one Saturday afternoon, when we saw the most unbelievable hutch sitting by the side of the road as TRASH! That's right, this hutch was set to the road for the trash man to pick up on Monday morning! We saw the owner out in his yard and double checked that it was trash. He told us to take it, and that he did not want to take the time to repair the door. This is a picture of my hutch the day we brought it home.
 
 
Here is a picture of my 'new to me' hutch after my hubby worked his magic! I still cannot believe this was in the trash! I look at it some days and shake my head at such a find!

 
 
I am going to leave you with some pictures of my hutch and how I have enjoyed it this past year!


This is a great example of the old saying "One man's junk is another mans treasure." I love my trash find!








 
 
 I cannot explain why I love this hutch more than all the other pieces of furniture I own! Perhaps it is because it was FREE!
 
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Monday, April 8, 2013

My Lighthouse Tour!

 
 
I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Lighthouse located on St. Simon's Island, Ga. One of the great things about living near the coast is that there are several old lighthouses to visit.



 
 
 Growing up on the coast, this can be one area you take for granted! I have a confession to make, I have NEVER toured a light house before this one! I wish that I would have taken more time out and done this before now!


I thoroughly enjoyed my time at this light house! Not only was it fun to climb the 104-foot tower, which has a 129-step cast iron spiral staircase, the view at the top was breathtaking!  You can click here for a complete history of this beautiful lighthouse!

                           
 
The floor plans for the lighthouse.                                             
 
 
 
 
I will confess, by the last platform I was trying hard to catch my breath! I stayed up at the top for a while to take in the view and recover from my climb! 
 
View from the top!
 
 
 
 How pretty is that view?
 
 
 
 
I found the scenery at the top so beautiful, that I would climb up again!
 
 

 
This park is located directly across from the lighthouse. You can sit under the sprawling great oak tree with a picnic lunch and enjoy the view! This makes for a wonderful Spring day trip!
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