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Hello,

  I have been so busy the past few days!  I am really working hard on trying to get my yard in order for the coming season.  As I said before the  HUGE oak tree in our back yard has dropped little leaves everywhere.  I must say that after a day of raking and bagging leaves I feel like I’ve been to the gym!

While taking a break from the yard work I decided that it was time to change my kitchen up a bit. So . . . .

 I sold my big modern 8 person dinning room table.

 and down sized to a small 4 person antique.

 

 

 

I have much more room and it makes the room brighter. I will need to sand the new table and  paint it.” Here we go again” right?  It is small enough that it will not take long.  Do you see the pumpkin in the center of the table?  I bought that October 25, 2009!!! It is still in perfect condition. Yes it is a real pumpkin. I’m amazed at how well it has kept.  I love it and it keeps a little bit of  fall around.  I don’t know what I am going to do when it starts to die.    Lets hope it last until next October!

I told you that I was going to shop around for hardware for the baker’s rack I finished. Well I found the perfect knobs and pulls. I am waiting on the paint to completely dry before I put the hardware on it.   I will have photos up this weekend. Yeah!  

 I still have not been able to make the Rustic Bread recipe, but I promise that this weekend we will tackle it.  I am also going to make some jewelry and maybe sew something. I will keep you posted.

Well I hope that your Hump day was great.  Just think, only 2 days until the weekend!!!!

Until Then,

Wende

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 I am taking a break from painting my bakers rack. I tell ya, my fingers hurt from pushing down on the spray nozzel. But anyway now that I have about an hour to wait for paint to dry it’s time for a strawberry treat.

 As promised here is our recipe. 

1 Cup of sugar

3 heaping tbsp of cornstarch

1 1/4 cup of water

2 tbsp of butter

1 small box of strawberry jello (I use sugar-free)

One container of fresh strawberries

1 ready-made pie crust

Bake the pie crust as directed on the box

Let it cool while preparing the mixture

Slice your strawberries and put to the side

In a sauce pan combine sugar, cornstarch and water

Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until it dissolves thickens

It should stick to the spoon

 

Take off of heat and add the butter

Stir until melted then add the jello

Stir until it is dissolved

Let cool just a bit

Add half of your fresh-cut strawberries to the bottom of the pie crust

Pour the jello mixture over the top

Add remaining strawberries to the top and put in fridge to chill for a good 2 hours

Top with Cool Whip and a few whole strawberries and serve

Enjoy!!

My oven is a bit wonky and my crust got too brown around the edges so I had to trim it a bit. But It tastes delicious just the same.

I have been asked for an easy bread recipe and I found a great one. I hope that I have time to try it this evening. Heres hoping.

Until Then,

Wende

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Well I hope that you have had a wonderful saturday.  I  know that I have. It has been a busy weekend so far and there is so much more to do.  We were blessed with a nice morning so I actually got to cut my front yard for the first time this season. Boy did it need it.  I don’t want to think about starting the back yard. The oak tree back there has dropped 2 inches worth of leaves.  It always takes about 3 weeks to get it under control before summer hits.

Ok,  I know that I said we were going to have strawberry pie as our recipe this week but I am going to give you one more.  Stephen has been sick and he finally has his appetite back.  I made him homemade pancakes for breakfast. (his favorite).  This recipe is really simple and you will always have the ingredients in your pantry.  So here we go!!!

One cup all-purpose flour

2 tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp of salt ( I only use a pinch)

1 cup of milk

3 tbsp. Vegetable oil

1 large egg

Mix together until smooth

Pour batter on hot griddle

When they start to bubble “Flip’em”

Top with butter, powdered sugar or syrup

Enjoy!!!

 

   I have worked on a project for the past 2 weeks.  I had to take last weekend off because I was sick. But I was back at it today.  I forgot to take photos of the first part but I made sure to take some of my progress today.  I am working on an old bakers rack that my parents got as a wedding present over 50 years ago.  It has been painted  so many times and so many colors that it’s taking a while to sand. I remember it being green from when I was a child. So I have decided it will be green again.  I have painted the inside light blue. Here in the south people use to paint the ceilings of their porches this blue color.  It is an old wives tale that the blue color kept the haints from bothering the families. A haint is a spirit or ghost. In case you were wondering. I like the story behind the blue but I also like the contrast of colors.

  So this is the first coat of green and blue.  I had to bring it in because there is a chance of rain in the morning. I hope it holds off so I can finish up.

 That way I can shop for hardware this week. Wish me luck!

  Visit me tomorrow and you will get to enjoy the Strawberry Pie recipe!!!

Until Then,

Wende

p.s. Let me know if there is any recipe you would like and I will find a good one! 

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Well  it’s  friday and I am soooo happy.  Just like the photo below, I am anxiously waiting to go outside and play.

This is Clare and Lucy. 2 of my beautiful babies!

I have a ton of projects that I am  working on and I will be posting on all of them.  My recipe for the weekend is Strawberry Pie!  YUM!  If you need a recipe leave me a comment and I will do my best to find one that is simple and delicious.

Until Tomorrow,

Wende

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I have been under the weather the past week.  I have missed 2 days of work and also missed out on crawfish/Sunday Funday! YUCK.

  I am ready for some sunshine and warm weather to pick me up. I mean I live in Alabama for goodness sake. We never have this much cold weather. EVER!  I don’t know what to think of it.  I hope that in the next few days our season ( Spring ) will start popping out everywhere I look. But for now I will make springtime by sharing some photos from my favorite places. I hope you enjoy. 

 

Until then,

Wende

P.S.

  I just found out that one of my friends is pregnant! TWINS!!!  Congrats Tina & Jonathan.

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Well I figured I would share some of my photos from Ireland since it is St. Patrick’s Day and all.  I hope you enjoy just a glimpse into my wonderful journey of the Irish countryside!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the photos.  Many more to come. But in the meantime you can visit my website at www.luckycloverstudio.com   

where you can buy many of our prints!  

“Sláinte” that’s cheers in gaelic if you were wondering.  

Wende

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Well how are you today?  I tell ya it has been crazy in my world. But what’s new, right?

Today Stephen and I were invited to a dinner party. YEAH! It’s tonight. Did I mention that?  Because I am the way I am, I just could not show up with empty hands. So I insisted on bringing dessert.  I thought hard and long about it and decided on an old faithful recipe which is quick and easy.  “Monkey Bread”  Only 4 ingredients and a 30 minute cook time. You can’t beat that.  So I will take you step by step through this delicious easy recipe.  I will make sure to post the entire recipe at the end!

Ok, so I gather all of my ingredients to get started! I like having everything at my fingertips.

        

Like I said only 4 ingredients: biscuits, butter, cinnamon, & sugar.  I like to go ahead and put my sugar,cinnamon and butter on the stove on med to start melting.  

Then I cut my biscuits.  I use a pair of scissors because it makes it faster.  Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces.

 

Roll the dough pieces in sugar and cinnamon mixture, then layer them in your well sprayed bundt pan.  Continue this until all the dough is gone and the pan is heaping full of sugary goodness.

 

Pour the butter mixture over the top of the dough and make sure to use all of it.  I gently swirl the pan to make sure that the butter gets into all the little spaces. Now it is time to pop it into the oven.  Well when your timer starts yelling at you to take your monkey bread out. . . do so.  Let it cool for about 5 – 10 minutes then turn it out on a  plate and serve it warm. 

Here at my house we like to eat it like little monkeys and just pick pieces off. But if you have company just cut and serve.  It is also really good with vanilla bean ice cream!

Ok well now for the complete recipe.

Monkey Bread

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 sticks of butter

4 cans of biscuits (not flakey)

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. sugar

Melt the first three ingredients and boil for 2 minutes.

Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Roll each piece in the last 2 ingredients.

Layer in a greased bundt pan.

Pore the butter mixture over the top.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Cool in pan for 5 – 10 minutes then turn out on plate.

Serve warm and Enjoy!

Happy eating!

Wende

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