Archive for August, 2010

Hello, hello, hello! I have been so busy lately.  Well I fell like I have.  I have continued my gym workouts and I have decided once again to try my hand at painting.  This time with better results.  My friend Holley is a self-taught artist and I asked her if she minded giving me a pointer class on techniques. I had a blast.  With the Fall season just around the corner, I have jumped in and started painting things that make me happy.  I only have 3 to show you at the moment, but  I am working everyday and I will post my new creations soon.


Harvest Witch


I would love to sell one.  I think that would be so much fun.  Maybe I will look into opening an Etsy shop. That way I can put some jewelry and paintings on there.Who knows.  I will have to see.

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Greetings from the Soggy South!

I tell ya, the weather has been crazy down here.  We had no rain for weeks then all of a sudden all we see are black clouds that bring a lot of lightning and rain.  The storms have been really scary.  My yard has looked a little dry and brown as well as my ferns so I am happy for the rain.  We are lucky  that our electricity does not go out very often.  Sometimes living in an old house brings frequent power outages but we have been blessed.  During the storm we had yesterday, I looked for a recipe that included buttermilk.  I bought some to use for baking but never got around to it.  I came across a baked chicken recipe that sounded really good so we had it last night for dinner. And here it is.

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

3 pounds chicken, cut up or 4-6 breasts
3/4 cup buttermilk (low or fat-free ok)
2 1/2 tablespoon Mrs Dash Tomato Basil seasoning

1/4 tsp  Garlic Salt

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika (don’t use less)
1/4 cup margarine, melted

Salt & Pepper

In a large bowl, combine buttermilk, Mrs. Dash, Garlic Salt, & Salt & Pepper.

Stir well.

Let stand 10 minutes.

Salt and pepper your chicken and place it in a container. Pour the buttermilk mixture

over the chicken and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Overnight is fine, too.

Combine flour and paprika ( I salt and pepper my flour also) and coat each piece of chicken with flour mixture.

Place in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and drizzle with melted margarine.

Bake for 1 hour at 350.

I put my oven on broil for the last minute or so just to crisp the chicken up!


I also made some garlic mashed potatoes to go with the chicken so here is that recipe.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

4-6 medium red potatoes


Garlic( minced or freshly sliced)

Salt & Pepper

1 stick of butter

Wash and cut potatoes into cubes

Salt your water for boiling and add potatoes.

Bring to a boil on med high.

When potatoes are tender remove from heat and drain.

Place stick of butter in mixer and pour potatoes on top so it will melt.

Add your garlic ( the amount is a personal preference) I like a lot!

When the butter is mostly melted turn mixer on low.

Add pepper to taste then slowly add milk.  ( Add 1 TBS at a time) I think I end up using 2 -4 TBS

You do not want your potatoes to be runny.

Turn up the mixer and make sure the potatoes are good and mixed.

Here is where you taste them and you add extra salt, pepper, garlic or milk if need be.

You can add bacon, cheese or onion if you like.

Spoon onto a plate and dig in!

I hope you enjoy the recipes! We sure did.

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I have mentioned the light fixture I got from my In Laws house, right?  They  replaced the light in their dining room so I figured I could use the old light in my kitchen  / dining area. It will take a little time and TLC but I think I can make it over to be “Just what I am looking for”.

So I headed out to Lowes & Wal-Mart and bought new wiring, chain, spray primer and paint along with a decorative cover for the ceiling.

This is a photo of both of the lights before the makeover.

I will outline what I did to change the light.

1.  Clean the light

2.  Disassemble the light. Make sure to tape off any wires and
or bulb openings before painting!

(make sure to take photos of the way it is put together)

I learned this the hard way.  Although the light was not terribly complicated it would have helped.

3.  Figure out a way to hang the pieces parts so that you can spray prime them. I had to get creative with this.

I used crafting wire and hung them from a plant rack in the back yard.

4. Spray all pieces thoroughly with the primer. I sprayed a light coat on all pieces and let it dry then came back and added another coat. About every 30 minutes.

I continued this process until the entire can was used.  The flowers on the lamp proved to be tricky so I went back to the store and got another can of primer.

I repeated step 4.

5. As with the primer, I sprayed a light coat of paint on all parts and let it dry.  This paint dries fast. I think every 30 minutes I went

out and added a new coat.  On the last coat I let it dry for about 3 hours before I brought it inside.  I let it sit another 3  hours before I put the lamp back together.

I wanted to make sure the paint was dry.

6. Re assemble the light. (You may have to touch up places where the paint chipped). It happens!   I had to update the wiring so it matched the rest of my kitchen. My Father was in town so he taught me how to

make sure the wires were taped and capped off properly.  I love learning new things!

7.  We put  the ceiling cap in place and attached the light. I had to put a hook in my ceiling and

swag the light over so it hangs in the center of my table.

8.  I have not found lamp shades that I can not live without, so I just have the exposed bulbs at the moment.

I think my light turned out great! It really makes the dining area look finished.


It is exactly what I was looking for.  I just can not wait until I come across the perfect shades!

So there you have it. Out dated oldness transformed into timeless newness! So much fun and I only spent $22.67.  You can ‘t beat that!

I hope this has  inspired you to update something in your world! Let me know how it turns out.

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I have made this recipe 3 times and it is the best in the world.   I’ve never known anyone who did not love it.    This is my Mother’s recipe and believe me, you want to jot this down!

It is a little more involved than most of the recipes  I post but I couldn’t  resist.  So here we go.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

By Lousie Locke

1 8 oz cream cheese (room temp)

3 sticks of butter (room temp)

3 cups sugar

6 eggs (room temp)

3 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon of vanilla butternut flavor

A pinch of salt

Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy

Add sugar and blend well

Add eggs 1  at a time mixing each 2 minutes

You should touch your finger to the mixture and feel if it is smooth. If it is still gritty keep mixing!

Turn mixer to low and add flour

Mix well, until no lumps are in the flour then add your 2 flavorings

Mix for about 2 minutes

Lightly spray a tube pan and pour in your mixture

Place in a cold oven and pre heat to 300 degrees

Set timer for 1 hour 35 minutes or until tested by touch

Take out and let cool in pan for 10 minutes

Turn out on a plate then back over on to  a cake plate.

There you have it!


My cake turned out a little darker than normal because I used a new tube pan that I got for christmas.  The sides should be only a bit darker than the top.  Also when you cut into your cake you should see a slightly un-done streak. This means your cake is a perfect success! I like to serve my cake with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries. I am sure that you can find a way to make it personally yours.

Next up I have my recycled lamp that I put in my kitchen.  I am really excited about it!

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