Friday, August 31, 2012

Pecan Brownie Pie and Awards, Paying them Forward

Pecan Brown Pie, baked by Stephanie
Substitute this simple item for a 'healthier' brownie
Made Better For You...
Substitute Apple Sauce for the Oil,
Add a top layer of as many pecans,
I say pea-cans, as you want :)
Bake as directed and Enjoy!

If you read my last post,
nominated by blog for the
One Lovely Blog and for the
Very Inspiring Blogger Awards.
(To me, these go hand in hand :)

Jamie's blog is chock full of
delicious recipes, loaded with a variety
that is sure to temp everyone's taste buds! 
Why not show her some blog love and hop over
to check out her site :) You are BOUND 
to find at least 10, or 15,
things you'll be bookmarking to cook!

On to the Awards:
I am to (1) thank the blogger who chose me and (2) "pay it forward" to 15 other blogs that I admire and love to read by leaving them a comment letting them know I've chosen their blog for the award(s), and (3) tell seven things little known things about one's self:
You can read a few HERE and HERE...and Here

So, after reading those, what else do I tell? I guess I'll call this "Confessions of a ________ Addict" 
I'll confess to some of my most hard core addictions:

1- Candlesticks, esp PEWTER - I cannot for the life of me NOT buy a pair of old pewter candlesticks (unless unreasonably priced)

2- Vintage Revere ware - pots, lids, sets... the first place I scan when I go thrifting is the pots/pans isle... for Revere ware.

3- Pfaltzgraff Folk Art - the REAL stuff, made in PA, USA!!!

4- Wooden Dough Bowls - but I don't have a REAL antique one yet :(

5- Stoneware bowls and crocks - I simply don't have enough money to buy all that I see and want!!

OK, Honestly folks, this is HARD to choose only 15!!! Please note that even if your blog is "award free", I still would like mention you here, because you are my choice, and well, I like your blog! But please do not feel obligated follow thru, if you do not wish to:

(1) Country Girl at Home - one of the most uplifting and delightful blogs I read, with great recipes and country/prim decor I love!

(2) My Heart's Desire - simply beautiful, one of the very first blogs that I "took notes from and learned" how to blog. 

(3) It All Started With Paint - what's NOT to love there?? Check out her painted porch floor!

(4) Civil War Quilts - There are some awesome quilters out there, but the ladies making THESE reproductions quilts, well, they are simply stunning... PLEASE hop over and check them out! 
BONUS FACTOID: I am a direct descendant of Georgia's Civil War Ancestry, on my Father's side. 

(5) Mod Podge Rocks! - a new blog for me, but I love it. I never knew there were so many different kinds, for different projects.

(6) Salmon Falls Prims - if you're a true lover of Prims, you gotta go there! Terrific items and decorating ideas galore!

(7) Stuff and Nonsense - you're sure to get hooked on Alison's humorous posts!

(8) Uncommon Designs Online - one of my "go to" blogs to see the latest "What's Up?" 

(9) I Gotta Create - Christina has a seriously awesome blog!

(10) The Brambleberry Cottage - I could just sit and look at her blog all day - Did you see her Up cycled Window Yard Conservatory?

(11) The Winthrop Chronicles - Great tutorials - click the tab

(12) Walking On Sunshine - another wonderful recipes blog!

(13) One Pretty Thing - A good site to go find awesome projects of ALL sorts, well categorized, Great Kids Crafts too! Something this Nana is gonna need to refer to very often, very soon!

(14) Ana White - this gal is awesome with designing furniture and other projects!

(15) Dollar Store Crafts - I can't end this without including this site - EVERYBODY loves to go to the $1 dollar stores, and general dollar stores - Did you see how she used the bottom of a glass to make designs on cookies? duh, why didn't I think of that?

Thank you to all these, and more,
for your terrific and inspiring blogs!
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

De-Brassing Lamps Part 2 & Awards

Here is one of the old brass lamps I spray painted.
I thought one can of spray paint would cover both, but

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sweet Little Woolie Apples

I arrived home today to find my order
of sweet little "Woolie Apples" from
sitting in my mail box...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

De-Brassing My {Cow Bell} Lamps Part One

So, we've had a lot of
"Rainy Nights In Georgia" here lately...
and days... and gnats... and bugs...

This is part one of my attempt to
get my old "cow bell" living room lamps
de-brassed and looking up to date.
Yep, that's a broken bulb holder - thingy,
hanging there, all pitiful like.
One reason why I won't cry if this project 
doesn't turn out the way I like. 
The other reason is those light bulb pulls...
They are terrific features to these old lamps,
'cause when you want the light off, you
don't have to reach up inside (and burn your fingers)
to get to the turn switch. 
They hang low enough that it's an easy reach BUT
when you let loose of them, 
they give off that distinctive DING A LING
of a Cow Bell... so that's what I named them...
my Cow Bell Lamps... which MIGHT not be so good
for the spray paint job that is to follow.
I'm not sure if the paint will be able
to withstand the banging of the ball pull.
You can see the way they looked in my post HERE.
And, with out fail, YOU KNOW WHO
{Suzie Cow} came meandering over,
checking out what I was doing, 
but what she REALLY wanted was some
 of those PEARS off my tree.
Please excuse my over grown grass - 
Rain mixed with a tired husband don't mix 
during the weekdays, and we were 
goofing off relaxing at the lake last weekend.
As y'all can see, that ain't exactly
"Moon light through the Pines", as Ray Charles sings,
and before I even started the project, I had
my fingers crossed that I could finish it...
But I wasn't about to push my luck
with The Powers That Be!
So, until next time, Y'all have a Good Thursday!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Stuffed Zucchini Strips

Stuffed Zucchini Strips

I saw this recipe over at The Single Nester
I added meat to my version:

*Added Note: there are many recipes on Pinterest!

6 zucchini, sliced in half length wise, 
and with insides scooped out:
Add to the zucchini "in-erds"
1/2 lb cooked *ground beef
*ground sausage would have also been great
and I'll try this meat next time. 
Spicy sausage will add a nice flavor.

1 Red Bell Pepper chopped
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 c. crushed seasoned croutons
Shredded Mozzarella 
*Olive Oil
*I forgot to oil the pan but they did not stick
*Next time I will lightly coat the
zucchini with olive oil before baking.

I had so much stuffing left over that 
I put it in a glass pie pan, but this would have been great wrapped up in a flour tortilla shell, had I had them on hand.

Happy Monday, Y'all!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday To ME!

Today's my 49th birthday! Here's 49 Trips down My memory lane:

  1. My first "rock" song I loved was Nancy Sintara's "These Boots Were Made For Walkin" and I had a pair of tall white Go-Go boots; I also loved "Downtown", and "Crimson and Clover"
  2. Daddy bought Mama a car with AIR CONDITIONING and an 8 TRACK TAPE PLAYER!!! WHOW! we were IT on the street ;) 
  3. I remember staying home from school to watch Captain Kangaroo & Mr. Green Jeans AND Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood!
  4. My brother was nearly drafted to go to Vietnam, but he was the only son. I remember seeing footage on TV and Mama crying.
  5. My Mother had one of those HORRIBLE Silver Aluminum Christmas trees = MAN, do I wish I had that thing NOW!!!
  6. Saturday Morning Cartoons were SPECIAL: I loved The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, Josie and the Pussycats and The Flintstones, The Monkeys, 
  7. It was cool to have a METAL lunch box with a thermos so I could bring TEA to school
  8. GAMES: Operation, Trouble, Twister, MONOPOLY!!!
  9. I bought 'Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific!' shampoo every time Mama would let me :)
  10. I loved Little House on the Prairie, The Walton's and Marty Stouffer's Wild America, then Tinker Bell would come out and announce the Disney movie
  11. Didn't miss Dick Clark's American Bandstand or The SSSOOUULL Train! (eventually MTV came along, way on down the road)
  12. I wanted to be a Solid Gold Dancer... HAHAHA!
  13. First thing I did when I got off the school bus was watch Gilligan's Island, Dark Shadows, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, and Lassie (I cried every time!)
  14. Prime time night shows: Starsky & Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman, and Wonder Woman, Welcome Back Kotter, Mod Squad, All in the Family, The Carol Burnette Show, The Jeffersons', Good Times, The Donnie and Marie Show, Hee Haw, WESTERNS: Gunsmoke, Big Valley, High Chapperal, Bonanza, Pettycoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies! Incredible Hulk! 
  16. Disneyworld was a dream trip for me...M-i-c, See you real soon,K-E-Y Why? Because we LIKE You, M O U S E.
  17. Stuck in my head forever is the tune to McDonald's Big Mac song "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun!"
  18. And Oscar Mayer song with the little boy fishing: "My bologna has a first name, it's O S C A R, my bologna has a second name, it's MAYER, oh I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why I'll sayyyy, 'cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B O L O G N A!" I sat in my high chair, opened a new pack, folded each slice in half, and bit a hole in each piece... Mama was NOT happy...
  19. Piggly Wiggly Grogery Stores
  20. Capt. Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal, Tony Tiger Sugared Frosted Flakes, Kix "Hey Mikey!"
  21. Dawn dish detergent, 1972
  22. White Adidas shoes with the rubber toes and side stripes
  23. FULL SERVICE GAS STATIONS - they pumped your gas, cleaned your windshield, checked your tires and fluids - YES, I WOULD PAY FOR SOMEBODY TO DO THAT!!!
  24. My Favorite doll was The Crissy Doll from Sears
  25. Gap was THE PLACE to buy cool jeans, called Levis
  26. Hair dryers were hoods hooked to a hose, then I got my first gun shaped hair dryer.
  27. I remember when the Macon Mall and the Dublin Mall was built!
  28. I remember my parents having a Black & White TV, then bought the best thing on the market, a gigantic COLOR RCA Console TV
  29. Then they bought the huge console FM/AM Stereo RECORD PLAYER, with SIDE SPEAKERS
  30. Drive-In Movies, sitting in the bed of the truck with a chair or a blanket - then came the Air Conditioned Cinemas!!
  31. LOVE STORY with Ryan O'Neill and Ali McGraw!! 
  32. Cokes were bought in COLD glass bottles for 10 cents, and you could return the bottles and get a free drink; then they switched to cans with the pull tabs, and we made long chains to hang in your rooms
  33. LAVA LAMPS and purple light bulbs and velvet wall posters!
  34. It was COOL to DRESS UP for School in the Slack, Jacket and Vest outfit, we called it The K Mart Special
  35. JAWS ruined by beach trips to Jekyll Island, or any beach, and I had the shark tooth necklace. 
  36. Mama wouldn't let me see Saturday Night Fever (but I snuck in)  and The Bee Gees
  37. MEN actually wore those screen printed shirts
  38. Burt Reynolds was hot in this Trans AM in Smokey & the Bandit
  39. Dorothy Hammel made ice skating and HER HAIR style cool!
  40. Jimmy Conner and Chris Everett made TENNIS cool!
  41. I got my first big girl bike with a banana seat, tall handle bars with tassels and a pretty white basket with flowers
  42. Shag carpet!!
  43. Shake'n Bake for chicken and pork chops, AND I HELPED!!!
  45. Easy Bake Ovens and gigantic Barbie Heads to Put make up on
  46. We moved to town and got CABLE TV and saw this stupid show called THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
  47. Farrah Fawcett Hair Cuts - or better said, "wanna be"
  48. Tupperware, S & H Green Stamps, and Corelle dinnerware!!!   
  49. Jeanne Natte, Windsong and Cache were considered GOOD perfumes :0

Gee, I could go on and on but that's enough for now...
My Birthday Song to Me
"Trip Around The Sun"
Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride

Hear'em singin' Happy Birthday!
Better think about the wish I make,
This year gone by 
Ain't been a piece of cake.

Every day's a Revolution
Pull it together, and it comes undone
Just one more candle and a
Trip Around the Sun

I'm just hangin' on, 
while this old world keeps spinning,
And it's good to know it's out of my control.
If there's one thing that I've learned 
from all of this livin',
Is that it wouldn't change a thing 
if I LET GO...

No, you never see IT comin'
Always wind up wonderin' Where and When
And only time will tell 
If it was time well spent.

It's another Revelation,
Celebrating what I SHOULD HAVE done,
With these souvenirs of my Trip Around the Sun.

I'm just hangin' on, 
while this ol' world keeps spinning,
and it's good to know it's out of my control.
If there's one thing that I've learned
from all of this livin',
Is that it wouldn't change a thing 
if I LET GO...

Yes, I'll make a Resolution,
That I'll never make another one.
Just enjoy this ride on my Trip Around the Sun.
Just enjoy this ride...
(on my Trip Around the Sun)
Until IT'S DONE...
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Home Tour with Danielle at Blissful and Domestic

Good Morning Everyone! Please visit Danielle at
Blissful and Domestic
as I join her Home Tour Series today.
Click on the below image to be redirected to her site.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Winner, My Auto Accident and Prayers Needed

Cherry of Cherry's Prairie Primitives
is the winner of my $20 Hobby Lobby 
Gift Card Giveaway!
Congratulations, Cherry!
Please contact me via email
with your snail mail address so 
I may send you the gift card.
Have lots of fun picking out your goodies!

I have tried to keep up with each GFC & Linky Followers,
but if I have missed following your blog back,
please let me know.

What a way to start off August 2012 ?!?!...