Monday, September 20, 2010

Please stay tuned . . .

Oh my gosh!  I thought I would change up the look of my blog a little and now here it is many hours later and I cannot get it right.  So, next time you visit, there is no telling what it will look like.    Please come back . . . .

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A little camouflage . . .

I’ve always been bothered by the fact that our electrical outlet for the dryer  is above the dryer in plain sight.  My husband did that on purpose when we built the house for easy access.  (Really, what was he thinking?!)

I’ve tried various ways to try to hide it, but here is my latest.   On my visit to IKEA the other day I saw this wire cable “system” that looked like a clothesline.  They had children’s drawings hanging from it over a desk.

It seems like I saw somebody do something like this and a light bulb went off! 
“We” put it up today and I hung some linens on it.   My eyesore is gone at last!


Friday, September 17, 2010


100_1405 You just never know what you will find there.   Besides the great storage options, I love their textiles. 

I saw a really cute pillow in one of the display rooms and headed right to the textile department where the tag said it was located.  Looked and looked (and then finally asked) and the girl had no idea what I was talking about.   Headed back upstairs to get a better look and, as you know if you have shopped there, it is nothing short of a maze.  Low and behold, it was made using their fabric and some of these cute little crocheted “flowers”.  It was a combination of a red and white checked fabric and a ruffle in a coordinating fabric and a few of these on there. 

They are about 4” across with endless possibilities.  I think they would even look cute hanging on a cottage Christmas tree.  But, I have that pillow stuck in my head.   The best thing is that they were $4.99 for all five – so, who knows, I may be back for more! 

(Darn, I should have bought the fabric when I was there, so I guess I will be going back.)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pecan Pie



1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
dash salt
1 heaping cup of chopped pecans
pecan halves for top decoration (optional)

Combine all ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell.  Decorate with pecans, if desired.   Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.  

(I have recently learned a little tip.  If you have an instant read thermometer, check the center of the pie after baking the suggested time.  The pie is done when the center reads 200 degrees.)


Come on down and we’ll save you a piece – but you better hurry!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rabbits’ Foot Fern


This may be hard to believe but this fern is at least 25 YEARS old!  I know for certain that it has been in this spot in my kitchen as long as we have been in this house.  I have a vague recollection of it before we moved here and I am trying to find a picture that will confirm it, but 25 YEARS old for sure.

Now, my problem.  It started out in a plastic (I think) pot that I put in a wicker container.  Unfortunately as it really started growing, all the little “feet” were sticking through the wicker.  Well, now it is all one thing – wicker, “feet” and fern as one.  What do I do?   The bottom of the wicker has rotted out, the plant is still growing, but I’d love to fix it.  No telling how well it would be doing if it weren’t a tangled mess. 

Maybe I better leave well enough alone.  I’ll keep you posted.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Have a sunny weekend. . .


I went out to the barn today and saw that some sunflowers
had been lucky enough to have been missed by the tractor!  So, I thought they needed to be in a place of honor in the kitchen for us to enjoy.
Texas has the best weeds wildflowers!!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cheesy Okra Fritters

I tried a new recipe today and I think it is a great alternative to plain ol’ fried okra.   Hope you like it too.


Cheesy Okra Fritters

1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup flour
2 cups coarsely chopped okra
1/2 small onion, diced
1 egg
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup shredded cheese
1/4 tsp. cayenne (optional)
salt and pepper

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, okra, onion and cayenne and toss to coat.  In a smaller bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk together.  Add the buttermilk mixture to the okra, stirring to combine.  Add the cheese and stir again until fully incorporated.  Salt and pepper conservatively.

Working in batches, drop batter in small mounds into the oil.  (I used a small ice cream scoop.)  Using a spatula, gently press each mound until slightly flattened.  Fry the fritters until golden, about 4 minutes per side, flipping once.  Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with salt.

(I made 15 with this recipe.)