Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Bell Buckle, TN is a very small and cozy town located south of Murfreesboro. We have made it tradition in our family and several of us are seen there every year. We generally spend Saturday there looking, buying and eating! It's always a good time as the weather is cool in the morning and nice in the afternoon for a wonderful October day craft fair.
So get those comfortable walking shoes out and your fanny pack! Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Mother's Buttermilk Biscuits
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold buttermilk
3 tablespoons of butter
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix flour and salt together, cut butter into flour using a pastry cutter or fork, add buttermilk and stir in slowly until dough ball forms a soft ball. Kneed dough on lightly floured surface 10 to 15 times. Roll out to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a 2 inch cookie cutter and place on greased cookie pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
I brushed them with a little melted butter when they came out of the oven. They had a surprising lift to them and weren't dry and crumbly when we ate them.
The recipe made about 16 biscuits.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Me Time Bath Soak
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup dry milk
1 cup sea salt
1 envelope powdered drink mix (like Kool Aid) - your favorite flavor recommended
Mix ingredients together and store in a pretty glass container. Use 2 tablespoons for a quick soak and 4 tablespoons if you actually have 15 minutes or more to soak. The drink mix is optional but adds a little fun color to your bath and a nice aroma. I have used lemonade and grape in the past. Feel free to accompany this Me Time Bath Soak with a cold bottle of water or Kahlua and milk followed by a good book and a restful night's sleep.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Here's what I came up with for myself:
- I GOT MARRIED!!
- I learned how to make cantaloupe and watermelon popsicles.
- Got to spend my first summer with my pets and new husband in our new home.
- Won 1st place at the county fair.
- Started this fabulous blog just for me and you!
As I started my list I realized there are so many more wonderful things that occurred during summer 2009. I love having my flickr account and digital camera so that I can go back and see things that I did and things that caught my eye. We are all so blessed!
Now, if you want to, take a second and leave a comment letting me know what wonderful things you did this summer!
Monday, September 14, 2009
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup powdered cocoa
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups oats
In a medium saucepan, bring the first four ingredients to a rapid boil and boil for three minutes stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter, vanilla and oats. Stir until combined. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper and allow to cool.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It's a simple four-count method. You breathe in deeply through your nose for four counts (which goes along with your steps), hold for four count, exhale through your mouth four count and wait four count. Then do the process over and over again.
This helped me to control my heart rate as well as gave me something to concentrate on besides how far I'd been. I didn't tire as quickly and truthfully was ready to make another lap when I'd gone as far as I normally do. I was even up for some stretch exercises when I got back to the house.
Last year for Christmas I asked for a pedometer which Shaun bought for me and I love! It tells me how many steps I've made, how far I've been, how many calories I've burned and even how long it took. Since I walk our abnormally long driveway plus some it's hard to just know how far I've gone without it. When I used to run at the park I never knew how far I'd been, I only knew how long it took which was still ok just to time myself. But for around eight dollars you can easily calculate your every step.
Exercise is important although I admit I do go through spurts of time without doing so myself. Fall is a good time of the year to get outside and walk with cooler evenings!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I am under Lot 08 for Kosher Dill Pickles and Lot 22 for my plum preserves! I entered a lot more than just two things but I am ever-so tickled to have any kind of ribbon!
P.S. This is the recipe that I blogged about in July called "Well Pickle Me Spears".
My Mexican Cornbread
2 Jiffy cornbread mixes
2/3 cup milk
1 can chopped green chiles
1/2 jar chopped jalapenos
1 can corn with red and green peppers (Mexican mix)
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven as directed on cornbread box. Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Cook for 20-25 minutes. This is a spicy and colorful cornbread that is just terrific.
(As I was typing the ingredients I realized I left out 2 ingredients yesterday! Oh well... that's what I get for trying to do too many things at once!)