Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

This is not a new picture, but it is interesting. Its a spring built by my Great-grandmother's Grandfather, James Hudson. It's called Hudson Spring and its in Johnson County, Arkansas. It looks rusty because the water has a lot of iron in it. This spring has survived for over a hundred years. I love it...

Monday, July 27, 2009


Well, I finally harvested from my wading pool garden...2 tomatoes! They are not really ripe yet, but I put them in the kitchen window. I had to throw away one that had been eaten on..probably a bird.

Then I put the soaker hose in them and gave them a really good watering, I think it will work better than me with the hose..and I gave them a dose of Miracle grow.

There are lots of tomatoes on them right now, and I have a few peppers coming on.

I feel so in touch with my farm roots right now....


Friday, July 24, 2009

Time for the weekend

Thank goodness its finally Friday! I'm looking forward to a weekend.
Here is a new recipe posting for this weekend. Speaking of which, I ordered a cookbook off Amazon that I had checked out of the library. I really like it, it has some great southern cooking, some history and they are traditional recipes..check it out if you can. I posted its picture under what I'm reading.
This is a cookie recipe I got from my neighbor who lived across the street from me for many years. I really miss her!

Marion’s Unbelievably Good Sugar Cookies

This recipe came from my neighbor across the street who was a well renowned baker in her circle of friends. It is a very light melt-in-your-mouth version.

1 c Sugar
1 c Confectioner's sugar
1 c Butter or margarine; soft
1 c Oil
2 Eggs
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cream of tartar
1 tsp Vanilla
4 1/2 C. Flour
Combine the sugars, butter oil and eggs, beat well. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well. Refrigerate dough until well chilled (2 hours)Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll dough into balls and dip into granulated sugar. Place on a cookie sheet and flatten with the bottom of a glass which has been dipped into the sugar-- it keeps the dough from sticking. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges.
These are incredibly good and light - a perfect cookie for tea in the afternoon, or with fresh fruit.,

Monday, July 20, 2009

Back to Work...ughhhh

Well, I did accomplish one thing during the time off...I cleaned 2 rugs and the couch. And did some laundry.

I have a lot to accomplish this week at work, so I probably won't do much at home. However, I do have lots of tomatoes on the vines, and the roma's have a few that turned red too soon..and they are suffering from blossom end rot. So today I have to go get some bone meal and work into the soil. Then I am going to put the soaker hose in the pools to water them. I dont think the hose is getting the job done.

Friday, July 17, 2009

My week at home

My week at home is almost over..and I didn't accomplish a blessed thing...The Salvation Army didn't benefit...I didn't cook, I didn't clean.
I did however make a custard pie, spent a day with the grandkids going to the library and lunch...I think I got the red jell-o out of my white pants...and did some great reading. So it's been a nice time off. Frankly its too hot to go to the flea markets or hang out by a pool!
Today I came over to Alex's house for breakfast and then we are going to go out exploring. Maybe hit a flea market....

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A week at home

This week I am spending at home. Hopefully to get some things done and spend time with the grandchildren. And Little Rock this weekend.

Maybe even do some cooking!

Salvation Army will benefit from this....



Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America. This is the greatest country ever to exist on this earth. I'm proud to be an American.

What more can we say about that?
Have a safe and happy holiday!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 4th and a salad recipe

July 4th is my birthday. I did get some nice diamond earrings from Underwood's, which I am very proud of!

Here is a wonderful salad I made last July 4th:

Broccoli Salad

1 bunch of broccoli (separated)
3 stalks of green onion (chopped)
1 cup celery (chopped)
1 cup raisins
2 cups green or red grapes (sliced)
1 cup roasted sunflower seeds

Mix together the following and pour over salad:

1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar

It's really good and different!

July 4th will be a good time to go back and read the Declaration of Independence again. If you haven't read it as an adult you should, it might just be an eye-opener. Heck, while you are at it, read the Constitution!

Go here if you dont have a copy:

It's good after all the fireworks and burgers, to think about how gutsy this document is, and what it took to make this country.

Sooooo....Happy Birthday America!