We moved to Texas from Mississippi almost 6 years ago. I had never heard of homecoming mums until last year when my kids came home from the homecoming game asking why they didn’t have one. Well, now I know. Traditionally, the boys buy mums for their date and the girls buy garters, a smaller version of the mum worn on the arm, for their date. Younger kids (like mine) like to wear them, also. Each mum/garter is personalized with school colors, mascots, and charms that symbolize their activities (cheerleading, football, etc). I still don’t really understand it, but when in Rome….and if glitter and ribbon are involved, I’m probably going to enjoy it! Lots of glitter, bling, and ribbon are definitely needed! Shopping spree at the craft store, woohoo!
Kind of looks like the 80’s threw up on my table, doesn’t it!?!
Now if you think this is a lot of stuff, you’d be right, but you should see some of the floor length mums on Pinterest (seriously, go check it out)! Usually bigger is better, but my girls are still in Elementary, so I am making mini mums for them and my niece. My friend needed a garter, which is what the boys wear, so I offered my glue gun services to her. Next thing I know, I have a small business going at my kitchen table! I have to say, it’s right up my alley, too. I may not understand this Texas tradition, but I like it!
If you live in Texas or want to start a new tradition with homecoming mums, I recommend visiting this blog, www.bitofbyrd.com. She does an excellent job of explaining the mum-making process. Happy football season, everyone!
Most of the time I try to cook healthy for my family, but being from the south, we do love all kinds of food…good and bad! A couple times per month (more when my husband is home) I go back to my Mississippi roots and make a good ole southern meal. Last night that meal was hamburger steaks, gravy, butter beans, and cornbread. Yummy! I want to share my instructions for cornbread. I don’t call this a recipe because I don’t measure anything, so I will just give you the steps. These instructions will require some basic common sense and problem solving skills. I think you can handle it!
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.Put your black iron skillet on the stovetop and turn heat to Medium. Pour a spoonful of oil into skillet. Let the pan heat up while you are mixing your ingredients. If it starts smoking, turn it down. Like I said, common sense.
3.Pour self rising corn meal mix into bowl. How much? Depends on how big your pan is. Just pour some in.
4.Add 2 eggs, some buttermilk, and a spoonful of mayonnaise to the corn meal. The mayonnaise is optional, but it’s good! If you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute regular milk, but buttermilk is better.
5.Stir well. You want the consistency to be pourable like cake batter. If it’s too thick, add more buttermilk. Too thin, add more corn meal. Basic problem solving, it’s good for your brain!
6.Pour your batter into the heated skillet. You should hear it sizzle. If you’re not sure if your skillet is hot enough, throw a pinch of dry corn meal into the oil and if it sizzles it’s ready.
7.Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until it’s golden brown on top.
8.Cool on a wire rack. Cut and enjoy!
This is one of the first things my husband taught me to cook and I can’t imagine doing it a different way! After 11 years, I think I could make cornbread blindfolded! My kids agree. In fact, they would choose cornbread over cookies or cake any day!
Oh, by they way, Ray Romano is on Parenthood this season! That just made my day.
I stumbled upon Annie Sloan chalk paints in a magazine over a year ago. My dreams of turning junk furniture into beautiful heirlooms were finally within reach with this wonderful paint. I even took a class to learn the techniques to use with this unique paint. Over the next few months, I acquired a large selection of furniture (aka: junk, according to my husband) from garage sales that I had big plans for. Fast forward almost one year and I have completed one project. It turned out great and sold quite easily, so I am very happy. This one successful project has ignited my crafting fire, so watch out! There is much more to come!
The large, solid oak table was beautiful to begin with, but had some normal wear and tear. The intricate carvings were practically begging to be painted and distressed to bring out the details! I used a coat of Annie Sloan Primer Red first, then a coat of Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue was painted on top of that. I then used a block sander to distress the corners, legs, and raised details. Next, I applied a coat of clear wax before adding dark wax to the details and corners. Finally I applied one more coat of clear wax and used a rag to wipe away excess wax and to soften some of the dark areas. After the wax has set for 24 hours, I lightly buffed the table with cheesecloth to finish it up. This may sound like a lot of steps, but the end result is well worth it!
Pedicure or cleaning supplies? If I can save a few bucks by making cleaning supplies myself, I’m going to do it. Especially if the product I make is better than the store bought one! Even though I don’t work outside the home, I say “saving money is making money.” Well, if that money goes to pedicures, maybe that’s not so true, but you get the point! Today we are making dishwasher detergent. Here’s how:
*If you want to start making all your own cleaners, you may want to buy extra Borax and Washing Soda. I found mine at Walmart.
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
1 box Borax (76 oz) found in detergent aisle
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz) found in detergent aisle
24 packages unsweetened lemonade drink mix, like koolaid (Note: lemonade will stain soap dispenser yellow. Another option would be citric acid, but it is harder to find.)
3 cups Epsom Salt
The original recipe calls for Lemishine to be added to each load, but vinegar as a rinse aid works as well.
Found this on Pinterest, of course! (original recipe can be found here)
Just mix all these ingredients together in a large bowl. I like to use a plastic container with a lid and shake it up so I don’t have to breathe in all the powder that gets stirred up. The smell is quite strong, but clean! You might have to use a whisk to break up some clumps. At this point, I put a portion in a mason jar with a Tbsp tied on with a rubberband. I keep the rest stored in the plastic container. Use one tablespoon per load. It will last forever! Now go spend that money on something more fun than soap!
I live 25 minutes from the nearest grocery store. When we moved here, I found out that it is sometimes cheaper and quicker to make things than to run to the store and buy them. Even though some of my recipes aren’t “healthy,” I would still rather my family eat things that are handmade in my kitchen instead of processed in a factory.
Making homemade bread is something I have grown to love. The smell of fresh baked bread is nothing short of amazing! There is also a sense of pride and accomplishment after baking a loaf of bread. Do I sound crazy yet?? I really do enjoy this stuff!
This recipe is dangerous! It’s a new one that I just tried last night. Most of my bread recipes take at least 2 hours to make, but due to lack of planning, I needed a quick recipe. So, I went to Pinterest (my go-to place for, well, everything) and yet again, I was not disappointed. I found exactly what I was looking for. These rolls are so good and only take 30 minutes to make from start to finish. It is definitely a keeper and will likely be a staple in our house.
Welcome to my blog! I am writing this for my kids to read one day (here’s hoping they’re interested!) and also for the enjoyment of friends, old and new.
I drive my husband crazy with my ideas sometimes, but I know (think) he loves it! I wake up in a different world everyday. I’m sure there are other women out there who can relate to this! We could probably blame it on my creative spirit and my profession…housewife and mom. Much of my time is spent cleaning house and cooking. After the housework is done, I love to craft things for my own use, gifts, and to sell them at local craft fairs. Some subjects I like to talk about are crafting, upcycling, reclaiming furniture, farm life, decorating, cooking, raising kids, fitness, nutrition, and my faith! My goal is that I can inspire someone to be a little better today than they were yesterday, in any area of their life!
-Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8