Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tomato - Tomahto - OH CRAP!

Can you tell which of these tomato seedlings are the heirloom Brandywine, which are the red cherries - no? How about the beefsteaks or the Super Sioux?  Me neither, doggone it. I had them all color coded on a chart in their little pots in the starter tray. Then when they got their second set of leaves and became a little leggy, I prepared to move them into larger pots. They say you are supposed to bury the stem about halfway up when you put them in larger pots and then harden them off when they are big enough to go outside.

This is my chart. It would have worked had I not removed them all willy-nilly from the tray without paying attention.

Now I cannot sell the extra plants at the farmers market. Guess I'll find a place for all 45 plants and and sell the tomatoes at the market. The good news is, I had no trouble identifying the watermelon! Next time - Popsicle sticks!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day Everyone

If you are a mother, if you have a mother or if there is a mother somewhere in your future, past or present - have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

High Ceilings - Low Floors

I've been painting!!! No, not fun painting. No cute tissue boxes with chalk paint and vintage ads from the Graphics Fairy.
Graphics Fairy Tissue Box Cover

No upcycled jewelry boxes for the Etsy shop.

Upcycled Jewelry Box
Nope, I’ve been painting walls. Walls with 20 foot ceilings. Some walls peak above the stairs to the basement which makes it about 28 feet, give or take. Did I mention I’m afraid of heights? I guess every 15 years is not too often to repaint your home. So in 15 years when my touch up paint runs out again, I’m moving! 

Messy House While Painting

High Ceilings Trimmed Out
 And while I have the ladders out, I have a wonderful replacement for this. I can’t wait to share it with you…
Dated Entryway Lighting
 just as soon as I finish painting...

Help me please........


Sunday, January 26, 2014

I Put Some Sexy in the Kitchen

Isn't she sweet? I've always loved my KitchenAid but now, WOW!
 Thanks to a fun little Etsy shop, Lil Punkin Creations, I was able to pimp my mixer and add a little class to my French inspired black and white kitchen.
Thanks so much Julie M. of Lil Punkin Creations!
P.S. I still haven't found those perfect kitchen curtains...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Perfect Healthy Bread Machine Bread

Perfect Bread Machine Bread
I gave up on my bread machine for a long time because the recipes contained too much sugar, so the bread was too sweet, or the loaves came out too dense and heavy, but have you ever read the ingredients on the average loaf of store bought bread?  I can't even pronounce some of them and others I can't imagine why they are there - like vinegar for instance!

A few weeks ago I found a bread machine recipe I hadn't tried and tweaked it to make it healthier with whole wheat and honey. The results were FABULOUS! It has only simple healthy ingredients that I can pronounce. The texture is pure perfection - light, soft and slightly chewy - with a terrific crust even your kids won't want to cut off. 

The strange hole in the bottom of my loaf is caused by the paddle that kneads the dough, but it only affects a couple of slices, so I can live with that flaw. In every other way, this loaf is simply perfect every time!


1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1-1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
2 tablespoons honey or sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon sea salt

Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. Add the oil. Sift salt into flour with a fork or pastry cutter and add to the yeast mixture all at once. Select Basic or White Bread setting, light crust if your machine has that option, and press Start. When the loaf is done, remove immediately from the machine and allow to cool.

I know this goes completely against everything your bread machine instructions and most bread machine recipes tell you about NEVER letting the yeast touch the liquid, but since I have baked many a loaf by hand and mixing the liquid, sweetener and yeast is EXACTLY what you do, I could not understand this dire warning.

Pull out that old bread machine and Enjoy!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Blessings

My Homegrown Vegetables
Phew! We have been kinda busy lately. The new job is going very well, we have finally finished repairing the flower beds that were ruined when the big tree in our front yard blew down and the veggie garden has been very good to us. We’re blessed indeed.

I hope you are showered with blessings too!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Too Pooped to Pop Fireworks - But Never Too Tired to Eat Salad

O'Fallon MO Freedom Fest Flag
I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th.  Our little town has a wonderful Independence Day celebration with a parade, great talent and beautiful fireworks. We also had some pretty miserable weather. We don't have hurricanes like the south, but we have some spectacular tornados and windstorms. Rock Star and I spent much of the last two weekends and most of yesterday removing fallen trees and crushed shrubbery. So last night, when the fireworks started, I was on my way to bed. I missed the big flag.

I missed the fireworks too...
O'Fallon Freedom Fest Fireworks
But we did have dinner with some lovely friends and I found this wonderful patriotic salad at
I changed it a little. I toasted and salted my pecans instead of using candied ones and I used feta cheese instead of coconut - the poppyseed dressing was FABULOUS just as written.

Do you like to tweak recipes? Or do you prefer to stick to the plan?