Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Warm Winter Lemon Cake

This is a Kraft recipe that I got online.
I had such a taste for lemon cake so I made this today.


This is a wonderfully moist delicious cake but I have to say it didn't satisfy my craving for lemon.
The yellow cake taste over-rides the lemon pudding.
I would definitely do the "special extra" it suggests and add the juice of a lemon and the lemon zest to the pudding mixture.
Don't get me wrong, I'll have no trouble eating this up to the last crumb, but just saying . . . 

See all the neat things going on at "Adorned From Above" this week:

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Moment's Peace


Before Pinterest

Why didn't I think of Pinterest!!!
I spent hours cutting out pictures and putting them in this notebook.
It is jam-packed full of favorite things.

Here are just a few of the pages.

I had cut out a lot of kitchen pictures before I had mine redone.  It's surprising the number of things that I did duplicate in mine.  This kitchen has the soapstone counters like mine.
The drawer handles, backboard beading, white cabinets and farm sink the same.

Here's a picture of my new kitchen shortly after it was done.
(Believe me it has not been this clutter free since then!!)

I do have a picnic basket and got some red and white fabric to line it with.  I think I've had one picnic in the yard with my grandkids.

These old floors are like mine.
And I do have a croquet set if I could only find it!!!
When I do, my sister is going to play croquet with me this summer!!  And that's that!!

Many pictures to inspire my gardens.

I love painted furniture.

When I redo my bathrooms, I want an old claw tub!!  Nice and deep.

One of my big loves . . . Windsor chairs of all types!!
I did find some and painted them black and they are in my dining room.

This is my dining room and the chairs I found.
Pretty close!

My Pinterest page is now filled with many things on many boards.
Makes things easy.
But there's something nice about having the tactile, real paper pictures of things.
I supposed it's like having a real book instead of the ones on a Kindle.
Did you used to do this or do you still?


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's Zero Degrees Outside, So It's Meatball Soup.

Still zero degrees outside for the past few days.
So here's another good and super easy soup.
Just put these few things in your crockpot and it's good to go by supper time.

This was from a Pillsbury site.
It's also on my Pinterest site under soups.

A scrumptious soup with plenty of broth.
Sprinkle fresh grated parmesan cheese on top!

Sodium Warning!!
Because of the three canned things in this soup the sodium count is 1540!!! (Per Serving!!)
Sodium is not only used for taste but is used as a preservative in canned foods.
Get Low Sodium canned broth, beans and tomatoes.
It will bring the sodium down considerably.
You can then just add a little salt to your bowl if needed.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Some Favorite Wall Pictures

I have some favorite wall pictures that I'll show here.  I have more but only a certain amount of wall space and I don't like walls covered with pictures so now and again I trade off.

This picture has two things I love.  The old chipped white door and the little wren.

This picture I got at a house sale right across the street.  We have a ton of these little red squirrels around here so here's to them!!

This picture I always liked because I think this is how I have pictured myself when I was young if I had lived in the country then!

This was a gift I gave to my husband when we had our first black lab.

And , of course this famous picture of the arabs called "The Pharaho's Horses"
An old picture like this in a round black frame hung over my grandmother's guest bed where we used to sleep when visiting her.

I recently found this old print of three hunting dogs in one of my closets.  
I had forgotten I had it!  
It, of course, includes an English Pointer!

This is a large picture.
It has been setting behind the couch in my little bedroom upstairs because I never found a place for it in this house!  I purchased it in Myrtle Beach over 16 years ago!  I loved "Gone With The Wind" so this was a painter's rendition of Tara!  I just had to get it.  It wasn't cheap plus I had to have it shipped home!
It's a shame I can't find a good wall for it.
I'd sell it on eBay but it would be too expensive to ship!
And I don't do Craig's List!

So what do you think?


Sunday, February 15, 2015

What Do You Collect?

One of the things I love and have collected over the years are antique, (and some not so old), stools.
I love to stack them and just put other things on them.  They come in very handy.

My favorite is this old 3 legged milking stool with an old berry bucket on top.

These three are stacked in the corner of my kitchen.

I re-strapped this shaker stool but then the cat got at it!

My bed stool.  My beds are high so I need a step!

This isn't old but so handy to have in my kitchen!

What things do you collect?


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Onward and Upstairs

Up the steep stairway.
The second floor is only over the old part of the house.
When houses were built in 1852, they used what was on the land most of the time.
The wide plank flooring in the house was either red oak or heart pine.
However, the stair treads are made of black walnut.
The floors were either painted or covered with carpeting when we bought the house over 16+ years ago.  Before we moved in we took up the carpeting and had most of the floors refinished.  All but the bedroom floors.  Those I had carpeted for warmth.
So, up we go.

This is the landing at the top of the stairs.
It's a pretty good sized space.

The bedrooms, in a federal style farmhouse as this one, are small.
This house had four bedrooms and no indoor bathroom of course in 1852.
One of the bedrooms up here was converted to a full bath.
(Thank goodness!)

Leading from the landing to the "master" bedroom.
(Aww . . . that Give away bin is there because I'm going to begin to clean out my closet!)

Notice how small.  There was no room for my big long dresser.  It had to go in another room.
The dormers in the two front bedrooms aren't original to the house.  I don't know when they were added but they do open up these two bedrooms a lot.

These turret windows still have the wavy old glass in them.
The rest of the windows in the house are replacements.

That covered opening in the ceiling is the only way to the attic.
We only looked up there once before we bought the house.
All I remember is that a friend of ours, who was smaller than my husband,
 got half his body up in there to look around.
Not much old insulation and a huge inactive paper wasp nest in the one corner.
Haven't opened it since but I know there's squirrels and maybe a raccoon or two that take residence off and on because I can hear them!!
Such is the life in a 160 year old country farmhouse!

OK, this is my little walk-in closet!
This picture will also be a before photo when ever I do de-clutter and give away a lot!!!
Oh my!

Let's look at the second front bedroom, AKA guest room, AKA my sisters room!
I'm not going to show the bathroom because it's nothing special.
Heck, it still has the same wallpaper that the man who lived here 15 years ago put up because he had a sailboat!!

Spirit likes to know where I am, so she's been following me around while I've been taking these pictures.
That old radiator is the only one they left.  The rest of the hot water heat is in pipes around the edges of the floors.  We are heated by a boiler fueled by oil.  (Expensive!)

That little door behind this white chest is a little cupboard.  
I know I have some stuff in there but I've forgotten what!!  
I think when my sister comes, we'll pull out that chest and have a look!!

This chest was handmade by my great-grandfather.
One of my favorite pieces.

And this rocking chair is the one I rocked my babies in!  
Sure wasn't like the comfy ones they have today!!

The third bedroom is very small.  It's where I put my dresser, my make-up table, my sewing machine and my ironing board.  There's also a small foldout couch/bed.

So that's it for the upstairs.
Time to go back downstairs.

So that's my basic house.
(Except for the cellar.  I don't think you want to see that.)
Maybe another time!
I love this old house.
I feel like it's caretaker.
It's been here a long time and will be here long after I'm gone.
Maybe in the next blog I'll show you some of my favorite things.
I'll tell you what other plans I want to do to this old house.
(Nothing that will change it too much though.)

Bye for now.
Stay warm!!


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