Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sock Bun Tutorial

The bun can be high on the head or down low.  Where ever you want your bun to be that is where you need to make your ponytail.  I wanted mine lower on my head so that is where I have it.  Make sure it is tight so the elastic band won't just slip off. I like to spritz my hair with a bit of water before I make the bun.  This will make curls or waves for when you take the bun out. Pretty easy. So, here we go. 

Step:1 Start with a pony-tail.
Step: 2 Pull your hair through the sock thing-y ( You can buy a sock bun thing or you can take the toe off of a sock and roll it up from the toe to the top and it will make a great sock bun form.  A more mens sporty sock will of course give you a bigger bun a dress sock will give you a smaller bun.)  and pull it to the bottom ends of your hair.
Step: 3 This is where the spritz of water helps.  You then fold the ends of your hair over and tuck them under the sock as above.  Try to get all the ends in the bun.

Step 4: Fold the sock & hair outward moving up the ponytail so that more hair is wrapped. 

Step: 5 Stick your thumbs into the center and flip it inside out again and again working your way up the ponytail.

Step: 6 Keep flipping try to keep the hair pretty tight.
Step: 7 Here is where it gets a little trickier. You need to keep the hair between the back of your head and the bun pretty straight while still twisting the hair around the bun piece and grab any shorter hair that would be loose ends and put in the bun.
Step: 8 Fold one last time so that bun is snug against your head like the picture above
You can finish off if you want with a hair spray or mousse to just hold it if you have lots of little ends but other than that, it is done.  If you find it loosening up just fold it in tighter during the day.  This needs no bobby pins or any fasteners.  Enjoy!  Let us know what you think.  Share your pictures with us!  We love to see pictures!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lights... Camera... Action! - Anchors Aweigh Movie Review

Looking for a great movie to watch? Well how about a classic?  This is a WWII era Navy movie that my grandma loved.  The music is beautiful and lines are great and the little boy is adorable (no I am not talking about Frankie! :) Care to join us for some popped corn and a great picture, then this is it!
Anchors Aweigh is  about to sailors on leave in Los Angeles. Frank Sinatra plays an innocent choir boy from New Jersey and Gene Kelly his playboy shipmate.  After Frank's character is saved by Kelly's they are given liberty for a week and Frank wants Kelly to take him under his wing. This is such a cute movie! Our family just loved it. It kept us laughing all night. If you like musicals or military themed movies you will love this one.
Staring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson. It won 1 Oscar and was nominated for 4 other awards. You can find the Anchors Aweigh Soundtrack here.
We were discussing this post and the movie and my mom started laughing because she was in the "Sinatra" mini series and was in the scene where they won the Oscar Award for this movie.  This is a picture of her that day on the set.  Pretty cool isn't it? 
  This is Mrs. Cottage with some of her friends that same day on set. Don't they look beautiful?
This is a page from her movie scrapbook. 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Apple Orange Preserves

This is one of my all time favorite preserves. I know it sounds funny, but I love it!!! Especially on hot biscuits. (Wink). So without further ado... Apple Orange Preserves. 

6 cups organic sliced, peeled & cored apples
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sliced oranges (slice them as thin as you can get)
4 cups raw sugar
6 tablespoons ball classic pectin
Combine apples,water and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in pectin. Bring to a boil, and stir frequently. Add lemon slices, and sugar, stir until sugar is dissolved. Return to a boil, and let boil hard for 1 minute while stirring. Remove from heat, and skim foam off top if necessary. Ladle hot preserves into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head-space. Adjust lids and process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wild Roses Fashion - Pretty In Pink

I really love the classic looks.  I am not a lover of modern fashion which really is not modern at all but a recycling of the 60's, 70's and 80's. I've been accused of living in "the renaissance, a hundred years ago" Well other than being absolutely historically  inaccurate, it is wrong, I like soft looks of the mid 40's it is beautiful and romantic and frankly the women look like women. (But honestly is there anything wrong with the renaissance? Well other than regular showers, and AC.) The regular stores are out for me in my area anyway so we started going to vintage stores. This outfit is one of my favorites.  I love the soft pink with the pearls.  The important thing is you can get the classic looks you want without breaking the bank.

The skirt is made of cotton and is embroidered with a pink thread a the bottom. The shirt is a knit and it is so soft. Together I think they were $9.00 - $10.00 the clip is from Walmart and I can't remember how much I spent for it but under $6.00, The bracelet was a set of 4 and was from Claire's Boutique in the mall.  It was $3.00 and the necklace was my grandmother's. 

I don't normally have curly hair and my hair is really long and thick so normal methods don't work well.  We found this technique and it works so well that I had to share with everyone.
Here is the tutorial on how to do the curls. 
I really loved how they turned out and even the 2nd day they are still there but just a bit softer.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Making Butter - In 7 Easy Steps

What you will need:
Organic Cream (We got ours from a local farm but you can also buy heavy whipping cream from the store.)
Quart Canning Jar & lid
Ice and Cold Water
Plastic wrap
Something to use as a mold
Fine Ground Sea Salt (Optional)
Step 1: Pour cream into canning jar. I only filled mine halfway but you can fill it up almost to the top. Secure the lid tightly to make sure it doesn't leak. 
Step 2: Shake it! Shake it, shake it, shake it. And shake it some more. The closer to room temperature the cream is the faster it turns to butter. (If you have littles who like to help you can have them roll the jar back and forth on the floor and make a game out of it). 
Step 3: Finally after all of your shaking it should look like this. Now you are going to want to strain the buttermilk (aka the liquid around the butter) off. Which make delicious biscuits or pancakes by the way. Use a spoon to press as much out as possible, then dump the butter into a bowl.
Step 4: Next you want to "wash" the butter. No you aren't shoving it in the dishwasher or under water in the sink. Just pour some very cold water into the bowl with the butter and add a couple ice cubes. Use the spoon to press and stir more buttermilk out. 
Step 5: Drain off the water and ice with out losing the butter. Use the spoon to press the water back out of the butter. Now is the time to add the salt if you like salted butter. 
Step 6: Pick what you want to use as a mold. I used a small ramekin that we use for shepherd's pies. Line it with plastic wrap.
Step 7: Spoon the butter into the mold and smooth. Slip into the refrigerator until hardened. Remove it from the mold and wrap in parchment paper or more plastic wrap. Or skip the wrapping and go for a pretty butter dish.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Palace Theater, Fried Pickles and Swaneys Swifts - Historic Downtown Gallatin Part 1

Today we stopped by the Palace theater in Gallatin Tennessee. The Palace is the oldest silent film theater still standing in its original location in the state of Tennessee. It was opened by Bill Roths in 1913, and thrived under his hands becoming a focal point for the town until his death in the early 90's. It was the purchased at action and donated to Greater Gallatin, who restored the theater and now 7 years later they have reopened this amazing piece of history to the community. Movies are shown weekly.

The website said they were playing black beauty, sadly once we got there we found that it was a new version they were playing and not the classic version. :( . The theater was really neat, the movie on the other hand was miserable.
After the movie we walked (well dashed, it was raining) up the street a little to Swaney Swifts, to have burgers and shakes. Its such a cute place! Perfect place for a girls morning out. We tried our first fried pickles today. They weren't my favorite, but they were okay. I liked the shakes better. LOL.

Gallatin Town Square is a really cute place, There are many shops and little places to eat along the walk.  We will have to come back and tell you more about all the fun places to go.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blueberry Preserves

Summer. Sunscreen, picnics, and delicious preserves on fresh biscuits. Is there anything better? This is another of my favorite preserve recipes. 

2 Pounds (2 Cups) Organic Blue Berries
4 Cups Organic Raw Sugar

Combine berries and sugar. Slowly bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly almost to gelling point. As the mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking, Remove from heat, if needed skim foam of the top. Ladle hot preserves into hot jars, leaving a 1/4 inch head-space. Process 15 minutes in boiling water canner.