Monday, April 27, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mr. Cottage brought home a large crate that a friend gave him. Poor thing, he thought it would be used to store stuff in outside. :) Well sometimes you have to think outside the box with design and that is what we did here.
The crate gives a rustic look to the slip covered white couches with their ruffled pillows and breaks up the white on white in the room.
I love it paired with this large flower arrangement that Mr. Cottage bought us on Valentines Day.
Here we have it with simple 1/2 Gallon Mason Jars filled with sand and candles and a small footed glass bowl with sand, shells and a candle.
The pillows are covered with a blue and white striped pillow slip (tutorial here) that give it a simple nautical look that is understated.
Home Decor, Beach Designs, Nautical, Ikea, Slipcovered Couches, .
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Belle Meade Plantation. Randal died in 1843 and by 1860 his son John & daughter-in-law Carrie took over.
Civil War, History, Plantation, Tennessee
Civil War, History, Plantation, Tennessee
Monday, April 20, 2015
1 Cup Organic Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Organic Butter Divided
1/4 Cup Ice Water
1-2 Cups Blackberries
1/3 Cup Raw Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Tapioca Flour (or 2 teaspoon Cornstarch)
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Organic Free Range Egg (beaten)
1 1/2 Teaspoons Water
1/2 Cup Organic Powdered Sugar
1 Teaspoon Water
In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in 1/4 cup butter until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12-in. x 6-in. rectangle.
Cut remaining butter into thin slices. Starting at a short side of dough, arrange half of the butter slices over two-thirds of rectangle to within 1/2 in. of edges. Fold unbuttered third of dough over middle third. Fold remaining third over the middle, forming a 6-in. x 4-in. rectangle. Roll dough into a 12-in. x 6-in. rectangle.
Repeat steps of butter layering and dough folding, ending with a 6-in. x 4-in. rectangle. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 15 minutes. Roll dough into a 12-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Fold in half lengthwise and then widthwise. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, tapioca flour or cornstarch. Add blackberries and lemon juice; toss to coat. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until blackberries are tender. Remove from the heat.
In a small bowl, combine egg and water. Roll dough into a 12-in. square; cut into four squares. Brush with half of the egg mixture. Spoon about 1/4 cup filling on half of each square; fold dough over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with remaining egg mixture. With a sharp knife, cut three small slits in the top of each turnover.
Bake at 450° F. for 17-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over turnovers. Serve warm. Yield: 4 servings.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Well, Mr. Cottage is wonderful! Just thought I would let you know. He took our plight of having a small kitchen with not enough cabinets for our dish collection to heart and went to Lowe's to buy us some more cabinets.
He used a stud finder for the wall to find the studs to secure the cabinets. He decided not to make a toe kick for them but bought legs so that they will look like furniture instead.
He bought some golden oak stain and we stained the legs and he attached them to a piece of plywood.
He measured the base of the cabinets as we wanted them and then put that measurement onto the plywood cutting out a base. Then he used a drill and pre-drilled the holes for the screws to secure the legs to the plywood. He then screwed the plywood to the base of the cabinets and the cabinets to one another building as he went.
Monday, April 13, 2015
1 Free Range Egg
1 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons Raw Sugar
3 Cups Organic Flour
3 Tablespoons Dry Milk Power (I used dry goat milk)
11/2 Teaspoon Yeast
If you don't have a bread machine get a big bowl and pour the water into it. Follow with dry ingredients. Mix until elastic and then cover with oiled cling wrap to rise in a warm place for about and hour or until doubled in size.
Roll out to desired size and bake for 8-10 minutes, add sauce and whatever you want on top and bake until cheese is melted.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
- Visit the Smokey Mountains
- Go To Sea World
- Go To The Drive-In Theater
- Swim With Dolphins
- Visit Fall Creek Falls
- Have More Bonfires At Night
- BBQ On The Weekend
- Go To The Swapmeet
- Go to the 400 Mile Long Yard Sale
- Visit San Juan Capistrano
- Ride The Colors Of Fall Train
- Ride The General Jackson Riverboat
- Go To The Lots House & Museum
- Hang Out At The Lake More
- Go to the Beach!
- Have More Picnics
- Visit Shiloh Nation Battle Field (during the day this time, and more than a drive by)
- Go To More Reenactments