Thursday, July 28, 2011

Baby Jett Has Arrived!

Yesterday 7/26/11, our sweet grandbaby, Jett Michael, was born!  He was 6 lbs 11 oz and 19.25" long.  Both Mommy and Jett are doing well!

Here is pre-op Mommy and Daddy:

Brother Aidan was really tired, so he climbed up with Mommy in bed while we were waiting for Jett to make his appearance.

Baby Jett getting his vitals taken.

Mommy's first kiss.

We are so blessed to have this sweet little fella.  God is good!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Homearama Drama - Living Rooms

Today I went to Homearama and walked through 22, YES 22, homes in a heat index of about 110.  Let me tell you, it was HOT!  I took lots of pics.  I'm going to start off with living rooms.  In the next couple of weeks, I will be posting other designer features.  Here you go!

Silver and grey were very, very popular colors.  There were also a lot of "new" (but not to us bloggers) ideas like metallic furniture, mirrored furniture and everything french.

Ooo la la Paris-inspired decor.

This ceiling was made from drywall.  It was pretty cool!

Hope you enjoyed the living rooms!  Check back for our next installment: Bedrooms!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Holy Blackberries, Batman! It's the Cobbler!

Today I picked 7 1/2 pounds of blackberries at one of our local You Pick Farms. If you would like to find a farm near you to pick your own local produce, go to Pick Your Own Farms.  This website is chock-full of information about local farms, how to pick the best produce and how to can, freeze and preserve your own foods.  Always be sure to call the farm before you go, because some farms may be out of produce and may not have had good crops.

 I went to The Berry Farm in Spencer County. They have blackberries, tomatoes, cabbage, squash, grapes, pears, apples, corn...ooohhhhhh it was wonderful.  I picked up some cabbage and picked some of the first tomatoes off the vine.  Oh, they were so wonderful, sliced with some salt.  Mmmm.  But I was on a mission to pick blackberries.  I could not believe that nobody else was out there fighting for these lucious, sweet, juicy gems!  I was ALL alone!  (I was so lucky!)  I was just hoping I wouldn't pass out in the heat and nobody would find me until I was cooked through.  Alas, I stayed hydrated and survived.  Maybe I lost a few pounds!

I froze about half of the berries.  I saved enough to do one batch of jam.  Then I used a few to make a wonderful blackberry cobbler.  I used Southern Living's Easy Blackberry Cobbler Recipe.  You can use any fruit for this recipe. It took me literally 5 minutes to put the cobbler together.  How easy is that?!

First, I put 4 cups of ripe blackberries into an 8x8 pan.  I sprinkled some sugar and 1 TBSP of lemon juice over the top of the blueberries.  In my mixer, I combined 1 c flour, 1 c sugar and 1 egg and beat it until crumbly.

I sprinkled it over the top of the blackberries, then poured 6 TBSP of melted butter over the top.  I added some Saigon Cinnamon and nutmeg to the top.

Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.  It actually took about 10 minutes longer and turned out kind of crunchy.  Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and YUM...perfect ending to a perfect summer day.  You really should make some. Now.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sweet Peaches, It's Jam!

My sister and I picked 58 lbs of peaches on Saturday at Pratt's Farm in Lebanon, TN.  It was so much fun!  The trees were loaded, I tell you, LOADED with peaches!

My task this week is putting up my half of the peaches.  I made Peach Jam, Peach Jelly and froze some peaches.  We have been eating lots of them!  Ohhhh yummy they are so juicy and delicious!

I found this Peach Jam Recipe that is made without pectin.  First, scored the peaches and then peeled the peaches by submersing them in boiling water for a minute, then into a cold ice bath.

Then I cut up the peaches, packaging some for freezing and using others for jam.

I added the sugar and lemon juice and let it sit for about an hour to make more juice.

I save the peels (not the pits) for Peeling and Pit Peach Jelly.  Back to the Jam...

I cooked the peach jam as directed, except I used my immersion blender to make a smoother consistency.  I ladled the jam into hot jars, then put on the lids, put them in the water bath for 10 minutes and then let them cool.  YUM!

For the Peeling and Pit Jelly, I cooked the peels for 30 minutes at a rolling boil, then let them sit overnight.  I strained the peelings and added the juice to pectin and sugar for some peach jelly.
Then I ladled and cooled them as I did the jam jars.  Wonderful peaches!  Yummy!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Baby Jett is Coming Soon!

We are getting ready to have another sweet grandbaby!  His name will be Jett Michael.  We are so excited to meet him!

The baby shower was last Sunday.  I made Letter Wall Hangings that spell JETT.  I will take a better picture when I go back to visit.  I took these in my craft room, which doesn't have a lot of hanging wall space.

I bought four 8x10" canvases and painted them, two blue and two brown, with acrylic paints.  I bought four chipboard letters J, E, T, T.  I painted a couple of white base coats on the letters to prime them.  Then I painted the background in alternating colors of white, brown, tan, and blue.  I had to let each coat thoroughly dry.    I then drew different patterns on each letter, using fine point paint brushes.  I used circle stencils for the stencils, and blue painter's tape for the plaid.  This was the longest project EVER because of waiting for each color to dry so it wouldn't run into the other colors.

I cut 4 lengths of ribbon the same length,  then tied bows.  I measured carefully before I stapled them on the back of the canvas, so that each frame would hang the same way.  If they choose not to use the ribbon, they can just tuck the ribbon behind the canvas.    More pics later when I go to visit Jett after he's born!