Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vintage Pancake Recipe

I have been spending a good while in Nashville I feel like I should give you a proper southern greeting...
Howdy!  I hope you're having a great week and enjoying the summer weather! We are in the middle of our southern escape from the business of Washington, D.C., soaking up all things southern and small town.  Being away from Alabama and Tennessee has made me realize how much I really do love it here.  I can't believe it has been more than 10 years since we moved south!
Whenever I am at my parent's house I love to read through my Grandma's Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book from 1947.  This week I made some pancakes from it and they turned out so perfect!

Griddle Cakes (from Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book 1947)

2 beaten eggs
2 cups milk
2 Tablespoons melted shortening (I used butter)
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
*I added 1 tsp vanilla*

Combine eggs, milk, and shortening (or butter). Add flour sifted with salt, baking powder, and sugar; beat smooth.  Bake on ungreased griddle. Makes 12-15 cakes. 

I served ours with butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.

Using my Grandma's wooden spoon and bowls made me feel like I was cooking with her back in simpler times! I can just imagine all the wonderful family meals made with that bowl and spoon. 

Thanks so much for stoppin' on by! I love hearing from you! If you have any favorite dishes your Mom or Grandma used to make, I would love to hear about them! 

Have a blessed week!

Making Sweet Memories

Our summer is flying by! I can't believe that the Fourth of July has already come and gone.  I hope you are making some sweet memories with your kiddos! Summer can be a difficult time with relaxed schedules, free time, travel time...but if you think about the memories that are being made, it can be a great time!

Here are some pics of what we have been up to the past couple of weeks: 

Fourth of July was perfect! Nice weather and a fun down-homey festival with great food and music!  The kids participated in the bike rodeo. The description just said the kids were encouraged to decorate their bikes. I had no idea it was a contest...but thankfully the judges were creative! Noah won 'fastest rider' and Kayla won 'most colorful'. 

After the Fourth, we packed up the van and headed south. Our first stop was my parent's house. I posted a pic on Instagram and said that even though this isn't where I grew up, it's still home because this is where my family is.
Noah has been helping Grandpa take care of the yard. They have also enjoyed watching the work behind the fence. The land is being cleared for more houses.  No one is excited for more houses back there but you can't help but have fun watching the big trucks.

Kayla has had fun with the old Barbies Grandma has.

We finally headed out to Puckett's in Leiper's Fork for lunch! Yum!

And doesn't everyone pull their very old dog in a wagon? There is something about a boy and his dog that is so sweet!

And then there is Rosie. She is my brother and sister-in-law's new puppy. She is so sweet! The kids are in heaven....and can't stop asking for a puppy. 

While I'm here I'm trying to photograph as many of her old photos as I can. I'll have a post soon about what to do with them.  How cute is my sweet Great Grandma?!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mom's French Dips

With summer in full swing there are many days that I don't want to spend much time prepping dinner. Pulling out the crockpot in the morning is so easy!  

I grew up with this recipe for French Dips. So yummy. The best part is the bread in the au jus. 

Mom's French Dips
3-4 lb chuck roast cut into 3 or 4 pieces
1 beef bouillon 
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 bay leaf
3-5 peppercorns
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
1tsp garlic powder

Remove fat and place meat in crockpot. Fill with ingredients. Add water to almost cover meat and cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred beef and add back into crockpot with about 1/2 hour left to cook.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Wedding Signs

It's a major wedding sign post!  Yay!  

Our life was a bit crazy around the time of this wedding so I am just now getting around to editing photos and posting them. 

I had the amazing privilege to create signs for a very special wedding! This family has become so dear to my heart over the years. I was her...teacher.  (cough) Yes, that makes me feel old. But it in my defense, it was only my second year of teaching.  

Let me show you what we came up with! All of these were so much fun to work with. And of course, the styles of these signs could customized with different verses or sayings.

These are signs to hang on the back of their chairs at the reception.  They are hung with twine but I didn't attach it because I wanted them to hang them at the whatever height they needed. (that's why the twine isn't shown.
This is my favorite. It just fell together and worked perfectly. This sign was displayed at the wedding and now hangs in their sweet little home.
This small frame was displayed on the guestbook table. A great way to find all those fun pics that people shared on social media!
This frame was displayed on a table with a bouquet of flowers to honor those special family members who have passed.
The guestbook sign sat on a small photo stand on the guestbook table. 

Instead of printing out programs, they wanted a 3 foot tall program. It was displayed on an easel. 

Thanks, Meghan, for making my work a part of your special day!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Homemade Floor Cleaner

You know how much I like to make my own cleaners whenever I can.  I have been using this one from Clean Mama for a few weeks now and it totally passes the barefoot test. 

Here's how I do it on floor washing day. 
I fill up one side of my sink (or a bucket)  about half full with hot water.  To one side I add 1/2 cup borax. She suggests 1/4 cup borax to 1 gallon water. Stir it around and let it dissolve. Start washing away! Either stick your mop in the bucket or your rag and start scrubbing away. I rinse my rag out in the other side of the sink so I'm always washing with clean water.  

Here are some more cleaning posts: