Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Our Road

The culverts were put in today and was finished early enough to call and have the gravel delivered! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bulldozing Lone Pine Road to Frog Holler

Austin taking a break from ATV'ing
"Foreman" Larry overseeing the dozing;)


Widening and grading the road to get it ready for gravel. 

My daddy on his lil' red tractor:)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Graffiti Room Hamper

Making this from Pinterest! It will look great in my sons Graffiti room. I purchased a 31 gallon steel trash can with lid on sale for $20 at Tractor Supply. I love a sale! Need to get the wheels next....
Hmmm...he's already got his clothes in it!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Our New Year's Eve Dinner Menu

2013 New Year's Eve Menu

Drinks
Coronas
Triple-Citrus Mojitos


Appetizer
Gorgonzola Artichoke Crab Dip
With Assorted Crackers

Entree
Frogmore Stew

Bread
Golden Cornbread with
Creamy Honey Butter

Dessert
Key Lime Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream & Raspberry, Mango Sauces




Triple-Citrus Mojitos

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 pkg (.75oz) fresh mint leaves
1 orange
2 lemons, divided
2 limes, divided
1/2 cup white rum
5 cups chilled lemon-lime soda

Combine sugar and water in a small bowl. Tear six mint leaves in half and place into a pitcher. Set aside. Finely chop remaining leaves. Place into small bowl. Zest orange, one of the lemons and one of the limes. Add zest to mint mixture. Microwave on high 2-3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Slice orange, both of the lemons and both of the limes in half crosswise. Reserve half of one lemon and half of one lime for garnish. Juice remaining lemon and lime halves. Add juices to pitcher. Juice orange and add juice to pitcher. Pour mint mixture through a strainer into pitcher.discard chopped mint. Add rum. Carefully add soda to avoid overflow. Slice reserved lemon and lime halves, place into pitcher. Serve over ice
To garnish the rims of glasses zest an additional orange. Combine zest and 1/2c sugar. Place on a plate. Rub rim of glass with orange wedge to moisten. Dip rim of glass into sugar mixture. 
8 servings


Gorgonzola Artichoke Crab Dip

5 Slices pre cooked thick bacon
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts well drained and Chopped
6oz lump crabmeat 
1 1/2 (12oz) packages cream cheese softened
2 oz (1/2c) Gorgonzola cheese crumbled  
2 oz (1/2c) Parmesan cheese shredded
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch quiche dish or pie plate with cooking spray. Chop 3 slices of bacon. Place in a medium bowl. Reserve remaining bacon for garnish. To bacon in bowl add remaining ingredients mix well. Spread mixture in sprayed dish. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Stir dip. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until dip is bubbly around edges. Chop the reserved bacon. Sprinkle on top of dip. Serve warm dip with petite toasts, assorted crackers or baguette slices. Makes 2 cups. I like to use rosemary crackers or butter rounds. 

Frogmore Stew

Ingredients
6 quarts water
3/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning 
2 pounds new red potatoes
2 pounds hot smoked sausage links, cut into 2 inch pieces
12 ears corn - husked, cleaned and quartered
4 pounds large fresh shrimp, unpeeled

Directions
Bring water and Old Bay Seasoning to boil in a large stockpot.
Add potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes more. Add corn and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes. Drain immediately and serve. You can add king crab legs, mussels, scallops or whole crabs if you like. Add it towards the end of the cooking time. I cover our table with plastic then brown paper. When ready to serve, drain the water then dump out onto the center of the table right on the brown paper. Squeeze butter on top of seafood and add old bay seasoning. Set out extra squeeze butters, old bay seasoning, cocktail sauce, salt, pepper and napkins.


Golden Cornbread

1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup of cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the dry ing. in a medium bowl. Add the wet ing. and mix only until well combined. Pour batter into a greased 8x8 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.Yum!

Creamy Honey Butter

1 cup honey
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter

In a medium pan, combine honey, cream and sugar. Bring to a boil; continue to boil for 1 minute. Place butter in blender. Pour honey mixture over butter. Pulse until thoroughly blended. Pour into jars and refrigerate.


Easy Key Lime Pie I

INGREDIENTS

5 egg yolks, beaten
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust (I like to make my own crust)
Whipped cream topping
(I like to make my own)
1 small key lime for garnish
Mango sauce:
2 11.5 oz can's Kern's mango juice

Bring the mango juice to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Raspberry sauce:
1 1/2 cups of water
2 cups frozen raspberries 
1/2 c granulated sugar

Combine the water and raspberries in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer raspberries for 10 minutes. Use a potato masher to crush the raspberries as they boil. Strain raspberry seeds from water, then put the liquid back in the saucepan and add sugar. Bring mixture back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until sauce thickens. Cover and cool sauce  until ready to serve pie.


Directions
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice. Mix well. Pour into unbaked graham cracker shell.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Cover pie and put in freezer for a couple hours before serving. when ready to serve let sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Top with whipped topping, both sauces and garnish with lime slices if desired.

Ready in 2 hrs 35 min, Servings: 8




Friday, September 27, 2013

Decorating for Fall!


I Started decorating for fall! I have a white front door and wanted to see some contrast and also wanted to tie in my black furniture with their rust colored cushions. I was seeing a lot of wreaths made from feather boas this year and loved the look of them. I got to looking around my house to see what I could make a wreath out of and found my "living wreath form" in the garage. I love the extra large size of the form.The site I got the form from is at the bottom of 
this page. It's from my favorite garden store!
I covered the empty wreath form with 5 black
feather boas that were each 72" long. I didn't 
wrap them around the wreath because it would 
have taken a lot more boas. I attached them
over the top In a zig zag fashion from the outside to the inside 
of the wreath and attached with small black zip ties 
at each point. I gathered the flowers in groups 
of two and attached them to the wire with the zip
ties. I took strips of the fabric and made loops and gathered
them in twos and attached them to the wreath.
 Too Easy!! 

http://www.kinsmangarden.com/product/Large_Living_Wreath


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Board & Batten Beautification

Started the Board & Batten project on Sunday. Took a break from it yesterday to celebrate my son Austin's 15th birthday! As you can see it goes up pretty fast and is very easy to do! I posted pics of what I have gotten done so far and will post more throughout the project. Today is MY birthday and I am going to stop here and celebrate with my family! Post soon! (The pics are out of order)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Vintage Locker Redo

I was out looking around the Charleston area and found out we have a Habitat for Humanity store! They had all sorts of goodies in there! Old doors and windows, furniture, lighting, kitchen cabinets, sinks etc. The first thing I noticed was an old vintage hospital locker sitting up against the wall, all by its self, that had 8 compartments (Lots of storage options for all those skateboards!). It was gray and dirty
And it was missing some locks. Nothing that couldn't be fixed! I checked the price and they wanted $50 for it. If you have ever looked at the prices for old or new lockers you would know that was a steal!! I took it home, cleaned it up, primed it and spray painted the vintage locker and gave it a pop of color for my son's skateboard room. He has gray walls and a brick graffiti wall that has some orange in it so I went with a bright orange spray paint. I am waiting on the replacement handles and locker number plates. I will post new pics when they come in and I get them installed. We also found some DC skateboard stickers we used on the locker from our Milton Flea Market (love that place!) Here is a photo!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Creating "Frog Holler"

My mother and father have an area on their farm that has a pond (that they had rebuilt), a beautiful flat hilltop, a little creek and some caves. That area had always been my favorite place to visit when it was owned by my uncle Fred. He was a farmer and gave my father his farm of 273 acres when he passed away in 1976. When I was a little girl it was such a magical place to be!!! We'd ride horses, go fishing, catch frogs, skip rocks, find turtles and explore the caves. It had been about 30 some years since I had seen it last. Now that my mom and dad have been living there for two years now (finally!) and we are living an hour away I got to see it again. We brought our atv up there and drove it out to the holler. As soon as we got to the spot that overlooked the caves and the pond I got off of the atv and found a log and just sat there. I didn't want to move for awhile! I kept repeating "it's so beautiful" over and over again! I could have sat there all day!! When I got home that night the flood of ideas just kept coming and coming to me! I saw what it could look like with a little love! it was beautiful already but it could be even better! It could be a place where our families could get together and catch up and hangout together. Because the pond had been rebuilt, there was no grass, just dirt and it was still winter. My first plan for the holler was to plant grass seed in the spring. We rounded up five kids and took them up there, some ours and some borrowed! And, three adults with bags of grass seed and seeded that entire pond area that was just dirt in just an hour. After a couple of weeks and a few rain showers later we have grass! Spotty, but it's there. Each weekend we visit it is filling in more and more. The second project I did was to build a foot bridge so you can walk all the way around the pond without having to jump over the creek that feeds into it. And also I planted two dogwood trees, one white and one pink next to the bridge. Dogwood trees are my dad's favorite trees. The third was to name it! My Mom gave it a name. She started calling it Frog Holler. At night the frogs would start making their croaking sounds and there were so many of them that it would get pretty loud! We all decided that was the most perfect name! I designed and ordered a sign from a company in Australia called Danthonia Designs that carves amazing custom made signs! when it came I was SO HAPPY with it! Incredible job!! (Thank you so much Danthonia!) Here is their website:

http://www.danthoniadesigns.com/

I HIGHLY recommend them!! I have posted a picture of the sign below. I will be using them again for the signs I want to put on the front of the cabins. You can see the cabin sign in the bottom pictures of projects yet to come. So, the sign came a few days ago and yesterday we set the post and hung the sign and we planted purple ground cover flowers around it! It is official now! :) It is now "FROG HOLLER!" The two group pictures are the ideas I have for it. I will be posting as I go! My list is LONG but I am enjoying checking them off as I get them done!

NEXT project....maybe I will build a split log bench like the picture below so Maurice can sit and fish while he visits!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Mom & Dad's Bridge

I know, I know...This has nothing to do with stamping! Just wanted to share with you what I made last week. I am no longer watching little Bryson during the day so I have a lot of time on my hands! My mother and father have an amazing pond and cave area on their farm. Recently my dad reconstructed our pond that the cows had demolished years ago. The sides broke down and all of the water ran out. Now it is beautiful and full of water (and some Lil frogs.) :) The kids and their friends laid down some grass seed three weeks ago and it has started to grow! I started thinking about the pond and how you can't walk completely around it because of the small creek that feeds into it. I searched the Internet for plans for footbridges but really didn't find much. I came across a Pinterest pin for arched footbridges and took a look at it. Here is the link: http://www.redwoodbridges.com/build_footbridge.html
It is not a plan per se, you can make it any size or arch height you want, just a very good walk through of how to build one. This is what I was able to build with Rod Bird's plan. Thank you Rod Bird!! In the picture my husband is laying a step stone on either side of the bridge. Only thing left to do is put a rope railing on it. (Found the post solar lights at the Home Depot) the bridge measures 4 feet wide and 10 feet long with three stringers and posts at 42" tall. Started it last Tuesday and set it in place last Saturday at my mom and dad's pond. It is a BEAST and a job to pick up and bring down that hill!!!! We did it though, with all three kids! Going to let it dry out a bit then stain it.