Saturday, November 28, 2009
Good evening everyone. I sure hope ya'll are having a good weekend and didn't spend all of your money at the Black Friday sales. I sure didn't, because I didn't even leave the farm! Nope, not me! I do not enjoy crowded streets and stores. I'm already dreading having to go to town Monday, but I know a lot of people will be back to work.
I know I keep promising more pictures of Christmas decorations, but nothing new to post yet. We're painting the living room early next week and hopefully hanging the HDTV, so I'm waiting for all that.
Since nothing exciting has happened around Lillie Mae Acres, I thought I'd show you some pictures of my beautiful niece Mandy and her beautiful family. They enjoyed vacationing on Panama City Beach for Thanksgiving. Little Lily is getting big. She's just over one month old now.
Blaise is such a good big brother to Lily.
I guess some people just have to get the sand between their toes! Actually, it's still warm enough for flip flops. Oh how most of us wish for some snow!
Well folks, I hope you all have a good week ahead of you.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I have to admit, I went to bed early Wednesday night with a headache. I thought I'd just get up, start the cooking, and we could eat on the everyday dinnerware with the everyday flatware. I just had to lay down instead of polishing silver and washing china.
Well, I'm glad to report that I woke up early, refreshed, and got right down to business. I polished my grandmother's silver and washed the pieces of china that we needed. I set the table the way I wanted it, then me and Wayne cooked a small country breakfast.
Matthew got up at 4 a.m. to go hunting, so we ate breakfast when he came wondering through the door. Then the cooking began!
This little odd shaped dish has held cranberry sauce for as long as I can remember. As a child, the cranberry sauce was always on this dish, sliced and ready for everyone to grab. My mom gave it to me and I make sure it holds the cranberry sauce each Thanksgiving on our table too. She told me it was one of her and my dad's wedding presents. That makes it almost 50 years old. I'm so careful with it.
I hate that I didn't get a better picture of it, but things were moving too fast. It's cut glass, with no markings. It may not be worth much, but it's value to me is pure sentimental.
The pies turned out great, and the little fall leaves made out of extra pie crust cooked up so nice on the tops. For some reason, i never heard Wayne say he wanted a pecan pie for Thanksgiving so I didn't bake one. I'm gonna have to make it up to him and bake him one real soon.
I'm really thankful for such a wonderful day and I'm thankful that I was able to talk to my sister and encourage her to do something that she should have done a long time ago. I know that God put her at our Thanksgiving table today for a reason, He used me today, and I allowed Him to use me today. It's such a good feeling to know that I listened to God the other day, and did what He would have me to do.
What a beautiful season of love we will be celebrating for the next few weeks. The most special time of the year.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and your families. God is so good to each of us, we all have so much to be thankful for.
The menu is ready here at Lillie Mae Acres, and the pies are baking in the oven right now for tomorrow. There is a yummy smellin' pumpkin pie in there and a yummy smellin' sweet tater' pie. The cranberry sauce is getting cold and the fresh ham is wrapped up and soaking in a bath of all sorts of yummy flavors that hubby mixed up last night. He plans to put that big thing in the smoker. I know my uncle is coming up to spend this special day with us. I'm not yet sure if my sister and her daughter will make it.
Here's the menu for Thankgiving on Lillie Mae Acres:
Cornbread & Hen dressing
Sweet Potato Souffle
Fried Greasy Collards (from Georgia, hubby just went & picked them)
either Cornbread or Rolls
And for dessert: Pumpkin Pie and/or Sweet tater' Pie
I still have to polish my grandmother's silver tonight. Using her silver at Thanksgiving is my personal little way of having her with me at Thanksgiving. We're going to eat on my Pfatzgraff Folk Art dinnerware. I won't worry one little bit about cleanup until I'm good and ready! I plan to have my new Old Virginia candle burning on the mantle and the Christmas trees turned on.
Thanksgiving day will be a relaxing day for us around here on Lillie Mae Acres. We certainly do not plan to go shopping on this blessed day, and we don't plan to jump up out of our cozy beds Friday morning to beat everyone else to "the sale of the year"!
Have a wonderful time however you and yours celebrate this day.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Do you have your menu and ingredients standing by for Wednesday? Mine is. I plan to make my pies Wednesday, and that's why I just had to post this short post tonight.
I love Martha Stewart, and she was on the FLN network all weekend with her Thanksgiving specials. The one thing that stood out was the little leaves for her pumpkin pies. She used extra pie crust to cut out leaves for the tops. She used a small leaf cookie cutter but also did a few free hand for those of us that don't have a small leaf cookie cutter. I could have searched for one in the city today, but I decided not to. You can bet your bottom dollar that Lillie Mae will have one next year though. You know that I'll take one of those wonderful coupons from Michaels or Hobby Lobby and hit the Wilton isle.
I really enjoyed cutting these out, and YES as you can see I used a store bought crust. I've NEVER claimed to be Betty Crocker. I'm more the semi-homemade type like Sandra Lee. Anyway, I can't wait to make my pies now and put these little darlins' on them. I'll try my best to remember to take pictures.
By the way, Banjo is so excited about Christmas, he's already sending out his wishes. Silly dog!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I get the morning sun through my kitchen window and it helps warm our home up on chilly mornings. Lillie Mae Acres is in Florida, so there's not too many freezes around here until after December.
A sweet friend made this sampler for me years ago. I display it every year and it brings back memories of when our boys were little and she lived through the woods within walking distance.
My pantry above was designed by me and built by Wayne and a friend. I love being able to display my favorite cookbooks and have them handy. See my little chalkboard in the upper left corner? I'm still lovin' those chalk inks.
I handmade Mr. Gingerbread a few years ago and he still faintly smells of the cinnamon I bathed him in.
Don't pay any attention to my old beat up table. That sweet hubby of mine is gonna get around to making us a 7 foot long farmhouse table real soon. It's somewhere on the "Honey Do" list I keep adding stuff to.
I made this little grungy candy cane years ago. I haven't done much crafting in a while and need to start back. I used to sell my stuff on Ebay and did pretty good.
Wayne hasn't put a screw or nail (whichever) in the center so I can hang my wreath up. It's almost chilly enough for a fire tonight.
I hope you enjoyed these. It's gettin' late here and I'm headed for my big ole' comfy bed.
As always, thank you for following and reading Lillie Mae Acres. I read and appreciate every single comment. I really do!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Lillie Mae (sweet litl' o me) woke up this morning and baked Matthew some wonderful cinnamon rolls. Usually breakfast is a little more nutritious since we are schooling in the mornings, but it's ok to junk it once in a while. Especially during the holidays. Last weekend I went ahead and packed my beautiful fall decorations up and decorated the kitchen for Christmas. I think my Christmas linens and other kitchen decorations are more casual and of couse a lot brighter with a lot of reds.
I decorated our living room weeks ago, but decided that was a big mistake. What was I thinking? Wayne and Matthew were still in the middle of putting the stone up on the fireplace and now we're planning to get a new HDTV, hang it on the wall, and paint the walls. Ugh, all of this was a BIG mistake. We'll get it together though and we'll survive. So to make that story short, a posting of the living room will have to come later.
If I have not said it before, I'm in LUV with my kitchen. It's just a simple farmhouse kitchen and that is exactly what we set out for when we remodeled almost two years ago. It is big and centered; therefore, heavily used. I take pride in keeping it as clean as possible, as pretty and decorated as possible, and in welcoming friends and family in for coffee, supper, etc. I also enjoy cooking and baking more than ever!
Remember the dollhouse size pie safe I found at Mule Day a few Saturdays ago? I've only been able to find a couple of good quality fake food pieces to sit inside, but I think it looks nice. It looks like Chef Gingerbread has been a busy lit'l man, baking for Christmas.
Above, Happy Snowman cookie jar is just sitting on the counter close to the oven. he knows that soon he'll be filled with warm sugar cookies.
The picture below is the top of my pie safe. Wayne built my cedar pie safe years ago and it houses all of my baking needs and the middle shelf has my small appliances on it. All I have to do is reach in and get the crock pot, blender, toaster, etc. I am addicted to pip berries and I think they look wonderful in my favorite basket. Wayne watched a man weave this basket at a heritage type festival and purchased it from him when it was finished.
My tea cart that I wish was oblong instead of oval, gives me the perfect place to sit my little gingerbread tree and a few of my favorite trays.
Below is our Cracker Barrel tree, as we call it. We don't call it that because of the ornaments. It isn't full of Cracker Barrel ornaments. It just reminds us of their trees with baskets of items under it. It stands just inside my hallway, at the edge of the kitchen.
My Christmas china is mismatched. Back in the eighties I inherited six Taylor Smith Taylor Holiday Wreath plates. That's it, they were all alone. From that day forward I've been adding anything I see that blends in. We seldom use it because the red berries are not in very good condition on the plates. Besides, Christmas time is supposed to be fun and relaxing. Nice pretty red disposable plates just make more since.
Those Gooseberry Patch ladies keep on making the fronts of these cookbooks prettier and prettier. My mom and I have started sitting ours around as part of our kitchen dacor. What did all of us country girls do before Gooseberry Patch? I can't remember. My favorite scents are apple and cinnamon for filling our home with this time of year. Just about all day I had a red hot cinnamon potpourri simmering on the back burner. Actually it got so strong I had to turn it off. My eyes were burning!
Well, I hope all of you enjoy the rest of the pictures below. Keep coming back and visiting Lillie Mae Acres because I'll be posting more pictures as decorations are placed around our home just where they need to be. I'm doing some DEEP cleaning as I go, so it seems like it's taking forever.
I love weaving a garland of pip berries through my light fixture for whatever season of the year it is.
My little recipe desk over in the corner.
This is my cherished pie safe built by my sweet hubby. I try to keep a pretty apron hanging on it so it's easy to grab when needed.
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Look below at what I will be receiving in the mail soon. I can't wait to decorate with the garland and of course the tags are so adorable I think maybe I'll put them in a pretty bowl and just stare at them. I'll certainly take pictures for everyone.
I'm slowly but surely getting this ole' farmhouse on Lillie Mae Acres all decked out for Christmas. As I decorate, I'm also doing some deep cleaning. If you're like me, you don't deep clean near as much as your ancestors did. Besides, when you decorate like I do in a primitive style, a little dust and dirt sort of blends in, unnoticed for a while.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday, the start of a blessed week.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
As promised in the last post, here's another meaningful ornament for your family's Christmas tree. It's so simple and inexpensive to make. It's also great to make a bunch as gifts.
As you can see in the picture, the poem on the scroll is "Twas The Night Before Jesus Came". It's all over the internet so just look it up and copy it. I like to use Micro. Word so I can use whatever font and size I want to.
Like the Christmas Nail ornament in the last post, these were made years ago when I had a bulletin ministry in my church and they were handed out the Sunday before Christmas to everyone.
You need: Ivory colored copy paper (stationary paper so it's a little thicker), a hot glue gun, wooden skewers from the kitchen department, and red yarn. Also a brown marker or matches if you choose to brown the ends of the wood.
The dowels are cut in 4 1/2 " lengths (2 of these per ornament)
The paper measures 3 1/2" x 10" after I cut it with edged scissors and before being rolled once on each end and hot glued around the dowel.
The red yarn is cut long enough for a good hanger and tied on the top dowel at each end.
I browned the ends of the dowels with a brown marker to add an aged effect.
I sure hope you and your family enjoy making these. I've always loved the poem and it's just a small way to have it around, and also a conversation piece to those that are admiring your tree.
What a funny picture below! I don't know about you, but I take my camera with me in my purse almost everytime I leave home. You just never know what or who you'll want a picture of. Anyway, here's Matthew at the eye doctor yesterday. He could not believe that I had my camera out. He was begging me to put it up before the doctor walked in. It doesn't look like exam chairs are made for guys over 6 feet tall, does it? He's a great kid! Wayne and I are so proud of him and his desire to live for and work for God.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Years ago I was browsing through a Christian store's catalog and just stopped right in my tracks! They had a Christmas Nail ornament for your tree, but it was huge and expensive. I didn't like the size of it and I surely didn't like the price of it. I instantly wanted one for our family tree and one for everyone that we knew. I knew I couldn't afford that!
At the time, I also had the bulletin ministry at my church and I wanted to give something like this to everybody along with the bulletin on the Sunday before Christmas. Wayne, that sweet hubby of mine told me he could get nails like that at the hardware store and we could make them.
He came home with concrete cut nails. They are only 3 inches long, light in weight, and very inexpensive. I found very thin red ribbon and looked up the poem that goes with it. I printed the poem as I wanted using Micro. Word.
Below is the poem and instructions which are supposed to be handed out with each nail. I printed these off and each one was about 3" X 4", and I browned the edges of the paper with either marker or shoe polish. I hope you and your family are blessed by this little project.
~~~~~~~The Christmas Nail~~~~~~~~
It secured His manger cradle one starlit Christmas dawn,
and affixed the rugged beams of the cross He died upon...
And thus it is a symbol of all we celebrate together -
His birth, His life, His death, and our life in Him forever.
So may this special ornament on your tree remind you of
Christ's sacrifice - the price of the greatest kind of love.
Instructions for hanging the Christmas Nail:
this unique ornament links Christmas to Easter.
It is meant to be hung on a branch, near the trunk,
known only to the home that understands it's significance.
It is placed as a reminder that the Christmas tree
foreshadows the Christ-tree which only He could
decorate for us, ornamented with nails such as this.
As you can see, it won't be the prettiest ornament on your Christmas tree. It's not meant to be.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This wonderful little shelf is my favorite find from our latest road trip. I'm not 100% sure of my plans for it, but I love it and some different ideas are rolling around in my head. I only paid $4.00 for it. It didn't come with the candle holder in the second picture, but that's one of my ideas.
These baskets were only 50 cents a piece. The lady had a bunch, so I plundered through them and picked out the ones that I couldn't live without.Don't you love the shape of the one in the front?
Isn't this just adorable? It's a miniature pie safe. Oh, there's plenty of ideas rolling through Lillie Mae's crafty little head as to where I can put this and what all I can put in it. I just about know that I'm going to try to find the perfect size or scale of food, pies, and/or dishes to display in it. I only paid $4.99 for it!..
And then there's this little beauty. A tin candle mold. I'm not sure where I'll sit it but I like it! I only paid $1.00 for this
I hope you enjoyed seeing my "new" treasures. All these things are yucky and still need to be cleaned up. I haven't even tried to do anything with them yet.
You just never know what will happen around Lillie Mae Acres or what Lillie Mae will find to write about next so you better keep comin' back!