Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happily Bouncing Into 2010

Here we go, bouncing into another new year. Who can honestly say they can believe it's already 2010? Remember being scared when the year 2000 was coming? It seems like just yesterday to me and everyone I've mentioned it to.

God has kept me and my family safe and healthy in the palms of His hands another year, another Christmas, another birthday for each of us, etc. We have so much to be thankful for, and we are thankful.

From our home here at Lillie Mae Acres in the beautiful countryside of Florida, we wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. Please stay safe during your celebrations and throughout the year. We always stay in on New Years Eve. We may or may not stay up to ring in the new year at the stroke of midnight. Just call us boring if you want to, but that's how it is.

We like to cook BIG on New Years Day. Of course we will have black eye peas, not that we believe in luck! It's more of a tradition than luck. I was also told one time NOT to do any laundry on New Years Day or I'd have to do it all the new year. Hmm, that struck me funny because if there is laundry to be done, I will have to do it anyway. So, it does not matter if I do laundry on New Years Day or not, there is going to be laundry and I am going to be doing it all year long.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Good morning to all of you sweet and beautiful ladies. We had a wonderful Christmas here at Lillie Mae Acres, just filled with God's love and blessings (I do not mean material blessings either). I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas too. I'm sort of glad it's all over and a new year is beginning, then in some ways I wish the wonder and excitement of the holidays lasted longer.

That dear sweet hubby of mine surprised me with a little trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant Saturday night. Other than that, we've just been relaxing and taking it easy since Friday. Today is my first trip into the city since last Monday, so I'm going to brave it and get it over with. You all know how much I love being home more than any other place, especially shopping.

Yesterday (Sunday) I did start taking down the Christmas decor in the kitchen. I'm sure I'll be taking down decor from all the rooms a little each day all week. No since in getting stressed over it and rushing it. It's not going anywhere, and I like to put it away neatly.

As I type this post, I'm frying up some country smoked sausage for Matthew. I'm dropping him off at a friend's house today and then heading on into the city to bank, grocery shop, etc. I have to get my nails done too, so that'll take up a little time. I can stop, relax, chat, and drink a water during that time though. That'll be the best part of the day, huh?

Well, I guess I'll run for now since I'm trying to cook. Don''t want to burn that sausage!

Have a great Monday everyone!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday Night ramblings

Here's a BIG hello and hug from Lillie Mae Acres. I hope you're all staying warm, dry, and cozy these last few days before Christmas. I think (hope, pray, etc.) that today was my last day in the city. I planned it that way, went right by my list, and as of this very minute can't think of anything I forgot.

This man, this sweet hubby of mine is such a soft hearted man.

I love him more than I can even describe. He doesn't really ever say it, but he just loves Christmas. It's practically written all over him and his actions. He hasn't had a lot of free time this year, but usually this time of year I can find him in the workshop every night making things to give away. I went out to the shed behind the game room before it got dark this evening and there, layed out all over the pool table were manly gifts. Various knives layed out, ready to be handed out to whoever he has in mind for them. He does this every year, he'll stock up or make things and hand them out. I'm proud to say that I can already see alot of Wayne's ways in Matthew.

I went into one of the nearby cities this morning.

I dreaded it all weekend, but this morning I just adopted a calm peaceful attitude about it. I dressed very comfy and warm, got all my coupons and list together, and off I went. Well, it turned out to be a very pleasant day. I took my time, kept checking my list, found everything and a lot of bargains. I made sure I wished everyone I talked to a Merry Christmas, even the elderly man at Kmart that helped me get the carts unstuck! I even found wonderful parking spaces everywhere I went, even the mall.

We stayed home tonight instead of going to hear Gospel Bluegrass like we do most Monday nights. Wayne is pretty tired these days from working long hours plus all weekend. We may or may not go out tomorrow night to hear Christmas music over in another little country town. Either way, just being together is fine with me. Right now I have Christmas music playing in the living room, a fire in the fireplace, and I'm fixing to go crawl in my big ole comfy bed. I'm looking forward to my mom and her hubby coming over for a nice Christmas Eve supper Thursday night, maybe a little dessert and egg nog around the fireplace. I've got to run down to my sweet little neighbor's home tomorrow or Wednesday and check out her new living room furniture. I've got to get a picture of her so I can show her off on here and tell you about her. That'll be a future blog post in the near future.

I've also got to run down and deliver fresh eggs to my sister, and hopefully find a neighbor or two that can take some more off my hands. All of a sudden, we have way more eggs here on Lillie Mae Acres than we can eat.

Good night all you sweeties out in blogland, and Merry Christmas to each of you. God bless your homes and families.

Lillie Mae is sleepy and goin' to bed! I've got to rise n shine early to get things done around here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'm Not Ready Yet, Someone Stop the Clock!

Boy howdy! It's been busy around Lillie Mae Acres. I've been going into the city a lot more, even on weekends.
I thought November flew by, but December is flying by as fast as it can too! I'm not ready yet for Christmas. I'm not even finished shopping. I'm baking as I type this post, baking old fashioned tea cakes. I don't plan to do a lot of baking, just a few more things and I'm done with that.

I forgot to show you a few things that are sitting around our home for Christmas. I made these cute little prim snowmen a few years back and I always like to display them in a dough bowl. This year they are on the coffee table.

The pretty vintage card garland that I won from Sweet Sassie Sadie Lee is hanging on one of my kitchen walls. Close by in my old childhood Easter basket are the pretty vintage tags I won too.

My nativity scene is ceramic. I purchased it way back in the early eighties, and still enjoy this sweet little set. I have a few others sitting around throughout our home, but this one always sits on a shelf in the living room.

The two recipe books are publications from a local newspaper. Each year they hold a holiday cooking contest and the winners get their recipe put in the new recipe book. Then they sell the books to the public. The money generated goes towards newspapers being available in school classrooms. I have recipes in both of these books, 2008 and 2009. So of course I buy up a bunch and add them to gifts.

Well, I'm baking and I'd better pay more attention to that than blogging. Have a wonderful evening everyone.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

We'll Be Home With Bells On

Home, that's exactly where we'll be for Christmas. Happy at home with bells on (happy spirits, love in our hearts, carols playing in our heads, etc., etc.) We are so blessed to be able to stay home and not have to travel long distances during any of the holidays in order to see the ones we love. Most of our family is right here within 30 miles.

Today we had awful rain and thunder storms. It's warm again for the next few days here, and we're in for a chance of rain almost everyday up to next weekend. YUCK! Then it is supposed to cool off again, I don't know just how cool/cold. Maybe it'll be a cold Christmas. Here in Florida, we just have to make the most of it and keep our spirits up.
Matthew had a sing this afternoon at another church, so while Wayne ran him up there I stayed home and got everything ready for family Christmas pictures.

I was worried that the lights would go out, or something would keep us from being able to get these pictures taken so I can get them printed and mail the Christmas cards tomorrow. This month is flying too fast, isn't it?
I haven't even started my baking yet. HELP!!! I'm trying to keep everything real simple and on a small scale this year. I do plan to start it this week though after tomorrow's grocery shopping. Matthew always wants to make sugar cookies, but we'll save that for next week so they'll stay fresh. I know I plan on making buttery caramels, a Red Velvet Cake for hubby if that's what he still wants, and some of those wonderful Peanut Butter bars like we grew up with in elementary school.
I'm just curious, how many of you know what I'm talking about? Do you remember the yummy Peanut Butter bars served in the lunchroom, sprinkled with powdered sugar? Supposedly they can't make those anymore because of peanut allergies in so many children.
Just in case I've failed to tell ya'll recently, I appreciate every one of you faithful readers so much. I enjoy blogging about my family's life out here in the country and I'm glad so many of you enjoy reading about it. Have a blessed evening.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

BiG SnOw of 1989 here in FLORIDA

This is a follow up to my last posting. I found my pictures of the big snow in Florida, December 22, 1989. This year marks the 20th Anniversary since we've had snow.

These pictures are of my home and neighborhood back then. That seems like a lifetime ago. I don't think I could ever live in the city again. What can I say, I was so young and of course wanted to be near all the shopping and good times.

We sure would love to see some snow fall on our NW Florida homes this year. This snow fell on Dec. 22, 1989 a Friday afternoon. The temps stayed in the 20's, so the snow didn't start melting until Christmas Eve. I'm sorry for the poor quality of the pictures, but you have to remember none of us had good ole' digital cameras back then.

Now here's the special part of this post. My little pink princess cupycake Lily sat on Santy Clause's knee at Bass Pro Shops. I just know he understood what she was "thinking" about for him to bring her. I bet whatever she wants is something PINK.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Cold Again!

I know we're not having the kind of cold weather a lot of you are having, and in some ways I'm glad. If it did snow here, we'd all be slipping and sliding all over the highways and parking lots. We don't have the right equipment to handle that kind of snow. It did get cold again though. Cold by Florida standards that is. It got in the 30's. And we have rain in the forecast for the weekend.

Matthew and I went into the city yesterday, it was cold and windy. When it's windy, Lillie Mae refuses to spend too much time on the hair. That's why God invented ponytail bands, don't you agree? I put on my "I don't care what I look like" baggy sweatshirt, jeans, comfy shoes that Matthew and Wayne think are ugly, and announced that I was ready to go! We had places to go and things to get done.

Matthew needed a haircut. Why can't my hair grow as fast as his? If it did, I'd have long flowing beautiful hair! Anyway, I wanted my nails done, ended up getting a whole new set. That took forever! It seemed like it anyway, but she always does a good job. By then it was past our lunch time according to our bellies, so we drove way out of our way to our favorite Mexican restaurant. YUMMY, it's always worth it.
After a little shopping here and there, we headed out of town, driving the max speed towards the country, trying to get home faster than possible. Home is truly where my heart is, it's my comfort zone!

Back to weather, the last time it did snow here in Northwest Florida was December 22, 1989. It was a Friday afternoon and it dropped into the 20's for several days. About 1 1/2 inches collected on the ground, WOW! But it was enough that we were having bad driving conditions and wrecks up and down the highways. I remember that I had two nieces about a year old and another niece about four years old, babysitting them for my sisters. One of the babies was sick but already on antibiotics, so outside we went. No way was Aunt Lillie Mae gonna let them babies miss history in the making!

Thanks for stopping by Lillie Mae Acres once again, come back soon.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It's A Winter Wonderland for Winter Naps

I enjoy decorating almost every inch of our home for Christmas. Our bedroom doesn't get left out. I love getting it all decorated for our favorite time of the year and enjoy using the Christmas comforter.

Wayne made my cedar chest that sits at the foot of our bed, and it get's decorated almost every year with my little feather tree.
I made the grungy little snowballs and other ornaments for the feather tree years ago. A few years back, I made this little folk art lamb too. He's my favorite.

It's been hard to stay in the Christmas mood (I said mood not spirit) because of the weather we've been having this week. It turned warm on us again, and we've had a lot of rain for two days. It's going to be rainy through the weekend too. Joy joy! But, even though it's hard to be in a Christmas mood, the Christmas spirit and all that it means is in our hearts to stay. I'm trying to talk my guys into us going Christmas shopping tonight.

I've enjoyed looking through everyone's beautiful Christmas decorations on your blogs. This is truly the most joyous and meaningful time of the year. I've just started thinking about what goodies I want to make. I know I'll be trying the homemade caramels on page 185 of Comfort and Joy by Gooseberry Patch. Just in case you don't have this particular Gooseberry Patch cookbook, I'll post the recipe. It's so simple and basic, just my kind!

Stay warm and enjoy this beautiful time of the year.


1 c. butter 14 oz. can sweetened
2 c. brown sugar, packed condensed milk
1/8 t. salt 1 t. vanilla extract
1 c. light corn syrup
Melt butter in a 3 qt saucepan. Add sugar and salt; stir thoroughly. Stir in corn syrup and mix well. Gradually add condensed milk; stir constantly over md heat until mixture reaches the firm ball stage, (244 - 249 degrees on a candy therm.)
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour into a well greased 9x9 pan. Cool; cut into small squares and wrap in wax paper. Makes about 6 dozen.

I hope if you try this that your family and friends truly enjoy it. Have a great evening, and thank you for being such faithful followers and readers.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Farmhouse Christmas continued

Here's our main Christmas tree. It stands tall in the living room and is adorned with ornaments that we have collected through the years. Some are homemade, some were purchased from special places, on special outings, and some that have been handed down that are so fragile and cherished. Some of the most cherished are the ones Matthew made in elementary school. If I had to name a theme for our family Christmas tree, I couldn't. It's not a certain color, texture, etc. It's just a great big collection of ornaments that mean something to the three of us. I made the ivory quilted tree skirt the year I was pregnant with Matthew. I just wash it each year and reuse it, remembering everytime I look over at it that it's been under our tree for many years. I also made our prim star topper years ago from stick found in the woods. I attached it to a rusty bed spring also found in the woods and that became our tree topper almost fourteen years ago.

We're really enjoying the fireplace this year, it's been cold so it's getting used a lot.

The camera doesn't do justice to my mustard walls, but we are real happy with the way they turned out.

I made this tiny little military stocking ornament the year we went to war.

I made this tiny little baby Jesus branch sitter a few years back after seeing one at a craft show for way too much $$.

The pink vintage glass ball is just one of a set I have that belonged to my grandmother. The clothespin ornament was made by my mom with a beautiful poem to explain that it was never used but found in my grandmother's home.

Wayne and I made a bunch of wooden candy canes a few years back, and I decided to use one with the poem attached as a "J" for Jesus.

I hope you enjoyed this part of the tour. There's more to come soon, I promise.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Frightful Weather

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, ...!

Well, I like the song, Let It Snow, but that's not the frightful we woke up to this morning. We woke up to muggy rain storms and tornado warnings. There is no delightful fire in the fireplace because it's too hot for one. There's a cool/cold front headed our way so says Mr. Weatherman. Hmm, sometimes he's not too trustworthy though. Wouldn't you just hate to be a weatherman? You know they get blamed for reporting the weather and it ending up wrong. When the computer gets the forecast wrong, then he/she reports what it says to us, then we depend on it, etc, etc.

I cleaned out my fireplace two days ago for the upcoming cold front. I even put marshmallows on the grocery list, and planned a game night in my head. For game night I also invested in a HUGE summer sausage so I could make up a cracker/sausage snack tray for the coffee table. Oh well, we all know summer sausage lasts FOREVER! The picture below is of a fire a few nights ago.
I wish I could report that my living room has a fresh coat of paint on the walls, but we still don't have that job done yet. My living room is long and narrow. One of the long walls already has cedar on it, and the other three are sheetrock. The other long wall will have cedar on it when Wayne can take the cedar logs to the sawmill and take on such a big extra chore. Until then, we are fixing to slap a fresh color on the walls, mustard! A beautiful golden/brown mustard! I can hardly wait. Maybe he'll bring home the paint tonight. Because of this though, I'm still only partly decorated for Christmas in there. It'll get done soon, and when it does I'll be able to post pretty pictures.

I found a lot of bargains Monday in town. I went to TJ Maxx and Ross, two stores that I love but do not get a chance to go in often. Sure enough, they had too much to choose from. I'm happy to report that a few people have been marked off my Christmas gift buying list. Now a few more to go!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. Have fun and stay safe in all your shopping and driving around.