Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone


From Lillie Mae Acres and the Jones family, we wish you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING. May it be filled with God's ever faithful love, and that His love and power is welcome always in your lives.

We hope each of you have a blessed day, surrounded by the love of good people and delicious tasting food. Always keeping in mind that we need to be thankful for everyone and everything all year long.



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Just A Peek

I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. I'm excited to give you a little peek (well actually it's about all I have decorated) of Christmas at Lillie Mae Acres. So much is going on and pending right now that this has not been a normal decorating season for me. Hopefully things will slow down after Thanksgiving and I can get everything decorated for Christmas BEFORE Christmas actually gets here.

I found the perfect Christmas tree at Kmart the other day. I've looked at almost every store that sells them, but have not been happy with the ones I've seen on display. Either the tree was yucky or the price was. Kmart was about the only place I had not looked and there they were. This one is a Jackqueline Smith tall slim Scottsdale. PERFECT, they were also half off. you know Lillie Mae, bargain bargain bargain. I also made a new prim tree skirt for our family tree this year.



Hopefully soon, we'll have time for a cup of hot cocoa with those HUGE marshmallows on top, we can sit a spell, and catch up on all the latest happenings. maybe even have a roaring fire in the fireplace and Christmas music softly playing in the background. Until then, I hope you enjoy this little peek at my new tree and a few other decorations.

P.S.
I came home and posted this blog just for you Delena. Your home is decorated so beautifully for Christmas, I figured I could at least show you that I FINALLY have a tree up!

Friday, November 19, 2010

HELP for a long narrow room

HELP me please!

I have wanted leather living room furniture for a very long time. Everything we've ever had in here has been considered "temporary". Here lately I've been combing the internet for leather sectional couch ideas, sizes, configurations. Who knew it would be so hard! I guess the biggest problem is my living room. It is not SQUARE! It is long and very narrow, and of course there's the window, fireplace, doors, and now the TV hanging on the wall. It just takes all the fun out of sectional couch looking.

Another BIG problem is that the city that I drive into every week for shopping just has a few furniture stores. The chain outfits like Rooms to Go, Home Place, etc. I'm not finding anything on their websites so I haven't took the time to physically go to them. I guess I ought to. Then if I drive further, across the bridge into the tourist part of the city all the furniture stores in that direction cater to condo and beach themes, not leather.

HELP! My living room is only 11 1/2 X 26. I really really really want a sectional but the ones I see online are too BIG I think.

Please send me some furniture store websites if you know of any.

Here's a few pictures of some beautiful sectional couches that I've found online. What a mess! I thought I could just go to the store and get what I want!

The one above is one of my favorites.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Been Busy Cooking

Hey there everyone. I'm so sorry I've been slow about posting these days. I'm glad you stopped by though and hope you'll grab yourself a cup of your favorite fall beverage and sit a spell.

I recently entered four yummy recipes in a local Holiday Cooking contest and all four made it into the top ten. That meant I had to cook them Monday and take them to be tasted by judges. This is the third year I've done this and it's real fun. It jump starts my holiday cooking. And there is always a tasting afterwards where we get to eat up the food! How fun is that? Also, all top ten recipes in each category are printed up in a cookbook for locals to buy.



Each year I manage to win, but in the three years I have never won first place yet. I'll keep trying though, that's part of the fun. Monday night I won second in the Main Course category and Honorable Mention in the Appetizer category. I want to share the winning recipes with you and hope you'll try them. Maybe you and your family will enjoy them at some point throughout the holidays.

Slow Cooker Firehouse Chicken (2nd Place Winner)

2 (10.5 oz) cans Cream Of Mushroom Soup
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 (6 oz) jar sliced mushrooms (drained)
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

Combine first 4 ingredients together in a slow cooker and mix well. Add the chicken (cubed) and coat it with mixture.
Cook on high setting 1 hour, then low setting 5 hours.

Serving Options: Spoon over cooked rice OR Texas Toast if desired!
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Toasted Zucchini Snacks (Honorable Mention)

2 c shredded Zucchini
1 t salt
½ c mayonnaise
½ c plain yogurt
¼ c grated Parmesan cheese
4 green onions (sliced thin)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 t Worcestershire Sauce
36 slices snack size Rye Bread

Preheat oven: 375 degrees

Press excess liquid out of shredded Zucchini, add salt and toss together. Add mayonnaise, yogurt, P cheese, onions, garlic, and W sauce. Mix together well.

On a baking sheet, place slices of bread and evenly spoon Zucchini mixture on top of each. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes, until bubbling. Serve warm if possible.

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On another note: I can't believe I have to tell you that I still don't have our main Christmas tree up in the living room yet. I did spend a good part of the last two days making a new primitive looking tree skirt though. I made a country tree skirt 16 years ago, so for the past few years I've been wanting to make a new one with darker colors. I'll blog about that later though.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks a bunch for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Headache Caused by Too Much Good News

A typical Monday morning around here is trying to get up early, trying to have time to do at least one load of laundry, trying to become presentable to the world after a long hot shower, and trying to get to town for the week's grocery shopping and banking at a reasonable hour. Reasonable would be BEFORE lunch time in a perfect world, but I (we, if Matt wants to go) usually arrive just in time to get something to eat first.
The typical place for my phone is laying somewhere in the bottom of my purse with the volume on loud but me not hearing it because the purse is closed up tight (to detour possible sticky hands) in stores. I kept hearing it loud and clear all day yesterday though.
ANYWAY, this morning I have a headache. A headache because I went to bed very very early, slept way too many hours, and am excited and anxious at the same time for all the below reasons!
The county fair came and went, I entered my canned good and won my ribbons. Done for the year!
A while back I sent a few recipes to Gooseberry Patch and got a letter Saturday saying one had been chosen for an upcoming book. Yay, I LUV Gooseberry Patch.
So Monday (yesterday) came and we went to town!
The phone started ringing in the bottom of my purse. The first call was about a Holiday Cooking Contest I entered recipes in for our local newspaper. I entered four recipes, but they were only calling about one that made it to the top ten. Ok I said, I'll cook it and have it there a week from now for actual taste judging.
Then a few more isles away and a few more items in the buggy, the phone rings again. A different soft spoken newspaper employee telling me another recipe made it to the top ten, so I again said yes that I would cook it and have it there a week from now for taste judging.
This happened five times while I was shopping. The reason for five calls was that I think it was the second or third call that the girl forgot to tell me something. ANYWAY, before grocery shopping was done, all four of my submitted recipes were accepted and next Monday night I have to have all four cooked and presented to the judges at a local theater, then hang around for the winnings presentations.
I rolled through the gate HOME SWEET HOME, and to the wonderful sight of hubby working in the garden. He was home early and had picked up the mail. Laying on the kitchen table was another letter from Gooseberry Patch. Another recipe has been accepted and will be published in an upcoming book. Yay! These two different recipes will be in two different Gooseberry Patch cookbooks coming out in April 2011.
Then last night as I'm resting, relaxing, breathing, and feeling very satisfied...my sweet little niece calls. Can you keep Lily Sunday night? Of course was my reply. And I meant it and I look forward to it.
I went to bed very very early, I slept way too long, and now I have a headache. BUT, I just know that today is going to be a great day and all my chores are going to be done.
Beware, too much good news can give you a headache.