Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Faux Bovine ... really fake cowhide

Last week Wayne brought home this awful looking footstool. The word "tacky" didn't even describe it properly. It was reddish looking vinyl with some kind of oriental looking trim going around it. Oh but just LOOK at those beautiful wrought iron legs! I knew I could take it and give it a face lift, allowing it to find a nice home right here.

I admit it, I love wrought iron. I think all three of us do around here. It is just the most durable, lifelong, heavy and heavy duty stuff and it fits right in with everything here on Lillie Mae Acres.

You all know by now that my living room is decorated in a cabin/lodge style, along with a few antiques and farmhouse items to blend in. I get a lot of western decor catalogs in the mail and have seen many little cowhide/cow print footstools so that's what I automatically thought of doing with this stool.

I went to town yesterday, hoping to find a really nice Cowhide uphostery material in white and brown. Well, the best thing I could find was labeled Faux Bovine. How funny! The printed side is soft and feels like calf, but the underside is a silky feel. Wayne had to help me recover the stool because the "faux bovine" a.k.a. really fake cowhide kept slipping and sliding. We got it done though and we love it. It looks and feels real so just us and all of you in blogland knows it's not! And I told him if I ever find something better we'll just have to recover it again.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Throw It All In

This is one of our favorite suppers. Well, it was and then we all three got burned out on it. But here it is again...partly because I'm tired and it's easy and partly because Matt has a friend over so I know this feeds an Army. You do know that two teen boys are equal to a mess hall filled with hungry people, don't you?

I love the ease of it. I throw EVERYTHING but the kitchen sink in and bake it covered for about 50-60 minutes on 350F.

Lining the bottom of the pan is chicken thighs, covering them are frozen corn cobs, two cut up onions, a bunch of small red potatoes, lightly sprinkled celery seed, some crushed garlic, salt, and a big GLOP of butter. Tonight I threw in a few small whole tomatoes, but usually don't. That's it...throw it all in and call it SUPPER.

Have a good evening.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Possessive Over My Kitchen

Are you like me? Are you possessive when it comes to YOUR kitchen?

Here on Lillie Mae Acres, that's just the way it is. When we invite guests over I usually do all the cooking. I very seldom ask guests to bring anything because I like to have it all preplanned and organized with NO surprises.

I have every kitchen bowl, pan, tool, etc just where I want it. My cabinets and drawers are organized according to my wants and needs.
I can't help it, it just messes me up for someone to get in there and start asking questions, going through my cabinets, etc. Can you tell that this has recently happened to me? I'm venting and you're the lucky set of ears (in this case eyes).

There is always an exception to every rule, right? The exception to this rule is my mom. She's helped in my kitchen before and it didn't bother me, I guess because I don't consider her a "guest" or "company". When they're coming over, sometimes I go all out and get fancy with my china sometimes I don't.

So here it is! Some of you may say that I should be glad to accept help in the kitchen while others of you may agree with me. We're all different. Here's another shocker for you. I also like to be the ONLY one to fold the laundry. I just like MY WAY of organising the linen closet too.
There, I did it! I told you just how POSSESSIVE I am, and I don't plan to go to a therapist about it either because I'm HAPPY just the way I am. Whatever works well, just keep doing it.

Have a good weekend.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the daddy's everywhere. I love my husband, and am so proud that he's a GREAT dad to our wonderful son. I'm blessed that he's a Christian, he loves God and allows God to lead him and guide him as the head our family and home.

He is down with his back and we don't know what all is going on yet. Of course we were going to take it real easy and enjoy a relaxing weekend. Now he's over doing it by making plans and cleaning up outside. WHAT?? Whatever!

Matthew and I are just shaking our heads and trying to tell him to slow down and do what the doctors said...basically he is supposed to just be laying or sitting, whichever is comfortable at the time. He's on a lot of medicine right now until the specialist can see him. You just can't tell some people anything, so I'm sure he's going to be in a lot more pain. None of us have had a decent night of sleep in over a week and we are so tired. I may have to start propping my eyes open with toothpicks.

Sorry folks, I'm venting a lot out of stress and lack of sleep. Please forgive me. I'm just really worried about him and worried that he's over doing it. Thanks for stopping by Lillie Mae Acres for a little visit. I do hope each of you enjoy this special weekend with the ones you love.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

God's Blessings

I want to take this beautiful summer morning to thank God for all blessings, big and small. He's never failed us...He's always been right on time.

I am enjoying the blessing of having my own personal little produce market in our farmhouse kitchen. As we bring the fresh pickings from our garden in, we are enjoying the rich flavor of homegrown, pesticide free goodness for supper almost every night.

We are also enjoying grilling on these beautiful warm summer evenings.

Are you enjoying spring/summer yet? I hope so.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Blog Comment Problems?

Is anyone else having problems posting comments on friend's blogs? I'm not able to for some reason this morning and would sure love to.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Beautiful Gladiola

Around Lillie Mae Acres, we spend time and enjoy the backyard way more than the front. Flowers are scattered throughout, some in pots others in the ground. I walked around to the front of the house to water the flowers and that's when I seen it. A Gladiola, getting ready to open but snapped by the wind before it could. I think this lovely one allowed the wind to break it before it bloomed so I would bring it inside and it would get more attention and appreciation than it was going to get.

I hope your day and weekend is as beautiful as this Gladiola flower.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Florida Folk Festival

Last weekend Matthew and I traveled to the 59th Annual Florida Folk Festival. It was beautiful, it was HOT, and there were a lot of great Florida artisans there showing off their craft. One in particular caught my eye, the potter. Wayne and I both love pottery and I have always wished I could make beautiful pottery so I just watched, and watched, and watched. I bet he thought I was stalking him.

On our final day there, I picked out some of his beautiful signed pieces of pottery to buy and bring home.

His name is Matt Brabham and here's his website if you want to take a look.

The reason we traveled down there was that one of the groups Matt picks banjo in was performing all three days of the festival.

It was a fun experience, very different festival and atmosphere than the bluegrass festivals we're all use to. Almost every style of music and dance was represented, along with Florida artisans showing off their talents, costumes, and Florida history.

Friday, June 3, 2011

See Ya Later not Goodbye

Hey there everyone. It seems like FOREVER since I've sat and blogged, we've been busy around Lillie Mae Acres. Here's just a short posting of what is currently on my mind, the big deal right now.

Our family has been so blessed to seldom have to see loved ones move far away. Honestly, I can't think of one close relative that has moved away in years, so this is new to us. With many prayers, thoughts, planning, and well wishes...we said see ya later to my beautiful niece Amanda, her hubby Aaron, and my precious pie Lily the other day. I didn't know for a fact that I would be able to stay strong on our last day together, but with God's help I did.

Here are a few pictures of us trying to spend extra time with Lily, while her parents spent a few days packing and loadng the truck and UHaul for the big move. I hope you enjoy them and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Thank you for stopping by. See ya later...not goodbye.