Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Beautiful Weather & Red Toenails

How's everyone doing these days? Everything is going just fine here on Lillie Mae Acres. Spring is here in Florida, it's been in the 70's each day for a week now and beautiful.

I've been needing a vacuum cleaner for a while now, and FINALLY picked one out. I'm old school, I hate that there are so many choices these days for everything you need and want. But I am so grateful for the internet so I can do my own research without having to find people that can tell me about an item. I almost had one picked at Walmart out, but watched an infomercial from Shark and I was sold on the new lift away they were showing. I started my own research and made my decision. Then BARGAIN BETTY kicked in when Sunday's paper had a 20% off coupon for Bed Bath & Beyond. I got it yesterday and I LUV it!

If you sign up for BB&B emails, you'll get a 20% coupon emailed to you, so I did that too. I used that coupon on the Vidalia Onion Chopper that I have been wanting for our fresh salads. LUV it too!

I'm so glad you stopped by today. It's almost time for lemonade and strawberries.
It's almost time for flip flops

and sandals.
It's time to get our toenails painted shiny red for the world to see. Pack away the winter pajamas and bring out the spring/summer ones.

It's also time to PLANT that garden. I wonder what all we'll have good to eat this year?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

FRESH Crisp Cool Salads

Fresh crisp cool salads, oh my that sounds good. That's what we're in the mood for around Lillie Mae Acres these days. I stocked the refrigerator with a good variety of dressings and toppings, so last night I made us a wonderful salad with Romain, Green Onions, Baby Spinach, and yummy Broccoli Slaw. We added chicken strips and called it supper.

I've always wanted a salad spinner. I finally got me one and I love it. This is the one I got and I have to say that it's almost pretty enough to leave sitting out.

It works great and you're not left with water at the bottom of your salad bowl.

Now I want your opinions on mandoline slicers. Are they worth it? I would love to have one and was talking to a lady yesterday that loves hers and actually uses it all the time. I know I want one that has the bowl/container under it and would like a few different attachments for variation. Give me your opinions please if you have or have ever used one.

I don't know of a big nice Farmer's Market anywhere around the cities where I shop. You would think there would be some nice ones, there are a few little ones that I've been to. Wayne likes the Amish Butter and I have to drive to a small outside market to pick that up but their produce is never anything to get excited about.

Well, I hope you're enjoying beautiful weather wherever you are. I'm having a hard time keeping my spring fever under control. Have a GREAT SONshiny day and thanks for stopping by.

Remember, if you recommend or do not recommend investing in a mandoline slicer let me know.

CORRECTION: I meant Chopper/Slicer not mandoline. Oops!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Blessed To Have Love

I hope everyone had and is still having a wonderful Valentine's Day, celebrating with someone you love. I have two favorite guys in my life. Yes, I am a very blessed lady and I do thank God for it. I have my wonderful husband and my wonderful son who will be 17 years old on the 23rd.

We stayed at home tonight and will probably go out tomorrow when the restaurants aren't as crowded. Boy howdy, we do like things simple and low key.

I made red velvet Whoopie Pies for tonight's dessert and they are so rich and yummy. I didn't make them from scratch, I used this cute little mix from the Valentine's isle at Walmart so you may want to check and see if there are any left.

Hubby came home with flowers and a beautiful card, so we exchanged cards and had BBQ chicken for supper.

My son has got us all HOOKED on Burn Notice, the tv show. He got the first three seasons on DVD for Christmas and between that, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers...that's all our tv has had on it for the past few days. Pretty good show if you don't already know.

Have a good evening!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Not Hard to have a Kitchen Like Grandma

It's really not all that hard to achieve the look and feel of a down home farmhouse kitchen, kind of like grandma's. I'm not talking about having cabinets and walls just like grandma, I'm talking about the feel, atmosphere, overall simplicity and look. The fun kitchen that everyone likes to hang out in.

I'm no expert, so the following is just my humble thoughts and opinions about the makings of a true farmhouse kitchen. As I was heavily cleaning mine this morning after breakfast, I thought of this because my farmhouse kitchen is truly my favorite room in our home.

To accomplish the look and feel, you don't need to set your mind on one certain theme or color. Farmhouse is the theme and style. Generations before us didn't concentrate and spend tons of money buying everything to match. It's just that simple. Of course you also don't have to do without modern luxuries like the dishwasher and microwave, I know I'm not going to have a wood burning stove like my ancestors instead of an electric one.

You don't have to start a collection of one thing, you don't have to find a store that sells chicken, apple, or sunflower themed kitchen items. Of course if you already have a beautiful collection of something, that will fit right in with other items too when placed around the room. And don't be scared to actually use your pretty collections and stuff. Why just look at it and never use it? I have collected Pfaltzgraff Folk Art dishes since the 80's, and consider this my china pattern not my everyday dishes. I actually use them though whenever I want and enjoy doing so.

You can start by plundering through the back of your cabinets. I bet you'll find something in there to inspire you. Something you forgot you even have! Something with memories and meaning, like maybe an old plate or bowl that someone handed down to you a long time ago. Maybe mom or grandma? Maybe an old wedding gift or flea market find? If you like it, use it! If you want to display it, do so! I love using old bowls to actually mix in, serve out of, store in, display fresh eggs in.

A beautiful farmhouse kitchen is yours for the making! It's simple and not matchy matchy, it's stress free. Whatever you have, love, see, find, etc. And for goodness sakes, don't cover that window up with heavy blinds and curtains. Keep it light and let the SONlight through. Let Him shine through your kitchen and home.

We remodeled and enlarged our kitchen a few years ago and I knew the look and feel I wanted and needed was Farmhouse. Our home is small and in the middle of the woods; therefore, I've always decorated and kept it simple. Simple and very comfortable, making sure to include cherished items we love and use, hand me downs, heirlooms, and junkin' trip treasures.

Right now, my seven foot long farmhouse table is in the building process while the unfinished steam bent Windsor chairs are on order. The table legs won't match the chair legs. I don't want them to. We are also converting the old air conditioner closet into my new pantry. We will hang a screen door for the pantry door and use an old silver fork from one of my ancestors for the handle/pull. A lot of changes are on the way for my kitchen, but the look and feel will remain!

I guess the very best thing about the look and feel of a simple farmhouse kitchen is that it doesn't cost a lot of money. It's just taking what you have to work with and changing it, adding to it, taking away what you don't want and bringing in what you do. And it happens over time. It's not a weekend project. You don't have to run to the store or hop on Ebay and BUY BUY BUY. Just take your time and enjoy every minute of it.

I've never wanted any room in my home to look like it came from the housewares department at Walmart or Target. Or that I ordered everything off of a page in one of my favorite prim or country magazines. Mix it all up, use old and new. It's no fun if your kitchen looks just like your neighbors or sisters.

Ok, that's my opinion on how to achieve a wonderful kitchen, one that it's fun to plan and cook meals in for the family. A room that will constantly remind you of simple days gone by, wonderful family and friends, maybe help you create healthier meals, and maybe even bring the family in to cook and enjoy time together.

P.S. Don't forget to display and actually use those aprons! They are pretty and useful. I keep at least one hanging close to the stove at all times. I try to remember to put it on, especially when frying.

See ya later.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Spring CONSTRUCTION vs cleaning...oh my!

We all know there is a huge difference in cleaning and construction. My home has never been completely finished so something small is under construction most of the time. But now, it's big projects that we are trying to get done before spring.

I've been semi-spring cleaning since clearing away the Christmas decorations. Doing all the little corners, nooks, and drawers properly. It's almost fun yet stressful when you have to stop until you have just the right item that will help. My wonderful mom helped me complete mine and Wayne's closet yesterday by finding and picking up just the right little set of drawers for the closet floor while she was in the city. Thank you mom, I love you!
The CONSTRUCTION is awful. That dear sweet hubby told me the new air conditioner was coming this week, it wouldn't take too long for the men to install it. Well, they're coming back today to complete what they started yesterday morning at 8:30a.m. I have HUGE holes in walls for new ducts, a HUGE hole in the side of my house, and the furniture in two rooms is all pulled out in the middle of the floors. Kind of hard to clean and relax this way. Plus they had to dig up my satellite dish and we lost service. Thankfully hubby fixed it after they left, we all know how long it takes Direct TV to come fix stuff.
I'm really not complaining.
Our old unit was not going to make it so when the heat sets in I'll be so glad we have air. But the air is just a small part of construction. My back porch, half the patio, and my wash room is fixing to be UNDER construction, a KEEP OUT zone for a few days probably. Not complaining though, when we are enjoying it for the rest of our lives I'll think back on this mess as a good thing.
Oh and one more construction project, a NEW PANTRY. Our new central heat and air is all outside now, so that left a nice size closet in the hallway, just a few steps from the kitchen. Guess who claimed it! Guess who has already showed hubby the screen door she wants hung? Guess who needs to find the antique forks her mom gave her a long time ago that belonged to great and great great grandparents?
You're now wondering why I need to find the forks, right? Well it's because I'm going to pick one out, bend it into a handle/pull for the screen door and use that instead of a regular one.
That's it! That's my week in a nutshell. It's been hectic, but oh how I love God and my life. I praise him for every big thing and every little thing. I praise Him for all the wonderful family and friends that I have (including my blogging buddies) and I even praise Him and thank Him for life's lessons.
So how was your week? Do you have spring fever as bad as I do? I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Betty Strikes Again! She's Been Busy Crafting Away!

Bargain Betty a.k.a. Lillie Mae went all over town to almost every Dollar General picking through their 25 cent sales last week. It was fun too! That's what they had marked their Christmas decor items down to. It still wasn't as good a deal as my mom and I found at one of the DG stores with leftover fall decor. It was well worth it though. Let's just say, I am well stocked!

I'm sure you've all seen the little battery operated candles that were only $1.00. Well, they were even more attractive for 25 cents. Attractive in my mind as I was seeing them painted and decorated! Not at all attractive as they were!

On several blogs, I've seen others take these and prim them up or change them in ways to look a lot better. I instantly knew what I wanted to do to my bargains. I am so happy with the way they turned out. I'm not finished with all of them yet, but here are the ones I've changed just in time to put together a small Valentine's Day arrangement in the kitchen.

I used sand paper to lightly sand the plastic pieces. You can use whatever colors of inexpensive spray paints you have or want, and you'll need your hot glue gun to create the look of dripping wax. That's it folks! Then just decorate with pip berries, ribbon, or whatever you want.

And below is a wonderful book that I found on the bargain rack at Books-A-Million the other day. I have no idea why my mom didn't legally name me Bargain Betty!

This book is filled with beautiful pictures of homes that Randy Florke has purchased and decorated in prim, country, farmhouse styles. Oooh, last night I just piled up close to the fireplace and read and examined almost every page and picture. The book is a few years old, but we all know prim and farmhouse doesn't change! The world changes around our homes, but we just keep plundering through the flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, and antique malls for precious treasures to use in our homes.

I'm so glad you stopped by Lillie Mae Acres today, please come back soon. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend filled with blessings from above.