Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Decorations

Again, I have the good fortune of having a neighbor who is brilliant when it comes to Christmas decorations and trees.  Here are a few of the ideas that she had this year.  I hope that you enjoy them.

Photo Credit: CK Worley
     Isn't this beautiful.  The front room is pretty enough to be in Southern Living Magazine.

Photo Credit: CK Worley



Here is a home made Advent calender made by our neighbor Meg. We have the most amazing neighbors! This hangs over the fireplace in the boys room.  Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent calender is used to count or celebrate the days before Christmas. Each day has a new card to turn and to learn from.  LOVE THIS!



Photo Credit: CK Worley













Photo Credit: CK Worley


Even the bathroom is decorated. On the mirror hangs Santa's outfit.  Everything from socks to gloves!


Photo Credit: CK Worley
Photo Credit: CK Worley


The dining room and kitchen aren't forgotten.

Photo Credit: CK Worley

I want to thank my family and friends who have shown me love and support throughout this year.  
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  
Let's all make 2015 one to remember.  
Love a little more, find kindness in every step and realize how very precious we all are. 



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tomato Pie by Mrs. T. E. Worley via Hubert and Perky Worley

Cousin Davis was kind enough to send me his Grandmother’s Tomato Pie recipe.  I thought I’d try it out. This recipe must be over 100 years old and it’s a family favorite.

Photo Credit: Worley Family Album

First allow me to tell you a little about the Worley family.  Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Worley had 6 sons.  They lived on a farm in Goshen Springs, Mississippi.
Now as you can imagine, they had biscuits for breakfast and many, many tomatoes from the garden. This is a dessert pie made with love from the things that the Worley’s had aplenty. She was affectionately known by her 17 Grandchildren as "Big Mama".

The recipe is a little sparse in places so I had to fill in here and there.

Ingredients:
1 cup of sugar
1 small bell pepper and/or one hot pepper (I used a jalapeño)
6 ripe tomatoes
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 dash of salt
1 medium onion
1 stick of butter (I used 1/2 a stick but the whole stick would probably have been better)
3 toasted biscuits (I used 4)

Directions:
Peel tomatoes and chop

Photo Credit: CK Worley

Add tomatoes, onion, sugar and spices to pan and cook slow over medium heat till done. (I cooked the tomatoes down by half but I'd only cook them until the onions are tender because I now realize that you need all the liquid to soak the biscuits)

Photo Credit: CK Worley

Toast biscuits till crunchy.
Crumble biscuits and layer in baking dish, add tomato mixture and cover with more biscuits.
Alternate layers based on size of dish. 
Finish off with biscuit crumbles and dot with butter.

Photo Credit: CK Worley

Photo Credit: CK Worley

Bake at 350 degrees till done (I baked it for 40 minutes but it probably could have stood another 10 minutes).
It’s like a tomato chutney bread pudding. You should give it a try!

Photo Credit: CK Worley

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gardening Tools

I wanted to do a fun blog on garden tools. I was interested to know what my gardening friends had in their tool apron or bucket.

The first one that both Davis and Martina told me about is the Kombi garden tool.

http://www.kombigardentool.com/index.html

photo credit: Kombi.com

It’s called the shovel with attitude. It says on the web site that the Kombi aggressively slices weeds off below ground with less effort. It looks pretty mean!
I guess I’ll have to get one!

My friend Katie told me that she couldn’t do without her garden kneeling pad. Now there are all kinds of kneeling pads. You have the ones you can carry around with you, the ones that have handles and pockets and even pads that strap onto your knees so you don’t have to carry them around.
photo credit. Sears.com

I like the plan old foam pads you can carry around. You can get one for less than $10. I did have a good laugh when I went to the Sears web page and they offered a JMK foam knee pad for $141.02! I’m not sure what else it does!

http://www.sears.com/home-outdoor-jmk-04150-large-foam-knee-pad/p-SPM10508696819?redirectType=SRDT

One of my husbands favorite gardening tools isn’t a hand held one. We have ten 100 year old oak trees so we have lots of fall leaves. He likes the Little Wonder debris vacuum.

http://littlewonder.com/lw-vac.asp

photo credit: LittleWonder.com

This thing sucks up the leaves and then mulches them. There is a bag the size of a trash can on the back that collects the leaves and lifts off for easy dumping into your compost pile.  It saves time and back breaking work.

As for me, I go through a lot of gardening gloves. I have more gloves with holes in them than not. I have found that Digger Gardening Gloves by Womanswork hold up the best.
They are more expensive than many of the other gloves but you won’t have to replace them as often.

photo credit: Womanswork.com

http://womanswork.com/catalog/womens-gloves/digger-gardening-gloves

So there is my short list. I’m sure there are plenty more wonderful products out there. If you have one you particularly like, please let me know about it.

Remember that after all the leaves have fallen to wash your tools and gloves so they will be ready and waiting for you come spring.

 "What did the carrot say to the wheat?  Lettuce rest, I'm feeling beet."
-  Shel Silverstein