Christian Door

Do you have a six paneled front door? We do. We also have six paneled doors on our three bedrooms. I’m pretty sure they are the original doors that were built with the house back in the 70’s. 

Did you know this style of door is called a Christian door? Why?

In colonial England, the six paneled door had stiles and rails that suggested a cross at the top half and an open Bible at the bottom. They were also called Cross and Bible doors. 

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These kind of doors have been around since the 1700’s. They became popular again in the past 10 years.

Six panel doors were not created to represent a cross or a Bible. The cross panels were there to make the door stronger. People have added the Christian door story later on. Early American used to hang these doors with the cross symbol to ward off witches. That was just superstition. 

Either way you look at it. You will now always think of the cross when you see a six paneled door. Your welcome. 


Kale, Apple and Carrot Slaw

There is just something about Apples in Autumn. I know most people like Pumpkin Spice, but not me. It’s fun to look at all the pumpkin spice flavored foods that come out during the Fall season but I’m not temped to buy any of it. 

I’m going to share with you a recipe that is not only good but it’s healthy and a great way to eat your greens and carrots. It is a struggle for me to eat veggies but if there is a veggie dish already made in the fridge, I will dip out a bowl of it with my meals. This recipe is a good one to make ahead and will stay fresh and crispy for a few days. It also includes Apples that give it just enough sweetness and crunch. 



Kale, Apple and Carrot Slaw.
1 head- chopped Kale.
1 apple- cored and small diced.
Handful- shredded carrots
Handful- raisins
Handful- chopped pecans (optional)

Dressing:
2 Tablespoons- plain Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons- mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon- brown sugar
1 Tablespoon- apple cider vinegar
Salt/pepper

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients.
Pour in the dressing and toss.
Cover and chill until meal time or over night.



Kale is healthy greens full of vitamins A,K,B6,E and C and antioxidants. It also contains calcium, copper and potassium. Together, these vitamins can help your skin look younger. It brightens your skin appearance and dark spots. Boy, I need a lot of this stuff but sadly it can also cause bloating and gas. Also, if your on blood thinners, don’t eat Kale without talking to your doctor because Vitamin K can interfere with that medicine. 

Now for the big question….
Are you more of an apple person or pumpkin spice person when it comes to those Fall favorites. 


Original recipe can be found HERE.

I Over Did It

I woke up Saturday morning with a pep in my step. I was feeling good and full of energy. I jumped out of bed and went straight to the laundry room and started a load of clothes. Then I went to the kitchen, took my vitamins and poured a cup of coffee. My husband was already up and finished his breakfast. He had to go to work. I would be spending another Saturday alone. 

My husband left for work and I ate my breakfast. After breakfast I put on walking shoes and clothes, threw on a hat, stuffed in my earphones and headed out for a walk. I have never walked in my neighborhood alone before. I usually wait til after supper and me and my husband will walk 2 or 3 miles each day. But I had a ball of energy and it was a beautiful cool morning. 

I did not venture out too far. I stayed within sight of my house. We do not live in the best area. Our neighborhood is great but the part of town we are in is not so good. There were several neighbors out working in their yards so I felt safe. 

I ended up running/ walking 3 miles in 48 minutes. I made it a personal 5k. My fastest 5k is just a little over 30 minutes but that was 2 years and 20 pounds ago. I could have done it quicker but I stopped twice to pet a neighbors dog and sometimes a neighbor would stop and ask me why I was out alone or where was other half.  It felt easy and was rather nice listening to my music and going at my own pace. I did not even break a sweat. 



But I paid for it. I have been laying around and taking it slow because I have been hurting in my upper back. I have a compressed c6 disk and I have to be careful not to let it get inflamed. Though I walk everyday, that burst of energy and a brisk 3 miles, made me hurt. Tylenol has been my candy. Let’s add that my allergies are at a high too. I have been tired and sore. I think I over did it. 

I would like to beat my 5k goal. Maybe I can if I just do a little at a time. Evidently our walks in the afternoon are leisure. I need to take it easy for now on. I forgot I’m not in my 20s anymore. 52 hurts. 

Air Fryer S’mores Oatmeal

For the past two weeks, I have been doing a smoothie for breakfast. I’m getting tired of it. I like to eat my food, not drink it but I am always looking for healthy meal options. I have also been taking my lunches to work instead of coming home for lunch and pigging out. I have to limit my meals. Portion control is what I have to do if I want to lose weight. It’s not as much about what you eat but how much you eat. 

This morning I wanted to make a solid breakfast for a change. I started making an egg but ended up burning it. I guess I was out of sync. I used to always make an egg. I consider myself an omelet pro and I love my eggs over easy too. We grew up calling it “an egg with a moon on it” Only momma knew what we meant. 

So, since my egg didn’t turn out well, I resorted to a recipe I found for S'mores Oatmeal. I’m not a big fan of s’mores but this was a winner. It was like eating a dessert instead of breakfast. This is still considered “healthy”, It’s easy and can be made in your air fryer within 7 minutes. 



AIR FRYER S’MORES OATMEAL
1/3 Cup Quick Oats
1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Almond Milk
1/2 Sheet crushed Graham Cracker
Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Mini Marshmallows

Mix together, oats, protein powder, baking powder and Almond milk.
Pour into a Ramekin.
Stir in a few of the chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Top with crushed graham crackers, and the rest of the chocolate chips and marshmallows. 
Cook in air fryer at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. 
SPECIAL NOTE: Mash your marshmallows down a little so they do not fly around in the air fryer. 


After I ate breakfast, I went outside and ran/walked 3 miles. So I guess I can say this breakfast wasn’t heavy. But the 20lbs I have put on this year sure was. 


Original recipe was found at jhydefit on Instagram.
Follow her for more easy, quick and healthy foods. 



Weight Struggles

Here I am again struggling with my weight. I have to confess, I have almost put on all of the weight I lost six years ago. 


If you know me, you know my weight loss journey and the success I had by losing 50 lbs on Nutrisystem. I was able to keep the weight off for five years. You can still read my journey HERE.


I gave up eating Nutrisystem because I had to go on a low sodium diet and honestly , even though they had a great selection, I was getting tired of the same foods all the time. They rarely came out with new menu choices. But while I was on it, I enjoyed it and it really did work. 


Within one year after losing 50lbs, I gained 10lbs back and felt better. I was happy at that weight. Then I put on 5 more pounds and it was not so bad. I was still getting into the same clothes, I still had energy, and felt good but I knew the weight would creep up one me if I didn’t get back to balancing my diet. I worked hard after that to keep the weight off by simple exercise, healthy eating and portion control. 


In the past year I have put on 20lbs. I still walk every day and hula hoop some. I eat healthy but my meals are larger and my snacks are less healthy than before. Did I mention I love those Little Debbie peanutbutter bars?




I have decided to get back on track. I’m not real sure how yet but I have decided not to use any fancy diet programs this time. I want to do it on my own and not owe it to any company, but to my own willpower. I plan to incorporate some plant based smoothie mixes and healthy food choices. I plan to do the intermediate fasting. I will also stop trying to compare myself to those weight loss and workout videos on social media. I am me, I am not them. I am 52, not 32. Every body is different with different lifestyles, time and money.  


Starting, next week I am going to tackle my weight and win with it again. Wish me luck and Stay tuned. 



Breakfast

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day. This was the first time in my working life that I had a job that gave me Labor day off as a holiday. Unfortunately, my husband had to work all weekend and on Labor day too. I caught up on some housework and did a little shopping. We went out to dinner in my old hometown of Belmont to celebrate the holiday instead of the usual cooking out. 

Being off work, I was able to play around with some new breakfast items. Breakfast is my favorite meal and lately I have to rush breakfast to get to work, so I settle for a bowl of cereal, or oatmeal. 

One of my new favorite oatmeals is Lucky Charms. This is my favorite cereal and now my favorite oatmeal. 



I tried another cereal flavored oat meal. 

Cocoa Puffs flavored.



Both of these oatmeals taste like the real thing. But my favorite of the two is still Lucky Charms. I was not a fan of chocolatey oatmeal. 

One morning I decided to experiment by making biscuits in my air fryer. It worked! I made a couple biscuits using the directions on the Bisquick box. No, these are not momas homemade style. This is just the quick method. Bisuick always comes to the rescue for mornings like this. 



I stuffed it with some homemade sausage and muscadine jelly. 

Another morning, I decided to give Chia pudding a try. There are a lot of health benefits in Chia Seeds. 



It turned out pretty good but I was not a fan of the texture so I am marking this one off. If you like over night oats, you might like chia pudding so don’t let my opinion change yours. You should make some and try it for yourself. It’s so easy to make, a child could do it. I will share the recipe with you . 


CHIA PUDDING

  • 3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of milk of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup.  
Mix all together in a bowl, cover and place in fridge for a few hours or over night. 

Like magic, the chia seeds will absorb the milk and become a pudding texture. 

Before eating, add your favorite toppings. (I added microwave cooked blueberries).


Over all, my favorite breakfast is waffles….or is it Gravy biscuits? No wait, I like avocado toast too. So many to chose from, I like it all!

Do you eat breakfast? What is your favorite breakfast? 



Easy Muscadine Jelly

My parents recently moved into a new home. It came with a big Muscadine vine and mature peach trees. The peach trees did not produce many peaches but the Muscadine vine is full of fruit. 



I made a visit one day to pick some muscadines. Within a few minutes I had a small bucket full. I was not sure what to do with them so I washed and put them in the fridge. For a week, we would reach in and grab one or three for a snack but I still had a lot and wanted to do something with them before they went bad. 



I decided to make jelly. Mom told me I did not need to add extra pectin and all I need to do is boil them hull and all. Then strain them afterwards. She said they have enough natural pectin to do the trick.

I looked around online anyway and every recipe I found had added pectin. I took my moms advice and went with what she said.




Mom was right (as always). With 3 cups of muscadines, I was able to fill three small jelly jars of thick jiggly jelly. I gave a jar to my mom and dad and one to my daughter. We kept one for ourself and it is almost gone.


Here is how I made Muscadine jelly.

  • 3 cups of muscadines.
  • 2 1/4 cups of sugar (3/4 cup to every cup of muscadines).
  • 1/4 cup water.

Add muscadines, water and sugar in a pot and boil for about 20 minutes. 

With cheese cloth, strain the muscadine mix into a pot and boil for another 5 to 10 minutes. 


Note: You can seperate the hulls and boil them separately. Place the hulls in a food processor to chop fine and add them to the stained muscadine mixture. This would make it jam. 

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To test if it is ready, place a plate in the freezer for a few minutes to get it cold. Add a drop of the Muscadine jelly to the cold plate. It should move when the plate is tilted but not runny and watery. It will have a slight skim texture on the top when you touch it. This is how you know it’s ready to put in a jar and place in the refrigerator. It will thicken as it cools. This is called refrigerator jelly. 




It turned out great and went good on my peanut butter and jelly sandwich and toast. I may be going back soon for some more grapes because I found a recipe for Muscadine cobbler I want to try soon. 



Muscadine vs Scuppernong: Muscadines are red (or purple) and Scuppernong is golden green. Scuppernongs are the state fruit of North Carolina. All Scuppernongs are Muscadines but not all Muscadines are Scuppernongs. Confused yet?


The Vaccine

I’m getting really tired of hearing about that dern vaccine. I enjoy social media but it seems everyone is attacking everyone over a vaccine. I have had friends ‘unfriend’ me over political views, mask mandates and now vaccine choice. I think all of this should be part of our freedom and no one should be shunned or made fun of for their choice.

 



I have made my choice not to get vaccinated. I do not have a political reason for not taking the vaccine. It’s a personal health choice for me. I am afraid that one day they will force people to have the vaccine to keep their jobs or get a job. When that time comes, I will have to make a choice, but until it’s forced on me, I will say no. 


People say I’m being selfish because of my choice. No. I am not selfish and I truly believed that if all this mask and vaccines worked I would comply. I have enough since to keep my distance from people and take extra precautions about touching things. If I would ever feel feverish or sick, I would stay home and away from others. I’m a germaphobe like this anyway. 


You say non vaccinated people are selfish, we say people that say these things are selfish. It can go on back and forth all day. No one is right and no one is wrong. I just simply do not want to take the vaccine for health reasons and trust concerns too. I know people that have passed away within weeks of taking the vaccine. There is no proof that the vaccine was the cause of death but those that have died with covid have no proof it was from covid either. I’ll take my chances. 


I work hard to stay healthy. I have not been to the doctor for a cold in 3 years. If I make to December, It will be 4 years since I have had a cold. I never get a flu a shot either. I only remember getting the flu once in my life. I do not take any medicines other than a Tylenol for a head ache or joint pain. I eat healthy and take my vitamins. Why would I want to put an unknown, newly created, half approved so called experimental vaccine into my body? I need proof it works. I want to see the effects it has both short term and long term. Why is that selfish? Why should I be punished for staying healthy?


People say “well you took other vaccines when you were a baby and your fine”. Well it took years to approve those vaccines and they worked! It wiped out the disease (or virus) with one shot. You didn't have to keep taking a booster every year because of a new variant and they were not created or approved within a few months in the middle of a political debate or crisis.


I believe if you think you need to take the vaccine, then you should take it. But if you don’t want to take the vaccine then it’s your choice. If you have taken the vaccine, you shouldn’t have to worry about catching the virus, right? 



My daily vitamins include: D3, Zinc, Calcium, Heliocare, Magnesium, Turmeric. 




Bucket Light

When you go camping, you see a lot of cool things people do to be resourceful. It’s fun to see camping hacks that cost little to nothing to make. You also see neat survival techniques and ways to save space. I get fascinated.

I have seen several different ways to light up your camping space but one that I just had to make was a bucket light. It was easy to make and this one only costed me a dollar for the light and a dollar for the batteries at the dollar tree.


You can get three to five gallon buckets from a hardware store for a few dollars but I knew where I could find a smaller bucket for free. When I used to work at Belks, they would have buckets of hand sanitizer wipes placed at the registers for employees. They would throw them away once they become empty. I got my hands on one before it hit the trash can. 

Optionally, you can add a picture or saying on the side. I asked my Sister to make me a vinyl decal to put on mine. She did a good job and I love it. We took it with us to the beach and hung it in the center of our picnic shelter. It was a great light. Since It has a battery operated light in it, I could use it inside if the power went out or carry it down to the ocean at night for some romantic lighting. A five gallon bucket light would make a nice lighted seat during a night of fishing.


 


To get the different colors I just placed colored solo cups over the little battery light on the inside. Most people purchase better lighting with larger lights that have a remote control for on and off and color changing. I didn’t want to get all that fancy. I just wanted a little light and it’s perfect. 




Rain

I have been at the beach all this week. It is absolutely my favorite place to be. However, I have never been here in the Winter but I think I would enjoy it just the same. I feel like I am away from the bad things in the world when I am down here. The internet is bad and half the time the cable goes out but that gives me a chance to reflect on the nature around me. 



The days have been hot and sunny but we fight the pop up showers that come around 2:00 each afternoon and last about 15 minutes. One afternoon, Nicks brother and his girlfriend came to spend time with us on the beach. It was sunny one minute and all of a sudden it came a down pour. Everyone huddled under their beach umbrellas until it passed, but not me. I mean, we had on our swim suits so why not just get wet? I stepped out from under the umbrellas and played in the rain. Needless to say, they stayed dry and I looked like a wet rat the rest of the day. Ha. 

We went walking down the beach one day and we could see the rain in the horizon. It looked like we were walking right into the storm but we could tell it was moving West and away. It was a beautiful sight. We would also sat on the sunny beach and watch the rain bans move across the ocean. It was amazing. 



There was one day, so far,  that was a wash out. There was no lighting or thunder but we could hear the rain pounding on the roof. It was raining so hard, you could not see out. We could hear the strong winds flip a few awnings from other campers. We never leave our awning out for this reason. The weather is so unpredictable at the beach. So we stayed in and watched lifetime movies until the rain tapered off that evening just in time for us to go out to dinner. That night it was clear and we took our chairs out to the beach and sat under the stars and talked about life. 



We have a few more days down here before it’s back to the real world. It looks like it will be sunny from here out. 




Earthing

I remember as a kid we always played outside barefooted. I would run through the woods and down a gravel road and thought nothing of it. The bottoms of my feet were tough as leather. You do not see kids doing that as much anymore. Heck, you don’t even see them playing outside hardly anymore.

We need to get back to that. We need to get back to “Earthing” or also called “Grounding”. It is healthy and our bodies need it.
The Earth offers natural healing when there is direct skin contact to the Earth surface. I get a lot of this at the beach. 

The Earth offers free electrons that neutralize and charge the body. Electrons run through the Earth and body that reduces free radicals and eliminates static charge. Earthing can reduce inflammation, arthritis, chronic pain, insomnia, depression and anxiety.  


The most simple way of Earthing is bare feet or hands directly on the Earth for 1/2 and hour a day. Contact to your living home floor or concrete does not work. It as to be directly to the Earth. Get dirty. Kick your shoes off and take a walk through the yard or on the beach. It will make you feel good. It is healthy to walk barefoot anyway as it stretches your tendons and muscles in your feet. 

For those that can not go barefoot there are some man made options such as grounding mats and bed pads that are made with natural conductors. You can get a grounding mat to rest your bare feet on while you work or watch tv. The bed pads fit on a bed for a nice peaceful rest, because who wants to sleep outside on the ground? I have also seen grounding bracelets you can wear for that little extra energy. 

God made the Earth so we need to take advantage of the gift that so many take for granted. 


Behide but Moving Forward

Boy I am behind on my blogging. I have just been so busy. If you see my house right now you would know it’s not that I have been busy cleaning. My home has been neglected too. 

I just got a few minutes here at 10:46 at night to type a few words and read a few blog post. I can barely keep my eyes open. I will eventually read through all the ones I follow. It may not be until the weekend but I will get there. 

I have a good excuse why I haven’t been actively blogging these past two weeks..

1. I have been reading my Bible. I am trying to read through the New Testament. I am in Acts now. I have been reading this instead of blogs. I read some in the mornings and some in the afternoons. That’s when my eyes start feeling heavy. They say that reading the Bible will do that to you.
I have to say, “It is hard to read the Bible”. I am a terrible reader and have trouble understanding what I read. Add those biblical words and names and my brain becomes mush. I just hope it’s all sinking in and will come to me later when I need guidance.

2. I started a new job. I have kept hush about this one for a while until I actually started. I started Monday.
I accepted the job offer the first of July and put my notice in at the accountant office on July 5th. My last day there was last Wednesday. It was a nice place to work but I just couldn’t turn this one down as it has benefits. I am now an Administrative Support Specialist with the County. I will be working in children and family services. I think I'm going to enjoy it and so far everyone seems really nice and helpful. 
I can’t wait to go in tomorrow to see what else I can learn. 


I plan to get back to blogging regularly. Life just throws me loops sometimes and the older I get, the harder it hits. 
I need more hours in the day. 

Have you ever read through the Bible?
Do you read the book or use an app?
I have several Bibles in the house but I choose to use the Bible App as I can just click on the app anywhere I am and start reading. 
I love the plans and other features. 

Handmade Earrings

I haven’t been doing a lot of crocheting lately. I just ran out of ideas on things to make. I sell what I make but no one seems to be buying so it was costing me more to make things than I was collecting. So I have given it a break until some things start to sell. 

However, I have been playing around with macrame. I remember my grandmother and aunt used to make macrame items back in the 70’s. They made key chains, plant hangers and pocketbooks. They would go around in the laundry mat and sell things. Grandmaw would at least make enough money to buy us ice cream because thats where she would take us after she sold a few of her crafts.

I guess it’s in my blood because I have been making these macrame earrings. I love the boho look and they are quick and fun to make. 


Have you ever macremed anything?
Do you own a piece of macrame? Like …..The owl. Hahaha. I think everyone had a plant hanger or owl in the 70’s.

Email me if your interested in a pair of these earrings or you can find them in my Etsy shop.




Purple Potatoes

Ok, here’s a new one. Purple potatoes. Of course when I seen these in the produce department at my local grocery store, I had to get a couple to try. I love trying new foods. Especially if they are healthy. 


Purple potatoes not only add color to your plate but they have lots nutritional value.
They offer vitamins B6 and C.
They are less than 100 calories each and less than 1 gram of fat. That would register as zero fat on the label. 
These potatoes have more potassium than a banana and better for blood sugar than a white potato. 
Purple potatoes are packed with antioxidants and also helps with inflammation.


I loved the color. The skin is purple or blackish and vibrant purple on the inside even after cooking it. 
I can imagine purple mashed potatoes, purple fries or better yet, purple potato salad. I think kids would love it.

What do purple potatoes taste like?
They are sweeter than the white or yellow potato but not quite as sweet at the orange sweet potato. They have a nuttier, earthier flavor than other potatoes. I thought they were good. 

We cooked them in the microwave until soft then put them on the grill to make the skin tasty. I added lots of butter just like any other potato. We also had steak and veggies. 


It was fun to eat and nice knowing I was putting something healthy in my body. 

Have you ever heard of a Purple Potato? 

Trash to Treasure

They always say “One mans junk is another mans treasure”. I can prove it and it’s not the first time. 

We set out to take our normal afternoon walk. The next street over was a house that had just sold and they were gradually throwing trash to the side of the road on Sunday evenings. The trash truck would pick up on Mondays. This day as we walked past, I saw an old vintage step stool waiting for the big truck to come along and scoop it up. I pointed it out to Nick and said “I like that old stool. I could fix that up”. He just sort of shrugged his shoulders and had a look on his face that suggested I didn’t need any junk at that house. We kept walking and I didn't think much more about it. 

Before we turned down our road to finish our 2 mile walk, he said “Do you really want that stool? If you do, we can walk back over there and get it.”
Of course I said yes and we headed that way. I was hoping it was still there and it was. 

 


As I was carrying it back home, I was telling Nick all the ideas I had for it. I figured if I look at it a while and decide I didn’t want it, I would just throw it back to the curb or see if my neighbor wanted it for her little antique booth. 

I decided to keep it and use it as a plant stand on my patio. It looked in pretty bad shape and I was losing any hope that it would look good enough to ever bring into the house. I took my chances anyway and we headed to the hardware store. I needed some sand paper, paint and new leg tips. I also went to the dollar store and picked up a cheap thin rug to use for a step cover. 


2 hours and 10 dollars later, It did not look like the same stool. My idea worked. 

 

The rust was only surface rust and I was amazed at how well it painted. It took less than a can of spray paint and only one coat. 
I still plan to use it as a plant stand on my patio but I have it inside for now while I admire how cool it is.  








Cookie Dough Energy Bites

I am not a cookie dough eater. Home made cookies have egg in them so when I think of cookie dough (or any dough), I think of raw eggs. No thank you.
We used to lick the beaters when mom would make a cake but that was from the homemade frosting. Yum yum, that brings back some memories.

Now days you can find “eatable” cookie dough in tubs at the grocery store. I assume there are no raw egg in this type. I have never had intentions of trying it but I know a lot of people that love cookie dough. There is even cookie dough flavored ice cream, yogurts, and cereals. 

If you like cookie dough, you are going to love this recipe I’m going to share with you. This cookie dough is made with only 4 ingredients and no eggs included.  

I am always looking for a small finger tip snack and this is perfect and so easy to make. 


Cookie Dough Energy Bites

1 Cup- Almond Flour (or coconut flour).
2/3 Cup- Peanut Butter.
2 Tablespoons Honey. 
1 Tsp. Vanilla (optional).
1/4 Cup- Chocolate Chips ( minis are best).

Mix peanut butter, honey and vanilla until smooth.
Add Almond flour and mix/kneed until combined.
Add chocolate chips and mix until combined.
Roll into 1 inch balls.
Store in airtight container in fridge. 



Beware: It’s easy to eat too many of these. Each ball only has about 3 grams of protein and a little over 100 calories each, so take it easy if your trying to drop a few pounds. In fact, you may need to hide them from yourself. After one bite, you will get the urge to eat a few more. 

Cookie dough lovers, I guess you can just keep it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon. 


Independence Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. I had a good weekend. It was a long weekend because my work place closed the office on Friday for the Holiday. My vote was to close on Monday but I was out numbered. However, having Friday off worked out great for me. 

My husband had to work on Friday so I headed down to Charlotte to spend some time with my daughter since she had the day of too. The plan was to get some bagels for breakfast around the pool at her little apartment. That didn’t work out as planned because it rained. So we had breakfast inside. 


After breakfast she wanted to take me to place on the other side of town called Camp North End where there were shops, art displays and restaurants. Once we got there, most of the shops were closed but we had a good time walking around and looking at the unique setting. 


Afterwards, we grabbed some lunch and the sun finally decided to make an appearance so we run out to the pool. 
We didn’t swim but instead, we sat around and talked about work, boys and fashion as we giggled at the little green lizards running back and forth under our chairs. 


It was a nice day.

Saturday, my husband had the day off so we got up early and went out for breakfast. He wanted to visit a little underground breakfast shop called “The Notary”  in the basement of one of the hotels in town. The food was delicious and the coffee is the best. I highly recommend the grits. 

On Sunday, The fourth of July, I was able to squeeze into my Independence Day dress that mom made me over 25 years ago and headed out to church for a wonderful service. You can always find my church services broadcasted on Facebook at “West Franklin Baptist Church”. 


Later that afternoon me and Nick grilled out steaks and watched random fireworks going off around the neighborhood. It was just enough to enjoy before we called it a day.

Now Back to the work week. 
Did you go anywhere to watch fireworks or did you stay in?







Tipping

We got word the other day to be prepared to see gratuity added on your bill at all area restaurants at the beach. This is something new they are doing weather you have a party of two or a party of too many. You will see 20% added. 
They are doing this in hopes to keep their help. I am not totally on board with this idea. 


I have to say, “we are good tippers”. If you have ever worked in restaurant you know how important it is to get a tip. Most waitress make a small amount from the business and rely on tips to make up their wages. We always leave a generous amount no matter how well we liked or disliked our meal. It is not the waitresses fault if you do not like what you ordered. 

I know people that will go into a cheap restaurant and expect royal treatment from the waitress and only leave a dollar to no tip. 

But…..

I am against the idea of restaurants adding 20% gratuity to everyones bill. I think it should be up to the customer to tip out of generosity. Sure some will only leave some change but others will leave a healthy tip. It’s part of the job. It’s what the waitress signs up for. They have good days and bad days. I think service is important and feel like waitresses will not give good service knowing they will get a tip anyway. This will also eventually lead to waitresses trying to “up the sale” to make their tip bigger. 

We do not leave extra tip if we see it added to our bill and they would get more from us out of the gracious of our heart than if they add 20% to our bill. 

I will also tip the server when I pick up a take out order. They still have to prepare the order, bag it up, add the condiments and make sure the order is right and the customer is happy. 

I will only add change to tip jars on a counter. I am not big on tip jars. I have seen businesses hand money from the tip jar to beggars or take out extra change when they are shorted. While I think that is sweet, those tips are distriubted between the workers at the end of the day. I want to know my tip will go to the servers and cooks, not drunk Joe down the road. 

And I do not tip at fast food restaurants. They get paid a fair hourly pay and, well, fast food workers know tips are not expected when they sign up but then of course, I never really thought about it. 

How do you feel?

Do you always tip? 
Do you tip on take out orders?
How do you feel about adding gratuity on everyone?

Feedburner- Making The Switch

If you are a blogger, you may have already heard that as of July 1st, Feed burner will no longer work. 
Honestly, I didn’t even know what Feed Burner was. (Still don’t).

If you have the widget that says
 “follow me by email” or  “Subscribe by email”. 
It will no longer work unless you get a new platform. 

What does this mean? It means readers that have subscribed to follow your blog via email will no longer get updates on new post and new readers will not be able to opt in to get your new post via email. 

I started getting worried and didn’t want to lose my followers. I want to get the full benefits to my knowledge on my blog. 
So I contacted my Fairy Blogmother also know as Linda of Life and Linda



She has been transferring bloggers old feedburners over to Mail Chimp. This is the best way to go and Linda knows all about web design and what's best for everyone. 

For a small affordable fee, she patiently walked me through what I needed to do on my end to get things ready for the transfer.
I had to make an account on Mail Chimp which was an easy task then I went to my feed burner and downloaded my email followers. This was easy too, and wow, I did not know that many people were subscribed to my blog. I was tickled over this. 
She has a blog post HERE explaining it better than I can.

I gave her permission to administer my blog and she did all the hard work and now I have a nice new widget on my side bar. There is nothing else I need to do. My subscribers will continue getting post emails and new readers can subscribe to get an email every time I post a new blog post.  

If you are reading this from an email right now, 
you may not see the side bar on my blog page. 
To see this, just click on the blog title.

My side bar includes some other small things to read, advertisements, announcements, follow options
and even a tip jar if you’re feeling generous. Haha. 

Will you be making the switch? Let Linda know and she will have you fixed up in minutes. 



Coconut Pound Cake

I hope all you Fathers out there had a wonderful Fathers Day yesterday. Nick had to work but afterwards he was honored with a cake and a few gifts from the daughter. We let him nap all afternoon. We honored the fathers at church during the morning service and took the dads out for dinner that evening. It was a great day.

Now to the coconut cake. 
My daughter came home Friday night to aggravate spend time with her dad all weekend. They are always picking and playing. She likes to bake with me so I decide to make a coconut pound cake after seeing the recipe online. I did not plan to eat all of it so I gave half to my daddy. He loves any kind of sweet stuff. 



I love how it turned out and it was fairly easy to make. When I cook, I can make the biggest mess and it usually takes me more time cleaning up than actually making it. So if you saw my kitchen, you would think I struggled. It only took about 5 minutes to put it together and 65 minutes to bake. It had a light taste that was not too sweet. I think it tasted more like some sort of bread than a cake. It went great with a cup of coffee and only lasted 2 days. 

I let my daughter make the frosting. It was delicious and added just the right amount of sweetness. 


COCONUT POUND CAKE
  • 2 cups- all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp- baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp- salt
  • (You can use self rising flour and eliminate the salt and baking powder).
  • 3/4 cup- butter (room temp)
  • 1 cup- sugar
  • 1/2 tsp- vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp- coconut extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or coconut cream)
  • 1 1/4 cup sweetened coconut
Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. In another bowl, use a hand or stand mixer and cream the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and coconut extract together. 
Add in the eggs one at a time then gradually add in the dry ingredients while alternating with the coconut milk. 
Fold in the coconut then pour into a prepared loaf pan. (Lined with parchment paper or well greased).

Bake 350 for 60-65 minutes. Test it with a toothpick or cake tester for doneness.

*FROSTING
  • 4 tablespoons- butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups- confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut extract
  • 1/4 cup- toasted coconut
Mix together the wet ingredients then gradually add in the powder sugar. 

*You can also add coconut extract to store bought vanilla or cream cheese frosting. 

Vintage Nesting Bowls

I had a great weekend. It has been a while since I had a weekend off. Nick had to work so I had most of the weekend to myself. 
It was nice getting up in the morning, having my cup of coffee (or three) and not worry about having to put on make up and dress clothes. It was also the perfect time to meet up with my parents for brunch. They call it breakfast but since they eat their first meal around 11:00 am, I call it brunch. I met them at a diner in town and enjoyed some bacon, eggs and grits. 

After brunch I went down to their house for a little visit. They are still unpacking and sorting through boxes since their recent move in last month. 
I noticed some cute little nesting bowls. I vaguely remember mom using these bowls as I was growing up. I always admired them. She said she was planning on throwing them in the trash because they were cracked and useless. I grabbed them up and said, I’ll make use of them somehow. The large one could still be used as a fruit bowl or I can use the bowls for planters. I would not cook with them anymore or eat from them because of the cracks. They are old. 


These are made by Watt Pottery. I always thought the pattern was a cherry but it’s actually their most popular print of an apple. 
The Watt company started in 1922 but did not start marking them until the 1940’s. They have the marking of  “Ovenware Made in the USA”. Some also had a number on the bottom stating the size of the bowl. 


1949 is when they started hand painting them with a simple county design. This was to make production run faster. 
The apple print was the 2nd print made in 1951. They produced it for a year until the next design. 
From 1949-1953 was the busiest time for Watt Pottery. Patterns produced during this time are the most popular. They made more than just bowls such as pitchers, butter dishes, S&P shakers, etc. 
The factory burned down in 1965 making Watt Pottery even more popular as no more were made. There have been “fake” replicas made but they are recognized by mis-markings, colors and quality. 


Doing the math- These bowls are 70 years old. Wow. 

Do you have any vintage finds that you have decided to keep? 

Tried Something New

We were able to get a couple days off work last week so we made a four day weekend. Of course we headed down to our camper at the beach. 
Our four hour drive was a wet one. We drove through rain 90 percent of the way. Once we got to our camper, it was cloudy but no rain. 
We unpacked the car and I made the beds and set up the inside of the camper while Nick hooked everything up on the outside. It takes us about 45 minutes to get settled in.

I clicked on the campground app and seen where they now have paddle boats, kayaks and paddle board rentals on Saturday. 
I got all giddy because I have always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding. He was not happy about it. He said, “I do not think it’s a good idea. You can’t swim”. I was not worried because I knew they would make me wear a life jacket. “What if you fall off?” He questioned. “I will just get back on”. I was determined to do it. I like adventure and trying new things. The fear of getting old and not being able to do things bother me.

The lake at the campground will sometimes have an alligator visit. It is also full of fish, turtles, and families of ducks. 
But this was my chance. We walked to the kayak shack as soon as it opened and they helped me to a life vest and a paddle board. 
I told them I have never done it before, so they suggested I start out on my knees and when I feel comfortable, I can stand up. I slipped off my shoes and got onto the board. With a tiny push, I was in the deep waters of the lake. 
(Note: the alligator was in the lake just last week but I did not know that until a friend told me later that she saw him).



It was not a wide paddle board as I expected. I tried several times to stand up but I was afraid I would loose my balance so I headed back to the shore so I could bottom it out and stand up. Another little push and I was back out on the water. 


This time I was standing. My legs were shaking and I was a little wobbly, but I was paddle boarding for the first time and I was so excited. Nick took videos and snap shots of my little adventure. He was so afraid for me. He was relieved when I told him I was finished. I only stayed out for about 20 minutes. It felt like I got a nice little workout. My legs got tired easily and I didn’t want to be dinner for the alligator. 

Afterwards, we ate lunch and headed out to the beach. It was cloudy and raining most of the time with little peeks of sunshine. We enjoyed our stay regardless of the weather. But don’t ask Nick. On our last day, He had to tear down the camper so it could go back into storage. It was pouring rain and he was drenched. Here is a picture of him standing on the picnic table trying not to get wet but he finally gave up. We had to be out by noon. 


Now Back to work.