I like breakfast foods you can make ahead of time. I found this on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try when we had company here last week. Here's what you need:
1 loaf french bread
cut the brad into 1'cubes
in a large bowl mix together the remaining ingredients then add bread cubes. drop into a well buttered cup cake pan.
Mix together the following:
1/2C each flour, brown sugar and butter with 1tsp cinnamon. Crumble over the top of bread mixture. Refrigerate several hours or over night. Bake 350 for 25min. Let them sit for about 5 minutes to firm up then remove from pan. Great with butter and maple syrup. I'm thinking chopped pecan would be good on top next time.
Monday, July 27, 2015
I bought this chair at a rummage sale for $3.00. The wood was scratched, the cushions outdated and it really smelled. I threw out the cushions, put the chair in the shower for a good scrubbing with soap and bleach because of all the mildew covering it, thus the smell. Afterwards I gave it 3 coats of ivory spray paint and a new cushion seat. The hardest part was getting the ruffle off the frame, the staples were so rusty they kept breaking. Now it looks fresh and new and is very comfortable.
|bicentennial fabric cushions|
|ready for paint, I did remove the strapping before painting|
Friday, July 24, 2015
I'm always looking for new ideas and products for VCB. Last year we had good success with a milk bath. The bottle were glass and expensive so I wanted to come up with an alternative. I started with the same base of Epsom salts, corn starch, baking soda, dry milk and oatmeal. I added dry lavender and lavender oils to the mix for the aroma therapy benefits. I fashioned the bags from coffee filters with a couple drops of glue to hold them together. I added 3T to each bag and sealed them with a spot of hot glue. I haven't gotten any reports on how they work yet but I'll let you know.
Two weeks later the reports on the tub tea are in. The general consensus is the ingredients, scent and relaxation properties are great, the packaging needs some work, as they fell apart and left a lavender and oatmeal mess in the tub. I'll have to look a heat sealed tea bags or maybe a burrito wrap of the coffee filters. Back to the drawing board.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I love garden ornaments that are unusual and not mass produced. I picked these cuties up at a recent craft show. The top dragon fly is an old wood bobbin, washers and wire. The bottom is an old Christmas light bulb, wire and washers. Both are on metal stakes and poked into flower pots. The rustier they get the cooler they look and both were under $10.
Monday, July 20, 2015
My parents are older and don't come to visit very often. This week they arrived along with my sister and brother in law for a long weekend. We took care of some business, ate, visited and solved all the worlds problems, ate, went to Decatur for a mini reunion with some of my aunts and uncles and ate some more. There were plenty of hugs, fun and laughter. If you still have your parents, aunts and uncles cherish them. These are the people that make you who you are. You just don't know how long they will still be around.
Friday, July 17, 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my good friend Jeane, I don't get to see you much these days and I miss that. Expect a kidnapping soon.
I know it seems like the holiday season is a long way off but our shows will be here before you know it. I always make soap early so it has time to dry and harden. That makes the soap last much longer. I'm trying this year to make the soap a little more upscale with better colors and design. I don't want to offer just a plain old bar of soap. I want it to be beautiful and unlike what you can buy any place else. So far I've made a layered pink grapefruit, a honey, milk and oatmeal that smells amazing and leaves you skin ultra soft and a mixed peach and white jasmine cube soap with a sprinkle of sea salt.
|Jasmine is a known aphrodisiac and is thought to be one of the most romantic scents|
|pink grapefruit is a wonderful energizer|
|honey, milk and oatmeal are all known for their soothing skin softening properties I made this in a Pringles can but could have poured it into a flat baking pan and cut the rounds with a cookie cutter|
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
We had the privilege of attending The Little Theater on the Square, in Sullivan, Il to see the musical Hairspray. Set in the sixties and with the theme of segregation it was full of fun. Great music, lots of comedy and lines that were so relevant to things going on today. This theater has been presenting Broadway caliber plays since the 50's and is still going strong. Many of the actors have worked on Broadway or large city theater companies and the professionalism really shows. Buses arrive from all over the state to this tiny community for high quality entertainment. We had a great time with wonderful friends and a yummy meal for dinner. I don't think there's a better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.