Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cheap Summer Fun

Last year we started going to Movies In The Park.  This is a free activity provided by our Parks and Recreation department.  It's also sponsored by some local businesses.


We've continued going this year.  I think it's becoming a tradition.  There's no alcohol and no smoking.  Just good family fun.

We get there early enough to claim a good spot.  We bring a picnic dinner.  Last night we had fried chicken, potato salad, and some popcorn.  We ate it all before I thought to take pictures.

Last night they showed Despicable Me 2.  Next week they will show Frozen.  I can hardly wait!  Hundreds of children (and adults) all singing the songs.  I'm already menu planning for next week's picnic dinner.
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Garden Flower

 A beautiful bloom found in the garden.

  


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Homeschool Picture

Why do people think homeschool kids are weird?


Yep, just another typical day.  While she does her work I'm usually cooking.  We're going to the movies in the park so I was making potato salad.  She doesn't like the smell of boiled eggs.  This was her solution.  She also threw them away later.  We don't use erasers with boogers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Teacups Part 1, A Yard Sale Find, Writing On My Old Blog Site

First, I will put the title all out of order.  I'm writing this on my old blog addy because frankly, it's easier.  I posted a lot more frequently here.  Honestly it's too tedious getting to my blog page through the host server on the other site.  I could spend time and learn some short cuts but I don't have time and in the end it's not really offering what I wanted.  So perhaps I will be coming back this addy for keeps.

Now let's move on to the first Teacup.  I wrote about unpacking teacups in my last post over here.


I decided I was going to pack some of them back up and rotate them out for different decorating themes.  My Granny was quite the traveler after my Pawpaw passed away.  Some of the cups are my only way of knowing where she went.

This teacup and saucer are from Estes Park, Colorado.  I didn't know she went there.  In fact, I bought my first collectible teacup in Estes Park 10 years ago.  Ha!  What are the odds?

There's nothing else particularly special about the cup.  No markings.  I never thought about buying a teacup and saucer with the location as a souvenir.


You see the elevation?  It's 7,547 feet...whenever the teacup was bought.  If you look up the elevation now it will tell you it's 7,522 feet.  So, Estes Park has sunk 25 feet.


I went to several yard sales last weekend.  I bought a microwave.  Right, we did not have a microwave.  We haven't had one for about 5 years.  The husband decided we should really get another one for reheating left overs.  I refused to pay the $70 I see a lot of them costing.  The yard sale I stopped by was given by a lady from a different congregation but within our same meeting hall.  Hence, she can be trusted.  The microwave was essentially new and works fine.  I paid $20.

One steal I got at another sale was a set, or most of a set, of Homer Laughlin china.  The shape, not the pattern, is Village Rose.  Trying to find the name of the pattern is not easy.  I've only found mislabeled pictures that don't match up with Replacements.com.  It is not Moss Rose or Fluffy Rose.  This set was produced over several years from December 1960-1962.  I considered it a good deal for $15 as I was looking for a nice set of dishes to use for dinner.






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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Moving to WordPress

After the ambitious amount of writing I've done (all 45 posts), I've decided to move things over to WordPress.  I have pretty much the same address just without the "blogspot."

TheSmallestAcre

The first post is up.  Not terribly stunning, just informative and short.  I hope you'll come visit me.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Herb de Provence Bread

Happy April Fool's Day!

I'm doing my taxes today.  What better day I figure.  Afterwards I usually need some comfort food.  I decided to make some homemade bread with a little twist.

I bought a breadmaker at Goodwill a few years ago for the sole purpose of having it make my dough and saving me the hard work of making homemade bread.  It has worked out wonderfully.  I put my ingredients in the breadmaker, select the "Dough" setting, let it do all the muscle work, and then pop it into the oven to bake some fresh bread.

The breadmaker came with a book full of bread and dough recipes.


I'm using the French Bread recipe for 2 pounds.  The ingredients are as follows:
  • 1 1/2 cups of water 80F degrees
  • 2 TBL oil (I used olive)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBL sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
To make Herb de Provence bread I simply added 2 tablespoons of Herb de Provence after adding 2 tablespoons of sugar.

My bread turned out delicious!  You can tweak the amount of Herb de Provence to your liking.  This bread goes great with dinner or to make sandwiches.  (Also good if you're sulking about your taxes)


If you like super thin slices of bread, as I've done here, I suggest a bread slicing guide such as this.  I own this one and I love it.  It keeps the bread from drying out.  I put the link below.



Expanding Bread Keeper


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chalkboard Paint On Your Fridge


The other day my husband, Mr. Pinterest, had a novel idea.  "Can we paint the top of the fridge with chalkboard paint and write a weekly dinner schedule on it?"  Now, I only call him Mr. Pinterest when he has these really interesting and crafty ideas.  I didn't know if you could paint the fridge but I was going to find out.

I went on YouTube and found out that there's a lot of people painting their fridge with chalkboard paint.  Who knew?  This is how we did it:

  1. Clean off the fridge or area you want to paint.  No stickers or magnets.
  2. Clean with an appropriate cleaner to get off dirt, grease, fingerprints, etc.  Let dry.
  3. Paint with chalkboard paint.  My husband used those foam brushes and painted in horizontal  strokes.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 till you have the desired coverage.  He painted 3 coats.  No sanding is necessary after the paint dries.  Then we let it sit overnight.
  6. Start using your chalkboard.  We're using ours for a dinner menu.  Some are using theirs as a calendar.

This fridge came with our house.  Perhaps this is why I agreed to this project.


Mr. Pinterest is not a neat painter.


Rowan dug up some chalk for us.



Everything worked out nicely.  Mr. Pinterest painted the handle, too, so it would blend in.  We all wrote or drew something.  It looks like we'll be eating a giant flower on Wednesday and then we'll be having butterflies on Thursday and Saturday.  Yum!

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