Sunday, July 29, 2012

a yard party & recipe


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Oh sweet yard parties!... What a summer treat! The menu featured 'Low Country Boil' [a personal favorite], cheesy Italian bread, coleslaw, fresh fruit, and cookies.  It was the perfect summer's evening!
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Low Country Boil


1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
1 tablespoon Salt
3 quart Water
8 medium red potatoes, cut in quarters
8 ears fresh corn, cut in half
4 pounds large Shrimp, in shells
3 [16 oz.] packs pre-cooked Kielbasa Sausage, cut into pieces
2 medium sweet Onions, quartered
3 lemons
1 head garlic, halved


In an 8-quart pot, bring Old Bay, salt, water, garlic, and juice of 3 lemons to boil on high heat. Add potatoes. Cook 13 minutes.

Add corn and sausage. Continue to cook 7 minutes. Add shrimp and onion. Cook 4 minutes.

Drain.

It's most fun to dump the contents down the center of a paper-covered table, outdoors.
  However, If you prefer a less messy method, simply transfer to serving bowls.

Be sure to remember your condiments: ketchup, cocktail sauce, butter, salt, and pepper!

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Blessings!







Friday, July 27, 2012

DIY Monogram Frame

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The last week I've been working to complete a few projects.  Monograms are a current rave in home decor, here's a simple project I've wanted to try, that requires minimal supplies and time.
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DIY Monogram Frame
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You will need...
- wooden monogram letter       -picture frame       -hot glue gun
-linen or other fabric       -a strip of fabric or ribbon, approx 13"       -paint
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To get started, paint your wood letter the color of your choice., 
I choose white for a neutral look.  
The picture frame was originally gold, to coordinate, I spray painted it white too.

If your frame has a glass insert, remove it to reduce the frame's weight.

While paint is drying, prepare the frame's backing.
Cut your fabric to the size of the backboard, being generous.
I used a light linen fabric.
 Secure the fabric with hot glue or adhesive, around the perimeter.

When dry, secure the frame face to the backing.
Use hot glue to set the monogram letter in the frame, being sure to center it.
Lastly, using a strip of fabric or ribbon, create a hanger with hot glue on the back of the frame.
Don't skimp on the glue!
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This project cost approx $2, since I had most all the supplies on hand!

I'll be back next week to announce an exciting, upcoming event, stay tuned!

 


 

Friday, July 13, 2012

502 ears later...

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Eight hours and 502 ears later, our corn is put away for the year!
I'm thankful for a dear friend to have shared the task with, and many helping hands!


Next up, peaches!

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Happy Weekend!