Kentucky, er… Delaware Fried…

In the heat of the afternoon, after a delightful day spent with my best friend, I embarked upon a new journey. Southern Fried Chicken. The lights turned off to maximize the faint breeze blowing in the kitchen window, I gleefully spent 1 1/2 hours trying out a fried chicken recipe. And MY! was it ever good, though I do say so myself! 



The beginning stages.

I really did have a grand time, although my poor feet did get a little tired after 1 1/2 hours of being in the kitchen! It wouldn’t have taken so long, only I’d never done it before, I had about 3 other things cooking at the same time, and the chicken was still slightly frozen. Next time, I want to try smaller pieces of chicken, because I prefer more breading on fried chicken. The larger drumsticks are just a bit too large, in my opinion. 



I finally had to turn a light on, so I could see what I was doing. 


I love the sound of chicken frying in the pan. Delightful! I will most certainly be making this again… 🙂 And experimenting with the recipe to get it just right. Now I must head off for the evening… I’ll leave you with a few good quotes. 🙂 God Bless!

“If a man’s gonna eat fried chicken, he’s gotta get greasy.”

“In cooking, as in all the art, simplicity is the sign of perfection.”

“God will provide the victuals, but He will not cook the dinner.” 


June 12, 2009. Cooking, Friday, Fun, Happiness, Life, Weekend. 1 comment.

A Modest Alteration.

Hello again, everyone! 

Today has been yet another good day. I woke up rather on the grumpy side, seeing as it was raining out, and I hadn’t any room for rain in the plan of my day. However, despite the unwanted weather, I got quite a lot done today! I baked up a storm, starting with bread in the morning, and ending with other goodies in the afternoon. 

I also managed to get some more sewing done, including an alteration to a new skirt. Most of my family/friends will tell you I have a habit of picking up cheap clothing with “alterations” in mind. When I saw an adorably cute skirt for $6 early this year, I just couldn’t pass it up. It was just a little shorter than I like to wear, so I bought it with a lengthening alteration in mind. 🙂 Luckily, the skirt has a lining, and I was able to sew a cute and kicky panel right to it. Add a wide matching belt, and the result is a retro, almost “apron” looking skirt! 



Does anyone else have idea books? My ideas come from magazines, clothing stores, websites, vintage designs, antique stores, etc. My idea book is a wonderful thing, lots of blank white paper, my favorite blue gel pen carefully stored inside. (If the pen goes missing, look out! I go on a rampage!)



The first page in my idea book.

Well, I’m off to find some food… maybe create something yummy for dinner. God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

June 5, 2009. Cooking, Fashion, Femininity, Friday, Fun, Life, Modesty, Projects, Rain, Sewing. 2 comments.


Hello friends, I am back again. 

I’ve enjoyed taking an impromptu break from, basically, everything technological. I’ve managed to go yard-saling, sew, create things, cook, and have all kinds of fun adventures. Yesterday I went to a friend’s house to ride her beautiful mare, Copper. Copper is a very sweet and gentle creature, which is a VERY good thing, seeing as I hadn’t been on a horse in about 8 years! I will definitely be going back so we can ride together. 

Then I ran over to visit other friends, and look what I brought home in a spaghetti jar! 



Aren’t they just beautiful? And they smell heavenly!



A recent creation, a Peach and Strawberry Tart with
Chocolate Sauce drizzled on top. It turned out quite yummy!


Today is a day for cleaning, sewing, and just generally enjoying time at home. It’s gray and dreary outside, so it will be a good day to stay indoors.

God bless, and have a wonderful day! 


May 29, 2009. Cooking, Friday, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Photography, Weekend. 1 comment.

Packing. (Or, our weekend, part 2)

Part 2 of our weekend saga… Enjoy! For part 1, click here. <– link

Today we packed. And packed. Oh, and did I mention that we packed? I didn’t know so much stuff could fit in one small mini-van. In the end, the back of the van was packed so high that Dad couldn’t see in the rear-view mirror. The top of the vehicle held an antique table, grass green tent poles, and a water bucket. The bucket, bungee corded in, was a great source of amusement; including jokes that it was our weather gauge, and that we might need to gather our own water in case we ran out!

The looks we got from passers-by also provided lots of laughter, and we enjoyed being Beverly Hillbillies for a day. Mom, however, was embarrassed, and didn’t want to show off Dad’s extraordinary packing abilities. Much hilarity occured when she suggested we just “blend in.” And, of course, we must have a photo…



The van, complete with table, tent-poles, and the infamous bucket.



My reading material for the long ride… all three books of “The Tightwad Gazette,” by Amy Dacyczyn


We finally made it safe and sound, arriving in high style to unload our well-packed van, find all the tent supplies, and start the set-up. (Meanwhile we were just praying the rain would hold off until we finished set-up) Now Mom and I are “supervising,” seeing as we can’t help at the moment. This could be an interesting weekend…



Supervising while munching on pretzels.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Now that we’re home, I have lots of projects that I’ll be posting about soon, so be on the look-out. God Bless!

May 20, 2009. Family, Friday, Fun, Life, Reading, Wednesday, Weekend. 1 comment.

A joyous day!

Hello everyone! 

It has been a glorious day here, spent mostly out-of-doors, on my part at least! I was left in charge of the home this morning, and completed all the chores in record time, at which point I just had to get outside! I hung out two loads of laundry, dug up some daffodil bulbs, and just enjoyed the glorious weather! Next I ran errands, picked up lunch, and then ran to drop off the daffodil bulbs at my grandparent’s house.



A lovely flower in our front yard. I didn’t mess with the colors, I promise! Isn’t it stunning?


Our crab apple tree is beginning to show off her lovely spring flowers. When I went under the tree to take pictures, the whole tree was humming, there were so many bees eating their breakfast!

On the way back home, I spotted a yard sale, and promptly whipped off the road to see if there was anything I couldn’t live without. (NOTE: I already splurged when I found a citrus squeezer yesterday at a thrift store) At the yard sale I found two vintage mixing bowls to add to my hopechest collection, and a pretty plate and a few plain feedbags for a really cheap price! Hooray! Isn’t yard saling and thrifting the most fun ever? 🙂 When I came home I told Mom of all my adventures, and she laughed and said I was taking after my great-grandmother, Nana Anne. What a compliment! 😀

So now I need to head off and help make dinner. I hope you all have a marvelous weekend, I’m looking foward to a fun one! 🙂

April 17, 2009. Friday, Fun, Garden, Happiness, Hopechesting, Life, Spring. 2 comments.

The results of a photoshoot!

Hello all! How are you this fine, rainy evening? 

I thought y’all might enjoy seeing the results of a recent photoshoot! A dear friend allowed me to take some pictures of her daughter, and we had a grand time goofing off, taking hilarious candids, and some crazy self-portraits (including one of me wearing a tiara!). There were, as always, a few that really turned out well, and so I had a grand time editing them on photoshop. Enjoy!



This photo was so fun to edit!


I love the snow in her hair.


A little chef, complete with the hat and flour on her hands!


I know, I’ve been telling you all for weeks that I need to get in my sewing room… it’s still true! I may have inspiration tomorrow, since it looks like a quiet, rainy weekend. I hope to show off some new projects soon! I have all kinds of ideas… 😀 

Well, it’s getting a bit late for me to be up… God Bless, and have a wonderful evening! 


“Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.”
~Ron Wild~ 

March 14, 2009. Cooking, Friday, Friends, Fun, Photography, Portraits, Snow. 1 comment.