Goodbye July

Hello friends,  I don’t think I have ever been so happy to see a month go swooshing by.  I work in tourism and I have probably said it before but summer months are hard.  Add in the COVID-19 issues and wearing a mask and social distancing and lots of thing just not being what they used to be and it is just a crazy time.

I work with about 40 people in the summer months.  Our attraction has been at about half capacity because of COVID but half capacity actually means more staff  having to take care of the smaller groups of people that we have.

To say that our team members have done an amazing job this summer would be the understatement of the year.  To celebrate our Goodbye to July, our last full week of July, last week, we celebrated every day with a different theme provided by the managers, we had special treats and cash drawings and tons of photos. I even cooked pancakes for everyone one morning.  It was just a nice way to end the month of July by doing something special for everyone.  We had such a great time!!!!

My nephew finally got to have a real graduation from High School. The school had been closed since mid March. The school officials decided to do it on Thursday evening.  It was held outside on the football field and families were encouraged to social distance by keeping their families away from other families.  It wasn’t too hard to do.  IT WAS HOT!!!!  We had had some rain showers earlier in the day and and that made the temps by 7:00 PM steamy and uncomfortable.  Luckily they had the good grace to move everything along quickly.  It only lasted for about an hour and we did photos of course afterwards.  I will say I had sweat in places one shouldn’t have.  But it was totally worth it seeing my handsome nephew finish his time in high school.

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   Look how tall he is!!!!

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I had to work six out of seven days last week so by Friday night I was wiped out.  I went home from work and we had take out for dinner.  I did not intend to cook.  I went to bed early.  On Saturday I did the grocery thing and took supplies to my mother in law in the Assisted Living Center.  I have to get on my soap box here for a minute.  The poor people in the Assisted Living Center have not seen their families in four months.  They are not even allowed to get out of their rooms.  Two people have died, not from COVID.   Two people were moved to other facilities because they needed “extra” attention.  One lady fell and broke her hip and had to be taken to another place for rehab.  I am telling you I know they are doing what they have to do according to the CDC guidelines but I think a time has come that not having any family involvement and visitation is doing them much more harm.  At least let them go to the cafeteria together like they used to.  It’s the same people there day in and day out but at this time they are made to stay in their rooms all the time.  O.K. that is all I am saying.  I definitely would not want a break out of COVID there but I just wish there was something to do for them.

Today I was a little more rested and I knitted some more on the blue shawl I have been working on.  I love it and I think I am going to miss it when I am finished.  Oh well I will just start another one.  Maybe I will find that missing yarn I have been searching for.  I made a Buttermilk Pie today and it was great!!!  I have made them before without much success.  I think the key is using whole buttermilk, no nonfat for this pie, and I used the recipe by Brenda Gantt on Cooking with Brenda Gantt.  If you haven’t checked her out on FB do it you will love her.  She had some great tips for the pie and it worked out really well.  The only thing is I used a deep dish pie crust and I should have used regular.  But I will know next time.

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Have you ever tried the App one second every day?  It is a great little app where you record a second of your day, or a picture and it puts all of them together for a month. I have had the app for quite a while I don’t do it every month but I decided that July would definitely be the month to document something every day.  I hope you enjoy watching.

 

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!!

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Making Fried Apple Pies

Happy Monday friends,

The weather here has been HOT!!! Temps have been in the upper 90’s with a heat index making it feel like it’s over 100 degrees!!!!

Oh what a perfect time for our air to go out. Yep, I came home from buying groceries on Saturday and heard Mark talking to someone on the phone. Turns out it was the man who services our heat and air unit. To tell you this man, Wayne, is wonderful would be such a gross understatement. And not just because he came out on a Saturday afternoon and serviced our unit but he has been there so many times for us, and for many of my family members.  First of all the unit was put in over 20 years ago when we built the house.  You know that most units these days don’t last that long. 

Wayne is not the type of repairman that will tell you that you need a new unit just so he can make some money. He is fair and honest. Anyway he had the air back on within two hours and I barely broke a sweat.

What does this have to do with making fried apple pies you may ask. Not really anything except if we hadn’t gotten the air back on I would not have been heating the stove for anything!!!

In all my days of cooking I have never made fried apple pies. WHAT??? I always wanted to try them. I don’t know if you follow Brenda Gantt on Facebook but she is a true southern cook from Alabama.  Check her out. I just love her.

So I went by Brenda’s recipe for the dough. All she uses is plain flour, buttermilk and solid crisco shortening, you know the white stuff in the tin can. My mama always had some when we were growing up.

Brenda doesn’t use much of a recipe so I watched her video on Facebook and went by that. Here is what I did:

I used 3 Granny Smith apples. I peeled them and  added about 3/4 of a cup of sugar, a half cup of water and sprinkled some cinnamon on top of the apples and cooked them down until they became soft and mushy and syrupy.  I used a heavy sauce pan. 

I put some plain flower in a mixing bowl and added 1/2 cup of the solid shortening and some buttermilk. I didn’t measure the buttermilk I just kept adding the buttermilk until I could form a small ball of dough. I then divided the dough into several pieces and sprinkled them with flower. I rolled them out, using a dough roller, in small circles about 4 inches in diameter.  The dough cannot be sticky.  Add a little flour to keep it from sticking. 

Once I had the circle I put a big tablespoon of the apples in the middle and patted one side of the circle with water. I then folded the top over. The water helps seal the dough. I took a fork and pinched the edges of the pie so that the filling wouldn’t come out. I had my large cast iron skillet heated with about 2-3 cups of Wesson Oil at 350 degrees. I took a spatula and lifted the pie up and into the oil. You have to let them cook for a few minutes until both sides turn brown.  I only cooked one at a time. After one side has cooked for a few minutes turn it over using two forks.  I will tell you that the first few I did turned out crunchy because I had my oil to hot.  But I had the hang of it after I had done a few.

I guess they turned out o.k.  Mark ate two of them.  One of them with Ice Cream. I was not too happy with the taste of the dough.  I know that Brenda uses plain flower and the buttermilk adds some flavor but I am going to research some more recipes until I feel it is tastier.  After the pies cooled I wrapped them in plastic wrap and that seemed to soften them and help the dough absorb the flavor of the apples.  I took some of them to work with me and they were eaten immediately.  So maybe they were o.k.  It’s hard to tell with the workers in the break room.  They will eat anything!!!!

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   This is the pan I used for frying the apple pies.  My Lodge cast Iron cookware is now a favorite of mine.  
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                      Granny Smith apples are wonderful for baking.

   I cooked the apples down until they were soft and I could mash them.  They were yummy and I actually saved some to eat later with biscuits.  


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    You can see the first ones didn’t turn out really pretty. But I kept working on them.  


    This is what the pies looked like just before I put them in the hot oil.

 

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   I sprinkled some of them with powdered sugar but the ones I wrapped in plastic I just left plain.  These are best for warming and adding whatever topping you want. 

So all in all I guess they were pretty good for a first time.  I do want to keep experimenting with the dough.  We shall see. 

Always remember 

Love your day your way!!!!

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A Startling Discovery

Last Sunday I was searching for some yarn.  A particular yarn that I wanted for a shawl pattern that I thought of during the night Saturday night.  How it came to me, maybe in a dream, I am not sure. Things often come into my mind at odd times.  I only knew that I wanted to knit this particular shawl with this particular pattern with this particular yarn.  Easy right?  Not so much for me.

I started my search for the yarn early Sunday morning.  I have a den upstairs where I keep most of my knitting and sewing supplies.  I looked through the closet in the den.  Well when I say I looked, I opened the closet doors and peered in.  I poked around a little to see if I could locate the balls of yarn I was looking for. Well actually I was hoping the yarn would mysteriously fall out of the closet and into my hands. No such luck.  Kitty Kitty had a wonderful time jumping into the closet and clambering over every basket of fabric and yarn and everything else that was in there.  I will admit the closet is pretty stuffed.  I am almost embarrassed to tell you how full it is.  It contains mostly “stuff” from projects that have been abandoned for one reason or another over the 20 years we have lived in this house.  Some of the things in the closet I had totally forgotten I had.

I decided there was no way the yarn was in that closet so I went to some other locations to look.  It still bothered me that I hadn’t gotten to the back of that closet.  To be honest I just wasn’t that brave.  I couldn’t find the yarn so I settled on some other yarn that I had. It wasn’t the yarn I wanted but the shawl was a particularly hard pattern and I would practice on the yarn I had. Yes that would work.

As I was knitting on the shawl I glanced around the room.  I also hoard books and fabric and yarn.  I have several collections, wooden spools and they are pretty large, my milk glass collection, my knitting needles, small butter plates, brass bells,  antique flower frogs, and lord lets don’t forget about the butter crocks.  And they take up a LOT of room.

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I love milk glass and anything that resembles it.

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    This is just a tiny portion of my yarn.  I could probably open my own store.

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 And of course with yarn you must have the knitting needles.

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      Love my books.  I have several cases like this.

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  I have several of these thread spools.  Aren’t they cool?  I started collecting them several years ago.  I have them stacked like this in a couple of different places. 

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  Antique flower frogs.  I don’t have a lot of these yet but I love them.

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  I probably have about 25 of these crocks.  Some are old some are not.  I love them and I will continue to collect them.  I just can’t pass them up. 

If only I stuck with the collections and my hobbies that would be one thing.  But I tend to continue to bring things into the house and not take anything out. Hobby Lobby has nothing on my basement.   Every time my family needs something for decorating, wedding shower, baby shower, you name it, I have it.    All these years I have been harping on my husband for bringing things in and stacking them around the house but GASP!!!!  I may be worse!!!!  I AM WORSE!!!

I decided that I had to do something about this clutter.  I just can’t take it anymore!!!  I have way too many things that I continue to bring in and there is just a limit to how much one house can hold. Right?  I think I will pick three things I want to continue to collect and I will get rid of the others.  How will I pick? I am not sure but I will.  Yes I will!!!  YES I WILL!!!  Ohhhh look at that adorable flower frog on EBAY!!! I’m hopeless!!

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!

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Friday Favorites 7-10-20

Hello friends and happy Friday!!!  It has been awhile since I have done some of my Friday favorites.  I hope your week has been great!!!  I am going to share a few of my favorite things I have been loving lately.

 

First of all this hair wand thingy.
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Don’t let it scare you.  I know it looks a bit intimidating but it is really awesome.  If you want those beach waves in your hair this is perfect.  It was a bit of an Amazon impulse buy for me but for only. $39.99 why not give it a try.   O.k so this thing clamps sections of your hair and just gives you those gorgeous waves that you often try to get with a curling iron or wand and just can’t seem to achieve.  Or maybe that’s just me HAHA!!!

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Lash Primer?  Who would have known that this makes all the difference in the world.  O So first of all put this primer on your lashes just a few minutes before you put your mascara on.  I put mine on while I am doing the rest of my make up  and then go back and put the mascara on.  It really does make a difference in how your mascara attaches to your lashes and stays.  Try it!!!

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And this is the mascara that I like to use with this primer.  First of all I will tell you that the brush is a little wiggly and it makes it hard to push back into the mascara. I haven’t quite figured that one out but you just have to show it who is boss and deal with it.

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If you haven’t tried these little 4×6 mini canvas photos from Walgreens you are missing out.  They are awesome!!!!  You can watch the Walgreens specials and sometimes get them for 50 and 60 % off.  I did these two and I think I paid about $7.00 for each of them.  They also come with a stand to put them on and they just fit in anywhere!!!! I love them!!!! They’re different and unique.  You could also do an entire wall collection of them.

 

AndI have to share with you some of the books I am reading.  I love Abigail Thomas. I read her book A Three Dog Life a few years ago. I read it again recently and added two more of her books to the pile on my nightstand. Can’t wait to read them.

And last but certainly not least I have to tell you about these shoes I am absolutely loving. A friend at work had a pair and she loved them. They are Adidas. I ordered these from Kohl’s. They were on sale when I got them but I just checked and they are currently not on sale. Right now they are $64.99 I got them for $57.99 so not a big difference but they will probably go on sale again if you want to wait. Adidas always runs about a half size larger. I usually wear a 7&1/2 so I got a 7 and they are great. So comfy.

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    These are from my Hydrangea bush, it is doing great this year.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorites. Let me know if you have any questions about any of these.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!