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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #138


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!



With a heavy heart and much thought, Jamie and I have decided to suspend "Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends" indefinitely after this week.   We have been the bestest of bloggy friends since both of us entered into this world of blogging and this was an extremely hard decision for both of us. (yep a few tears were involved)   Jamie is one of the sweetest and best ladies I have ever worked with, She is always dependable and rock solid, and I couldn't have asked for a better friend and cohost.   We have always stayed in close contact with each other and that will not change.   We both definitely would love to work  together in the future and who knows, this party just might resurrect itself.    
 We love everyone for showing up each week and sharing their amazing talent with us.  We have always enjoyed clicking thru and seeing the fabulous food, crafty projects and household ideas you shared with us each week.  The hardest part of our job on this party was picking only a few favorites to feature.   So thank you from the bottom of both our hearts for your devotion to our party, we love ya!!
 Jamie and I will not be going anywhere, so make sure you are following us on social media and we will keep you informed about anything new in the future!  
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So Let's enjoy this last party!    

This Week's Features!



     Ruth's Ding Dong Cake from Cooking with Carlee ***Most Viewed*** 
Grilled Shrimp Tacos from Cooking With Curls
Easy Sharpie Tie Dye T-Shirt from Meatloaf and Melodrama
Chocolate Avocado Pudding from To Simply Inspire
DIY Wooden Firecrackers from Hoosier Homemade
Barbecue Chicken Nachos from Two Twenty One
 DIY Barn Wood Shelves from Chatfield Court



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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #137


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes  and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



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This Week's Features!



   Simply Homemade Jelly Recipes from Little House Living   ***Most Viewed*** 
Easy TMNT Icon Shirt Tutorial from Raegun Ramblings
S'mores Truffles from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
Taco Wonton Cups from Simply Stacie
Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag from Flamingo Toes
 Blackberry and Mozzarella Grilled Crostini from Hello Nature Blog
10 Signs of Dehydration from Life Love and Thyme



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Camp Fire Starters from Dryer Lint


Last week the grandsons came to visit us at the Ranch!   We really love seeing them and spending special time with them and doing such things as riding four wheelers, having them help us feed cattle, playing a few board games, making homemade pizza and chocolate chip cookies and of course, building campfires!

**Don't Forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for more summer fun!    

One of their favorite things to do is start a campfire in our outside cast iron stove or in our fire-pit.  They always want to have at least one night for hot dogs and s'mores!     I don't like to use lighter fluid or other flammable liquids to start our campfire, especially with a group of rambunctious boys involved.   So the youngest and I prepared by making some fire-starters from dryer lint!  Yep, dryer lint!     I know dryer lint kinda freaks me out also but then I remember it's clean, it just came out of the wash and it's only from our clothes, not really gross at all!   


Ok a little bit gross!   HA!   

I had been saving dryer lint and I purchased a block of wax (of course old candles could be used and are a great way to recycle those candles that have seen better days).   I also had saved a few cardboard egg cartons, not the plastic foam ones but cardboard.   





My grandson packed each little egg compartment with dryer lint.




And I melted the wax using a coffee can in a pot of water, a faux double boiler method.  


    
Sometimes metal coffee cans are hard to find and I've had this one for a while, but a tall metal juice can would also work very well.  I had cut an opening to allow easier pouring of the wax and I save this can to reuse for the next batch of fire-starters!  




We placed our egg cartons filled with dryer lint on foil to protect my counter tops and we carefully filled each dryer lint egg compartment with the melted wax, adding more if necessary.   We allowed them to cool completely and closed the lids for easy storage. 



Now we have our own little batch of fire-starters for all those summer nights of campfire fun!  





Just tear out one or two of the harden fire-starters and get those fires burning!   



Just light up the extra cardboard around the edges and add your wood. 





Now its time to pull out the s'more stuffs and enjoy our evening campfire!





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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends # 136



Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes  and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


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This Week's Features!

Cinnamon Bun Wrap from Courtney's Cookbook ***Most Viewed*** 
Blueberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Braid from Delightful E Made
Vintage Doily Cloche Covers from Sadie Seasongoods
How to Make Mason Jar Citronella Candles from One lIttle Project
Antipasto Skewers from Two Twenty One
4th of July Candle Holders from How to Nest for Less
Best Mexican Street Corn aka Elote Recipe from Baking Beauty

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Homemade Sausage Gravy


I grew up eating biscuits and gravy for breakfast, it was a cheap, stick-to-your-ribs hot breakfast which my mother believed we had to have before we started our day.  My mother would have swooned (not that my mother would ever think about swooning, she was too tough for that silly business) if she had to serve us cold cereal.   Ladies such as my mother though it was a lazy housewife who didn't cook breakfast for their family.  Cold cereal, NEVER!  Ha, how things have changed, now most "cold cereals" are now listed as healthier choices.    I always wanted cold cereal not biscuits and gravy!!   But how silly was I?   Biscuits and gravy for breakfast everyday would be heaven to me now.   Of course my mother didn't always cook sausage in the gravy, times were harder back then and pennies really counted.   
Anyways, on a weekend morning we love to start the day with a big pan of homemade biscuits and a skillet of sausage gravy with maybe a few scrambled eggs on the side!    Sausage Gravy and Biscuits are a special treat here on the Ranch and just take me back to some great memories of a time when summers were longer and calories were not important!   Oh the Good Ol' Days!!   
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Sausage Gravy


Ingredients
  • 1 pound of ground breakfast sausage
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 3-4 cups of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
1. Brown sausage over medium heat in a cast iron skillet, breaking it up as it cooks.
2. Do not drain (unless it's swimming in grease), sprinkle the flour over the cooked sausage until all the flour soaks up the grease.
3. Continue to cook stirring the mixture until the flour is cooked about 2-3 minutes.
4. Add 3 cups of the milk and stir constantly until the mixture thickens, add more milk if it gets too thick. (about 10-12 minutes)
5. Sprinkle with black pepper and add salt to taste.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #135


Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes  and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



If you don't already follow us on Pinterest, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:


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This Week's Features!



   The Best Lasagna on Earth by The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small town Girl ***Most Viewed*** 
Easy Drip Irrigation System from Get Busy Gardening 
Old Black Pot Buttermilk Chicken from Miz Helen's Country Cottage
American Sugar Cookie Pie from Delightful E Made
Laced Leather Coffee Cup from Dukes and Duchesses
Beer Battered Cod from Baking Beauty
 DIY Summer Fun Idea Jar from The Country Chic Cottage



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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kitchen Grater Owl


I saw a sweet little Grater Owl either on Facebook or Pinterest (I can't remember which one) but unfortunately I discovered the picture didn't have a link to any instructions.  I know you have been there, you see something you love on Pinterest or Facebook but no link to the actual post!  So frustrating!   
  
So my hubby and I recreated our own version of a Grater Owl and wrote out all the instructions for you!   But remember there are probably many variations of this little owl, so feel free to let the creative juices flow and change or adapt all or any of these steps! 
 We found the vintage (old) grater in an antique shop for less than $7 and a few springs that were priced at 4 for $1.   Everything else we found around the house so this was a fun and inexpensive project that looks adorable in my kitchen or even in my garden! 




Here's how we made our owl from this old cheese grater (shown above)   

Supplies Needed:

1 antique cheese grater, old or even new
2 baby food jar lids
2 bottle caps
Silver spray paint
2 Black buttons that are almost as large as the bottle caps
Small spring (to be cut for feet) 
Small twig that fits inside of the springs (feet) 
Piece of gold colored soft metal, aluminum (Spam can, snuff lid, some beverage cans)
Wire to attach eyes (small enough to fit thru the holes of the buttons


Instructions:

1.   Gather together baby food jars and bottle caps.  Remove the lids from the jars.  (save jars for another project) 




2. Drill two small holes in top of baby food lids and bottle caps to correspond with the holes in the buttons.      Spray the top and bottom of the baby food lids with the silver spray paint , set aside to allow to dry completely.




3.   Cut the gold metal aluminum (soft metal) into a "V" with the arms extended enough to "catch" the wire from the eyes.  Place in desired location and drill holes thru the gold metal into the grater.   These holes should correspond with one of the holes for each eye.    Drill a second hole for each eye just to the outside of these first holes. (to correspond with the holes of the buttons and lids)




4.  Cut a 3" piece of wire and bend into a "U".   Thread both ends of the wire thru the holes of the button and add the bottle cap lid and then the baby food lid to make the eyes.   Thread the ends of the wires thru the holes drilled on the grater, making sure to catch the gold colored nose.  Twist wire ends together on the inside of the grater to secure the eye assembly.  




5.   Repeat for second eye





6.  Using needle nose pliers, bend the handle of the grater into a owl head shape with the tuffs of ears on each side.  
    Note: When choosing your grater, check the handle, some are less pliable than others and choose one that will be easier to shape.




  

7.  We had found a few old rusty springs in the same antique shop where we found the graters, so a couple quick cuts leaving about three rolls of the spring for each foot.   




8. Roll the little spring feet into one of the holes of the grater on each side and carefully slide a twig through the springs securing them to the grater.  The twig actually secures the spring feet by putting pressure on them to twist them horizontally.  


8.    Then start all over and make another one!   Because we made this one for our Mom and I loved him so much, we had to make another one for our kitchen. Or should I put him in the garden?  









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