Wednesday

Vintage Display Shelves

My daughter Alexis at our farm market booth
My daughter Alexis and I decided to try our hand at running a booth a the local farm market. We wanted to sell eggs, produce, and vintage kitchen gadgets, while also advertising our farm and showcase Alexis's beautiful Champagne D Argent rabbits she breeds.

We decided right off to go with a “farm vintage” look and had plenty of time to come up with ideas for displays and gather together needed items like chalkboard signs, vintage tablecloths, a journal, baskets, etc. 

And I made really inexpensive homemade price tags from brown paper grocery bags and twine. We also each wore a flowery skirt/dress and vintage apron.

Tags made from grocery bags and twine

For display shelves, I used old solid wood kitchen cabinet drawers I salvaged from a neighbors kitchen remodel. (Yea, I trash picked).
These drawers are probably from the 1930's or 40's and have many layers of paint. The last paint color of grayish blue is peeling and aged which is perfect for our vintage look.

Old kitchen cabinet drawer

I have four drawers, two of which I added shelves to using aged weathered barn wood.

To add the shelves, I just cut two small strips of wood for shelf brackets, predrilled the screw holes so the wood wouldn't split and then attached them to the inside of the drawer. These don't have to be perfect but should be pretty level. 


Use scrap wood to cut strips for shelf brackets

I then cut a small square piece of wood for the shelf.
Here they are after adding a shelf to two of them.

Old kitchen cabinet drawers with shelves added


Old kitchen cabinet drawers used as display shelves

And here are photos of the shelves being used at our farm market booth.
Besides the old vintage look, the best part is the shelves cost the price of a few screws and my time, that's it. 



Getting everything set up at the farmer's market

I am just finishing up my large Chalkboard Display Signs also made using pieces of the old kitchen cabinets and they are turning out great!

We had a great time at the farm market, met some really nice people, sold most of our wares, and I got to spend the day with my daughter. So yes, we will have a farm market booth again.


Elizabeth

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Thursday

Apple Pie Moonshine

Recently I read a popular book called "The Wettest County in the World," a 2008 historical novel by Matt Bondurant, an American writer who features his grandfather and two great-uncles as the main characters. (The movie is titled “Lawless”). The book tells of the trio during the Depression and Prohibition in rural Virginia, who made a living bootlegging moonshine.
The book again renewed my interest in the “moonshine culture” and historical events and places surrounding moonshining and stills.

And a few months ago, on one of our adventures off-roading with our ATVs and Polaris Ranger we ran into a group out riding the same trails, (we usually do).
After small talk and introductions, they asked us if we'd like a taste of their homemade Apple Pie Moonshine. I'm a light weight when it comes to booze and usually never venture far away from a glass of wine or a cold beer. And I usually never taste someone else's home brew, I'm just too leery of their process and standards, but that day I took a little sip. It was extremely smooth and yes, tasted just like apple pie!

Monday

7-Up Biscuits

Someone sent me this recipe for 7-Up Biscuits, probably one of my kids. They are always asking me to try a new recipe they have found on-line or from a magazine.

It's hard to believe that these biscuits only have 4 ingredients, especially after tasting them! They come out light and fluffy and mix up easily so are great if you're in a hurry or short on time.

We rarely have soda (or pop as we call it in most of Ohio), and try to stay away from high fructose corn syrup, which is what 99% of soda is made with. I did find a soda made with real sugar called Sierra Mist so I used that in the recipe instead of 7-Up and the biscuits still came out delicious.

Tuesday

Easy Block Quilt with Sashing

I started making quilts for the first time in January 2016, and I love it! I have been sewing for years and years, but never attempted a quilt. (Baby quilts not included).  
My first full-size quilt was a Patchwork Quilt for a Camper Remodel I was working on.
And after making 5 or 6, my granddaughter Kelsey asked me to make a quilt for her as a high school graduation gift. She wanted purple and “hulk” green fabrics and NO floral prints. 
I used a lot of Batiks fabrics in her quilt, which is really trendy right now and black as the sashing to make the blocks stand out.

The pattern I decided to use to make the quilt is large blocks with sashing between each block.
I cut 8 ½ inch square blocks, 2 ½ x 8 1/2 inch sashing strips, and 2 ½ inch square intersection blocks.
This is a pretty easy quilt to make and you can make the blocks and sashing any size you want, bigger or smaller.

Monday

Retro Recipe: Chicken A La King

I love old kitchen utensils, vintage aprons and old recipes from family and friends. I fondly remember this dish from my young adult years but haven’t had it in ages.
I decided to track down a Chicken A La King recipe that would bring back the deliciousness of the dish and this one nailed it.

Many really good recipes have been ruined over the years by all sorts of shortcuts and substitutions and this dish is no exception.
Many recipes also fell out of favor because of trends, fad diets or just people more willing to buy convenient processed foods and not bothering to cook fresh.  
But many people are beginning to realize that a lot of the foods we were told were bad for us maybe are not so bad. And that all that convenient processed food comes with a price:  Americans are sicker than ever.
We try to eat a more natural diet, one which includes many vegetables (and meat) we grow ourselves,  home cooked meals with real ingredients and purchasing organic or foods with very few ingredients. 

Tuesday

Ohio Star Quilt Block


I am in the middle of making multiple quilts. 
I made my very first quilt, a Patchwork Quilt to go along with our Camper Remodel in January and have since been asked by most of the kids and grandkids to make them all quilts! 
In between all those quilts, I am trying to make one for myself from the Ohio Star quilt pattern. And I just love how they are turning out.


Let me state that I am not a beginner sewer, only a beginner quilt maker. I have sewn for years making numerous different items (Halloween Costumes are my fav) but I never attempted a quilt. I have regrets! Why didn't I try this before! Oh well.

Cherry Pie Filling

Growing up we had a large, really old cherry tree and every year my sisters and I would climb the tree to pick as many cherries as we could. We would rush the cherries into my mother who made the best Cherry Pie ever. My mother's pie crust was hands down my favorite and I have never been able to duplicate it nor have I tasted one as good.

That old cherry tree we had growing up finally split down the middle and died and that was a sad day indeed.
I now have my own cherry tree and it was beautiful this year in full bloom.  I'm hoping the crop is plentiful and I'm able to pick lots of fresh cherries! Cherries are usually ripe in June in my area of Ohio. 

Legend has it that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree when he was very young.  I tend to believe the story and that he was truthful about it.  I have a similar tale about an axe, my son, a group of young boy scouts and cutting trees they shouldn't have. My son was very truthful about what happened and who all wielded the ax, including himself, but that's a story for another day. 
Fresh cherries are always best, including home picked or from a farm market but store purchased cherries will work too (even frozen).

Monday

WWII Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

My daughter Alexis always wants a homemade chocolate cake for her birthday.  In the last couple years, she has bugged me to try a recipe she got from the mother of a past boyfriend.  Alexis lived in Kansas for a couple years with a young man she met in college. He was working at a dig site at the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe, Ohio, where Alexis was working as an intern in her job field.
The relationship with that young archeologist didn't work out but she did walk away with a great recipe from his mom for this Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. 

The Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake became really popular during War World II when some food staples such as eggs and butter were in shortage and housewives had to make do with what they had on hand.  

This is a rich, slightly dense but wonderfully moist chocolaty chocolate cake.  The chocolate lovers in your family will rave about this cake and ask for it again and again!

Friday

Savory Meat Pie

I think I found this recipe in an old Food Network Magazine and it has gotten rave reviews from my family every time I make it. 
In fact, my husband asked me to never ever share this recipe. He doesn't know that thousands of people have already seen it in that magazine, haha. 
This is an absolutely delicious savory beef, veggie and cheddar cheese pie. I use store-bought puff pastry or pie crust but you can use your favorite pie crust recipe.

This pie is similar or along the same lines as an Irish Potato and Beef Pie, a Cottage Pie or Shepard's Pie or an English Beef Pie. All usually employ meat and potatoes of some sort. This was a popular staple dish in medieval times and was eventually called "pyes" or "pies". The origin of this name "pie" comes from the type of meat commonly used as filling. Beef, lamb, and duck were employed, but a majority of the time it was the magpie, a bird that was the main ingredient.

Monday

Making a Patchwork Quilt

I have been sewing for years, various crafts, curtains, pillows, kids clothes and Halloween Costumes. I have even made small baby quilts but never a full size quilt.

Recently I did a Camper Remodel and wanted to use the leftover fabrics from reupholstering the cushions and sewing new curtains in the camper to make a camper quilt.

One of the easiest quilts to make and one of my favorites is a patchwork style quilt.
Patchwork is simply sewing pieces of fabric together to form a pattern or blocks that when all together form a quilt top. When the quilt top is finished, it's then quilted, meaning the top, the batting and the back cover are sewn together.
When deciding on what pattern or style of quilt to make as my first, I took a look at my quilt collection. Of all the quilts I have, patchwork is my favorite it seems and the one I have the most of. I gravitate towards it every time I find quilts for sale. It's the style of quilt I am currently using as a blanket on my bed.