Thursday, August 25, 2016

In Nanaland

Well our new grand niece arrived on Monday evening...

Welcome to the world Ella Marie. Here she is with her Grammy, my sis in law, Barbara.  Nothing like those new babies!! Congrats to Brittany and Caleb as they set out on the journey of parenthood. Lots of joy but some tears will be shed and they will not all be Ella's!

And progress on the Little House...

This hard working man dug the holes for the footings. ( He has a big machine but sometimes you need a shovel to finish it up.

Footings are poured and awaiting blocks that should go in next week. Georgia Power will also be working on supplying our electricity.

And here at Nana's house, I changed out the grandchildren's book box.I got rather nostalgic looking at all the Fall books.

I had to stop and read this one. Room on the Broom is one of my new favorites. All of my grands, old and young love this story of friendship.

It is friend day and we are off to Francescos, a local Italian restaurant that is better than Olive Garden in my opinion. I think I am having an appetizer for lunch. Bruschetta is one of my favorites! I will be making a stop at the library and I am shopping for my September giveaway! One week from today is September!! And four months from today is Christmas as one of my cousins reminded me on Facebook this morning!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

On the Porch

I had some pictures texted to me this week from my Aunt Joyce. We both enjoy decorating for the holidays and she wins for getting her fall decor up before me! She is a busy lady so when she had a free weekend and a grandson who was available to help her get some things from storage, she went for it.   I asked if I could share some of her decorating on my blog and she sweetly gave her permission.

This year she did a Fall Tree on the enclosed porch.  She got the idea for this at Hobby Lobby.  I love that little owl peeking out from the middle of the tree.

My cousin, Holly, made the scarecrow. ( She cleverly makes these so there is a snowman on one side and a scarecrow on the other!)   I think he is very cute.

More porch decor...

Aunt Joyce also decorated inside while she was at it!

I love this corner of her kitchen!

She liked my white pumpkin so she decided to get one for her house this year. It looks so cute sitting on the leaves.

I may steal this idea of filling a bowl with some pumpkins!!

And her mantle is pretty with the lanterns and pumpkins.

Hope you enjoyed visiting my Aunt Joyce's house. I will ask her to send me some of  her Christmas decor. She goes all out for Christmas. ( And you wondered where I got it from???)  Thankful for an aunt who is just nine years older than me. She was more like a big sister than an aunt and I love her very much.

And I have to tell you that Leta and Bruce heard a racket out on their carport last night...A bear came to call! That might be a good name for a children's book....maybe I will write one!  Bruce said it was as tall as Leta's Toyota Rav.  So far they have just been visiting on the look out for food. With winter coming they are trying to get their tummies full before a long nap.

Have a blessed day friends.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Arrowheads and Artifacts

My maternal grandfather, Earl Henderson, spent most of his adult life building a collection of arrowheads and other Cherokee artifacts. He lived near Spring Place, one of the big centers of Cherokee life in north Georgia. Any time a field was plowed, Granddad would walk up and down the rows looking for arrowheads.  And over many years he amassed quite the collection.  When my grandparents passed away, my mother inherited the collection. She recently donated them to the Chief Vann House, which is located in Spring Place.

 Once home to the influential Cherokee Vann family, it is a museum which showcases a way of life that disappeared with the Trail of Tears.   Our family wanted to see Granddad's legacy live on and we also wanted others to see his collection in its entirety.  This weekend Granddad's collection made its debut at Spring Place Days.

We were all pretty proud of this display!

My mother and her younger sister, Rachel, were on hand to view it. Other members of our family were there through out the day. I know this honor would have made my Granddad very happy.

As a little girl I can remember walking along with him, looking for "rocks" as he called them.  Of course most of the time all we found were pieces of quartz that were pretty common in our area.  He had a keen eye for arrowheads and I think he passed his interest on to my Daddy, his son in law. Daddy also had a collection of arrowheads that he found in many places.  A law passed in 1979 made it illegal to collect arrowheads as they are considered an archeological find. You must have a permit issued by the government.  I am glad our family has allowed others to see these great pieces of the past.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


I spent some time Saturday "finishing" a cross stitch piece on my own.  I have so many framed pieces and really how many do I really need? ( We won't go there...)  After watching Vonna on The Twisted Sister on Flosstube, I got the courage to attempt a finish on my own. Mine will never be up to Vonna's standards but I will keep trying.  Vonna makes a cute finish called a trifold but I knew I could not do that so I modified it a bit.

Here is my finished piece of cross stitch...

It is Four Seasons by Prairie Schooler. I wanted to be able to display it for a short while so I decided it did not need framing.  I have admired Sandy( I Majored in Home Economics) as she finished her Little House cottages and came up with a nifty display each month. So taking tips from Vonna and Sandy I got busy in my craft room.

I started with one of these "boxed" pieces that you can readily find at Ross or TJ Maxx. I paid $6 for this one. I spread Tacky Glue over it and brushed it out to make it smooth.

Then I added pieces of scrapbook paper. Two things I careful how you cut your paper. I meant for my chevrons to go the other way. OOPs. And I should have centered the paper with the polka dots. Trying to keep a straight edge on my paper cutter was easy but it would have looked better with dots that were intact!!  Then I folded the cross stitch and glued it to the top. I know I know that is cheating but hey it worked for me. I did not get it folded as neatly as I would like so next time I am going to do a running stitch around it to help with the folding. Then i can clip it and remove it when I am finished.  The things you learn by trial and error!

Here it is with a perky black and white ribbon as an accent.  I purchased it at Hobby Lobby and it is wired so it will hold its shape. Once I am finished with this season I will store it in a box so it stays dust free until next year.   I got the black and white ribbon idea from perusing a lot of Mackenzie Childs designs.  I am working on my Winter piece right now and I plan to display it like this too.

So now I am going to be looking for those clearance 'art boxes" so I can keep them for future projects. They come in all sizes and are perfect for a small project.

I hope you like it warts and of the things I like about bloggers is that they are ready to share their ideas and their "happy accidents".  Don't let your OCD keep you from having fun with crafting. I could easily go down that road but I am learning to lighten up in my old age.  And yes, I could not put it away so it is on my breakfast bar BECAUSE...
And we might even have some cooler temps this week here in NoAla so I am declaring it is Fall.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Stream

It is a lazy Saturday morning and as I cannot think of a topic we will just roll down the stream in our inter tubes!!

1. Floss Tube....I seriously have an addiction. I never even watched you tube until my blog pal, Whitney at Come Home for Comfort, started doing an occasional  VLOG.  She introduced me to Mrs Erica and I found Samathome518  on my own.  Then the Spinster Stitcher did a blog about Floss Tube. And I was hooked. I have to say that Vonna at The Twisted Stitcher is my favorite Floss Tuber. She shares her projects and also does tutorials.  Yesterday I had to tell myself that I could not watch Floss Tube until my chores were done!! Going into my second childhood!

2. Books...Ok, I thought I got a good book when I picked up Katherine Hall Page's A Body in the Wardrobe.  If you are planning a trip to Savannah this is a good one to read because it seemed more like a tourist guide than a cozy mystery. And sorry Ms Page but you sure over did the Southernisms. If you do want to read a good cozy by Ms Page, try The Body in the Belfry. That was her first book featuring New England Caterer, Faith Fairchild.  Faith needs to stay in New England in my opinion. I am also reading another Sharyn McCrumb book, The Ballad of Frankie Silver. This is interesting to me because she is the ancestor of one of my first cousins! How about that??  If you really want to know what the people of the Appalachia are like, read Ms McCrumbs books...she is spot on.

3. I heard one of the Floss Tubers remark that blogs are changing and not so popular so people are moving to VLOGS. Girls, please promise me that you will keep blogging.  I love all my blog friends and I have seen many come and go but I encourage everyone to keep our little community alive.

4. We are all anxious for Fall here in the South but our Northern friends are hoping for a little more summer. I understand that. I admire all of you for coping with those long winter days in the frozen north. Our winter would seem very mild to you I am sure.  My aunt is already decorating for fall. I will share some of her decor next week.  I am going to put out a little at a time this year. And  I admit that I was looking at Pinterest the other day...hoping to see some new ideas.

5. The Olympics are coming to an end. I did not watch a lot of the events but I have kept up with all the news. I was very disappointed that our swim team brought reproach on our country. Those kinds of antics make people believe in the Ugly Americans.  When I watch HGTV's International House Hunters, I often hear the Americans complaining about lack of space, amenities etc. I want to tell them"Hey, if you wanted all that you should have stayed in America!!"

6. While watching the Olympics I did see some promos for the new fall programs. Am I getting old? I was appalled at what goes for humor these days.  And that is why I like to watch the British TV shows!!

7. Well I am off to the Soccer Field this morning so unless I am planning to wear my pjs I better get dressed!! Have a wonderful weekend friends.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Itching for Fall

I think I am officially finished with summer. I am ready for Fall.

Or Autumn if you prefer that term!! I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday picking up some items to finish off this little piece of cross stitch. After watching some tutorials on Floss Tube I think I can handle this project myself. While there I just took my time strolling down the Fall/Autumn Aisles, enjoying the pretty colors.  Then I stopped in at Kirklands and soaked up the eye candy there. I did purchase a small ceramic pumpkin with a G on it to sit by my kitchen sink. At Tuesday Morning, I found a great deal on Garden Flags...$5 for a pretty flag.  I picked up one with leaves on it...not too Fallish yet but a nice change from my Summer Flag.

Several of you asked for my recipe for Parmesan Chicken Fingers.  It is an easy recipe but time consuming. They are worth the trouble though!

I purchase Chicken Tenders for this recipe and I usually pick up two packages as these are great for lunches and left overs.

I begin this recipe early in the morning of the day I plan to make it. Take a large bowl, fill it with one quart of Buttermilk and place all the Chicken Tenders in the Buttermilk. This is a trick I learned years ago for great fried chicken....It really is worth the effort.

Let them soak all day in the fridge.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and  prepare your pans. I use the broiler pans that came with my stove for this recipe. A shallow pan worls best.  I line each pan with parchment paper or foil. Place enough vegetable oil in the pan to over the paper thinly.  Set Aside.

Put equal amounts of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese on a large piece of wax paper. Mix together. Take chicken fingers from the buttermilk and roll in crumb mixture.( You can put your crumbs in a zip lock bag and shake it if you wish. I prefer to just roll each piece myself.)  Place on prepared pan. When your pan is full, Melt one stick of butter and drizzle evenly over the chicken fingers. Place in Oven and bake for one hour.

I check mine after 45 minutes and keep an eye on them. Since I make two pans, I rotate them on the oven racks at 30 minutes. I have no real rationale for this, just seems to help them bake evenly.

Take the pan out of the oven and let it sit on the counter to cool for 20 to 30 minutes. This will help the breading cool and stay intact when you take the Chicken Fingers from the pan. I drain mine on paper towels to remove excess oil.  One thing I like about these chicken fingers is that I can prepare them about an hour before I complete my other courses, leaving me the oven for macaroni and cheese in our case!

I store the leftovers in the fridge and we eat them for lunch, a snack or another meal.  Amelia dropped by yesterday and had  one straight from the fridge. They are yummy.

And today is Friday...Happy Birthday to my youngest son, Charles. How did he get to be 33?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Soccer Season

With the temps still climbing into the 90s, the children are on the soccer field. Which means Nana and Grandpa are there for some of the games too. To be honest, I enjoy soccer more than baseball. It is pretty fast paced and it does not last as long. ( Do not turn me in for being a bad Nana...I have never been  a big sports fan.)

Here is Landon with his good friend, Reid.  They are on Team USA!

On the field...

And Landon in action....

I have another sports related picture that I want to show is my big boy, Ben.
When Ben was a little boy he LOVED Dale Murphy. He collected his baseball cards and he watched the Braves every chance he got.  When Ben was about 8 he could say all the books in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Well my Grandmother Tankersley was so proud of him that she gave him ten dollars.  Ben was very he had enough money to purchase the Dale Murphy Power Alley poster. And that poster remained on the wall in his room for years.  Last Friday evening, Dale Murphy came to the Birmingham Barons ball game to sign autographs. Well my big boy was in line and got his autograph and shook Murphy's hand. Marvin and I were so happy for Ben. It is always nice when a dream becomes reality.  You may notice that Ben has on his Minnesota Viking Tee....with his Minnesota roots, he always enjoys giving a nod to the Vikings.

It is Friend Day so we are off to Panera for one of their delicious Summer Salads. Soon they will be changing to the fall menu so we want to enjoy the last bit of summer.