what's for supper

the fruits...er, ah vegetables of our labor. today i was able to pick tomatoes, sweet corn, pull up onions, and dug some potatoes for supper. well the tomatoes are for making salsa later this week. i have a recipe all picked out...unless i find another one before then. i am always changing my mind.

anyways, back to supper. gathering food is a great stress reducer. until i dug the potatoes. i also dug up a fire ant nest. yep. there i was, doing the two step, tying to stay out of their way. little miss emma ran to the other side of the garden. she was not going to have any part of them. the bad part of this? the plant that they had claimed as their own had very small potatoes...and i am going to blame them. is that fair? yep, i think so.

hash, is one of my favorite foods to make in the summer. because it is quick and i don't have to turn on the oven. anyways, i was anxious to try our own homegrown. let me tell you. store bought veggies can't hold a candle to homegrown. everything was so tender and moist. i hope i can keep the onions and potatoes through winter. maybe those small taters will work with a roast.

i have been craving homemade bread, but didn't have the time for all the mess. in comes little miss emma's favorite item. my beer bread. it tastes so good, and the crust is every one's favorite part. i am not kidding. we fight over it. so buttery and crisp.

see. don't that look yummy?

i don't think one ear of corn was enough for any of us. however, since we planted it late, the grasshoppers got to the silk and some of the ears didn't develop kennels. good thing my in-laws had enough corn to freeze. about 100 quarts.
for those of you that want a quick and yummy bread recipe, here it is.
3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 12 oz bottle of beer
1 stick of butter, melted
mix together flour and sugar. add beer. pour batter into a greased bread pan. pour melted butter on top. bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes. i cover my bread with tin foil for the last 15 minutes. that way the crust won't burn.
this bread makes wonderful french toast because it is slightly sweet and very dense. i do recommend, however, to try and wait at least 10-15 minutes before slicing the bread. that way it doesn't fall apart.
take care and God bless


from shabby to hippie

welcome friends! i am joining metamorphosis monday at Between Naps on the Porch and today's thrifting treasures at Southern Hospitality. i am really excited to check every one's changes.

i bought this little chair at goodwill last summer for $10.00. i knew i was wanting to recover it but wasn't sure how or with what fabric. well, i visited a pottery barn and was inspired by this fabric on this chair.... Pottery Barn

i was able to find similar fabric at hobby lobby, and come out of the store with two yards, some button cover kits and some trim. got home, found the staple gun and hot glue and went to work. it is not a professional job...i didn't tear off the old fabric. i was afraid that if i did, i would have a bigger project that i wasn't sure i would be able to finish. i was able to cover the chair with one piece of fabric. i didn't sew pieces together like the original was. i even was able to figure out how to cover buttons and sew them on the back. the seat is still not done....so don't look to close to the pictures...

here is the close up...

this has become my favorite chair. it is where i sit to use my computer, read a book or just to sit and enjoy the quiet.

thanks for visiting!


welcome friends

hello and welcome! please, make yourself comfortable. my name is alissa. i am a farmer's wife and mother to one. i hope that you will be able to join me has i try to make my life a quiet, simple one. this will be a place to share tips, recipes, ideas on frugal living, and of course my favorite, crafting. so, i hope that you can come back and maybe, just maybe friendships will be formed.
hope to see you again!