Friday, August 17, 2018

A Late Summer Table of Navy and Coral

 As summer is winding down, I thought I would share a fun indoor table that combines both the nautical theme with some of my favorite colors; Navy and Coral

We start with a summer centerpiece of sunflowers 

Lots of wicker and texture. 

Love these plates but I could only find four at Home Goods. They are so beautiful. 

Navy buoy napkin rings and these beautiful Navy plates help to pull the theme together. 

Hope you enjoy your waining days of summer and come join us for dinner. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Tool of the Month

Well Stocked Tool Bench Series: Part 1 Cordless Drill

Today, I want to start a new series. As a woman, I never had tools until about 20 years ago. Hubby was working out of town and had very little time to fix anything when he was home for the weekend. So I set out on a journey to learn how to fix and build things myself. It is also the time when I started working in the yard rather than asking him. 

So how do you build a tool box that allows you to perform basic things and bigger things down the road. Where to start? 

Let’s look at the basics. 

1.     Philips head screw drivers
2.    Flat head screw drivers
3.    Hammer

That is the basic things you need to start. 

But I want to build a bigger tool box adding one tool a month. This month, we are going to look at cordless drills. A cordless drill will allow you to build simple things. 

You can find one for relatively inexpensive. 

Or a more expensive one. The more expensive one comes with a lifetime guarantee. 

Both will come with batteries to recharge them. 

A cordless drill is an invaluable addition to any tool bag. You should also purchase some simple drill bits. 

I built these tudeurs with a cordless drill. After the wood was cut to specifications, I drilled holes to add the screws in and then screwed them in with the cordless drill. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Peach Cobbler Muffins

 We have lots of peaches in Tennessee now. I have made peach pie, peach cobbler, peach crisp and peach ice cream. I have some less than ideal peaches and wanted to whip up some peach cobbler muffins. Muffins are so delicious out of the oven. And the grandchildren love them.

Start with peeling and cubing the peaches in small pieces. Toss them into some brown sugar and toss them around a little to coat.

When you make muffins, mix them as little as possible. This ensures a light muffin. I mix my muffins by hand to avoid over mixing. 

They are absolutely delicious and I recommend serving them immediately, that is when they are the best.

Peach Cobbler Muffins

2 c. of all purpose flour
3/4 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. buttermilk
5 T. vegetable oil
1 large egg
3/4 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. almond extract
1 1/2 c. peeled and cubed fresh peaches
2 to 3 T. brown sugar
Sugar to sprinkle on top of muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly spray 12 large muffin pan or line them with paper muffin cups

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar. Whisk to to make sure the ingredients are throughly mixed.

In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, oil, egg and both extracts. Gently whisk the ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.

Add peaches very carefully and fold into the batter.

With an ice cream scoop, spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes and serve immediately.