Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine Sweet Potato Biscuits



These are SO delicious! The recipe is for plain sweet potato biscuits, but I used a heart cookie cutter to shape them in honor of Valentine's Day. I ate way too many :)







Sweet Potato Biscuits (recipe from here)

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Cut in 1/4 cup butter and the shortening with a pastry blender or forks until mixture is crumbly. Add mashed sweet potato and milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead just a few times.
Roll dough out to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet and brush with the melted butter. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes, or until nicely browned. 




I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! 





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Friday, February 7, 2014

Creative Uses for Vintage Bottle Crates




My husband got these wonderful old soft-drink crates from his sister for his birthday this past year. We are just now getting around to finding some cool uses for them.


These particular ones were used to hold Ale-8 One bottles. If you grew up in Kentucky, you know this is a local soft drink that tastes sort of like a spicy ginger ale (but with caffeine). It's one of our favorites for sure when we treat ourselves to a sweet drink!



The first thing he did was to hang it above the stove for use as a spice rack. I think it would be prettier with little glass jars in it holding the spices, but for now it serves its purpose and there is no mess having to transfer spices to the glass jars. Simple and functional!







Next I thought the second one would also make a great container for seed storage with our gardening supplies. It works perfectly to fit all those little packets. I used a different slot for each plant and one slot holds all the herbs and one holds the flowers.








Another use could be as a decorative wall element to hold small trinkets. I also love the idea of it functioning as a table centerpiece filled with glass bottles and flowers. the crate can hold utensils as well. A rustic way to brighten a table when entertaining for guests!


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What ways do you like to use old wood crates? 





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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Snowfall



We don't often get snow down here in North Carolina. But when it happens, be prepared for everything to be closed and all-out chaos!


I have been hoping for a good snow for a while, and a few nights ago we got over 2 inches!! Now I know folks up north are laughing at our meager snow accumulation but down here, 2 inches is a big deal :)



Not only did June and Georgia get to experience their first snow at only 3 months old, but the chickens were rather surprised at the curious white blanket that covered the ground. For many of the young birds, it was their first snow too. Most of my hens would not leave the coop!




Only the boys and one brave hen were bold enough to leave the warmth and security of the coop to go outside and see what this white stuff was all about (and look for any bugs without as much competition). I could see their little chicken tracks all over the back yard, hehe!

chicken feet tracks across our backyard

I can surely say that my Dominiques are extremely hardy. They seem to be doing fine in the extreme cold and we don't even close the little coop door at night. In fact, even though we have a heating pad on the floor of the coop for some radiant heat, they all would rather be outside foraging in the woods against the frosty wind.



Their new rustic roost (aka chicken playground) looks so pretty all covered in snow! This cool work of art was constructed by a relative of ours from wood and limbs found on our property! The chickens love it :)




Have you had much snow lately? I love the quiet and peace it brings.