Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cracker Barrel!

What's so great about a Cracker Barrel, you ask?  Well, if you live in an area where you have absolutely NO chain restaurants, then it's quiet a big deal.  Here in Bardstown other than fast food places like McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Sonic and oh yea, three, yes I said three Subway's, we do not have any chain restaurants except for a Chili's.  Every other eating establishment that we have in Bardstown is locally owned and operated and there are not very many of them.  We have Chinese and Pizza coming out our ears, but that's about it.  So, that is why I am so excited about Cracker Barrel coming to Small Town USA.  Maybe we're coming up in the world or maybe not!  They have been trying to come here for about five years, but our city/county laws and regulations kept preventing it to happen.  As you know Cracker Barrels are usually off a major interstate or highway and they want their HUGE billboard signage.  Bardstown said NO!  So they finally compromised and our new Cracker Barrel opened this past Monday.  So here it is!


When you've seen one, you've seen them all!  Of course, they just had to have this Kentucky Blue Wildcat rocker!  UGH!  Not a fan, but whatever! I stopped in to just check out the gift store and of course had to make a purchase!  I try to do my part to help out the economy.
I think it is really cute and fun for my back door and will be perfect for going into fall.  Boy, I think I need to clean the glass!  Oh well, maybe tomorrow Scarlett!
Have a happy day!

Note:  Sorry I'm not linking up much this week, it's just been a little busier than normal.  Hope to get back to normal routine next week.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This Ole Man Sighting Two!

This past Sunday was the Sister's of Charity at Nazareth's annual picnic.  Guess who was there?  This Ole Man and he was not alone.  The story goes that he showed up about three years ago during Halloween.  His name is Henry.   He became so popular with the residents and the tourists that he is now quiet a celebrity.  He probably has more photo shots than George Clooney!  Seriously.  The next fall, the story goes, that he met a lovely lady, they fell in love and got married.  Enter Harriet.
They were so lovey dovey at the picnic.  Get a room, would you!  Just kidding, but they look pretty happy, don't you think?  Back to the story, after they married, they went to Hawaii for their honeymoon.  I'm not kidding, there is a postcard, post marked by the United States Postal Service, from the postmaster in Hawaii saying and I quote "Henry and Herritt arrived safely and are having a wonderful time"!

So now, they live happily ever after at the Village #1 in Nazareth's.  From what I've been told, they will be very busy this fall with all the festivities that go on here in Bardstown! 

How sweet is this?  Who knows, next time we see them, they could have a family! 

Have a happy day!  :D

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The New Love of My Life

When I cook, I always use kosher salt.  The problem with using kosher salt is that it comes in this huge box with a pour spout.  Not very user friendly.   Kosher salt does not work in a salt shaker as we all know.  So how do we store our kosher salt so that it's accessible and user friendly?  Well, I found the perfect solution, for me anyway.

My new salt box!  I absolutely love it.  It is great quality.  It has two deep large compartments inside so you can put salt and pepper or two different types of salt if you desire.  The lid swivels back, but it stays attached.  The wood is beautiful.  I already had this wooden teaspoon that matches perfectly.  I love wooden earthy things so I'm in hog heaven.  Now when I get ready to prepare a meal, I just grab my salt box and open her up and get to cooking. 

I found my new love at http://www.pauladeenstore.com/?a%3dpdnwstne01470a%26s%3ds0052269766s%26_mid%3d941132%26_rid%3d941132.24400.154651.  Yep, Paula Deen's on-line store.  I don't normally buy "Chef" inspired products because they are usually very pricey, but this was only $16 and with shipping it still only cost me around $20.  I'm a happy camper.

I am heading over to http://sistersofthewildwest.blogspot.com/ to link to their Sunday party!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

This Ole Man!

I go to the post office in a community that is almost literally in my backyard.  It's in the Sister's House of Nazareth's, where all the Nuns live and retire.  It is really a beautiful place and when it's not too hot, not too cold, not raining, not snowing,  you get it, right?  I go there to walk.  They have all these walking paths that are safe and provides lovely scenery at the same time.  Over the past couple of weeks I have encountered a very odd sighting.


This ole man is sitting on the front porch of one of the apartment buildings.  Sometimes I see him lying on a bench across the street.  (I did not have my camera that day).  But I find this so odd, because only Sisters live here.  So, what's up with that?  He is a very interesting character, don't you think. 

I snapped a few other pictures at Nazareth's for you to see how beautiful it is there.  Enjoy!



Hope you have a happy day!  I'm off to work the next two days, so no linking up until Sunday!  :o(

But I thought you might also like: 

No-Fuss Pork Chop and Zucchini Gratinate

Recipe:  Skillet Gratinate of Zucchini and Pork Chops

4 Servings of Pork Chops
3 to 4 Zucchini and/or Squash depending on their size
1 small or 1/2 half large Vadialia Onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic  (unless your tomato sauce is loaded already)
1 Cup of Flour (for dredging)
3-4 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (more may be needed as you go)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
3 Tablespoons soft unsalted butter
1 cup summer tomato sauce (your own, or a good store bought is fine)
2 whole Peperoncino's (optional)  I put in 2 whole ones, they just add great flavor
1 cup white wine (use one you would drink if you can spare it)  you can substitute a broth if you prefer
3/4 cup grated Parmigiana cheese
Chopped Fresh Basil and/or Flat Leaf Parsley (I do a little of each)

So here is how it goes:
My zucchini's were small so I sliced mine length wise so when I dredged them in the flour it would actually stick.
Put some olive oil in a saute pan that can go in the oven later.
Add the lightly dredged zucchini/squash in the hot oil and slightly brown on both sides.  Remove to a plate.
Then I threw my sliced onion in the skillet an sauteed it for about a minute or two, then the garlic for just a few seconds so it won't burn.  Add this to your zucchini plate.


Lightly dredge your chops (chicken breast are also great) slightly brown your chops on both sides and remove.


In the remaining oil and the flour left in the skillet add your butter and wine.  Let that come to a slight boil to start the sauce.  Add about half of the tomato sauce and stir to combine.  Remove from the heat.
Add the chops back in the skillet.  Top each one with a layer of the zucchini, then onions, spoon some of the  reserve tomato sauce over the top of each chop, sprinkle each one with some cheese.  Put back on the stove and let the sauce come back to an active simmer.  Then place in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven and let it get all bubbly hot and melted.  Leave in oven for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from the oven, sprinkle your herbs on top of each and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  Of course you can add more cheese!  Then enjoy.


It is to die for yummy.  I recommend serving it with pasta or rice, but we had green beans and little new potatoes because I got them fresh at the farmers market!

I saw this being made with chicken on the Today Show one day and thought it sounded good and something different.  I am really bad about Not following a recipe to the letter, unless it's baking of course. So, I just make up my own.  I had pork chops in the freezer and no chicken.  It turned out delicious, if I do say so myself.

Have a happy day!

Ginger

I'm linking to http://romantichome.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-and-tell-friday_25.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyRomanticHome+%28My+Romantic+Home%29
I will be visiting: http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/2011/08/cottage-flora-thursdays-33.html

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My New Door Hanger...

I found this cute little door hanger and just had to have it!  Since it's too early to put my georgous fall wreath out, I needed a change.  I found it at one of our little shops downtown called Izzy's.  She even gave me a discount, so how could I resist?  It is called "Screenings" by Peri Woltjer.  She does some really fun things.  You can find her work at  http://outofmyminddesignsbyperi.com/contact%20info.html.  I love her little logo.  There is also a web-site http://too2cute.com/StoreFront.bok where you can order them.  See what you think.
 
I just love it.  It makes me smile!

Have a happy day.  Ginger

I'm linking up to:  http://www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com/  Come join me. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Forcing Fall Weekend

I know it's a little early, but I am trying to force a little fall feel.  Went to the country place this weekend.  Still have to mow!! In order to make myself feel better, I created a couple of fall things for the lodge.  This is a very rustic place that we go to get away from Small Town USA and go to an even Smaller Town USA!
I took some rusty barbwire to use as the base of my fall wreath.  With my hot glue gun and a little floral wire I created this rustic wreath for the lodge.  I think it's very fitting and it looks right at home there.  I bought this cowboy boot vase at Hobby Lobby.  I filled it with beautiful sunflowers a couple of artichokes and wa la!  I made my bow from a ribbon that looks like burlap with a smaller ribbon with cowboy boots and hats on it.  I call it my yee-haw design!

What are you doing to force your feel like fall?

I am linking up at:  http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com/2011/09/its-party-18.html.  Come on, party with me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My First Button! Please grab it.

I finally did it!  It ended up being so easy, but I cannot tell you how many times I tried and it did not work.  With the help of the "blog GUIDEBOOK" and "Debbiedoos" new blogger "Blogging Tutorials", I DID IT!  If you are a newbie and want to learn on your own how to do certain things, I highly recommend both of these Blogs.  They have become two of favorites!  Thank you ladies.

Here is my cute little button that I worked so hard on.  I hope you will go to my side bar and grab it!
I am attaching the two blogs that saved by button.  I almost gave up!  They are both my hero's!

http://www.blogguidebook.com/2011/08/autumn-magazine-giveaway.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BlogGuidebook+%28Blog+Guidebook%29

http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com/2011/08/decorating-with-burlap-painting-with.html

Just goes to show you, I've never been a quitter in my life, so I'm not going to change now!  Now, on to the next challenge.

My Friend Elaine at Sunny Simple Life is hosting a Giveaway!





One of my favorite Blogging Buddies, Elaine at Sunny Simple Life is hosting a giveaway!  If you do not follow her you should!  She has all kinds of wonderful helpful tips for decorating, cleaning, cooking, saving money, you name it, she's got it all going on! 

Hop on over to her blog and checkout her wonderful giveaways!  You'll be sorry if you miss this one.  Her cute little button is also on my sidebar.

http://sunnysimplelife.blogspot.com/2011/08/sunny-simple-giveaway.html?showComment=1313601827146#c4762411954565709523

Have fun and good luck!

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Little Red Corvette!

Here in Bardstown we have a group of people that are called "The Whisky City Cruisers".  As some of you know, Bardstown is the "Bourbon Capital of the World", hence, Whisky City.  These people enjoy custom, old unique, antique automobiles.  They all gather every second Saturday of every month at 2:00 pm in our Justice Center parking lot.  We decided to go, for something to do and get the Little Red Corvette out and take it for a ride.  As you know, it's been so hot that we have not had it out for quiet awhile.  Sitting that close to the asphalt, not so fun. So here are a few of the cars we saw while we were there.



Okay, so I put the Vetts first...  but there are more, this one is flaming!

and the name on this one cracked me up....
and this reminds me of Fred Sanford...

Now, what's up with this?  When we parked, there was one?

Then there were three.  Which one is my ride?

That's her!  "My little Red Corvette"!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I'VE BEEN FEATURED!

I am so excited that I can hardly stand it.  The hardest part was that I was checking in on some of my favorite blogs yesterday morning before going to work for the day and found it and did not have time to REJOICE in my happiness!  I want to thank Ann At On Sutton Place for featuring my "new" blog and my homemade soaps.  She has helped me so much this past week, that I can actually do a few things now that I could not before.  I have really been humbled by the blogging community since I started this adventure and I would not give anything for the experience and the wonderful generous people that I have met here for anything.  You are all AWESOME! 

If you have not already, please check out Ann's blog, it is one of my favorites and if you did not see her post feature yesterday, please do so here! http://onsuttonplace.blogspot.com/

Maybe now I can concentrate on something else!  Have a wonderful weekend and I plan to check in on all my new blogging followers!  I went from 7 to 14 yesterday!  It was a good day.  Thanks to you all.

Come join me in my "Happy Dance"!
I am Linking to:  http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com/2011/08/stamped-concrete-phase-i-of-dreamnewbie.html  If you're a newbie, please join us.

I am linking to http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/2011/08/wow-us-wednesdays-29.html to link up to her party.  Please come join us!!!!!!!!1

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What we want to know Wednesday,

Hosted by Mamarazzi and Alicia aka Queso
I am joining "We want to know Wednesdays "


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{1} If you could be on any game show what would it be?
Are you smarter than a fifth grader!  Sometimes, NOT!

{2} If you could choose to stay any certain age forever, what age would it be?
50!  Yes I said that.  The year I turned 50 was my favorite by far!

{3} What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Grocery shopping at Kroger.

{4} What would i find in your fridge right now?
Grapes, watermelon, yogurt.

{5} If you were a piece of furniture what would you be?  Why?
A pretty desk.  I have a built in desk in my home office now and I yearn for a pretty desk.

Now that was fun!  What would your answers be?

What we want to know Wednesdays

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

An Everyday Occurance!

It is not unusual at all to see deer in our front yard, back yard, neighbors yard almost every day.  Sometimes in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon, sometimes both.

We had a bad storm yesterday afternoon and lost electricity for about two and a half hours.  As I was coming upstairs to the office, out the window I saw a Doe Mama and her two babies frolicking in the front yard right outside my window.  I will apologize now for the POOR quality of these pictures.  It was dark from the storm, I took the pictures through the window which includes a screen and the little buggers are so fast that as soon as I got these two pictures snapped, they were GONE!

I hope you can make them out, they are just too cute.

This is truly what it's like living in a Small Town and one of the reasons I love it.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Showing Off My New Look!

Fancy new header, huh?    I am so excited!, but I cannot take any credit for it except that I did take the pictures.  I must admit, I have been spending hours upon hours trying to learn all this blogging stuff! and basically beating my head against a concrete wall.  I actually use to think that I was pretty computer savvy! Boy was I forever WRONG! I MUST give all the credit to Ann at "On Sutton Place". I hope you will visit her blog, it is wonderful and one of my very favorites!  (See, if I knew what I was doing, I could put that fancy little link "here")  right there, but I have not figured that out yet! Ann has been so kind and helpful, giving me tips and other sites to get HELP!

I am still plugging along and got a lot of reading and experimenting to do before I am up and running confidently, but as I've said before, I AM NOT A QUITTER!, so a BIG THANK YOU TO ANN.  YOU ARE GREAT TEACHER! and so generous with your time.  I love my new header. 

Please visit Ann at http://www.onsuttonplace.blogspot.com/

Have a happy day...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

How I spent my Hot Wednesday!

Another HOT day here, just like every place else on earth!  So, I decided to make the best of it and replenish my "Small Town Soap" supply, which was getting pretty low.

Here's what I ended up with...
I made fresh Lemon...

I made a batch of fresh Lemon with loofah...

and then Peppermint...

so, now I have 26 bars of homemade soap to put in the store tomorrow.  I'm seeing $$ signs!  It was fun and at least I passed a hot afternoon doing something productive.  

I'm linking up to:  http://www.atthepicketfence.com/ Welcom to Inspiration Friday!  Come with me!

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Big Surprise of Rural Kentucky...

It is still so hot here that it's really difficult to do anything outside except for early hours of the day.  We decided to take "a ride" yesterday before it got too hot.

We just started driving on the back roads just outside of town and here is what we stumbled upon.

This sign was in the ditch on the opposite side of the road.

 
I thought it was sorta odd that there was no identification on the store itself, but what do I know?

Just as we passed the General Store and Flea Market there was a huge gathering of cars in a large parking lot and tons of people gathering around.  Tents and lawn chairs everywhere.  We parked and here is what we found.


It was the Annual Manton, KY Bluegrass Festival!  Who knew?  We stuck around for an hour or so.  Although I'm no expert on Bluegrass, but it was really more "OLD" country whining, than any bluegrass I've ever heard.  But it was nice to be outside and see folks having a good time.  It was a great surprise and we really enjoyed it.  We may need to get out more often, you never know what you might stumble upon.
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