Wednesday, December 26, 2012

WEATHER LUCK OUT

Here in Kentucky we went to bed last night not knowing what to expect as far as the weather was concerned.  Living on the line of the Ohio River, you just never know.  During the night I was awaken by rain and sleet, so I didn't sleep very well.  Got up this morning to a lot of water standing in the yard.  As the day went on it kept trying and trying to snow, it actually poured down at times, but this is about all we got!


I'm not complaining, I'm really not a snow lover, but I do enjoy seeing it I just don't like dealing with the things that come along with it.  Everyone here is like, "I wish it would get cold and snow", and I'm like, "let's open the pools and I'll wear my flip flops!"

Anyway, I know you are so much better off knowing my feelings on snow that I will sleep better tonight!  LOL!  Hope the weather where you are is what you want it to be, but safe.

Sleep tight!, Hugs,
Ginger

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE NEW HOUSE

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day.  I know I sure did.  There were no presents, no hustle and bustle here, just a laid back day giving thanks to the day Jesus Christ was born and thankful to be in our new house. Slept in until almost 8 a.m.  Had a light breakfast and slowly cooked my first holiday meal in the new house.  It was wonderful. 

Hope the weather where you are is safe, wondering about Mobile, Al , and others.  We are suppose to get rain, changing to ice and then snow, so I guess we'll see in the morning.  Southern Indiana, just across the river may get 6 - 10 inches!!  UGH. 

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful week.  Love and hugs to all my friends.

Ginger

 
My little tree I found in the storage unit for this year.  It was perfect!
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Finally a new address!!

It's been five months, five days, five hours, five minutes, five seconds.... plus, (just kidding, but certainly close) since I sold the house to downsize.  Patience paid off though because I've found the perfect new home.  Its brand new, straight from the builder and I get to pick out a lot of things that I wouldn't have gotten to otherwise.  The appliances are scheduled for next Tuesday, the carpet on Wednesday and the furniture movers on Thursday.  I'm so excited to get settled before the weather turns bad.  There won't be a lot of Christmas going on with me, but all I wanted for Christmas was a home.  Couple more weeks and I hope my life will return to somewhat normal, whatever that means.




I hope to be back in the internet world very soon, so I'll be able to see everyone's Christmas decorations and beautiful homes.  I'll update you on the house when I can.  Hope you all have a wonderful week and look forward to catching up with everyone.

Hugs,
Ginger

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

French Apple Tart

It is apple season and our local fruit farmers have had the best apples this year.  I made this French Apple Tart a few weeks ago and it was delicious.

For the pastry:

In the bowl of your food processor add;
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
at this point, pulse a few times just to incorporate dry ingredients
add;
12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
pulse 10 to 12 times, until the butter is in small bits the size of peas. 
With the motor running, pour
1/2 cup ice cold water down the feed tube and then pulse just until the dough starts to come together.
Dump dough onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Roll the dough approximately 10 inches by 14 inches.  Place the dough on the prepared sheet pan and refrigerate while you prepare the apples.

Peel 4 Granny Smith apples.  Cut them in half through the stem.  Remove the stems and cores with a sharp knife.  Slice the apples crosswise in 1/4 inch thick slices.

Place slices of apples diagonally down the middle of the tart pastry and continue making rows until the pastry is covered with apple slices. 

Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of sugar and dot the top of the apples with 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, small diced.






Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the pastry is browned and the edges of the apples start to brown.  Rotate the pan once during the baking time.  The apple juices may burn a bit in the pan, but the tart will be fine!  When the tart is done, remove from the oven and

In a small sauce pan heat 1/2 cup apricot jelly (or whatever you like).  I used orange marmalade.
and 2 tablespoons rum or water.  (I used peach snapps).  Once the mixture is all melted, brush the apples and the pastry around the edges.  Loosen the tart with a metal spatula and allow to cool.


Enjoy!  Still house hunting and still no luck... :(.    Have a wonderful week.
Hugs,

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Check In From Mountain Woman!

I am currently in civilization, (Bardstown), where I have Internet for the day anyway.  It is storming really bad today, so I am not busy at work and have a few minutes to say hello and check in on a few of you to see what's going on.  I am still homeless!! (no new listings!) and may try to find something to rent.  I really did not want to move twice, but with the storage and no winter clothes or shoes, it's starting to look appealing.  It so happens that I packed all my shoes in one huge box so I could get to them when I needed to, but guess what?  The movers took the box when I was not looking and now I have no idea where it ended up and trust me, there is no way I can locate it.  I've tried several times with no luck!  I have 3 pair of flip flops, a pair of tennis shoes and 3 pair of cowboy boots, that's it.  I have held off shopping since I have plenty of shoes, but I guess if you can't find them I will have to give in and shop.

I hope everyone is doing well and I know all the fall decorating is going on and I will check it all out when I can.  I will share some fall recipes when I can.  I've just made a fresh apple cake.  A few weeks ago I made a French Apple Tart and I have also been baking pumpkins for pumpkin pies.  If I don't find a home soon, I'm going to weigh 500 pounds!  :D

Have a happy week.

Ginger

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I'm Still Here! Update and a Recipe!

Well, it's been almost six weeks since  I sold and moved out of my house and started looking for a smaller home in order to down-size.  Much to my disappointment, I have not found anything available that I would even consider making an offer on...:( ***sad face***.   I am trying to keep a positive outlook, but I must admit that it's getting harder.  Seriously, there have been no new listings in my price range for two weeks!!  I just have to believe that a perfect home is out there for me, it's just a matter of when.  So, I'm asking everyone to please say a little prayer that I find a new home soon.  To make matters even worse is that I do not have Internet except on days that I work and some of those days I'm very busy and not a lot of Internet time.

On another note, I've been cooking and baking so I thought I'd share one of my favorite recipes with you.  I could be addicted to Wendy's breakfast bars.  Here is my version:

Super Fruity Breakfast Bars
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 eggs at room temperature
1 cup old fashion oats
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour

Mix butter, sugars and eggs until incorporated.  Slowly add all the dry ingredients until mixed well, but don't over beat.

Fold in:
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Pour in a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with a non-stick spray.  Sprinkle some oats on the top and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven.  Do Not Over Bake.  I start checking them after 15-20 minutes.  They will look wet when they are not and the center will be a bit doughy and dense.  Cool on a rack until pan is cool.  Turn out on a board and cut in squares and store in an airtight container or large storage bag.  They are oh so delicious, especially with a cup of coffee.

Variations:  Use your favorite dried fruits.  These are my favorites.  The original recipe used raisins, dried apricots and plums.  You can also bake them as cookies, I just like the bars better.


Enjoy and I'll be in touch when I can.  I miss my blog and all blogging buddies!  Hopefully, it will not be much longer...
Hugs,
Ginger

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Excitment in Small Town U.S.A.!

Everyone in Bardstown has been so excited and thrilled that Bardstown has been voted one of seven small towns to be in the running for the Best of the Road, Small Town Flavor.  I wanted to share the excitment that went on last weekend in celebration of the visit.  I did not get to participate due to my moving, but I was there in spirit. 

You can read about it here.  Wish us luck and I'll let you know when the winner is announced!  Bardstown is also going to be on the Travel Channel, but I don't know when. 

Watch the video here and see more of our little town and how beautiful it really is.

Love and hugs!!
Ginger

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Smashing Summer Linky Party!

I am so excited that Ricki Jill  at Art @ Home and Angie at My So Called Chaos are hosting this Smashing Summer Linky Party!!  Go over and visit their blogs for all the fun details and smashing prizes!  I am on my way to ordering my Smash Journal now!  Hope you will join in this summer Smashing fun!

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What are you waiting for?  Get SMASHING!

Love and hugs,
Ginger

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I Just Love Farmer's Market!

Who doesn't love your local farmer's market?  I love it so much.  I go every Tuesday and Friday!!

Have a fabulous week, I'm still packing and cleaning out and going crazy!!  I'll be in touch!
Love and hugs, 
Ginger

Friday, June 1, 2012

Welcome to Small Town U.S.A.

Source:  City of Bardstown

The City of Bardstown posted this picture of our little town today and I thought, wow, our small town is so beautiful.  I thought I'd share it with you guys so you can see why I'm so in love with it and love living here so much!  I would like to invite you to take a virtual tour of our beautiful town at www.shopmainstreets.com.  I know you will enjoy it.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,
Ginger

Thursday, May 31, 2012

SURPRISE!!

I was so surprised yesterday when I got home from work and had a unexpected surprise birthday package.  My sweet friend Rachelle from Aleeraye Etsy Shop had sent me a special birthday present.  She designs the most unique one of a kind beautiful pieces of jewelry.  She wanted to design a special necklace especially for me and since my birthday is in May, she used emerald green stones and silver.  It's so beautiful and unique, I cannot wait to wear it. 

Wait till you see how my package arrived...
The ribbon has lobsters on it, she is located in Naples, FL, there was a little bird's nest with a bird sitting on it and a beautiful red rose.  I really hated to open it, but I had to.  Even the package inside was very cute.

When I opened the box, I was so stunned.  I was speechless.  She is a wonderful talented jewelry designer and creator and I hope you will visit Rachelle at her Etsy shop.  One of the things I love is that if you have a special dress or outfit you can usually go to her store and find just what you are looking for.

Please visit Rachelle here and please tell her I sent you. 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,  Ginger

Monday, May 28, 2012

Kicking Up A Little Dust!

Kentucky farmers, kicking up a little dust planting soy beans and corn!  This was one of my favorite photos this week, because I admire our farmers so much.

Have a  wonderful week,
Hugs, Ginger

Linking up to:
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Stars For Our Troops!


Happy Memorial Day to everyone.  I give thanks to all the past, present and future military personnel for all they do. 

I hope everyone has a fun filled and safe day!

Enjoy, Ginger

Friday, May 25, 2012

Follow up to my giveaway!! Anniversary

I just wanted to share a follow up to the giveaway I hosted a few weeks ago and the surprise package that Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch received.  You can visit her blog and  see her post here.  I hope you will visit Anita's blog, it is so awesome and maybe link up to her Cowgirl Up Linky Party sometime.  It is one of my favorite parties of the week.  Check it out.

This is what she received:


A Gift Bag of Merle Norman Goodies for a pampering, some Small Town handcrafted bars of soap, one with horseshoes and one with cat paws.  I sent the horseshoes in honor of the Kentucky Derby and the cat paws in honor of the Kentucky Wildcats winning the NCAA championship and besides she has a ranch, so they were both so fitting.  I scented them with rain forest essential oil for the whole effect.  Martha Stewart labels because we all know Anita loves to label things,  and last but not least!!!  a Small Town Sexy t-shirt! 

I hope Anita enjoys her goodies as much as I enjoyed sending them and I hope to have many more giveaways in the future.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and cool Memorial weekend.

Love and hugs,  Ginger

Thursday, May 24, 2012

How I Spent My Birthday!

After several days of totally freekin out with the contract on this house, I was totally tired.  So, I went to the country.  What else can a girl do to get away?  Here's a little of how I spent my day yesterday....

I enjoyed seeing my wildflowers ...
I'm just so totally in love with them...
could not believe how my tomatoes have grown... got lots of little ones just waiting....
I was so shocked when I saw my lavender...  WOW!
then,  I spotted my little humming bird, they facinate me so much...
my neighbor was in the process of cutting his hay, there is nothing like a freshly cut field of hay... trust me.

I totally love this sight, no matter how many times I see it, but with fresh cut hay, well...
to the moon!!!  how awesome was this.  I think it may have been singing happy birthday???
then, out of the blue, the big time, real time, awesome farmers moved in and started planting the bottom's in corn.  It's so amazing to watch and see it grow each week.  Our farmers are so awesome!!
My garden, I love it and it's doing pretty well right now, we just need some rain...
beautiful clear sky,
how could you ask for anything more for your birthday?  It was perfect...

Love and hugs, have a fabulous week.

Ginger

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Update!!

I have not had one minute to do a post this week and it's killing me.  I'm afraid to tell what's going on, I just don't want to jinks it, but what the heck.  Got a contract on the house, been going back and forth for over a week and they finally got weak! caved in, met the price!!  :D   If all goes well, I'm moving to an undisclosed location by the end of June.  I feel like a witness protection victim!  Not really, but I just want to let everyone know that if you do not see or hear from me, it's because I'm cleaning out and packing my you know what off!  Just have not found what I really want and not going to settle.  I'll check in on you when I can.  Have a fabulous week,
Love and hugs,
Ginger

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I wanted to make a post in honor of my mother that I lost March 25, 1985.  I thank GOD for her, she was so special and beautiful and I thank HIM for choosing her to be my mother...  She is so missed.  I can only say, please take advantage of the time that you have with your mother, love her and cherish each day because you do not know what tomorrow brings and it can ALL be gone tomorrow.

This photo was taken of me and my Mother on December 31, 1984, my wedding day and it was one of the last photos taken of her before her death.  Happy Mother's Day Mama, I miss you so and I hope all Mother's had a wonderful day today.  Love and hugs, 

Ginger

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Celebration Winner Announcement!

Congratulations to #33, Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch is the winner of my celebration giveaway!  If you do not follow Anita's blog you should visit her here .  She has a fabulous blog, a beautiful ranch and a weekly linky fun party, Cowgirl Up!  It's really a lot of fun and I hope you will check it out.

Thanks to everyone who commented and sent me congratulation on my anniversary and entered the giveaway.  It was fun and I enjoyed it very much.  I hope Anita will enjoy my Small Town goodie box half as much as I enjoyed doing it.

I am off work today and heading out to the garden to spend the day outdoors.  Hope your day will be filled with some sunshine also.

Thanks again to everyone, I wish you all love, hugs and a fabulous day!

Ginger

Thursday, May 3, 2012

How I prepare for the Kentucky Derby!

It's really getting exciting around these parts of my Small Town.  Tomorrow is the Kentucky Oaks Horse Race and then, drum roll please......  Saturday is the Kentucky Derby, the most exciting two minutes in sports history!  Kentucky being such a big time Thoroughbred Horse state to begin with and then the famous horse track in Lexington, Keeneland and the superstar of horse racing, Churchill Downs in Louisville, this weekend is M.A.J.O.R.  B.I.G!!  We have been selling dresses and hats the past few weeks like crazy.  Literally, they are flying out the doors.  So now, after a long day tomorrow, I am ready to sit back and enjoy the festivities....  Here's what I've done to get ready...

Checked my herb garden for mint....  must make mint simple syrups for Kentucky Mint Julep's and have plenty for garnishing.
I think I'll have enough.

Cut mint and wash and let it dry.  In a sauce pan, add one cup sugar and two cups water and bring to a boil until sugar dissolves.  Turn off heat and had about a cup of mint leaves.  Let it cool down, remove mint leaves and there you have mint simple syrup.  To make your mint julep, fill a glass to the brim with crushed ice.  Add your favorite bourbon (must be Kentucky Bourbon, this is the bourbon capital of the world, you know) and if it's not made in Kentucky then it's not bourbon.  Add your mint simple syrup to taste, garnish with mint and enjoy. 
Okay, I think I will....  you must make sure that's it's perfect before you serve others.

I get out my Kentucky Derby print and put on my foyer table.  This particular one is from 2010 and is my all time favorite.   
Next, I make a quick fresh flower arrangement so I can use more fresh mint...
I found these white peonies at our farmers market and added lots of mint and the smell is lovely.

I put my Lucky kitchen towel out...
Everyone needs a lucky kitchen towel...

Then I get out my handmade horseshoe soaps and put in all my bathrooms.  These are a pretty green and scented with verbena...
I put out my little Derby garden flag at the end of the driveway...


All that's left is my outfit....
I don't have a clue what I'll be wearing tomorrow, but I know I will be carrying this...

Saturday's menu will include:

Drunken Ribs and Chicken (BBQ sauce made with Bourbon) You can find my recipe here.
Brown Sugar and Bourbon Baked Beans
Homemade Potato Salad
Rosemary Yeast Rolls
and of course, Derby Pie!

I will share pictures and recipes next week.   Hope you have a great weekend and hope that some of you enjoy the Kentucky Derby!

Please don't forget to enter my celebration and surprise giveaway!  You can click on my celebration button on my sidebar, or go here to enter.  Time is running out and you do not want to miss out. 

Hugs, and Happy Derby,
Ginger

Thursday, April 26, 2012

One Year Celebration and BIG Giveaway!

I cannot believe it, but next month will be my one year anniversary since I started this little blog of mine.  Sharing my little pieces of my Small Town living has been a wonderful and fun experience.  I*LOVE*IT*!  I have truly met so many wonderful, talented, caring, loving, sincere people in the entire universe that I am in awe almost every day.  I feel as though I've made so many good friends in this blog land of ours and I am so grateful.  Enough being corny! 

So,  to help me celebrate and share some blogging love, I am hosting a giveaway for my anniversary.  The prize package will be a surprise.  (Mainly because, I have not totally decided yet, but I promise it will be a doozie!) and will come from my little piece of small town world.   I may give some hints over the next 2 weeks...  maybe.

I am going to make this very easy.  All you have to do is leave a comment that you want to celebrate and that you follow my blog or are a new follower.  If you spread the word on your blog about my celebration, leave a separate comment for an additional chance to win.  If you post my celebration button on your side bar, that will give you three entries!  That's it.  The actual date of my very first post is May 11th.  Since a lot of us do not blog on the weekend's I will close the giveaway on Wednesday, May the 9th at 10:00 a.m.  I will draw the winning name on May the 9th and will post the WINNER that day.  I will mail the PRIZE package to the winner on May 11th!! or as soon as I have the mailing information. 
This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only due to customs fees, sorry.... 

So grab my celebration button and get this party started!

Small Town U.S.A. One Year Anniversary Giveaway!




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Love and hugs, have a fabulous day!
Ginger


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