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Most of you know, I follow a "French Country" theme in the house...
Nothing too too, if you know what I mean.
After all, our house is quite lived in and fussy fabrics won't work with Grandkids or a dog...
We believe in slip covers and grain sacks....
And given that we have inherited many antiques...it suits us just fine....

This is the couch in the living room...slipcovered with linen and a couple of grain sack pillows ....
 Also in the living room, is this copper boiler with an antique tray....
 ...a stack of books with a lantern, and on the mantel...
a marble dove that I found at a thrift store....
In the front hall...a little village framed within a frame. I am kinda known for this...and have repeated it elsewhere...
I love old wood frames....which I then paint out....
Oops...sorry...this one is a bit crooked...but you see...I do this a lot...
 This is the hanging shelf I made from a packing box, oh about 30 years ago or so....

This is the hutch I inherited from my m…
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The Never Ending De-cluttering

It never ends you know....the De-cluttering.
Just when you think it's under control, something rolls out and makes you realize that it isn't at all organized.
Well, things do change. Gifts come and go...time passes and before you know it...what was Christmas is now after the 4th of July.
Our "gift wrapping department" went crazy somehow...
A week or so (more like three) ago, it occurred to me that the top of the armoire looked terrible.
(See how it looks today??? Much emptier...)
Too crowded with things I didn't need. Things I had held on to for so long...now longer "gave me joy".
Teddy bears, that were stored in hat boxes on top of the armoire...they needed to go away, get new homes....
So, I contacted my daughter and asked first if the boys could have a teddy...or three?
She said bring them by...but that they wouldn't take all....just let them look and see.
So, I did and they each took two. Perfect!
But no, she didn't want the hat boxes or th…

Zucchini Fritters

You all know what happens if you don't check on your zucchini plant....
You get an enormous zucchini!
Here is half of ours....
Where did the rest go??
Well, zucchini fritters!
Now, I have tried many recipes...and I have to say this was good....
It is a little unclear, honestly, 2 pounds of zucchini. Hummm, is that before shredding or after?
I did have to "doctor" it up some...probably because I didn't get it drained enough.
Drain you say? Yes, you need to get out the excess liquid or you have to adjust the recipe...
Zucchini is quite watery...so make sure you give it lots of time (more than what was called for in the recipe).
It was a tasty recipe....though I added chopped onion and such....
Anyway, You shred the zucchini....
(here it is draining....)
Once drained of excess liquid, put in bowl with the ingredients....
Then fry in little dollops....
Now a days....I prefer coconut oil for frying....it doesn't taste like coconut, but does give a nice crisp finish a…

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It's so wonderful to hear from readers...truly and I am always glad when someone....anyone....makes a comment on my little posts....
But, (there's always a "but")it is considered "good etiquette" for me to say "thank you" to those who leave a comment....
But......does your site have an address???
I have found many times no email, or place to say "thank you"....
So, to those who may feel slighted by not receiving a "thank you"....I am sorry.
I try to always say thanks..., though I may fail at times due to situations beyond my control...
So, to those who do not have an address where I can touch base....Thank you....for stopping by, for making a comment, for "tuning in" ...for being out there.
So, please, check to make sure you have an email listed...or a site somewhere for me to let you know how I appreciate your stopping by.


Anyway....
our 4th of July was delightful and relatively quiet....
our friends came over...we …

Tomato Jam

Nope...not kidding. Yes, tomato jam.
But it is really more of a fancy catsup (or ketchup) than jam.
It took 5 pounds of tomatoes...which was no problem this year as the tomatoes are doing so well.
I got the recipe from the book, Food in Jars...and it is a great book.
I have used this recipe a few times...it doesn't disappoint.
It is worth all the effort...as it took 4 hours to cook down.

It takes a lot of time and patience to make this...one must keep at a simmer...one that doesn't go too fast and one that moves just fast enough....
I am sorry that the picture is small....you will want to enlarge it....
Yes, it is good.
It is divine on hamburgers...which we are having for the 4th...
We are having a quiet one...just a couple of friends as our kids go to other houses. I am not a huge fan of the 4th anyway....as we are allowed fireworks in our town...ugh.
I also pickled some red onions for the burgers....yummmmm.

So, I hope you have a great 4th....
Nancy

Blackberry Pie

Why not make a blackberry (or all berry) pie for the 4th of July??
It is not hard....especially if you "cheat" on the crust....
I love pie. It is one of my all time favorite desserts. And Hubby would chime in to have it a la mode....
For a blackberry pie...you need two large packages of berries...you know...the rectangular boxes...
It works about 4 cups or more...
You need pie crust. For my pies, I trust only the Pillsbury ready made crust...
Let the crust get to room temp...but not so soft it is gooey.... Shape it to your dish, carefully so you don't rip or tear it...
Then, take your berries, be sure they are clean....
mix them in a bowl with about 2 cups of sugar...(if they are fresh picked out in the sun they may need less sugar....)


Then add 3-4TBSP of tapioca...this helps with the juices...well, somewhat...
When that is mixed, pour it into your pie crust....
Then attach the top crust. On mine, I sliced it up so it would be a lattice top. Just make sure there is a s…

Garden Bounty

It is good to be home...after 2 weeks away....
We enjoyed Bass Lake (in CA) and Lassen National Park and Shingletown...but it is so good to be back in our own bed. Our dog, Molly, is disappointed that we do not have a lake nearby though....




It seems that the boys that watered our garden and fed the wild birds did an awesome job. Our garden was full when we got home!

The tomatoes are being quite bountiful this year...and it is exciting...I think I may just have to make tomato jam....or tomato pie...or just a lot of BLTs....hummm
But that isn't all that exploded....
 Our dahlias went nuts too! I have never grown them before and honestly it has been an amazing year for the garden. I have been learning...I bought a book, should've read it before planting...like they truly need to be staked...especially the dinner plate varieties....wow...they are amazing!



They are so beautiful!
So, anyone else grown these beauties?? Do you take them out in the fall? How do you store them?
I want …