Thursday, June 30, 2011

A quick Before & After!

I got this cute chair the other has a sweet matching desk, hutch and side table, but the fabric was not cutting it! So, we just covered the denim with a soft stripe!

It looks much better now!

The colors are much better match now! Here's to quick changes!

Check back for Favorite Friday Finds tomorrow - If you like multiple layers of paint, primitive, handmade and functional, You are going to ADORE this piece!

See you then!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Recent Arrivals

Some terrific pieces arriving at the barn....

The fall sales are going to be good, no GREAT!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Painting Party and Chalk Paint!

4 friends, lots of project pieces, a new paint, lots of girl talk = one fun day!
We had to have a picture of Flo and Glo!

Here's the crew, they all blog! Brandi, read about her here, Rhonda, who sells here and Flo's who shows her paint perfections here! Check them out!

Now for the before's.... this is Flo's project (she bought it at this great barn sale in Gresham) :)

Here's mine....dust and all!
This one's Brandi's....
Here's Rhonda's cute table...

Now about the paint! Flo has been using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint for awhile and painting some fabulous pieces, and so I really was wanting to see it in action. If you read blogs, you have heard about it and all the pros and cons...I have to say, I'm impressed and ready to order it!
Here's mine done! What do you think? I love her...and the pumpkin who is waving at you in the mirror!
Here's Flo's done - I told turned out wonderful! Contact her to purchase...she has matching dresser also!
One more shot of mine...unfortunately, the others left before I thought to get the after pics! But their projects turned out great too! Thanks ladies for all the inspirations, sweat and laughs!
Here's to doing it again soon!

~~ Jodi

Friday, June 24, 2011

Favorite Friday Find!

Mesh Mannequin Lady

She cool! Wonderful for display!

She'll be available at the fall sale!

~Happy Friday~

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Delicious Pulled Pork (only 3 ingredients!!)

This is the easiest, yummiest, most WOW recipe I've tried in a long time! It is perfect recipe for this time of year and did I mention easy?? All you need is a 4 things: A crock pot, 2 pounds pork tenderloin, root beer and your favorite bottle of barbecue sauce! First of all, just get your pork in the crock pot and pour over the root beer. The recipe calls for 12 oz or so, but I added a little more.
We really like Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, but you can use whichever one you like! Let the pork slow cook, covered of course, in this all day...5-7 hours!

When it's done, it's done....It will just pull away from your fork. Put it in a pan and shredded it with your fork!
Perfect, right? Now add your BBQ sauce!
And buns...
Open wide and insert into your happy mouth!


Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

1 ( 2 pound) pork tenderloin

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottled root beer

1 (18 ounce) bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

This recipe makes a bunch and is great for leftovers! Serve it with all your favorite BBQ sides!

Now dig in Ya'll!

* recipe from

Friday, June 17, 2011

Favorite Friday Find!

Lamps! A pair! Okay, confession time! I love anything in pairs or triples and I'm always bringing them home. I found these today and thought they were great. The shades had to go, but the detail is stunning!
They are still "farm fresh" (Have not yet been cleaned!), but I'll remedy that soon!
Then, they'll be off to the be stored by other about 6 pairs of white lamps! Maybe I'll find some new shades first!

Happy Friday and Father's Day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Whoopie Pies! A Sweet Treat!

Recently my husband celebrated his "29th" birthday again and he requested his favorite childhood treat instead of cake! He grew up on these sweet treats called Whoopie Pies! These are a East Coast treat found at every local gas station, but you don't find them at all in the south!

They are fun to make and they bake up a large batch, so there are plenty to share! I'll explain first with pictures and add the recipe at the end of the post! Above are the ingredients for the cookie part, as you can tell they are made from all the "good stuff"!

Mix all the dry ingredients together first.

Then add the wet ingredients. The batter will be thick and light brown in color...

Looks good right?

Place them on a cookie sheet. I get 9 to a pan...they will expand, so give them some room to grow! ( I use a cookie scoop for this, but you can make them as large/small as you want!)

After they are baked, move them to a cooling rack or your counter. They will be like a cakey - cookie, soft on the top with a few cracks. They bake in about 10 minutes, but make sure you don't underbake them...that doesn't work well with this recipe...

Now, it's time to whip up the filling. When you see the recipe below, you'll notice that egg whites are in the frosting. ( just a note about egg whites: they last in frosting about one week, so eat these whoopies up!) Also, you could use store bought frosting or cool whip for the frosting, but they wouldn't be as good! The frosting is what makes them so YUMMY!

This recipe makes a big batch and you could half the recipe if you didn't want so many, but trust me, you'll have folks lining up to try them!

Now, you frost the cookies on the bottom side and then place another on top, bottom side in the frosting. Make sure the cookies are cool and fill them with a generous amount of frosting. This recipe makes about 2 dozen.

Here's a side view.

And a plate full! I wrap these individually with saran wrap and keep them in the frig. They are great with a large glass of ice cold milk! I have scene lots of variations to these Whoopie Pies, but this recipe is the classic, tried and true. I hope you get a chance to try it some day soon!
The happy birthday boy!

Whoopie Pies

4 C. flour
2 C. sugar
10 T. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 C. shortening
4 egg yolks
2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla


4 egg whites
4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. white shortening
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix thoroughly until fluffy.

Sift together the dry ingredients. Then add the shortening, egg yolks, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth and well-blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees until set, but not crisp. When cool, put together (bottom to bottom) sandwhich-style with generous filling between. Makes about 2 dozen whoopie pies.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

~~ Favorite Friday Find~~

So, I'm starting a new thing...I'm going to post my favorite find of the week on Fridays! I know, it's Saturday, I just started and already I'm behind! Oh well! This wonderful 50's Birthday Banner caught my eye this week and I loved it! It is so 50"s...the colors are great....
The details are wonderful and it is in great shape! It was probably a felt kit that you bought and put has sequins, candle buttons and some of the words are printed on the felt.
Have you ever seen anything so cute? Doesn't it just make you want to break out into, "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you...?"
Sweet faces...
I hope this day has you singing!!!
I think for now this is a "keeper", but I do change my mind frequently these days!
Check back in on Fridays for more of my favorite finds! ( most of them will be for sale!)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Getting Organized!

Rebekah is having some fun with Poppi's new kittens at the barn, she's named this one Rose!

Mom and I are trying to get would think after 6 years we would have thought of this before...
We'll see how it goes...I think it will be easier to put together in the fall! We're trying anyway!

~~ JLM
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