May 26, 2012

In the Good Old Summer Time

There's a time in each year    That we always hold dear,
Good old summer time;    With the birds and the trees'es
And sweet scented breezes,
Good old summer time,

When your day's work is over    Then you are in clover,
And life is one beautiful rhyme,    No trouble annoying,
Each one is enjoying,
The good old summer time.

In the good old summer time,    In the good old summer time,
Strolling thru a shady lane    With your baby mine
You hold her hand and she holds yours, 
And that's a very good sign
That she's your tootsie wootsie
In the good old summer time.

In the Good Old Summer Time was first published in 1902 with music by George Evans and lyrics by Ren Shields.  The song is featured in the film by the same name starring Judy Garland.  

Enjoying the beautiful summertime weather!  Have a blessed weekend!

                               The bike was my sister's Schwinn from the 1960's.  

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May 22, 2012

Fresh Berries!

When I first spotted this crate at a local antiques shop, I wasn't sure what it was.  On closer inspection, I found it was full of old berry boxes!  It wasn't too hard to figure out that it was a berry crate used by farmers to transport their precious cargo to market!  

The crate holds three layers of quart berry boxes.  The wood berry boxes were all there, but some were pretty broken up and the crate and contents were disgustingly dirty!  I carefully cleaned the crate and berry boxes and the wood on the crate turned out to be beautiful!   That's Oreo the cat inspecting the berry crate!

I know some of you will remember the "Fresh Berries" sign made by Miss Mustard Seed.  You can see it here (I can't believe that this post goes back to 2010).   So, when I found this berry crate, all I could think about was that design and how perfect it would look on the lid!

I tried to reinvent the wheel and make my own design for the lid of this berry crate, but in the end, decided to go with something close to the original.  It's not the exact same font as Marian's, but it has the same feel and I love it!   In the very small chance that Marian would find her way to my lowly newbie blog, I would like to say, "Thank You!   Love your style and the inspiration you generously share!"

On another note, today is our son's birthday!  Happy 20th Caleb!  Love you and I am so proud of you!

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May 20, 2012

The BEST Strawberry Pie!

I haven't really shared a recipe yet on my blog.   Fresh strawberry pie is a favorite at our home this time of year.  I have even made this pie for teacher appreciation gifts baked in a nice stoneware pie plate for the teacher to keep.  So, I hope you all think this is the BEST strawberry pie, just like my family.  It is super easy and you only need a few ingredients!  

I made two pies today, so I just doubled everything.  


2 quarts fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
4 oz. cream cheese
homemade or refrigerator pie crust from the grocery

1.  Prepare your pie crusts.  Flute edges, pierce the crust with a fork to prevent bubbling, and bake in oven for the amount of time for a single crust pie.  

2.  Let the baked crust cool for about ten minutes.  Carefully spread the cream cheese onto the sides and bottom of the baked crust.  

3. Wash, hull, and cut strawberries in half.  Reserve 1 cup strawberries.  Layer the remaining berries in the pie crust.

4.  In a medium saucepan, mix together 1 cup strawberries and 2/3 cup water.  Simmer for four minutes.   In a separate container with a lid, mix together 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, and 1/3 cup water.  I shake it up thoroughly so all three ingredients mix together.  Add the mixture to the simmered strawberries and water and bring to a boil.  Boil for one minute until it thickens to a strawberry glaze.  

5.  Pour the glaze over the strawberry pie.  Chill in refrigerator until completely set. 

6. Of course, serve with whipped cream!


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May 9, 2012

Farm Fresh Milk Sign

I grew up on a 200 acre dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania.  At the time, I hated my life.  None of my girlfriends had to do the yucky and hard work that I did, but now I appreciate it.  It gave me a good work ethic and one I feel is lacking somewhat in today's society.  Here's a picture of the farm from, I'm guessing here, the 1940's.  My grandparents purchased the farm and my dad was born in the main house in 1930!

Here's a picture of my dad as a teenager on the tractor!  

When my parents married, they built a home on the same property and my Dad continued to work on the farm with my grandfather.  Here's a picture of my grandfather feeding the cows.  He must have been in his 80's here!

This past weekend, I picked up some great vintage dairy items at a local sale and decided to put together a little vignette with some items I already had.  

The items I purchased this weekend are the vintage, blue metal ice chest, the milk crate, and the three large blue canning jars with zinc lids that are holding the flowers.  The milk can is from my grandfather's farm and the stoneware mixing bowl and tin measuring cup were my grandmother's.  The quilt  was also made by either my grandmother or my great-aunt, and I often use it as a tablecloth. 

Check out the milk crate!  Don't you just love the tag - Queen Dairy!   I had to have it!

To complete the vignette, I had this old shutter and I gave it a wash of milk paint (how appropriate) and then used it to make the "Farm Fresh Milk" sign.  

I would love to hear what you think of this project!  

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