HAPPY FRIDAY!

Wednesday Reader March 8 | Amanita Muscaria

Greetings Outstanding readers!

How’s the week been?

Wonderful around here.

I put in some quality weed pulling time, hung up my 2 hummingbird feeders with fresh nectar = sugar water (no sightings of the fast little birds just yet – but I know they’re gonna discover, come and enjoy) and have been doing a daily 5-5-5 of Spring Cleaning purging (see Top of the Morning for that cool tip –  Quick way to revisit – click ) + hung out with Stephanie for lunch and laughter.
I’m looking forward to a productive and chill weekend!

FAB 5 for FRIDAY line-up today –

Beginning with STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP

I love the beautiful, inexpensive glass vases + bowls + glued on colored stones = original little pieces of glimmering mushroom art to perfectly position in the garden or in big planters.  COOL and easy-peasy to make/create thanks to Steph telling us how!

I know of these colored stones Steph speaks of in her column.  Have seen them in Hobby Stores (they come in little “fishnet” style bags and they’re eye-candy pretty).  Pretty sure I have a bag or 2 around here *sigh* no idea idea where they are – but I’m on the hunt.

Steph’s idea of the upside down Tiffany lamp planter is gorgeous!
AND the Caprese Avocados – holy smokes YUM!  Lunch and light dinner on repeat!

Thanks, Steph!

QUICK QUESTION
Is a toughy.
So many beautiful birds.
Let me back up – ALL birds are beautiful, frankly, to me — even buzzards.  Yep, even a buzzard.
However, if a genie granted me a “What kind of bird do ya wanna be for a day or two wish?” — I’d probably choose Eagle or Hawk.  They soar so high in the sky and are so mighty.  I can only imagine what their “bird’s eye view” is.  How about you?

JERRY CLOWER’S STEEL MARBLES STORY
Is s get ready to laugh out loud – from start to finish!
I remember playing marbles – had to call my sister, Jennie, because I couldn’t remember all the names of the marbles.

Jerry calls the steel marbles in his story – steel aggies – but Jennie confirmed I was correct in my memory that we just called them “steelies” and then there were “cat eyes” which were the marbles that had a little some kind of design thing in the middle and “purees” which were solid colored marbles.  I don’t recall, and neither does Jennie, what the larger marbles were named – they had a different name – to the smaller ones.  And they were the treasures when we rolled out our marbles to get ready for a game on the ground.  Training camp for playing billiards in later life, perhaps.  Ha.  Good times!
Do you remember playing marbles as a kid?
I love how Jerry Clower told stories from his “memory book of life” like no one else!

RECIPE FOR EASY CLUB CHICKEN
Is easy, delicious, and fast — requiring just a few ingredients.  What’s not to love?
Try it; you’ll like it.

THANKS ALL FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT
And spending a piece of your day with us.
Reading.  Sharing.  Caring.  Commenting.  Super meaningful (!!)

Ready?
Set.
Here we go!
Enjoy the read!

STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP

Hey Friends!

In the 1960s and 70’s mushroom decor was very popular.

Now — 50 years later, I am seeing mushroom decor again — especially in yard art.

PIC #1 AND PIC #2

I found online a very inexpensive way to make and personalize your own fun mushrooms.  Simply glue a glass bowl to a flower vase and decorate with colored glass, round stones.

((You can find the vases + bowls for under $2 at General Dollar Stores or Family Dollar stores.  The colored glass stones can be found at most craft sores — like Hobby Lobby or MJ Designs.))

I would use Super Glue to glue bowl to the vase and glue on glass stones.  Because it dries so quickly.

Look at how beautiful these ‘shrooms look sparkling in the sun.

PIC #3

Repurpose a Tiffany style glass lamp shade by turning it into a planter.  Tiffany lamps have been popular for a long time, but lately I have been seeing them at garage sales and thrift stores and on Facebook Marketplace for under $20.

I still love my Tiffany lamp and not ready to repurpose it yet.  When I find one at a good price, I am definitely going to make a beautiful planter with it.

Simply remove the shade, flip it upside down and find a plant stand it will fit in.  This is a beautiful planter for indoors or out.  If used for outdoors — place in a spot protected by the wind.

PIC #4

What a lovely and pretty way to embellish an avocado.  Sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leave and pesto and balsamic glaze.  Easy and delicious!

HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND!

~ Stephanie’s Chic on the Cheap
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QUICK QUESTION

IF YOU WERE A BIRD
WHAT KIND OF BIRD WOULD
YOU BE?

STEEL MARBLES
BY JERRY CLOWER

When I was a yougun growing up, the mainmost sport was marbles.  (Whatever happened to playing marbles?)  We’d draw a great big circle in the dirt and put the marbles in the center of the circle, and we’d get down on one knee and we would come to taw (the shooting line) and we’d shoot that good aggie — the taw, we called it — at the the marbles.  How many you knocked out was yours,  and you could keep ’em if your mama didn’t find it out.

I remember one time my brother, Sonny, he played hooky from school.  Helped ’em build a highway one year.  He’d help ’em work on them old bulldozers.  One day they was working on that bulldozer and they done found some of them steel aggie ballbearings, and we never had seen none of them.  He decided he’d come to school with five of them.

He gave me three of them.  Then they piled all the marbles into that circle, and I got down there with that steel aggie.  Oh man, I done busted up the game!  We had a fellow named Ben DeLaughter.  He was meaner in school than Marcel Ledbetter was.  He was forevermore vicious, Ben DeLaughter.  I was scared of him as I was a bear.  Ben said, “I want you to give me one of them steel marbles.”

I said, “I can’t do it, man.”  He commenced whipping on me, and the bell rung, and we run in the school house.  He was sittin’ in that little old desk — been in the eighth grade eight times — and he would whisper, “I’m gonna beat you to death if you don’t give me one of them big steel marbles.”

I didn’t know how in the world I was going to get away from Ben.  But what I did was ease out of my desk and went back to the back of them room in the study hall like I was cold.  I took two of them big steel aggies and put them on top of the stove.  I got them forevermore red scalding hot.  I had me a brand new pair of them Red Rider gloves I had got for Christmas — had the fringe on the side right there, and Red Rider’s picture on the top.  And when them steel aggies got hot — I mean forevermore hot — I went back there with my Red Rider gloves on, and I picked them up right quick and went and put them down in that little trench at the top of my desk what your pencil went in — right there by the hole where your ink bottle was supposed to go, but we never did have no ink.

Then when I laid them two hot aggies up there, I went to the pencil sharpener like I was going to sharpen my pencil.  Miss Minnie Lee Stone, the teacher had us studying, and she was just sitting up there at her desk.  Big Ben seen them aggies on my desk.  He come easing up there, you know, like he wasn’t up to nothing so the teacher wouldn’t get on him.  He had on a right new pair of  overalls, and he just kind of squatted down and that back pocket was open right there.  And he took his pencil and just raked them aggies into his back pocket, just like nothing had happened.  He eased back to his desk and sat down right quick.

Ahh!!  Aha!  Ohoo!  Ben started jumping up and down in that desk and he hung in it — he was overgrown anyhow.  Miss Minnie Lee Stone, the teacher, run up there with a big paddle and commenced to beating him.

“Ben, what you screaming about?  Boy you got ants in your pants?”

“No ma’am, hot steel balls!”

~ STORIES FROM HOME
COPYRIGHT 1992 JERRY CLOWER
Reprinted with permission of University Press of Mississippi

EASY CLUB CHICKEN

This recipe is quick, easy, delish!
Serve with a small side salad of butter lettuce, chopped tomatoes, peeled, diced cucumbers, thinly sliced radishes and a vinaigrette.  I like a sweeter vinaigrette to pair with this recipe.
If you’re feeling like a little more something should be on the plate – diced, boiled potatoes, fork mashed with butter and a sprinkle of minced fresh parsley or long grain/wild rice mix with herbs.
This recipe serves 6

HERE’S HOW WE MAKE IT

  • Cooking Spray
  • 3/4 cup rectangle-shaped buttery crackers, crushed via a rolling pin or however you do the crushed cracker thing (think old-school Club crackers that we all knew/know of but they kinda get lost in the shuffle because there are so many choices on the market shelves now)
  • 1 (0.7 – ounce) package dry Italian salad seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 6  – 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2 – inch pan with nonstick cooking spray
  3. In a medium bowl combine the crushed crackers and dried packet of Italian salad seasoning mix, still well to combine and transfer to a pie plate
  4. Place the melted butter in a separate bowl
  5. Dip the chicken breasts in the butter
  6. Roll breasts in cracker crumb mixture
  7. Place breasts in prepared baking pan
  8. Sprinkle with pepper
  9. Cover with foil
  10. Bake at 375* for 30 minutes with foil on.  Remove foil and continue baking an additional 30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked

IF YOU SAY YOU CAN
OR YOU CAN’T
YOU ARE RIGHT
EITHER WAY
~HENRY FORD~

WONDERFUL WEEKEND WISHES TO YOU!
CATCH YA MONDAY
SAME TIME
SAME PLACE

8 replies
  1. Carol says:

    What cool mushroom art! So pretty and so affordable, totally customizable. And the Caprese Stuffed Avocados – just might be today’s lunch. Yumm!

    What kind of bird would I be? In actuality, probably a Bluebird. But I so admire the red hawk that used to perch at the very top of our mesquite tree and keep watch over us – and everything else. He was elegant and alert. I could gaze on him for hours.

    Another great chicken recipe to try. . .

    Jerry Clower. . .

    Ready to smile into the weekend.

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  2. Marty says:

    I love Daymaker. There’s all kinds of variety. Stephanie’s mushroom garden art is just what I’m looking for as snails and slugs have gone crazy in my garden. Yesterday I had to remove several lovely loyal plants that slugs and snails had quietly destroyed. I refuse to replace them with more juicy plants. With that in mind off to Home Depot I went to deal with the enemy: “Snail and Slug Bait!” U-tube told me it takes a while to reach into all the hide outs of the nasty killers. Therefore to Stephanie’s ideas. Until I know the slug and snail infestation is down to a minimum, I’m filling in the lonely spaces with Stephanie’s easy creative ideas. Thank you Stephanie, as I’m on it. Onward.

    Reply
    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Marty, hi –

      Thanks so much for the giant compliment of loving Daymaker! We love you back!

      Indeed Stephanie’s mushroom garden art is super cool.

      We so appreciate ya for sharing your thoughts via comment!

      Reply

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