HELLO AMAZING READERS (!)
FROM CHERYL CLARSON
September 8 has jumped upon us just like that. Quick and stealth!
In a blink of an eye – it’ll be late September. How time can fly so fast.
The cool illustration art piece today are flies for trout fishing. Any of you out there fly fishermen?
It’s a BIG DEAL in Montana and an art – the whole fly fishing thing AND big bragging rights among the fly fishermen if you tie your own flies.
My son Hunter was born in Livingston, Montana, and we lived there for numerous years. It’s the home (or at least was) of the famous Dan Baily fly-fishing store.
Great line-up for today’s 5 for Friday:
What’s the oldest thing I own? Still considering my final answer. How about you?
STEPHANIE’S CHIC ON THE CHEAP
column is (as always) super cool. What a great DIY project with rustic-cabin-vibe results Well done, Steph and Rick!
PIC #1 and PIC #2
Stephanie and Rick’s DIY project. When you read her column, these visual aids make it all come together. What a great collection of vintage light up signs!
Had a couple super beautiful visitors show up yesterday – and they’re still here today. Pretty sure they accidentally escaped from someone’s chicken coop.
They’re not ordinary chickens – check out all the fluff and puff on their legs and feet. I’ve put calls or texts in to my neighbors. And they have done the same with people they know. We know not where they come from. But we’re trying in a collective effort to help them find their way home. Wish us/them luck!
My mom looked this type of chicken up — we think they’re called Brahmas – because they have stunning leg and foot feathers.
I’ve given them water and bird seed.
As I write this — they’ve moved under the shade of my front porch and hanging out by the entry door.
Are these tomatoes not pieces of fine nature art? My mom’s next door neighbors gifted her these beauties.
HOT FUDGE PUDDING RECIPE
is outstanding. I’ve always found the preparation for it most intriguing – baked in the oven!
5 SONGS ON THE PLAYLIST
are chill, happy, and toe-tappers. Hopefully, you’ve got a few to give them a listen.
Ohhhh! Raise your hand if you have Tupperware (or other helpful storage containers) and seem to always be looking for the proper lid? I have 2 hands raised. HA!
As always – we are so delighted that you’ve cleared away a piece of your day to slide by and give us a read + thoughts + comments.
Here we go!
WHAT’S THE OLDEST THING YOU OWN?
CHIC ON THE CHEAP
I’m all about recycling and refurbishing vintage jewelry, clothing and home decor.
What I am sharing with you today is the first time the hubby and I have recycled old wood.
We have a huge shed in the backyard. The front of the shed is the party hang-out room and the back of the shed is the workshop.
There is an air conditioner and a heater in the shed but in extreme temperatures the shed can still be hot or cold because it’s not insulated.
So … we came across some FREE insulation! But … we still needed materials to cover the insulation.
We have a large, old wood deck in the backyard that we had already decided to re-cover/replace with composite wood in the spring.
So … being the geniuses we are, we decided to go ahead and pull the old wood off the deck and use the backside of the unstained wood to cover insulation on the walls in the shed.
We (well, actually, HE) could only pull about 10 pieces of deck board a day due to the triple digit heat here in Texas.
Like I said — we are geniuses to start this project in extreme dangerous heat. LOL!
The sweat and heat exhaustion has paid off! SEE PICS #1 and #2.
The shed now looks like a cool rustic cabin where my husband can display and show off his incredible collection of vintage neon-beer signs.
And! His buddies will be impressed when they come over to hang out and watch sports in Rick’s man-cave!
If you can get your hands on some old barn wood, deck wood or even old fencing — this is a fun way to give your space a rustic feel.
This is not something I’d do in my home, but it’s perfect for a hang-out spot/shed or a statement wall on a patio or game room.
Have a great weekend! And — be smart and stay out of the heat!
~ Got a question for Stephanie?
simply ask in the Comment section of today’s episode.
HOT FUDGE PUDDING
A superb chocolate pudding reminiscent of grandma’s good cooking.
HERE’S HOW WE MAKE IT
- 1/2 cup sifted flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 TBSP cocoa, divided
- 1 TBSP butter, melted
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1/2 cup sifted brown sugar
- 7/8 cup boiling water
WE PROCEED LIKE THIS:
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and 1 TBSP of cocoa in a bowl. Sift together with a wire whisk until all are happily incorporated as one.
Combine butter, cream and vanilla in a little larger bowl.
ADD flour mixture and blend lightly – (with a spatula). Gently fold in nuts.
POUR INTO A BUTTERED
1 quart casserole dish.
Brown sugar and remaining cocoa and sprinkle over batter.
POUR BOILING WATER GENTLY OVER ALL
BAKE AT 350* FOR 30 MINUTES
REMOVE FROM OVEN AND LET SIT FOR A FEW MINUTES
SERVE WARM IN CUTE LITTLE PARFAIT GLASSES OR WINE GLASSES WITH A GENEROUS SCOOP OF FRESH WHIPPED CREAM ON TOP.
~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box