Monday, December 8, 2008
Speaking of the yummy treats.....we had a slew of um!! I need to thank my friend Janna for whipping up these bacon/sesame stick appetizers, and Lisa for the chocolate dipped cherries, mini pecan tarts and chocolate covered mini pretzel sticks rolled in walnuts! Everything looked so great it looked like I had the thing catered! My friend Gail brought her friend Leslie and they were a HUGE help in putting it all together! Many of you requested the recipes for the Graham Cracker Pralines and Pumpkin Dip so because you all asked soooooo nice , I will post them for ya here in a bit!
We have already planned that next year we are going to have a contest to count how many candles were lit!! Gail....thanks for helping to light them all!! I will admit that I must have walked around the shop at least a DOZEN times before I left to make sure they were all blown out...we did good! The winner of the $50.00 gift certificate will be announced in the next post!
Okie Dokie...now for the recipes!!!!
4 CUPS POWDERED SUGAR
2 8 OUNCE PKGS. CREAM CHEESE (SOFTENED)
1 SMALL CAN OF PUMPKIN
2 TBS. CINNAMON
GINGER OR NUTMEG TO TASTE
COMBINE THE CREAM CHEESE AND POWDERED SUGAR 1 CUP AT A TIME WITH THE MIXER IN A LARGE BOWL. ADD THE PUMPKIN AND SPICES AND BLEND THOROUGHLY. CHILL FOR TWO HOURS BEFORE SERVING. BEST SERVED WITH GINGER SNAPS OR MY PERSONAL FAV....CINNAMON GRAHAM CRACKERS! (This makes a large amount of dip and could easily be cut in half)
GRAHAM CRACKER PRALINES
GRAHAM CRACKERS (plain)
2 STICKS OF BUTTER
1/2 CUP DARK BROWN SUGAR (LIGHT BROWN MAY ALSO BE USED)
1/2 TO 1 CUP CHOPPED NUTS..(I use pecans mostly)
LINE YOUR COOKIE SHEET WITH THE GRAHAM CRACKERS. MELT BUTTER AND SUGAR IN PAN. LET IT BOIL FOR THREE MINUTES. TOSS IN THE NUTS. POUR MIXTURE ALL OVER THE CRACKERS. SPREAD WITH A SPATULA FOR EVEN COVERAGE...BUT WORK FAST!!!
BAKE AT 350 DEGREES FOR 7 MINUTES OR UNTIL NICE AND BROWN AND BUBBLY. CUT APART AND REMOVE FROM PAN WHILE THEY ARE STILL HOT!!! YUMMY!!!
WELL THERE YA GO! THANKS AGAIN AND CONTINUE TO TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!!!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
My absolutely favorite piece I found was about 10 years ago at a yard sale. It was this old looking base cupboard that had a round hole cut in the top. Apparently there had been a table saw bolted on to the top and the customer right ahead of me had just taken it off and bought it and was loading it into his car. He was getting ready to leave and I asked him if he was taking the cupboard and he said no! So, jumping for joy I hopped on over to the gal that was having the sale and asked her 'how much for the cupboard??" She proceeded to udder the best four letter word on the face of the earth......FREE!!!!!! HOLY COW!!!! Well I loaded that baby up in the trunk of my Chevy Cavalier (yep it was hangin out the back with a bungee cord to hold the trunk lid down) and couldn't wait to get it home and fiddle with it! Well after unloading it I hosed it off in the backyard and I opened the two doors to clean inside and LO and BEHOLD.......right there , nailed to the inside to was an ANTIQUE WOODED SPICE CUPBOARD!!! The kind with eight little drawers and the spice names stenciled on . Whoever put it there had used it for nuts, bolts, nails and screws. I was totally freaking out and just blowing a gasket!!! I had to reload the whole thing back into the car and take it to my Dad's so he could get it out for me. I spare you the look on his face when I pulled into the drive way.......................Anyway, he rescued the spice box for me and I was back home to now decorate! Remember the round hole in the top of the cupboard?? Well I wound up putting an old enamelware bowl in it and filled it with potpourri and a candle. It sat out in my sun porch and I have never had a piece of furniture that received more compliments than that. The spice cupboard hung on the wall in the kitchen where I could gaze it while I slaved away preparing meals! So there ya go....can't wait to hear your story!!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
I was in heaven...the only thing that could have possibly made this any better was if there was something like the Natural Bridge Primitive Shop, or a Thomas Jefferson's Primitive Goods, along the trail! I know there was like no chance of that, but a gal can wish can't she?? I should have put that on the comment card!
If you ever get a chance to go, I know you will enjoy it! Now I have to get back to work!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
SATURDAY OCT. 11 TH 7 TIL ?????
VENTURE OAKS LANE
TAKE 200 N (MORGAN MILL) TO OLIVE BRANCH AND MAKE A RIGHT, GO ONE MILE TO HELMS POND RD. AND TAKE A RIGHT, GO ONE MORE MILE TO VENTURE OAKS LN. AND MAKE A RIGHT!! YOU MADE IT!
I WILL HAVE STUFF THERE THAT I HAVE TAKEN FROM THE SHOP AND BOTH OF MY BOOTHS. PRICES WILL BE CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!
CHECK IT OUT!!! MY FIRST BLOG AWARD!! I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK MY SUPER DUPER FRIEND LISA FROM HOMETHROWN POTTERY WHO HELPED ME GET THIS WHOLE THING GOING IN THE FIRST PLACE! AS PART OF MY AWARD I AM TO TELL Y'ALL 6 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF AND TAG SIX MORE. I AM STILL NEW TO THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY SO I WILL BE SURE TO PASS IT ON AS I GET FAMILIAR WITH OTHER BLOGS! WELL HERE GOES...........................
1.) I LOVE COLD WEATHER! YEP MOST PEOPLE THINK I AM NUTS BUT I GREW UP IN THE SNOWBELT ALONG LAKE ERIE IN OHIO! I LOVE THE SNOW AND ESPICIALLY BEING SNOWED IN!!
2.) WHEN I AM HOME BY MYSELF I LOVE TO JUST TURN ON THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC CHANNEL ON THE TV....THE OLD SONGS FROM THE MOVIES LIKE SUMMER PLACE AND GONE WITH THE WIND...IT REMINDS ME OF MY GRANDMA AND IT DEFINITELY IS RELAXING.
3. ) I AM A WORRY WART!!! ENOUGH SAID!! ...maybe I should explain, oh i don't know, what will happen if i don't go into detail.....oh!!! LOL!
4.) I OPENED MY FIRST STORE A YEAR AFTER I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL IN 1987. I HAVE OFFICIALLY BEEN DOING THIS NOW FOR HALF OF MY LIFE!!! ugh!!!
5.) I LIKE TO VACUUM....INSTANT GRATIFICATION!
6.) IN SECOND GRADE I WAS THE SPELLING BEE CHAMPION!!! THE GIRL BEFORE ME SCREWED UP THE WORD " MORNING" AND I NAILED IT!! YEP WON A FABULOUS ID BRACELET FROM SPIEDEL AND EVERYTHING!! ha!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Okay now IS THIS NOT PATHETIC??? This is what I turned around and saw laying on the dining room floor while I was trying to get dinner ready! This is Kitty....(I know pretty original huh?) He could literally eat all day long, and won't leave me alone until he gets some food in his bowl! He is particurally relentless when I am in the kitchen where his food is stored and I have to constatntly keep shoo-ing him off. Well on this particular day after a long day at the shop I just wanted to put together something quick for dinner and be done with the day. He would NOT leave me alone and I shushed him out of the kitchen only to turn around and see him playing dead in the dining room...totally wasted away to nothing...!!!! I mean he even waited while I went to go get the camera to take the picture!!! I mean really.....he is such a phony but I love him like crazy! He has been with me for about 14 years after I took him in when someone had shot him with an arrow in his tummy. As you can see the tummy is doing just fine!! Just so you know, no kitty was harmed during the photo shoot....as soon as we were done, he got some din din! Spoiled little cat!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Just wanted to THANK ALL OF YOU who were able to make it out to the Olde Tyme Harvest Gathering! I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see you walk through my door. Many of you should have had fun this weekend decorating for fall once you got home!!!! I really appreciate all your support. Just reminder.....Marshville is having the Annual Boll Weevil Festival this Saturday Sept.20th from 9 am to 10 pm. In case you missed the Harvest Gathering , we will be restocked and ready for the Festival! Come see us!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
SEPT. 12TH & 13TH 10-5
The shop will be all set to welcome in
the fall season with LOTS of rustic and
primitive goods for your home & garden!
We will have yummy treats, prizes, FUN!
Bring a friend and enjoy a day in the country!
121 N. White Street
Marshville, NC 28103
Located one turn off Hwy. 74 behind BB&T bank
SEE YOU THERE!! Beth
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I thought you might get a kick out of this story, here goes..................................
When I go to Holmes County, the restaurant I go to is in a little, tiny, teensy, bitty town called Charm. I luv luv luv going there because I luv the drive even more. It's just heaven to me driving those country backroads, getting behind a buggy, looking at all the beautiful flower beds the Amish ladies slave over. So once I get to the restaurant, Grandma's Homestead, I park in the last row behind all the buggies and it overlooks this adorable covered bridge. I am still on cloud nine at this point because I am about to go inside and order Pan Fried Chicken, sweet potatoes with maple syrup, homemade bread with homemade strawberry jam , and warm tapioca pudding for dessert with homemade whipped cream! As always , I eat every item put in front of me there and roll out to the truck. Now.....to get the full effect of the story you must go to my first post and see how full the truck is loaded down! Okay....so hearts are still popping all around me because I am so in love with this beautiful place and I take a few photos and get ready to start the truck.............nothing.....try again....nothing......ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Now what the heck am I gonna do, I am going to be stuck here, looking like Jed Clampett, with no one to help me....EXCEPT a poor guy weed wacking across the street. So off I go, a damsel in distress , to ask for some help. He was so nice...shut off the weed wacker and came over to the truck. He tells me to try to start it again and again nothing. So he takes a look around and then says, " I don't really know much about fixin cars mame, but try putting it in park and she what she does!!" Good Lord I didn't have the truck in park!! Sure enough she started right up! Can you believe it????? The whole truck,load and all could have easily rolled down the hill and smacked right into my adorable covered bridge!!! How on earth could I have ever lived that one down???? I was so excited to get there I just guess I forgot to put it in park! Lesson learned for sure! Til the next story ...and I'm sure there's gonna be one............................!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Don't be expecting to get hamburgers and hot dogs off this grill!! This is just a nifty idea I thought I would share with you. I saw this old tractor grill at a flea market just leaning against an old table and it caught my attention. I thought "what could I do with that????." Then all of the sudden this voice says...."NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT THING...YOU DON'T NEED THAT!" That voice would be Russ.....Well now I HAD to buy it even if it sat in the garage for the rest of my life! SOOOOOOOOOO , I brought it to the shop and hung it up, grabbed some old clothespins and VOILA....a very simple message board salvaged from a long forgotten ole tractor....now if only I could find the rest of the parts, Russ WOULD have somethin to say about that!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
What was that???? What kind of ice cream do I have?? Welllllll let me just say , we usually have about 7 differnet flavors....right now we have Peach, Vanilla, Chocolate, Cherry, Choc. Mint, Cookie Dough, and Strawberry. If you want a great refreshing treat that is DELICIOUS...you need to come in and try a Purple Cow! What the heck is that???? If you like root beer floats, it's just like that only with grape soda and vanilla ice cream. Tastes great with orange soda too!
If it continues to be 180 degrees outside you all might just want to stay inside the shop and enjoy! Hot weather makes ice-cream eatin even better!!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
The log cabin in the picture is too die for don't ya think?? I chose to put it there becasue that is my goal someday......my dream house!I have wanted that ever since I read Little House in the Big Woods! Maybe not that exact cabin as it is a historical marker in the town of Winesburg , Ohio but hey...they just might want to sell it someday and I'll need to be ready!
When the computer allows me to upload some pictures I will show you the shop and what I am all about. Inside you will finds primitive goods all over the place including, fabric goods, candles, tart warmers, pottery, furniture, signs and more! Heck we'll even feed ya lunch! No kiddin! We now have fresh deli sandwiches, salads, muffins, cookies , pound cake , sweet tea and ice cream served daily on our long store counter! Grab a bite and go sit on the porch with the old tin roof and enjoy! Til then.........................