Saturday, July 26, 2014

recipe Banana Pudding

Creamy, Sweet and Mighty Delicious Banana Pudding recipe straight from my Mama's kitchen:

1/3 c. plain flour
dash salt 2 1/2 c. milk
1 - 14oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk
3 extra large eggs
3 c. sliced bananas
45  Nilla Wafers
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven 325
  • Mix flour and salt in large saucepan
  • over MED/LOW stove top heat add milk and eggs yolks slowly, stir constantly until thick (6-7 minutes, max)
  • remove from heat and allow to cool, cover mixture with clear plastic wrap touching the surface to avoid clumps forming.
  • after cooling, stir in vanilla extract
  • cover the bottom and sides of a 2 qt casserole dish with wafers + layers of banana
  • pour 1/3 of pudding mixture into casserole dish, and create another wafer + banana and top with remaining pudding
  • whip egg whites and sugar until the topping holds small peaks and add to dish with choppy surface
  • bake pudding at 325 for 25 minutes
  • cool, chill, serve

From our "Family Favorites" recipe book

Friday, July 25, 2014

Storyteller Mallory Cemetery

Tucked away in a small, quiet spot in Cools Springs is Mallory Cemetery. Without the historical road marker, I would've missed it completely.  Behind the Academy Sports store and between the Science center is a shady spot and a double thick stone wall that protects several gravestones.

The historical marker tells of a Virginia family that served in the Revolutionary War and relocated to this land in Tennessee in 1812.  There is also a connection to the great Crockett clan of  local fame, as Sarah Crockett was married to John Mallory. 

If I were feeling especially adventurous (and with the proper footwear), I would scaled the massive stone armory and take rubbings on each headstone.  I would also pick up a lot of trash and debris.

 The picnic tables nearby and the parking spaces that are very close make it easy to enjoy.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

clever rock thinks he's a snake

Mostly my crafts and creations are sent out into the far far lands of wildwood, and I never really know how they might be enjoyed.  Other times, my customer might share a story or give me some background on their selection.

This is one of those cases where I know exactly what my customer has in mind:

Two creek rocks handpainted to represent a poisonous coral snake and a harmless king snake are used for a VENOMOUS SNAKES OF THE REGION display in the Eaton Hill Nature Center.  The bright bands of color glimmer and shine like the scales of a snake, and visitors can use the rocks as a teaching tool in the Nature Centers exhibit.

As a simple crafter, with conventional talents, this fulfills my mission.  To bring about a wonderful connection to nature and express an outsider art form.  To have these snake rocks appreciated and utilized in such a direct way is the ultimate win for me.

I hope the visitors to Eaton Hill Nature Center will turn over a rock or two - because there's a message for them on the bottom of these fellows!

Someday I will make it to Sonora, Texas and spend some quality time with nature:)

Friday, March 21, 2014


So, how does it happen that I'm working at a bowling alley?  After all, I have 20 years of experience in office work and I've earned certifications that demonsrtate my stealthly skills!

About four years ago, I was spending most of my time on this blog and on my workbench.  I was spinning alot of wheels, but still had alot of personal satisfaction from my crafting work.  The grass needed cutting and the groceries needed shopping.

Then I learned about a Control Counter position at Tusculum Lanes. Knew them well, had bowled there for a long time.  I could ease back into the workforce, and have a very enjoyable atmosphere.  I could contribute to our household and make new friends. 

I'm happy to tell you that all of that happened for me.  The thunderous sound of pins crashing is like sweet music:)  And how about those silly kids...?

Time for me to return to my most productive work:  Office Administration.  A place were I belong.  Of course I'll still go bowling with you! anytime!  Hey, I know a great place.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

hurry up and stop

It's only 11.6 miles from my house to work.  On the same road, no turns. Takes about 25 minutes...wait. what?  Yup, it takes more than 20 minutes because there are 6 different speed limits posted in that 11 mile stretch!
driving LIKE A SIR

If you count the school zone, it's actually 7

I can drive this route on auto-pilot, but must pay close attention to the speed signs.  Ranges from 55 to 15 - and the scenery is beautifully distracting

Then there's the traffic lights: 12 of them
So even if I was lucky enough to build up speed, I'd surely be caught by a light.

I would never complain. Just making an observation:)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Is my cat Norwegian?

I recently caught a glimpse of a Norwegian Forest cat on TV and was surprised how much it resembles my humble house cat, Domino. The fierce mane. The long bushy tail. The tufts of Fur in the ears and Paws. The fluffy coat.

I may be onto something here.

I checked out as much of the breed standards as I could decipher from the descriptions. And it seems to check out.

"The Norwegian Forest Cat is a breed of domestic cat native to Northern Europe. This natural breed is adapted to a very cold climate, with top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs, and a woolly undercoat for insulation. Wikipedia"

Found some great information on the Norwegian Forest Cat Fanciers Association website.

Strange that we would acquire such a distinctive breed from a random guy handing out kittens from a cardboard box in a parking lot.

(first image from NFCFA website)
other images with indoor setting are of Domino (aka Bubba). Do you think we have a feline descended from the Great Kingdom of Norway?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thou Art Gorbellied Shard-Borne Minnow

Oh! the art of the insult. One can hurl barbs all day with the proper vocabulary. Time to build a sophisticated repertoire that will befuddle and glower those mottled fowl-greased ninnies not to mention the ruttish tardy-gated coxpoles.

Find inspiration and guidance through the Master, Shakespeare with a few surly folly-fallen giglets

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

photos that didn't make the blog in 2012

I take random photos with the downright determined intention to post a blog article.  Sometimes it just doesn't pan out and we're left with a pile of lint.  Let's collect up those orphans and give them about 15 seconds of fame.

sapling sprouted out of a stump

fine windchime

evil deadly spider

we do luau, do you?

wheelhouse Volunteer Princess

toaster oven dials


war memorial Pensacola

Florida tropical plant
Pensacola Beach in July


Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

2012 brought me horses, pajama jeans, hydrangeas, wood wick candles, scooters, friends I just met and family that I hadn't seen in years.

I give it  8 out of 10 ********


I'd like to wish my Mama a very Happy and full of love Birthday!!!

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