Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY Lace Window Project

Pretty lace pieces installed into each window pane for privacy!  So simple and so sweet, I will encourage you to give it a try.  You'll need 

  • LACE
  • IRON

Iron the lace material until flat and smooth.  
Pin down the lace after you iron it, so it won't slip while you're cutting.

Measure up those window panes (or use a cardboard cut to fit) and carefully cut lace into sheets.   

Mix 2 tsp of cornstarch with 2 tsp water, then slowly add 1 cup heated water to activate the cornstarch. Allow mixture to cool.  Spread a coat of mixture on window glass  with paint brush (be ready with towel to wipe away drips).  Install a sheet of lace and apply another coating of the cornstarch-water.

Best thing about this project: it removes with warm water!  

If you make a mistake, just start over.

Here are wildwood's tips for the Lace Window Project:

  • Keep the lace sheets pinned down so you can install them in the same sequence
(keeps the pattern of the lace consistent)

  • Use a drop-cloth or some towels and just let it drip and be messy

This window project gives us just enough privacy...

    ...and it's very appealing from the outside, too.  The lace still allows my cats to enjoy their sun-puddle naps, too.

Do you have some tips for this project? Leave a comment and let us know.

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.

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