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homemade pink lemonade

Homemade Pink Lemonade-

Print Homemade Pink Lemonade- Ingredients 3 cups lemon or lime juice, about 20 lemons or 25 limes freshly squeezed 2 cups superfine sugar 4 cups cold water 4 cups ice 2 lemons or limes, thinly sliced for garnish ½ cup cranberry juice Instructions DIRECTIONS Into a large serving container, strain the citrus juice, mix it with sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add 4 cups cold water and cranberry juice, and stir again until well combined. Pour over ice and ahhhhhh! 3.3.3077 … [Read More...]

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Southern Style Sweet Tea-

Hello everyone, hope this Tuesday is going great for you.. As know all know I am Southern, us Southern folks love our tea, and we love it "Sweet" well, most of us do , we were raised on "Sweet Tea" in my family, we just didn't drink that many soda's growing up here in family, but the Tea, oh yes! Not sure where my Mother came up with the idea of adding 1/2 cup of brown sugar to her tea when we were kids, maybe she ran out of white sugar, and as a substitute she used brown sugar, either way we liked it better as kids , it seemed to give it a richer flavor, so I have been using it all my life. One gallon of water, 2 family sz tea bags, or 4 small bags 3/4 cup of white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, I use dark brown but either will do 1. … [Read More...]


Southern is who I am, it is not just where I live-



Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies-

Print Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies- Ingredients ½ cup chunky or smooth peanut butter ( I use organic) ½ cup brown sugar 1 large egg 1¼ cups gluten-free rolled oats ( Most grocery stores carry them Red Mill) ½ teaspoon baking soda Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, use an electric mixer to cream peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add rolled oats and baking soda to creamed mixture, and mix well. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into two-inch balls, and press to flatten on the cookie sheet. Bake for eight minutes or until the cookies turn slightly brown. Cool cookies on a rack, and store leftovers in an airtight … [Read More...]


Fresh Homemade Salsa-

Print Fresh Homemade Salsa- Ingredients 3-4 pounds tomatoes, I used Roma ½ of a small red onion, peeled 1 or 2 small jalapeño peppers, depending on heat preference 1 clove garlic, minced Large handful of cilantro 2 splashes of red wine vinegar (about a ½ teaspoon) ½ of a lemon or lime, juiced Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Roughly chop tomatoes, onions, and jalapeño peppers. Add all ingredients to the food processor. Pulse until desired consistency, I add my cilantro last .. Serve in a bowl with chips and veggies, or top your favorite Mexican dish. Instructions chop tomatoes laving them chunked , onions, and jalapeño peppers. chunked as well Add all ingredients to the food processor. Pulse … [Read More...]


Philly Cheese Steak Dip-

Print Philly Cheese Steak Dip- Ingredients 1½ cups GRILLED and small chopped thin cut shoulder steak 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 cup diced onion 1 cup diced green pepper 8 oz. cream cheese, softened ½ cup mayo 4 oz. shredded or chopped provolone cheese Instructions Saute onion and green pepper in olive oil over medium heat. Set aside. In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mayo, provolone, and chopped steak. Stir until well combined. Add sautéed onion and green pepper to bowl and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Serve with chips or toasted baguettes. 3.3.3077   … [Read More...]


Lemonade Layer Cake from Scratch-

Print Lemonade Layer Cake from Scratch- Ingredients Lemonade Layer Cake Ingredients Frosting 2 tablespoons butter, softened 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 2 teaspoons thawed lemonade concentrate ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 8 ounces ⅓-less-fat cream cheese 3½ cups powdered sugar Cake 1⅓ cups granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind 3 tablespoons thawed lemonade concentrate 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 large egg whites 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 1¼ cups fat-free buttermilk cooking spray Instructions Prepare the frosting first so that it will be ready by the time the … [Read More...]

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True facts about living Gluten Free-

I have been gluten free for over a years now and the weight that would not budge came off! But, that was not my reason for going gluten free- I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's an autoimmune disease that can wreak havoc on the thyroid, heart and then cause other issues for all the organs in your body if not treated in some way .. I have done a lot of research, seen a few Dr.'s about this disease, from there I chose my path to wellness. It is important to do trials on foods if you can not afford the test that allow you to know what foods you are sensitive to or intolerant too. I found by trial and error that dairy, and soy are not my friends.. After a year now I feel better, the bloating has all but gone and it took me almost 12 months to … [Read More...]

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Gluten Free Butter Milk Biscuits-

Print Gluten Free Biscuits- Ingredients INGREDIENTS 2 cups gf King Authur Gluten-free All Purpose Flour* (Whole foods, Publix, etc) 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ cup powdered buttermilk 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (use less if you are using a fine salt) 4 tablespoons ghee ( A butter I use) or the butter you use, but use real butter ½ cups butter milk, milk even coconut milk that is what I use ½ cups sour cream ( non-dairy) *If you use a different gluten-free flour blend, and it doesn't contain xanthan gum, then you'll need to add 1 tsp. xanthan gum with your dry ingredients. Instructions INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 375°. By hand: Whisk together the dry … [Read More...]


Strawberry Lemon Tart w/Rose Cream-

Before I share this I want to say this is one amazing AIP recipe and I had to share, I also share the source and her FB page!   I started a new baking adventure with Sweet Potato Flour. I ordered a box on amazon to see what I could bake up. I wanted to try something different than coconut flour in my occasional AIP baking, and this was definitely worth the money. This sweet potato flour was a beautiful light orange color. It had a normal flour texture, and tasted nice. I think I paid almost $12 for about a pound of this flour, so a bit pricey. But, if you cannot eat coconut flour because you are low FODMAPS, this may be a great alternative. I am going to experiment with cookies this week. This tart however, came out really, … [Read More...]


They are giving one away-

WE LOVE A GIVEAWAY- Ladies, we are honored to share in a giveaway with two lovely ladies, they have offered to one of winner a choice of a hand made ipad cover, camera strap, or pillow cover for your home. You pick the fabric that works for you! HOW FUN and it just takes a minute to enter, first click on their facebook page  link and like it here ~> https://www.facebook.com/OhKoey?fref=ts , we trust that you will also take a look at their site and let us know what article you want when YOU win! Come on have some Summer fun with these ladies from Florida- So first like their fb page, after all they are giving you a chance to win FREE Then check out their site pick what you want and tell us here in a blog comment- One of you will be a … [Read More...]

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Welcome to the Country-

Welcome to the Country, where the air seems cleaner, the view seems greener, and the food always taste better. Enjoy the country as you maybe think back on your days as a child growing up in the country, or if you live there now. It is a place of peace, neighbors watch out for each other- And Home sweet home is where you want to be-     You will find each photo and credit at debbiereynolds1.timblr.com  … [Read More...]

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Mom’s Lemon Icebox Pie-

Print Mom's Lemon Icebox Pie- Ingredients 1 (8 ounce) container whipped cream (Cool Whip) 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1⁄2 cup lemon juice (can be fresh or bottled) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large prepared graham cracker crust Instructions DIRECTIONS Combine the whip cream, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Mix on high speed until SMOOTH. Taste and add more lemon juice to your liking. Pour into crust and refrigerate overnight. 3.3.3070 … [Read More...]


The Letter from 1963-

The letter had arrived from Charleston SC, on a  November day in 1963.  I rushed to get the mail and it was there. I was 6 at that time and it was a letter from my Aunt Louise.  She was my dad's oldest sister. It was official, she and my Uncle,were coming for a week during the Christmas Holidays. She was a bit bossy and blunt, but she loved me a lot and I her. I only got to see her 2 times a year at best when I was younger. As I jumped up and down at the table, for Mom to read every word out loud my mind was already racing. Wow, in two weeks she would be here. She always came in with a bang, suitcases and clothes, like a star! To a kid that lived in a middle class neighborhood seeing someone that carried themselves like a movie star was … [Read More...]

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The Kitchen-

With my own eclectic look before I started the Kitchen rehab a couple of years ago now  because  of my love for  old things and new I had quite a collection going and did not realize it until we started cleaning out things for the new look!  I used Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloan and I mixed 1/2 Linen and1/2 Old White Mix, that I order from Lady ButterBug, their link http://ladybutterbug.com/  for my Kitchen cabinets, the photos below will show you the Oak cabinets before and the painted ones today- I had looked for a new farmhouse dinning table for months, so  when I found this table and chairs in all their left over glory, I knew they were just what I wanted.. It had never been painted and had no top and the seat covers were gone- I recall … [Read More...]

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When God speaks to us-

It's God talking to you! Have you ever felt sorry for yourself, it's an odd question I know.. But, most of us at some point in our lifetime has done so for one reason or another This morning as I was getting ready my hair just acted out, in that I mean a bad hair day for sure! It went one and I tried to get it to go the right way, nothing doing with the hair loss I have had due to the Disease Hashimoto's you know that disease I talk about the one that destroys the thyroid! This morning as I was trying to get read and look my best at 59, something I thought at 30 wouldn't matter lol. I mean then 59 was old and I never thought when I got here to 59 that I'd not feel any different about looking my best, and trying to take care of … [Read More...]

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Welcome to my Country Home-

I can not think of a better time of year here in Alabama, with the weather in the 70's each day I have started my potting and planting..  Not to plant too much incase we get that last cold snap in what we call Blackberry Winter, usually the last of April-Now in July it is hot, hot, hot and muggy! I took some photos toady even under the cloudy skies here at my home front- I thought I'd share just a few of them with you today and hope you share yours here too in comments- So welcome to my home- The front door says welcome with my Ivy topiary I love and an old basket of  new Red Petunias                                            A close up of the red Petunias that sit at my front door-   Earlier this Spring I painted my front … [Read More...]

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Mother called it her Tree House-

A country home and an Alabama girl- Eight years go last month we moved into this home-It needed a bit of updating and took a few years to get there. Three years ago a tornado came right over our neighborhood and took part of our roof on our home and totally removed the roof on our deck that Mr Shabby had worked so hard to put up alone about the second year we lived here. Then a tree come down and took out the rest of it all but the floor- It's now time to re-roof and re-screen it in. This is my place of peace and quite and where I grow the herbs I cook with I already have a few planted!  When my Mother was alive she loved to sit out here rain or shine when the roof was on. She said she felt like a kid in a BIG tree house because the deck … [Read More...]


Living with Autoimmune Disease and eating right-

  It's been a couple of years now after being diagnosed with another Autoimmune disease Hashimoto's the autoimmune disease not may Dr.'s or us understand well.   For me it has taken my down a time or two. Eat the wrong thing, or have too much stress ( stress in our life each day can be too much) when you have Hashimoto's. For some and I am one of them, it can be a mind changing illness and daily life seems more stressful even the little things seem BIG! And it seems to happen over night.    I had been meaning to write this and let the ones that have Hashi's know that the battle rages on in me and I now know that we can only slow the process not remove the illness alone. That would be a God thing, one I pray for daily for myself … [Read More...]


The Best Strawberry Cake Ever-

Print The Best Strawberry Cake Ever- Rating  4.0 from 1 reviews Ingredients Ingredients 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed 4 large eggs ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup water Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting ¼ cup butter, softened 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed ½ teaspoon strawberry extract 7 cups confectioners’ sugar Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional Instructions Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. In a … [Read More...]


A weekend project-

This weekend I decided to take some old fencing and cedar that I had in the basement and make a bench to go in the living-room So, I started it Saturday and finished it this afternoon I think any wood will do, the Bench is 5 ft long 20 inches high and 18 inches deep I painted it once I had it all put together with Chalk Paint®  by Annie Sloan in Paris Grey, then I added some dark wax by Annie Sloan. If you do not have a dealer near you for all your Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan needs, try  http://www.ladybutterbug.com/ the owner Karla, is always helpful and kind and the products are shipped very quickly.            Snapped with my cell sorry they are blurry- I almost forgot to even take before's, oops                    After I got … [Read More...]


I’ve got that Cottage feeling-

I love the Summer months and riding through different towns looking at cottages- This one I love a lot- I love this little cottage with the ferns, American Flag flying. This one speaks to me totally- The little red cottage makes a bold statement- Little Red Cottage, oh so cute- My favorite so far, I think, nantucket no doubt- My favorite so far- Then when I see this one well, my mind goes hmmmm, love love love- I love a home with great curb appeal, that means so much to me.. Spring/Summer are my favorite seasons when we can work in the yard, plant,prune and enjoy the labor of all that we do at our home-And an American Flag hanging makes it all the more awesome- Tell me the one you loved and why, I love hearing … [Read More...]


Win it now-

RULES you must like the face-book page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shabby-and-Such/235005483180340 , then tell us the color you want your initial on the Rabbit- Winner will be picked Sunday afternoon and it will be on it's way to you. Remember we will choose from names that have liked her face-book page and gave their comment for the color they want on the blog here..   Good Luck to all that enter- … [Read More...]


Accent Pillows Pottery Barn fabric at 1/2 the price-

I hated this long cold Winter and was searching the Etsy pages for a touch a Spring a few weeks ago. I cam across this page that I soon found myself going wow! These are Pottery Barn Fabrics or some of the ones they use.. And much to my surprise 1/2 the price even with the shipping! So take a look at Spring on my front porch, Spring has sprung here in Alabama.. I am in love with them, the  fabric quality is awesome they are the pocket slide in which I personally love, no zippers to bust or break just easy in and out.   Fabric one was this vivid Spring/Summer stripe, a close up to see the fabric heavy and nice. I love the stripped lumbar in my Iron chair on the porch! What do you think.. This is the back side as you see, it … [Read More...]


Hang it on the door-

Recently I was looking through some Esty sites and I stumbled across a few that I loved. I just received my wooden Rabbit for my front door for Easter. I wanted to share this Etsy site with all of my readers, I found that Kay was easy to work with, her prices were great and the item was truly worth it. I have shopped around my town and beyond for items for my door. I change with each Season and sometimes more than once during a Season.. Kay was easy to work with, my item shipped in good time and I am totally pleased.. It arrived on Saturday-   I couldn't wait to get it hung on my front door- A close up of the slight distressing, I found this to be just as it had been described on Kay's site. So many times when we order … [Read More...]