"A Southern Mom, Daughter, Sister, Granny, Dog Lover, Crafter, Painter , Java Junkie Queen, and Friend".

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! Bring It On 2015!

I would like to thank each of you that follow me on the various social media sites out there...from Facebook(I finally made it over 400), to Bloglovin.....Pinterest.....and just my blog!

I can't thank you enough for your words of encouragement, praise, and suggestions on my crafts, paintings, and other projects! I'm "just a small town gal with a small time blog" with dreams of growing up and being like you!

I wish nothing but great things for each of you.....

Bright Blessings to each of you,

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Most Viewed Post of 2014!

Wow, 2014 is almost over! I can't believe it.....as a "small time blogger", I can't thank you "big time gals" for taking the time to stop by my little blogging world. I've learned so much from each of you and can't wait to see what we all do in this coming year!

My most viewed post from 2014 was: http://threedawgladydesigns.blogspot.com/2014/08/its-southern-mermaid-yall.html

My painting of what I called "a Southern Mermaid" was a huge hit! WHen I realized how much she looked liked Paula Deen, I went and posted her on Paula's site on Facebook....and she saw it and said she loved it! I was so proud. I also appreciated all your beautiful and sweet comments....made me feel proud!

Here are some of my pictures of her:

Thank you again to each of you for helping and teaching me along this road of blogging!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Prime Rib Stromboli! Yes, Prime Rib!

Happy Monday Evening,

Last week was rough! The death of my Daddy last Sunday and the week of preparations took the best out of me, but I was strong for my Mom, siblings, and children. I knew that is what Daddy expected of me as the eldest and I know he would have been proud. But, today, I knew I had to do something....paint something....craft.....or my favorite...cook something. It has been gloomy and dreary and rainy the past day and I awoke this morning to the same thing, so comfort food was on the menu!
I went into kitchen and started opening cabinets and freezers, rummaging around looking, and then eyed the bag in the freezer with the prime rib in it. One of my daughters is a chef at our local country club and she had brought me a container of this delicious and delectable meat one night last week on her way home from work. I had cut a small piece and eaten it but, my appetite just wasn't right last week, so, I froze the rest. So, pulling the bag out and a loaf of frozen bread dough, I went to work.
Thawing and letting the dough rise as per instructions on the bag was the easy part. I placed it in a greased loaf pan in a warm over to rise, while I was preparing the meat. I sliced the meat into strips and placed in my pot and covered it with beef broth on medium heat. I sliced a large onion and placed in pot to let it simmer down. I seasoned with salt, pepper, Old Bay, fresh garlic, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and finally added a small can of tomato sauce. I let that cook all the way down. 
When the dough was ready, I placed it on floured mat and rolled it out. I then spooned the mixture over the bread and covered that with provolone cheese. I then rolled one side over and then tucked all edges under. I baked it on 350 for about 20 minutes until the dough was turning brown. Right before the dough was golden brown I brushed melted butter on top.....sliced it and served with a salad:

Telling you that this was delicious is an understatement! It was so good, and it was the warm comfort food that I needed today, plus it was a great creative outlet! I will make this again!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas!

It will be a bittersweet Christmas for our family this weekend as we lay my Daddy to rest, but, know that I have a new Angel watching over me, makes things better. Daddy would want and expect our family to celebrate tomorrow as we always have.....lots of good food.....lots of laughter......and with lots of Love!

I thank you all for being here this year for me, and I look forward to all the new and exciting things I will learn from you all in the new year!

Blessed Yule to you and yours!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Daddy, My Hero Died this morning

This morning at 3:59 am, My Daddy, finally died due to his illness that he had suffered from for so many years. He died, with his 3 daughters, his son-in-law, and my Mama....his love and his wife of 59 years at his side. He suffered not for long....and we let him know that his long and hard fought battle was over. 

It happened quickly and rather peaceful, and I can honestly say, I'm glad for his sake and for my dear Mama, who has been by his side all these years during his illness. I could write more, but, I felt the need to share this with you my friends....and will end by sharing some of my favorite pictures of him.

The first picture is of Daddy and Mama....the second is of Daddy and my oldest daughter on her wedding day......the last two pictures are two of my favorites with Daddy I. So, this holiday season, enjoy and love your family....never take a minute for granted.....and thank you for being here for me.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Semi-Homemade Christmas Bread! Yummy!

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Several years ago, when I lived on St. Simon's Island, Georgia, there was a tiny restaurant in village that sold Christmas Kringle and Christmas bread every year at Christmas. They ordered it directly from a German bakery, and to say it was good is an understatement! People would start adding their names to the list in August, and some folks just left their names on the list permanently!

Now, let me tell you, I love bread! All types of bread.....you know how in the old medieval  movies, they would show prisoners being thrown into the dungeons and, telling them that they could have nothing but bread and water! Well, my saying has always been, "make sure it is good bread" and throw me in! So, thinking of all that wonderful and delicious Christmas bread I use to buy from that restaurant, and researching all types of Kringle, Stollen, and bread recipes, I decided to try and make a semi-homemade version.

I bought frozen bread dough from Kroger. I let it thaw and rise in a bread pan. While the dough was rising, I placed a cup and half of dried cranberries in water, so they could soften up. Several recipes suggested soaking cranberries, raisins, or what ever type of fruit in rum also, but, I had none on hand. I chopped a cup of walnuts and lightly toasted them in the oven. I then mixed the drained cranberries, toasted walnuts with a 12 ounce container of ricotta cheese, about a teaspoon of fresh grated lemon zest. After mixing all this well, I then added a half cup of powdered sugar to add some sweetness to the mixture. By, this time the dough had risen and I floured my counter and rolled it flat. I then spread the ricotta mixture on the dough and then rolled it back up and placed in a greased loaf pan. I baked it in a pre-heated oven on 350 for about 20 minutes or until bread was golden brown.

When I took it out I brushed it with melted butter and then sprinkled it with powdered sugar and, oh my goodness, it was delicious!

Tastes so good!

I learned several things this go around, one of which is that I put to much of the ricotta mixture into the bread, which made one side of the bread explode out with the mixture, which I didn't show you...lol! I will make it again, and again, I say thank you Mama for my love of cooking.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Countdown Clock and Memories!

I just love Christmas and always have! It has always been such a wonderful time with our family! Family gatherings......awesome food.....the surprise of waiting for Santa! I just had to find a Christmas countdown clock to help me know how long I had to wait til the magical time happened...hehe.....so adding a Countdown Clock was just what I did. I just love that cute polar bear! So many memories flood my mind.....such as the year that Santa brought my Daddy a red Schwinn bicycle! We got up that morning and were in awe of all our gifts.....and of course there were goodies in our stockings!

When lo and behold, we saw a note sticking out of Daddy's stocking....it was a letter from Santa to Daddy.....the letter stated that "Santa had been watching Daddy all these years and knew that he was a good man...husband....and Daddy" and that "Santa wanted him to know that he hadn't forgotten him and all good things come to those that wait" and for him to go look on the front porch! Well, we all went and ran to throw open the door and what to our surprise sat there, but, a red Schwinn bicycle for my Daddy!

I will never forget him, in his blue and white terry cloth bathrobe and his "whiteie tighties" and his slippers hopping on that bike and taking off down our street! Oh, how I wish I had a pic of that. My Daddy now suffers from a very rare brain disease called Pic's Disease and Normal pressure Hydrocephalus and is very ill, but, to me, this memory and so many others are what make this time of year so special....so counting down to this happy time just makes sense.....

Love you Daddy and Blessings to each of you,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Frosted Candle Holders!

Happy Hump Day Everyone,
Okay, go with me down memory lane....back to when you were a small child and Christmas was coming.  The tree would go up with all the lights and tinsel and bows and decorations. The garland was hung all around the porch and candles or lights were put in the windows to light Santa's way.......and there was a chill in the air!
Our Christmas Eve ritual every year was Mom and Daddy loaded us into the car and off we went to The Steak House, a locally owned restaurant that had the best steaks and homemade potato chips! They were awesome and we ate basket fulls! There would be other families and friends and it was always a grand and exciting time. Then it would be back home to get ready for bed and Santa.  I remember when the weather would be really cold and the windows would have ice or frost on them and how they lights in the windows would look.....all frosted over and glinting!
So, yesterday when a friend sent me a picture of a DIY easy frosted candle holder, I knew I had to make some. I had the jars.....the glue(was out of Mod Podge and the glue worked fine)....the lights and even had some Epson salt. The procedure was easy....clean each jar and then paint each jar with the glue. I quickly rolled each one in the Epson salt which I had poured onto paper on the desk.....and let them dry(about 3 hours) before placing the lights in them. I did one big jar for my friend and two smaller ones for other neighbors and I love the way they look and the memories they brought to mind:

 Of course, you could use real candles or tea lights, but, I chose a small string of min-lights for the large jar and two led tea lights for the smaller jars. This was an easy and enjoyable project and i think you ought to give it a try!


Monday, December 8, 2014

My Whimsical and Humble Christmas!

Happy Monday Everyone,

Gosh, I've been bad again....I haven't posted in over a week!  I did go out of town to visit my son and granddaughter, and have been under the weather a smidgen, but did get my Christmas decorations done and up!
I made my wreath out of garland I got On Sale at Big Lots, just wrapped in a circle and wired together and adorned with colorful and sparkly flowers! My front door is also guarded by two large toy soldiers that had been my Mom's......and with a Merry Christmas door mat, well, Come on in!
Last year I made a Merry Mail sign, which has ribbons hanging below to hang your holiday cards on and I use plain white clothes pins. I have a table beside my desk which has all my favorite candles, so on it, I placed one of my favorite large Elves.....isn't he a cutie? Then into my kitchen, let me introduce you to The Duffie Tree! My maternal grandmother, Zonia McDuffie, whom we referred to as Duffie, had this silver aluminum revolving Christmas tree when I was growing up.....with a multi-colored wheel that spun around at the base which made the tree change colors! Do you remember those? So, here is my tree in honor of Duffie, right beside a root of her Christmas Cactus, which I just love! In my kitchen window I have my lights and some more of my nutcrackers.
This year, I downsized on my tree, got a small one, and covered it with the bright and whimsical colors that I love....surrounded by more of my Santas and whimsical elves......a new television from my son and more Santas and gingerbread men:

They aren't the fanciest......priciest......biggest......I've had all those before......this year.....it is all about my family.....and to tell you the truth.....I'm happy with my humble life now.....Life is good!