Welcome to the Playroom at 14 Peonystreet!

Why we call it the 'Playroom': the place whence objects pleasing to the eye are brought from the drawing board to reality, after much discussion with the ancestors.....

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween, Y'all!



It's getting a little nippy down here.....
Drawing by Yours Truely- Moi!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 12, 2012

This Week On the Farm......

The fog is fogging.....
(The cool autumn air makes me a little giddy.  I just can't help but say these things in a childish way....)


the mushrooms are mushing....

...the dog is waiting....
...the clouds are clouding...
...the ants are anting....
...the walnut tree is nutting...
... a butterfly is resting....
...Bog boots are bogging....
....Autumn is autuming....
...one Hydrangea is blooming (!).....
...the Camellia is budding....

...a Blue Heron is visiting....

...a bird is warblering....
...the pellet stove is pelleting...

...and all is beautiful and well.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook - Review - One of My Most Favorite Cookbooks

While we're anxiously awaiting the results of National Banana Pudding
Contest,  (Update:   The winner is Stephanie Lutz of Spring Hill, TN.  Her recipe is entitled "Fosters Banana Pudding."  So far, have not found if she's sharing her recipe or not.)
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 I want to tell you about my "secret weapon".
I love this cookbook!
I love reading this book and the recipes are reliable.
And they involve science.  I like science!
Plus, it has the word "farmhouse" in it.  I have a thing for farmhouses.

Yeah, you guessed the author- Chris Kimball.  Author of Cooks Illustrated,
Cooks Country magazine and Lots of cookbooks.  And he's head of America's Test Kitchen.  He also
 
Here's a photo of some of the pages - Applesauce -
There's tapioca recipes-- a subject food that's near and dear to my heart....
And- biscuits... I love to write in my cookbooks- that makes them
special to me- and these are the books I know I'll keep forever.
I refer to this one a lot, and as long as you follow the recipes as
they are written, you'll have success.  There are no photographs in the book, but you
don't need them.  I've had a 100% success rate using these recipes as written.
This is one is obviously rated a 10-- even for beginners- because
techniques and the reasons why you do what you do, are
explained.  Ingredients are also easy to find.
Happy cooking!

Friday, October 5, 2012

National Banana Pudding Festival & Hickman County, TN Quilt Show

Let's Go to the Banana Pudding Festival!
Click on the banner to go the website for full details.  
$4.00 admission fee, free parking, $3.00 to go into the Puddin' Path.

They also have a quilt show!  I think the quilt show is free.
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I attended the first annual Festival and really
had a great time!
There's a pudding contest- where you pay $3.00 to taste the
competetors puddings  (organizations raising funds), then put money in a jar as to who's you
think is best-- that's the Puddin' Path.  This starts at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
 (Click on Puddin' Path for full details)
If you LOVE banana pudding- you will want to participate in this event. 
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The quilt show is in town at a church and it is well worth going to!!
The first year they had all these antique quilts on display!  There are some amazing quilter's in this area. Here's a few for you to look at from the 2010 show:

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Going to Centerville is a nice drive, into a rural part of MIddle TN.  About
an hour's drive southwest of Nashville, TN.
See you there!

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