July 25, 2011

July Means Peaches

Hubby stopped by the produce stand and picked up a bushel of peaches last week and I finally got around to making a cobbler. I thought I would share my peach story and cobbler recipe with you!

As you can see I already used half for the recipe below

I have always loved peaches! As a little girl, my mamaw introduced me to the fruit when I was visiting with her one summer. I remember the sweet juices dripping off my chin in a sticky mess. I was in heaven and mamaw couldn't believe I hadn't had a peach before. I ate so many peaches that day, I made myself sick. Every July after that mamaw made sure peaches were at her house when I came to visit.

One year she told me that I could plant the peach seed in the yard and it would grow into a tree. Well I was all over that! I thought to myself a whole peach tree to myself with unlimited peaches, hot dog! So mamaw helped me plant that peach seed in the back of her yard. Every time I would visit she would show me the tree and how much it had grown. Eventually we were eating peaches off of MY peach tree. Sweet! Every visit mamaw would point out MY peach tree and remind me of our memories we had made together.

As an adult and struggling to grow my own produce, I would think back to that peach tree. How did that tree grow from a seed without effort? No pesticides, no pruning, what the heck? I couldn't help but wonder if mamaw planted a peach tree and painstakingly kept it alive so that when I visited we could relive our special moment visit after visit. Yes, she would do that!

Hot out of the oven!

So Simple Southern Peach Cobbler
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
8-12 cups peeled & sliced fresh peaches
sprinkle of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter in a 11x15 inch baking dish.
Blend together flour, baking powder, sugar and milk.
Pour batter in baking dish over the butter. Pour fruit in middle of batter and do not stir.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
Serve with vanilla ice cream.

July 24, 2011

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July 16, 2011

Summer Silk Wreaths For Front Door

I chatted with a lady on twitter the other day. She lives in Australia and she was asking if people in the states still put wreaths on their doors all year round. We'll of course given my wreathing passion, I had to respond back to her. "Of course we put wreaths on our door all year," I responded. Most put wreaths on the front, back and side entryway doors. LOL Wreaths make our homes inviting for our guests.

She responded back that where she lives, they only display wreaths during Christmas time. Wow I thought, learn something new every day. I relayed my amazement to this fact and suggested that she start a new trend there in her Australian town. She replied that she should and was tempted to make a wreath for her son's 5th birthday. I was excited that I inspired her and told her to send me pictures if she makes a wreath; so I hope she does.

But this tweet from a total stranger in another country got me to thinking. As I drive my children here and there, we see wreaths on most doors. When we drive to the coast for family vacations, there are wreaths on most doors. Wreaths are the norm.

If you are looking for summer silk wreath ideas, I've included some in this post. Some of these wreaths are for sale and some I've sold. But I have to wonder, what is the norm where you live--wreath or no wreath?

July 7, 2011

Non Traditional Door Wreath

This article was and I wanted to share it with you...

These are a unique idea instead of a traditional door wreath.   They are die-cut wooden wreaths that have been hand-painted and personalized.  A neat idea for screen door entries too. Below are a few different designs, again posted by seasonaldesign.  Eileen states they range in price from $29-$79 and found them on various artist websites:

If you are crafty by nature, then SEARCH “unfinished craft wood wreath” on Ebay.  You’ll find various  unfinished versions of these wreaths in different shapes and sizes and all of them are reasonably priced from $5-$7.  

I would probably recommend covering the back with felt so that they don't scratch the door plus it will give  the wreath a buffer when the little ones slam the door shut.

Do you have any non traditional wreath ideas? If so message me, I would love to pass them on to my facebook fans & add to my blog.

July 5, 2011

Another Poly Deco Mesh Wreath Sold!

While I do love and have an attachment to all the wreaths I design, I have to say this wreath was one of my favorites. I love it so much, I will be putting it on the cover of my new ebook, "Learn Deco Mesh Wreath Design", which is scheduled to be released later this summer.

Deco mesh is the hottest craze now in wreath and floral designing and the owner of this wreath will be the envy of the neighborhood. This extra large funky wreath will easily last all summer. The deco mesh in this wreath consisted of a deep purple mesh with metallic foil which makes it sparkle. I attached additional white deco mesh into the wreath giving it more fullness. I added two types of ribbon to giving this wreath more texture; the primary ribbon was a 2.5 inch purple with white polka dots and the other was a white deco mesh. There were five large whimsical Gerber daisies in white tucked here and there.

This wreath measured 31 inches wide by 31 inches long and 11 inches deep.

I do not have the materials to remake this wreath but for more poly deco mesh wreaths, visit my website www.southerncharmwreaths.com!

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