Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie

Today my friend came over to show me how she makes her buttermilk pie.   It’s sweet It’s creamy and oh so dang good.   Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 stick of soft butter (1/2 cup) 3 eggs 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1/2 cup of buttermilk 1/4 cup flour  unbaked 9″ Pillsbury ready-made pie crust Unroll pie crust and place in 9″ pie plate. Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and mix well.  Add flour and continue mixing.  Then add buttermilk and vanilla and mix until blended. Fill unbaked pie crust with buttermilk mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  If pie seems to be browning too fast turn oven temperature down to 325. That’s it!  Nice and easy and absolutely perfect for this time of year.  You will definitely want to add this one…

Pine Cone Succulent Planter

The other night I was on Pinterest looking for inspiration on what to do with all these pine cones I’ve been collecting and I came across the cutest idea.   Pine Cone Succulent Planter! A women named Tiffany from The Inspired Home and Garden made them and I knew with one look that I would have to try it. They are really easy to make and require only a few supplies. A good size pine cone, the bigger the better. Assorted succulents, I used hens and chicks.  You don’t want anything too big or heavy. Sphagnum Moss Spray adhesive Twine or fishing line for hanging Once you have all your supplies gathered together the first thing you want to do is make sure the top of your pine cone has a bowl shape to it so it can hold everything.  You may need to remove some of the seed petals…

Army Strong II Graduation Day

The day of our son graduated from Army Bootcamp was a very emotional one for me.  I was so happy and proud of all that he had accomplished, relieved he was finished with phase 1, excited about his future and teary eyed knowing in another day I would have to be saying good-bye to him again.  I was a wreak, an emotional basket case on the inside but I kept a stiff upper lip and smile on the outside. The families all shuffled into the bleachers overlooking the giant field at Ft. Jackson that morning.  It was rather chilly and windy outside but I was dressed in a winter sweater so I was warm.  I just couldn’t stop shaking!  Nerves? Emotions? Excitement?  I’m not sure but that is my excuse for why my photos are such a blur.  Really folks between my shaking hands and the tears in my eyes…

Army Strong Family Day

This past week our youngest son Kristopher graduated boot camp.  My husband and I traveled to South Carolina to be there and share this honor with him.  It was a very emotional week for me.  I was a complete mess… after we left him.  I tried to be brave and keep my emotions in check for his sake but boy let me tell you, I don’t even think I had both feet in the car before I lost it. Here he is at his high school graduation in June. Kris is our youngest child.  Son #4.  My baby.  He has never really been away from home before except the occasional sleepovers, maybe a week at the most visiting family in Maine.  He is an old soul, a real homebody, an all around good kid and I missed him terribly. Here he is just a few days after leaving home in…