Archive for June, 2007

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Summer Has Arrived! Plus all sorts of pertinent information!

I thought I never would get cool enough to sleep last night. I kept getting up and turning the air down! Spoiled you say??? DUH. I do like me some air conditioning! We will be making our first pool plunge of the year later today. Our friends “The Michelles” have invited us over to swim after lunch today. The kiddos are too excited!

Business News: I am back to making some soap for you local customers! Plus getting Farmgirl Clean™ stocked up on the website! AND I am revamping my “farmhouse kitchen” section of my business – if you remember all those good things…coffees, teas, cookbooks, etc. Cookbooklet #1 should be printed and ready for sale in July! FINALLY! I know you thought I had forgotten or abandoned it…just slow!!! And I bringing back NotQuiteJuneCleaver Aprons for purchase! So many have asked about them. While I am revamping the Farmhouse Kitchen section of my business, what would YOU like to see for sale??? Coffee, Tea, Tea Pots & Cozies, gourmet food items ??? Aprons? Please email me with your ideas or leave me a comment!!! I will make some announcements after the Vintage Apron Giveaway about how you can purchase a NotQuiteJuneCleaver original! I am quite sure they will be available as before -made to order, you pick the colors, and each one will be AN ORIGINAL…no two alike!!!

Also I host a new more interactive group and you may sign up here NotQuiteJuneCleaver . NQJC wont just be business it will be a place to meet and share things with other homemakers. So if homemaking interests you zip over and sign up!

I will also have an announcement very soon about some special products I am doing for MaryJanesFarm !

What have I left out??? Oh Husband is back in Tunisia for a month.  So I am going to be busting my behind to get work done while he is gone.  Lots of sewing and soapmaking and such!  And getting books ready for next school year…oh yeah I have to start thinking about it now! 

Now a recipe for you!!! 

Favorite Summer Recipe From The Michelles!

Ice Cream Sandwiches

1 box honey graham crackers
1 large box instant vanilla pudding ( you can use chocolate )
1 carton cool whip
any kind of add ons………….. mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, ect.
Mix pudding as directed; when it is firm, add cool whip. Spread on 1/2 graham cracker and cover with the other half… dip edges in your chocolate chips, ect.
Freeze for about an hour on a cookie sheet. Wrap individually in Saran Wrap and return to freezer. I keep them in a plastic container or a freezer bag. They keep quite awhile.



Housecleaning Day! My Aunt Dessie. And a recipe.

I have been very crafty lately. I told my mom yesterday I had had a “Dessie Day”. Dessie was my mom’s only sister. I never called her Aunt Dessie. I called her Ganky. All my life. Don’t ask because I dont know where it came from.

How to describe her, give her justice, yet be honest….Dessie was spoiled. Rotten. And a very hard worker if the work was something she liked. Hated to do housework, but loved to delegate it to others. Never owned a cookbook, but could make absolutely anything and as long as you never peeked into her kitchen, you would eat it. The woman could wreck a kitchen. Seriously. It was horrible. I never knew anyone to get sick from her cooking so it must have been just clean enough. Dessie loved me. A lot. She bought me things, and she taught me things. She tried to boss me but I was just enough like her not to listen. She comes to my mind so often. Like when I am in the middle of cleaning my kitchen and out of the corner of my eye I see a bag of fabric I picked up on the $2 a yard table, and all of the sudden I have raked everything off the kitchen table and have laid out the fabric to see what goes with what and I am suddenly completely immersed in “what can I make from this fabric?” That was Dessie. Ganky if you please. She would be cleaning her kitchen (on an extremely rare occasion) and look out the window and all of the sudden she was outside digging in a flower bed. Actual  work-work never held her attention.  You know the kind of thankless work that is required. And I have the same affliction. Oh I do it. But I dont really find it that interesting. However, I do love a clean house, so today, Friday, is to be designated Housecleaning Day. I am not sewing anything. Period. If I get my housework done in time, I am going to make a batch or two of soap. That is a big if because I havent really cleaned for three weeks. I have spot cleaned but there maybe enough hair on the bathroom rugs to make a wig…know what I mean?

So when I am finished with my first pot of coffee (I need the caffeine for motivation), I will put on my work clothes, my apron and get to it. I will start in my shoppe/studio…the most difficult first as all the fabric will be screaming at me. I keep telling myself I need an IPod. This is just another reason. I could listen to French lessons and clean and maybe I wouldnt hear the fabric. Then to the kitchen, laundry room…living room, and on down the hall. I am sure when Husband is up he will be right in the middle of it all, he likes to have thing orderly. Poor man. But I think I remember something about doing some vehicle maintenance today so I might be on my own. He will leave again on Monday so we have a busy weekend ahead. Time flies when you are having fun. Seems like he just got home. This trip he will be gone for 4 weeks. WOW that sounds almost like a month or so.

We have done so much cooking and eating while he is home, my gall bladder is somekinda upset with me! I will have to really watch it while he is away or I will be back to the dr to have it yanked out. I might try to schedule that surgery for next time he is home if things are going okay with my mom. She had a rough couple of days but that is to be expected I suppose. I feel sorry for her, she just doesnt feel like doing anything and she is so tired of NOT doing anything. That must me more than miserable. I honestly dont know what the next step with her will be. It seems the last thing the dr said in so many words was “Enjoy the time you have and wait.” Wait for what? To get worse? To feel a little better (doubtful)?

Well, this was a rambling post, if I do say so myself. Guess I better give you something for your time.

Benjamin’s Favorite Lemon Pound Cake


* 1 cup unsalted butter
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup cake flour
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 1/2 lemon, juiced
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Allow butter to reach room temperature. Cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add in flour, & milk. Beat each in well. Add juice of half a lemon, salt & vanilla. Make sure everything is well blended, and pour into a greased and floured loaf pan.
2. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes, checking for doneness by inserting a toothpick and seeing if it comes out clean. You almost want to underbake this
glaze with a mixture of powdered sugar and lemon juice

Really better the next day.

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