Aug 4, 2015

Primitive RUSTY STAR MAGNETS Tutorial

Easy Primitive Rusty Star Refrigerator Magnets!
 I love primitives in every room.  And here is an easy craft that you can make to spruce up your kitchen a tad bit.
Here they are out of the pack with a bit of bakers twine
 Super strong round magnet on back.

Super easy too!

First, get you some metal, rusty stars like this:
These measure approximately 2 1/4" each.

If you can't find them at a craft store, I have a few auctions on ebay with these plain, metal, rusty stars available here for a lot of 5 for only $5.99 with free shipping.
 (I hate to plug in my auctions, but
if you would like a set of 5 already finished with magnets, you can find them here.)
My set of 5 all packaged up and ready to go.

Okay, now on to making these cuties!

Next you will need some good strong magnets because we all know we tend to pile the papers and photos on our refrigerators! I choose these magnetic buttons from Walmart.

They are about 3/4" in diameter and come in packs of 52 for around $4 or $5.  And best of all, they are very strong! 

Next you will need some super strong glue that will hold these magnets to the metal and can withstand much use.

As always I turn to the good ole E6000 glue, also from Walmart for about $3 or $4 for a large tube.

It is great on just about any surface you could imagine needing to glue.

And next all you need to do is add about a dime size amount of glue to the backs of each star.  

My stars are the 3D type, so the glue needs to be enough that it will reach the entire surface of the magnet for a strong hold.





And after that, just let them sit and dry for about 24 hours to get a good strong hold.  
And they are then ready for use. 

These stars I chose have a tiny hole at the top and I may go back and add a little strip of homespun to a few in a fabric that will match my kitchen. A rusty red.

Very simple and super cute~!

And then I just put them in a slide, seal top plastic baggie.  And add a cute topper to it.

I hope you liked this easy, how to for Primitive Rusty Star Magnets!!!
-Lisa

Jul 16, 2015

Country Fences in KY #4

Love this beautiful tree.
 Today is Good Fences Day courtesy of  

And here is a cute old stretch of country fence that I snapped while driving down through lower KY.
 

Thanks again to Good Fences for the linkup!

Jul 11, 2015

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Fried Green Tomatoes 

That time of year again ya'll!
Raid your garden or go out and buy ya some fresh green tomatoes and lets get started. 

Don't worry,this is a super easy recipe for fried green tomatoes with an extra dash of country.  I call that butter!
You just mix up your batter mix, cut up your green tomatoes, coat them with a thin layer of the batter and then fry them up in your ole' favorite iron skillet.

Let's get started because I'm getting hungry!

You will need: 
  • about 5 or 6 green tomatoes for a meal or just 1 or 2 for trying it out
  • about a cup of cornmeal
  • 1 egg
  • a dash of flour (about a teaspoon, not much more or the coating will be fluffy looking)
  • butter (for adding to the skillet not the batter)
  • salt and pepper
  • bowl
  • milk (just add it until thick, not too runny)
  • iron skillet (my favorite way to cook about anything including cakes. Especially pineapple upside down cakes!
  • cooking oil (I use vegetable oil) You want enough in your pan to cover the tops of the tomatoes too. Kinda like deep frying them in a skillet.

Okay now on to the cooking so we can get closer to eating'em!

1. Wash your tomatoes and set aside.
2.  Mix up your batter mix:
  •  Add your cornmeal, egg, a dash of flour, salt and pepper and milk until you get a kinda thick consistency.
Don't mix it too runny. You want it kinda thick so that it will stay on your tomato slices.
Notice my batter is kinda thick. You don't want it too runny or it will drip off your tomatoes while trying to cook.
2.  Now go ahead and get your cooking oil and butter ready in your iron skillet. You want it to be on about medium so you can hear the sizzling as soon as you drop them in.
I add more butter and oil after cooking each batch.  The more butter, the better brown I get them to turn out.
3.  And while your oil and butter is heating up, go ahead and slick up your tomatoes.
I like medium slices. If they are too thin seems you really can't taste the tomato that great after frying.
4.  Now after your oil and butter is hot enough in the iron skillet, go ahead and dip your slices down in the batter mix (with a long fork) to coat both sides good and put them in the skillet.  Carefully, that oil is hot enough to burn! And it does pop a lot due to the butter being in there!

If your oil is not making tiny bubbles and a sizzle noise when you put them in, then chances are your oil is not hot enough.  You want the fried green tomatoes to start sizzling as soon as you put them in.
5.  Give them about 3 minutes to cook on that side and then use a long fork and flip them over.  A fork is so much easier than a spatula for me.  Cause you can grab it good.
Look at those bubbles, now that is the heat I was waiting on.  Don't worry if some of your batter does cook off, it will happen now and then.  But they are still great.
6.  Continue to cook them on this side for about 3 or 4 more minutes.  Just until good and golden brown and then they are done.

7.  Take them out of the hot oil when they are browned good on both sides and lay them on some paper towels to get off the excess oil.
I can never wait long until I chomp right into one... OMGOSH... sooo good!
And there you have it.  Just keep using your same batter mix and oil until you use up all the slices you have.  Just remember to keep adding a dash oil if you need more in the pan and always add more butter (usually a tablespoon) each time you put a new batch into the iron skillet.  I think the butter is the magic to these fried green tomatoes!



Yummy! And guess what goes great with these fried green tomatoes
Fried cabbage and cornbread of course.
Watch for my next post on those if you love country food!

Jul 9, 2015

KY Country Fences in Winchester #3

Today is Good Fences link up day! 
A courtesy of the  The Run*A*Round Ranch Report

Today I am sharing some good ole' Kentucky country fences found on a day drive through Winchester, KY.
Image from Wikipedia
 

 Hope ya'll enjoy'em!

Here's a shot from pretty far away, as I approached.
(Click on photos to enlarge)

And then here a bit closer you can start to see the cute, wooden, black plank fence.

 And then it gets prettier as I go down the bank and the sky begins to be the backdrop for only the fence.
Beautiful!


But then again, I always love anything to do with the country!
~*~

Hope you enjoyed my shots of country fences.
And thanks again to 
 for hosting the Thursday Good Fences Linkup!

May 5, 2015

Stamped Mason Jar Magnets


I love everything about mason jars. And when EyeballsbydayCraftsbynight recently shared a stamped magnet post, I thought of my mason jar stamps.  And how awesome some refrigerator mason jar magnets would be.

And here it is, a super easy and cheap mason jar magnet idea.

Here is what you will need.
-package of 12 wooden mason jar tags (found on ebay for around $4.00)
-e6000 glue from walmart
-round magnets found also at walmart
-black ink pad from the dollar mart
-mason jar stamp


Sorry it is sideways, I'm posting from my phone.

Okay, now it's super easy.  Start off by stamping your mason jar stamps onto your wooden mason jar tags.

Let them dry for a few minutes.

Then just glue on the round magnets to the back with the e6000 glue.  You could use other glues but for working with magnets that will get a lot of use, the e6000 forms a super strong hold that lasts.


I let the magnets dry for about 24 hours.  It's worth it because the hold is great.

And after that you are all ready to start using them.

This is really that simple and awesome of an easy craft.

I hope yall give this a try.  They turn out really cute!



May 4, 2015

DIY Paper Cup Wreath


Bare with me today because I have to post this from my phone.  Sadly my desktop is down and the laptop is way too slow. UGH!
So I am making due again.


I started making this paper cup wreath with very simple and cheap items. I saw the idea for this on Pinterest.

You will need:
-3oz paper cups(found in the bathroom supplies section) about $2.00
I picked the cute floral design .
-hot glue gun & glue sticks
 

Very simple here to start.And here is the cup in my hand so you realize the real size.


I made sure to start out by keeping the seem line of the cups straight.

Next just start by applying some hot glue in these areas and stick the cups together. 

And think about spacing because the closer the cups are the harder they will be to bend for the circle. I slowly added some space to them as I continued because I realized so super close they weren't bending easy.



And just keep on adding them and do a long line



And in some places after I bent them I had to go back and add a bit of hotglue to keep them together.
but then it got back to a normal hold. And here it is.


And here it is
A little bit lop sided Here and there but overall okay.

I tied a white ribbon to the top and used it as the hanger.

I gave this to my aunt to hang on her guest bathroom door.

I hope yall have fun giving this a try.
Happy crafting ya'll,
-Lisa