Saturday, January 28, 2017

Step into my parlor...the new chair has arrived

Okay, the new chair is in the living room...here's what we need next...



the carpet shampooed, a new rug, new lamp, new side table, and new bar stools. :(  I have no idea what that dirty looking spot is behind the chair. Looks like someone dropped a cup of coffee.

What we really really need is new carpeting. Wouldn't that be pretty! Want, want, want, says Poppy. If only I could win the lottery! :)

Clean the carpet is on my to do list for Monday!


Friends, wonder why I can't make biscuits. Seriously.

Mama used to make biscuits from scratch every day. She had one of those wooden dough bowls. 


She would sift a little pile of flour into the bowl and with her finger tips, dip out a measure of shortening and while working the shortening into the flour, still using her fingers, she added milk and worked the mixture into a soft dough.

Mama then pinched off a section at a time and gently rolled it between her hands to form a small biscuit. When all the biscuits were on her old black bread pan, she made a fist and with the backs of her fingers, pressed the biscuits down then baked them.

Mama, back in the 40's. Wonder if she had biscuits in the oven at the time.

Those very flat biscuits in the picture, I'm ashamed to admit, were made by me for supper last night. Oh the biscuits tasted good, Poppy even said so, but they were supposed to rise more. I've never been able to make good biscuits. 

"a pitiful looking selfie of me and a sweet little chick."  :) Three of the little chicks like to be held. Once we moved them to the big chicken lot, the mama hen said, "I'm done with you bitties"!  

It was cold out first thing this morning. My hands were as cold as they look too. I had taken off my gloves and dipped ice out of the goat's water. Actually, it was 29 degrees, which isn't bad, but after several mild days, 29 felt pretty cold.

Is the new chair too loud?

Talk to you soon!

Love,
Henny








64 comments:

  1. Good Afternoon, OH! I love the chair. Beautiful choice of fabric. Funny how one new things leads to another, huh? lol What a cute photo of the little chicken. It felt cold at 30 here this morning too, after such warm temps recently. That's a precious photo of your Mom. I have never been able to make biscuits either.
    Wishing you a very nice afternoon. xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you Mildred. I know, with the new chair, now everything needs fixing up. :)

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  2. Hello Penny :0) so wonderful to see your gorgeous chair!!! I know that when you do something like that, you begin to see what looks kind of shabby...but I know that after you clean the carpet and maybe move things around a bit, you will see that what you have is actually quite nice ;D hugs to you from the mountains of PA :0) mari

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    1. Hey Mari. Thank you! I was up early this morning drinking my coffee and staring at the living room. :)

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    2. Yep...I know how that is :0) Enjoy your chair and don't fret so much about the rest of the room. It'll come together...you'll see :D mari

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  3. Your chair looks wonderful Cleaning the carpet will improve the look of the room. The truth is most of us don't live in designer showrooms if we have pets and are busy living our lives doing lots of things.
    And you're a busy lady!
    I live in the mtns. in central Calif., snows on the ground, and my critters track in all sorts of stuff. Years ago I gave up and had the carpeting removed because it looked so nasty. Don't forget to sit in your chair once in a while. Keep warm. Sandy

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    1. Thank you Saundra. You know, most of the messes in this house come from animals coming and going. But we really enjoy our animals. I would not be happy in a house where I was afraid to relax.

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  4. Such a nice chair! I need a couch for the room we made from the garage (15 years ago!), but don't want to back it up to the post we hang our work coats on; too much dust and smell from the chicken houses. Everything new here goes toward farm machinery, etc.
    My mama made biscuits in a similar manner; I've never learned the technique so Pillsbury makes them for me.

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    1. Thank you. I sure understand what you mean. We love those frozen Pillsbury biscuits. They are just like homemade, aren't they? It just bothers me that I can't make biscuits. :)

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  5. The new chair is beautiful! I love it!
    Your biscuits look yummy. I have trouble with pie crust, my Mum makes the best pie crust. Love the photo of your Mum.
    We were the same temperature as you were this morning.
    Have a good evening!
    Robin

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    1. Thank you Robin. Oh, I can't make pie crust either.

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  6. Ohhhhh your chair is beautiful!!!! Love the colors.

    Oh mercy, we need a new rug in the Hearth Room, the room we use all the time. Or at least, have it shampooed. But there is so much moving of furniture, to have it shampooed.<--Excuse enough, for now. -grin-

    Great olden picture of your Mama! As to the biscuits, each one of us, can't make everything perfectly. :-) I make a fantastic pie crust. My one claim-to-fame. ,-) But I hate to cook.

    Yes, your hands do look cold!

    And no, the chair is not too loud! Tsk-tsk-tsk... Don't go second guessing your fabric choice. No no no! It is beautiful. Warm and inviting looking. And won't show the dirt.

    Ooops, Poppy wouldn't like that, would he??? Inferring that he sits in it, when not totally and precisely without any dust or stuff, on his clothes.

    Mmmm, do any men, do that?????????? >,-)

    Luna Crone

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    1. Hey there Luna Crone. Thank you! Oh, I would love to make a good pie crust. We love pies more that cake, but I always buy the frozen crusts. Men! Yes, Poppy sleeps, eats, watches TV, and plays with the animals in this chair. It gets a lot of wear and tear.

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  7. I know what you mean about making biscuits, Henny. My mom made a fantastic tea biscuit that I have tried many times to make and they just aren't the same. Love the photo of your mom. And the old car...fantastic. Aren't the b&w photos the best. Your hands would be frozen here, too. It actually stopped snowing for awhile today o we walked our grand-dog. And your chair looks lovely. Does Eli approve? lol

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    1. Thank you Deb. I do love those old black & white photos, and wish I had more of them. Eli did notice the chair being different. I'm sure it wont be long before it has enough dog hair and scent to make it fit right in with everything else.

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  8. I LIKE the chair, and think it a great color choice.
    If you didn't mention the carpet we would never have noticed. To me it just looks like shadows on the rug. : )

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    1. Thank you! I've always been one to point out all the bad things instead of keeping quiet and hoping no one notices. :)

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  9. I love your new fabric on the chair Henny, so warm and cozy.
    We have snow flurries predicted for tomorrow and just when my granddaughter has to drive fifty miles to complete her clinics for her RN nursing degree ....
    My gran owned her own bakery, but I do better with the partaking of not so much the creating ...lol
    I'm always spot-cleaning the carpet, life happens :)
    Stay warm !
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo. There are supposed to be snow in the mountains here too and possibly flurry here. It must have been fun having your grandmother own a bakery. I hope to do more than spot clean tomorrow. :)

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  10. The chair looks great! Is the green rug separate from the light coloured one? If so I would replace or remove that, and just clean the other rug. I too just thought that was a shadow behind the chair. We have an area rug in the living room, and that is about it. Too much mess carried in by all the animals. When I see places with carpeted stairs, I cringe because I know how much stuff I sweep of our stairs. But then not everyone has a farm and animals. Vacuuming stairs just seems tedious work!
    Don't you have to add something to the biscuits to make them rise? Baking powder or soda or egg?

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    1. Thank you Karen. I was up early this morning drinking coffee and thinking about removing the big flowered print rug. I've really loved that rug, but it just does not go with the new chair. Actually I would like to remove the carpet and the rug and have hardwood floors. Oh gosh, I don't know where to go from here. :) Oh the biscuits...I used self-rising flour.

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  11. The chair looks great; you chose very nice fabric. I do know what you mean when you say one new thing makes other things look like they need freshening up.

    About the biscuits.... there are some helpful videos on You tube. Try again and let us know. I baked today and although everything turned out fine my loaves look crazy. I don't take the time to make them nice and even ; I guess because I know how fast they'll disappear anyway. I feel obliged to make nice-looking food for company though and often that can cause me stress.

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    1. Thank you Granny Marigold. Oh, you are such a baker. I've never thought about You tube. I might have to look there.

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  12. I know it is great having your chair back, but it certainly brought with it a list of "wants and to do's". Sorry that your biscuits didn't rise, but they still look very yummy and a beautiful golden brown.
    Happy weekend!
    Connie :)
    P.S. I love that photo of your Mom, very cool :)

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    1. Thank you Connie. Oh yes, I've really got a mess now with a new chair and a bunch of old crappy stuff all around it. :) I'll come up with something. I need your creativity.

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  13. That chair suits you perfectly. And how funny that you just had to point out the spot in back of it. I never would have noticed it. That's just the sort of thing we all do, isn't it? Someone drops by the house and all you can see is the spot on the couch or the corner where the dog had an accident, and before you know it, you're exclaiming about how you need to get the spot remover.

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    1. Thank you Marty. You are so right. I don't know why I've always felt the need to point out everything that's wrong. Apologizing and explaining...that's me. :)

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  14. My daughter once asked my Mother for her biscuit recipe and my Mother said, get the can out of the refrigerator and smack it on the table edge, then put the dough in a pan.

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    1. Hey Janet! That is so funny! I can imagine the laugh everybody got from that.

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  15. I love your new chair, the colors are beautiful. The biscuits look delicious to me. I have some of the old wooden dough bowls, it was nice to get a visual of your mom actually using one to make those delicious biscuits, I love the photo of her. The chicks are so cute, it's too bad the mother hen no longer has a use for them. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Kelly. I would love to have a dough bowl. Occasionally, I see one in an antiques shop. I would love to have mama's, but have no idea what ever happened to hers.

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  16. The chair is beautiful.
    Did you forget the baking powder?

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    1. Thank you Linda. I know what a good baker you are! I was using self-rising flour so I did not add baking powder. My sister bakes a lot and she uses only plain flour, which I never understood. I am better suited to outside work, don't you think? :)

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  17. The biscuits look good. I only know how to do the drop baking powder biscuits. Use the same dough for dumplings in soup. Wish I had the nice chair. Phil/Minnesota

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    1. Thank you so much Phil! I've made the drop biscuits too and like them. You know what's funny...I make dumplings too from dough that I've made and rolled out and cut...but I can't make biscuits! :)

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  18. diane in northern wisJanuary 28, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Hi henny! I think your chair looks just fine in your house. Enjoy the brightness of it! Ha....isn't it human nature to get something "new" and then think you have to do lots of other things too! If I was at your house...I would enjoy those biscuits!!! Don't compare them to your mama's delish biscuits...just enjoy the work of your own hands! Thanks for a great blog! Stay warm!

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    1. Thank you Diane. You always have a good word. Yes, bringing home that bright new chair, makes everything in the living room look old and worn. :)

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  19. The chair is lovely. I really like the colors and pattern that you chose. As Karen above suggested you might think about removing the green figured rug that the chair is sort of sitting on. So close together they are competing with each other for the viewers attention. Or the chair might be positioned somewhere else although if it's Poppy's chair it probably has to stay right there in perpetuity. Men, what can I say? Every 15 years or so is often enough to rearrange the furniture.

    The biscuits look good. I think that CrackerBarrel has us bamboozled by those mile high biscuits they serve. My mother was a wonderful cook and her biscuits were so good but not real tall at all----they were short and had a really nice crispy bottom. Yummy! I have tried a bunch of biscuit recipes looking for those tall fluffy biscuits and mine never come even close to the pics shown with the recipe. Personally I think those in the pics are fake biscuits that they buy from a fake food store---special for cook books to make all potential biscuit makers feel really inferior.

    If they are the kind you roll out and use a cookie cutter to shape, leaving them a little bit thicker to begin with might help some. But if yours taste good that is the main thing---a nice appearance is one thing, a good tasting biscuit is what really matters.

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    1. Thank you Vic. You're right. The chair, and that rug with the orange and big flowers and swirls together just don't go. It is driving me crazy looking at the combination. Speaking of biscuits, have you tried the Red Lobster biscuit mix. You add 1/2 cup of grated sharp cheese, 1/2 cup water and bake. The box makes 10 biscuits and comes with a garlic/herb mix that you add to 1/2 cup of melted butter then spread on top of the hot baked biscuits. These things are delicious!

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    2. Henny, The Red Lobster biscuits are expensive. Do you know they make them with Bisquik,grated cheddar, butter, Lawry'r garlic salt, & some dried parsley.? You just use the recipe on the box, mix the in the cheddar, & bake. When you take out of the oven put the melted butter with the herbs over the biscuits. Sandy L

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    3. Oh, no I haven't seen the red lobster biscuit mix. I love those biscuits. Of course I love anything with cheese and garlic mixed in! I'll have to check that out. Where on the shelf would you look for them, with the bisquik and jiffy cornbread mix?

      I know what you mean about wanting to have more than one biscuit at a time. They are almost impossible to resist. I'm not even going to mention biscuits with sausage gravy slathered all over them. Nope, not even going to think about those!

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  20. I think everything looks great! I love the table and lamp, too. The chair is gorgeous. ^_^
    My Granny made great bread and biscuits from scratch. I was too dumb to learn from you. To me, if they taste good, that is what matters.
    Maybe take a ladle to dip the ice out, next time? You don't want to catch that ugly flu or whatever that is going around.
    Hope you all have a blessed Sunday.

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    1. I appreciate that Linda. Thank you too for the advice. I hadn't thought about making myself sick. Hope you are having a blessed Sunday too.

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  21. Love the chair! That color of fabric is so pretty. I have the same problem of wanting and wanting things also. I think your biscuits look yummy. I would have to say a flatter biscuit would have to have less calories right??? The little chicks are growing.

    Love you bunches

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    1. Thank you Vicki. Reckon a flat biscuit would have less calories? :) The biscuits didn't look so good, but I could have eaten them all, by myself, with some butter. :) Love you Vicki!

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  22. Your new chair is rich and cozy, too! I love it!

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  23. I really like the fabric on the chair. It goes real well with the pattern in the rug. As for the biscuits, I pretty much quit making them when I found frozen Pillsbury Grands at Sam's Club. They're nothing like the ones in the cans. They're like real homemade from scratch biscuits. I love crisp bottoms on biscuits and yours look like they'd have that all over. Yum! I care about taste, not looks.

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    1. Thank you Peg. We do love those frozen Pillsbury biscuits too. They taste just like homemade, don't they? Trouble is, I want to eat two or three and each biscuit has about 170 calories and 9 grams of fat. The homemade biscuits probably do too, but it is not written down where I can see it. :) I do love an extra biscuit with butter and jelly, even after a big meal.

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  24. Your chair is gorgeous! It looks so comfortable. I don't think the chair fabric is too loud and it has pretty colors that would be fun to coordinate with! I used to be able to make good biscuits and in fact entered them in our county fair when I was a teen and always got a blue ribbon. I've gotten lazy though now and haven't made them for a very long time. As long as your taste good, that's the important part. My late mother in law cooked like your mom - no recipe, just a scoop of this and a pinch of that. Have a blessed Sunday.

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    1. Thank you Melanie! I do love the colors in the chair. Your biscuits must have been perfect and you were making them when you were a teenager? That is amazing! Sure wish I could try on. I do better working outside than inside...especially in the kitchen.

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  25. I love the chair the fabric is stunning. As long as the biscuits taste good it doesn't matter what they look like. Take care.

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    1. Thank you! Well, the biscuits did taste good. Even Poppy said so, and he rarely compliments. :)

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  26. GREAT CHAIR!! Very lovely :-)
    I enjoyed my visit today dear!
    Have a wonderful week!!
    Many Blessings and warmth, Linnie

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    1. Linnie, thank you very much! You have a good week too!

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  27. funny how rude mother animals can be sometimes

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    1. That's the truth, Adam. She just dumped those baby chicks once she got back with the big chickens.

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  28. I think the new chair fits in with your things very nicely. Your poor hands! Nothing worse than icy water to make them red and chapped.
    I make oil biscuits, my mama's recipe, and they always turn out lovely. It doesn't matter what they look like, though, only if they are flaky and buttery.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. I wonder if the oil biscuits would turn out for me. Flaky and buttery sounds good, doesn't it?

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  29. Your carpet looks fine to me. Your new fabric on the chair really spiffs it up. I understand what you mean about adding new and everything pales in comparison. I have put off painting the bathroom where the plumber had to cut out part of the wall and now need to patch and paint. Seems to me once I get that room painted, all the rest will need it too.

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  30. Oh, your mom and my mom made biscuits the same way. Mom always made a little well in the dough and put the lard in...and she mixed with her hands. NEVER measured a thing. and she pinched off the pieces and rolled the between the hands to form the ball. Now she baked hers in a 9x13 cake pan. Most of the time she made just enough to fill the pan. and they were always uniform in size. The grandkids would eat them like they were cake...I can remember them begging for more and she made a whole pan of them and the two boys ate them every one.

    I cannot make biscuits...not from scratch! Haven't tried in years. But I would sure love to have some of hers. Hers were a different texture, too.

    I do make cornbread like she made it...and I don't measure either.

    BTW, your chair is beautiful!

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  31. Oh Henny...that chair is SO pretty! Thank you for sharing the picture with us. I love the print in the material you chose. The rest will come...a little at a time. :)

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