A Bit of Catch Up

After breaking my ankle in January and still recovering, it has been some time since I have posted anything on this blog.  I have mainly been posting on Facebook for my florist business.  I have TONS of flower photos, close up and lovely.  How can flowers not be lovely? Roses, Gerber Daisies, and many more.  A year of flowers.  Ipad photos.

Spring is coming to Texas and I will be getting out and taking photos of the Blue Bonnets and Indian Paintbrush.  Can’t wait.  I still cannot walk much, but I can still take photos from the car!

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White Peonies – Copyright 2017 Leslie Knox
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Gerber Pink – Copyright 2017 Leslie Knox
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Close up – Gerber Pink – Copyright 2017 Leslie Knox
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Purple Daisies – Copyright 2017 Leslie Knox

Inexpensive Art Easy Change Frames

I was a bit bored tonight during the rain and decided to print some of those printables I have been saving over on Pinterest.  I had purchased these inexpensive frames on Amazon (8 x 10)  (about $3 a piece but you can also grab some at the dollar store) and they are easy to change out since you work from the front.  With a slim black frame it makes clean lines for whatever you want to frame.  With some scrapbook paper and odds and ends I came up with 6 different vintage collage prints.

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For now, they are over my fireplace as I await the perfect mirror, but I am sure I will be moving them around.  I think they turned out great and the good thing is, when I am tired of them I can just pop the glass and switch them out.

The other week, I purchased a couple of dressers for some of my art supplies, but I haven’t done anything to them yet.  I also hope to get the paint off the original tiles on the fireplace someday!  I am sure this room will be a continual work in progress.

 

3rd Round of Cookies! & Christmas Lights

More cookies, though I have made so many I am going to have to give away some as we will never eat all of them!  Allee wanted Peanut Butter Balls so I made the standard ones with peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter, dipped in chocolate.  There are a lot of recipes with added ingredients, but these are my favorite.  Peanut Butter Balls

The second cookies are ones I made from Mrs. Suggs Snickerdoodles and instead I added some orange juice to the cookie mix with a small extra bit of flour.  I then made a glaze of orange juice and powdered sugar.  These are definitely a cake like cookie and not only pretty, they are filling and taste good too! Snickerdoodle recipe base

Merry Christmas to everyone in case this is my last post before Christmas!   I also included some pictures I took last night of the Hillsboro County Courthouse in Hillsboro, Texas, lit up for the season!

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Sugar Cookies for the First Time

I admit I have never made decorated sugar cookies before – even after all these years.  So, this year I decided I wanted to try.  While waiting for my daughters’ plane to come in I did not realize how time consuming this was.  I made 60 cookies and that was pretty easy.  Just a lot of baking.  I doubled up on the frosting recipe and used sparkles and toppings.  I did find a recipe that has honey instead of corn syrup which as you know, corn syrup is bad for you.  I made a big mess I had to clean up, but the cookies taste good and look good.   I was using a pastry bag but gave up on that knowing it was too time consuming.  Maybe next time 🙂  Overall, I will make sugar cookies again!

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Christmas Cookie Time

This year I am doing a cookie thing.  Nothing better than homemade cookie at Christmas as well as an awesome cake that I will be making for Christmas day.

I am a big fan of the Keebler Danish Wedding Cookies and it was hard to find one recipe that agreed on what was inside these cookies.  So, I mixed up a couple and my biggest mistake was using regular sized chocolate chips instead of mini.  They are still very crumbly and you need the oats, coconut oil for that taste (or chopped coconut).  These taste good, but these are too chocolaty.  Who would think I would say that?  So, until I find a good recipe, I will keep trying.

Now, the Snickerdoodles were a different thing all together.  I found a really good recipe and they turned out yummy.  The only issue I have is the oven temperatures vary so much for cookies you have to be right on time.  Even so, they turned out fluffy and pretty.  The recipe is HERE.

Until tomorrow… Almond Shortbread I think…..

A Little Oklahoma Indian Territory History

My Great Uncles Cortez and Elmer Brown, owned one of the first newspapers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  At the time it was still Indian territory and some of the articles and advertisements are of interest.  This was a period from 1891 – 1894.  Elmer was even jailed for 10 days, escaped and was jailed again for writing something his competitor (a Democrat) did not like (Elmer was a Republican).  Elmer Ellsworth Brown was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1937.  Newspapers at that time were very political.  There is an article as well about a woman jailed for “lewdly cohabitating” and her lover couldn’t afford to bail her out “this time”.  In Seward, Oklahoma, there were going to make it rain by sending a balloon with dynamite into the clouds and blowing them up.  Asking for donations since they had already ordered the supplies! Addicted to opium or other drugs?  Go to the Keeley Institute.  There was even a drug store that allowed you to use the phonograph, but if you were “colored” you had to use the black rolls, and if you were white, you had to use the white rolls.  They probably wouldn’t even let you in if you were Indian. Desperados and crazy times during and after the Boomer time in Oklahoma.  We are Boomers.

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Mexia, Texas and German Apple Cake

I wandered a bit around Mexia – pronounced Mahaya – took me awhile to get that right!  After a doctor appoint and they had some cool buildings.  I really love the one they are using as a civic center.  Way back during the Mexia oil boom there lived over 30,000 people there and a lot of famous people came from all over, big oil companies to get into the boom.  You can see some residual of the boom, but it is just another small Texas town.

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Mexia also had  WWII Prisoner of War Camp.  Believe it or not.

After visiting the Czech town of West, TX, I decided to make German Apple Cake since we are mostly German and English/Welsh/Irish.  This was simple and made melt in your mouth yummy gooey cake!

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Taking a Trip to West, Texas for Czech Food

Went on a visit to West, Texas, which is about a half an hour away from here.  This is where the horrible explosion happened in 2013 and destroyed a lot of the north part of town and killed 15 people.  It was undetermined as to why the fertilizer plant exploded.  Many people injured and a lot of destruction.  Like the hardy Czech settlers back in the town, the town has returned and it is a nice place to spend an afternoon.  Visiting the antique shops, the museum and of course the Czech bakeries.  The food at Picha’s was good and the Czech fries are loaded with onions!  This was also the place of the famous Crush Crash!  Crush, Texas, was a temporary “city” established as a one-day publicity stunt in 1896. William George Crush, general passenger agent of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (popularly known as the Katy), conceived the idea to demonstrate a train wreck as a spectacle.  No admission was charged, and train fares to the crash site were at the reduced rate of US$2 from any location in Texas. As a result about 40,000 people showed up on September 15, 1896, making the new town of Crush, Texas, temporarily the second-largest city in the state. Unexpectedly, the impact caused both engine boilers to explode, resulting in several fatalities and numerous injuries among the spectators.  Scott Joplin even wrote a song for the crash.  From a old vaudeville theater to a red tailed hawk.  Good day to go sight seeing in Texas.

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Wandering Side Roads in Brandon, Texas and Thereabouts

After a drive to Hillsboro, Texas, we took a side road and ended up in farm country.  I came across an old house being used to store hay and had to get some pictures.  Then, we found old Brandon.  With an old Baptist Church and an Old School house (which at one time was where the mill was located), and even the old Brandon Cemetery or Eden Cemetery.  Brandon was once a hopping town and some of it moved leaving behind what is left.  Picturesque and haunting.

The cemetery was used a couple of times in the 20th century and then once in 2012.  Most of the burials were in the 1870’s and 1880’s.  Farmers, cotton, and even a spa town for a while when people would come to camp to take advantage of the sulphur springs.

You can tell Summer is over and a dry Fall is here in the Texas heartland.

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