Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Must Haves" for the City/Country Kitchen

I have been snooping around other blogs for the last couple of days. It's a little disappointing how many blogs are out there. There isn't a single topic of interest that is unique to one blog, but there is some seriously funny stuff out there folks. Another thing I noticed is that some of the "country/city-life" blogs have a lot of stuff to sell. Not cheap stuff to sell, but expensive, fancy stuff. I like Real Simple magazine (from Martha "you might be a redneck if you went to prison" Stewart) as well as the next gal, but I also know that when I am at my country place things seem to get covered in mud and dirt. I just can't see using that $59.00 French Provencial tablecloth from Williams Sonoma in my country kitchen. So, I am doing you country girls a favor (and maybe you city girls too) and I am putting up my three "must haves" for the city/country kitchen. Here goes...

City Girl: Turkish Tea Towels...set of 4 $240 dollars on GOOP (Gwyneth's website)
Country Girl: Set of four dish towels purchased at Food Lion...$9.99
City Girl: Shea Butter Handsoap....Williams Sonoma...$25.00
Country Girl: Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid (forget those dishpan hands!)...Food Lion...$2.99


City Girl: Countertop Composting Bucket....William Sonoma....$79.99
Country Girl: Mop Bucket with a pie pan to cover the top....Food Lion...$3.59

That's it ladies...get busy shopping!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Funny Farm Blogs

I decided to do my usual afternoon Internet surfing (instead of working) and Googled "Funny Farm Blogs". I was looking for humorous farm blogs. I completely overlooked the turn of phrase that is so often used when speaking about where crazy relatives are from. Anyway, I can't believe how many blogs are titled Funny Farm--something or other. My favority included a recipe for "Corndog Casserole" (WTF???). I thought it might be fun to challenge readers to a funny farm blog scavenger hunt. See if you can find the recipe for "Corndog Casserole". It's on one of the Funny Farm blogs. Post the link in the comments section!

What I did (NOT) do today...according to the Farmer's Alamanac

According to the Farmer's Alamanc today is a good day to do all kinds of things.

Here is what the Alamanac says (and what Iactually did).

Bake (made toast)
Cut Firewood (pluck eyebrows)
Cut Hair to Increase Growth (trimmed nails)
Mow to Increase Growth (trimmed toenails)
Castrate Farm Animals (sprayed mosquito of the backyard)
Dig Holes (dug holes...well the dogs did anyway)
Wean (
Potty Train (picked up dog poop in the backyard)
Wax Floors (wiped down kitchen countertops after making toast)

Oh! By the way, here is a picture of me on a tractor last weekend. More on that in a later post!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sew Awesome!

I just found this great new website to help me with my renewed love of sewing. I'll have to post pictures of my DIY projects!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Daily Confession from City Life

I celebrated Little Friday (Thursday) last night.. It's so cool to live in a place where one can walk to great restaurants and bars so one doesn't have to worry about driving. It does, however, free one up to drink (a little too much)!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Faux Pas, No Mas

I changed the name of my original blog from "Backyard Confessions" to "City Gal, Country Gal", because frankly there wasn't anything going on in my backyard to confess. Still, I find myself wanting to share my country girl faux pas. For example, yesterday I tossed perfectly good carrots into the compost bin because they weren't picture perfect. I admit it. I wanted picture perfect carrots (mostly so I could post the picture on my blog). My carrots are far from perfect. In fact, they all came out short and stumpy, hairy (looking like they were sprouting a carrot version of nose and ear hair), or twisted into something that looked it should be used in a witch's brew. After shouldering some pretty serious guilt about my wastefulness (I mean, come on, don't we all feel that way these days?), I decided that I would get creative with the remaining carrots. I performed some pretty fantastic plastic surgery with my paring knife and threw them in a mason jar with some apple cider vinegar, water, pickling salt, and crushed red pepper flakes. Now I can serve them to my city friends alongside some gourment cheese from our "city-fied" gourmet grocery, olives, and crusty bread. They'll never be the wiser if you can keep a secret...

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