Thursday, June 22, 2017


I grew up with a grandmother who was an amazing German cook.  This is one of the first recipes she taught me. It is so good!!  

First we make the dumplings...

3 cups flour
1 cup water or milk
2 eggs
1 t. salt

Mix up the dough.  You want it to be stiff.  Add more flour as needed.   Let this sit while you work on the next step.

The potatoes...

Cut up 5-6 potatoes into small cubes (little bit bigger than bite-sized).  Add them to boiling water and a dash of salt

When the potatoes are about 1/2 done (just starting to get soft)

Form the dough into small balls (just a bit smaller than a ping pong ball).  The dough might be sticky.  You can add more flour if you wish.

Drop the balls of dough into the boiling water (with the potatoes).

The dough will float to the surface.  Cook for about 15-20 minutes.  

While this is cooking. ...
Cut up slices of bread into tiny cubes.  Fry the cubes of bread in 2 T of butter or margarine.  You want the bread cubes to get a lovely golden brown on all sides.

When the potatoes and dumplings are done cooking, drain out the water.  Return it to the cooking pot.

Add about 1/4 cup of heavy cream or milk to the knelfa in the pot.  Let this sit for a few minutes.  The warm knefla will slightly warm up the milk. In a pinch if milk is not available, I have used a few tablespoons of sour cream.   

Knefla is good with meatloaf, kielbasa, or meatballs.

This post is participating in:
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
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Friday Favorites @ Simply Sweet Home

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Painted Toy Box

My childhood toy box had seen better days. My parents moved it multiple times across states and then they moved it to my house.  

The paint was marked up and it had old 70's decals on the side. As you can see from  these pictures it also had a yellow vinyl seat.  Very dated and worn out.

The paint needed refreshing and  it needed a new top.

Hubby did some of the heavy work removing the top for me.  

We were left with this... I painted over the decals and over some of the really bad spots.

With the top coat it was starting to look better... splotchy but better.

We pried open the paint and the fun began!!

3 coats of paint later.... inside and out.

Sorry about the shadows from the overhead trees.  

Here is the toy box in my son's room.

It now has a smooth top once we removed the vinyl and padding. The top was in great condition.  The hinges still worked, just needed a little oiling. 

 Kiddo uses the box for extra storage as he has a very tiny closet. 

I am very pleased at how the toy box turned out. Good-bye 70's decals and yellow seat!!!

Now I can pass on this family heirloom to my son.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Our Torn Up Front Yard

Yes,  it is a lot of beige and dirt.  

We are finally re-landscaping our front yard.  We attempted to grow grass but it didn't grow.  We had to dig it up due to flooding... and reroute our drainage.  

We decided it is time to just rip it all out and start over.

Start over we did!! We tilled out all the weeds and sad looking grass and then ripped out all but one flower bed.  

By the end of Day 1 (Sunday) we had piles of dirt and a few rocks in their new place.

This is what the yard looked like Monday night. 

A neighbor ripped out all of these stones from her yard and told us we could have whatever we wanted.  That will save  us quite a bit of money on this project. 

Now we get to arrange them into a short wall  and create flower beds near the sidewalk. 

This is going to take a few weeks to finish as super hot temps are keeping us inside.   I will update our progress next week.  Hopefully there will be less beige and less dirt.  

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Wow Us Wednesday@ Savvy Southern Style
Sizzle into Summer @ DIY by Design
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Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer

Monday, June 19, 2017

Teen Minimalist Bedroom

Kiddo is not a fan of fancy decor.  He decided on a theme for his room of "outdoorsy" and highly minimalist.  He likes muted colors.  Decorating his room was a bit of a challenge for me but it was important for me to honor his wishes and sense of style.

Simple bed... only the necessary pillow.  Just right for him.

The chest beside his bed is an old toy box (my old toy box when I was a kid).

The faux leather lamp shade is fairly new.  The shade matches the bedspread almost perfect.

Here is the new dresser from last Tuesday's  post.  

See the pickle jar on the wall shelf??  That jar holds George.  George is a dead dragonfly.  Hubby brought him home several years ago. George is a prized possession. I have a feeling George will be going to college with my son. 

Kiddo is studying pre-engineering in high school.  He brought home these posters from aero space symposiums that he has attended. The bookshelf holds some of his books-- from school and fun reading.

The lamp with the drum shade is a family heirloom-- it was my grandparents.  

I kept Kiddo's room decor very simple.  He has the things he loves and the things he needs. He is very happy with his room... that is makes his Mamma happy, too.

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Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Farm Fresh Feature @ Stone Cottage Adventures
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
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My Kitchen Island

I had dreams of having a kitchen island.  Having a central location where cooking can take place.

One day Hubby brought home a metal restaurant prep table.  They said he could "just have it". We got it for free!!!

After a bit of cleaning, sanding and buffing, the island was ready for use in my kitchen.

This is my "cooking central".  A great place to slice thing and mix up things.  As you can see it is also valuable storage.  I have an abundance of cooking bowls and metal cookware.  
It save lots of steps when I am cooking at the stove because it is only  a step away (literally).  The sink it about 2 1/2 steps away.  

I collect Pyrex mixing bowls and they all match my kitchen.  

I cook from scratch and I need lots of bulk ingredients.  I have all of my flour, sugar and rice at the end of my island.

I love having a stainless surface.  It is easy to clean up.  Just wipe down with soap and water.  If I want it to shine extra... then I spray it down with vinegar and water and wipe dry.

I can put hot kettles and stoneware right on the surface without a hot pad.  If the surface gets discolored or scuffed then hubby just needs to sand it and buff it again.

When we have company over, people can stand around all side of it cooking and talking.

I am so happy to have my free kitchen island.

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 Creative Mondays @ Claire Justine 
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Your the Star Linky Party @ Electric Red Barn
What'd You Do This Weekend @ Recipes and Ramblings with the Tumbleweed Contessa
Cooking and Crafting with J&J @ Julie's Creative Lifestyle