It's A Keeper!

It's 98 degrees here today! The kind of awful hot summer day where you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. And speaking of frying...... I don't like to fry stuff. I am scared of all that grease. I have tried in the past and always have grease pop on me. Poor Bobby G! He has never had good ol' fried chicken like my Momma makes because I won't fry it. One of Bobbie G's very favorite things are fried onion rings. I tried once and what a mess I made with having to dip the rings in a dry mixture and then a wet mixture and then the hot grease. They came out looking awful and not crispy. I even got one of those Bloomin Onion makers one time for Christmas from a SIL and I refused to use it. It's never been out of the box. Well....the other day I got my subscription magazine to Southern Lady and they had a recipe in there for fried onion rings that looked mouth watering. I showed the photo to Bobby G. He looked at me and I looked at him and he looked at me again. "Okay", I said. "I'll try it. But I'll make the recipe up and you do the frying." Agreed. And the results were pure perfection. Now, personally, I am not a big fan of onion rings but these babies were good, good, good. I dipped them in a zesty ranch dressing. Whenever I try a new recipe I always ask Bobby G. if it's a keeper. "Yes sirree Bob....IT'S A KEEPER", he said.

I was out shopping the other day and ran into Michael's for some supplies and darned if they weren't putting out all the Halloween stuff. Oh please, please, please let me enjoy the summer. Time flies so fast anyway, please don't force the end of October on me yet. But it did get me to thinking about my boutique items. So I have been busy making Halloween tags as well as Christmas too. But it's so hard with the hot, hot temperatures to get in the spirit of the holidays yet. Here is one of the Halloween gift tags. Remember that stash of vintage seam binding I found? I used some of the orange as the tie ons on this set of tags. I also used some vintage coin wrap papers too.

Since I have been collecting various and sundry things for my altered art I have decided to add another section to the boutique. It's called Odds & Ends and I have lots of fun stuff to put in it....like old game pieces, monopoly money, vintage nut cups and party blowouts and place cards, old wallpaper and other things. My find of the week this week will also be added there. These are old bridge score pad covers. I love them and since I play bridge will keep one but the others will go in the Odds & Ends finds. They are leather covered and still have the paper score pads inside. Whoever owned them must have been very good bridge players because one sheet shows where they bid a lot of 3 NT's and 6 NT's or someone got very good cards. :)

I hated like heck today to have to go out in this heat but I just had to go to the grocery store. The cat would not have been a happy camper tonight with no supper. When I returned home there was a big white box on the front porch. Oh boy....a package to open. But I hadn't ordered anything. However I had won a blog give-away recently from Suzanne over at Lavender Rose Bath & Body. She is getting ready to open her new website so stay tuned. She also has a real cute boutique called Think Pink Creations. I had won a gorgeous pink rose necklace but this box was way to big for that. Well let me tell you when I opened that box I was just blown away. Suzanne had said the rose necklace would come in something special and man oh man she wasn't kidding. I love it Suzanne. I love it all. When you see the following photos you will understand. The rose necklace was nestled down in one of the inside pockets of the tote. I don't know what to say Suzanne but thank you, thank you. That toile tote is so so me. You see I show it sitting on a toile chair that is in my kitchen. I love toile and I love black and white polka dots. The sweet necklace will be worn with pride. And folks that was not all. Tied to the pretty tulle bow was one of Suzanne's hand made crystal angel ornaments. That will be perfect on my white tree this Christmas. You can find them in her boutique. Did I tell you how pretty the packaging was....all wrapped in royal purple, tulle bows and purple crinkles. Suzanne's blog is pretty new and I know she would love to have you visit. She has pretty music too. :) Please tell her Lynn sent you and thank you again Suzanne.

Okay....one last thing. I think it's about time I have another blog give-away myself. It's so hot here that I want to get in and out of the kitchen as fast I can. This is a wonderful cookbook called Minute Meals....5-ingredient main dishes. Creative, stream lined menus that will let you fix a wonderful dinner in no time flat and get you out of the kitchen fast.

To enter I want you to guess what the creatures are in this pretty vintage glass compote. Just leave a comment on this post between now and next Tuesday. The first person to guess right will be the winner. Have fun and enjoy the rest of your week. xo Lynn


Maria said...

Are they from a tree? I thik they are a pine cone. I used to see those when I was a kid. I think.
Im excited to find out what they are.

hugs, maria

Louise said...

They look like milkweed seed pods to me. But if I'm right, you can let someone else win. I rarely win anything, and would feel weird if I did because it never happens.

LOVE the toile bag and the Halloween tags! LOVE. THEM!

Dianne Long said...

WOW Lynn, your gift from Suzanne was fabulous! Love that tote!! Now for the items in the bowl... are they magnolia tree cones? They look to be the fuzzy cones I've seen on the big Southern Magnolia trees here in Georgia! I hope I'm right!


Cathy said...

Lynn, your gift from Suzanne was beautiful. Boy we are so good to each other, aren't we.

The thingies in the bowl look like a pod covering some kind of pinecone????

xo cath

Connie said...

Wow, that's a puzzler, sweet chick! I couldn't even begin to guess, but those onion rings would certainly "ring my bells"!! I'd set myself on fire for onion rings. It's nature's perfect food after donuts!!

Anonymous said...

Lynn, I have no idea what those are! Are they pods from one of those plumey type bushes? LOL! I really have no clue.

Just wanted to say that I'm so glad you love your prize and thank you for the sweet compliments! You were, after all, my first blog winner! How funny that the tote matches your kitchen! What luck!

Lilli Blue said...

Those are magnolia cones. I am just behind Dianne. She is right!
they are furry. I love that

Shayla said...

Are they seed pods? BTW, those onion rings looked scrumptious. Now I'll probably get a craving...

Anonymous said...


Well I believe they are magnolia seed pods!

The "O" rings look so yummy. My all time fav.

The prize and gift from Suzanne is over the top beautiful.

Brown Bee Studio said...

I thought they were milkweed pods at first, but I do believe those are magnolia cones dear Lynn! ;0]
And you're absolutely right about your sweet package....it's SPLENDIFFEROUS! Luvins! xoxo

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Hello Lynn, What you have in the photograph are Magnolia Seed Pods. They are just beautiful from a beautiful tree. My parents used to have a huge Magnolia tree in their garden.


My Arts Desire said...

Hmmm...I live in Georgia and my magnolia pods are that shape but I don't recall ever seeing those little dark curly-Q thingies on them. This isn't fried chicken gone bad, is it?!!! ha ha

Actually I'm visiting for the Pink Saturday posts. Great spot on the pink store!

I'll be sure to check back and see if my chicken fried with its feathers on was the right answer.

Anonymous said...

Oooh I have to agree ~ being a southern girl myself ~ those are magnolia pods :)
What a wonderful and clever idea for a give-away. :)
Hugs, xoxoxo

Unknown said...

What a wonderful post..as usual beautiful pictures everywhere. I have no idea what are those, so congrats to whoever who will win it :)

Patricia said...

Lynn, that gift was gorgeous!! As for your strange creatures, I would have guessed artichokes. But majority thinks they're magnolias, so I'm guessing our southern Pink Sisters are right!


Kissing of the Frogs said...

Well first of all I have no no clue what in the world those furry things could be. And I must say that those onion rings do look YUM, and wow what a great giveaway you won - good for you!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Well if I hadnt been drooling over those onion rings I coulda been the first to tell you those came from a Magnolia tree...us Southern gals are smart even in this heat...but our food (fried especially) comes first!

What a fabulous prize you received!!!


Susan - InHerOwnWords said...

I agree Lynn, I'll be shopping at Make Mine Pink! You can count a gift designed / made with love and packaged beautifully!!!

I believe your bowl is filled with milkweed pods.

Sandi McBride said...

Oh, I think it's pinenuts...I loved them as a kid...I also love onion rings and here's a tip I got from a Benihana chef when we lived in England (his son was in our sons' scout troop) he used 1/2 corn starch and 1/2 flour with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp paprika and dipped what ever he was frying from pork for sweet and sour to squash and tomatos.in dry, then in milk and egg then back into the flour mixture then into the fat. I've used it the same way ever since...can't fail...and that's 1 cup of milk and 1 egg beaten into it

Kim's Treasures said...

Wow what a great package to come home to! Love the bag and necklace!!! What a lucky winner! Your onion rings look sooo good!
Have a wonderful day!

Fran said...

Being a southern girl as I am, those would be from a magnolia tree!


Lisa said...

Wow, can't wait to see what they really are, but I too am guessing magnolia pods. The ones here unforunately never make it that far as we are lucky to get a few blooms in between the late freezes.
Onion rings, be still my heart! Paula Deen rocks! One of these days I am going to break down and dare to try the Krispy Creme bread pudding, except they unexpectedly shut down our only store, sniff, sob...

Naturegirl said...

They seems to be seed heads of some sort!
WOW!! What a wonderful gift you recieved in the mail!! Perfect for you for sure!!

Sorry no fried anything in this house...hate how it smells up the house!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

ok, I guess your friends from the south know they are magnolia seed pods, but I tell you, they sure resemble the prickly pear cactus seed pod....we see a lot of those here in AZ!

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Lynn,

What a great post. So many goodies! I don't fry much either, but those onion rings look awesome.
Good idea for the new section in your vintage nest shop. Looking forward to seeing what you add.
Great give away, but no idea what they are.
Keep cool!

Joanne Kennedy said...

Hmmmm, I thought they were Magnolia pods also but since so many others said that and they didn't win, I don't really know what they would be. Maybe dried Magnolia pods?

Your giveaway suprise was wonderful!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I have NO idea! Your package is fabulous! Congrats on a great win! I feel the same as you...SUMMER IS NOT OVER! The black, orange, and white looks great on those tags. You may have gotten me in the mood for fall crafting. Hope it cools off for you. That is pretty hot!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Is that COTTON in the bowl??

Love all your creations...the tags are great. I have been so LAZY lately and not very creative...LOL. My creative season will probably kick back in with the start of school..I am enjoying taking the summer off to do house stuff.

Lallee said...

I hate that poppin' grease too. Haven't fried chicken in years. My recipe is Take Out ;-) Your onion rings look very delish.

Your boo tags are adorable. I saw Halloween items 3 weeks ago in Michaels. I know crafters need that stuff early, but please don't start putting fall clothes, etc., out yet.

Suzanne sent you a bundle of goodies. They're all wonderful.

I'm bettin' my cup of morning coffee that your bowl holds Magnolia seed pods.


Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi there,,they are magnolia seed pods.I saw you onion rings, they do look mighty good.I fry almost every day.I know its not good for you,but what the heck .Thats what My hubby wants.i fry chicken at least once a week.I've tried to make my hubby eat baked chicken,but he won't.Put your flour in a one gallon plastic bagie ,you can get these at the dollor store,cheap.Put your battered food in and shake.No mess with that.You do get poped from time to time,that can't be helped.Try not to get your grease to hot.When it smokes ,even just a little,thats to hot.Hope that helps a little...Hugs Marie Antionette, from way down south in Miss.

Anonymous said...

Some folks have already guessed! oh well..they are magnolia seed pods!
Those onion rings look scrumptious!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms.Daisy said...

Lynn, I loved the Toile tote with polka dots! Also, the items in the compote looke like a type of seashell!

I have an award for you...stop by my blog!

Marina Capano said...

Lynn! Hi! I love your post! nice bag!and yummy food!
visit me anytime....

Unknown said...

LYNNE!!!!!!!! That necklace is gorgeous!!! And everything she sent you is fabulous!! WOW what a treat!! Those onion rigns look so good, my mouth is watering!! Okay Okay, I admit it, those ghosts are really cute, lol!!! But I am glad i am not the only one who wants summer to hang on a bit :)

Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog :) It helped me a lot!!

Love you!

Kasey said...

I hear you on the "heat" issue.
can't stand the humidity! yuck!
Your blog is looking lovely!

PAT said...

I have no idea what those creatures are!

J does all the frying here. He has a fryer he uses on the patio. No mess in the kitchen and he loves doing it. In fact, when the Knights of Columbus cook for a wedding or other event and the menu includes fried chicken, J always gets the call to cook.

Have a great weekend Lynn. We're off to the lake, again!

Jamie {See Jamie blog} said...

Just stopping in to say hello. I just love your blog; please stop in and visit me when you get a chance. :-)

Bethie - Chic Junque said...

I just found your blog, and it is great! I love your shop too! I found you through my friend, Kasey of Lola B's Boutique. I'll visit often!!

Blogger said...

Being a Northern Girl, lol, I have no idea what those are!

I just found your blog today...those Onion Rings look sooo good and I haven't even had breakfast yet!

Nice to meet you:)

Donna said...

Hi Lynn,
It is hot here too! Too hot to be outside.
Those onion rings look really yummy!

Love the goodies you got!

Ok, I would have to guess that those are magnolia pods, since living down here in the south, that's what they look like.

Have a great week!

Dana and Daisy said...

What a lovely gift you received also!

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