Hello and welcome to my corner of Georgia at Red Roof Farm. My blog is about the things that make me the most happy...family, home, church, collecting primitive antiques, junk ( I mean treasure) hunting, decorating, getting my hands dirty outside, an assortment of crafts and making stuff. Whew!!! As if I need more to do with a full time job of teaching. I grew up on an 85 acre farm where we raised cows, hay and an occasional ruckus. Now, we raise horses, flowers, vegetables and kids. I hope to someday make a living from home, but I can't quit my day job just yet. Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas present redo

My husband has been known on occasion to make some great finds....like the time he drove all the way to Nashville just to buy me a tobacco basket. Well, he did it again this Christmas. He found a big ole wonderful wooden box (just $10.00), only I wasn't crazy about the shabby chic paint job the last owner gave it. So today while my little wildman was at day care, I gave it the "once over" in black. Is that wrong to redo a Christmas present? Anyway, this paint job took place on my dining room
floor and fireplace hearth...too cold in the basement. Luckily no paint on the floor, just on me. I think it will make a great toy chest for the little guy. On to Lowe's to buy hinges....

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!

Did it ever!!! The local weatherman said this is the first Christmas snow northwest Georgia has had in 20 years. I ventured out yesterday to take a few photos around noon. We got 4 inches yesterday and it has been snowing all day today. It was the perfect end to a perfect day!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Home Tour

When we first looked at this house almost six years ago, the double sided fireplace was one feature we were really drawn to. The stacked stone goes 20 feet up to the top of the ceiling with plenty of display area all the way around to the kitchen. Sorry...no crackling fire today. It puts out a lot of heat.

The kitchen side of the fireplace

The old cupboard was a Christmas present from my parents 23 years ago.

A tiny half bath off the foyer. The dry sink belonged to my grandparents as did the oil lamp. The oil lamp was given to them as a wedding gift.

I found this old school desk at an antique store in Madison, Georgia. If you ever have a chance to go to this wonderful old historic town, you will not be disappointed. The spectacles and Bible on which they rest belonged to my great great grandmother.

My son loves this wooden sampler. He is really into saying his ABC's.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Doesn't everyone have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree?

I hope I'm not the only one....you know...with one of those trees. The kind that is not very attractive or goes with the decor but it holds all the special ornaments that you can't bear to part with...the ones your children have made, the ones made by people who are no longer with you, the ones you recieved as gifts and the cheap ones you purchased when you were first married and it was all you could afford. Every year since my daughter was born I have bought her a special ornament that holds her picture. She now has 14 of them. We have bought two now for our little "wildman". Speaking of....here he is rearranging the above mentioned ornaments on our Charlie Brown tree.

Our Charlie Brown tree is in the sunroom where little fingers don't go thanks to a baby gate. While I was in there he did some more "decorating".

Looking suspiciously innocent (and cute)!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Howdy Santa

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can't wait to start decorating for Christmas!!! Up first is my son's room, done in a cowboy theme. The denim curtains I purchased at Target and added a red cowboy print on the inside edges. I made a patchwork quilt and two pillows out of the same fabric. During the Christmas holidays two years ago when I was very pregnant, my husband and daughter painted the room a primitive mustard and the little dresser and an old pine bookcase I had in a wonderful red. His little tree is outfitted with cowboy ornaments...all of them at clearance price last year from Peebles. The little red lantern I found at Target along with the denim rag rug. I have had the little blue chair and the dresser for years and never really knew what to do with it. I think the good Lord had a plan for them all along!!

Plum Cake

I first tried this cake at a school luncheon. A friend that baked it said it was made from baby food plums. My first thought was "no way am I going to eat that". I did try it and much to my surprise it was wonderful. I made it for Thanksgiving and it was a hit!!
Here's the recipe:

2 cups of self rising flour
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 jars baby food plums
1 cup vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients together. Bake in a bundt cake pan at 350 for
1 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cake is cooled

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!!! The "wildman" is at daycare so this morning no one was under foot and I was feeling quite domestic so I thought I would do some pre-Thanksgiving baking. I found this recipe online for pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese filling. They were scrumptious!!! The recipe called for a streusel topping which I did for the first batch and decided to leave it off for the second batch. I prefer no topping. The recipe makes 18 muffins. Here goes:
8 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons soft butter
2-3 tablespoons chopped nuts
line muffin pan with paper baking cups or grease and flour the muffin pan
heat oven to 375
Filling: in a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth and put aside.
*In a large mixing bowl, combine the 2 and 2/3 cups of flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add eggs, pumpkin, oil and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat until blended.
*In a small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, butter and nuts. Work together with fork.
*Fill muffin cups about 1/3 full with the muffin batter, then put about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture in the center of each. Top with 1 more tablespoon of the pumpkin batter or until the cups are about 3/4 full. Sprinkle muffins with streusal topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

First time trick or treating

This is my little pumpkin and he went trick or treating for the first time this year. Last year we dressed him up as Tigger, but for pictures only, no candy. He still doesn't eat the candy, but we went anyway. Its funny how he knew what that plastic jack o lantern bucket was for. He inspected every piece of candy that went in there. We made it to five houses of friends and former neighbors before he had had enough. If it were not for the Kai lan DVD playing in the car we would not have made it that far. Thank goodness for portable DVD's!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

fall flowers

This morning I brought home a few fall annuals from the high school's greenhouse....pansies, dianthus, dusty miller and snapdragons. Although they are technically annuals, all but the pansies tend to behave more like perennials. I have snapdragons and dianthus that have been in the ground for several years. The pansies will look great all the way through next June. I can't wait to get them in my pots. All I have to do is wait for my husband to come up out of his "hole" (man cave/basement) and watch the "wildman" (son).

Its the Great Gray Pumpkin

I found the most amazing pumpkin this week at Glass Farm Nursery in Rising Fawn, Georgia. Its completely gray. It has deep grooves and an interesting texture. The nursery owner gave it to me because it has a bad spot on one side. I wouldn't dare carve it up for a jack o lantern...its much too pretty. I'm going to save seeds for next year and hopefully have a whole patch of great gray pumpkins.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Construction Project

My daughter is building a playground for her little brother. She needed a project for her agriculture class at school (she's in my class) and came up with an idea to build her little brother some sort of playground. Her dad decided we did not have the skills or time to build it from scratch so he found this playground from an online auction that benefits the Ronald McDonald House in Chattanooga. We won the "Chesapeake" model from the Swing-N-Slide Company for just $650.00. Regular price for these models are $1600.00. Her little brother is inspecting her work and is thrilled with the progress. She still needs to add the picnic table, monkey bars, climbing wall and landscaping. My daughter has done an awesome job and learned several new skills (how to use power tools, how to read and interpret directions and how to measure using a measuring tape. Most importantly she did this for her brother, afterall, she waited 13 years for him.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Sampler, sampler on the wall, whose the fairest of them all? This is a small part of the collection I have done over the years (a few of them are really old... 1863. My college roommate way back when taught me to cross stitch and samplers on linen are my favorite. The first one was in 1986 and the last one I did in 1993....I can't believe it has been 17 years since I have done one!!! Its funny how life interrupts some things...not that I have minded. Before my daughter was born, I was working 6 and 7 days a week. After she was born I couldn't quite find time to sit and do another. Just when I thought I could have some time to do the "crafty" things I like to do...at age 45, our "wildman" was born. So many of you in blogland are true inspirations. I don't know how you do what you do. I have really enjoyed browsing the cross stitch creations of Jen at Taylor's Farmhouse Attic. Who knows...in a few years (if he would stay in one place long enough) I might have a few more samplers on the wall.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rain and the hummingbird vine

We finally had some rain Sunday and again yesterday here in North Georgia. It's amazing how a little bit of moisture will make the blooms suddenly appear. This is a picture of a hummingbird vine or cypress vine as it is commonly called that has been rambling on my porch steps and across the rails all summer. It has not bloomed very well until Monday. I don't put out hummingbird feeders (I forget to fill them up and really have no time). I would rather rely on plants to bring the hummers in. Be careful though, it can certainly take over a small area but what a show it can put on!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Four legged family members

I thought I would share pictures of a couple of our four legged family members. It took me several minutes to get Tucker to lay still and Lizzie didn't want her picture made at all. You can tell she is not happy about the whole prospect of being in a picture with Tucker. My 18 month old thinks the dog's name is "Bad Dog" instead of Tucker. Speaking of 18 month olds, while I was trying to get a picture of the dogs.....he was playing in the toilet!! Wonderful!!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Birthday Boy

Today is my husband's birthday and now we are "officially" the same age. I am exactly one month to the day older than he is and you would think it was 10 years the way he describes it. Happy Birthday to my husband of 23 years.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall decorating

Here it is Sept. 19 and it will be in the low 90's here in Georgia with not a rain drop in sight. Never mind....I love fall and enjoy the color change on the mountain. I look forward to it every year. I have also enjoyed changing the look of the house with the seasons. I have to say however, decorating over the past two years has been difficult with being pregnant at my age and now having a boy that is a constant whirlwind. I swear he never slows down. But that's okay...he sure is fun. Anyway, I found this little cabinet at the World's Longest Yard Sale back in August. It was dug out of a barn in New Salem and when I opened the drawer to see if it in fact opened....there was a nest of dead mice. Lovely! I told the man I would take it if he got rid of the mice. He did and I brought it home. Its been sitting in the basement since August and today we took it to the front porch and I fixed it up. I have been saving my okra pods for just the right spot and now they are in the cast iron pot. The wire horse muzzle on the door is filled with little white pumpkins and the bird houses I have had for years. Can't wait to work on the rest of the house!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Visitor of the four legged sort

Back a month or so ago, there was quite a commotion going on in our pasture courtesy of this little guy. We affectionately named him "Trouble" and he came from down the road. No...he doesn't belong to us, he came to visit Peaches and Shelby and decided to stay awhile. We had to call him something and "Trouble" seemed to fit him well. Peaches and Shelby certainly did not appreciate his affections. As it turns out, Trouble is a miniature mule and a "stallion" miniature mule. After a week or two, we finally caught him in a stall and shut the door on him. To be such a little guy, he sure is strong. It took both my husband and myself to get a rope on him in order to take him home. He did not want to leave his new found girlfriends and did not go home easily. We found that in order to move an unwilling mule (even a little one), you have to walk them backwards. Yes, we backed that ornery little thing all the way down the road to his home. I almost say "Good riddance", but he sure is cute!!!!

Fall Gathering

What a beautiful sunny day for a fall gathering. I just returned from Becky Howard's house/farm/business. She owns Pigeon Creek Cabin in Lafayette Georgia. Her business is housed in a pre 1810 log cabin filled with early primitives and handmade items. She also has a Dry Goods Store located in her daughter's former playhouse. I spent almost 2 hours there taking in the beautiful scenery and of course buying stuff!!!