TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Baked Chicken over Fresh Vegetables


Who loves baked/roasted chicken?  Who loves roasted fresh vegetables?  I for one.  Can you just smell the aromas coming out of the kitchen?  This is a quick and easy way to have both!  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Make Your Own: Gentle Laundry Detergent With Softener



Hey Everybody!  I was having a day of laundry when it hit me; I haven't shared this DIY mixture of laundry detergent with you.  I say detergent but it is really laundry soap without some of the harmful detergents and additives found in laundry cleaners.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Bread Machine: Zojirushi Mini Product Review


Hello, how are you this morning?  We are waiting to see how Hurricane Irma is going to affect us here in South Carolina.  I'm just sitting here drinking a huge cup of coffee and wishing I had a fresh baked loaf of bread.  Today is as good as any to do a review on this little number. God bless all in the path of this monster storm.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Are We Ready For Hurricane Irma?

National Hurricane Center 
Irma 2 am this morning

Well friends are you ready?  Hurricane Irma is on it's way.  We are still praying for Texas and now this one is soon to be near.  What will you do?  

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Do You Wear White After Labor Day?


A good question isn't it?  Well, do you?  Where did this custom come from?  I don't know, only that if you wear white after, what?  People will stop and stare.  We wouldn't, we couldn't wear white; Or could we?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hibiscus House Daylilies 2017

This little critter is enjoying the daylily

Today's topic is The Beautiful Daylily! This has been our showcase flower this year!  Everyday was a flower show. The best I've ever seen.  I'll put the link at the end of the post as to where we found them.  Join me today for the Hibiscus House Daylily 2017 Tour!  Watch your step!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My Electrolux Kitchen Appliances Review




Today I do a review of a kitchen full of appliances here at Hibiscus House.  Keep in mind that I cook more than usual!  As a matter of fact I cook all the time, so these appliances have to work hard! Having said that I still expect them to work!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Talking Chicken



Who loves chicken? I do being from the south or course our very favorite is fried but we also love a baked chicken?  We we sure do around here.  What can be simpler?  Throw it in the oven and bake. Many of you know I really like Jacques Pepin.  He is a man of many talents.  Today baked chicken is the topic and who better to explain than Jacques Pepin?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chicken & Dressing Casserole


I can remember standing and watching my grand-mama Cora making her cornbread dressing with a little bit of chicken she had boiled.  I watched as she baked her own cornbread recipe from her own stone ground cornmeal granddaddy had taken to have ground.  Using the milk from her cow named Sookey, the eggs from her own laying hens and lard rendered from the pork grown on the farm. I almost forgot a hen that had just that morning been running around in the chicken yard.  Did I do that for this recipe?  Of course not!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bunny Talk and Porch Curtains



Oh the excitement of a newly painted porch, railings and ceiling!  Friends you know how much we're enjoying the porch.  It is such a pleasure to walk outside and enjoy the colors!  It is amazing what a little paint can do to change your whole surroundings.  Color affects the mood even!
It wasn't long after we painted that we started noticing scratch marks, then gashes taken out of the porch flooring and railings.  What in the world was happening, we scratched our heads and gave up thinking about it.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste



Have you made this yet?  Do you make homemade products for your home, health or body needs?  I've found that although I put these things off they truly can save you money in the long run.  From time to time, I am skeptical of some of these homemade products and want to be sure they are safe to be used.  Every ingredient needs to be investigated for safety, well as best as any individual can investigate that is.  I jumped off the buy everything a while back and haven't been disappointed at all.  The deodorant I put together last year, and let me tell you one tube lasted an entire year, works wonderfully!  Today we're talking toothpaste!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dolly is Cooking Brownies



I was in the mood for brownies the other day and these were what I came up with.  The coconut oil arrived the day before and I declared that I was going to use more of it because it just might be better for us than some of the oils out there.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Flowers Shrubs Trees Butterflies & Rabbits



I must confess that in the last two years my gardens haven't been given the attention they deserve. They still perform beautifully, bless their hearts! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Homemade Scuppernong/Muscadine Grape Jelly



We have a few different varieties of Scuppernong or Muscadines growing in our little orchard.  You know there are only so many of these you can pick and eat then after a while it makes sense to save the rest before they go bad.  I love the juice from them, it reminds me of the grape juice we have at church when we observe The Lord's Supper.  Prepare and take the juice from your grapes to be used now or later.  This jelly was made from the juice of last year's crop.  It is delicious.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Watching Turkeys, Healing Casper, Harvesting Grapes, Birds and The Porch


Hello Friends, It has been quite a while since I've posted so this one may be a little about this and that.  Hope all are well and enjoying the Summer!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Product Review: Corux Smart Bluetooth FM Transmitter with Car Locator



How many of you lose your car in a large parking lot?  I do sometimes, I'll admit it.  When approached by Alan a representative of Zake Usa and Awesome Deal Us about doing a product review on this item it wasn't a hard decision to make.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Vegetable Loaded Chili & Beans



Some of the best recipes come from making something with what you have. This particular day I had planned to make lots of things with the ground beef I had on hand.  I also wanted to use up some of the veggies I had chopped that were on the verge of going bad.  This quick and easy recipe came about although not a thick chili it was delicious.  I served it on rice to make it stretch a little farther. Chuck took some to work as well because he hates to eat in the cafeteria.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hibiscus House Strawberry ~ Banana Jam


Strawberries, who doesn't love them?  I know they are my favorite fruit and my next favorite is a good ripe banana.  Of course you do have to time that just right ripeness in the berries and bananas, then eat or preserve for best taste at that perfect time!  Today I'm sharing one of my own recipes and it is delicious!  They do call me the 'Strawberry Lady'.  

Friday, May 5, 2017

dolly's Homemade Fabric Softener



I use my wool dryer balls for most of my laundry as a fabric softener. They work so well, but, I need a fabric softener for use with my hand washables.  I don't dry those.  This is a quick and inexpensive fabric softener for those times when you don't have or use the store bought.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

True Farmhouse Memories



Uncle's Tractor
Isn't it a beauty?

Farming, row crops, farmhouses, farm animals all have been on my mind lately.  We lease this land out where we are to farmers, so when I hear a piece of farm equipment in the fields those memories come to mind.

Friday, April 28, 2017

What is a Farmhouse?


Farm.house--noun--A house attached to a farm, especially the main house in which the farmer lives.
farmhouse is a building that serves as the primary residence in a rural or agricultural setting. Historically, farmhouses were often combined with space for animals called a house barn.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Florida Room Decor Ideas!


One of the most peaceful and inspiring vacations took place in Florida and today that is on my mind. That vacation and thinking what I would do with a Florida or a Sun Room.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Frittata Anyone?



Today we are having Frittata!  I have an endless supply of fabulous farm fresh eggs.  The rich taste and color can't be beat.  We really like quiche and if you ask me a frittata is nothing more than a quiche without the crust.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Big Batch Laundry Soap Update!


Today's post is full of tips, measurements, costs, amount of uses per mixture etc.  Looking for an easier way to make Big Batch Laundry Soap?  Join me won't you.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hibiscus House Laundry Mixtures



I know most are enjoying Holy Week, off on a trip or getting ready for the weekend.  Easter is a sacred, fun and busy time.  Today I am sharing something out of necessity because of the recent requests to make it easier to find them. Join me won't you:

Friday, April 7, 2017

Natural Produce Spray Cleaner


I know if you are like me you are concerned with the growing practices of our food growers.  The chemicals pesticides and herbicides used are of a great concern to us all.  There is no way to rid our food of these harmful chemicals but we can do our best to get rid of what we can.  It is way to dangerous to ignore in the long run.  Today I share a few spray mixtures that may help some.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Natural Produce Cleaning wash



I think we can all agree that unless something is grown completely organic our produce needs to be cleaned.  Join me today as we talk about natural mixtures you can use yourself to help remove some if not all pesticides.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

It's a Dog! No It's a Flower Honey


This picture hung in our family home until mama told me in recent years to take it home with me. It always caught my attention from a young child on. It is a simple vase of flowers yet so much more. Join me today won't you as I talk about "The Dog Picture"!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Southern Traditions: Fat Back, Homemade Biscuits & Dixie Lee Peas


Today I'm sharing a menu that some will know and like and some will know and not like.  Either way today we're talking about Southern Traditions and eating not as high on the hog!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Creamy Italian Soup





I might as well call this Toscana Soup with some additions but will name it differently because I have a Toscana recipe already.  This one has fresh asparagus and mushrooms that make it a little different. Guess it is a creamy mushroom, asparagus toscana soup...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Cleaning Thoughts, Tips, DIYS

What do you do when it comes to spring cleaning?  Do you do extra cleaning this time of year, or are you one who doesn't have to do it? Are you one who I intend to be one day (who am I kidding?) ,that doesn't need to have a hard cleaning because your house is immaculate? Join me today as we talk cleaning.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Warm & Cozy Comforter Set



Today I'm sharing a new Winter Bedding Collection.  We put this on right after the painting was done.  We kept the Christmas quilt on the bed for way to long but knew it was thin and washable should paint happen to find it's way on it.  It didn't though the painters were pretty good about that.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Beautiful Light Snow!




This was a couple of days ago and was just enough to coat the lawn lightly.  It truly was beautiful and Chuck was off and home for the first time to see the snow fall out here.  He is usually working when it does happen to snow, which isn't too often.  We did enjoy it very much together.  Today I share a few pictures and a video of our view from here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bountiful Veggies & Chicken Stir Fry Over Yellow Rice



I love to make a stir-fry, don't you?  The hardest thing is preparing the ingredients and chopping veggies isn't hard at all.  Fresh ingredients make all the difference in the world! I'll tell you something else I love too and that would be Mahatma Yellow Jasmine Saffron Rice! This is a simple yet very delicious recipe.  Join me today for the recipe.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Farmacy Beauty Products Review



You may remember that I received some natural beauty products as seen in Farmacy Beauty Trial, there I have videos and more information from the company itself.  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Painting the Master Bedroom and Closet


Earl, Darrell and Wendell 

Earl played baseball for a few well known teams and has been a painter for years like his family.  Darrell tells me he has been a maintenance man with Shaw Air Force Base, worked for The Department of Transportation with schools and also has done vinyl siding and carpentry work. Wendell played football, was a cook/chef in restaurants as a Grill master for 15 years! I told him we should have had him cooking us some steaks up on those grills in the back yard. Heaven knows Darrell lucked up because had I known all of this time he was a carpenter, let's just say he would have been much more busy!
They are talking on the front porch that they painted so beautifully. Today I'm sharing the painting of our master bedroom and my closet.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Who's Digging in the Dirt?


Tomatoes

Good morning and how are you?  Fine I hope.  Today my thoughts are on growing something.  The weather here is undoubtedly strange this year.  The temperature predictions for today will be in the 80s!  Actual prediction high 86 degrees!  I think I'll hold off on planting some things because if history can be taken into account we will have a cold snap.  Talking gardening today.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

On the Road in South Carolina: Lenoir Country Store & Post Office


Lenoir Country Store  Post Office
Horatio, South Carolina

Last November Chuck and I took a ride to Horatio, South Carolina.  I had read about this store being one of the oldest in South Carolina and if some records are true the oldest in the nation.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Southern Traditions: Why Did My Grandmas Sweep Their Yards?

Photo left Granddaddy Walter, Aunt Fannie, Grandma Cora and her mother my Great Grandma Maggie. Photo right is of my Grandmother Goldie


Today's post came to mind from seeing a meme on Facebook with an elderly lady sweeping her yard. Yes, sweeping the yard was a common thing back in the day.  I as a child watched my grandmas and Aunt Fannie sweep their yards. I seem to remember them doing this especially hard on Saturdays. Back then chores had to be done and done well to get ready for Sunday.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Storage Solutions for Each Room of the House




Is Spring Cleaning on your mind?  I know it is!  You know we've had lots of home repairs going on here at Hibiscus House and they have made me see how many things I really don't need.  I've been purging for awhile and will post updates shortly.

Today I'd like to welcome Erin Holdgate from Zillow who has put together a few wonderful ideas to keep in mind while you are cleaning and organizing.

Storage Solutions for Each Room of the House
By Erin Holdgate

If your New Year's resolution is to live life more simply, decluttering your home is a great place to start. After you remove all the items you don’t use regularly, however, you may find yourself in need of extra storage — which you can create with a little rearranging.

Below are several examples of where and how to increase the storage capacity of your home.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Cherry Crunch Dessert



This recipe has been around for so long you probably already have it but just in case you don't I'll share.  I've come to find out that people in different sections of the country don't have some of what we think has been around so long everybody knows about it.  Sharing today this easy, quick, go to dessert when time is limited.  Not your from scratch recipe which is always best but a great substitute!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Recent Sights Around Hibiscus House

Work in progress

Today I'll share a variety of pictures taken with the recent painting of the home.  These guys were very good sports allowing me to take many pictures. Join me as I share a day in the life of painters and homeowner.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Let's Talk About Wayne's Camellias



Today I'm taking a break from painting updates and sharing beautiful Camellias.  Do you have some of these in your gardens?  Mama had some beautiful ones and my sister Gwen does now.  They are filled with blooms that are so spectacular.  I love the fact that to me they look like trees filled with roses.  Wayne a schoolmate of mine has allowed me to share his beauties with you today.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Would You Like To See Our New Porch Floor?


You know it may sound funny but after choosing the blue for the ceiling the next hardest decision I had to make was the floor decking stain color.  That really surprised me and I don't know why.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hibiscus House Has A Haint Blue Porch Ceiling!



I've shown you the new roof which I love by the way.  Now it's time for the house painting itself. Today I share with you the porch ceiling that I've wanted for a few years.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Slow Cooker Beef For Use In Recipes



We are so busy these days and at times just plain tired.  Beef with a few ingredients can be added to a slow cooker and then used in many of your favorite recipes.  You can also cool and refrigerate for up to two days to use. I think if we take a little time to do these things it makes it easier to prepare meals for our family.  

Once you decide what you will be cooking you can prepare the other ingredients. Just store them in the fridge until use in the meal.  This will make fixing your meal a snap!  You can then work with peace of mind, knowing that your meal will be easy tonight. You may want to just relax or go shopping, it's up to you.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cleaning Out Clearing Out!


Fabric Cabinet

When one reaches my age (I sound like my grandma) and is a sentimental pack-rat a huge amount of "stuff" has been collected. You know the sentimental, the extra for when you need it. So and so gave me this it would be rude to part with it, (you know I've only had it 10 years!). That kind of stuff. What to do what to do?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

We Have a New Roof!



Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction behind especially in some areas.  We weren't in the worst area for sure but it did leave some damage.  We now have a new roof and I wanted to show it to you. I know we're excited about a roof!  Drum roll please!
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