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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot in Two Ways

 

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My recent trip to the Smokey Mountains resulted in these beautiful shots of the clouds over the peaks. The best part was driving through the misty clouds on twisty-turny roads up and down the Tennessee and North Carolina Smokeys. Clearly, this is an example of why they are called the “Smokey Mountains”.

 

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Post Cards from Around the World…

Serendipitous Cookery

Around and About the Pacific Northwest

Javanese Wanderer

 

 

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Make Your Own Curtain Rods

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Final Result

Necessity breeds invention!

Today, I came home from work and found my curtains pulled down from the wall. Thank you dogs.  The curtain rods were twisted and the brackets that held the rods up were pulled out of the wall.  So, off to the Home Depot I went to buy new curtain rods.

What I didn’t realize was just how expensive pre-made curtain rods were going to be for my space and situation.  I would have paid well over $100, not the $35 that I did spend,  if I had not thought of a better solution.  I have included my solution here so that all my reader’s can take advantage of this brain storm, too.

My materials are for double-rod system, 120 inches long, to cover my bow window in the living room. You can adjust your materials to fit your needs by simply asking a employee from the hardware store to trim your rods to size.

 

Materials

2 packages of Martha Stewart Living 1 3/8 in wood brackets for double rod

2 PCV pipes 120″ long and 3/8″ thick

2 Rubber protectors for the bottom of chairs 1″

1 can of white spray paint

sandpaper

screwdriver

drill

drill bits and screw heads

Directions

1.  Sand the PCV pipes to remove any lettering and to prep the pipes for spray paint.  Wipe them down after sanding.  Spray paint at least two coats of white paint to hide the lettering.

2.  Once the PCV pipes are dry, hang the wood brackets at the correct height and width over your window, using the instructions on the package.

3.  Slide your curtains onto the PCV pipe and then put the chair stoppers on the ends of the pipes.  This looks decorative and no one will know that you used a pipe as a rod.

4. Hang your curtains and enjoy a sturdy, beautiful look.

Final Result

If you try this method of hanging curtain rods, please share your results with a note and some pictures.  I’d love to see what others invent. Happy Creating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

Great Movies to Celebrate Memorial Day

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A Memorial Day Weekend celebration is not complete without a few good movies to watch in between the barbeques, picnics, and parades. I have compiled a list of some of the best flicks to watch that commemorate our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Check out Netflix, Cable, Satellite, and your local TV stations for the following titles….

  1. Saving Private Ryan – The story of “D-Day” with Tom Hanks and directed by Stephen Spielberg.
  2. Sergeant York- This is the true story of Alvin York, a Tennessee sharpshooter, who becomes the most decorated soldier of World War 1. This is an old movie, but one of the best. Everyone needs to know the inspiring story of Sergeant York.
  3. Flags of Our Fathers- Made in 2006, this film, directed by Clint Eastwood, is the story of six men who raised the flag at the “Battle of Iwo Jima” which was a turning point of WWII.
  4. The Longest Day –This film came out in 1962 and has a star-studded cast that includes John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, and Sean Connery.  Filmed in the style of a docudrama, it shows the events leading up to “D-Day”.
  5. The Big Red One- World War II movie starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill.
  6. The Green Berets– Another John Wayne movie made in 1968.  This film is strongly anti-communist and strongly anti-Saigon.  It came out in theaters in response to the anti-war atmosphere and social discontent over the Vietnam War in America.
  7. MASH- A black comedy about a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War.  This film inspired the long running TV show of the same name.
  8. Black Hawk Down- A 1999 adaptation of the novel, Black Hawk Down tells the story of the events of the Battle of Mogadishu, a raid integral to the United States’ effort to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
  9. HeartBreak Ridge- The story involves the actions of a small group of Marines during the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada.  Clint Eastwood stars, directs, and produced this movie.
  10. Glory- This American war drama, made in 1989, depicts the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up entirely of African American men, as told from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the American Civil War.

There are so many movies to choose from that represent the sacrifices our men and women have made for our country.  If nothing else, this list reminds us of those sacrifices.  Happy Memorial Day to all those who selflessly serve.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Check Out Other Great Posts:

Do You Know Your Memorial Day History?

Remembering Memorial Day by Susan Garren 

What is Memorial Day?

For Memorial Day

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Almond-Crusted Chicken

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Almond-Crusted Chicken
So good!

Almond-Crusted Chicken

This is a yummy way to make crusted chicken without the traditional bread crumbs. This is a tasty recipe for those who are wheat and gluten-free. I adapted the recipe from the Wheat Belly Cookbook, by William Davis, MD. Since we have been diagnosed with wheat/gluten allergies, dairy allergies and the list goes on…I am finding some creative ways to make good food.  Hopefully, this share will help someone else eat good!

Grapeseed Oil, Dijon Mustard, sea salt, and black pepper

Grapeseed Oil, Dijon Mustard, sea salt, and black pepper

Ingredients

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup almonds, chopped

1/2 cup flaxseed meal

2 large boneless skinless chicken breast

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 375. Coat a baking stone or a baking sheet with coconut oil. (I used a cooking spray coconut oil).

2.  In a shallow bowl, combine the oil, mustard, salt, and pepper.  In a large Ziploc baggy, combine the almonds and flaxseed meal.

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Dip chicken in mustard mixture, then into the almond-.flaxseed meal

Dip chicken in mustard mixture, then into the almond-.flaxseed meal

3.  Place the chicken breasts in a between 2 sheets of waxed paper or in a large Ziploc baggy, and pound with a meat mallet or a pie roller to 1/2″ thickness.  Dip chicken in the mustard mixture, spreading with a spatula to coat evenly. Put chicken in the Ziploc bag with the almonds and flaxseed meal. Be sure to coat both sides. Place the chicken on the baking stone or sheet.

4.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 165 F and the juices run clear.

So good!

So good!

Servings: 4

Categories: Wheat and Gluten-Free

Source: Wheat Belly Cookbook by William Davis, MD

Copyright © 4/ 14/ 2013 Grandmother Musings

©Grandmother Musings 2013.

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Brookfield Zoo in the Spring

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

The Illumination of 50

2012 was a year when those who were born in 1962 marked their half-century birthday.  It is an eye-opening and illuminating event when 50 candles are lit on the birthday cake.  Not only do we see fire and smoke, but also we experience a feeling that makes us think…”Wow! I have been around for a while!”  It is quite illuminating!

Birthday cake of Illumination

Birthday cake of Illumination

©GrandmotherMusings 2013

 

The Good Stuff Jar

good stuff jar

This is a great idea!  This was shared with me on Facebook, and I liked it so much that I made my own jar.  So often we are tempted to forget all the “good stuff” that happens to us daily and remember only the bad.  This jar will help to remind us of all those wonderful things that we experience throughout the year.  Here is how to make a jar of your own.

1.  Find a jar or can with a lid.

2. Decorate it and personalize it.

3. Keep the jar in a place where you will see it.

4. You may wish to put some small pieces of paper and a pen by the jar. (I keep a post-it pad by my jar.)

5.  Write down those “Good” moments!

6. Open the jar on New Year’s Eve 2013 and experience all those “Good Stuff” times all over again.

7. Enjoy!

 

©Grandmother Musings 2013

Cheers!

Happy New Year to all!

I raise a glass in cheer to a New Year!

It will be a year filled with hope, love and prosperity.

Enjoy the journey through 2013!

 

Help My School win $50,000 for a new Technology Lab

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“Blog of the Year 2012″ Award

Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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Do you know a blog that deserves an award?

Do you have special blogs that you love to read?

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?

Would you like to give them an award this year?

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

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The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

Need to know more? Check out our FAQ page

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails

Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

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I would like to give nutsfor treasure a huge thank you for nominating Grandmother Musings for the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award.  Eunice and I have been blogging buddies for a while, and I always enjoy her writings.  She definitely deserves this award, and I am grateful that she felt that I deserved it, too.  Please go and visit Eunice at nutsfortreasure and see for yourself what a great blog she has.

Here are a few other blogs that I feel deserve this great award…

http://positivewordsmagazine.wordpress.com/  – Yellowlancer is blog out of Australia that I have followed since I began my own blog.  There are always interesting prompts to start the creative juices flowing at this site.

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/ – Francine takes the most wonderful photographs.  I look forward to seeing her photos and her adventures.

http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com/- My Life in Color is a blog with a unique perspective written by a feisty lady with a great view of life.

http://nmnphx.wordpress.com/- Nicole has a great feature called “Spam Comments” where she shares the weird and crazy Spam comments we are all exposed to in the blogging world.

http://valentinadesigns.wordpress.com/- Valentina is a interior designs master and her great ideas make her blog so very interesting.  Check out her Christmas in Colors and From Fashion to Christmas Table.

http://campfireshadows.com/- Awesome stories of the Old West! I can’t wait to read the newest edition.

http://bringingeuropehome.com/- Read her new article and learn how to make the perfect turkey. J

http://greendoorhospitality.wordpress.com/ – Adventures in Everyday Entertaining.

http://russtowne.com/- Reflections of a grateful man about the adventures and mis-adventures of living, loving, and learning

http://sharechair.wordpress.com/-  Want to know what the newest apps are and what to do with them?  Visit sharechair for all the newest technology finds.

http://russelrayphotos2.com/- Russell’s photographs of the San Diego Zoo are amazing.

http://diannegray.wordpress.com/- Published author and all around interesting blog.

 

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 
 
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