Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery

This morning we visited the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park. The hatchery was first established in 1933 as a cooperative between the US Bureau of Fisheries and Monroe County. In Winter 2002, the hatchery was closed due to county budget cuts and then re-opened in the Fall of 2003, when the Riedman Foundation partnered with Monroe County to provide funding for staff, maintenance, and capital improvements to the hatchery.

A fun, family friendly and FREE place to visit, the hatchery currently raises some 20,000 Trout, Chinook, Salmon and Perch!


Be sure to bring lots of quarters! You can purchase a handful of fish food for a quarter at machines around the hatchery.

In addition to the hatchery, the park offers several walking and hiking trails, ponds for fishing, a playground, and picnic tables and shelters.

If you go...

Located on Park Road within Powder Mills Park, The Fish Hatchery is open year-round. April 1st-October 31st, the park is open everyday from 7am-11pm. November 1st-March 31st, Monday to Thursday, the park is open 7am-4:00pm.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Easy Summertime Blueberry Cobbler


Last week Logan and I went blueberry picking at G and S Orchards. It was sweltering out, but Logan was a good sport and we picked two pounds of berries ...and he ate probably one pound while we were picking : )

So, what to do with all those blueberries?

Cobbler of course! This recipe is SOOOO easy. Here's what you'll need... 

-9 x 13 inch glass pan 
-1 (18.25 ounce) package of yellow cake mix
-4 cups fresh blueberries
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup butter, melted
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 
Mix berries, sugar, and cinnamon in the bottom of your 9 x 13 inch pan. 
Cover berries with DRY cake mix. 
Pour butter over cake mix (do not stir it in!).
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until light brown and bubbly. 
Serve warm with ice cream.

Super easy and super yummy!!!!!!!!!



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

DIY Wood Sign

The road to our lake house has these tall posts that everyone puts their family name or cottage name on. For years, ours has read " Wm Burgess" ...my husband's grandfather who originally purchased the property in the 1950's. We thought this summer it was time to change it.

I tried my hand out at making a sign for our front hall earlier this spring to test my skills...

I thought it came out pretty well so I was confident in my ability to make one for the at the lake.

Here's how I did it...

1. You'll need to find (old wood from fences or pallets that people are throwing away are great to up-cycle), or you can buy and cut a piece of wood to the size you'd like. Be sure to use pressure treated wood if you plan to hang your sign outside.

2. Paint the wood with your background color. For the lake house sign I chose blue. I prefer two coats of spray paint, but leftover house paint, or paint samples works well too. Allow your sign to dry thoroughly between coats.

3. Using Microsoft Word (or like program) find a font you like, type out what you want to paint on your sign, adjust the sizing of the font to fit your sign and print.

4. Cut out your lettering.

5. Turn the paper over, and with a pencil scribble along the outline of the letters or art.

6. Place the paper on your sign, pencil side down, and trace the letters or art onto your sign with moderate pressure using a pen.The pen will transfer the pencil lead onto your sign, creating a template for you to paint.

7. Paint the lettering or art. I used black Sharpies on my "test" sign I made, but found these awesome paint pens at Michaels for the lake house sign...

8. When you've completed painting in your lettering (two coats), allow the sign to dry overnight.

9. Once dry, I like to rouge up my sign a little bit with a fine grit sand paper to give it an antiqued, weathered look.

10. If your using the sign inside, you're done! If you are hanging it outside, you should coat it with a clear polyurethane to help protect it from the elements.

Here is the paint and poly I used for the lake house sign...


And here is the final product hanging on those posts along the road...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Around the Yard

Now that the rain has finally subsided, and the yard has dried out from all that rain, and we are now experiencing a heat wave in the northeast (but because of all that glorious rain, the grass hasn't burned out yet!) ...what better time to take a tour of the yard!

I LOVE hydrangeas!!!! They are SO pretty cut and placed in a bouquet. The perfect summertime centerpiece for any occasion. The pretty purple hydrangea above is a rescue plant. Ya' know...like rescue dog or rescue cat, but a rescue plant. It was severely neglected in it's container from the garden store at a friend's house when my husband rescued it and brought it to live at our house. I was able to nurse it back and was so excited when it loved me back and produced the gorgeous purple bloom.

Here are my lovely white hydrangeas...

I'm glad I snapped this photo of my yellow lilies when I did, because the next day the deer ate all the blooms off of it...

Can't wait for these late summer bloomers to show me what they've got. These canna lilies are a bulb that we have to dig out, store for the winter, and replant every year. Well, I guess I should specify the "we" as my husband. They love sun and the more they get, the taller they'll grow. In the next few weeks they will produce beautiful big, full, red flowers.

My hosta...huge and lovely. I'm conflicted about whether to split them or not. I just love how big and full they are.

Here's another beauty the deer got to shortly after it bloomed...

I think the bush below is spirea. We have one on either side of the front porch. It gets these little bright pink flowers on it and gets HUGE. If hubby hacks, I mean trims, it back about now it will usually come back with more blooms.

Here is a tour of some of my containers...

I picked up this salvia at Home Depot last week on clearance for $5 bucks. SCORE!!!

Hope you enjoyed the tour : )

Happy Gardening


Monday, July 15, 2013

Galvanized Tub Turned Outdoor Ottoman

You may recall this galvanized tub from my Summer Lobster Boil post. It looked so much prettier than a cooler to hold beverages in...

I am OBSESSED with this ottoman. I absolutely love it and wanted to do something a little more permanent with it where I could enjoy it more than just when we have guests over for a cookout. I REALLY needed an ottoman for our deck. I saw one at Target a while back that I liked and waited too long for it to go on sale...because when it did, it was g-o-n-e. So, why not turn the galvanized tub into an ottoman? AND..the best part is the top lifts off and I can still use it to hold beverages when needed!

This is how the transformation took place...

First, I laid the tub out upside down on some pressure treated plywood and traced it around so I knew where to cut.

Now, a Jigsaw would have been the ideal tool for the job...but hubby was away and I couldn't find the blades for his. So I improvised using his Sawzall. It was tricky, but it got the job done. When I cut the plywood, I cut inside the line by about a half inch so it would fit nicely into the top of the tub.

At my local craft store, I picked up a piece of 22"x22" 2" thick foam, button covers, and a yard of this gorgeous Waverly Sun Shade outdoor fabric. I cut the foam round to fit on top of the now cut plywood, draped the fabric over it, found my center and sewed on the button now covered with a snippet of the fabric. Next, using a staple gun, I pulled the fabric taut over the foam and stapled it along the underside of the plywood.

I love the way it turned out! : )


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Birch Bark Wrapped (Flameless) Candles

Did you see the birch bark candles in the Pottery Barn catalog? Cool huh? The price...starting at $9.50 for a small 3x3 candle, not so cool. And you can't actually BURN them. Oh no, it would ruin the look and then you'd be out the money you spent for those pretty candles.

So when I saw an old rotting birch tree at our lake house I decided to pry off the bark and try to make my own pretty candles.

I bought two flameless candles at Michaels. One 6x3 and one 8x4 pillar. I cut the bark to wrap the candles, secured it with twine at the top and bottom, and hot glued the seam in the back where the bark met. Super easy, safe and I can "burn" them all I want...or until I have to replace the batteries : )

I love the way the light glows through the slits in the bark. The go perfectly in my husband's home office surrounded by his collection of antique rods, decoys and lake decor.

: ) Eleanor

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Lobster Boil

Over the Independence Day weekend we entertained friends and neighbors for a fun, traditional outdoor summer lobster boil. Twelve live lobsters were delivered straight from the docks in Maine to our outdoor deck (courtesy of one of neighbor's friends who just happened to be driving home from Maine that day :)

The traditional fare consisted of salt potatoes, corn on the cob, a yummy summer salad (thanks Robyn!), delicious mac salad (thanks Kim!), and of course the Maine attraction, the lobster....oh, yeah...and beer.

I'm in love with this giant galvanized tub my dad gave me...

Of course if you know me, it's not JUST about the food when I'm entertaining...but the table setting as well. Which was equally as pretty if I do say so myself. Blue Willow plates, hydrangeas, fresh lemon, jar candles...what's not to love?

How do you boil the perfect lobster you ask? Here's how...

1. Fill a large pot with water. Four or five gallons of water will hold about six to eight pounds of lobster.
2. Add one to two tablespoons of sea salt per quart of water.
3. Bring water to a full, rolling boil.
4. Leave the rubber bands on the pincers of the lobster until just before you submerge them in the pot. Place the lobster in head first.
5. Boil eight minutes for a one pound lobster. Use the guide below for additional weights...

6. A fully-cooked lobster is deep red in color. An uncooked lobster has a charcoal-type color.

Enjoy : )


Monday, July 1, 2013

I Heart Estate Sales

When I got an email early last week that one of my favorite antique malls, All That Jazz, was hosting an estate sale...I got pretty excited...giddy to be exact.

I wanted to get there bright and early the first day of the sale, but with Logan in tow I knew that wasn't a possibility. Bright and early the first day of an estate sale equals insanity...and with a toddler...insane insanity. Even though I knew it would be a little picked over the second day, it was my only option.

When I arrived at the sale, to my surprise, there was still a lot of cool stuff left.... AND everything was 25% off!!! Woot-woot!!!

Here's what I came home with...

Two milk bottles to add to my collection. The first from Pittsford Dairy which has been in business for over fifty years. The second (or third in my photo) from Rose Dairy, Fairport NY. Never heard of it, so I did a little digging and found these two old newspaper ads from 1940's...

Next, this old mason jar cherry pitter...

I love the jar itself. It has the vintage Anchor Hocking Mason logo on it. Take a closer look...

They had a TON of red handle vintage kitchen tools. I'm starting to collect these for the kitchen at our lake house. There is a beautiful antique platter with a bright red lobster on it already there that I'm going to theme the kitchen around.

Last, but certainly not least, I grabbed (no literally...another woman was making her way across the room for it) this fabulous and HUGE turkey platter.

A pretty good haul in my opinion!

The best web site to find estate sales is EstateSales.NET. You can find sales in your area by visiting their web site HERE.

Happy Hunting,

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