Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville

radner lakeOn Sunday, my son Danny and I decided to go hiking at Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville, TN. Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,332-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. The park offers an abundance of  hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities and it’s only a 30 minute drive from our home. The park offers more than six miles of trail, and we probably walked close to 5 miles. radner lakeradner lakeWe started our hike on the easy 1.3 mile Lake Trail.radner lakeradner lakeThen we got ambitious and tackled the 1.6 mile Ganier Ridge Trail. This is a difficult trail which I wouldn’t recommend for small children.radner lakeWe saw an entire deer family.radner lakeWe also spotted turkeys, owls and turtles.radner lakeradner LakeBetween Memorial Day and Labor Day, the ranger staff at Radnor Lake offer interpretive canoe floats 3-4 times weekly. These floats are approximately 1-2 hours in length, require registration and are completely free of charge. Paddles, life jackets and canoes are provided by the park staff. Unfortunately, they were closed on Sunday.radner lakeradner lakeCan you see my sweat? It was hot and humid on that day, and although I brought four bottles of water, I wished we had more. Luckily, the visitor center on the west side of the park had ice-cold water fountains and vending machines.radner lakeWe had so much fun time hiking together. This park is a perfect place to connect with nature and get in some exercise.radner lake

New Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

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national hardware Remodeling a kitchen is probably the most expensive home improvement project a homeowner can undertake. And by far the most expensive part of this project is replacing  the cabinets. Luckily there are ways to bring a kitchen out of the Dark Ages if the cabinets receive new hardware, a good cleaning and a fresh finish. Two years ago, I pretty much did just that.houseI wish I had a better before photo of our kitchen. When I bought the house, the cabinets looked dirty and “tired”. The kitchen floor consisted of half carpet half laminate, and the wall paint was gross and grimy.houseHere I am prepping the kitchen floor for  tile. I cleaned and then stained the cabinets in a rich espresso color. But, instead of replacing the knobs and hinges, I spray painted them. hardwareThe spray paint held up well for about a year then the knobs started to look like this.  It was time for another small makeover, which I was able to do with the help of National Hardware. With more than 7,500 products, they provide the highest quality hardware. national hardware At first, I considered replacing the knobs with handles. But this would have meant drilling additional holes and filling in old hardware holes with wood putty. I was afraid sanding the putty would ruin the stained finish. So I stuck with knobs.hardwareI’m actually glad I did because the process was so simple and quick. I love the new knobs. The quality is outstanding.HardwareHere’s a shot of the new knob vs. old knob. I can’t believe the huge impact this minor cabinet hardware change has made. hardwareThe same with the hinges. The old hinges looked tired and banged up. hardwareInstalling the new National Hardware hinges was super easy since I didn’t have to drill any new holes. national hardware national hardwarenational hardware

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Could your kitchen use some new cabinet handles, knobs or hinges?  Sometimes the little things can make a bigger difference than you think!

Speaking of little things, I guarantee this video will make you laugh. It’s hilarious and I’ve watched it over and over.

Strawberry & Cream Popsicles

strawberry pops strawberry pops strawberry pops Why is it that ice cream takes four hours to freeze but only four minutes to melt? Taking photos of ice cream is sort of a challenge, to say the least.  You have about three minutes before everything turns saucy.strawberry pops strawberry pops

Popsicles. The heat made me do it. I had three hours of mowing ahead so I knew I would need something cold and refreshing. I don’t have an ice cream maker but I have plastic popsicle molds.  So I whipped up these Strawberry Cream Popsicles. They are refreshing, fruity and perfect for summer.

Making your own popsicles is fun, it’s easy and in terms of flavors, the possibilities are truly endless.  The kinds of popsicles you can make are limited only by your imagination or by what you have in your fridge. On that particular day I had strawberries, yogurt and whipping cream and figured these ingredients would make some sort of frozen yogurt/ice cream treat. These popsicles aren’t overly sweet but they are creamy and the strawberry flavor is so refreshing and delicious.

 

           Strawberry & Cream Popsicles

Yields Makes 8 Popsicles

Ingredients:

1 cup Strawberries sliced

6 tbsp Powdered Sugar

5 tbsp Plain Yogurt

1 cup Whipping Cream

 

Directions:

1. Puree strawberries with 1 tbsp of powdered sugar. Set aside.

2. Whip the cream. Add yogurt and 5 tbsp of powdered sugar.

3. Layer the popsicles by adding cream, then a layer of the pureed strawberries and another layer of cream. Insert a popsicle stick and swirl gently to combine slightly.

4. Insert popsicle sticks and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours. To remove from molds run warm water for a couple of seconds and they’ll pop right out.strawberry pops