Saturday, August 22, 2009

Family movie night at the Farmhouse with the Waltons...

The Waltons will be our feature presentation on Family Movie night each week here at the farmhouse over the next couple of months. I picked up seasons one and two the other day at the wholesale club and need I say anymore? The title should be enough. If you don't know anything about this program, you will have to catch a rerun on the hallmark channel..I think they still play them on there. It was a television series that ran during the mid 70's into the early 80's. The episodes are based on the author, Earle Hamner's, personal childhood memories of his boyhood growing up on Walton's Mountain in Virginia during the Great Depression.

I was so excited when I came across these videos, the complete series, seasons 1-8 all on DVD's! I hope to pick up the rest of them over the coming months each time I am shopping. I am not a big television person but I used to watch this show as a young girl with my grandpa each week. He just loved it since he could relate to it so well. He grew up one of eight children during the same time period in upstate NY. Throughout the show each week he would regularly comment
"yup, that's the way it was".
Oh how I miss my grandpa, and this show brings back fond memories of him.

Even as a young girl, I admired that white clapboard farmhouse the family lived in, I loved every detail of the kitchen and how the family all sat around the radio each evening for entertainment. I just knew that someday I wanted a farmhouse just like that one.....with a nice country kitchen, a long front porch, and lots of children to fill it.
It is so funny now watching the program as an adult I think about how many seeds this wholesome show planted in my brain so long ago. In addition to loving the set, the message each show sends is just wonderful. I wish there was a modern day equivalent running now. We watched The Yearling, episode one in the first season. My children loved it too, so we have decided this would be our regular show on Family night, I was so happy! We are going to have voting for our favorite episodes at the end of each season.....Anyone have a favorite they would like to share?
My latest project.....

On another topic, I wanted to share a project I recently finished. We needed a new entertainment center for our great room. Our old one had seen better days and it was time for something new. I have been searching for something that I liked throughout the furniture stores but couldn't seem to find anything that I liked or if I did like something, it didn't fit into my budget, so I ended up picking up an unfinished and simple stand at our local country emporium.

After a light sanding, I painted it a creamy white, glazed,
and distressed it until I liked what I saw. Distressing is great since it will naturally occur in my household with a two year old, I don't mind it at all!

Once I was happy with the finish,

I rubbed in a paste wax to seal it, let it dry then buffed it to a matte shine.

Ta Da! Here is our new television stand hard at work in our family room.
It cost me a fraction of the price of anything else in the furniture stores
and it is exactly what I wanted.
I love a good deal and the satisfaction of doing it myself!

I scream, YOU scream,
WE all scream for Ice Cream!

Getting back to our movie night, we decided to make some
homemade vanilla ice cream
to end the evening with.
If you are in the market for an ice cream maker, check out a Cuisinart, I love mine. I picked this up at the end of the summer last year for almost half the normal price.
It is so easy to use and no rock salt is required.
Fresh milk, heavy cream, sugar & vanilla.....

You simply pour the ingredients into the frozen bowl and let it do all the hand cranking involved.
(I do still love the look of those old fashioned ice cream makers though....)

In about a half an hour you will have The best homemade vanilla ice cream
with caramel topping.....Yum!!
Don't forget to sign up for my Harvest sign giveaway if you haven't already,
it is the last week to do so!
Take care now,


  1. I love the entertainment center! I wish I could distress although my almost 4 yr old would love to do it herself. We need something for our plasma and I can't find anything I like. You did a great job.

  2. Hey Dee is there room on the couch for me? I LOVE the waltons and was watching it on hallmark when they put on the golden girls..I hope they bring it back..I have 2 that I love to watch and do so every christmas my favorite is the waltons christmas with Patricia O'Neal and can't think of the dads name..different grandpa..but it is my favorite..they were so young..I bought that one...and i love the one with the two little orphans from england..Pip and his sister...and jimbob has a ham type radio and is talking to a girl in you know it? oh and can I have nuts on my icecream, please?...I too love that house and love to watch it now for all the decorating..;)oh and I hope I win your giveaway..I love everything there..;)

  3. I too, used to watch the Waltons every week. Love that show. I also still watch Little House on the Prairie reruns. Something about the country life in those days that is so appealing.
    I love icecream and homemade would be really neat. I'll have to see if I can find one of those icecream makers. It sounds pretty easy to make.
    Love your cabinet that you painted. It's perfect.

  4. GREAT job on the entertainment center!!! I am about to paint a big baffet hutch white and could use your help! What a wonderful family night...The Walton's, popcorn and homemade ice cream! Nothing better then that!


  5. Miss Dee, you had me at "The Waltons"!! I LOVE that show, I want to be Olivia Walton and always have. She's my fictional hero for sure.

    I have season one on DVD and my sister in law has lent me seasons 2 and 3. They are honestly all my favorites but one that I love especially dearly is the episode where an old admirer of Olivia's, an aspiring politician, comes to town and He expresses what amounts to pity towards her for that fact that she's "just" a mom and a wife on the hill in the country, instead of travelling the world or doing something more glamorous. And I love how she reaffirms her love for the life God has given her. There's actually quite a afew episodes like that, like The Bicycle.

    Great post!

  6. Are you kidding I wanted to be adopted by the Waltons when I was a girl! I loved that show and still love watching it in reruns. Love how the entertainment center turned out!! Traci


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