Tuesday, December 6, 2022



I came across this fun article
today and think it will help
you understand the difference
between Afternoon Tea and
the evening meal called "High

Do you see Dad over there
hanging up his coat?

Sunday, December 4, 2022


 Hello dear Friends!

Every year I look forward to
getting out my angel
collection.  I don't buy anymore
now as I have plenty.

They are certainly some
of my favorite decorations and
are predominately by Nicol Sayre.

At couple years back, I made the
Ephemera Nativity piece
below left.

What's not to love
about decorating
for Christmas?

More to come......

Saturday, December 3, 2022


 I am sharing my new vintage quilt
I got at the Warson Woods Antique Mall
in St Louis last week.

I have been looking for a red and
white one for a while and I am happy.

I usually do all my indoor decorating
in one very long day but this year I did
it over a four day period taking more
time and not rushing.  I guess I am now
officially guilty of putting things in same
place as last time.

My tea cart out in the kitchen was
the perfect spot for my red

I love baking and enjoying special foods during this season although I have concerns about what is happening to my waistline for sure. What will you baking this year?

We always enjoy getting out the
nativity my husband's Mom gave us
years ago.  It is well over 100 years old.

I am sure you can relate to the fact that
every year I promise myself I will get
more done than I do.  I think I will have
time for more baking and
crafting but where does time go? 

I love curling up on the sofa in a nice 
warm robe and reading these lovely
English publications and Hoffman
Media specialty magazines.

I hope you have as much
 fun decorating
as I did...

More to come.....

Wednesday, November 23, 2022


 I never made Colonial Fruitcakes last
year and sometimes when I do make
them it is well into December but this
year on the day before Thanksgiving
I got my act together!

I can hardly think of Fruitcake without
remembering Martha Scott who blogged
for years at "Lines From Linderhof".  She 
always made her Dundee cakes early in
November.  She passed away this year and
I know is greatly missed by many.

This fruitcake is from a very old recipe I cut
out of Family Circle Magazine back in
1978.  The Colonial Fruitcake had one
unusual ingredient which was Watermelon
Rind Pickles.  I was thrilled to find some
at our local Hyvee Grocery Store.

I got quite a few cakes from
this recipe:

Pickled watermelon rind was called American citron in the 18th century.  It adds its special flavor to this chock-full-of-fruits cake.  Bake this cake at 300 degrees for 45 - 50 minutes, I used a 8" tube pan, 1 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" tin and 5 of the mini 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2" loaf pans.

Here are the ingredients:  2 jars (10 oz. ea) pickled watermelon rind - drained, 1 carton (8 oz.) candied red cherries, 1 carton (8 oz.) candied pineapple, 1 -15 oz, box golden raisins, 2 cups slivered almonds (8 oz.), 2 cups chopped walnuts (8 oz.), 3 cups sifted all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder, (reduce to 1 1/2 tsp in high altitude)1 cup (2 sticks) butter, 2 cups sugar, 6 eggs, 1/2 cup of brandy, rum or orange juice. (I uses Bacardi Rum and also I brush it on top after baking and once a week for about a month)

I ended up adding a little more flour this time to my batter and I mixed everything in a large pot.  The tins were buttered and flour coated.

Saturday, November 5, 2022


Yesterday I baked a Carrot Cake.
I had been sewing downstairs and
at about 3:30 pm I thought I'm 
going to quit and go bake something.
Do you love to bake?

As you can see the cake was quickly
cut and enjoyed after dinner.  
Several pieces went to Senior neighbors
and slices were frozen for another
day down the road.

This cake is really so easy to make and
requires 4 cups of grated carrots, 4 eggs,
1 Cup vegetable oil, 2 cups flour,
2 cups sugar, 2 tsp baking powder and
1 cup chopped walnuts for the cake
body.  Always mix the dry ingredients
 first and then add the eggs and oil.
We are talking 350 degrees for
baking 30 minutes in a regular oven
or 25 minutes convection oven.

The icing was wonderful too and easy.  
1 pkg 8 Oz cream cheese, 4 Tb butter, 
1 3/4 Cups of Confectioners Sugar, 
1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp vanilla
 all mixed together and then another
 1/2 cup walnuts sprinkled on top.

This week I had fun making some little
Ephemera Thanksgiving cards:

To me the Canadians have a better
situation in that they have their 
Thanksgiving in October and move
on to decorating for Christmas.

I also made an ephemera Thanksgiving
medallion for my kitchen
We had a rainy night and now
a very windy day so staying in
seems quite delightful.