Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

March 26 and Snow is on the Way!

Because snow is on the way.....a photo of hope from last year's garden.....and a poem and because I like to post everyday!
O happy Garden! Whose seclusion deep
Hath been so friendly to industrious hours;
And to soft slumbers that did gently steep Our spirits, carrying with them dreams of flowers,
And wild notes warbled among leafy bowers.
William Wordsworth
Lastly: I want to link you to an awesome recipe today for those incredible Cheddar Bay Biscuits like you've had at Red Lobster...go to the "A Storybook Life" Creative Home and Garden Ideas March 10th here....

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Since I started blogging less than a year ago, I have been pulling out a lot of my old recipes from the 1970's. Here goes another one! A friend from Virginia, Andi Davis, gave me this recipe back then.

This can make a great savory item for your "Afternoon Tea Tray". You will need the following: 2 sticks butter, 2 cups sifted regular flour, 2 cups rice crispies, 1/2 tsp salt, dash of red pepper, 1/2 lb extra sharp cheddar cheese

Leave butter and cheese out at room temperature to soften. Cream when ready and add remaining ingredients and mix together well. Divide into 3 balls. Roll out about 2" round.

Wrap in syran and refrigerate. When cold and firm slice and bake at 350 degrees 12-15 minutes. Taste best when eaten fresh.....makes 4 dozen 2" crackers.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Loosing your mind or loosing a recipe?

Have you lost anything lately? I wasted volumes of time last week looking for a recipe given to me about 12 years ago. Teresa Roberts who now lives in Nebraska gave me a wonderful recipe for Apple Cranberry Pie. I made it many times and of course I have other recipes that are similar but I have been obsessed with finding THAT RECIPE and battling denial that I could have possibly loss something I valued. I've gone through every file, recipe box and recipe retrieval spot I can think of repeating the search over and over. I keep thinking it will just "fall" out of some file or cookbook. No such luck! Get on with it Bernideen....forget it! Get over it.............oh.............wait a minute.......maybe I put it..............

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Celebration!

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday

May your day be filled with butterflies and hummingbirds.........

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tea Time at the Inn by Gail Greco

Just because a book is out of print doesn't mean it isn't great!
You would love this tea book if you don't already have it! I recommend you search for a copy. I personally can get lost in this book for hours!
Gail has a wonderful collection of themed menu's and recipes for all seasons in this tea cookbook. There is a great deal of information about serving tea related foods and making the perfect cup of tea. There are great tips for making scones and sandwiches. I really enjoyed seeing the recipe for the "Maids of Honor Tarts" which are always a very fun item to include in your Afternoon Tea Party. I recommend you tell the story that goes behind this tart as ladies will love it

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jalapeno Cornbread

You will need: 2 cups self rising
cornmeal or regular with 2 tsp baking powder, 3 eggs beaten, 1 can of cream style corn, 2/3 cup of cooking oil, 1 cup of buttermilk, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 small can of diced jalapeno peppers or 2 diced fresh

Preheat theoven to 375 degrees and mix above ingredients and pour into well greased pyrex dish 8 x 12

Bake 375 degrees for 35-45minutes until golden.........

This cornbread would taste very yummy with the salad I posted on March 6, 2009.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

May God grant you always...A sunbeam to warm you ....a moonbeam to to charm you, a sheltering nothing can harm you... (Irish Blessing)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Time for Texas Turtles!

If you have a chocolate shop near you it is hard to walk by and not buy something! Fudge? How about a Texas Turtle!

So easy to make at home....
First of all you need to own a double boiler pot set. It doesn't have to be an expensive one - go to a discount store and buy one because you will use it a lot if you learn to make your own puddings, candy, etc.

YOU WILL NEED: 1 lb. Kraft caramels, 1 Tb water and 3 cups of chopped pecans
For the chocolate coating: 1lb chocolate chips and 1/8 lb paraffin
also more pieces of pecans if you like them on top the chocolate - another 1/2 cup

Melt caramels in top of double boiler with 2 Tb water. Add pecans and stir. Drop by loaded teaspoons onto a butter greased cookie sheet. Chill 1/2 hour in the freezer or overnight in the refrigerator.

Melt 1 lb milk chocolate chips with 1 oz paraffin in top of the double boiler.

Dip caramel pieces in this mix one at a time and return to cookie sheets to cool. Store in an airtight container. Makes 36.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Friendship Award

Today I have received an award which I am passing on to some of my new blogger acquaintances........I have so enjoyed my visiting these outstanding blogs and through communications feeling like we have become friends even though we have never met....I recently began communicating with Andrea at "A Parson's Wife" at who sent this to me.

The recipient of the award is to pass it on to 8 other blogs. These blogs are exceedingly charming. The kind of bloggers that aim to be friends. They are not interested in self aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of the prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. This is a pass it on award. Please copy the award and paste it in your sidebar(widgets).

My 8 "friends".....
1. Linda at Friendship Tea at
2. Denise at Uniquely Tea at
3. Angela at Tea With Friends at
4. Ellen at The Happy Wonderer at
5. Catherine at Catherine de the Cups at
6. Marilyn at Delights of the Heart at
7. Joyce at The Secret Gardner at
8. Clarice at Storybook Woods at

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pink Saturday GOES GREEN!

Yes it is true! Pink Saturday has gone green today for St. Patrick's Day!

I have permission from Sharon O'Connor to share her IRISH ISLE CURRANT SCONE RECIPE with you today! And I also have a link back to my old blog for the Crab Apple Jelly that I made last summer. See my recipe at
Scones are shown here with my antique apron and fun hat!

This recipe is authentic! If you aren't familiar with Sharon's Menus and Music Series - they are fabulous. This cookbook and CD combination is loaded with wonderful Irish Recipes and music! (We sell them at Bernideen's)

Irish Currant Scones by Sharon O'Connor:

1 cup whole wheat flour, 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 3 Tb sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces 1/3 cup dried currants, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 egg beaten

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a lg bowl, stir in flours, baking soda, sugar and salt until well blended. Using a pastry cutter cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the currants, then quickly stir in the buttermilk and egg to form a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it to a 3/4" thickness. Using a 2" scone cutter, cut the dough into rounds and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. I made Makes 23 scones!
After baking thoughts: I was able to get 23 small scones out of this dough. These tasted like sweet biscuits.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Garden Lovers Spring Give Away!

Bernideen is having a new Give Away Drawing! Will you be the winner? The drawing for these lovely items will be May 1, 2009. A wonderful rose pen, a garden tile, a scarf with "bugs" on it, a notepad with pencil, a package of Gardenia Potpourri, 5 Victoria Magazine copies and a set of 10 beautiful rose files perhaps for all your lovely garden news clippings!
Just make a comment about this Give Away on any post and you will go in the drawing! I do not receive your e-mail address so please give me your first and last name. If I can't find you I will redraw a winner! The name of the winner will be posted May 1st and must contact me.

Spring Floral Time at Bernideen's

We hope to bring some inspiration your way..........

Spring will soon be here..............

Time to refreshen that old wreath............
Butterflies here and there...........

Lovely spring colors abound............
Let your creative side soar!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Little Women Tea Party for Teenage Girls!

Last week a customer asked me to include some ideas for tea parties for
teenage girls....I have been doing this on my blog this week.

Viewing the life of a family during the civil war can be educational for our teenage girls. As we feel the impact of the recession it can be enlightening to see how conditions during that era changed the lives of the March family and what they learned as a result. Viewing the newer DVD "Little Women" or the older version when Elizabeth Taylor starred as a young girl would be fun for your party. You might ask the girls to watch the movie on their own before the party and come dressed portraying Jo, Amy, Beth or Meg.
Here is a game. Gather some of the items and ask who knows what they were for? Hold up an old glove and ask how it got in Mr. Brooks pocket. What about an orange in the middle of a round ring of bread? (the bread can be eaten) Remember how Amy held the orange and cuddled it as a treasure on Christmas morning? Do you have an old slate board? Remember Amy dropped her's in the snow. Do you have an old pair of ice skates? Jo and Teddy saved Amy when she fell through the ice on the pond. Talk about Jo's dream of becoming a writer. What dreams do your girls have? What do they want to become?
Afternoon Tea suggestions...see these links: Cream puff swans posted here on 2/16/09, scones posted here on 2/5/09 and go to for Chicken Salad Finger Sandwiches.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Beatrix Potter Tea Party for Teenage Girls!

Last week a customer in my store asked if I would include some ideas on my blog for having tea parties for teenage girls. So this week I will do that!

Since most of the country is still in winter and indoors more....let's talk about a Beatrix Potter Tea Party........
With teens the emphasis will be on the "person" Beatrix Potter rather than "Peter Rabbit" her famous character she wrote about and created.

I suggest buying or renting the movie "Miss Potter" and showing it to the girls. About half way in the middle...have an "intermission" and serve tea and scones which could be eaten during the last half of the movie. As a parent I would watch the movie first yourself so that you are knowledgeable about the story. You could have a quiz after the movie. ( print out copies ) A nice prize could be given for the one who gets the most answers right.

Quiz: What was the name of her guardian? (Miss Wiggins) What were the colors Beatrix originally wanted to use in her books? (black and white) How many scenes were there with teasets in the movie? (7) How did Beatrix's father obtain a copy of her first book? (he purchased it himself) What did Beatrix's father do every day? (not much - went to the men's club) What was the name of the farm where Beatrix lived after Norman died? (Hilltop Farm) What went on at the farm? (it was a working farm with cattle, pigs and sheep) At first, did Beatrix know she was wealthy? (no)
Add some of your own questions.........

Additional thoughts: I read that after Beatrix father died, she purchased a home for her mother near Hilltop. Inspite of the ill treatment she received from her mother she was a good daughter.

Note: theDVD is available at our store for $19.95