Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Over the weekend I thought about easy recipes to teach children how to bake and banana bread came to my mind.  For those of you who want to teach your children to bake and cook  (or your grandchildren) it would be fun if they had a little notebook of their very own where they could put the recipes that they are learning to use!  Maybe the first project could be designing a special notebook cover with "My First Recipes"!

Banana bread is so easy using 3 dark bananas that have been getting old on the counter!  It is very inexpensive and economical for your family!

Here is the recipe:

First, turn the oven on and preheat to 350 degrees. You will need the following: 1 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs and the 3 ripe bananas.  I also added 3/4 cup chopped walnuts.

Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda onto wax paper.  Grease and flour a 9 x 5 x 3 inch baking pan. 

Beat shortening, sugar and eggs in a large bowl with a mixer until fluffy.  Stir in the mashed bananas.  Stir flour mix into banana mix and blend until moist - then add chopped walnuts.

Bake for 50 minutes on 350 degrees - be prepared to cover with foil if browning to much on top!  Insert a toothpick in the center and when tooth pick comes out clean you know it is done!  Cool.

This is an idea for a notebook which could be used for recipes!

And speaking of Grandchildren - here's my precious little Lily showing her picture she made of her recent trip to Florida! She is wearing tiger ears so she can cheer the Mizzou Tigers football team with her Daddy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I was recently blog hopping and read a comment by a lady who said "this is my tea corner".  That meant "her" personal area where she had a tea nook if you will.  I must confess - it's everywhere at my house and today I share a few photos from this morning.  Since I have been married 43 years (I was a child bride of course), there has been more than a little time to collect!  I loved antiques and began refinishing them the first year after I was married.  They seem very "cheap" now.   See that Queen Anne Style settee to the left?  Back in the late 60's the entire 5 piece set cost $35.00. This included a settee, captains chair, rocker and 2 side chairs. You see one of the side chairs at the right.  (I don't use some of the pieces - they are in the basement and I have run out of room.)

At this time.....I say "at this time" because I am a person who loves CHANGE.....I am using alot of purples, greens and a some pink in my home.

One of these days I am going to have some shabby chic white things in my home. 


This week I am planning a "slowdown" in activities - oh yes - I still have plenty to do -but I am ready for a slower pace!

This is one of the what not shelves I want to paint, below.

Well....this ends our walking tour of 2 of the rooms in my house!
I wish you a wonderful week!

Monday, August 22, 2011


Some of you might be wondering why I haven't posted quite as much lately!  I try not to talk about how busy I am for fear you make think I am crazy!  This weekend is a good example! 

 On Saturday the Historic District Merchants put on the "Let The Good Times Sock Hop" in Bancroft Park and 800-1000 people attended. I am the director for this group here in our Historic 3 block District.  For this I baked 2 lemon meringue pies, a chocolate cake (my wonderful one) and my peppermint brownies. I was in charge of making the trophies and organizing the prizes for the event.  I made root beer floats at the event and took photos.  You can view the event at:  
 http://oldcoloradocityshopping.blogspot.com/  There won't be any photos of me there - I was taking the pictures.

Our board spent weeks working with our administrator/event planner working together getting ready for this event.  After Saturday was over - the Good Times Car Show (collectible cars) came Sunday and they closed the streets here for that event with hundreds of cars on display.  Today, the USA Pro Cycling came through with the streets closed again.  The bikers rode at about 60 miles per hour  spaced a few minutes apart - there were helicopters, hundreds of vehicles before and after them with mounted cameras - I have never seen a bike go so fast in my life!  It was unbelieveable.  Did I mention that I still have my bike from the 1970's - a three speed in perfect condition.  It is perfect because I never ride it!

Anyway, I am hoping now my life will slow down!   I feel like I have been going 60 miles per hour myself!   Whew......

Friday, August 19, 2011


Tea in the Garden on Saturday has met up with cloudy overcast skies and rain here in Colorado so here we go with some reflections today of past teas in the garden:

Today as I reflect on other teas in the garden I must include this little kitty who showed up one morning for a photo shoot....

Past reflections of my birdhouse with clematis:

If you have planned a special tea time on your porch, patio, sun room or in your garden today.....please link below and join me!  Please do not link up unrelated posts! 


Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I just had to show you this darling little house - it is for sale if you are interested!  I have admired it for years and imagined it as a perfect tea room.  It is in Columbia, Missouri.  Isn't it enchanting!
Maybe someone will buy it and turn it into a tea room!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Sunday afternoon my husband and I drove up to Denver and went to some antique malls and shops we hadn't been to for over ten years.....I found this lovely old 50's vintage tablecloth with roses which spoke to my heart. I have always loved "old things".

We spent 2 1/2 hours in one of the antique malls and I thought I was in heaven.....isn't that silly?

Did you ever see something in an antique mall that you owned as a child?  That is a weird feeling isn't it!

Roses stand for love although different kinds of roses can have many different meanings.....you can look up the meaning of each flower in The Language of Flowers. The Victorians were really into the meaning of flowers and each flower was chosen very carefully to send a message to the recipient.

The smell of the herbs here is just wonderful beside this bench - especially the basil and dill.

Today I am joining Kathy at A Delightsome Life and also Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday

Friday, August 12, 2011


Welcome to Tea in the Garden on Saturday and a few quiet moments before the day begins.  As the birds come and go and the squirrels chatter on, it is a time to just pause and enjoy the early hour in the garden:

The other night I heard some noises in my garden and got up to go look out.  A large raccoon was on top of the birdfeeder and he had removed the lid.  I soon noticed two others and of course I realized that  this was a whole family looking for something to eat.  

Today I have set up a little table next to the bench under this large Colorado Blue Spruce....please help yourself!

I have taken a bit of this and that from the garden to make an arrangement....even twigs work well!

I hope I can inspire you to find some "outdoor space" for tea!  If you have prepared a special tea on your porch, patio, sun room or garden - please join me by linking up below!

We would love to see your Tea in the Garden! Gather up a few tea dishes, a table cloth and see what you can create!
(Please don't link up unrelated posts!)