Sunday, January 31, 2016


Not my will....but thine be done......

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Once again I want to say thank you to everyone who participates in my weekly blog party!  There are so many blog parties out there in blog land that I am honored you choose this one!

This week's features are in no special order.

The first one is Su's post at Butterfly and Bungalow
She shared some decorating charm at her home:

#2 was Penny Vintage Home where she shared a post all about her Fairy Garden loaded with creativity and fun:

The third one is a makeover buffet by Lynn 
Bean at Quaker Hill Farm: are you inspired?

Now for #4 which was 1929 Charmer Cottage
 where Cathy shared her recipe for
 Grilled Chicken Fajitas -
 -you will definitely want to try these!

The 5th one was Aida who lives in Australia and shared her Birthday Get Away to Norfolk Island near South Wales:  Her Blog is called Tassell, Tea Pot and Life Down Under :

Lastly I am sharing #6 because with all this snow on the ground I thought we need to see flowers!
 Sonia at Miss Bloomers shared a past vacation to Sequim, Washington to the George Washington Inn and Lavender Farm:

I hope you will join me on Monday for another Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party!

Friday, January 29, 2016


From "365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know": 

"When making a great pot of tea, pour hot water into the teapot to warm it while the kettle of water is heating."

Thursday, January 28, 2016


I could also call this post "Boulanger Bernideen takes on  Boulanger Bruno Solques".....

A while back I did a post on the book  THE PATISSERIES OF PARIS 

I was especially drawn to a photo in the book of the
 very free form tarts made at Bruno Solques Boulangerie.....
this would be a bakery we would love to go
 to in Paris.  So here I tried my own rendition
 of his tarts and also here is the recipe
 if you would like to give it a whirl!

For the PASTRY SHELL of your tart you will need 1 2/3 cups of flour, 2/3 cups of powdered sugar, 2/3 cup cut up butter/cold, 1 egg beaten and 1/4 cup of water. (could be less water) I used a 10 x 16 jellyroll pan but when I do this again I will get a rectangular tart pan with removable bottom which is slightly smaller! Roll out the dough on a pastry cloth and unroll it into the pan.

This recipe would be perfect for afternoon tea! 

Here is the lovely filling:
1/2 cup of melted warm butter, 1 cup of sugar and 2 Tb cornstarch.   Mix these together and spread over the dough you have unrolled into the pan. O f course you crimp the edges of the dough  just like a pie. Spread the filling all over and lay the following fruits into this mix:
ALL FRESH FRUITS: 2 pears, peeled and sliced but kept together, 1 lb strawberries, sliced, 6 oz blackberries and 6 oz raspberries ( you could also do apples or blueberries)

Bake on center rack at 375 degrees for 30- 40 minutes.  Let cool before eating although we always dive in early!

  This is a repost from 2010 moved forward because we are moving to Missouri and I am
rather busy packing up!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Use milk for your tea; cream is too heavy.

From "365 Tea Things Every Tea Lover Should Know".

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


We are big Bruschetta Fans at our house!    So easy to make and a healthy alternate to red meat!

My friend, Ruth Chandler has the most wonderful cookbook at her church (her hubby is the Pastor of Freedom Baptist).  Ruth is an excellent cook and this is her recipe.  I make mine a little different but similar!

I like to brush olive oil on my french bread and grill it on both sides first.  I first saute mushrooms in butter and garlic.  I add to this and saute garlic (you must get a garlic press if you don't have one), green peppers, and lastly I add chopped tomatoes.  I also add fresh chopped basil.......from the garden!

         Oh yummy.....something easy and quick to make!
Put shredded mozzerella cheese on top and put it under the broiler!  You will love it!

Monday, January 25, 2016


There is something wonderful about an old house!  

If you love old houses - there are thousands in this
 area north of Downtown Colorado Springs!
Just look at the windows around this front door below:

A friend lives in this lovely light peach home:

Are you like me in that my taste has changed over the years?  I was once in love with heavy, dark and massive Victorian but now I suddenly find myself charmed by cottage style.  Perhaps, this is because it better suits my station in life. I do love to see the Victorian stairways.  Many of the homes have butler pantries.  We went in one and the lady showed me a buzzer under the dining room table where the lady of the house stepped on it with her foot to call for the servants.  Ha!

I like the cottage style of this one below - 
I would call this a very LARGE cottage though!

I really like this one below:

These stately old houses are all very old.
The windows below are amazing:

Love this cottage style:

I hope you can participate in my blog party today!  It's really widespread - just not "Give Aways Only" please!
I am also sharing at these parties:
No Place Like Home
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
Roses of Inspiration
Let's Talk Vintage
Simple & Sweet Fridays
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup
Vintage Charm
The Charm of Home

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Today I would like to share my collection
 of very old antique Bibles and vintage inspirational books.
 I bought quite a few in Des Moines, Iowa in the
 1970's when I was in college.

Many of these are from the 1900's and some from the 1800's.......

And of course - my Gideon Bible that was
 given to me in 3rd grade in public school -
 sadly things have sure changed!

This was a repost!