Monday, February 29, 2016


  I have been stealing some posts from former years to
 "get by" during a very busy time in my life.
 This week we have had new carpeting installed in our
 home in Colorado and we just received word that the
 granite counters will be here on March 8th.
  This is the home we will be moving out
  of and putting up for sale. We are
anxious to get on with this next stage
 of our lives and be near our family.

 So for today's post,  you can see,

 I collect Vintage Jewelry and wear it often.

  These are just a few pieces that are pink ones
 on my old Japanese Cashmere Cardigan:

I see these photos from the past below are a little blurry for which I apologize. 

  I do love Miriam Haskell pieces!

I don't necessarily collect cameos but this one was
 given to me by a friend who passed away.

This necklace below is Victorian:

My brother H. B. (Hurley) was a Leap Year Baby and
 today would have been his 68th birthday.
He passed away several years ago so
  I am dedicating this post to memory of him!

I did take the photo below this morning
of some of my red and blue pieces:

I will be sharing this post at these parties:

Saturday, February 27, 2016


Every Saturday the special features
 from the Monday BTTCG Blog Party 
are presented and here are this week's:

First of all - these are aren't in any particular order!

#1 was Su's darling flower bucket DIY
 project at "Butterfly8)(8Bungalow":  isn't this inspiring?

#2 was a lovely recipe by Elizabeth at "The Daisy Fields" for simple scones with raspberry whipped cream:

#3 was Sandi's post at here "No Place Like Home" blog party where she shared a bird themed post and a cup and saucer she was gifted from from Deborah Montgomery from "The Beautiful Matters":

#4 is one I am including because of one thing: FUN! 
 You might like to to make one of these Metal Bobbin Necklaces
 yourself by "Lady Linda".  I thought sewers and 
quilters would especially love them:

#5 is a sweet post by a young woman who knows how to create style on a budget.  Dani is just 21 years old and blogs 
at  " A Vapor in the Wind":

and last #6 is from the blog "Marie's Antoinette" where Darlene presented her French Shabby Romantic Style Pink Tea Party:

Thank you everyone who participated and 
I will see you again on Monday!

Thursday, February 25, 2016


With spring coming up - hopefully soon -
 our thoughts turn to things we
 can make with the lovely rhubarb that will be
 arriving at the market!!

This is a 2009 repost today but I thought you might
 enjoy this delicious recipe!

Over the years I have talked to many women who dream about opening a tea room, boutique or gift shop. In my mind there is a certain fascination about the idea of moving to a small rural farm and living in a big old Victorian house and selling flowers or vegetables or both at a small stand. I always loved having a small garden, canning food, cooking and baking.

As I drove across the great state of Kansas in 2006, I picked up a copy of the Kansas Visitors Guide. It featured this recipe by Karen Pendleton who has a produce stand with her husband John just east of Lawrence, Kansas. see

This is Karen's recipe for Pendleton's Spiced Rhubarb Cake

For the cake you will need: 1/2 cup boiling water, 2 cups fresh finely chopped rhubarb, 2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar,1 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground cloves or ground ginger, 3 eggs, 1/2 cooking oil, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup finely chopped pecans
In a large mixing bowl, pour boiling water over chopped rhubarb. Meanwhile, grease and flour 2 cake pans (8" rounds)
For the cake: In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. add flour mix to rhubarb mix. Beat with mixer on low for 1 minute. In a small bowl,combine eggs, oil and vanilla. Add egg mix to flour mix. Beat, stir in 1/4 cup of pecans. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes. When cooled- frost with recipe below:
Frosting: 4 oz of softened cream cheese, 1/2 stick butter, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 cups of powdered sugar (after mixing these add 1 more cup of powdered sugar - thin with a little milk if too thick to spread!
When I baked this cake - the smell was heavenly!  I put a drop of red food coloring in the icing to make it pink!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Lately, I've been doing some really important things......boring.......but important.  I have
had the job of steadying the ladder while my
husband paints up high. 

 We have those 17' cathedral ceilings above walls 
being painted in 2 rooms in our house
 and 12' in the master bedroom. 
 I imagine many of you never knew we had one of these?
I don't usually photograph him with my teapots or teacups. We found him (actually maybe a her?) in Casper, Wyoming many years ago but he/her is also a Colorado thing for sure and
 will stay here in repose with the house ready for a 
new owner who surely will love him. (at least a man will)

Since their is no furniture left in this room -
 we temporarily put the television on top the wood stove.
We are waiting to hear from the carpet
 people and the kitchen people.

Houses and situations are so different from one another 
where ever you live.  Where we live
in Colorado everyone has a privacy fence,
 the houses are very close side by side 
and everyone has a sprinkler system
 to water their yard.  For example, if you live in
 Texas -
 every subdivision has a swimming pool!

Oh and I have had some more jobs: moving the lamp around the room following the paint job, washing the switch plates, plug in covers and heat vent covers that go in the floors.  How fun! 

 While doing this difficult task for hours Sunday afternoon,  I watched  a lot of  GAC (Great American Country) which is a channel that carries "Flea Market Flip" on Sunday afternoons .  Now here is a program that I adore!  Have you seen it? The program features Lara who introduces 2 groups of 2 people who are given $500.00 each group to spend at a huge flea market. They go out and find 3 assigned tasks to create 3 things which they then work on and try to sell at the same (?) flea market on another day.
If you haven't seen this and you love DIY I think you should as it is very interesting.

This post is being shared at:
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Monday, February 22, 2016


Hello dear blogging friends and welcome to my weekly blog party.
You might wonder how I am able to keep blogging as
 I am getting ready to move - 
well believe me it was definitely a challenge today!

The other night we wanted something sweet and I noticed I still had blueberries and lemons in the refrigerator.  Since all my cookbooks are already moved, I googled Lemon Blueberry Cake and found this recipe at the site "Sally's Baking Addiction".  This was really intended to be a layer cake but I had no cake pans that aren't packed so I used a bread pan.  The second half of the batter got baked in an oval casserole dish -
 yes, it worked too.

I didn't have any vases out either so I just
 tucked my paper whites in a glass!

I also hardly had anything to use as a "prop" but I had picked up a couple vintage linens earlier in the day. In between 2 denist appointments I had a few minutes to kill.  So I am sharing a sweet runner and little round crochet piece too which came from my friend Sharon Doughterty's booth at the local antique mall called Willowstone.  Sorry, no teacups here to include in the posting.  They have all gone bye bye.  In fact - that carpeted window shelf below AND another one just like it are now covered in wood.  I think the new owners of this house will like the wood seat/shelf so much more!

  Because we  are moving and putting this home up for sale, we are having our home recarpeted and granite counters installed in the kitchen, new sinks, etc.  My husband is currently painting the whole inside and staining the woodwork.  I am packing things up in the basement.  Anyway - lots of work.

As you can see, the cake turned out nice and moist!  I definitely recommend Sally's cake!
Do you have a post to share today? 
 Please link at the bottom.
This party will close at 6:00 PM Mountain Time on 2/26

I will be sharing at these other parties:

Sunday, February 21, 2016


Who can find a virtuous woman?.....She watches over the ways of her household...Her children rise up and call her blessed...
Proverbs 31

Saturday, February 20, 2016


This week we had some delightful posts that were linked to Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party and here are the SWEET Saturday features from the Monday party:

#1 was shared by Terri at "Artful Affirmations"  who shared a selection of cups and saucers she referred to as Eye Candy:

#2 was Mrs. Chrissy T. at "Across My Table" blog who shared her wonderful Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert:

#3 was by Beth at "Conversations from My House" and she shared her beloved Old English Roses cup and saucer:

#4 was by Shane at "Roses, Lace and Brocante" who shared the most beautiful theme of roses.  Some of these are from New Zealand where Shane lives and some from France where she visits family often:

#5 was linked by Marilyn at "Delights of the Heart" where she shared  a recent tea called "A Tea Time Full of Love".  Her tea food were delicious and served at a lovely table:

#6 was My Yellow Farmhouse where Cecile shared her "Butter Brickle Cake" Recipe which would be perfect for your next special dinner:

Thanks to all who participated.  Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, February 19, 2016


Looking for an easy casserole dish - here it is! The ingredients are simple and the process is easy! We like that...

You will need: 1cup of butter melted, 2 cups of sugar, 3 eggs, 1 can of crushed pineapple with the juice, 12 slices of fresh white bread shredded, 1/4 cup of milk, and 1 1/2 cups of shredded coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Mix the melted butter, milk, sugar and beat in eggs. Add the pineapple and coconut and mix rest of ingredients. Place in buttered casserole.  A repost from 2009

Thursday, February 18, 2016


May this tea be steeped with love
For friendships sent down from above.

Sandy Clough (The Art of Tea and Friendship)
365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


This might be fun for your Easter/Spring Tea:

Here is a wonderful and impressive item for your Afternoon Tea Tray.....ORANGE CREAM HORNS


You will need to purchase at least 12 metal "horns" at a specialty kitchen shop.

You need a box of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. Inside will be 2 sheets of dough folded into thirds. Take one sheet out and let it thaw out. It will open out into an 8 x 10 piece on a floured cloth which you will roll out into 12 x 10 " and cutting (12) 10" strips which you will wrap around and around the metal horn overlapping edges. Do not take it all the way to the top! Chill the horns 20 minutes before baking at 450 degrees until well puffed about 9 - 10 minutes. Brush with 1 egg white which has been blended with 1 tsp water. Return to oven reducing temperature to 350 degrees. Bake until glazed.

LET COOL COMPLETELY AND FILL WITH MY RECIPE FOR ORANGE CREAM FILLING: 1 1/2 cups squeezed orange juice, grated orange rind from 1 orange, 1 tsp lemon rind, 4 egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour

In the top of a double boiler over hot water beat the egg yolks and add the sugar and flour and orange juice using a whisk to stir until thick (about 7 minutes) Stir in the orange and lemon rind. Let the pudding cool. Now whip 3/4 cup of whipping cream in a separate bowl. Blend with the pudding until thick. Fill the horns.......can dust with confectioners sugar too!
Last note: I also added a couple of drops of yellow and red food coloring to make a nice light orange color and 1 tsp orange extract for more flavor!  This is a repost from 2009.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Tea inspires joy.

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.
author unknown

Loose-leaf tea is usually a better quality of tea 
than that found broken and bagged.

(all quotes from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know)

Monday, February 15, 2016


As many of you know we have been packing and
working on our home to get it ready to be put up for
sale.  We took a days break after my husband's arm
was really hurting.  We had carried a heavy computer 
desk to the garage - you know how this goes. 
 He had carried most of the weight.

We decided to go to a couple of antique malls
 in Denver "one last time" and relax and let my 
husband's arm take a rest.  These places were having
 annual sales.  Most booths were 10%-50%
off for the Valentines Day weekend. 
 I chatted in one booth with a lady name Fiona
 who was from England and had items in
 her booth that she brought back from there.  
I found some lovely linens (seen above) that
 she had gotten there and the prices were really inexpensive.

At the Hampden Street Market, I found
 this wonderful English chintz
 teapot by Lord Nelson Ware called "Briar Rose". (above)

  I also found a lovely red transferware sugar bowl by Meakin to the left below:

 At the Colorado Antique Gallery I found a wonderful Colough
Violet cup and saucer and an old "Alice In Wonderland Book". 

Would you believe I found a Sadler Valentine Teapot?  I never got to even get my Valentine things out this year because they were packed up.  I shall look forward to using this next year

Below are photos of two malls in Denver: the Colorado Antique Gallery on Broadway and the Hampden Street Market.  We also visited the Brass Armadillo which was absolutely packed because of a 20% off storewide sale.

I found one more treasure too.  For about a year I have been looking at some Taylor & Smith red transferware pieces in a booth at the Colorado Antique Gallery.  This is the pattern with the cream design with red transferware in the middle called "English Abbey".  It was made in the USA.  I already owned 1 large platter which I shared at Christmas.  I am not unpacking the pieces I found today but  I will share those later.  These were all 20% off an already good price for 51 pieces.  This is my February birthday gift.  The platter below in the top and bottom photo is one of the pieces in the set that  I am talking about.

I have been having trouble with some of the sizes of the letters being smaller on my posts.  I hope it doesn't happen today but if it does - I apologize.  I tried to fix it repeatedly but it still does it.

I hope you can join me today for my Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party!  You can link here at the bottom and share anything about home, garden, tea, etc.  I hope you will include a link on your post to this one as well!
 This party will stay open until Friday, February 19 at 6:00 PM. On Saturday I will share the Special Features
 that are chosen from those who link!

I am also sharing at these parties:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
No Place Like Home
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
Roses of Inspiration
Tea Cup Tuesday
Let's Talk Vintage
Vintage Charm
Home & Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup
The Charm of Home