Friday, January 27, 2017

VALENTINE CHEER For "Friends Sharing Tea"

Yesterday I worked in the kitchen on a little
Valentine display in the armoire.  It was fun to
get out the Sadler Valentine teapot I found in Colorado
last year right before we moved to Missouri.




The fireplace mantle also got decorated.



It has been overcast, cold and dreary and
less I forget damp
which I knew would be the norm 
 in Missouri in the winter.



It was snowing too but melted before it hit the ground.



I figured Valentine decorations would really brighten up the day!  Do you decorate for Valentines Day?





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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

AN OLD FRAME LOOKS BETTER

I was so pleased to find a simple old 8 x 10
frame
yesterday at an antique mall:


I had recently purchased a Tasha Tudor book
on Esty.  I actually already had a copy of this book 
so I was ordering another to cut it up and do some fun crafting. 
  I decided to use the page that featured each month as a seasonal item in my kitchen.  
When I saw the cover of the one
I ordered, I knew I needed to switch and  cut up the book
 I already had as it was not as old. The one
 I got in the mail had a more charming cover(1979):


Monday, January 23, 2017

IN CELEBRATION OF WHEN THINGS "WORK"


I don't know about you but sometimes we
 can really jump
up and down and celebrate when
 things work "normal"!




The simple things of life are so taken for granted until
something goes kaputs!  Is there such a word?  I've heard
that all my life but had no idea how to spell it so
I just looked it up.



Anyway, when you move there is a lot of stuff to change
and several year back I renewed my domain name but
never looked at the file in a long time, never notified them
of changes, etc when I moved.  Needless to say, this
week I wasted volumes of time trying to get things
straightened out and am very happy that my blog
was back up after 48 hours of vanishing.  



Shall we celebrate? With a cup of tea?  Absolutely!


I love it when things work!  Have a great day
and I hope you don't forget things like I do!

Friday, January 20, 2017

CELEBRATING THE VICTORIA SERIES

Many of us watched "Victoria" on PBS last Sunday night
 and wasn't it wonderful!  What an amazing challenge for an
18 year old girl to experience and live.
  I am excited to see what this Sunday night holds. 



In honor of Queen Victoria I set up a little
tea time at one of the tables down in the
 "tea room" with my
Lemon Cream Cheese Scones.
Click here for the recipe!



I made this banner a few years back after
 participating in a
Victoria Day Card exchange:


I have a few cups and saucers that are special keepsakes!


I hope you have time for a cup of tea and a scone!







These scones are made with ingredients
in your kitchen!





Friday, January 13, 2017

RASPBERRY LEMON MUFFINS

With freezing rain and ice coming this weekend,  it
seemed like a good time to bake some muffins.


The lavender shawl on the back right of the sofa
 was handwoven for me from my daughter in law
 as a Christmas gift.  She has a loom and is
 enjoying learning
to make things.



As you can see, I set us a table up by the window which
overlooks the back yard so we can enjoy the view. 
 We have been told it will be raining later and then
 turn into what they call here an "ice storm".
This is new to me so we shall see but I can tell you
the market was absolutely crazy as people
 were stocking up on food.







I got some raspberries when I was at the market
that were perfect for the muffins.  Here is the recipe
below - first turn your oven on at 375 degrees and
grease a large sized muffin tin that holds 12.  I sprayed
with cooking spray and did not use the papers and
they came out fine.





Ingredients:  2 cups regular flour,
1/2 cup sugar, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 
16 oz lemon yogurt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 3 eggs,
 grated lemon rind from 1 lemon, 
16 oz pkg of fresh raspberries and
additional 2 Tb flour to coat 
them.

Crumble topping ingredients: 2 Tb flour, 
3 Tb sugar
and 1 Tb chopped butter






This recipe originally came from at 2003 
Southern Living Magazine.  Mix all the dry ingredients,
oil and lemon rind and add eggs.  Now, 
stir in the yogurt.  In a small bowl, 
coat the raspberries (chopped half) with 2 Tb of flour
 and then stir them into the batter.  Put spoonfuls in
the muffin tin filling 2/3 full or slightly more.  The
 crumble mix goes on top and this should be about 12 muffins.
Bake 20-25 minutes (mine took 22 min)


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DEVONSHIRE by Johnson Brothers

Now that the New Year has begun,  I thought it  would
be fun to change up my kitchen armoire with my
Devonshire transferware.  I know it doesn't look like
an armoire now but it used to have doors on it
and looks nothing like it's former self.



I got my first pieces of this pattern back in the early 90's in
Houston, Texas.  Later, I found some in Colorado and see
it every once in a while.  I am still looking for a teapot
but not at the $300-400 price I saw at replacements.


Here is the armoire as I call it:


That's a Sadler teapot on the cake stand.




I hope your New Year is off to a great start!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 YEAR IN REVIEW


Let's take a look back in time:



We moved to Missouri in 2016 but this
 photo was taken January 4th while
 still in Colorado.  On the 29th we
 planned to close on our Missouri
 home so my husband  drove the first
 truck load from Colorado to Missouri
 and I drove one of our cars.




After staying in Missouri for a week we
headed back to Colorado to pack up more
items and finish getting our home ready to
put it up for sale. It was weird having
furniture set up in 2 houses.  We decided
to leave this deer mount in Colorado:



Time rolled by as we continued to pack
 and my husband did most of that - he 
is a good packer.  We had professionals
 load both of our truck loads and so we 
were ready to leave Colorado on March
 17 and our house went on the market
 that day.   We left early and drove 
straight through and the next day we
started unloading.  It was so weird 
having green grass and seeing this Forsythia in bloom on the 
side of the house.


I loved the new location for my armoire right
in the kitchen.  It was chipped up a bit
but my husband said "hey, it doesn't matter,
it's shabby chic - remember"!




During this entire summer I worked 
very hard digging and working 
on flower gardens.  It was hard
on the knees for sure!



I had to admit that starting from scratch
with gardening was really a challenge.



In June I set up what
I called a sunset tea on
my front walk.



Yes, I was finally getting some
flowers for bouquets too!

On this day in August (below)I set
up a "Tea In The Garden" but later
we dug up that wisteria and moved
the trelis to the other side of the yard.



This month brought the arrival of a
fence for our yard - at least the sides
and later we had them do the back too.




We added an arbor to our yard in October!

November was a time for wonderful
smells in the kitchen and Lynn Bean's
Orange Cranberry Bread





December was finally here and
It was time to share our nativity
for Christmas in Missouri:




Well - now I caught that up 
so I need to do 2017!