Tuesday, July 20, 2021


   I wanted to share two of the
videos I came across today that are

But first a bouquet
I put on my porch:

And a few photos from the
garden today:

I found some butterflies loving

the butterfly bush and the


And one more collage:

Videos you might adore:

A video of Hidcote Manor Garden in the Cotswolds

Wednesday, July 14, 2021


 Do you like to learn?  One of the things
I have realized in growing older is that
our flesh can really rebel against learning
something new.  

One of the things you can do is READ a recipe and try it - something new.  This helps you keep your brain sharp.  I did a very simple
recipe today.....I apologize for the fact that
I write on my cookbooks but as you can
see I was thinking that next time I make
 these I will substitute those clear wrapped Kraft 
caramels for the sugar:

I took these to a Seniors meeting at
church and they loved them!  I think
they would be lovely on an Afternoon
Tea Tray too.

I did check on the tearoom and sadly
it to be closed.

Thursday, July 8, 2021


  This morning I looked 
out and noticed it was
an overcast day. 
 What a perfect day for taking photos. 
The Meadow Phlox (the tall lilac color flower in the back )is pretty right now
and is a Missouri wildflower. 
are so prolific here.

I set a little tea table up in my
front yard.  I had some Lemon
Pound Cake (click for recipe)
for us to enjoy that
I had baked Tuesday night.

I hope your summer is going well.

 For those of you that blog you will understand what I am about to say.  
Blogger has really messed with the
headers and I have not succeeded at
getting mine back up.  I like to change
my header according to the seasons but
it isn't so easy to change the header anymore.

These cups and saucers are English 
Royal Patrician.  They are some I use
down in my tearoom.

This is a late note from me:  I just told my husband I feel like a genius - everyone who know me knows that is an absolute joke!  I was able to finally follow the instructions on the link below and "somewhat" fix my header".  No, it isn't perfect but it is definitely bigger so I will leave this one alone for now!

scroll down and read the "HERE IS HOW I RESOLVED THE PROBLEM"by Cleo Coyle - she is the genius for sure!

Sunday, July 4, 2021


 You know how certain foods just taste
better at certain times of the year.....

Raspberry Chiffon Pie tastes best when
it is hot outdoors.

Yesterday I doubled this recipe and
made two pies: an extra big one to take
to our church 4th of July
meal and
this smaller one.

This is the cookbook the recipe came from and it is an oldie from 1966.  I was married in 1968 so it was one of my first cookbooks.

I made this dough recipe
 and rolled it thin, so 
it was enough for both pies:

1 cup sifted flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 plus 1T Crisco and 1-4 T ice water  Roll dough out
thin on a floured cloth.
Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes. 

If you would like to make it, here is
the recipe for one Raspberry Chiffon Pie:

1 10 Oz pkg frozen red raspberries, thawed, 1  3 Oz pkg raspberry flavored jello, 3/4 cup of boiling water, 2 Tb lemon juice, 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped, 2 egg whites, 1/4 cup of sugar 

Drain raspberries, add water to syrup to make 2/3 cup.  Dissolve jello in boiling water;  add lemon juice and raspberry syrup.  Chill till partially set.    Add sugar gradually to the egg whites and whip.  Add egg whites and whipped cream both into raspberry mix.  Pile into cooled pie shell and chill.  Embellish with more whipped cream.

I read cookbooks like some people
read books and I do have quite a
few that I enjoy!  I picked this one up
this week at an antique mall and plan
to start with the Pimento Cheese sandwich
spread recipe I saw in it.

Saturday, July 3, 2021


Wishing you a 
Happy 4th of July!


  I found this fun flag decoration in a
little shop over in Boonville, Missouri. 
We recently took a ride over west
of our town and I always enjoy
seeing the old houses and
the many lovely gardens.

I have taken photos before
 of this little
yellow house:

I can't resist peeking into someone
else's garden and seeing what they
have planted.

It was good to get out of the
house and enjoy a drive.....

and of course,  the beautiful hydrangeas!

And I found this sweet vase
and sheet music in a little 
shop called Buygones: