Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day to All!

Vintage flatware, crystal and some great plates given to me by my friend, Kim.

It's time for LOVE!

The Valentine pastel was framed and hung.  This was done by me in an art class when I was 14.  

English bone china cups and saucers along with hearts sit in the corner cabnet.
Pretty, Pretty!  Time for tea!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Transition Has Begun!

The New Year is here!  Happy 2016! 

Time for Downton Abbey tea and a little British influence in order to start the year!

Healthy trips to the market and lots of home cooking in January!

Christmas Poinsettia now in a winter setting...only for a couple of weeks!
Mr. Squirrel Nutkin needs some nourishment!
Soon Valentine's Day will be here!  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Salisbury Mansion Candlelight Evening

 The Firefighter Tree  with names of Worcester Firefighters who died while on duty.

The Boy Scout Tree was terrific!

At one time there was a corset factory in Worcester!   

This tree made from things from Starbucks!

A Santa Tree decorated with a beautiful collection of ornaments!

The Presidential favorite!

Ronald Reagan - The Presidential Tree

A photo of the stately, Salisbury Mansion in Worcester, Massachusetts!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

November in Rochdale in Pictures...Enjoy!

Decorating for Thanksgiving!
My special crust waiting for the Pumpkin Pie filling.

Ready for the oven...

Pumpkin Pie ready for dessert!

Onto Apple Pie!
A family favorite ready for guests!
Table set...Turkeys waiting for Lobster Corn Chowder!
Remembering Mr. Fur.

A stroll in the pines on a beautiful day, make autumn special.
Crunchy leaves, still water and blue skies set the autumn stage.
Yummy cheeses set out on vintage crystal, china and silver.  
The old swing set has fond memories of our childhood days.
A November Birthday to celebrate!
Another November Birthday!

Turkey Soup...Yummy!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Apple Pie Sunday!

Today, I made a delicious apple pie!  I am calling it Apple Pie Sunday! 

          My paternal Grandmother used to make pies using only Golden Delicious apples.  In our family, she was the Queen of Pies!  I never thought that I would take over  that title.  But, I guess it is now true.  I'm known for my pies.  I am a seasonal pie maker.  I would never make a pumpkin pie in the spring nor would I make an apple pie in the summer.  For everything there is a time and season and that holds true for pie baking.

Here is the seasonal breakdown of some of my favorites.
Spring:  Maple Pie, Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Buttermilk Pie, Maple Walnut Pie,  March Madness Pie to name a few.

Summer:  Continue with the Strawberry Rhubarb until the rhubarb is gone from the garden.  Blue-Barb Pie, Peach Pie, Strawberry, Blueberry and Raspberry Pie.

Autumn:  Apple Pie, Apple-Ginger Cranberry Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Squash Pie, Custard Pecan and Date Nut Pumpkin Pie are some favorites.

Winter:   Pies take a backseat to Christmas Cookies, Warm Gingerbread, Cookies, Brownies and Puddings!  But, let's not
forget Pecan and Mince Meat (a maternal Grandmother favorite).

Although I only make my own crust and profess to have several different kinds of crust recipes, I do like the Pillsbury crust which comes in a box!  I can't get away with using it for my family because they are "Kit's Crust Connoisseurs" and can't be fooled. But if you don't have the time to make your own crust from scratch, give Pillsbury a try.  It is so easy and delicious.  Also, it may make the difference by having a freshly baked pie in your house or not!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Seasons...They Are A Changing Inside and Out!

 The zinnias are showing off in orange glass! 
Little dining room set for an autumn meal!

The last eggplant from the garden!  Picture perfect.

This cornucopia belonged to my paternal grandmother.   
Isn't it perfect with the eggplant?
This apple was found on this post at the Brookfield Orchards.  It was delicious too!

Looking out the window through the Tree of Life lace curtains...from Country Curtains, of course!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Summer of 2015 at a Glance

Berry pies!

Missing Mr. Fur.

Yummy berries make for good snacks and recipes.

Visits from our neighbor's pet bunny.


Lettuce from the garden!

Farm stand visits.
Patio entertaining!

Fourth of July!

Ocean front dining

Summer on the Cape!

Picture perfect...a summer appetizer.

Summer luncheon for our QM2 Friends!

Green and lush before the summer drought.

A summer cruise.