Monday, July 11, 2016

In Love With Blue!

Little cobalt blue vases with flowers from the garden are fun and change daily!

Waverly fabric, hydrangeas and Gurgle Pots make way for summer entertaining!
Cobalt Blue Depression Glass and Hobnail Old Fashions are ready for summer entertaining!     

Hydrangeas are a favorite especially the traditional blue!

Blue, blue...we love you blue!

Family photos framed in blue...and white are always classic!

Blueberry waffles on a beautiful summer, Sunday morning!  Bennington Pottery, Morning Glory Blue frames this breakfast!

SO...start looking around your house and start grouping your love of BLUE together!  Perhaps, we've started something!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Recipe from Susan Branch

A couple weeks ago, I received "Heart of the Home"  30th Anniversary Edition by Susan Branch.  Made the Green Bean Salad on page 63 (pictured above), Potato Packages on page 87  and the Lemon Chicken on page 101! 
Yummy!  This is a great book with wonderful recipes along with Susan's watercolor illustrations. 

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!