Some Very Special Gifts!

This weekend has been a glorious one! Lovely weather and lots of fun. The yard sale was a complete success, and I managed to sell quite a lot of my old treasures. I was able to spend practically the whole weekend with my best friend (and sweetheart)!

This weekend was also my birthday, and my best friend gave me a complete surprise! We have been out antiquing together several times and I had seen a couple nice sets of vintage spice jars… so guess what he gave me as one of my presents?

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My very own lovely set of spice containers.
With red lids
and a red shelf!

So, part of my day was spent cleaning out the spice jars, all the while making sure I don’t get them wet on the outside and have the paper labels fall off. Aren’t they just lovely? Oh, the grand kitchen messes I will make using these treasures…

My best friend’s parents also gave me a delightful (and FUN) surprise! I got an adorable vintage toaster that actually works! I tried it out almost as soon as I got it! 😀 You have to flip the toast over half-way through the toasting process, though. Otherwise it will only brown on one side! It has a little bell on the underside, that “dings” as it heats up. I have discovered that three “dings” per side makes the perfect piece of toast.


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Toast, anyone?

And for fun…

“There was an Old Man of the Coast,
Who placidly sat on a post;
But when it was cold,
he reliquished his hold,
And called for some hot buttered toast.

~Edward Lear~

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September 7, 2009. Birthdays, Cooking, Hopechesting, Quotage. 1 comment.

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Welcome 1st day of September! This is one of my favorite months of the year… the weather will slowly but surely begin to cool off, and we can welcome autumn. My favorite time of year. Hooray! Soon I can run outside and crunch leaves.

Yesterday, in honor of the dreary weather we had, I threw a chicken pot-pie in the oven. I tend to be the type that doesn’t use recipes when cooking food of that nature, so once the pie crust was chilling on the fridge, I just started throwing veggies in a pot. On a wing and a prayer, I finally threw the pie in the oven and turned on the timer. (I also can’t cook without a timer!)

Though I say it myself, this pie was most definitely yummy! I used fresh-ground flour in the crust because we’re out of white. Even though it makes the crust a little grainy, it blended well with the chicken and veggie filling. I just had to take a picture before we cut into it…

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Yum!

We had leftover chicken from one of those roast chickens you can buy in the deli section at the grocery store. I used potatoes, fresh baby carrots, fresh celery, a small onion, and added some garlic powder, salt and pepper while I let them boil together for about 15-20 minutes. I thawed some frozen chicken stock in a pot, and worked on rolling out the crust. Right before the veggies were done, I added some frozen peas and let them cook about 5 minutes. I added salt to the chicken stock, and thickened it with cornstarch. Once that was all done, I cut up the chicken and added it to the veggies (remember to drain out the water in the veggies!). Then I just poured it all into a deep-dish pie pan, and topped it with another crust! Bake it at 350 degrees for about an hour. (Until it’s bubbling.)

And for fun, a few of my favorite cooking quotes:

“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes,
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”
~A.A. Milne~


“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen,
a warm stove, and simmering pot and a mom.”
~Barbara Costikyan~


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
~A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf~


~All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
~John Gunther~

September 1, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Happiness, Life, Quotage, Rain, Tuesday. Leave a comment.

Hand-made!

Hello everyone!

Today has been quite a full and busy one, and I’m tuckered out!

However, I had to share a picture with you, that puts a whole new meaning into the term “made by hand!” This evening I made an angel food cake (using a recipe from a King Arthur Flour cookbook) and of course, just a few minutes ago I had to cut the cake out of the pan and flip it onto the cake plate. What to do? This is always a dilemma for me, since the top of the cake is sticky and always tends to peel off that nice brown layer.

After staring at it blankly for a few minutes, I finally bit the bullet and just did it…

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Made with love, by hand. 😉

God bless, and I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

“In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.”
~Curnonsky~

July 29, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Happiness, Life, Wednesday. Leave a comment.

A delightful weekend.

Hello friends! This has been a delightful weekend, full, busy, and somewhat tiring, but still fun! A few night ago I got to spend time with a good friend, and got a ride in the amazing roadster. What fun to watch fireworks while sitting in an open-air vintage car! I really have become an antique car addict… 😀 I just can’t help it!

Then came the Fourth of July, which included getting up semi-early, going grocery shopping, and preparing all kinds of food for the family/friend party made for a LOOOONG day! I made two blackberry pies, which Dad pronounced “very good.” That was good, seeing as I don’t usually do blackberry pies! 🙂

Now it’s time to relax. I haven’t done much of anything, Dad and I put on a movie set in the 1960’s (neat costumes galore!) and I worked on my quilt top. Now I’m going to head back to the watch the end of the movie, and finish another row of the quilt!

God Bless, and I hope y’all had as good of a weekend as I did! 🙂

July 5, 2009. Cars, Cooking, Friends, Fun, Life, Sewing, Summer, Sunday, Weekend. Leave a comment.

Kentucky, er… Delaware Fried…

In the heat of the afternoon, after a delightful day spent with my best friend, I embarked upon a new journey. Southern Fried Chicken. The lights turned off to maximize the faint breeze blowing in the kitchen window, I gleefully spent 1 1/2 hours trying out a fried chicken recipe. And MY! was it ever good, though I do say so myself! 

 

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The beginning stages.

I really did have a grand time, although my poor feet did get a little tired after 1 1/2 hours of being in the kitchen! It wouldn’t have taken so long, only I’d never done it before, I had about 3 other things cooking at the same time, and the chicken was still slightly frozen. Next time, I want to try smaller pieces of chicken, because I prefer more breading on fried chicken. The larger drumsticks are just a bit too large, in my opinion. 

 

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I finally had to turn a light on, so I could see what I was doing. 

 

I love the sound of chicken frying in the pan. Delightful! I will most certainly be making this again… 🙂 And experimenting with the recipe to get it just right. Now I must head off for the evening… I’ll leave you with a few good quotes. 🙂 God Bless!

“If a man’s gonna eat fried chicken, he’s gotta get greasy.”

“In cooking, as in all the art, simplicity is the sign of perfection.”
~Curnonsky~

“God will provide the victuals, but He will not cook the dinner.” 

June 12, 2009. Cooking, Friday, Fun, Happiness, Life, Weekend. 1 comment.

A Modest Alteration.

Hello again, everyone! 

Today has been yet another good day. I woke up rather on the grumpy side, seeing as it was raining out, and I hadn’t any room for rain in the plan of my day. However, despite the unwanted weather, I got quite a lot done today! I baked up a storm, starting with bread in the morning, and ending with other goodies in the afternoon. 

I also managed to get some more sewing done, including an alteration to a new skirt. Most of my family/friends will tell you I have a habit of picking up cheap clothing with “alterations” in mind. When I saw an adorably cute skirt for $6 early this year, I just couldn’t pass it up. It was just a little shorter than I like to wear, so I bought it with a lengthening alteration in mind. 🙂 Luckily, the skirt has a lining, and I was able to sew a cute and kicky panel right to it. Add a wide matching belt, and the result is a retro, almost “apron” looking skirt! 

 

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Does anyone else have idea books? My ideas come from magazines, clothing stores, websites, vintage designs, antique stores, etc. My idea book is a wonderful thing, lots of blank white paper, my favorite blue gel pen carefully stored inside. (If the pen goes missing, look out! I go on a rampage!)

 

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The first page in my idea book.

Well, I’m off to find some food… maybe create something yummy for dinner. God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

June 5, 2009. Cooking, Fashion, Femininity, Friday, Fun, Life, Modesty, Projects, Rain, Sewing. 2 comments.

Vintage find at a yard sale…

Hello everyone! I thought I’d share my latest “find,” uncovered this morning at a yard sale by my Nana’s expert eye. I’ve been looking for a vintage cake saver for a while now, and I finally got one, for much less than what I would have payed for at an antique store! Hooray! 

 

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With a little cleaning, it will be as good as new. Only $4!

I love yard sales. 

 

In other news, this little website may be going under a complete make-over soon. I know, I keep doing that, but I’m still trying to decide what I need on here! I have a new project up my sleeve that may take a while to complete, but it’s on my “to-do” list, so hopefully it will get done sooner, rather than later. 

It will, however, involve taste-testing some favorite recipes. Any takers? 😉

May 30, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Fun Finds, Hopechesting, Life, Saturday, Weekend, Yard Sale. Leave a comment.

Riding!

Hello friends, I am back again. 

I’ve enjoyed taking an impromptu break from, basically, everything technological. I’ve managed to go yard-saling, sew, create things, cook, and have all kinds of fun adventures. Yesterday I went to a friend’s house to ride her beautiful mare, Copper. Copper is a very sweet and gentle creature, which is a VERY good thing, seeing as I hadn’t been on a horse in about 8 years! I will definitely be going back so we can ride together. 

Then I ran over to visit other friends, and look what I brought home in a spaghetti jar! 

 

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Aren’t they just beautiful? And they smell heavenly!

 

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A recent creation, a Peach and Strawberry Tart with
Chocolate Sauce drizzled on top. It turned out quite yummy!

 

Today is a day for cleaning, sewing, and just generally enjoying time at home. It’s gray and dreary outside, so it will be a good day to stay indoors.

God bless, and have a wonderful day! 

 

May 29, 2009. Cooking, Friday, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Photography, Weekend. 1 comment.

The results of a photoshoot!

Hello all! How are you this fine, rainy evening? 

I thought y’all might enjoy seeing the results of a recent photoshoot! A dear friend allowed me to take some pictures of her daughter, and we had a grand time goofing off, taking hilarious candids, and some crazy self-portraits (including one of me wearing a tiara!). There were, as always, a few that really turned out well, and so I had a grand time editing them on photoshop. Enjoy!

 

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This photo was so fun to edit!

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I love the snow in her hair.

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A little chef, complete with the hat and flour on her hands!

 

I know, I’ve been telling you all for weeks that I need to get in my sewing room… it’s still true! I may have inspiration tomorrow, since it looks like a quiet, rainy weekend. I hope to show off some new projects soon! I have all kinds of ideas… 😀 

Well, it’s getting a bit late for me to be up… God Bless, and have a wonderful evening! 

 

“Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.”
~Ron Wild~ 

March 14, 2009. Cooking, Friday, Friends, Fun, Photography, Portraits, Snow. 1 comment.

And a cough.

Halloo everyone! This week has been a busy one! I’m working on pulling several things together, and thankfully have had a pretty calm day today. It snowed last night, and my small corner of the world looked like it was covered in micah glitter this morning! How pretty! 

Unfortunately, I also woke up with a little bit of a cough. You know when you feel a little bug coming on, and you just don’t have time for it? Of course, it always seems that way, but I REALLY don’t have time for it! There are things to do, places to be, and people to talk to! So I’m taking double doses of vitamins, and drinking plenty of Gypsy Cold Care Tea, my all-time favorite herbal tea. (I drink it even without a cough!) It works great, and I find it even works for those times when you’re having allergy and sinus trouble. Try it!

So, here I sit… finally getting to relax for the evening. I worked on some self-portraits today, and few turned out, which you might get to see, if I’m happy enough with one! 🙂

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Even though this isn’t the exact loaf I made today, it gives you a good idea of what I made today! Homemade bread with fresh-ground flour is so yummy!

I probably won’t have time to post before the weekend, so I’ll be back with more pictures! God Bless, and have a wonderful weekend! 

February 6, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Life, Projects. Leave a comment.

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