Saturday, November 28, 2015


This week was certainly a busy one for everyone but I want to thank everyone who took time to link to my blog party!

Here are 5 blog posts from this weeks party that I am featuring:

#1 was Terri at "Artful Affirmations" who shared a love Foley Cup and Saucer and her scrapbook designs:

#2 was Pam at "Tea In Texas" who shared her lovely Thanksgiving Table

#3 was Gina at "Victorian Wanna Be" who shared her redesigned Victorian Cupboard:

#4 was Amalia at "Handmade by Amalia" who shared some lovely  photos:

#5 was Schotzy at "Wings of Eagles" who shared some beautiful music and her red and white Holiday decor:

Thanks to everyone who participated and hope you will all come back next week!

Friday, November 27, 2015


Today was a snowy day and very cold.  I enjoyed
 watching the birds come and go
 to the bird feeder outside the kitchen window:

We try to keep our feeder full!

Have a great weekend!
Sharing at:  Saturday Showoff

Thursday, November 26, 2015


I have always been interested in Historic type recipes.  Now that I am retired it is time to "get it done" and make some of these recipes.  This recipe was in an article about various historic fruit cakes that I cut out of Family Circle Magazine back in 1978.  Thirty seven years have passed - I guess I need to bake this!


Pickled watermelon rind was called American citron in the 18th century.  It adds its special flavor to this chock-full-if-fruits cake.  Bake this cake at 300 degrees for 2 hours if using a 10" tube pan or if  making these using eight 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2" loaf pans.

Here are the ingredients:  2 jars (10 oz. ea) pickled watermelon rind - drained, 1 carton (8 oz.) candied red cherries, 1 carton (8 oz.) candied pineapple, 1 -15 oz, box golden raisins, 2 cups slivered almonds (8 oz.), 2 cups chopped walnuts (8 oz.), 3 cups sifted all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder, (reduce to 1 1/2 tsp in high altitude)1 cup (2 sticks) butter, 2 cups sugar, 6 eggs, 1/2 cup of brandy or orange juice.

1.  Grease a 10" tube pan and line with parchment paper; grease the paper
2.  Drain syrup from watermelon rind.  Cut rind into tiny slivers.  Cut the candied cherries in half;  chop pineapple.  Combine watermelon slivers, cherries, pineapple, raisins, walnut and almonds in a very large bowl. (even a roaster will work)
3.  Sift flour, baking powder into a large bowl.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup of mixture over fruits to coat then - toss.
4.  Using a mixer, beat the butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl at high speed for 3 minutes until fluffy.

5.  Stir in flour mixture alternately with brandy or orange juice , beating after each addition until the batter is quite smooth.
6.  Pour batter over prepared fruits and nuts and folk just until well blended.  Spoon mixture into prepared cake pans.
7.  Bake in a slow oven at 300 degrees for 2 hours for a 10" tube pan or the foil pans. 

 The top springs back when lightly pressed with fingertip when done.  Cool on wire rack, loosen around edge and tube with knife and turn onto wire rack.  Peel off parchment paper.  Cool completely and sprinkle with brandy.  Wrap in heavy foil and store for at least 1 week.  You can leave them in the individual foil cake pans which come with plastic lids.

Monday, November 23, 2015


I have been so ready to start decorating for Christmas.  I asked my husband how he would feel about me going ahead and at least getting out my red transferware and he gave me the go ahead! 
 This is my first time to share some of these pieces.
  Some of you remember I had a few pieces last
 Christmas and have been searching for more.

 This summer I hit the jackpot at an antique shop on Broadway in Denver and got 52 pieces of Spode Tower in perfect condition for a great price.  I will share my table setting later with the plates I got.  I love the mix and matching of the red pieces.  I had been picking up a piece here and there and then sometimes not seeing any for a long time.  I admired many pieces on Etsy but found them very pricey. 

 A few weeks back,  I found the above Mason's Vista teapot with the kettle type handle in perfect shape at a very reasonable price in Denver. ($42.00 sounds like a lot but I saw the same one for $250.00 on Etsy)  I was so excited to find it.  Overwhelmed!  A lady antique dealer stopped me and gave me a tutorial about Mason's Vista.  She said the oldest pieces just say "Mason's Vista - England" and warned me they contained lead in the paint.  She said that later they said "made in England" and those did not contain lead.

My favorite two patterns are Mason's Vista and Spode 
Tower but also one of the patterns I like is this
 Enoch Woods English Scenery
 like this cup and saucer:

While in Missouri, I saw another style Mason's Vista teapot. (there are quite a few different ones)   It was $129.00 which was not in my budget.  The dealer had a nice display of red but I walked away empty handed.  I had seen that same teapot at an antique mall too but the spout was chipped so I put it back.

 My husband bought me the larger of the 2 soup tureens.  The lady wrapped it quickly and later we noticed a chip
 but it was very inexpensive so .....

We thought Thanksgiving would never get here this year. I hope you USA friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving.   As I shared before, this will be our last Christmas in Colorado.

Today is my Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party where you are invited to join in by linking a post from your blog! 

Friday, November 20, 2015


Thanksgiving will finally arrive here next week. 

For one last time, I am sharing the open armoire
 with some fall transferware and
 English teapots.  Sometime back I found 2 more
 of the Pallisy Bird Plates at the flea markets in Fort Collins.

I have intermingled a few English teapots that 
I thought looked more fall toned.

I found a few more pieces of brown transferware since last year and a couple English tea pots:

I have noticed several bloggers who are decorating for Christmas already and I've got the itch too but not until after Thanksgiving.  This will be our last Christmas in Colorado where
 we have spent 21 years so we plan to enjoy it and try not to get too overwhelmed with the impending packing.

 We will close on a retirement walkout rancher in Columbia, Missouri on January 29th.  We have joked because someone asked us what a retirement walkout rancher was.  It just means - less stairs going up and down!  The basement is above ground on most of 3 sides which keeps it from being quite as damp and cold.  We will be excited to be near family. 
 There will be some adjustments in our new home as we won't have a den - just a living room.   I am so excited that I will have my own large area in the finished basement for a personal tea room.  I have to recreate a garden in the yard but guess what?  
There is a sweet goldfish pond right near the sliding glass doors that go into the house.  I already see Jeremy Fisher sitting there!  I'm hoping he gets along well with the goldfish!