Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

SPECIAL FEATURES from BTTCG Blog Party

Every Saturday I have been sharing some of the Special Featured Blogs from my Monday blog party!  Thanks to each one of you who came and linked a post from your blog!  If I failed to get back with you with a comment it is because I was in Missouri and using the internet at a local grocery store!  It was slow and my husband was trying his best to be patient.  Now I am back in snowy Colorado.

Here is the first one: this is the season for comforting soup
 so I am featuring two. 

 The first one has meat in it and is Ham, Barley 
and Vegetable Soup by Cathy from "My 1929 Charmer":



And for vegetarians -  you will love #2 as you can make
 your own Hearty Vegetable Soup like Thel did at "Thel's Kitchen":


#3 
This post just makes us smile as "Karen's Cottage and Castle" shared her Happy February post:



the fourth one was from Sherry at "The Charms of Home" where she shared a post about all kinds of love:



#5 was from Bad Aibling with Carmen who blogs at  "Die Nahmeise" and shared her lovely photos:



and lastly # 6 was Betty at "My Cozy Corner" who shared her Downton Abbey Tea:



I want to say thanks again to everyone who came and participated!
I hope to see you all next Monday!

Friday, February 5, 2016

20" of FRESH SNOW IN COLORADO

Upon returning to Colorado we knew that we
 should expect fresh snow and yes we do have 20":












Just sharing a few photos!


CHILDHOOD TEACUPS




I grew up in the 50's when it was common for little girls to collect demitasse cups and saucers.  I remember most every dime store sold these. They were mostly from Japan because this was the post World War II Era.  These came from my Mom and I kept them in a an old cedar chest.  



Forget Me Nots was a popular pattern.  Sometimes a few got broken along the journey of life and some show signs of very old glue! 
This was a repost from 2010!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CHOCOLATE FOR A WHIMSICAL VALENTINES TEA PARTY



These photos are from a few years back but I thought it would
 be fun to "reshare them" with Valentines Day coming up.

























And a little later it looked like this.


I have had this little cupid man
 from back in the
 early 90's when painting on
 wood was very
popular!


 Why not plan a whimsical Valentine Friendship Tea Party for a few of your very best friends! 

Look around for "red stuff" and start your pile...this doesn't have to be "Valentine" related items...just look for red! (oops.......just not Christmas stuff!)
This is different than a dinner party where
 you go very elegant - this is about fun!

Here is my recipe for this great Ohh La La CHOCOLATE CAKE....
Here is what you need for your cake:

5 squares unsweetened chocolate, 2 1/3 cups sifted cake flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 stick of butter, 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup plus 4 TB water-boiling

1. Melt chocolate in a small bowl over hot water -

2. grease and flour 2 size 9" cake pans either square or heart shaped

3. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl

4. Beat soft butter in lg bowl. Add brown sugar and eggs; beat with mixer at high speed til light and fluffy about 5 minutes

5. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with sour cream til batter is smooth.

Do not boil water too soon as it evaporates fast- stir in boiling water and batter will become thin Pour into cake pans

6. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes- check with toothpick

7. Let cool 10 minutes - cut around edge to loosen

Turn onto cake platter...I like to put Cherry pie filling between the layers before icing

Fudge icing: 4 squares unsweetened chocolate, 1 stick of butter, 7 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar, 3/4 cup of milk, 2 tsp vanilla

Melt chocolate in small saucepan with butter - remove from heat

Combine other ingredients in bowl and then add chocolate mix- beat till ready to ice cake!


This is a repost from times past - this cake is so delicious I didn't want you to miss it!

I am also sharing this post at:
Share Your Cup Thursday
Vintage Charm
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
Roses of Inspiration
Saturday Showoff
Simple & Sweet Fridays
Let's Talk Vintage