Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DREAMING OF SPRING GIVEAWAY THIS FRIDAY!

IF YOU ARE ANYTHING LIKE ME (that's what Robert Wagner always says in that reverse mortage commerical on television and we think it's funny) then you are already ready for springtime!  I know better- the truth is - many of you have spring way sooner than we will in Colorado because we get THE MOST SNOW in March but NOT THIS YEAR SO FAR!  We are very dry here.
I thought it was time for a Give Away on my blog that encourages
Spring Time so here it is!  A lovely Springtime Teapot and 2 cups
and saucers, a small lace runner, a pink teapot warmer and 2 books you will love!  One to learn more about tea from Lisa Boalt Richardson.  There is also one to loose yourself in - The Teaberry Strangler about Theodosia Browning's tea room in a tea murder mystery by Laura Child's!

Here is how this works:  just click on the word comments below and say that you would  like to be entered in the drawing for the Giveaway.  This must be limited to the continential USA due to huge shipping charges.  If you have a blog - I can find you but if you don't - I need your name or email! The drawing will be  April 1st- April Fool's Day.  This is a $160.00 value!





I am RE POSTING THIS EARLIER POST SO THAT IT WILL COME UP TO THE FOREFRONT AND YOU WON'T MISS OUT!

               I will have the drawing this Friday Morning!!!  I WILL BE INCLUDING ANYONE WHO HAS COMMENTED ON ANY POST ON THIS BLOG SINCE THE DRAWING BEGAN!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SPRINGTIME IS COMING TO TEA TIME TUESDAY



It has snowed at our house the last 2 nights - they call it "spring snow".....I am not sure I understand how that is different from other snow!  Seems silly to me.....


Today I am participating in TEA TIME TUESDAY



From 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know:  "In older times, the milk was poured into the cup first as a way to protect the surface of the china, but that isn't necessary now."




I kept a couple of the English Garden cups and saucers (Royal Patrician) when they closed....





the detail on them was lovely!









Add your milk after you've poured the tea so you can judge how much is needed....(tea quote)

















"Where there's tea there's hope."   Sir Arthur Pinero (tea quote)




Monday, March 28, 2011

TEA IN THE GARDEN ON SATURDAY BEGINNING IN MAY



Coming May 7th and every Saturday this summer.....
please join me for
"TEA IN THE GARDEN ON SATURDAY"

Feature any type of teatime post that is "out-of-doors" and join me by letting me know you want to participate!  I'd love to have tea with you in my garden!  If you wish to participate I will list your link to your tea time blog post in your garden.....I will do this each week for that SATURDAY!

Copy Jeremy Fisher above and place him in your sidebar!
Also be sure and LINK BACK TO ME each Saturday you participate:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

SUNDAY CELEBRATION



Picture above from 8/18/2010

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord giveth widom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.





            this is how it looked early Sunday morning....very blah!

Thank you BLOGSPOT for fixing the disappearing photo problem!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

CHEESECAKE






I started making cheesecakes back in the 70's for our church Fall Festival.  Each year I doubled this recipe and made a huge one to sell.  I always put blueberry pie filling on the top.  This recipe was from an old Southern Living Magazine from that era and is really easy. 


I loved the scene in "Julie and Julia" where Julia Child talked about when things go wrong in the kitchen and said "whose to know - it's just you in the kitchen".  I had one of those moments last night after putting the cheesecake in the oven and looking over to see the flour still on the counter.  Yes, I forgot to put it in!
So....I grabbed the cake pan back out of the oven - dumped everything back in a bowl and mixed in the flour and returned it to the oven. Of course, some of what was intended as the crumb crust was now mixed through but it didn't matter really.  I topped mine with cherry pie filling.





Here is the recipe and remember to add the flour!  You will need these ingredients:  For the crust:  1 1/2 cups cinnamon graham-cracker crumbs and 1/2 stick of butter melted

For the cheesecake filling:  (3)  8 oz pkg of cream cheese at room temperature,  1 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 6 eggs separated, 1 pint sour cream, 1/3 cup sifted flour, 2 Tsp vanilla, grated rind of 1 lemon, juice of 1 lemon





To make the crust:  Generously grease a cheesecake pan with butter.  Place pan in center of a piece of aluminum foil and press foil up around side of pan

Combine graham cracker crumbs with butter in a bowl and mix well. Press them in the pan on the bottom and up the lower sides and put in the refrigerator

Now the filling:  Mix on low in a large bowl: cream cheese and gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg yolks one at a time until well blended and stir in sour cream, flour, vanilla and lemon rind and juice until smooth.

Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl till stiff peaks from.  Fold these into the cake mixture and pour all into the cake pan. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  This recipe suggests leaving the cake in the oven to cool for 1 hour.  I didn't have time for that as I had to go to bed but I am sure it has to do with keeping it from "falling".  Mine fell - no one cared.

Chill overnight before serving and put any pie filling on top if desired.






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Friday, March 25, 2011

FLORAL DESIGN TIME IS HERE AGAIN!

Time for new spring florals at my store!  And who makes them....same ole same ole......me!  So today I am sharing some of the work I have been doing - may be I can inspire YOU! I have been doing silk and dried florals now for 24 years.  Just click on my store at the right or here to see my florals.....


Monday, March 21, 2011

A DELIGHTSOME LIFE AND THE VIOLETS RETURN

To me nothing says springtime better than violets.  They aren't even coming up yet here in Colorado but I know they will soon....so I am celebrating their coming arrival with "A Delightsome Life" Tuesday and Tea Time Tuesday !  Thanks to Kathy and Sandi  for letting me participate!!





           I seem to have a LOT of violets around my house....







I am always drawn to violet linens....can't you just smell them?










An English violet teapot....












Everything in Colorado is quite brown but I am watering and I see signs of some bulbs popping out.....that makes my heart sing!







This wooden bouquet of violets holds a place of honor
 by my front door!































Sunday, March 20, 2011

SUNDAY CELEBRATION ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!


Photos of my Beatrix Potter Tea Garden from July 2010....

Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Friday, March 18, 2011

DECORATING FOR EASTER



I always look forward to decorating my home for Easter....the colors are delightful and this means SPRING is right around the corner.  That's a good thing - right?  Actually it snowed a little last night at my house and today it is quite warm...things sure can change fast.  I have been pulling out all my pretty Easter things to share!





I love mixing new things with old things and using vintage linens...





To me violets and pansies most represent spring!



Bunnies also multiple when spring arrives.....






























I pulled out some vintage hankies to use in decorating.  Don't you love and appreciate all the hard work that went into them!


I am a little sad today as last night a card came back marked deceased from the lady I posted about last month: