Friday, January 31, 2014

A CHICKEN POT PIE KIND OF A DAY

Today it snowed all day long!  It was lovely and since I was home for some sewing I decided to make Chicken Pot Pie.  Now that's comfort food.



I looked at a number of recipes and settled on this recipe from the A Taste of Home website.  I also made a Spinach Salad which was a nice accompaniment with the pie.




Instead of using the recommended store bought pie crust - I made mine from scratch.  Well actually - I made 2 so I had to double the crisco pie dough recipe.  As I was making the filling I thought "this is a lot of filling" and then I realized this recipe made 2 chicken pot pies so I have one in the freezer too!





Hope your weekend is warm and cozy!
I am sharing at:
Foodie Friday



Thursday, January 30, 2014

LIKE A BARREL OVER NIAGARA

Just for the fun of it, my husband and I quote lines from movies to each other.  One of our favorites in from the Hallmark  movie "A Season For Miracles" when the waitress (Patti Duke) says ..."the temperature is dropping like a barrel over Niagara".  That's what's happening outside right now.  It is starting to snow and well - you know the other part.


Today I did a little online research about trying to keep these bulbs I recently have been enjoying.  You know, finding out what to do after they are bloomed out.  I read on line some helpful tips so I thought I might share with you that it is important to keep watering the bulbs to encourage the leaves to grow even though the flowers are done.  Do not put the pots out in the winter cold or dark and cold garage. I am just an amateur but want to learn more!

 Because they are not so pretty any more, I have moved several to the basement near the window for light. I watered them well and set them on some old trays.  I didn't know tulips formed seeds on the old blooms and I read it is important to remove the old blooms for this reason. Remove dead leaves but leave the rest.  Eventually the leaves will turn brown and dry out but the bulbs can be planted in the garden in the spring after your frost date.  By this time, the bulbs should have been strengthened by the leaves.  I read that bulbs (like hyacinths) that just sit in water are the least likely to survive.  What's your experience?

I just read in an article from the late 90's that every Victorian lady was expected to learn the art of making flowers bloom in winter! Imagine that!  Do you have some tips to share?  Please leave any helpful comments.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

GETTING THROUGH THE WINTER WITH PINK TOILE


January is almost over and dealing with the winter blahs.  I have this same problem every year.  Time to "deal with it"!  I decided to make a new tablecloth out of pink toile.  I also set my table with what I call my Jane Austen Tea Set and a vintage Arthur Woods teapot with roses on it.





Our fabric stores don't seem to have much toile but I do see it was available on line.  It can be rather expensive for some reason (?)  I think it looks french!  If you buy fabric 56" wide you can just narrow hem the edge and it takes less than 3 yards.




I hope that one of these days we will see this table and chairs painted - Vintage White!







I am sharing at these parties:
Cottage Style Party
Home Sweet Home
Seasonal Sundays

Monday, January 27, 2014

ANOTHER LITTLE COTTAGE TEAPOT FOR "Friends Sharing Tea"


Today is Friend's Sharing Tea which always means fun!  Please join me for a cup of tea and I have a little cottage teapot for each of us.  I also chose 2 pretty cups and saucers so you get to pick first!





Pick the teapot and cup you would like to use:





Yesterday we went on a buying trip for my shop and I found a couple things for myself such as that cute pink doily with the green edge and the little pink and green teapot.  Last week my sweet customers, Miss Emily, Miss Jessica and their mother Suzanne, gifted me with the primrose.






I have already shared my linen topper:




When we left town, all our snow had melted.  It was a lovely day but later it was suddenly cold and turned snowy as we came home. Now we have a nice blanket of fresh snow today.  I hope you can join by posting something about tea and linking your post on your blog below.  I will also be sharing with these parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
A Return To Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday With Martha
And With Terri too!
What's It Wednesday?
Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

TEA QUOTE

From 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know:


In April of 1773, the British Parliament passes the Tea Act to grant the East India Company a monopoly on the American tea trade.  This ignited frustrations among Americans and eventually led to the Boston Tea Party.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TEA IN A LITTLE COTTAGE TEAPOT for "Friends Sharing Tea"



The other night as we were going in the house our new neighbors called over and said "are you baking any brownies"?  I guess that is an indication that I have already spoiled them!  This morning I baked some brownies so I'm  guessing they will be happy!




Welcome to "Friends Sharing Tea" and my weekly blog party.  I hope you can join in by posting something about tea and linking your blog here at the bottom.





I am sharing two teacups today which means one is for me and one for you!  Pick which one you want for your tea.  The first one is an English Royal Albert with pink, burgundy and yellow roses.  The other one is English Taylor and Kent and is hand painted with pink and yellow flowers.  It is also numbered.







Please help yourself to one of these Chocolate Peppermint Brownies and if you would like the recipe it is HERE.





Sandi is celebrating her 4th Anniversary for Tea Time Tuesday so I hope you will pay her a visit at Rose Chintz Cottage.  I will also be linking to these blogging friends:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha
Tea Cup Tuesday with Terri
Cottage Style Party
What's It Wednesday


Winter time affords us the opportunity to catch up on reading and I have some teatime cookbooks here on the sofa I want to share with you!  Nothing better than sharing recipes.  



Last of all - we have new neighbors - that is BIRD neighbors.  I looked up this morning and hawks are nesting two doors down in our greenbelt.  Can you see the head at the top of the nest?






Hope your week is wonderful!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

TEA QUOTE




Tea Quote
from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know



The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy.  I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness.  P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters

Monday, January 13, 2014

JOHNSON BROTHERS "DEVONSHIRE" TABLE for "Friends Sharing Tea"


We are now in for our long winter season.  For many of you, your spring comes much earlier than here in Colorado.  It won't be long and the Valentines Day decorations will appear but I thought I would wait a little longer and set the table with my Johnson Brothers "Devonshire" multi brown transferware.





Speaking of brown, it is very brown now that our snow all melted. It was so cold last night, I walked in the door and lit a fire in the fireplace.  A fireside table would have been a cozy idea.


 I am so excited because as you know we spent hours and hours on computer problems and issues over the holidays.  We are finally all straitened out and ready to enjoy blogging again. Having a printer that actually works like it is supposed to is also nice.  My goal this year is to be able to post much more often.  It's so much more fun when things work too! (many of you left comments here that you were glad my computer got fixed - it didn't - we had to get all new!)




I saw a teapot that matches this set of dishes on eBay for $400.00.  Needless to say, I won't be buying it and can get along fine with my little birdie plain white teapot.  You never know when you will stumble across something you are looking for!




"Welcome to a brand new year.
I hope that yours is very dear.
We'll be inside while winters here
With our stash of tea - close by and near".
Bernideen




If you are a tea related blogger, please join in here for Friends Sharing Tea.  You just share a link to your TEA POST here at the bottom and please include a link to this post on your blog as well.