Sunday, December 31, 2017

DIV FREE BANNER

I know it's late but I thought
this would be fun to make:


Saturday, December 30, 2017

COLDER THAN LAST YEAR

After experiencing a surprising white
Christmas - it is very cold in Missouri!
And the forecast for the next
 few weeks
is the same thing.

I think it looks like my lithograph:


I almost forgot to get this out for Christmas and so glad I finally
 remembered as  I love it dearly.  It 
is an 1897 hand colored lithograph.










Friday, December 29, 2017

TIME FOR THE CLOCKS


A few years ago I was inspired to
 collect old vintage wind up alarm
 clocks for a New Year's Display:




As I have found some older ones,
I have sold off some of the
not so old ones.


I think I like the more 
"industrial" looking ones:






Are you ready for 2018?


I will be joining:
Share Your Cup

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR BLOG LINK PARTY


You are invited to
 join me next week
for my tea related 
blog link party!

 Here is a logo if you like!  Plan 
a tea related post on your blog
and link it to mine January 3, 2018!


CHRISTMAS BREAK



Tuesday, December 26, 2017

HIDING IN THE TREES

Something was hiding 
in
cedar tree today:




Suddenly the hawk decided
 to move 
over to another tree:




Monday, December 25, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

COLONIAL FRUITCAKE for "Friends Sharing Tea"




Merry Christmas blogging friends.
This week, I was excited to 
find some
 red Nandina berries in my
yard to add to my wreath!

This week I am sharing a Historic Colonial Fruitcake I made yesterday.  Well.... not exactly.  This project should have been
 done but I am still waiting for my watermelon pickles to arrive.
  So I am reposting photos
 from 2 years ago:



  This recipe came from Family Circle Magazine back in 1978 and featured
 all different historic fruit cake recipes. 





I know there are a lot of jokes out there about fruit cakes but I think this one is delicious and the brandy gives great flavor.


The most interesting ingredient
 here are the 
Watermelon Rind Pickles.



Here is the recipe:

HISTORIC COLONIAL FRUIT CAKE

Pickled watermelon rind was called American citron in the 18th century.  It adds its special flavor to this chock-full-of-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. (I use brandy and also brush it on top after baking and once a week for about a month)


Directions:
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 only 55-60 minutes in the mini 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 brush on more brandy on top once a week while letting them "season".

OR THIS OPTION:  You can bake about 8 in mini foil pans and leave them in them but be sure and buy the ones that come with plastic lids as that makes it easy!  I put a piece of butter parchment paper in each tin from side to side.  (will only bake 55-60 minutes)



I hope you can join my tea time
 blog party below and
I am sharing too at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Home Sweet Home

Monday, December 18, 2017

TAKING CHRISTMAS OUTSIDE



Just sharing a few porch
 photos
 of the happy season!





The hydrangeas were from my
 Sister In Law's bushes this
 summer in Des Moines, Iowa.



Sunday, December 17, 2017

SUNDAY CELEBRATION

Many years ago my Mother
 In Law (who now lives
in Heaven) gave us her wonderful
 nativity given to her by her
 parents (she was adopted). 
 They were of German decent:



For us, Christmas is 
totally a celebration
about the birth of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 1:18 says: "Now the 
birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:
When as his mother Mary was espoused to
Joseph, before they came together, she was
found with child of the Holy Ghost.


vs 20  ....."The angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Joseph) in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife:  for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost."


Luke 2:8  "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lords came upon the, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them;  and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto the, Fear not:  for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."




And about the wise men:
Matthew 2:11  "And when they 
were come into the house, they saw the young child  with Mary
his mother, and fell
 down, and worshiped him:  and
 when they opened their treasures, 
they presented unto him gifts; 
gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."