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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before and After

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Today I  happen to have a before and after to share.... actually   maybe two....     I inherited  a chair from my mother....  she had it  by her bedside in the nursing facility  for a few years and so it  was getting rather  dingy... I wish I had a photo of   that chair,   but  alas,  I cant find one,  but it  is a fine chair....  my mom actually let me  purchase the chair in 1964  when I was  a freshman in HS and taking Home  Ec...  I  was  very interested n  interior design and  my project was to redo my bedroom...  my room being small, this chair  has  very small lines....  and is the perfect  bedroom  chair!
So when I  received it...   Amanda and I took it straight away to get it reupholstered  to  go in  lil Birdie's room.
The moment Amanda and I saw this Jacobean print.. we knew it was the one....  
  the  pale blue background  perfectly matches the new wall paint.... the  whimsical flowers  so youthful yet  graceful for  our sweet  little   granddaughter...

  I  haven't bought a new chair in  decades....   not when the  lines and    construction of older  chairs   is  so   appropriate to me...  so  we get chairs  redone   over and over again.
 When hubby's  chair  got to looking  sort of sad .
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 I took it  to get it redone, as well. I liked this  color combination because it  easily could  be used  either here in the den, or in the parlor....  so I was  desiring to   try to stay in the same palette...   but  I ended  up with    something quite different,  after all...
 I definitely didn't play it safe with a  stripe... but when  all out with  paisley!
Our daughter Amanda  has been asking to see the  finished    product....    so I took this photo without the flash.....  but  once the flash  goes off it  revels in its   bright  tones and  hues...

  but  once the flash  goes off it  revels in its   bright  tones and  hues...

a close-
up of the pattern....
  It is a bit wild...   but   I love the way it  warms up the room!!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Who's That Hiding in the Daffodils

Who's that hiding  in the daffodils?

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The reds and hearts are all packed away and  the    bunnies are making their  return.. for spring is only 24 days away,,, and  even though  the  ground is white,     you've got to know that they are ready for spring,  and so am I!
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 The  soft greens of  spring  are so soothing to my  eye and    warms the room  with  the delicate  fragrance of   the  pre-eminent vernal pleasures  to come!
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The splash of yellow   puts a smile of each face  in anticipation of a sun drenched  mornings   just around the  corner...
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A delightfully intimate   tea  for  my love and I  to just  enjoy a  morning break and  linger over our Earl Grey  and discuss  the momentous  events  that are upcoming  with  the changes in the weather  as  spring  makes its happy appearance!
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The weather outside is::::
is partly cloudy and   36 degrees

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
 Greek yogurt  with strawberries, blueberries and granola and  a cup of delicious coffee!

As I look outside my window:::
 a carpet of white still lies  about with  no green peeking through!

Right now I am::::

pondering the  lit of items on my to-do list!

As I look around the house::::
I have clothes to put away, and more to wash...
a bit of organizing to do....  target-  linen closet

On today's to do list::::
put clothes away
organize linen closet
do a bit of  cooking

Currently reading::::
Storm, by Jim Cymbala
Gifted Hands, by  Ben Carson, MD
Beth Moore's study guide on Daniel

What am I hearing:
and loving it....   Pandora

On the TV today::::
Oscar winning films  on TCM and  Hallmark love stories

On the menu this week::::

Baked chicken, salad, and cornbread

chef salad and baked potatoes


What I am creating at the moment::::

an organized house

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
nothing I can think of

Favorite photo from the camera::::
How big is Birdie?

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time to Lay Red to Rest!

  It was   a rather easy  way to  transition from  Christmas  to  February.. just  keep the red  and   pull out the hearts...  and  surely sweetheart will   provide  more red  somwhere along the way,  and  he did!!!   Such  luscious red roses...

You love the roses - so do I.      I wish 
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain 
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not? 
Then all the valley would be pink and white 
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light 
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be 
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!
George Eliot 
Febrauary was a great time to plan a get together....
 so  about 8 of our  prayer team got together to plan  ahead  for   Christians United to Pray prayer and praise events  around my table over  chocolate pie and coffee. The recipe found here.
Highly recommended!

A splash of  valentine red 
set off by valentine hearts  lends such a cheerfulness to the  drab of winter days...

A rosy mantel   spills into    the parlor sharing  a joyful mirth even though that room  sees  little other  we seek the comfort of cosier  spaces!
but a chilly parlor  seems the fitting spot  to  preserve for as long as possible the  gorgeous  roses  sent by my  lover and best friend, Lynn! They definitely  brighten up the room!

 So I have made my decision  today...  Ive had it with  winter...  we've had our snow  which still blankets  the ground...  the kiddies have had their  sleigh ride.... 

 and  when the    bloom has  lost  its    beauty, then  the red will be gone.. packed away... and  spring will  sprout  fresh and alive  around the house....  I will bid adieu to  February  and it's  lovely red  that has  almost   out lived its welcome.... time for  yellow, violet,  green, and blue!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Valentine Memories

Valentine's Day  is  such a great  holiday... nothing more preceious  than  showing your preferencefor others  in love... 
As a third grade teacher,    our classes  looked forward to    making the valentine  box,  
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the best one I could find  (HEHEHE)  ours were always much better!
 then in later years creating their own  puppy  dog  valentine  holder made out of  2 paper plates and  construction paper...

  the valentine bulletin boards  bedecked in  red and pink hearts and  paper doilies     to  present  our best penmanship....
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 alas,  so few classes  hold lovely penmanship    of value  anymore!
But valentine's day  is   an expression  of all things  lovely...
roses.... petit fours.....  lace..... valentines'
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SO  now well into my sixties,  I enjoy  the valentine memories in my heart  over a    warming  cup of tea!

My  collection of  red transferwear is  a hodgepodege....   but I love  finding  choice  pieces in consignment /thrift shops. 

Meanwhile I pour out a cup of  Cinnamon Spice  on  this    brisk and windy day....  there is a hint of snow  in the wind!

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The weather outside is::::
sunny and brisk....
 The  almost 9 inches of snow we  received Monday  still blanket   the  neighbor and  things are  pretty much  slow going,  
yet, a lone songbird  sings a reminder  song that spring is right around the corner!
I realize it is Wednesday,  but  I  have been  under the weather quite a bit lately and am just  beginning to see light a the end of  a long tunnel of   discomfiture.  The  bird's lovely  tune inspired me to  get  back to blogging today!

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Fluffy  cheesy scrambled eggs, buttered  English muffin and  a cup of delicious coffee!

As I look outside my window:::

I am delighted by the  pristine  whiteness of our first  snow of the season!
Right now I am::::

sitting here in my jammies and house coat awaiting hubby to return...  he was determined to keep his haircut appointment... 

As I look around the house::::
I see   my  beautiful  red roses  my sweetheart gave me on Valentine's Day...  still just as  beautiful as  they  were then!!!!  Gorgeous!

On today's to do list::::
Blog and blog some more....  everything is cancelled today and it is a glorious feeling!

A bit of correspondence... slow mail...  I love to  receive a letter and so I need to write them first!
Currently reading::::
The book of Daniel

Beth Moore's study guide on Daniel

research on Ireland for our trip this year

What am I hearing:

On the TV today::::

I have been enjoying the  Oscar  series  they have been doing on TCM  but I have no idea what is coming on.. I like to be surprised!

On the menu this week::::

barbecued pork loin, salad, and cornbread

chef salad and baked potatoes

What I am creating at the moment::::

an organized house

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::

I  got a Kitchenaid mixer for Valentine's Day as well and I cant wait to make 

This Meringue Cookie Recipe is super delicate and looks divine. All you need is a little patience since this takes 2 hours to bake But your KitchenAid Mixer will do all the hard work for ya!
– 3 egg whites at room temperature
– 3/4 cup of white sugar (you can use your food processor to fine the sugar)
– pinch of salt
– 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– few drops of your favorite food coloring

I am going to give you a few hints in how to make successful meringue cookies, here are a few:

* your egg whites have to be at room temperature and not have ANY egg yolks on them

* you need to start whipping your egg whites at a low speed for a while until they become foamy, this will help keep its shape, small bubbles, better shape

* cream of tartar is essential to a good shape meringue cookie

* you really need to use your food processor to fine your white sugar, NO YOU CANNOT use powdered sugar and NO YOU CANNOT use white sugar, if you dont have a food processor just use the blender, just a few pushes until it fines the sugar a little more

* make sure you add the sugar spoon by spoon giving time to incorporate it into the egg whites before adding more

* only add the vanilla and food coloring at the very end

* You will know when Its ready when It looks shiny like marshmallow and the peak holds up

* bake it at a very very very low temperature. DONT try to bake it faster, otherwise it wont work, these have to bake for 2 hours at low temperature


Preheat your oven to 170F.

On a cookie sheet (you will probably need 2) lay wax paper and reserve.

Lets start adding the egg whites to your KitchenAid Mixer bowl with the whipping attachment on and start on speed 2 whipping it until it foams. Once it gets to that point its time to sprinkle the cream of tartar and crank up to speed 6 and start whipping those eggs.

It will take about less than a minute and you will notice the egg whites will be almost thick and hard, at this point you will start adding the fine sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, VERY SLOWLY, always letting it melt into the egg white before adding the next spoon of sugar.

Once you have added all the sugar into the mixture it will look shiny like marshmallow, at this stage you will add your vanilla extract and your food coloring (enough drops to get to the color you want).

Pour the mixture into an icing bag or a zip lock bag (with a cut off tip) and shape your meringues over the wax paper on the cookie sheet.

Bake it for about 2 hours.
Let it cool off completely before removing them from the wax paper.

Favorite photo from the camera::::

Taken through the screen door....  dear hubby  taking care of business.....  what  would we do without our menfolk!  Sweetheart blesses me in to many ways!

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Planning Cup of Tea

I love this  after Christmas,   but not quite  Valentine's Day, time of year....especially when the weather is    trying so   bust out into spring  like the  past few days here in the mid-Atlantic..
I love to lay aside a bit of Christmas  decor and repurpose it for  Valentine's Day...  yet  as  I am still grieving   the loss of my  parents,    simplicity is   the word this year...
(Note:   The high chair remains   in the dining room for   our  most prestigious  guest, Birdie)
I love  transferwear so much....  it   always has a story   to tell...
The red goblets really  dress up  the cozy cottage  plates....
as well, the  red  votives  add  splash and verve to the table.

I replaced    the   gilded  arrangement from Christmas with  a more  wintry theme
  amd berries and roses  with  intermittent  hearts  dress up the mantel!
  Now I  can sit back and enjoy a cup of tea...

while I do a bit of menu planning!

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