Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Just Because You Asked!

Everytime I use this flatware in a post I always have lots of compliments and at least one person will ask where I got the set. Honestly, one of my best friends bought it for me years and years ago for my birthday. I love the way it looks in the kitchen and in a spooner, but we never actually use it. I am afraid it would not last very long if we did. So it's kind of just for looks. :)

But here's a little bit of info, because I love you guys soooo much, I went on line and found them. Click here KitchenRUS.com to see. They have them in several different colors. So you can get them in any color you want! Have fun!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Simple But Cute!

Polka Dots and Lace!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Bargain or 2...

Last weekend I spent some time in my favorite antique mall, The Brass Armadillo. I can spend a 2-hour-lunch hour in there very easily! I am really trying not to spend a lot of money so I was pretty pleased with my self for walking out with change from a $20.00.

Look at these sweet hand embroidered tea towels. I have more than a drawer full of tea towels but I just couldn't leave these behind.

And cherries!

Some darling little girl patterns. I'm feeling inspired by Jane's Apron!

These mugs were only $4.99 for all 4. I thought that was fair. Especially since I was at Goodwill the other day and they wanted $1.99 for a nasty, yucky, ugly, Christmas mug. I'm not sure what's going on there?!

Has anyone else experienced stick shock at Goodwill?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Table Scape Thursday!

Happy 4th of July!

Today's tablescape is a slightly patriotic theme...... :)

These sweet cherry tea towels will be the napkins....

I love the red and white polka dots!

Blue Danube

Rooster by Neiman Marcus (from TJ Max)

Asiatic Pheasant from Johnson Bros.

Make sure you go over to the Tablescape Party at Between Naps on the Porch. Susan always hosts such a lovely party!

Thank you Susan!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Look What Came In The Mail Monday!

Yesterday, I came home to the sweetest treat!

My gift from Lisa at Hospitable Pursuits arrived and let me just tell you what! I had so much fun opening it up. I just had to tell you all about it!
See the sweet gift box? Take a closer look.... It's from her gift card line!

All of my pictures can be expanded. So feel free to look closely.

Rose Coop Farm is an adorable line of artwork that Lisa sells on her blog. But she is so modest that you might have missed them. So I think that you should make sure that you check out her work. It really is cute!! Click on Rose Coop Farm to see what I'm talking about.

A lovely cup and saucer, tea towel, and some of her special note cards!

A very fragrant candle and a bath cupcake. How cute!

A Rose Coop Farm Journal. See the cow bell and key? I love it!!

Thank you Lisa! I love my beautiful gifts!

Make sure you go visit Lisa's Beautiful Blog!!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tea Time Tuesday! #4

This week for Tea Time Tuesday I am showing the last table from the Ladies Tea and Luncheon at our Church.

This table is my table. I kept it pretty simple. Usually I would haul everything in, but this year I felt the need to down size. Plus I usually do 8 place settings and this year I did 10. So I didn't want to make the table too crowded.

As you can see... I kept it Mary Engelbreit....
You can't go wrong with Blue, White, Red and Black!

Cherries, Polka-dots and Checks! LOVE'UM! I actually made the table topper. But here's a sad story. When I washed it after the tea, I ruined it. The ribbon bled all over the fabric. Oh My Goodness! It was a disaster! Un-Salvageable! I was so bummed! I went back to get more of the fabric and it was sold out. So this will be its last appearance.

For more delightful tea tables head over to Barb's Blog Grits and Glamour. Thank you, Barb, for hosting!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Yes! We Have No Bananas!

Join me!

Look at those nasty bananas! They really look much worse than they were. My hubs likes green bananas. I personally think that is a little odd but, hey! If it makes him happy, what the heck! So I buy them green and then in a couple of days they are perfect for me and in a couple more days we have perfect bananas for bread!

This is the recipe that I just tried from my Jan Karon Mitford Cookbook. It calls for lemon juice and yogurt. I thought that sounded very interesting. By the way....This is a great cookbook! It has all the recipes from her books. Plus the pictures are beautiful. I got mine from Amazon for about $4! SWEET!

Any Hoo! On to the recipe!

Cynthia's Banana Bread pg 274

Nonstick cooking spray for the pan
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 large very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
(I don't care for nuts and thought the bread was wonderful without)

Preheat the oven to 350*F. Coat a 9x13 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Place the sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and cream until light and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the yogurt, lemon juice, bananas, and lemon zest and beat well. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until just blended. Add the walnuts and mix again until just incorporated.

Pour the batter into the pan, smooth the top, and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out fairly clean. Do not overcook. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then invert onto the rack to cool completely.

This is a very heavy, moist, banana bread!
AND it was delish!