Saturday, May 30, 2009
I bet you think I just want to show you what beautiful pink hydrangeas I grow---WRONG! No, if I had my way I'd be posting this for Blue Monday. Of course, I'd still be here with you for Pink Saturday with something else :). Nope, this is my Nikko blue hydrangea--having trouble seeing the blue? Me too. Now I know all about changing the PH of the soil to encourage a blue hydrangea....but mine aren't having any part of that. They intend to be pink and pink they are. At least I have respect for this bush. Two others can't commit...they are pinkish, blueish, purpleish. I guess if I want blue flowers I will just depend on my balloon plants or azurateum.
Have a great weekend after you have visited everyone joining in the Pink Saturday birthday celebration with Beverly http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/05/happy-birthday-pink-saturday-may-30-2009.html.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I bought some tomatoes this week from a truck on the side of the road--actually it was a busy six lane city street, but the idea is the same. I know that these are probably still hot house tomatoes, but still much better than the grocery store variety. Our plants are still in the bloom stage, but I am planning on needing lots of tomato recipes. This Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini sounded like something we would love! Sure enough--it was a hit. The feta cheese adds a different unexpected flavor to the mixture . To make this: Toast thinly sliced French bread slices brushed with olive oil and crushed garlic. Mix finely chopped tomato (I recommend draining them), chopped green onions, chopped parsley, chopped mint, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. I think you can do this to taste in the amounts you like. Spoon the mixture on top of the toasted bread and top with feta cheese. I think this will be a favorite this summer!
So, since I had the tomatoes, I decided another night to try Rachel's Puttanesca Tomato Salad. This is yummy and so fresh and light! Her recipe does not include the salad greens, but I served it on romaine. Her recommendation was to serve Florentine Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken with this.I love spinach and pine nuts, especially together. We enjoyed it, but I have to admit that I filed this in the "Things I Don't Want Again Soon" file. The prosciutto was a little overpowering to me. Beloved liked it, but likes a recipe I do with regular ham just as well. I will definitely mix the pine nuts and spinach again though. Both of these recipes can be found at http://www.rachaelray.com/food_results.php?query=florentine%20prosciutto%20chickens .They are part of her Thirty Minute Meal recipes---it did take us about 30minutes to eat it---to prepare it.....a little longer :) I even set the table with a little more flourish to make Beloved feel special! I posted the entire setting and his red, white, and blue pafait on yesterday's post for Susan's Tablescape Thursday. I think it was a success. We tried new recipes, had some really good tomatoes, and Beloved feels all warm and fuzzy from the special treatment! Click on the Foodie Friday button for more recipes with our friend Michael! Have a good weekend and Happy Memorial Day!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We've all seen these versatile white Gibson dishes from Big Lots. I don't know how I ever lived without them. Now is a good time to share a little secret. You may already know, but if not, you're going to love it! Hobby Lobby has a section with kerchiefs and bandanas in tons of colors and different prints. The best part--they are all under a dollar! I buy these when I need a particlar color napkin or basket liner and don't want to splurge on expensive napkins .
The napkin rings are a Pier One find. I like the way they echo the pattern in the placemat. And that white- handled flatware--? I bought that for my daughter's first apartment so I know it was cheap. I've reclaimed it now that the bride to be has considerabley better flatware coming :).Red, white, and blue is one theme that is very easy to carry into dessert. Cool Whip, blueberries, and strawberries in a parfait glass makes a light and patriotic way to finish the meal.
I hope you and your family get to spend time together doing whatever makes you happy --whether you are visiting friends, taking a hike, or simply enjoying a day of rest. So fire up the grill, hang your flag, and don't forget to say thanks to a veteran!
Be sure to visit Susan at http://www.betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. Susan always has something excitng and beautiful to offer and she'll be joined by a host of friends!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Two or three times a month I head to work for what my family jokingly calls "career day"! I work in the boutique section of a department store and one of my jobs is to dress the mannequins! This is a job right up my alley! I loved playing with Barbie as a child and this is the next best thing! I get to pick out clothes, shoes, and jewelery for the mannequins.
One of the things I learned when I first started doing this is not to necessarily dress "Bertha" ( My pet name for her) the way I personally would dress. Mannequins are supposed to be just a little over the top and my own personal style tends toward conservative and classic. Most people don't dress in four layers with three popped collars, but the goal is to show the customer what might be done and what is available. You'd be surprised how many men walk in and ask for everything on a mannequin in their wife or girlfriend's size---instant shopping! I really do enjoy this. It gives me a chance to dress dolls again and it's almost like spending someone else's money! I hope you enjoyed Bertha's makeover. Susan and a list of others have all kinds of things to share at http://www.betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. Have a happy Metamorphosis Monday and a great week!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch has invited us all over to her place for a fun day of sharing tablescapes. I'm not sure that what I am going to share with you is so much a tablescape as a table that just happened at my house this past weekend! I may have mentioned (LOL) that our daughter is getting married. This past Saturday night a lovely Mexican feast was held in the bride and groom's honor. So, Beloved's entire family descended (ummm, I mean came for a visit)! They all live several hours away as does the groom's family so I hosted a Mother's Day brunch for seventeen!
I decided to serve buffet-style from the dining room table with a mix of pewter, silver, and informal dinnerware. I love these glass plates I purchased several years ago from Old Time Pottery. They cost less than one dollar apiece so I have lots of them! The best thing about them is that they go right into the dishwasher! This picture is from the night before the brunch. I always set the buffet early with sticky notes labeling what is served where. The flowers are sunflowers and pink daisies from Costco and Kroger in three small candle containers from Dollar Tree. The silverware, just my everyday, is in a pewter vase lined with a pink bandana.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll ups
This adorable pink dessert stand is my new favorite serving piece!! It is made out of metal flower petals and complete with bugs on top.. It's perfect for spring cookies or cupcakes! I decided to try my hand at butterfly cookies!
These cute little cookies were pink, yellow, and green to match the color scheme of the flowers and napkins!Did I mention the importance of color coordinating your pet's wardrobe to the color scheme of the festivities? No, Jessie was just all dressed up for Mother's Day and wanted to meet you! Hope you all had a Mother's Day filled with the people you love. Thanks for letting me share mine. Now join Susan and LOTS of others at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
Monday, May 11, 2009
First, there is twenty three year old Kris Allen from Conway, Arkansas. He just has such an adorable baby face and a voice that I think has improved weekly.
Then, there is Danny Gokey. Danny, at twenty eight, is the oldest of the three and has the most life experience under his belt. Danny recently lost his wife and said that he entered AI because he wanted new hope in his life. I think he can belt out a song and has been a strong contender from the very beginning.
Finally, the resident "bad boy" Adam Lambert rounds out the top three. Adam is clearly Simon's favorite and is as much a surprise each week with his wardrobe as he is with his song arrangement and interpretation. Adam has already had a role in the Broadway musical "Wicked". I honestly can't say who I think will win. They are all talented young men with bright musical careers ahead of them. One thing I do know. Tomorrow night at eight o' clock I will be sitting right in front of my tv watching my favorite three or more on Tuesday! Tam is our hostess for this event each week. Join her and see what everybody else is sharing at http://gypsycorner.blogspot.com/. And don't forget to vote for your favorite American Idol!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I had these aprons made many years ago for me, my mother, and my mother in law for Mother's Day. I traced my children's hands and the prints are appliqued on in a cute yellow and red fabric. This would be an easy no-brainer project for almost anyone. But I may have told you; I was born without a craft "gene". I think the handprints could be done just as easily in paint. You crafty people know what kind will work. I have even seen white muslin aprons at the dollar store. See that little hand on the left? That is the handprint of our daughter who is getting married soon! Sadly, I am the owner of all three aprons now. Both grandmothers have passed away. But I know how much these aprons meant to them and wanted to share them with you. I know most of you have some special little hands in your lives! Thanks for letting me share these with you and Happy Mother's Day!
Head over to Tam's at http://gypsycorner.blogspot.com/! Tam has "three or more steps" to help you repair your own keepsakes and a list of participants just waiting to share with you!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I am also going to post this over at Smiling Sally's for her Blue Monday event. This is my first time to join her. Blue is my favorite color so I'm excited to show you the blue in this guest bedroom. If you read my posts, you may know we have a wedding coming up...soon. I don't know what it is about weddings and babies, but I think they both put women in nesting mode! I didn't invite a soul to stay at our house, but suddenly felt the urgent need to redo a bedroom. I don't know. Maybe that's my way of letting off a little steam. Anyway, this is what I started with below--a perfectly decent, but decidedly masculine bedroom. The khacki walls and Ralph Lauren plaid and demin bedding were fine. But that inner nesting voice started talking :).
Good thing I'm changing things...that picture is way too high. I decided I would use two antique twin beds from another bedroom. They seem to be a better fit in this bedroom and probably more convenient for more than one guest. I had an idea of what I wanted, but wasn't sure about a color for the room.
So I started buying paint samples and just painting patches...living with it and looking at it in different lights and at different times of day. Once I got to this stage I knew I was committed. There was no way to explain those blue and yellow patches. After much trial, tribulation, and error, I decided on Whisper Yellow by Behr. I also decided to repaint all the wood work a ceiling white. It took me two and a half weeks to finish. I just never could find one day to devote to painting. I'd start and then have to clean up to go to a wedding appointment almost daily. I even showed up to have my hairlighted with renegade bits of Whisper Yellow. My hairdresser was not amused! I looked everywhere for fabric and online for bedding, and curtains.
This pillow sham was my starting point. I had used it in my master bedroom before I changed bedding. I bought the sham and euro shams on sale from Pottery Barn and then had them monogrammed in royal blue. They were just too pretty to waste!
I had given "the baby" the furniture in this room when he moved into his first apartment with his first job after college. Beloved did point out that now his apartment looked better than our empty guest room! After several antique and thrift store ventures, I found this dresser--not quite antique, just old. I paid $125.00 for it already refurbished. Some of you may not think this was a deal. Let me tell you, I do!! I happen to know that a good therapist costs over $100 an hour and that is straight where refinishing this would have sent me! I like that the top is still the original wood. It matches the beds. Those are very old marbles I've used in the vase. They were from my grandparents' house and I liked the color they added!
Finally, it's beginning to come together. The blue toile curtains are from Country Curtains. If you haven't checked out their catalog lately, I think you'll be surprised. They are not just country! The bedding is a white matilesse coverlet from J.C. Penneys.
I'm still tweaking. I have a couple more plates I may add...AW--that's after wedding.
Finally, this is the picture between the windows. I bought this by a local artist at a silent auction for a local charity. Now I know art "says" different things to different people, but it's not even speaking the same language to Beloved and me! He thinks it is lonely and depressing; I think it's serene and peaceful. :).
I'm so glad to share this with you and even happier to be through for now. I think I have "nesting" out of my system for a while--at least until AW (after wedding). Please join Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ for the 16th Metamorphosis Monday and Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ for Blue Monday!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Can you see the delicate metal work? Even the bugs are metal--a spring! I've got big plans for this! I bought a butterfly cookie cutter today. I can just see pastel butterflies sitting on this for Mother's Day brunch at my house. I also think it could be used as a centerpiece with pots of flowers stacked on the tiers. The possibilities are endless and have me giddy!
And now...(drum roll). Miss Lauralu over at Hidden Promise awarded me with the Lemonade Award given to a fellow blogger who exhibits an "attitude of gratitude". I can think of no higher compliment. I am truly grateful for the many blessings and people in my life (including you!) and hope that you can see it in my posts! I am working daily in wanting what I have rather than having what I want. So, a big thank you to Laura. Visit her at http://hiddenpromise.blogspot.com/. Even her music is inspiring and she's got some great pictures of the Biltmore to show you! I would like to pass this on to some fellow bloggers for whom I am grateful and exhibit the spirit of the award:
- Kammy at http://smallhomeinthecountry.blogspot.com/
- Melissa at http://granvillehouse.blogspot.com/ 320 Sycamore
- Sheila at http://notesongs.blogspot.com/
- Laura at http://whitespraypaint.blogspot.com/
- Kelly at http://design-ties.blogspot.com/ She has some great blogging tips!
- Barb at http://foleysfollies.blogspot.com/
- Marty 39 at http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/
Now Ladies feel free to pass this along. Now run, don't walk and see what else Beverly and lots of others have been dreaming of in pink at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/. Happy Pink Saturday!