Thursday, March 29, 2012

What's your definition of thrifty?

Thrifty Decor Chick made a little comment on her blog post the other day about Goodwill's prices getting more expensive. No Sarah, it's not just you. Goodwill has been jacking up their prices, big time around here. It's absolutely unbelievable! I can't imagine what they are thinking. After all, everything is DONATED to them!! Plus the economy is not that great. I see some of the same things there week after week. But you know, every time I go to the Goodwill, it's packed with people. So people are looking for bargains. You do have to watch the items that you purchase. Like an item that was carried by the Dollar Tree for ONE dollar, and Goodwill has it marked $2 or $3, I just shake my head.

But on the other hand, if you are careful, once in a while you can find something like this -

Lenox Butterfly Meadow
for this -

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dinner in White.......

..... with a splash of Blue......

I am so loving our warm weather, where we can open up the house and enjoy beautiful breezy days. Please join me visiting these parties -

Table Top Tuesday
Tea Time Tuesday
A Return to Loveliness
Tablescape Party
Swing into Spring
Open House Party
Let's Dish Party
Tablescape Thursday

Friday, March 23, 2012

Egg-xellent Spring Party

Foodie Friday is hosting the Egg-xellent Spring Foodie Party. How fun is that?? So what do I have to share?? Okay, let's just say if you Love bread, and if you Love cheese, and if you Love Artichokes........... do I have a recipe for you!

I found this recipe on the Plain Chicken blog, but was originally posted on Smoky Mountain Cafe. This Artichoke Bread is mouth watering.

¼ cup butter
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
4 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
½ cup sour cream
1 French bread loaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic (we actually used more garlic) and cook until fragrant, about one minute.

Add the artichoke hearts, Mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and sour cream. Stir to blend. Remove from the heat and cool.
Slice the bread lengthwise and scoop out some of the center. Spoon the artichoke mixture evenly into the bread shell and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.

Place each half on a baking sheet and cover lightly with aluminum foil.

Bake for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 5 to 8 minutes or until the cheese melts completely. Cut into slices and serve warm.

Let me tell you, this is BETTER then Artichoke dip!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Taylor Smith Taylor

Years ago I stopped at an Estate Sale in a very old house in a very old neighborhood. It was the first time I ever saw this Rooster pattern.

They had the complete set of dishes and serving pieces. And OH I wanted those dishes. But the price was $55. At that time I did not have $55 to buy dishes. I was looking for 25c and 50c items. But I never forgot those Rooster dishes.

Last week while I was at the Goodwill, I spied these few pieces. Well actually they had others, but they were chipped up, so I didn't think I needed chipped plates. But I did acquire 2 plates and this very cute sugar and creamer set.

Maybe one day I will come across more pieces.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Mantelscape Party!

We never had a fireplace in our old home. It was something I always wanted, as it gives the house such a warm homey feeling. When we bought our new home, I was so delighted that it had a fireplace in the living room. However it did NOT have a mantel. So one of the first projects was to fit the fireplace with a mantel.

Today I am joining Grits and Glamour Spring Mantelscape Party!

I'm joining these fun and inspiring Mantel Parties

Spring Mantelscape Party
The Lettered Cottage

Monday, March 19, 2012

Friends and Family Gather Here

Spring time is such a lovely time to invite over friends and family.

Another beautifully hand painted service from my Mother in Love.

I love using my depression glass "Heritage" plates.

And these lovely Lenox Butterfly dishes welcome in Spring.

Years ago I purchased this stainless set from the Oneida outlet in Georgia. Living Quarters "Ashville".

Yes Spring is in the air. What a lovely time to entertain friends and family.