Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A little bit of the past

Do you  enjoy things from the past?  Stories, music, collectibles??  Sometimes we acquire things that hold a special place in our heart.

Years ago my hubby and I would drive up to Cedar Key, a little fishing village on the Florida Gulf coast.  My hubby had been going there since he was a teen.  His Dad knew a family that lived there and would drive up every year to hunt in the deep wild woods.  The family lived in an old clapboard house. A typical Florida wood home with just four rooms, windows on all sides to let the breeze pass through.  By the time I came around, Mrs Dorsett and her disabled son had been moved into a trailer just a few yards from the old homestead.

We would often grab a bite to eat at one of Cedar Keys famous seafood restaurants.  We would always try to stop in and have a little visit with Mrs Dorsett and her son, Alf.  She would welcome us in and Alf would tell all his latest news.  Mrs Dorsett had grown up in Cedar Key and would update us on her two spinster sisters who still lived in the "big" house down by the water.  At that time they were well into their 90's.

There were stories about the pencil factory that gave Cedar Key its means of work for those who lived there.  There were lots of headstones at the old cemetery dating back from the 1800's.  There also used to be an annual pine sapping and we often found old clay pots that were used to catch the sap from the trees.

Once Mrs Dorsett asked my hubby to look for something out in her "barn". While he was rummaging through there, he came across this old piece of furniture.

 Now mind you, it did not look at all like this.  It was painted with a milk paint and the screens were all torn.  But we asked about it and Mrs. Dorsett said if we wanted it we could have that old thing.  She told us it had been a wedding present when she got married.  But she wanted us to know that "it had been used" when it was given to her!  She had married quite young (maybe 15) to the older Mr. Dorsett.  She was in her early 80's when I met her and that's been almost 40 years ago.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Good Morning Spring!

After the drab dreary days of winter, Spring is the time to bring out the bright cheerful colors.

Let's have a Spring breakfast!

 I found these placemats at Kohl's last year.  And the plaid plates were from Target.  A perfect marriage for Spring.

 I love these cups and saucers.  A Good Will find.

 The pink bowls were also a Good Will find.  A perfect match for my depression sugar and creamer.

 The flowers were a gift from my daughter for my birthday :-)

Please have a seat and join me for a Spring breakfast.  

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Did I mention Pineapple???

Well what can I say.  I've been on this coconut craze, and now I am adding pineapple.

My niece makes this cake.  Talk about moist and delicious.  I first tasted it at a birthday party and  immediately I knew this was something my family would love.  Plus it is a quick and easy dessert.  A "go to" when you need something special.  So here it is......

Pineapple Coconut Cake

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

We finally won!

For years I have had an on going battle with the squirrels in my back yard.  They insist on cleaning out the bird feeder before the first bird can ever dine at the table.

Who ME??

 BUT I have finally won the battle.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Gone to Green

Don't you love to sit outside when the weather warms up?  I have a favorite spot where I sit and enjoy my breakfast and lunch.  Most of the times with a favorite book.

Recently I started reading a delightful series and I am working my way through each edition.  The first one is "Gone to Green" and the series is written my Judy Christie.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Coconut Bread

My daughter and I love coconut, much to the chagrin of the other family members.  We could eat or drink coconut with each and every meal or as a snack and even wear the fragrance. So when I came across this recipe for Coconut Bread, we knew we had to give it a try.  You can find the original recipe HERE, but I will write it out for you.

 Coconut Bread

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Are You Blue?

It seems there are a lot of posts featuring blue and white this week.  I had this table in mind since our days have turned so nice and warm.  I love to take the table setting outdoors.

Blue and White, one of my favorite combinations.  So cool and refreshing.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Take a deep breath!!  Do you smell it??  Yep, it's SPRING!!

And here is what is growing in my little back yard.

Happy Spring!

Monday, April 8, 2013


 I found these sweet little demitasse cups and saucers several years ago. 

 Not only are they used for demitasse, but it's fun to fill them with a little dessert, like pudding or strawberry shortcake.

 The "Redheads" are from a collection that belonged to my hubbys late aunt.  These two little guys reminded me of my own boys.  A sweet one that would bear gifts and give lots of hugs and love.  The other a fun loving smiley tot, who could charm his way out of anything.

Whether it's coffee or tea, let's sit down and share a memory or two.