Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Strawberries Everywhere

Strawberry season has been in full swing and right now they are plump and sweet. It's a perfect time to make a Strawberry Pie!

The original recipe called for "Wild" Strawberry jello, but it's no longer available. So here is my version.

Cast of characters includes -

Fresh Strawberries
Strawberry Jello (large package)
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cups water

Combine cornstarch, sugar and water. Cook over medium high heat - stirring constantly until thick and bubbly. Stir in 3/4 package Strawberry Jello and remove from heat. Let cool.

In a deep precooked pie shell, layer washed and hulled strawberries. Pour Jello mixture over strawberries making sure all the strawberries are covered. Refrigerate.

Serve with a dollop of Whipped Cream


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Georgia Skies

Often when we travel, I tell my hubby the skies are speaking to us.

Storm clouds loom

Making our way out of Florida, leaving the heavy thunderstorms behind.

Large cumulus clouds take their shape above.

And of course we are being followed by our traveling cottage.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Butterfly Welcome

Another beautiful service painted by my late Mother in law.

Depression glass "Heritage" plates.

Lenox Butterfly dishes.

Years ago I purchased this stainless set from the Oneida outlet in Georgia. Living Quarters "Ashville." I love how they add elegance to any table.

Isn't this a great time to entertain friends and family?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Early American history

This spring, my hubby and I traveled to New Bern North Carolina. There were lots of interesting places to see as it is a very old part of America.

From Wikipedia -

New Bern was first settled in 1710 by Swiss and German Immigrants. It was named after the capital of Switzerland, Bern. The first permanent seat of the colonial government of North Carolina was located in New Bern. Following the American Revolutionary War, New Bern became the first state capital.

Tryon Palace was completed in 1770 and was the former house of British governor William Tryon.
It then became the original state capitol building of newly-independent North Carolina and remained so until the 1790s, when it burned down. A replica, built from the original plans and on the original foundation, is now maintained as a historic site and tourist attraction. During the 1800s Federal period, New Bern was the largest city in North Carolina. New Bern recovered after Raleigh took its place as the state capital with the help of trade routes to the Caribbean and New England. It reached a population of 3,600 in 1815.
New Bern was the site of the Battle of New Bern early in the American Civil War in which the town was captured and occupied by Union forces.

What's there to see, you ask? Take a peek -

the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola!

New Bern is a neighboring town to Bath, NC.

Bath was North Carolina's first capital and port of entry. Bath is North Carolina's oldest town, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2005.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chesapeake Bridge

Crossing the expanse of the Chesapeake Bridge, there are miles of water and sky to see.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Morning

Memorial Day is a truly patriotic holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It is a day set apart for remembering and honoring those who died while serving in the American Armed Forces.

In 1971 Congress passed a law making Memorial Day a national holiday. Typical Memorial Day celebrations include parades, special programs and speeches. Americans often attend picnics and baseball games, and almost any other type of outdoor event made possible by the freedom these soldiers died to protect. This holiday is the unofficial beginning of summer.

"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
Benjamin Harrison,the 23rd President of the United States. 
In memory and honor of those who have fought and died to keep our country free.
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."
John 15:13

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cool Blues

I am so loving our warm weather, where we can open up the house and enjoy beautiful breezy days.