Thursday, October 10, 2019

Paradise

As sure as autumn graces the US, Florida holds onto the warm days of paradise.


Welcome to my world!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mid-Autumn

I love this time of year. It's the time of year when I sit out on my porch, enjoying the breeze and savoring a cup of tea and a favorite book or magazine.


 Catching up on the latest quilting magazines.

 An easy and delicious dessert that is a staple for our table is Pineapple Cake. I think I've shared the recipe before, but I will add it to the end of this post.



Every day is a delight.
Pineapple Cake

In a large mixing bowl beat 2 eggs until light and fluffy. 
Add 20 oz  crushed (in juice) pineapple (undrained), 
2 cups all purpose flour, 
1 cup granulated sugar, 
1 cup brown sugar 
2 teaspoons baking soda.

Mix well by hand. Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts and spread in an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2" baking pan. 
Bake @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting
3 oz cream cheese (soft)
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together with beater, gradually adding 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and spreadable.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Season of change

I enjoy changing the china in my hutch.  Every season speaks a different theme.  Fall is in the air, even if our temps are still in the 80's, the mood still speaks Fall.



I love to display my Friendly Village China from now until Thanksgiving.

 I only have one Pomona tea cup.  The brilliance of colors radiates the change in the season.

I was so thrilled when I found this old tool box a few years ago.  It has graced my dining room table all summer and now is dressed for Fall.
Yes, the room is evolving.  The warm glow of Autumn sets the stage for the season to come.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Awesome sunset

After dropping friends off at the airport, we were in awe at the beautiful sunset over the waters of Tampa Bay.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

A touch of cool

Fall is definitely in the air, even in Florida.The mornings are cool with a little bit of breeze. A wonderful respite to the scorching days we have had.

So let's put a little cool on our table.



We had a guest for dinner the other evening, and he brought me these colorful flowers.




Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Lighthouse Landing

 What's at the end of this walkway?

 A cute little Lighthouse!
Lighthouse Landing at Land Between the Lakes, Grand Rivers KY.
 

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Spice King = a review



Elizabeth Camden has once again written a fabulous historical fiction in The Spice King. I absolutely loved her characters and the depth of their interaction.
 
Annabelle Larkin is determined to win a donation from the Delacroix plant collection. Fresh out of school in Kansas, she feels somewhat at a lose to be living and working in Washington DC. Working in the Smithsonian for only two months, she tries every way she knew to contact the elusive Gray Delacroix.  After writing two times to Gray, she refuses to give up, being the latest of in a long line of botanist who'd tried and failed to make headway with Mr. Delacroix. If she can obtain the coveted Vanilla Orchid, she would secure her position with the Smithsonian. Boldly she makes her way to the Delacroix home. Along the way she spies a Spice map and hopes to gain entrance to entice his interest. As she meets Gray she notices that he is quite ill, the effects of Malaria, but he demands to see the map. Adamant that he doesn't trust the government, Annabelle charms her way into the man's greenhouses.

This is the most charming tale. The story is full of historical insights from a time when there was no regulation on foods stuff. I love how the relationship between Gray and Annabelle progressed and how they learned to trust each other. A definite 5+ star on my scale.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.