Monday, July 30, 2012

Color Me Blue

A few weeks ago I shared my Pink dishes that I display in our kitchen hutch. At that time I was getting ready to take down the pink and put up the blue. Ya'll said you wanted to see it, so here it is.

Rows of blues

I love changing the china for the different seasons.

Fall will be next :-) Do you display china through the year?? What season is your favorite?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Red and White Cookbookbook

We have seen this cookbook in many different places. Some are in very good condition, others are falling apart. We've also seen a vast array of pricing, but my daughter found this one for $1.50. I don't know if many of you have used this grand old BH & G red and white cookbook, but when I got married I lived in this cookbook. I didn't know how to make cream sauce, or cole slaw dressing, or even how long to cook a roast. This cookbook was my bible in the kitchen.

So look! Now we have a twin -

Mine is on the right, and it's looks pretty beat up. But it's over 35 years old, and has taken it's licks. However, this cookbook still has the best recipe for Coconut Cream pie, and even tells you how long to cook eggs ;-)

Happy thriftin'!

Greek Salad

I do enjoy making my own Greek Salad, so I thought I would share this recipe with you.

Famous Greek Salad

Make your favorite potato salad. If you do not have a recipe that you like, make this simple potato salad -

6 potatoes (diced, cubed and cooked)
2 medium green onions - chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt to taste

Mix together and chill

Salad ingredients -
1 large head of lettuce
3 cups potato salad
6-8 pieces of raw spinach
2 tomatoes cut into 6 wedges each
1 peeled cucumber cut lengthwise into 8 fingers
4 portions (slices) of Feta cheese (Greek cheese)
1 green bell pepper cut into 8 rings
4 slices canned cooked beets
4 peeled and cooked shrimp 4 anchovy fillets
8 black Greek style olives
4 whole green onions
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup each olive oil and salad oil blended

Line a large platter with outside lettuce leaves. Place 3 cups potato salad in a mound in the center of the platter. Cover with remaining lettuce that has been shredded. Arrange spinach on top. Place tomato wedges around the outer edge of salad, and place cucumber wedges in between tomatoes. Slices of Feta cheese should be arranged on the top of the salad with the green pepper slices over all. On the very top, place the sliced beets with a shrimp on each beet slice and an anchovy fillet on the shrimp. The olives, pepper and green onions can be arranged as desired. Sprinkle salad with vinegar, and then with the blended oil. Sprinkle the oregano over all and serve at once. This would be called a salad for 4.

I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Back Porch

Ever since I started reading Susan's blog Between Naps on the Porch, I've been in love with her back porch.

Our porch is not as large as Susan's but I wanted to have a little place to escape to read, enjoy tea or lunch or just watch the birds as they come and go from the feeder.

My original thought was to find some pretty white wicker furniture. But when I found this set recently at Home Depot, I knew it would be perfect for our little nook.

A little note about these luncheon napkins. My step-mother gave these to me, along with a matching tablecloth. The tablecloth was used til it became thread bare and badly stained, but I never used the napkins. They were a wedding gift, so they are probably considered vintage by now ;-)

I've been picking up these Boopie glasses at Goodwill for $1.00

Thanks so much for stopping by. You can find me out here with my book and cup of green tea.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Florida

Have you ever been to a place called Paradise?? I am so fortunate to live in a place of balmy days and enduring sunshine.

Many friends that visit from the north expect to see only sand, seashore, flamingos and palm trees.

Here is a little bit of My Florida..........

I never tire of the beauty that surrounds me. There are certainly some places that fall short, but when we look for the good, we will almost always find some ray of sunshine.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Under Glass

I've had this sweet statue for 20 years. My dear Aunt gave it to me when we had our last child. It was so appropriate as it depicted my family perfectly. When Marty announced her cloche party, I wondered how this pretty little piece would look under glass.

The Mama and three children sit on my dresser in our bedroom.
Along with our family pictures, both old and new.

Thanks Marty for hosting your very inspiring Cloche Party.

Teacup Tuesday

This teacup was gift from my daughter one year for Isn't it beautiful? I love the dainty blue picture. And what really sends me is the words surrounding the saucer.

It says "May the Lord bless you and keep you, and give you peace." Number 6:24-26

The cup and saucer are Kensington Blue.

My daughter knows how much I really like blue and white china. So she also gave me the teapot to go along with it.

Sigh, I wish you could join me for a spot of tea and a cream scone.

Have a most tealightful day!

Saturday, July 21, 2012


"We cannot run our spiritual operations on the prayers of the past generations. Many people believe in the efficacy of prayer, but not many people pray. Prayer is the easiest and hardest of all things. It is the simplest and the most sublime, the weakest and the most powerful. Its results lie outside the range of human possibilities; they are limited only by the omnipotence of God." E. M. Bounds on Prayer

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray.

(Luke 18:1)

Vintage Sheets - my new love

I have become enamored with Vintage sheets. I had a few sheets, but after seeing some quilts made up in blog land, I've been more on the hunt for them.

This quilt sent me over the edge and gave me a goal.

Anyone Can Quilt

I also found these blogs where vintage sheets reign.

Whimisie Dots

The Vintage Sheet Blog

So take a look. You may fall in love. As for me, I found these two pillowcases over the weekend.

Vintage sheets are getting harder and harder to find in our area. Maybe everyone else is falling in love with these soft lovely oldies.

(Since having a computer virus, I am not able to download pictures from my camera. So until my computer Geek son can fix the problem, I hope you don't mind if I re-run a few older posts :-)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vintage Tea Tray

For years I have seen and heard about these tea trays.

Whenever I find them at Antique shops, they are very pricey. Like $35 and up!!

So imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this tray at the Goodwill last week!!!

I don't know if you can see the price, but I paid $2.06 for it. It is not pristine, as it has some scratches and some worn areas. But hey, it works for a great decoration.

And the price was definitely right!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012



....... a time of remembrance..........

Wedding china - Trudy by Nortake
Goblets - Gorham
Venetian - Community Stainless

Bread Basket was a 25th anniversary gift -William Rogers

Beautiful bouquet from my sweet husband of 39 years.

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's a virus :-(

For the first time in 15+ years of having a computer with internet, my computer has been attacked with a virus. It must be a pretty nasty one too, because my son, the computer geek, has been working on it for two days. I asked him if he could fix it, and could it be salvaged? He told me he was not sure if it would be salvaged, BUT he could fix it. I asked him if I would lose a lot, and he said...... maybe.............


So I probably will be on a "not" planned cyber vacation.

Take care. I hope to be back soon.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pink Birthdays

Birthdays, birthdays everywhere.............

This is the month for birthdays..........