Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Goodwill find

Whenever I go to a thrift store, I have certain things I am on the look out for.  One thing that I've admired is the Butter platforms I've seen on a couple of blogs.  Marty has one in her kitchen.  She shows it on her post HERE.

I've never come across the Butter platform, but I did find something interesting at Goodwill.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Outdoor Wednesday

A couple of years ago, our family took a trip to Snowshoe West Virginia.  My kids love to snowboard.

And even though the vistas are very beautiful.

The cold is not inviting to me.  So this is where my hubby and I spend the days, while our kids hit the slopes.

Yep, I can get just as nice of a view and stay warm :-)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Red Winter Tea

After Christmas I love to display my red china, especially as we get close to Valentine's Day.  They are pieces that I have picked up through the years.  I had purposed not buy any more china, but when I recently came upon Royal Stafford Asiatic Pheasant, well, my resolve dissolved

Little by little I've purchased red dishes.  Cups and saucers, tea pot and a few dishes.

I bought this amazing teapot at Cracker Barrel many years ago.

I stopped in my tracks when I found Asiatic Pheasant.

There were only a few dinner plates, but with the pieces I already have, they make a lovely winter table.

On a trip to Georgia this summer I found this very cute creamer at Queen of Hearts Antiques in Alpharetta. 

A few of my Syracuse Strawberry Fields China on display on the hutch.

I'm ready to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and brunch.  How about you??

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Morning

Make me to know your ways, O Lord, 
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation,
for you I wait all the day long.
Psalm 25: 4-5

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken

I found this recipe on a great cooking blog.  I had all the ingredients, so it was a go for dinner.  And I might add, it turned out great!

Sweet Baby Ray's Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken

5 - 6 skinless chicken breasts
1 small bottle Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
add in -
1/2 jar Peach Preserves

Mix sauce ingredients together
Put chicken in the Crock Pot and pour sauce mixture over the top.
Stir all around until chicken is well coated
Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until chicken is fall apart tender.

 Taking the chicken right out of the crock pot.

Shredding the tender cooked chicken

I made Fried Rice and Steamed Broccoli to go along with the chicken.  It was a um-um good meal.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Roses of Yesterday

“I feel as if I had opened a book and found roses of yesterday sweet and fragrant, between its leaves.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of the Island

Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage   is getting ready for her Valentine's Tea.  Don't you always think of Roses when you think of Valentine's Day.

Limoges "Old Abbey"

 A marriage of Haviland China and my Eggshell Nautilus.

I love my pretty Rose teacups, and what better way to use them but to share them with you! 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Little Red Schoolhouse

I think this is one of my favorite places. I think every town has a little red school house, but this one is special.
That's because my dear hubby went to this little red school house :-)

Can't you just see them doing a fire drill, and kids pouring out of the building, charging down these steps. I imagine it was a day to remember (poor teachers)!

And of course playing out in this green field, or eating lunch on the grass.

There was a huge controversy when the road was going to be widened. The county wanted to move the school, but there was almost an uprising over this issue. The school has since been placed on the National Historical Registry, so it may now rest in peace.

Thanks for joining my little tour.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gift Card bag

One thing I made for Christmas was a bag for a Gift Card!  I just can't seem to wrap my head around paying for a box to hold a gift card when I can make one from a simple envelope!    So here are the easy steps.

I use the envelopes that you find in the stationary section of Wally World or the Office supply store (approx 4 3/8" x 5 3/4").  They usually come in a box anywhere from 50 to 250 and I use them when I make cards.

First moisten the flap and seal the envelope.  Then fold down the edges on three sides to fit the GC.

Trim the top portion using decorative scissors.

Open the envelope and make little tabs on the bottom.

I use double sided tape to stick the tabs down on the underside.

Your Gift Card is ready to slip inside. 

 I punch two small holes and thread some ribbon to make a handle.

You can stamp any kind of greeting on the outside for the appropriate gift. 

This works great to hang on your Christmas tree. 

A Little more History

boats,clipper ships,sailing,transportation
Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon arrived at Tampa Bay in 1513, but Spanish explorations then focused on the east coast of Florida. It was not until 1824, three years after the U.S. purchased Florida from Spain and two months after the first American settler arrived, that four companies of U.S. Army troops established Fort Brooke to protect this strategically important harbor. Development of the community did not really begin in the area until 1845, after the close of the Second Seminole War the village of Tampa was incorporated on January 18, 1849 and again as a town on December 15, 1855.

Fort Brooke fell to the Union in 1863 and after the American Civil War, the Reconstruction period was one of hardship in the area. A small fishing village, often plagued by yellow fever due to the mosquitoes, and with few land links, Tampa did not begin to prosper until phosphate was discovered in the Bone Valley in 1883. The mineral, vital in the production of fertilizers and many other products, was soon shipped northwest to the Port of Tampa in great quantity. The coming of Henry Plant’s Atlantic Coast Line railroad to Tampa finally provided a reliable overland connection, allowing fish and phosphate to be shipped north. Plant also ran a steamship line out of the port in Tampa that connected south to Cuba. This link to Cuba, along with the Tampa Board of Trade helping Vincente Martinez Ybor move his cigar manufacturing operations from Cuba to Tampa, brought a large new industry to Tampa. Ybor built hundreds of homes for his employees, and this influx together with new supporting trade, helped to build up the town. Ybor City, as the neighborhood became known, still occupies two square miles near downtown Tampa. Many Italian—mainly from Sicily—and eastern European Jewish immigrants also came to the area in the late 1880s. Today’s Amtrak trains pass through this historic neighborhood.

Union Station opened on May 15, 1912 to serve the Atlantic Coast Line, the Seaboard Air Line, and the Tampa Northern railroads. Designed by architect J.F. Leitner in Italian Renaissance style, the station was managed by the Tampa Union Station Company. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1974.
copied from "The Great American Stations"

The building was renovated in 1999.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Wild Rose Tea

I may have shared this tea set before, but I think it is just too beautiful not to share again.

I always loved Wild Roses, and my Mother in Love painted them on china.

The cup and lunch plates were a gift from my hubby's sister.

But the Tea Service was painted for me by my MIL.  I always think of her whenever I use it.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Broccoli Casserole with a twist

For years my family has enjoyed Broccoli Casserole.  But it got to the point where I was tired of the same recipe.  So for a little different twist, I made a new variation.

Broccoli Casserole

1 can Mushroom Soup
1/3 cup milk
Large bag frozen Broccoli
10 oz box Cheeze Its
Small (1 lb) box Velveeta Cheese
1 stick butter

 Spray a 10 x 13" pan with No-Stick cooking spray.  
Cook broccoli til done. Drain broccoli and spoon into pan.  
Mix Mushroom soup with milk.

Pour soup mixture over broccoli and spread to cover evenly.

Slice cheese and place on top of broccoli.

Melt butter and mix with crushed Cheeze Its.  Place on top of cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

For a little spike, you can use the Mexican Velveeta.