Monday, February 29, 2016

Vintage Luncheon Dishes

For many years, when I would go "hunting" with my hubby's Aunt, we would be on the look out for these vintage glass dishes.

I've collected several designs and have at least 8 to 10 servings for each design. Not as many of the cups though. And unfortunately when I was bringing these dishes down from the cabinet, one of the cups made a crash landing on my unforgiving tile floor :-(

But isn't it fun to use these pretty glass sandwich dishes for a special occasion or luncheon? We recently hosted a bridal shower and using these glass dishes added so much elegance to the occasion.

And they are also just as nice to serve a special lunch for special friends.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Chili on a Chilly day

When the days are cooler, I love to make a pot of Chili to serve up hot and filling. Add a little salad on the side and what a great meal to ward off the cold days.

I love these beautiful dishes I found at Goodwill. I nearly left them because they only had Soup bowls and salad plates. I'm so glad I decided to bring them home.

Soup and Salad dishes - Mornay by Mikasa (Goodwill)
White Chargers - Westbury Court by PTS International (Home Goods)
Soup Tureen - Nortake (Antique shop)
White plates with silver rim - Royalton China

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Deep Dish Pizza

Have you ever made deep dish pizza?  Me either. But I found there is a really easy way to make one. My daughter's friend visited us back in January, and she showed us how.

You can buy pizza dough at your local grocery store if you don't want to make you own.
Roll the dough until it is fairly thin. Then place inside a 9" baking pan.

Spread ricotta cheese in the bottom of the pan.

then layer pepperoni, spinach and lots of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Roll out the second dough for the top.

Press down the layered ingredients and lay the second dough on top, pressing down in the center to make a pool to add the sauce. Roll the two crusts together to seal the edges.

Make slits on the top and pour your sauce in the center. You can add pre-made sauce or make your own. 

Top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at the hottest temperature the oven can go up to 500 degrees for 40 minutes. 

Let sit for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

If you prefer, you can change the ingredients to your liking.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cold Shot - A Review

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey is a story about best friends. Three friends, each in a different line of law enforcement, whose friendship was torn when their fourth friend vanished. Now they are thrown together, joining forces on a case that leaves each of them facing accusations and memories that have haunted the three of them for years. Where does it lead? 

Having read several of Dani Pettrey's books, I have come to expect stories that are filled with suspense and intrigue. Ms. Pettrey is an excellent story teller, and keeps your interest, stirring in a bit of romance into the danger. I felt that parts of the book were a bit slow, but healing and forgiveness set the course for a sweet ending.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart.

(Kay Knudsen)

Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wishing you...

Just sharing what a lovely friend made and sent for Valentine's Day.

Garage Sale Gal made this very cute Valentine's card for me. And along with it, she sent two vintage cards and a delicious tea for me to try. It was such a pleasant surprise. Visit Deb and see all of her beautiful cards and vintage finds.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Delicious Strawberry Pie

Strawberry season has arrived in Florida! Plant City has THE most delicious strawberries, and right now they are plump and sweet. It's a perfect time to make a Strawberry Pie for my Valentine!

The original recipe called for "Wild" Strawberry jello, but I've not been able to find it anymore. 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


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Wandering Camera

 Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

I thought I would share a few pictures from my travels last month. I found this linky on Whims and Fancies.  

So here goes -

Taking to the skies, looking back on my beautiful Florida coastline.

Bordered by snow, we traveled up to Hocking Hills in Ohio.

A warm and cozy fireplace where we snuggled in for a three day retreat.

 A snow capped view

I think this horse knew I was going to snap his picture. He seemed to pose.

An orchid show in Columbus.

This last picture made me think of a happy little face.

And then, home again, home again.

To the most beautiful Florida sunset.

Thanks for letting me share. Happy Wanderings.