Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ladies Night Challenge!

Good evening, Ladies!  Cathy from Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity suggested this theme for a challenge.  She thought it would be fun to do a whimsical table using girlie things to have a night out party. 

I had some plates I had hoped to use, but due to appointments, I didn’t have time to find them in the basement.  Next time!  Smile

 

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Ladies’ Night Out

Your work day is done

Forget all your troubles

It’s time for some fun!

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We’re not doing games

I think we’ll just talk

Now this only rhymes

If you come from New York!

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Who’s heard a good joke?

It  has to be funny

Or tell us your bargains

That saved lots of money!

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Spending time with your friends

Gabbing for hours and hours

Is as good for your spirits

As some beautiful flowers!

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I’ll wine you and dine you

With good foods I’ll regale

But whatever I serve you

You know was on SALE!

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Speaking of sales, 3 things are making their debut tonight.

The red stems are from Pier One,

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Originally 7.00 I waited till they were marked down to 1.98 I got 12…good for Christmas, Valentine’s and Patriotic

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The Tablecloth is a fabric shower curtain, $2.50 from Christmas Tree Shop

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The green flatware by Cambridge was in the clearance at Cmas Tree Shops.  Only one box, and with my coupon I got it for $4.00

At each place is a little flower pot post it pad, a take home.  Since there were Hyacinths on it, it had to be for Sarah!

Green pitcher…gift from Alma

Green stems…Christmas Tree Shop ...White butter domes CTS

Orange plates…Dollar Tree   Red salad  WSonoma OUTLET

Green lily of the valley napkins, WSonoma OUTLET

Lace chargers, Ikea

Green soup bowls a gift from Karen, a friend from where I first started tablescaping on the Garden Web many years ago. Smile

Centerpiece is an enamel pail filled with fresh lime green flowers.  I stuck in a few faux red and orange poppies.  HINT…take the faux flower off and use the stem of a real flower to place it in the arrangement.

Thanks so much for stopping by to look even if you couldn’t take the challenge tonight.  I have a few more ideas for May, June, July and August.  Let me know if you are interested.  I’ve noticed tablescaping seems to have waned, blogs that used to get over 100 entries rarely get half that.  It is a lot of work, I know!  Some like it, some don’t!

Same rules apply.  Stick to the theme, new post, link back to this party and blog name first.  If you have word id, please disable it,  people don’t like to bother with it to leave a comment.  Please visit at least 5, if we have that many, lol, entries.

Happy May!

Challenge Link Up

 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Girls Night Out Challenge Wed.~ Ugly chair update and a Great buy!

I know that’s a lot!  I don’t blog daily or weekly, so indulge me! 

If I start doing daily posts about nothing, you can scroll on by, LOL!

Remember this?

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I got it on Craig’s List for $35.  There was a lot of damage to the top left.  I scrubbed it, and used a wire brush to get rid of the chipped paint.  Repaired the top the best I could.

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Reunited with the one I have had since 1990! Still too soon for porch cleaning and setting up, the pollen invasion doesn’t finish till end of May.  I will cover these till then.  I still have about 15 more pieces to scrape and paint.

My bargain…

You may remember, (probably not Smile) I have done 3 outdoor  community parties in the last few years.

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I made the cloths with fabric I got at Duralee.018

I made these for another event for our beach colony.  Again, fabric from Duralee.

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The last was a Labor Day Party. I made the tablecloths from fabric I got in Walmart a few years ago for 1.00 a yard. 

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This year our beach colony will celebrate its 100th Anniversary, and we will have a party on the 4th of July.

I found these navy and white striped 100% cotton cloths on line. I love them! They look lighter here, but they are a dark navy.

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Mitered corners and pretty nice for $6.60.  They are 60x102.  I will use them for this year’s party. Sadly, when a friend asked me to send her the link, they had gone up to 21.99!   Thinking about centerpieces, low cost of course!

Don’t forget Wed. is the Girl’s Night Out challenge.  I think it is going to be small party!  Are you ready for the challenge?  I m still thinking about what to do!  If you are up to it, please join in with a NEW post.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you Wed. for the challenge.

I am joining Susan for Met Monday.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I’ve Lost that Bloggin’ Feeling! Peony Cake


I can’t believe it has been so long since I posted.  We had snow right up until Palm Sunday, so it was hard to conjure up bunnies and daffodils while shoveling snow!
I think we are done with that white stuff for this year!
I have many Spring projects to keep me busy.  Many of you know I love white wicker, the real kind, the kind I have to paint every year.Sad smile
I am actually thinking of buying a paint gun, I have been doing some research.
If you have one or used one, any advice on brand, etc?  I’d love to hear from you.
My son bought me this rocker in 1990 at a store we had in NY called Pergament. I think he paid $99, a fortune for a teen to spend at that time.
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It is still in good shape, and it stays out on the covered porch all winter.
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You may remember a few years ago I donated  many pieces of my wicker to a yard sale for a charity.  I thought I could replace it!  It wasn’t so easy, as the plastic variety has taken over.
I was lucky to find this piece last year at a yard sale for a very good price.
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It had been gently used in a sunroom, very clean. It was $100 for the chair and ottoman, including the cushions.  Believe me, that is cheap!
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I found this one at a consignment shop, no cushion and needed a little repair.  I believe it was a little over 100.
Now meet the ugly relative.  I found it on Craig’s list.
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It needs a lot of work! It is sturdy, and it is the exact match to the first one I showed you.
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I worked on it with a steel brush a little today.  Can’t wait to get it all prepped and ready to paint.  I’ll show you when I am done.  It needs some repair on the back of the top.    I paid $35.  I knew I would never find a match again, so I had to get it!
I hope you all had a good Easter.  I didn’t host, but brought some of the meal.  Some breads…
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I made death by chocolate as requested.  I made some cupcakes for the kids, and mini black forest cakes for the adults.  There were 18 adults and 13 kids for a sit down dinner.
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Cute flowered plastic  tray is from from Christmas Tree .  It was a dollar, so I left it for the hostess to use this summer by the pool.  Aren’t I a sport, lol.  I did give her other hostess gifts too, don’t worry! Smile
Last month was my only gdau’s bday, so I tried to do an Ombre Cake, peony style.
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I have to work on getting 3 different shades.  Hard to tell from this picture, but I only did 2.  Practice, practice.
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That’s about it for me, nothing too exciting here.  Hope all is well with you!
I have had a few emails about an April challenge.  Cathy from Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity,  suggested a whimsical one…Girls Night Out.  How about the very end of April , the 29th?  I have never had a Girl’s Night Out, so I will have to imagine something wilder than dinner out!  Smile
Thanks for stopping by, always love hearing from you!
I a joining Sundays at Home
Don’t forget to give me your opinions on a paint sprayer, I have a lot of wicker to spray, and using the cans is very tiresome!

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Final Four~ Meatless Friday

Lent is a challenge for me.  I don’t like fish, and you can have pizza just so many times!  Of course there’s mac and cheese, and other meatless meals, but somehow I am not in to mood to make them!

Counting tonight 4 more weeks of meatless Fridays.

Thank goodness St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t fall on Friday, or all the observers of Lent would be crying in their GREEN beer because they couldn’t have their corned beef!

Speaking of green, if you missed Wed. nights 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day  Blog Crawl, you can see it here!

42 beautiful entries, tables and recipes, don’t miss it!

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I’ll be up to my elbows in flour for Soda Bread this weekend.

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Loaf style or round…

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Spread with some Kerry Gold butter or jam, it is a favorite here.

Irish Soda Bread....Kathleen
4 C flour
1 t salt
4 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
3/4 C sugar
2 t caraway seed
1 C raisins
1 egg
1 t vanilla (optional)
2 C buttermilk
a splash or orange juice, don’t worry, it will be fine!  Smile

1/4 stick of soft butter
Sift dry ingredients. Mix in the seeds and raisins. Add buttermilk, oj,   vanilla and mix.
Add beaten eggs and soft butter, mix
Put into 2 greased loaf pans, or 1 10 in round. Slit the top with a knife.
Bake at 350 about 30 to 35 for loaf pans, 50 for round.
Brush with butter or milk 10 min before removing from oven.
Check center to see if done, do not over bake..

You can even make it in a Bundt pan!

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Here’s my contribution for a meatless meal, very easy!

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Pasta , Spinach Cheese and Tomato Bake

Cook your favorite pasta, I used bow ties.

Toss cooked pasta in a bit of olive oil, pepper and grated cheese.

Line the bottom of a greased pan/casserole dish with the al dente pasta.

Cook your fresh spinach.  I just throw mine in a pan on low, salt, pepper and a dash of conf sugar.  cover the pan, checking to make sure you are just steaming the spinach briefly.

Place that on top of the pasta, sprinkle with freshly grated cheese and some garlic powder, or fresh minced if you prefer.

Pour some half and half over the top.

Now a layer of mozzarella, then top with seasoned sliced tomatoes.  Again, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese and freshly grated pepper. 

Bake till warmed through, and at the end broil for a few mins. till the cheese browns.

If you are not doing meatless some bacon crumbled on top is good too!

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Serve with some warm crusty bread.

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Thanks for stopping by!

I am joining ML West for Foodie Friday.

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