Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Can you identify this flower? And some purple…

Hello Ladies!  I know many of you are Master Gardeners and may know this flower.  I believe it is a bulb.  It was growing in the middle of my neighbor’s lawn and I said I would ask if you knew what it was.



Anyone have a clue?

The pollen invasion is in full force here, so no progress on setting up the porch.  If I try and do it for Memorial Day, I will be doing it all again in 2 weeks.  Did that once! Sad smile

I picked some of the iris I have growing on the hill.  They are such a beautiful color!  They inspired me to pull out some  my favorite dishes, given to me by my longtime internet friend, Marigene of In the Middle of Nowhere, many years ago!  People have asked where to get them, but they are discontinued and I haveIMG_0001n’t been able to find any.












Amazing how flowers can inspire!


The purple clematis have reached the top of the lightpost, can’t wait till they all open!


Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day in case I don’t get back!


Do you know this flower?

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Where Does the Time Go?

Hello, Ladies!  I know I haven’t posted since the St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl.  Thanks to all those who participated and commented, it is always fun!

The winner of the Polka Dot Flatware is Linda from More Fun Less Laundry.  Linda, please email your address and I will get it out to you this week!


I have been keeping busy, but nothing exciting like wonderful vacations like some of you.  Just the day to day things that take so much time.

DH’s car died on the way to turn it in for a new one, (literally the alarm  light went on and smoke started pouring out, I thought it was going to explode!) and we had to get towed.  That was an experience.  Needless to say we aren’t trading in just purchasing!  Sad smile

Another Gson made his First Communion last week, so I was busy doing the take home breads and goody bags and centerpieces.


In between my first cousin passed away so there was that, and Tues is the Memorial Mass and I will be doing Irish Soda breads for the guests for the luncheon that will follow.

Spring has finally arrived, so lots of chores for me outside.  I have to wait till the pollen invasion ends, so I can’t wash the house and set up the porch yet!  Actually, it has been chilly so I can’t plant the annuals yet for fear of a frost.


But June is coming, so I am looking forward to porch sitting!


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Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate all of you! I hope all of you are well and enjoying this beautiful time of the year!

Talk to you soon.  I found a bargain at CTS shop I want to show you, perfect for all the red white and blue coming up!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl!


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March the seventeenth

Is a very special date,

So glad that you could join me

And help me celebrate!

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Though I am not from the old sod,

Not Galway or County Cork,

I was born  here on Long “Ireland”

In the great state of New York!

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 I am proud to be American

But my roots are truly green,

I can hear my daddy sing to me

I’ll take you home, Kathleen!

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Let’s get into the spirit

Put your shamrocks on,

Find the pot of gold,

And catch a leprechaun!


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Thanks so much for coming

I appreciate you all,

For greening up and doing

The 8th St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl!!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  THIS YEAR’S TABLE~ A Cozy St. Patrick’s Dinner

I am running out of Irish things to post, but tried a new combination of things I had!

This year’s table is full of things I have had for years!


The Irish wool placemats and shamrock ceramic napkin holders were gifts from my sister years ago.


I used emerald green plates from Pfaltzgraf and faux Belleek from CTS.  Green glass bowls hold a ceramic shamrock for the names.

Table in memory of a fine Irish friend, Judy Finn Gibbons who passed away in Dec.  May she be celebrating with St. Patrick himself!

A lacy white napkin from Horchow wrapped in a shamrock napkin, a long ago gift from my neice.  Black flatware from the clearance at BBB.


Waterford stems and goblets by Anthropologie that I got at a .99 store!

Shamrock bread plates from Alma, The Tablescaper, as well as the green pitcher.




The centerpiece started with a dollar wire ring with oasis pressed in.  Place it on a large round platter.

Fill it with greens from the yard and mini carns from the super market.







If you’d like my recipe for Irish Soda Bread, just type it in in search bar on the sidebar.

Last night we had some Shamrock Ravioli from Costco and Shrimp that I just sauteed in some wine.




A simple Alfredo sauce is on the ravioli.  I don’t know the Gaelic equivalent of Alfredo!

Time for you to show your green!

Don’t forget to be a follower and leave a comment saying you want to be in on the drawing for the Yellow and white polka dot flatware.

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Please link only ONE new  post, no word id, and it has to be St. Patrick’s Day related! Include a link back to this party so your readers can see all the fine entries! ♣

Thanks for coming, and…


Don’t forget to visit and comment on as many entrants as you can!

I am joining Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday.  Thank you Susan and ML for hosting!

Be sure to find out who got the traveling topper this year.  It went from Marigene to me to Retta to Mary to Sarah to ????Where will it go next??  Smile

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl, March 16th at 7PM


Stop by tomorrow night for the Blog Crawl.  Whether an entrant or spectator, everyone is welcome!



Be sure to make some extra corned beef for your breakfast hash!


I rish you a good evening!  See you tomorrow night.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Looks like it is GREEN for GO!

No thanks to Microsoft, but thanks to a FB follower, Katy Kehle,  I was able to get back to a screen so I could reset my computer.  They told me there was nothing they could do, but she told me to hold down the control key while rebooting so I could get a menu! 
I would have really been disappointed to break the tradition of the St. Patrick’s Day blog crawl!  So many of you have been doing the blog crawl since it started.   Yes, I know we are a small group, quality not quantity, Smile!
Everyone is welcome, it has to be a new post, and of course, feature anything St. Patricky!
I’ve been busy baking, and I have a new recipe to try for Brown Irish Soda Bread.  It is from my dear bil, who is Irish born.  I hope to make it for the party!
I would love you to join in if you have something to share!
In the spirit of the sharing of the green, please stop by and enter to win this cheerful yellow polka dot flatware in a white pail from Pfaltzgraf.
18 Piece Yellow Flatware With Pail Caddy
There are 18 pieces and it is perfect for your Spring and Summer tables.
 I used it for a table awhile ago.

Dig out your greens, and come crawl with us!
See you on the 16th, around 7 PM, NY time!
Thanks for stopping by!


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