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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl~

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Now Bloggers dear, I’m sure you’ve heard
St. Patrick’s Day is near
So welcome to this Irish Crawl
It’s in its 7th year!
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Lots of GREEN will flood your screen
Please get up and do a jig
Be you Italian, French, or German
Or as IRISH as Paddy’s Pig!
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From Kansas to Ohio
And Kerry to County Cork
We’ll celebrate dear Ireland
Starting here, Long IRELAND, New York!
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Please have some Irish Chips
They’re GREEN but not too fancy
You know they’ll be delicious
Because they’re made by Clancy!
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Please warm up at the table,
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Relax and take a seat
We’ll sing some Irish songs
They’ll make you tap your feet!
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A table in your honor
So glad to have you here
Crawl on, crawl on to other blogs
Leave comments of good cheer!
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Table notes:
Debut of my Cabbage plates…Christmas Tree Shops
Quilted reversible light green patterned placemats…CTS
Green flatware…World Market
Green Stems… Gorham via Lenox Outlet
Shamrock mugs, pitcher and salad plates and shamrock shaped bowls… CTS
Toadstool name markers…WSonoma Outlet
Centerpiece…Hurricane globe with candle surrounded by hydrangea and fresh Baby’s Breath
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Salt and Pepper…Pfaltzgraff … Napkins Century 21…Napkin rings a gift from my sister many years ago!
Now to link up, PLEASE
Leave a comment
Link back to this party so your readers get to see the other entries
Only one link, must be Irish related and not an old post.  ONLY LINK IF YOU DISABLED WORD ID
Blog name first, there’s room for the title
PLEASE DON’T LINK UP UNLESS YOU HAVE TIME TO VISIT AT LEAST 5 OTHER ENTRIES. 
It is so important to me that you visit as many as you can.  We won’t have 100’s of entries.
Some of you have been here for all 7 St. Patrick Day Blog crawls.  Thank you for your support, and welcome to new participants! 
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A minty chocolate shamrock, to send you on your crawl!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ALL!
I will join  Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Going Green~ Tomorrow ‘s ♣ Blog Crawl and a Question

Hello, Ladies, just reminding you about the party tomorrow!  Hope you are going to crawl with us! Only new posts, no repeats, please!

 

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HOP to it, I’ll be waiting!

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So, my question is…

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Does anyone know where I can get this EXACT ribbon holder? I have been searching with out luck.

See you tomorrow, stop by for some fun!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Are You Thinking Green? 7th Annual ♣ Day Blog Crawl Mar. 11

 

Although many of us are inundated with WHITE, I hope you are thinking GREEN for next week!

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It can be a table, a recipe, a tea setting, just be sure it portrays an Irish theme.

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I’ll be waiting for you, I’ll have the Shepherd’s Pie Ready!

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Thanks for stopping by, get ready to party!  March 11th!

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