Sunday, August 31, 2008
The recipe is one of Martha's and if you click here you can make some too!!
I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. We aren't doing much around here just catching up with housework and errands and most important relaxing.
I called my friend who lives outside of New Orleans but all I got was her voice mail. I called her at home and on her cell so hopefully when she has time she will call me. She stayed home during Katrina and her house is NOT anywhere near repaired yet. She spent time with her daughter because she lives on higher ground. I hope they don't stay for Gustav.
I'm going to go to Joanne's Fabrics and browse. I'm going to make some napkins and I need linen. Have a great Sunday!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
My friend Jan whom I have talked about numerous times has just opened a website to sell her jewelry made from broken china. I've seen most of it and it is breathtaking. I own a few pieces and I get lots of complements when I wear them. I hope you pay her a visit soon. And tell her I sent you. She is such a delight and always smiling and laughing. I look forward to seeing her next weekend. To visit her shop click here.
These are just a few pictures of her beautiful jewelry. There are lots more on her website. I hope you enjoy.
Also there is a new kid on the block so we need to make her feel welcome. I know how wonderful it is when you are just starting out to receive a comment. Of course that never changes does it.
Sara's new blog is called Sara's Sweet Surprises!! Isn't that a lovely name? I hope you jump over and say hello!!
OK everyone, I'm off to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies so please stop over later and we'll have tea. And cookies. But don't be late or I might eat them all.
Hugs to everyone!!
Friday, August 29, 2008
My wonderful friend Melissa has given me this award. She is so sweet and I just love visiting her blog.
She mentioned how many new friends she has made blogging and I agree. I love my new friends and look forward to their posts. We laugh together and cry together and wish each other the best of everything. It is hard to decide who to pass the award to so if anyone wants to share in the Friendship Award, please do. But I would like to name a couple who are very special to me.
Debbie at Debbie's English Treasures
Cheryl at CherDecor
Barb at French Elements
Amy at Four Sisters In A Cottage
Crystal at Fairiebees
I hope you all had a wonderful week.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Hey Debbie this is for you!! I hope you enjoy it. The crisp is nice and warm with the cold ice cream. Yummy!!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The melons are coming in from Rocky Ford and they are very good this year. I cut the watermelon and cantaloupe and put in containers. I've been taking a container with me to work every day. This is such a great time of year for produce. It all makes me happy!!!
I froze some more corn and this is how I do it....just cut the corn off the cobs, put it in the freezer bags and pour out as I need it. Easy easy easy and so fresh tasting in the winter.
Now for the tomatoes. I always buy them from Jose that lives in Brighton. He has the best veggies and usually picks them the night before. Out of the box I had one that was bruised. I thought that was pretty good.
As you can see I had lots and lots of help!! We had a really good time too.
Whoops what happened to all the tomatoes?
Tomatoes ready for the freezer. All I do is wash, core and put in the bags. Lydia freezes tomatoes too and when I commented on her blog that I froze them also she was amazed. She said she didn't think anyone did except her family. Maybe that is why when I say I freeze tomatoes I get these blank stares or looks of astonishment...and comments like You freeze them?? Well it is easier than canning although I do that sometimes. I also throw some in the processor and put that in bags to use in place of tomato sauce. See the big cup of diced tomatoes? Well keep reading to see what I do with them.
If I make a big batch I put some in the freezer after I blend it and before adding the butter and cream.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Before I take you on our little excursion that we had yesterday I want to thank The Linen Cupboard for posting my question. In case you haven't visited she is fantastic with all kinds of helpful hints and ways to do things around the house. In one of her posts she asked if anyone had anything they needed help with so I mentioned papers that pile up around the house. She did a lovely and very helpful post just for me!! It was a big help and I realized I'm not as unorganized as I thought I was. With a few simple changes and additions to my filing and sorting system it will be better. I went tonight after work and got some additional storage containers to help with the process. I'm anxious to get started but first our little drive. I hope you enjoy it. We had a fun time.
My daughter took the pictures because I was driving. It was sunny and rainy and you can see that in the pictures. I loved the clouds, they looked like big marshmallows in the sky.
This is South Park. It is really amazing because before you get here you are driving through mountain passes on narrow roads and really can't see to much except of course mountains, trees, rocks and streams which are beautiful. After climbing Kenosha Pass everything opens up and there is this vast range.
We ended up in Fairplay and drove around and found this cute little church so we stopped and took a picture. After we left and started home it started raining really hard until we got back over Kenosha Pass. You can see how dark the clouds are in this picture.
It's not a cow, but a rock painted to look like one. It is a landmark and when I was in high school, my friends and I used to love driving up and looking for the "Rock Cow". Yes it amazes me that I can remember that far back too!!! Isn't he cute?
The Coney Island was in Conifer for years and years but a couple of years ago they sold and the new owners moved it. There was a reason for the move but I can't remember why. Anyway it is now in Bailey and painted and spruced up. They have a porch and seating in the back patio. It used to be just a walk up window hot dog stand so it has really gotten to be an uptown place now. They have the best hot dogs around. We saw a garage sale sign but we were going too fast to stop so we decided it would be fun to go to some sales. We saw an estate sale, but we were too late. A couple of shops in Fairplay were closed so we didn't get to explore any fun places.
I hope you enjoyed our drive and I'm glad you came along.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thank you Debbie and Alan you are the best.
Hugs to you both.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
If you look real close you can see my two little birds on their perch in the background. They look so cute and happy sitting there. And they make me happy too!!!
These beautiful tags were included in my package. They have so much detail and I love them. Thank you so much Sara.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I like my dome because it has other uses other than a patisserie cover.
Turn it upside down and it can be used for a crudite and dip tray. Just put the dip in the middle and it looks pretty fancy with all the veggies surrounding it.
And if you put the top on upside down, it becomes a punch bowl. I've never used it this way but it would be fun to entertain and put sangria in it.
And my leftover brownies look so pretty.
Have a lovely evening. Hope things are cooling off for everyone. We are enjoying the 80 degree weather this week. I think the hottest weather is behind us now. I hope all my Florida friends are keeping safe and dry.
I received a lovely package today and will be posting about it tomorrow!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I'm not posting the pot roast recipe because it is pretty simple and I think everyone has one or two favorites. I do cook it all afternoon on a very very low simmer. I season the roast and brown it. Then add onions and garlic around and under it, throw in a few thyme stems and when it's about done, put in carrots and potatoes. I make gravy from the drippings. Since the onions have cooked all afternoon I leave those in the pot when I make the gravy. I use a Staub Cocette. Can you see the little bumps in the lid? It makes the juices drip down on the roast better or so they say and I believe them.
I love my Staub. I also have LeCreuset dutch ovens in a couple of sizes and they are wonderful too!!
And now for this wonderful Peach Crumble Pie. I found it here and followed her recipe. Carolyn has a wonderful site so I hope you will pay her a visit.
It is very easy and so good I hope you try it. I cheated by using a ready made crust but I think Carolyn did too!!! OK now for the forbidden brownies. They are sinfully good and the best brownie I have ever made.
Friday, August 15, 2008
The recipe was one of Paula Deens but there are lots of versions of the Better Than Sex cake around on All Recipes and other sites. She also has a chocolate version in one of her cookbooks. I'm not a real Paula fan but some of her recipes are ok if you can get past all the butter!!!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I love the dancing lady. She must be having fun cooking!!
The pockets of these two are so unusual I couldn't resist.
The back three are not a set but they could go together. The tallest is a salt shaker, I'd sure love to have the pepper shaker. Wonder where it went. I also bought a new teacup but put it away before I took a picture. I need to put all my teacups out and show you my teacup collection someday. I love drinking my tea from a pretty cup. It makes it seem kind of special. The plate was an unusual shape. It would be easy to hang. I hope you like my latest finds. I was planning on going to Longmont this weekend to an antique show but I think it's not going to happen so I'm disappointed.