Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Wearin' o' the Green

I decided to begin Spring cleaning. What a process! It is hard to see all the dust and clutter in the coziness of winter. But let us have one glorious, sunshiny afternoon and the jig's up. I kinda like that anvil in the face (Wile E. Coyote style) when I look at my exhausted butter cream Christmas tree and rescue him for a well-deserved rest after a full SIX MONTHS of service... What was I thinking to leave it out so long??????

My dear, bedraggled little tree limped to the "plunder room," as I affectionately call my dad's bedroom. I heard that old butter cream mumbling weakly something about wasn't he going to be an Easter tree (as well as Halloween, Autumn, Christmas and Valentine).... ?   .... but I just said no!

This year my kitchen has become an Irish haven. Most people find it hard to believe I don't own any green dishes... yet. I am good with that. I do want to find my lovely, green Depression plates in the Adam pattern, though. Kind of afraid they are at my son's house...  (translation: not this year).

I looked back through this blog and discovered how little the scope of my posts has become in comparison to the past. I didn't really seem to realize when my life became narrow, but I recognized it as I flipped back a few short years ago.  I watch a lot of YouTube videos with limited scope so I guess that just translated that it was okay to just go on this way, but I am promising myself to stretch out a bit this year and do more exploring and day trips and excursions. You know that means I will be taking you with me when I do...

My life and my blog reflect the fact I last left this cozy house on December 22. I won't call my existence stagnant because I have had far too much fun, and I do keep stirring the pot by changing things up for the seasons, using different sets of china, altering my menus and rearranging furniture. But how does it happen that I find myself still sitting here as I did the last year I took care of my mom? Then I could not leave, but now???  I online shop till I drop, but the last time I was in a grocery store was December 15, 2015. And not that it matters to anyone, but the last time I was in Wal-Mart was November or early December of 2013. (Yet their doors have remarkably stayed open.)

Tonight I am listening to my very favorite "music," gentle rain pouring on our roof. Mid-Missouri has been in the midst of the dryest winter, but creeks, farmlands and nature are at last getting a chilly drink. 44 degrees and rain, according to Alexa. That's about how I like my root beer!

Since it's only 28 days until spring, I will leave you with my very favorite Carrot Cake recipe. I posted it a few years ago, so here is the link and a picture of that cake. Moist and just about perfect for a crowd, this cake goes through a lot of ingredients, but it is worth it. The original was posted online as Grampa Sam's Carrot Cake. I would love a piece of it with hot Irish Breakfast tea at dawn tomorrow. But... not yet.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

12 Years!

Indeed a dozen years ago I decided to sit at my computer in another home, another life really, and begin a blog. At the time I read two blogs: My Romantic Home and my very first ever, Brocante Home.

Now I read so many and I count you and the ones who read this blog as friends... My life has changed, to say the least. Many of you have made radical changes, as well...  I want to hug you all and say thank you for the inspiration and the motivation!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Friday, February 16, 2018

French Toast Friday

I usually fix the same breakfast every day for my son, but on Fridays we declared from the first week he was here: FRENCH TOAST FRIDAY. Now to be honest, this is NOT a picture of our breakfast. It is just too early for me to style our fare.... or take its picture! Today I used 45 calorie bread, and it was fabulous! Some weeks we have made it with Texas toast, too...  My recipe is too easy...  One egg and about 1 T. creamer...  whipped together. I usually fix it in a pan sprayed with olive oil that I've reheated precooked breakfast sausages in...  Always pure maple syrup from a farm in Vermont...that I get on Amazon.

If there's an Indiana farm available, I order from them because I know that would be Mom's choice. Her uncle had  maple sugar grove in Centerpoint, Indiana. Mom always had a lot of stories to tell... and she brought our beautiful sugar maple in the front yard from her uncle's farm. The tree made the trip to Missouri in a coffee can. It is a show-off in fall.

I hope your morning is going well...  It really isn't too late to save it with some French toast!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Sweetest Thing

Morning breaks in a personal Valentine, and our house is filled with the delicious aroma of chocolate chip cookies. I am sending a big, heart-shaped bowl of cookies with my son for his co-workers to enjoy. His breakfast eggs were served in a little, heart ceramic bowl. Seasonal living really helps me as I continue the traditions my mother planted in my heart. As destiny has it, my life is not shared with a husband or local beau, so Valentine's Day is much more of a Sweetest Day. But I love it...  I can shut my eyes and taste the sugar cookies iced in pink with cinnamon red-hots studding each heart. My grandmother made these every year, and I carefully nibbled right up to the red-hot to save it for that last bite-supreme. I am looking forward to a movie and possibly some barbecue when my son gets off work.

Last night some dear friends came to have a little supper. My friends brought delicious bread sticks, crisp salads, chicken wings and crab ran-goon!!! Lots of laughter, treats for the soul.

I created a little Valentine stack with chocolate and pink or red on red choices. Each little section has a tiny treat inside. 

My sister/cousin came down super early for coffee on Tuesday,  bringing pretty valentines, cheerful tulips, and a darling red-work wall hanging. I dearly love a gift that is hand made.

A dear friend also visited Monday night and brought such treats for my laundry room. She brought wonderful scented sachets for the dryer, lavendar detergent and hand soap. Stay tuned for a post about country laundry.

Shh! Callie the Valentine cat dreams of a field full of catnip. She is getting a fire-red cardinal toy that chirps when she hits it!!!

I changed out the china in this cabinet. Dessert Rose Franciscan china from my grandmother, compotes in lead crystal from my great-grandmother. Covered tureens from Mama  and tiny pip berries and an angel from my collections.

A few years ago my Sweetie sent this cute Snowcatcher  music box. I love to hear it this time of year. We are warming up, but still Missouri needs rain or snow. It is really dry. 


Well, enjoy the day! Let me know in the comments how you spend the Sweetest Day.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Whimsy and Hugs!

Taking a break! I will be back Valentine's Day or a bit before!