May 29, 2008
May 28, 2008
This precious picture is Mom and Dad on their wedding day. Didn't she look beautiful in her lovely satin gown? The dress still rests in tissue paper along with Mother's veil and satin shoes. I am one of three sisters and I have one daughter. Before each of us married mother brought out her precious wedding gown and carefully unwrapped it from it's protective layers. She helped each prospective bride into her gown and buttoned the million satin covered buttons up the back - as far as they would close! As it turns out not one of us could fit into her 20 inch waist! Mother enjoyed that immensely! Both Mom and Dad still remember every detail of their day, right down to the the little tear in the waist of Mothers dress. As they ran from the church among fluttering rice Daddy stepped on the hem. The moment was caught and rests in their wedding photo album, both of them looking at each other, laughing and not caring about anything but their love for one another. I have never known a man to love a woman more than my father loves my mother. And, oh, look at that sweet little cake! The bride and groom atop it in the photograph is in a box in their home today. The reception was held in my grandparents home. I've posted before about my memories of the elegant home with gorgeous furniture, linens, and crystal. I don't know if you can see it clearly enough in the picture or not, but just above the wedding cake and to my mom's right there is mirror hanging over a dining buffet table. That mirror now hangs in my parents home over their dining buffet.
Here Mom and Dad are with my grandchildren, December 2007.
Dad, a nature lover, sitting by one of his beloved mountain streams. I cherish my father for the gentle and kind man of God he is.
Mom and Dad, March 2008. We had such a lovely day with them, walking along some of the beautiful pathways in the Smoky Mountains.
I think I shall close my post now and schedule its delivery before I melt into a heap of tears just thinking about the fairy tale my parents are!
May 23, 2008
I love this piece and I wish the picture had turned out better. It is actually three separate copies of works by Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Both the frame and prints ate vintage and I purchase it just as you see it in Milford Michigan's Fall Festival.
This print came from Las Angeles California. My nephew's fiance is a well known mosaic artist, Tiffany Miller. This is a print of one of her mosaics. Tiffany many originals to the beautiful and famous of Hollywood!
That's about all I have time for tonight...I need to save time to look at all of your treasures! Happy weekend everyone!
May 21, 2008
I absolutely LOVE cookies! If they sit within my reach, they haunt me, they call my name! I thought you all might like a few of my favorite cookie recipes to add to your summer collection. My mother has made the first recipe for years when the family gets together and there is usually a fight over who gets the last one! The second is a cookie I made for my children when they were small. They are neat for them to eat, but keep in mind they have nuts in them. The third recipe is simply divine. If you are a chocolate lover, and who isn't, you will love these! They are not so neat to eat, but frankly, I don't care. If I see those babies, I'm goin' in! I hope you enjoy my recipes. It's almost the weekend...cookies anyone?
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut better
6 cups Rice Krispies
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 ounces butterscotch morsels
Cook sugar and syrup until bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter; mix until smooth, being careful since this mixture is very hot. Stir in Rice Krispies. Pat into buttered 9x13 inch pan. In glass measuring cup, melt together the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Pour over cereal mixture. Cool and cut into bars.
6 ounces butterscotch morsels
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
2 2/3 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butterscotch morsels and butter over hot water or in microwave at medium. Remove from heat and beat in sugar, eggs, baking soda, salt, flour, and vanilla. Mix well. Shape dough in 2 logs. Wrap with waxed paper and chill several hours. Thinly slice the dough and bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 375 degrees for about 6-8 minutes, or until brown.
Fudge Oat Bars
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 sticks butter
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups quick oats, uncooked
2 cups flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream brown sugar and butter until fluffy; add salt, eggs, vanilla, baking soda; then add oats and flour. Mix well. Press 2/3 dough into greased 9x13 inch baking pan, reserving 1/3 dough for topping.
12 ounces chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
Combine ingredients for filling in microwave or saucepan and heat on low temperature until chocolate chips are melted. Pour the filling over the unbaked crust, spreading evenly.
Drop the reserved dough by teaspoons full all over filling. Press down gently. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars. Yummy!
May 20, 2008
Outside My Window...total silence - it is a cool, clear, starlit night.
I am thinking...about the trip we are planning for my parents 60th wedding anniversary. Any suggestions from anyone for some ways to make this big anniversary and trip special?
I am thankful for...my faithful husband. Once again he sat next to me in a hard hospital chair for the entire day today during my 8 hour infusion. A good man, he is!
From the kitchen...I hear the dishwasher running...did I mention I have a good man?
I am wearing...my comfy, soft, blue and white nightie.
I am creating...a hand painted rocking chair for my youngest granddaughter's first birthday.
I am going...to see the new Indiana Jones movie this weekend.
I am reading...a Bible study on Mark and James, the last of a series to end in June.
I am hoping...the warm weather will return tomorrow. I NEED sunshine!!
I am hearing...political projections from Anderson Cooper - is anyone else already anxious for this election to be over with??
Around the house...are little stacks and remnants of our sons belongings, waiting for him to carry them to his own new home. Each time I pass his funny T shirts folded in stacks waiting for him, I feel that familiar twinge...my boy is no longer a boy!!
One of my favorite things...white cake!
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: I plan to take a day to recover from my infusion, something I have not been doing lately. Then I plan to finish planting flowers and arrange the deck. After the long, brutal winter I can hardly wait to sit on my swing and enjoy my gardens!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...no explanation necessary!
May 19, 2008
This is a one cup size tea pot, sitting on it's own little matching tea cup. My daughter gave it to me for Mother's Day one year. Love it!
My daughter brought this pot home from a trip she took to England and Wales when she was about 17. It is Royal Albert Moss Rose. It is just lovely - I suppose I should give it back to her now that she is a grown woman with a home of her own!
This pot is a Continental Kilns pot, Green Arbor pattern. My parents gave it to me for my 30th birthday, along with a matching cream and sugar. I wrote the story about how they purchased it for me in another post, "A Blessed Woman". I cherish this set.
May 18, 2008
I almost had a heart attack Friday night. Now, I don't mean to take the seriousness of a heart attack lightly - my husband had one when he was in his 50's and I was in my 40's. I know it's a big deal. Trust me, you will ALL agree that I am not overstating the situation!
I am a major water drinker - yes, CeeKay, I know you are laughing right now. What can I say, I am a water addict! I am never, ever without a bottle of water. Other than iced tea, it's my signature drink! The lack of excitement in this statement is sad, I know. But anyhoo...
I had killed a spider earlier in the day in the hallway. I wasn't thrilled about it being there or even the killing of it. I don't care for spiders one bit but I guess I really am a bleeding heart as my son likes to call me. I prefer to carry spiders, ants, etc. outside on a piece of paper (I know, lots of you are laughing along with my son and husband). But this spider was particularly hideous and even I could not be merciful. He went to spider Heaven via a swirling water bath. Later in the day I spotted another equally hideous spider crawling on the wall above the computer as I was reading Show & Tell postings. I'm sorry, but he joined his friend in the eternal beyond. I finished up with my blogging and decided I better go to bed, even though it was still early - 2:30 am - I'm not exactly known for healthy sleep habits. Oh dear, I remembered that I had forgotten my water bottle in the kitchen, so of course I had to get it before I could possibly go to sleep. Like the water addict I am, I must drink from a water bottle the minute my hand touches it. So I toasted myself for turning in early and raised that bottle to within a half inch of my lips and A HUGE SPIDER CRAWLED OUT OF THE BOTTLE!!! (Sorry about the all caps - it's still a silent scream!) Ladies, my thankful thought of the day is that the spider did not crawl onto my face or, cringe, INTO MY MOUTH (still screaming) or I would be in a hospital or a cemetery today! My first instinct as I saw the horrible, hairy creature with it's 4 inch eyes crawling at me, was to throw the bottle to the floor, which I did. Now, I don't drink from a small bottle. How far can a quart of water spread on a floor when thrown at greased lightening speed, you say? Pretty far. The fact that my husband slept through this uproar is proof that he needs no sleeping assistance. I, on the other hand, will need multiple aides indefinitely in order to ever sleep again. So, CeeKay, it's never too late to call me, even though you live in a time zone three hours earlier than I do. I've been up since Friday.
May 15, 2008
The furniture arrived Tuesday - could you die? I'm in love...
The nearly finished product, with the addition of a white down comforter and one of the shams. Still have no dust ruffle, nothing on the window, nothing on the walls. I hope that will be next Friday's Show & Tell post!