Thursday, May 28, 2015

Home Sweet Home #222

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week we picked a lot of strawberries in Strawberry Luv

I also baked up this Berry Flag Cookie for Memorial Day and I shared how I did that.

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are very talented!  You all had a lot of great post!  Here are a few that caught my eye.

Laura at Decore to Adore created these Anthropologie Inspired Applique Curtains that were fantastic! 

Joy at A Vintage Green shared a gorgeous garden in Just Visiting a Friend.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes shared Mega-Mansion Tour: Outdoor Spaces and Relaxing Retreats (Part 6).  Beautiful looks to steal for your patio here! 

LuAnn at Lovely Livings shared Creating Simply Lovely Pillows.  Love the chandy image and the bling on this project! 

I have on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Berry Flag Cookie

Berry Cookie Flag:The Charm of Home
I made this flag cookie for Memorial Day weekend.  I found the directions at Walmart's website.  It was in their circular ad for this past weekend.  It didn't bake up just like the directions so, I will talk you through it if you want to reproduce it.

Ingredients:
  • 1 (16.5 oz.) package Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
  • About 10 medium strawberries, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions:

Heat oven to 375°F.

Spray a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray or use parchment paper lining pan to bake cookie on.

Take roll of sugar cookie dough cold (out of fridge) and mold into a large disc shape. Then roll it out onto a floured surface to make a round "cookie" about 12 inches across.  Bake 15-20 minutes and let cool completely.

When the cookie is baked, let cool 20 minutes.  It will have spread out from the original shape you inserted into the oven. Trim the cookie into the round shape that fits your serving platter.  Discard excess cookie or feed to hungry children (always have some of those at my house).

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended; if needed, I added about 1-2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream to get the cream cheese to a nice frosting consistency.  Then spread onto crust.

Take the heavy whipping cream and beat with a hand held mixer.  When it gets almost stiff add the 3 tablespoons of sugar and beat until stiff.  Place the whip cream into a pastry bag with large tip that is desired and pipe the whipping cream between the rows of berries.  You  will have 6 rows of berries and 6 rows of whipping cream stripes.

Arrange fruit into stars and stripes pattern referring to the recipe photo for help. First, arrange blueberries in a wedge shape in the upper left corner. (Try to have the right edge of the wedge slightly left of center.) Cut the strawberries into quarters.  Next, arrange 6 rows of strawberries horizontally. Start with the top and bottom rows at the edge of the cookie and evenly distribute the other 6 rows in between. ( I simply added the strawberries and then piped the whip cream all the way down the cookie, spacing it as I went.) When placing the strawberries put the wedged edge of the quartered strawberry into the cream cheese.

note* I also added 13 whip cream stars on the blueberry section.  I always loved the Colonial period in history.  I am a geek like that!

Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

Recipe adapted from: Walmart.com
serves: 24

Enjoy!


Sherry

I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design  and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen   

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Strawberry Luv

We have a lot of strawberries in our yard and they have been producing buckets of berries.  My youngest son loves to go out and pick them each day.


He was so excited to find a berry that was a perfect heart this week.  He had me take a picture of it.  We do love our strawberries and they are loving us back!
The teacup is by Grace Teaware.  
Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
Share your Style Thursday at Common Ground
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Tuesday Garden Party at Simplify, Live, Love

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Home Sweet Home #221

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week with tea I reviewed one of the most gorgeous gardening books I have ever laid eyes on in Dreaming of The Irish Garden

Then I shared my favorite summer salad in Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with a Poppyseed Vinaigrette.

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are very talented!  You all had a lot of great post!  Here are a few that caught my eye.


Brooke at Creative Country Mom shared Irises Blooming At the Fire Pit Rock Garden.


Ana at Cozy Tea Cottage shared Pretty in Pink Tea.  You knew that got my attention, I love tea! 

Angie at My Hip Design shared Saves lachfalte which was these beautiful wildflowers she potted in this even prettier flower pot.

Monika at HMC shared this gorgeous homemade Mother's Day card in For Mother's Day.


I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!

My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)

Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

 *If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Avocado Strawberry and Spinach Salad with a Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Avocado Strawberry and Spinach Salad
This is one of my favorite go to salads for summer.  It is perfect right now because the strawberries and spinach are in season.  I gave it the 'spa treatment' and added some organic edible flowers from my garden.  Hey, if you can make it pretty why not?  

Salad Ingredients:
6 cups of fresh baby spinach
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 avocado, diced
1 tablespoon orange zest 
poppyseed dressing

Poppyseed Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2  tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon poppyseeds
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together for the salad with desired amount of dressing and serve immediately.
For dressing: Whisk all ingredients together until combined.
You can add anything to this salad you enjoy, like nuts, cheese, etc.  
Recipe adapted from: Gimme Some Oven

Enjoy!

Sherry

I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dreaming of The Irish Garden

Today for tea I am dreaming of The Irish Garden in a book review offered to me by the Quarto Publishing Group USA.  

I am fond of this book.  It might be one of the most beautiful gardening books I have ever come across.  Written by Jane Powers with photographs by Jonathan Hession, the book takes you away to the "Emerald Isle" to discover around 60 of the most romantic gardens in the world.  The secret to the large variety of gardens lies in the tail of the Gulf Stream-the North Atlantic Drift.  The Gulf Stream's warm and watery effect creates Ireland's climate.  The climate can allow trees from Australia and bananas from Japan to thrive here. Plants from colder regions, such as alpine regions, are also at home in Ireland.  Some of the types of gardens pictured in this book were formal, cottage, kitchen, naturalized wildflowers, statuary, woodland, architectural, cutting borders, walled gardens, terraced gardens, land form gardens, Italian gardens, and water gardens.  Here was just a sample of some of the gardens I enjoyed.

This is exactly what I picture in my mind when I think of an Irish landscape; this bridge over a little stream in a woodland setting so green and lush.

But did you know they also have Japanese gardens?  Here is the symbolic Bridge of Life leading to the Garden of Peace and Contentment.  Many of the Asian plants thrive in Ireland.

Here is another woodland stream that is just perfection.

A series of low weirs manipulates the flow of water into a succession of little falls in the River Vartry at Mount Usher in county Wicklow.  This book is large 10 inches by 12 inches and 400 pages.  It is the perfect coffee table book and full of gorgeous color photography.  I really can't say I have ever seen a more gorgeous gardening book.  I highly recommend it for your favorite garden lover.  I really enjoyed it and plan to keep it out in my living room so I can disappear into some Irish garden while I am armchair traveling.

The teacup today is made by Gracie China the pattern is Stechcol.

Get yourself a copy of The Irish Garden and have a cup of tea. It is the most gorgeous book to sit and savor tea over! 

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group USA for providing me with this book for review.  The review and opinions were entirely my own.

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
Share your Style Thursday at Common Ground
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Tuesday Garden Party at Simplify, Live, Love

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