Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!


Isn't this picnic awesome!  It is titled Labor Day Picnic 1959.  For all of the Americans Happy Labor Day as we begin to say farewell to summer.  I love how our celebrations will always be associated with fantastic tables of food.  
Have a nice long weekend! 
Sherry 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Home Sweet Home #184

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home! This week I couldn't hold out any more I brought up fall in A Taste of Fall.

And, I had time to include one more book in my Austen in August reading challenge by sharing The Jane Austen Cookbook.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.  Here are a few that caught my eye from last week.

Suzan of Simply Vintageous caught me completely off guard by this An Ode...and a hutch makeover (to a Newborn Girl) that creatively came to her through this furniture makeover.  It was sweet, wonderful, and a post not to be missed!  

Nancy of Nancy's Daily Dish shares English Cottage Living Room- Before Partly After & Still a Work in Progress.  It looks fabulous to me! 

Living the Gourmet had me drooling with these Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies.

Purnima at A Creative Project created this beautiful table in honor of India's  (her home country) Independence Day in Indian Themed Table Decor for Summer.

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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Jane Austen Cookbook

The Jane Austen Cookbook
Before August is over, I have one more book to include in the Austen in August reading challenge!  I have found yet another book about Jane Austen that I really enjoyed.  The only thing I like to read more about than gardening is cooking.  So, right after I read In the Garden with Jane Austen; I went to my local library and found this book, The Jane Austen Cookbook.  It might not be for everyone, but if you like history, cooking, and Jane Austen you will like this cookbook.   It was first published in 1995 by The British Museum Press.  This book was the perfect accompaniment to the first book I read, In the Garden with Jane Austen, because the garden book made you familiar with the gardens and properties Jane visited and then the cookbook mentions them when it discusses her meals which were harvested from the kitchen gardens and the social visits she made to these properties. 

The Jane Austen Cookbook
The heart of the cook book is based around Martha Lloyd's 'Household Book.'  Martha was a dear friend that lived with the Austen family for many years and recorded the recipes.  The actual book recorded by Martha is now on display at Jane Austen's house in Chawton.  A selection of the original recipes have been tested and modernized for today's cooks and are included in this cookbook.  The introduction describes Jane's interest in food, based on her novels and letters, and explains the social conventions of shopping, eating and entertaining in the late Georgian and Regency England.  Some of the recipes included that surprised me were: Macaroni (not quite like we make it now), several curry recipes (the British love their curries but I didn't realize how long that has been going on), onion soup (which we now only call French Onion soup (but it was served in Regency England), and Spruce Beer (of which in much searching the authors of the cookbook cannot trace the origin of the essence of spruce, so they had no equivalent to convert the recipe for).  All in all it was a fascinating read for us history buffs and gives you much insight into the Regency Era.

Petit Point by Royal Albert
I had to squeeze in a picture of a sweet little Royal Albert teacup I won in a giveaway at Rose Chintz Cottage.  The pattern is Petit Point and it works beautifully with this post because every wonderful accomplished Regency Era lady could work her way around a needlepoint as well as a piano and a dance floor!  Thanks for having fun with me on the Austen in August challenge.  
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
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
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
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
Project Inspire at Cupcakes and Crinoline
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Weekends are Fun Party at Oh My Heartsie Girl
Time Travel Tuesdays at Brambleberry Cottage
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Table It! at Rustic & Refined
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Taste for Fall

Are you ready for fall yet?  I saw the first red maple leaf on the ground by the house the other day and I got a little giddy.  I have been perusing the stores weekly for the first hint of fall.  I often am the person that gets in the middle of the aisle while the stores clerks are putting fall up and I am sure they are wishing I would leave.  My pursuit has been successful, I found some fall potholders and I thought there wasn't a better time to replace my old ones than right now.  I have had the same potholders for over 20 years.  With all the baking I have been doing it was high time to replace them with these cute little potholders.  I found these at the Dollar Store for $1 a piece.  You just can't beat that.

Like my mug?  I found this at TJ Maxx.   There is no marking on it.  Today I am having hot black tea.  I don't usually drink anything in my tea or coffee.  I drink it straight and black.  

The apple topped cinnamon roll is just out of a can.  I made this for my oldest college boy for breakfast. He was most appreciative.  I was in a hurry, making this out of a can.  I really like food from scratch, but some days it just isn't practical.   With school back in session we are back on a school schedule and getting all the busyness that goes with it.
Are you looking forward to fall?
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
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
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
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
Project Inspire at Cupcakes and Crinoline
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Weekends are Fun Party at Oh My Heartsie Girl
Time Travel Tuesdays at Brambleberry Cottage

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Home Sweet Home #183

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I was In the Garden with Jane Austen discussing this book for the reading event Austen in August.

I featured this little elephant teapot in A Little Something Wild...

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.  Here are a few that caught my eye from last week.

Laurel at The North End Loft had a beautiful Master Bathroom Reveal.

Custom Comforts daughter refinished a piece of furniture that might be one of my favorite pieces of painted furniture ever in A Chip Off the Old Block.

Faye at Wild Rose Vintage had a fantastic vintage display in her post An Old Box Spring Transformed and New Treasures.

And, every now and then I see a post that truly reminds me of the meaning of Home Sweet Home...it is wherever those you love are.  I saw that in this very touching post by Laurie at Heaven's Walk entitled The Healing Beach.

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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Link up anything in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, 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 homes, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Little Something Wild...

My little something wild today is my cute little elephant on my teapot.

This isn't my normal purchase but, this little elephant was up for some adventure and I can see him frolicking on an outdoor picnic adventure with my nieces.  The teapot is marked Dutch Wax by Coastline Imports.  

In my cup today is straight black hand ground coffee.  Did you see the news about coffee out last week?  Coffee isn't really coffee anymore.   They have been adding fillers.  I bought a grinder and some whole bean coffee this week and you can really tell the difference.

The treat today is some wild lemon poppy seed tea cakes made in a sunflower mold.  I was in a hurry so I made them with a lemon poppy seed mix.

I love the cup I have here today for coffee it reminds me of a cafe au lait bowl.  The cups are by American Ateleir and the pattern is Athena.


Thank you to Wholeport.com for the sunflower cake/muffin molds.  I can't give you a link to them for the company doesn't show up anymore.  I a not sure what happened to them.

Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Wake Up Wednesday at Oh! My Heartsie Girl
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

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