Thursday, April 16, 2015

Home Sweet Home #216

I was armchair gardening with my tea this week in Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds.

I was baking again on request in Cherry Apple Pie.

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

Carolyn at Aiken House & Gardens shared a wonderful tour of her Garden Arbors in glorious full bloom.  It is always a treat to visit Carolyn who lives on PEI, Canada.

Melissa at Dancing Dog Cabin shared a Fireplace Reveal that was gorgeous!!

Michael Lee of Rattlebridge Farm shared An Easy Does It Easter: Last Minute Ideas for the Busy Cook.  These were so many awesome and easy ideas you should really save this post to refer back to for a knock out Easter table!

Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is shared At the Table: Katie Alice Scarlet Posey.  This is a new set of dishes designed by a English lifestyle designer based on vintage linens.  I am seriously looking to order these! Love them!!

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, April 15, 2015

Cherry Apple Pie

This picture would never make it into a magazine.  The pie crust was so crumbly it fell apart when I cut the slice and lifted to my plate.  But, it was soo good!  I have never made a cherry apple pie before and after I made it I wondered, why not?  Cherries and apples are great together.  I used the frozen dark sweet cherries from Schwan's.  Those were compliments of my Mother.  I believe she was hinting I make a pie.;)

Cherry Apple Pie
Ingredients:
2 cups fresh or frozen dark sweet pitted cherries
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples
2 tablespoons butter
Ready made pie crust (I always use Pillsbury)
Top with:
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
pinch ground cinnamon

If using frozen cherries, let stand 30 minutes until partially thawed.  Combine in medium bowl sugar, all-purpose flour, , cinnamon, and nutmeg.  In a large bowl combine cherries, apples, and add the sugar mixture.  Toss to coat and transfer to a pastry-lined 9 inch pie plate.  Dot with butter.  Add the top crust.  Seal ad flute the edge and cut slits in top crust.  Brush top with milk and combine the 1/2 teaspoon sugar and the pinch of cinnamon and sprinkle over crust.  Sprinkle the top crust with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Cover the edges with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 20-25 minutes more or until golden brown and bubbly.   Cool before serving.
Serves: 8
Recipe adapted from: Recipe.com 
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, April 14, 2015

Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds

Today I am armchair gardening again with the Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds, written by Victoria Summerley and the photography is by Hugo Rittson-Thomas.  When I think of the most idyllic scenery in England the first thing that comes to mind is the rolling meadows and cottage gardens of the Cotswolds.

This magical region of England has long been know for its gorgeous gardens.  This book did not disappoint with a private tour through 20 estates in the Cotswold region sure to delight the gardener in anyone.  

Here is a peak at my favorite gardens in the book.  This is The Rill Garden at Eastleach House.  This garden was designed by the owner Stephanie Richards.  It is located on a steep sloping site and she designed it to save her husband having to mow it.

This is a garden at Burford Priory.  The cottage-style gardens grab my heart more than the formal ones.  This raised walkway with all of the hardy perennials and roses spilling forth are just my style.

This is a collage of all several of the gardens in one page.  This shows off some of the more formal garden designs.

This is a view from Stowell Park.  A magical arbor created that leads to mowed path of wild flowers and an open lawn that used to be the site of a swimming pool.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was a treat to pour over the gardens and enjoy touring each one of them.  Some of the gardens are strictly private and this book offers you the rare glimpse of the inspiration and passion the gardeners took to create them.  I would highly recommend the book if you have ever wanted to visit the Cotswolds region in England.  This is a stunning personal tour of private gardens that are captured beautifully and can be savored again and again.

Today the teacup was from Bavaria china and the pattern was Orleans.  I thought the roses on the cup matched the roses on the table well.

The roses aren't quite blooming here yet, but I found my favorite roses at the store and captured them bloomed out just beautifully.
Are you gardening yet or still dreaming?

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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Home Sweet Home #215

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I took my tea outside after a thundershower in April Showers...

I also baked up this delicious Cinnamon Bread (Amish Bread alternative).  This is a quick bread version of that recipe without the dough having to rise.

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

Cathy at My 1929 Charmer shared her vintage Easter Tablescape.

Leslie at Cozy Little Kitchen shared this Lucious Spaghetti Carbonara.


Joan at Nicer Than New shared a Dining Room Update: Granny to Fresh.  The transformation was fantastic!

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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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!





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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cinnamon Bread (Amish Style)

Cinnamon Bread: The Charm of Home
I found this quick bread recipe that is a good alternative to the Amish Style cinnamon bread, but instead of using yeast and letting it rise you can just mix and pour this batter.  This is so much easier.

Cinnamon Bread: The Charm of Home
This bread went over really well with all of the children.  It was the perfect thing to go with a cup of tea. 

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups of buttermilk, or 2 cups milk with 2 tablespoons vinegar
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cinnamon sugar mixture:
2/3 sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream together butter, 2 cups sugar, and eggs.  Add flour, milk, baking powder, and baking soda.  Put 1/2 the batter into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan first).  Mix in a separate bowl the 2/3 cup sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of each batter already poured in pan.  Add the remaining batter to each pan.  Sprinkle with the last of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  Cool 20 minutes before removing from pan. 
Yield: 2 loaves
Recipe adapted from: Redfly Creations

Cinnamon Bread: The Charm of Home
Quick breads are the best, so easy and so good!  

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, April 6, 2015

April Showers...

April Tea: The Charm of Home
April showers have brought April flowers here at my home. We had spring thunderstorms Thursday and Friday of last week.  So much rain always causes a profuse blooming of flowers, such a welcome sight this year.  Teacup by Gracie china.     

April Tea: The Charm of Home
Things are blooming out in just two days time and then all of the sudden it's green!  

April Tea: The Charm of Home
So, that made me take tea on the front porch and I perched my cup here on a rock in the front flower bed.  I picked a handfull of these flowers to take in for a mini bouquet.  

April Tea: The Charm of Home
Even in the backyard everything is coming up flowers!
Have you been outside and taken in a view of spring?
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

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