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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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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In the Garden with Jane Austen

This month I am participating in a reading event called Austen in August.  This event is hosted by Lost Generation Reader.  It's an annual event where you can read as many Jane Austen novels as possible; or just one, which is what I did.  Having seen so many of Jane Austen's movies it tweaked my interest to read a little more about her.  The book I decided to read was In the Garden with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson.

I really enjoyed this book.  The book follows Jane's footsteps through many of the gardens she was documented on visiting regularly and many of the gardens featured in the movies made based on her novels.  The book is extremely well researched and has many references to correlate and document the gardens and the visits Jane made or the actual text from her novels that mention the gardens.
I will share a few of my favorite gardens discussed in the book.   


Chawton Cottage
Chawton Cottage was the home to Jane Austen, her mother, and her sister Cassandra after Jane's father died.  This cottage is where Jane wrote many of her novels.  This house had a very traditional English cottage garden with a mix of flowers, herbs, fruit, and vegetables.  

    You cannot imagine-it is not in Human Nature to imagine what a nice walk we have round the Orchard.  The row of Beech look very well indeed, & so does the young Quickset hedge in the Garden.  I hear today that an Apricot has been detected on one of the Trees.
~Letter from Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage, to her sister, Cassandra, 31 May 1811


Chatsworth House

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the grand estate of Chatsworth is supposed by many to be the inspiration for Pemberley.  The 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice's (starring Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen) scenes of Pemberley were filmed here. Great estates such as this had huge gardens.  These estates had areas that were generally used for timber, deer, and livestock.  But, the pleasure grounds, closer to the house, were for the use of the people that lived there.  They might include, wooded walks, maybe leading to temples, inspirational structures to sit quietly for contemplation.  Closer to the house there might be shrubberies and drier walks, lawns, flowers gardens, and conservatories.


Stoneleigh Abbey

Stoneleigh Abbey is a great estate passed to Thomas Leigh, a cousin of Mrs. Austen, in 1806. The Abbey was converted (just like Northanger Abbey) to a private house when Henry the VIII dissolved the monasteries of England.  It is a large house with extensive pleasure grounds.

   Here we find ourselves on Tuesday....everything is grand & very fine & very large.  The house is larger than I could have supposed....I expected to find everything about the place very fine and all that, but I had no idea of it being so beautiful...The Avon runs near the house amidst green meadows bounded by large and beautiful woods, full of delightful walks...
~Letter from Mrs. Austen to Mary Austen, 13 August 1806 


Goodnestone Park

Goodnestone Park was a charming brick house that Jane visited regularly.  The home has 15 acres of gardens including the famous Walled Garden (pictured here).  It has an old fashioned rose garden, a summer garden, a kitchen garden, an alpine garden, and an ornamental greenhouse.

This is just a small sampling of the gardens and grounds discussed in this book.  It was a delight to read and fun to walk of in the footsteps of this Regency era novelist sharing her love of the garden. 

source: Amazon

I have read Tea with Jane Austen also written by Kim Wilson.  I read this book at the end of winter this year.  It was interesting to read how important tea was to the culture and with how much care was given to picking out tea for the home in Jane Austen's day.

Have you read a Jane Austen based novel or biography lately?  Have you watched any of the movies based on her work?  This fall, in the states, PBS will air Death Comes to Pemberley (based on the novel by P.D. James) starting Sunday October 26-November 2. 

The teacup in the top picture is by Spode the pattern is Blue Italian.  The teapot is marked I. Godinger & Co.
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 14, 2014

Home Sweet Home #182

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home! This week my youngest son asked for Blackberry muffins so, As Requested...Blackberry Muffin Tea.

Summer isn't really winding down is it?  But, first let's try these Beachy Cupcakes!

There are so many beautiful homes and creative ideas 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 shared A Remodel Update and New Neutral Decor.

She's Lady of the Manor shared a homemade Delicious Marinara Sauce.


Have you ever dreamed of owning a little business on your own property?  I sure have and The Vintage Chateau found one and shared it with us in Wildwood Designs.

Andrea at Scrapality Designs showed off her amazing Pallet Countertop and a Herringbone Pallet Deck Addition.

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 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.:)
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beachy Cupcakes

I am wrapping up my summer baking with a few more projects and then I am moving onto fall!  But, before we enjoy the fall I wanted to share with you these beachy cupcakes I made this week.  There isn't a recipe, just more or less assembly instructions.  I used a ready-made butter pecan cake mix and made the cupcakes.  

Here is the frosting I used in caramel flavor to make the icing look like sand.  I hand sprinkled brown sugar on top of the frosting to make the top of the cupcake look even more like sand.

To top off the cupcake I made a white chocolate shell with this mold from my sponsor Wholeport.com.  This silicone food grade mold worked perfect with the chocolate and it is easy to use and clean up in the dishwasher.

Oh, how I wished I lived close enough to a beach to go sink my toes in the sand one more time before sweater weather!   Enjoy what's left of summer!

Thank you to my Sponsor Wholeport.com for providing the shell baking mold.
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

Monday, August 11, 2014

As Requested...Blackberry Muffin Tea

I made Blackberry Cobbler last week and my youngest son said, "Mom, why don't you make Blackberry Muffins?"   So, as requested I tried out a Blackberry Muffin recipe.  

I love this teacup I found a few weeks ago.

Don't you love this image, on what I would call the back of the cup.  

The muffins were really good.  They disappeared fast. The recipe link is above and there were several variations on it.  I used the 3/4 cup of sour cream and the 1/2 cup milk.

I also found a tea tin.  

Tea and blackberry muffins make a tasty combo.  I am finishing up a few more summer ideas and then I am ready to jump into fall recipes and ideas.  Are you ready for fall ideas yet or are you holding onto summer awhile longer?

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

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