Sunday, May 27, 2012

Joy of my Heart

3 1/2 years and 8 months

I want to look just like my Mom!

It's funny how when you are young
and people tell you "you look just like your mom!"
that it bugs you...then one day you look in the
mirror and a shock happens...!
You catch a glimpse of your mom!
And then a day comes when you love your Mom
so much and treasure every moment with her
and then you hope you DO look
just like her, because there's no one
on earth who is more beautiful than her.
I'm proud to look like you...
I love you, precious Mother of my heart!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"There are so many hills to climb upward...

I often am longing for rest,
but He who appoints me my pathway,
knows just what is needful and best.
I know in  His word He has promised
that my strength it shall be as my day;
and the toils of the road will seem nothing
when I get to the end of the way."
C.D. Tillman

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Oyster Stew

This was a recipe I had been wanting to try 
for a long time and my mystery dinner
gave an opportunity to make it
as it is a very English first course.

Oyster Stew

1/4 c. butter
1 can oysters, undrained
2 c. milk
1/2 c. half and half
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper

In 1 1/2 quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
Stir in oysters. Cook 2 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and stir over med-low
heat until steaming hot. 
Serve with oyster crackers.

Everyone liked this and it was easy to make.
It definitely has a strong seafood flavor 
so if you're not a fan you won't like this:)

Monday, May 21, 2012

It's A Mystery!

I have loved the mystery genre since I read
my first Nancy Drew!
It's still my favorite especially if it is combined
with a previous era.
For my birthday this year I asked my kids
to give me a mystery evening...
they were very obliging and came all
dressed for the 1930's and with their 
best deduction caps on.
It was kind of like the game Clue
but acted out in conversations and questions.
I was the housekeeper/maid
so I got to watch and serve.

Setting the Stage
English Mansion 1930

Traditional English Dinner

Oyster Stew
Sorbet (palette cleanser)
Roast Beef and Gravy
Creamed Carrots
Green Beans
Raspberry Meringue


Cast and Crew
Watersdown Mansion
May 1930

Thursday, May 17, 2012

My 49th Birthday -Iris Gardens

It was such a glorious day of sunshine
to continue exploring.
The Schreiner Iris Gardens
are just bursting into bloom
and it was bliss to wander
down the rows and look at all
the beauty and color.

 I remember as a young girl visiting an elderly woman
from our church and walking around in her
iris garden. She had rows and rows of them, 
like I had never seen before.
 It made a huge impact on me and 
I've never forgotten how I felt afterwords, like
something inside of me had expanded.
I think that is where my first love of 
flowers and nature was tapped on the shoulder.
So this visit to the Iris Gardens was a real treat
of memories and fresh inspiration.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My 49th Birthday -Deepwood Estate

I went on a day trip down to Salem on my
birthday this year.
I had wanted to go to the Deepwood Estate
there for years. The house was built in the 
early 1800's. However the displays are
from many eras.

 Picnic on the grounds

 As Louisa May Alcott said "be elegant or die!"

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blog is hiding!

To anyone who is wondering on my lack of
posts lately...
I am unable to view my own blog!
So I have no way of knowing if anyone 
else can either or if any posts have gone
It is a little frustrating to be unable to 
get any help from Blogger-there is not
an easy way to contact an actual person
who can help.
I guess some bloggers have simply woke
up to find their whole blog is gone and
if that happens I will be very sad!
This blog has come to mean a lot
to me in the almost 4 years
I have had it.
If anyone can see it please comment 
so I know you can... Thanks

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sale on Party Baskets for Girls

 "I Love Paris" Party
Perfect for Tweens, teens and girls night out!

 Party in a Box contains:
8 invites and envelopes (5x7)
2 Centerpieces
18 large plates
18 small plates
18 napkins
cookie cutter
8 Favor bags with clothespin closure
24 cupcake papers
16 cupcake toppers
Food tent cards
Banner and ribbon
Container wraps
8 pink and gray straws
8 straw flags
 (click on pictures to enlarge)

 Girl Birthday Party

Party in a Box contains:
8 invites w/ envelopes (5x7)
2 table centerpieces
8 favor cones
8 straws
24 cupcake papers
16 cupcake toppers
8 cake pop sticks
12 cups 
20 napkins
16 large plates
18 small plates
8 name cards and letters
Happy Birthday Banner w/ ribbon
Candy jar wraps
8 water bottle wraps
16 tickets
Please contact me by commenting and leave your
email address if you are interested in
purchasing one of these.