Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tea and the Garden

I got out in the yard again this weekend.  It was just gorgeous. I took a few pictures.  Here are the pansies on the front porch.  

The ferns along the front walk are beautiful when they first come out in the spring.

The little angel in the back flower bed is tucked in among all of the lush greenery blooming out.  And here below are some of the teas I have had in the garden.




We started with about 4 strawberry plants and they have sent out runners and taken over the garden.  They are loaded with blooms!  I will have strawberries for weeks this year.

We removed our trees last year and the sunlight we now get in the back yard has had a wonderful effect on the gooseberries.  I love these berries, they are so cute!

I haven't made a YouTube video in a year.  Here is one I really liked that I made last year called Flower Therapy.  I thought I would re-post it.  Flower Therapy is a real study that has been used for emotional and spiritual healing developed by Edward Bach an English homeopath.



To all you Mothers out there have a wonderful Mother's Day!
Have a great week! 
Sherry

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Home Sweet Home #218

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home.  This week I shared The Legend of Blue Willow China.   

I am cooking brunch ideas up in Delicate Herbed Potato Pancakes.

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! 

I enjoy posts so much that are tied to a homeplace and the memories you have from what home really is.   Sandi of Rose Chintz Cottage shared a great post like this in Memories~Treasures of the Heart


Two Plus Cute shared some great decorating inspiration in Hello Georgeous: Blue Accents.

Cathy of My 1929 Charmer shared this lovely decor in It Followed Me Home Spring Door Vignette.

Pretty Shabby UK shared an adorable idea with Fairy Garden  in a Suitcase.

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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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Delicate Herbed Potato Pancakes

Delicate Herbed Potato Pancakes: The Charm of Home
This is a nice addition to brunch, the Delicate Herbed Potato Pancake. I am cooking once again out of the All Around the World Cookbook from Shelia Lukins, of the Silver Palate fame.  I have a lot of food allergies and this is something that is so simple and tasty that I discovered I can eat.  The country of origin for the pancakes is Sweden.  They look more like a lace doily than a heavy flour and egg laden pancake.

Delicate Herbed Potato Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 medium Idaho potato, peeled
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Coarse salt and coarse ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons of oil of choice (olive oil works for me)

Coarsely grate the potato into a bowl.  Work quickly to prevent the potato from discoloring too much.  The potato will give off a starchy liquid liquid but don't drain.  Add the chives, parsley, salt, and pepper and mix well. 
Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until quite hot.  Add two tablespoons of the potato mixture per pancake to the skillet, flattening the pancakes with the back of a spatula.  Cook until they are golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.  Add more oil if needed to the pan and fry the remaining pancakes.  Should get 4-5 small pancakes per medium potato.  Serve immediately or cover with aluminum foil and keep warm in a (250 degree F) oven.

I have served the pancakes here with my version of scrambled eggs.  The way I make my eggs is the way the Irish make them, called buttered eggs.  I don't use butter though, I can't have dairy, so I might use olive oil.  
It is super easy to make these eggs.  I just heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a cast iron skillet and toss in broccoli, spinach, parsley, or chives; anything green, and I saute that for 4-5 minutes then I mix two eggs and add nothing to them.  The only addition to the eggs is the oil (hence the name buttered eggs, if you use butter). Then, I add the eggs to the skillet and scramble.  After cooking I salt to taste. 
I am just sharing some clean eating brunch ideas with you today.
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, April 27, 2015

The Legend Of Blue Willow China

The Legend of Blue Willow China: The Charm of Home
China with it's patterns can be most beguiling.  No pattern could be more so than Blue Willow.  The legend was created to promote the sales of Minton's original china pattern. There are several versions of the legend that have circulated, but this is my favorite.  

The Legend of Blue Willow China: The Charm of Home
This china pattern has clearly stood the test of time, most likely due to it's fantastic marketing with this romantic story.

The Legend of Blue Willow China: The Charm of Home

The Legend of Blue Willow China: The Charm of Home

The Willow Legend
There was once a Mandarin who had a beautiful daughter, Koong-se. He employed a secretary, Chang who, while he was attending to his master's accounts, fell in love with Koong-se, much to the anger of the Mandarin, who regarded the secretary as unworthy of his daughter.
The secretary was banished and a fence constructed around the gardens of the Mandarin's estate so that Chang could not see his daughter and Koong-se could only walk in the gardens and to the water's edge. One day a shell fitted with sails containing a poem, and a bead which Koong-se had given to Chang, floated to the water's edge. Koong-se knew that her lover was not far away.
She was soon dismayed to learn that she had been betrothed to Ta-jin, a noble warrior Duke. She was full of despair when it was announced that her future husband, the noble Duke, was arriving, bearing a gift of jewels to celebrate his betrothal.
However, after the banquet, borrowing the robes of a servant, Chang passed through the guests unseen and came to Koong-se's room. They embraced and vowed to run away together. The Mandarin, the Duke, the guests, and all the servants had drunk so much wine that the couple almost got away without detection, but Koong-se's father saw her at the last minute and gave chase across the bridge.
The couple escaped and stayed with the maid that Koong-se's father had dismissed for conspiring with the lovers. Koong-se had given the casket of jewels to Chang and the Mandarin, who was also a magistrate, swore that he would use the jewels as a pretext to execute Chang when he caught him.
One night the Mandarin's spies reported that a man was hiding in a house by the river and the Mandarin's guards raided the house. But Chang had jumped into the ragging torrent and Koong-se thought that he had drowned. Some days later the guards returned to search the house again. While Koong-se's maid talked to them, Chang came by boat to the window and took Koong-se away to safety.
They settled on a distant island, and over the years Chang became famous for his writings. This was to prove his undoing. The Mandarin heard about him and sent guards to destroy him. Chang was put to the sword and Koong-se set fire to the house while she was still inside.
Thus they both perished and the gods, touched by their love, immortalized them as two doves, eternally flying together in the sky. 
Source: International Willow Collectors

Not a happy story, but romantic nonetheless.

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 23, 2015

Home Sweet Home #217

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I got into the garden in The Earth Laughs in Flowers.

I was baking from a new to me cookbook in Orange Pound Cake.

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! 


Judith at Botanic Bleu did a fantastic post on Copyright-Is My Work Protected?  Great info and I even added a copyright statement to the bottom of my blog!


Just Jan Blog shared Slim's Conservatory which was delightfully decorated with the colors and textures of her exotic travels.

Amanda at Girl in Pink shared How to Create Beautiful Finishes on Flowerpots and Seal them for Outdoor Use!  Since I have been in a gardening mood I loved this idea!

Anjana at At the Corner of Happy and Harried shared a Mango Ice Cream Sundae.  This makes you hungry doesn't it?

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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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Orange Pound Cake

I went to the thrift stores last week and scored a find I have been wanting for awhile.  I found the All Around the World Cookbook, by Shelia Lukins.  She and her partner Julee Rosso created The Silver Palate which was a food store on Mahattan's Upper West Side that spawned several cookbooks from the two ladies.  They are still my favorite cook books of all I have collected.    

So the first thing I had to do this weekend was to cook from this cookbook!  I made the Orange Pound Cake.  It cooked up like a dream!  Toss some berries on top or even better a few edible flowers from the garden and you have a beautiful and delicious dessert to go with tea.  

Ingredients:
12 tablespoons  (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup of sugar, divided
3 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
6 tablespoons fresh orange juice, divided
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9 x 4 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan.  Line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper and butter the paper. (Don't skip this step the bottom will stick.)  Lightly dust the pan with flour, shaking out the excess.  
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and the 3/4 cup of the sugar with an electric mixer.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add the sour cream, vanilla, orange zest, and 2 tablespoons of the orange juice; mix well. 
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt over the batter and fold it in with a rubber spatula until just incorporated.  
Spread the batter in the prepared pan.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes.  
While the cake is baking, prepare the orange glaze:  place the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and remaining 4 tablespoons orange juice in a small saucepan.  Cook the syrup over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, then cook 1 minute longer. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
When the cake finished, let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  Then remove it from the pan, peel off the paper, and return it to the rack to cool completely.  Pour the glaze onto the surface of the cake while it is warm.
Serves 8 to 10

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

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