Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring is on it's Way!

Happy Spring!
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The time of year one of the first 
places around the house I can't wait 
to clean out is the back mud porch,

This sweet wash tub was full of recyclables, 
waiting till I could get through the snow
to take to the store,

Dried evergreens were in the little bucket tin, 
and hanging from the hook, 

Found my little gift pouches, 

I Love to sit here in the morning with a cup of coffee,
now empty from newspaper, 

Where are the places you clean first for Spring?

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Being Green

Going Green! 
Whether you are Irish or not it is still fun to 
get out the Green!  

Going Green has become a slogan now days, meaning saving the 
environment, or being Irish, to name a few, 
Hopefully I won't have to wait too much longer to 
see my sweet Trillium's,

         It is fun to set the mood with a quick table decoration, 
and my grandmothers linen table cloth with matching napkins,
I made 4 little loaves of Irish Soda Bread, 

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup currants, raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2-1 tbs caraway seeds (OPTIONAL)
  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • mix dry then moist, kneed into a ball, 
  • wash with one beaten egg, bake, 350 for 35 minutes

  • This was Ida's (grandmother) teapot,
     I just love it, hand painted little shamrocks, I get it out every spring,
    and actually use it for tea. I remember it always being in her china cabinet, 
    however never saw her use it, 
    I like to use my old linens and dishes,

    The white roses on this cloth are so  pretty,

    Napkins and my green border Moose dishes, 
    (just covered up the moose, )

    I actually use mismatched silver utensils everyday, why not? 
    otherwise they would just sit in a box somewhere, 
    and they tell a story every time I see them, 
    especially the ones with names engraved on them,
    so charming!

    One of my pretty butter knives,
    I also use this table cloth and napkins at Christmas time and sometimes on Game Day,
    Go Green, Go White! (Michigan State),

    No beads, or Shamrocks, except for the teapot, just the essence of green, oh, and 
    the soda bread,

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    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Kitchen Valentines

    I have one wall in my kitchen I use for various dishes, or vintage kitchen items

     The shelf that these items sit on is an old barn board from the 
    yard at my father's cabin up north, I left it weathered and unpainted,
    so I made a muslin cover for it when I want to use white, 
     Vintage cookie cutters and ironstone dishes,
    One of my grandmothers jello molds, 
    A new pitcher with a vintage plastic or maybe celluloid fan, extra large 
    cinnamon sticks, and floral picks with hearts on them, 
     A small vintage rolling pin, my children used and now my grandchildren love 
    to use for playdoe, an old tin I use to pack up the Valentine cookie cutters, 

    New tin heart, a piece of Gingerbread from the original porch of my house,
    and, the vintage wallpaper border roll,
    I have had this 3 foot roll, rolled up for 30 years,
    I decided to unroll it and use as a banner, even though it is not a Valentine scene,
    I still love the red!

     These old "ice tongs" used to lift the block of ice in the old icebox,
    works well as a paper towel holder,
    I have been switching it out every holiday with various linens, towels of the season,
    These are vintage Valentine Hankies, 

    An old potato ricer, put confetti Valentines in these little jelly jars, 
    I have to tell you how I unrolled the wallpaper border:
    As you can imagine it was rolled tight and somewhat brittle.
    Before I opened it up I set it in a dish of lukewarm water for a few minutes,
    then carefully unrolled it onto a kitchen towel,  I padded it down as it dried, 
    I made sure it was laying down in the opposite direction that it wanted to roll,
    It dried unrolled, it did want to curl a little bit, but not too bad,
    I could still press it with some books before I put it away,  
    As all of us bloggers do, we save
    I have decided this year I will start using.
    Wish me luck with that!!!
    Have a great weekend!

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