Friday, July 17, 2009

A Peek at the Week

Keri Jill sleeps over...
big girl cutting the strawberries with a sharp knife...
before and after grooming...
four more noggin toppers sold...
lunch at Chick-fil-A after a visit to the doctor with Mommy...
lovin' Pop-Pop...
electricity knocked out by a storm & a night filled with candles for Keri's comfort...
tea party in the nursery with Ella...

the results of Mommy's doctor appointment...
a baby sister!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Flickr Favorites

I found something fun over at Dawns place...
Answer the following questions using pictures from Flickr.

1. What is your fave drink? ICED COFFEE

2. What is your fave color? WHITE

3. What is your name? I have TWO names... my dad (who didn't usually have an opinion in such matters) named me LORRAINE. I think he might have been influenced by the song Sweet Lorraine performed by Artie Shaw as he loved Big Band) When people began calling me Rainy, my mom quickly picked LORRIE. Most of my relatives (but not all) call me Lorrie and most friends and neighbors call me Lorraine. At Christmastime I have to remember who calls me what as I sign cards. Funny thing is that people who know me by one name have no clue I also go by another name.
You can pick your favorite!

4. What is your favorite type of food? CHINESE

5. Where is your dream vacation? ENGLAND

6. What is your hobby? BAKING

7. What do you want to be when you grow up? KIND & SWEET

8. Name something you love. PUPPIES

9. What word best describes you? ORGANIZED

YouTube performance of Sweet Lorraine by Artie Shaw
YouTube performance of Sweet Lorraine by Nat King Cole

Photo Credits

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Oven Roasted Pulled Pork

For a summer barbecue meal that really satisfies, try roasting a pork shoulder. It is an inexpensive cut and easy to prepare. Served on homemade dinner rolls with a side of coleslaw and buttered Jersey corn makes for delicious eating!
There are many ways to prepare for baking, but this is what I do:
Begin with a fresh pork shoulder picnic... this one was almost 10 lbs.
After placing on a rack in a heavy roasting pan, using a pastry brush, cover the pork with yellow mustard to help the seasoning adhere. My preference is to lightly season the meat so I keep the quantities smaller than you may like. I made a dry rub of:
1 Tablespoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
After stirring together, pat onto the roast covering all sides
Cover tightly with foil.
Place in a preheated 250 oven for nine (9) hours. Long and slow roasting makes the meat fall-off-the-bones tender.
When cool enough to handle, cut the meat from the bone and remove all visible fat. (This is when I feel a little like Wilma Flintstone)
The meat will shred easily.
While there is a lot of waste there is also a huge amount of meat.
Stir in your favorite homemade or store bought barbecue sauce and call in the troops!
They're gonna love every bite!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dining Room

Decorating my home has always been about working with hand-me-down pieces, antique shops finds, garage sale items and even items found curb-side. I have amazed myself on how inexpensively I have been able to spruce up and give new life to many pieces to create attractive spaces. It has taken many years and I am often switching pieces from one room to another and using things for many different purposes.
Robin's Egg Blue/Aqua Wall Paint from Lowes
Curtains were one sheer panel pulled up with satin ribbon for each window.
This was the original chandelier that came with the house... builders most inexpensive gold, basic, no frills version that had long tarnished into a not-so attractive light. Although I still dream of one day having a gorgeous crystal chandelier sparkling above the table this one will do for now. I spray painted it first with primer and then top coat and hung glass prisms (from Home Depot) and added the glass globes.
I found the ceiling medallion in a clearance bin long ago and after painting it white attached it to the ceiling.
We added brass sconces to either side of the china cabinet when we first moved into our home 25 years ago. As with the chandelier, I painted and added the prisms and found the globes on Ebay.
This pretty pie edge table was found at a local antique shop ages ago. The pitcher and cakes plates are from Home Goods. The lamp was probably found there as well .
My current table centerpiece is a silver urn filled with simple aqua berries. The sweet candlesticks were another Ebay purchase.
The hard wood floor was purchased from Home Depot 5 years ago. My husband installed it in the dining room, kitchen, eating area, foyer, laundry area and powder room.
A ceramic column stands in the corner with a vase of cattails and dried hydrangeas from last years garden.
This cabinet is also from our early years and was purchased unfinished. Made of pine, we stained it with a cherry finish. It is such a useful piece and holds my cherished linens, doilies and hankies as well as Christening outfits and other sweet items.
Our dining room table, chairs and china cabinet were gifts from my husbands parents early in our marriage. This room is used frequently and the pieces have some scratches here and there, but still a beautiful set.
As previously mentioned on my blog, this is my newest acquisition. I love how it looks in this spot and works well as a sideboard. The shelf on the wall above has found a home on many different walls throughout the house. I think it was a garage sale find.

I was not able to find just the right piece of fabric to cover the dining room chairs until I came across this perfect pattern on a shower curtain from Ebay. It is a heavy weave and just what I was looking for. It just covered six chairs with little fabric left over.

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