Saturday, October 3, 2009

Olde Town Fall Festival

Abbey and I participated in our first Fall Festival & Craft Show today. Actually Abbey wasn't able to be there for her 1st Fall Festival & Craft Show because she forgot to request off from work and ended up scheduled from 10 am to 9 pm.
It was a long and interesting day... and my piggies are so sore right now I'm not sure I will be able to hobble away from sitting in front of the computer screen. (Sad plight, I know)
Lots of people and just a few sprinkles of rain.
And this tall guy that stopped by.
Just beginning to set-up.
Abbey's display. She just started a new business making silhouettes. I will blog more about these really neat silhouettes real soon.
A sight that always moves my heart!
Yellow Ribbon Club.

My helper.
My helper being bored and wishing it was time to go home.
This behavior began at 11 o'clock AM (sigh)
This is the beautiful house behind our spot.
The house across the street. There is a brass plate in the brick walk in front of this house telling that it was built in 1892.
Originally a Drug Store, this building at the corner of West Main Street and Maple dates to 1835.
Round 2 next Saturday. Abbey and I will be participating in a juried show. We are not sure we will continue the craft show circuit but it was a fun, though tiring experience.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Show and Tell Friday ~ Grandmom's Locket

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Hazel Mary H.
This locket belonged to my Mother-in-law and was perfect to hold pictures of our four daughters when they were little. Funny thing ~ most of my husbands many cousins were boys. There were very few girls in his large extended family. Surprisingly, my dear MIL had 6 granddaughters before her 1st and only grandson was born.
She loved wearing jewelry. Most of it was costume jewelry but she love it just the same.

Show & Tell Friday has a new host! Please visit Cindy at
My Romantic Home.
Besides the interesting Show & Tell participants, you will enjoy Cindy's beautiful home, family and decorating ideas.
She's a sweetie!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ham Balls in Barbecue Sauce

These very tasty meatballs are a great way to use up leftover ham. I love this dish with the bold blend of barbecue sauce and ham flavors. Perfect served over linguine or buttered noodles.
Ham Balls in Barbecue Sauce

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Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 45 minutes

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Ingredients

2 eggs, beaten

1-1/2 cups whole grain bread crumbs (2 slices)

1/2 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)

2 Tbsp. milk

1 tsp. dry mustard (optional)

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

12 oz. ground cooked ham

12 oz. ground pork or ground beef

1 cup favorite barbecue sauce

Directions

1. In bowl combine eggs, bread crumbs, onion, milk, mustard, and pepper. Add ground ham and pork; mix well. Using about 1/3 cup mixture for each, shape in 12 balls. Place ham balls in lightly greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour barbecue sauce over meatballs.

2. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into balls registers 160°F. Makes 6 servings.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Philadelphia Museum of Art

This is my first time participating in Outdoor Wednesday hosted by
Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer.
Be sure to click the link (or the button at the bottom of this post) to see more!
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We recently spent a day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
. The building is most impressive.

Can you find Abbey and John at the top of the steps above?

The columns are huge!


Low lighting, no flash and a point and shoot camera affords poor shots but I couldn't help trying to get this pic of Abbey and her dad... they look so much alike!

Washington Monument by Rudolph Siemering (1835-1905) at Eakins Oval, Philadelphia, PA

This bronze and granite sculpture features a uniformed George Washington mounted on a horse. Washington and his horse are poised on top of the fountain, facing southeast down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards Philadelphia City Hall. The face of the sculpture was made from an impression of the former president made
while he was still alive. The lowest level of the monument features animals and plants that are native to the United States (Wikipedia)

This artsy girl was amused by the bison!

Looking down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the steps of the Museum... just like in the movie.

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On this visit we focused on Abbey's favorite area: European Painting and Sculpture from the Renaissance to the 19th Century (1500-1850).

French Toast Casserole

This French Toast Casserole was almost gone before I was able to get this picture!
I served it with a three berry compote and a little maple syrup.

I first saw this Virginia Willis recipe on A Yankee in a Southern Kitchen and knew I wanted to give it a try. Sure glad I did ~ it is easy and d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s! I clicked over to Virginia's place where she includes a recipe for Bourbon Creme Anglaise. This recipe came from her cookbook-
by Virginia Willis. Visit her here.
French Toast Casserole
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 loaf brioche or challah, sliced
11/2 inches thick (about 11/2 pounds)
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Confectioners’ sugar, for accompaniment
Sorghum, cane, or maple syrup, for accompaniment

Combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a baking dish. Arrange the bread slices in the dish. Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a bowl. Pour over the bread, letting it soak in. Top with the pecans. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 12 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Let the chilled casserole stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Bake until browned and set, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool slightly. Sift over confectioners’ sugar. Serve hot or warm with sorghum, cane, or maple syrup.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Birthday Girl

1st Birthday
We ♥ you!

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