Saturday, February 13, 2010

a little quilling and a little baking...

for Valentine's Day!

I made some very sweet paper quilled heart pendants...
Inspired by a post on all things paper, Ann Martin has, along with her many beautiful creations, a very clear tutorial for learning this craft.

After making and shaping the coils, they are glued and allowed to dry.
Way back in the 70's my mother-in-law and I made many paper quilling projects together. We embellished each others wedding invitations and had them matted and framed.
The fruit above and the flowers below are a few of the pieces I saved in a little container that we made together.
Then I baked... and Jared ate... more than any (really skinny) 12 year old boy should be able to.
but I saved one for You!
Wishing you all a very happy Valentine's Day!

We love because he first loved us

1 John 4:19

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Late Afternoon Light

A cozy moment... a fleeting moment. The time of day when the room is full of streaming side lighting... then suddenly someone remarks,
"Why is it so dark in here?"
Playful patterns filter through the lace curtains.
Someone kindly suggested in a comment that a Shadow Shot should tell a story. The above pic says a lot about my day... the busyness and responsibilities of the day are finished and it is quiet, a wind down time as I transition into a relaxed dinnertime and evening (at least in the shorter days of winter).
The little girl I babysit has been picked up and just her toys and snack need to be cleared.
The soft, natural light is just enough before the light switch will be turned on and the ambiance gone.
More Shadow Shot Sunday can be found over at Hey Harriet.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Show And Tell Friday ~ Yep... More Snow Pictures

For those sick of winter, these pictures won't inspire. But I am enjoying every flake! And in August when I am complaining of the heat and humidity these scenes will be just a memory.
The above picture was taken last night with just the light from the porch. It's a little fuzzy but more how it actually looked. Kind of a dreamy feeling.
Such a different look with the flash, but still cool.
Abbey laughs at her dads snowsuit but it sure keeps a body warm.
This morning... very cold and bright sun.
Although I didn't want to disturb the pristine surface of the snow, I tried walking out a bit to get a picture of my boxwood hedge. The snow was knee deep and my boots are too low to keep the snow out. We brushed away the snow after the last storm but this snow has all of the tree branches bent low. I dread the damage that may have occurred.
Our side yard on the north. The arborvitae on the left are our neighbors and they are so heavy with snow.
sad pup... "I wanna go in."
Imagine... in a few months this Eastern Redbud will be full of tiny pink blossoms!

Do you think my hydrangea and hosta plants are okay under all of that snow?
Raider wants you to visit Cindy @My Romantic Home for more Show & Tell Friday posts!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sepia Scenes ~ Woeful Princess

After building a castle with Pop-Pop, she wistfully declared, " I need a Prince!"
If you know our sweet Keri Jill, then you know just how dramatic this little girl can be!
Stop by Sepia Scenes to see more!

Barefoot Bloggers ~ Coconut Cupcakes

Perfect timing for a Sweet Treat for Valentine's Day! I have rarely been disappointed with a recipe from Ina and this one is right up there too. It is really good! Abbey, John and I all had a piece and all agreed it was a winner. Abbey said it tasted "Gourmet"!
Coconut Cupcakes
1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ingredients


  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut

For the frosting:


  • 1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 1/2 pounds confectioners' sugar, sifted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In 3 parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined. Fold in 7 ounces of coconut.

Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner to the top with batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.

Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Old Firehouse

Our town offered a free rabies clinic for pets a few weeks ago at the Firehouse. I had never been around back of the huge building in all of the 26 years we have lived here. To my surprise, I noticed this old firehouse. I didn't have my camera at the time (just a rather frightened schnauzer as he eyed LOTS of other uneasy dogs). A return trip would be perfect for Outdoor Wednesday as well as continue to add family history to this blog for my kids and grandchildren.
The following is copied from a pamphlet called Yesterdays published by the Bicentennial Committee of Evesham Township © The Researchers 1976. Click on photo to enlarge for easier reading.






Joining Susan for Outdoor Wednesday!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Winter White

I think my geraniums do better wintering over in the house than they do outside in the summer! This plant is several years old and doesn't show any signs of growing tired.
It winters in a crowded south-facing dining room window with other salvaged non-perennial vacationers.



I love the color white!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Snowy Weekend

It's been a snowy winter. This weekends snowfall (about 28-inches) brought the Philadelphia area accumulation up to 54-inches so far (the record is 65-inches) and we are expecting another "major" storm on Wednesday. We've all been fighting colds and Abbey and John are currently watching the Super Bowl. Here is what the three of us enjoyed for dinner:
Hot roast beef sandwiches with au Jus for dipping.
It was an impulsive purchase many years ago but this "Set it and Forget it" rotisserie does a beautiful job roasting an eye roast.
The hardest part is slicing the roast paper thin since my MIL's old slicer gave up its ghost.
A delicious Crab Spread with Bacon posted on a new-to-me blog called Cuisine Kathleen. I was just beginning to think I would never buy imitation crab meat again because I am always disappointed with the results. It tasted very good in this spread!
Here is Kathleens recipe from her site:
Crab Spread with Bacon

1/2 lb crab meat..I use imitation crab, it is a milder taste..
1/2 lb cream cheese, don't use the less fat, it separates when baked..
1 small onion, minced
1 T horseradish
3 T milk or cream
Juice of one lemon
Pepper..

Mix all together, and spread in a baking dish sprayed with Pam.

Top with crumbled bacon, or almond slivers, or go wild and do half and half..:)

Bake at 350 15 min or till it bubbles and is lightly browned..
Let sit a few minutes, serve with crackers for spreading.

Pineapple Coleslaw

from Epicurean.com

ingredients:

3 Cups Shredded Cabbage
1/2 Cup Shredded Carrots
3/4 cup Drained Crushed Pineapple (1 8oz Can)
2 Tbsp. Vinegar
2 tsp Sugar
2/3 Cup Mayonnaise
Black or White Pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Cover and chill through.


Three Bean Salad (click to see previous posted)
We finished up with a Chocolate Cream Pie. I haven't posted the recipe because it didn't thicken as I thought it should. I put in the freezer and served it as a frozen dessert. The taste sent me right back into my childhood... remember Fudgesicles? The chocolate had the same flavor and texture as a Fudgesicle! Though really yummy, I still wanted a Chocolate Cream Pie :)

Saturday
Sunday Sunshine
Joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

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