Thursday, July 8, 2010

Show and Tell Friday ~ Lace Fireplace Screen

  When we first moved into our home almost 26 years ago, I went to a local antique/craft show and found this pretty lace screen.
 It sits in front of the wood burning stove inserted in the fireplace during the months that the stove is not in use.  Amazingly, no little finger has poked a hole through it or anything accidentally cause a tear in the lace.  It's still just as pretty as the day I bought it.
 I think this type of lace screen was used in Victorian homes as a window screen.

Notice the stephanotis in the silver container?  It was so root-bound that it required watering every day. On more than one occasion I found it drooping sadly.  Since it was flowering I was afraid to re-pot it.  I waited until just a few blooms remained and as careful as I could transferred it to a larger container. 
It will need some time to adjust but I sure hope it will again produce those sweet smelling flowers!

Joining Cindy @My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cambrie's Turn... be photographed in her Pop-Pop's Christening outfit. 
More Grandbabies in the same outfit and John with his paternal Grandparents, Henrietta and John Sr.
(Sadly, I missed getting pics of a Jared, Keri & Noah)
This one's trying to get away!
Our youngest daughter in 1992 .  I never thought to get photos of our three older girls :(
It isn't an easy task getting a wiggly little one dressed and still happy for a photo shoot.
And remembering to get pics while the outfit still fits avoids the dilemma of too much baby per garment.
(We just squeaked this one with Shae and baby Caleb wore his without the buttons closed)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Hot, Hot, Hot!

The temperature yesterday and today in the shade.
The temperature in the direct sun
(is that possible?)
No rain or relief till possibly Sunday.
We are constantly watering to keeps flowers and bushes from wilting and browning out or dying completely.
This someone would rather remain inside with air conditioning.
This someone, as well as all of his friends would rather be burrowing and uprooting everywhere including every pot and window box we have.
We are trying to reduce our population of these cute but annoying little rodents.
  Using a havahart trap, John has caught 17 chipmunks this week alone and relocated them to a distant wooded area.
That's a lot of chipmunks considering we live on a lot just 1/3 of an acre.

Joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Peach Melba Trifle

One of our favorite desserts ~ light, creamy, sweet and delicious!
Made from homemade, box or store-bought Angel Food cake.
Canned peaches can be substituted for fresh.
Frozen whipped topping for the fresh whipped cream.
Sugar-Free pudding mix for regular.

Peach Melba Trifle
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 1/2 c. water
1 (3 1/2 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
2 c. (1 pt.) whipping cream, whipped
1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. orange juice
1 (10 oz.) prepared angel food cake, torn into small pieces (about 8 c.)
1 1/2 lbs. fresh peaches, pared and sliced or 1 (29 oz.) can sliced peaches,
1/4 c. red raspberry preserves
Toasted almonds and additional preserves, optional

In large bowl, combine Eagle Brand and water; mix well. Add pudding mix; beat until well blended. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped cream and 1 tbsp. orange juice.
Place 4 cups cake pieces in a 2-quart glass serving bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. orange juice. Top with half the peach slices, 1/4 cup preserves and half the pudding mixture. Repeat layering with remaining cake, juice, peaches and pudding; chill. Garnish with almonds and additional preserves, if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Note:You can lightened this recipe considerably by using low-fat sweetened condensed milk, sugar-free pudding and light frozen whipped topping in place of the whipping cream. Angel Food cake is already a light cake.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Family Friends and Fireworks for the Fourth of July

Small town America celebrating Independence Day with backyard barbecues, flag waiving and a parade
with bands, fire engines, motorcycle formations and candy tosses for the excited little ones.
Then off to the fireworks.
...and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there...

 A visit to Mays Landing to visit John's Aunt Marie who tuned 93 in June
Then to my sisters for another BBQ and to visit with her precious family.  Her military son, Tom, is home for the weekend.  This is the young man who already has had two tours in Iraq.
(I'm sorry I didn't get any photos)
This is Bella.
She was rescued by my SonIL's cousin and is a happy girl!
She enjoyed the parade but not as much as all of the attention she received!
Oh, her mama makes the best Blackberry Cobbler!
Tonight... more festivities and more fireworks in our town.
As Jamie says, "It's Summ-ah!"

Linking to Mosaic Monday @Little Red House!


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