Saturday, May 30, 2009
The flowers almost seemed joyous with the refreshment.
Friday, May 29, 2009
A few days ago I decided to surprise my husband with this antique desk that he liked at a local consignment shop (our anniversay is next month so this was an early anniversary gift). My dear friend, Christine, went with me to pick it up (thank goodness it fit in the back of her minivan) and then she helped me move it into the house. After getting it in the living room I decorated it and turned on the lamp so hubby would be surprised when he got home from work. A little while later he came home, walked into the living room and then back to the kitchen. We talked for a while and then he went back to the living room and watched TV while I finished fixing supper. Then we sat on the sofa IN FRONT OF the desk and watched TV-and no, he still hasn't noticed it yet. Finally Kramer jumped up on the desk and I fussed at him hoping that perhaps hubby would notice that there was a desk in the corner with a light on that wasn't there before! Nope, he kept watching TV. Finally he turned around to see what Kramer was doing and then he noticed the desk. He'd been home an HOUR before he noticed it! Needless to say he was surprised (once he realized that something was there:) and very happy with the desk. Of course we laughed about the fact that he hadn't noticed it for an hour!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The simple beauty of daisies.
Sometimes he doesn't want to partake of his broth in the kitchen so we give it to him in the dining room. For some reason this time he wanted it at the table.
Hmmm...is this what I ordered?
Kinda tastes like broth...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Mix together 3 cups of self-rising flour, ½ cup of sugar, and 1 package of vanilla pudding mix (use it dry). Once dry ingredients are mixed add one stick of butter (I put my stick of butter in the microwave and melt it) and mix until crumbly. Then mix in 1 cup of buttermilk and ½ package of dried cranberries (I use the Ocean Spray dried cranberries). Mix until dough is stiff. Roll dough out on a floured surface about two inches thick. Cut out using small round cookie cutter and place on baking sheet. Bake for 11-14 minutes until scones are firm.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I began this beautiful day with breakfast on the front porch. The flag in the above picture was hanging proudly at our neighbor's house across the street reminding me why I was able to enjoy this early morning breakfast and a day off from work.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The table was set with candles, fresh roses from the garden, and lots of goodies.
Temper your tea pot by pouring hot water in it and then pouring it out through the spout.
- Put 5 level teaspoons of loose tea leaves into the tea strainer (I use a tea sock)
- Place tea strainer into tempered tea pot
- Pour boiling water into pot through tea strainer and let steep for 3-5 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea (I usually steep for 4 minutes).
- Remove tea strainer with leaves and enjoy your tea!
For Decaf Tea (yes, you can decaf your tea:)
- Temper the tea pot
- Put 5 level teaspoons of tea leaves into tea strainer
- Boil double the amount of water (enough for two pots).
- Pour boiling water into tea pot through strainer and let sit for about 30 seconds.
- Remove tea strainer with leaves and dump the water from the pot.
- Put the strainer with leaves back in the tea pot and pour the remainig hot water into the tea pot through the strainer with tea leaves and steep for 5 minutes.
The caffeine goes out in the first wash:)
Brewing Loose Leaf Green or White Tea
For Green or White teas follow the first set of instructions BUT let the boiling water sit for about 2 minutes before pouring over the tea leaves. Once it has cooled for two minutes pour the hot water into the teapot through the strainer and tea leaves and steep for 3 minutes. Boiling water tends to make green or white tea leaves bitter.
My favorite teas are from Harney & Sons (http://www.harney.com/). They have a wonderful webiste with an incredible selection of teas. My favorites are Vanilla, Paris, Mango, Appricot, Earl Grey Supreme, and Darjeeling.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
An iron settee provides a shady spot to sit and enjoy nature's splendor.
The house is nestled among various flowering shrubs.