Thursday, September 18, 2014

Transitional Early Fall Tablescape

I am really feeling the fall vibe lately-
but not quite ready to plaster my house
 with the deep rich colors of autumn.

So I went downstairs and "shopped" my china storage
to put together this tablescape that to me says
 EARLY FALL - a subtle hint of what's to come....

There are  still flowers and lots of green outdoors

 but a few of the early trees are changing up.

I am seeing some deep reds and pinks out there.

My table runner with its crimson roses and leaves  

was my inspiration.

Cloud shadows rush over drying hay, fences,
 dusty lane and railroad ravine.
The first yellowing fronds of goldenrod
 brighten the margins of the woods.

                                                       ~J. Kenyon

Even as leans on the fainting evening
 the foliage withering,
I am touched with a song of brown and of shadows.
and of colors lingering.

                                                              ~M. Turbyfill

We had the BEST crop of onions in our harvest garden
this year - better than any year previously.

So I have been making a lot of French Onion soup.

These little soup tureens are perfect for it

because they are oven safe.

For us the first to wain is the sweet basil, followed by the Italian basil,
then parsley - and the hardiest is the thyme, oregano and the rosemary -
 they hang on till the very cool weather comes.

I just took all these pics today - our thyme is still going strong!


1 cup of skinny strip cuts of onion  per person.  

1 cup beef bouillon per person.

Melt a little butter in stock pan and fry up onions until tender and clear - don't overcook or brown.

Add half stick of butter, the broth and some thyme, salt pepper and garlic powder to taste. 
I use a few shakes of all. Add a little bit of nutmeg but not as much as the other flavors.

I use fresh thyme from my herb garden and freshly grated nutmeg from a nut but dried is fine- use less with dried - it's nearly impossible to ruin this easy soup so I never measure, sorry!  : - )

Cook on low simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes. 

Fill oven safe bowls and place on a cookie sheet. 

Place stale bread (love baguettes past their prime for this) or croutons or whatever kind of thick dry bread and then sprinkle about a tablespoon of parmesan cheese, heavily cover with mozzarella and/or provolone on top of bread. Lots of cheese is yummy so don't be shy with it.

Place bowls on sheet and broil in preheated oven until cheese melts and lightly browns. Watch CAREFULLY that it doesn't burn- doesn't take very long.

This keeps in fridge for a couple days if you have extra.

As always, thank you for your visit!


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Eye Candy

It's cooled down finally and is feeling like FALL!

I now have 4  large bins of autumn decor items
 sitting in my living room needing to be opened!

Fall is my very favorite time of year- 
but never at the cost of wishing my life
 or summertime away!

It flies past fast enough without trying, doesn't it?

I just wanted to say hello and share a few of my favorite pics
 from the past for you (and for me) to get inspired....
and let you know I will be finally putting away summer
 and welcoming fall into our home.

I love opening my seasonal decor boxes - 
it's almost like Christmas...the joy of discovering
 things I forgot about owning....such as my sweet little
corn husk autumn harvest doll.

I absolutely love hosting autumn tea parties -
they're not as "old fashioned" as my spring ones,
 but tea never tastes better than when
 there's a chill in the air!

Ah the wonderful warm scents of Autumn-
cinnamon, clove, orange, mums....

And the rich colours of autumn....golds, rusts, browns....

Sunflowers are the perfect transitional flower.

As always, thank you for your visit!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Shall NEVER Forget!

“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.”                                                                                                             – U.S. President George W. Bush.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Teatime with Cake and Hydrangeas

Today is so beautiful; cooler, sunny with vivid blue skies!

Thank you so much for joining me for
 teatime outdoors.

How about a yummy piece of cake leftover
 from a sweet little new family member's Baptism yesterday?

My husband was asked by his brother 
to be our little niece's godfather.

Here's Little Miss Happy, Lilly on her special day.

She smiles really big and often.  : - )

 Father V doesn't nearly as often, lol.

But it kinda looks as though he's trying to back there!

Isn't she just a sweetie?

Sorry it's blurry- was an action shot from a few rows back with my phone.

I ♥ this very old and delicate teacup. 

I think it as tea it meant to be taken, do you agree?

It's very translucent.

Here is the inside showing my finger and 
showing the backstamp through the china.

I so ♥ that!

The hydrangea cuttings are from my garden
and simply placed inside a little antique teapot.

I treated one of my hydrangeas with an agent 
I purchased from the garden store this year 
to make them more purple - as ours are always pink.

It really worked!

Be sure to hop on over to Sandi's
Rose  Chintz Cottage

If it is pretty china and tea time you love
you won't want to miss this weekly party!

As always, thank you for visiting!


Friday, September 5, 2014

French Country Transitional Tablescape

OK, folks - it is still summer
 and it is even still too hot to be outdoors!
It's like a sauna steam bath out there!

So I am still holding off on the bringing up
 the big tubs of All Things Autumn!

Today I am sharing a very French Country tablescape
 that is a good transition between the two seasons.

It has a touch of fall and pretty colour.

You may remember my sharing these
wonderful hand made crepe paper flowers
 my eldest daughter made me a couple birthdays ago. 

I placed them in this heavy pottery milk jug
made in Staffordshire, England.

It sits on a handmade toile and Provencial doily.

I think they bring that "hint of fall"
 this tablescape called for. 

A large Fiesta soft yellow charger
A Bizziri large green dinner plate
A fun scalloped edged polka dot salad plate
A little ivy floral bread plate

Top it all off with pretty
Soft yellow vintage Damask luncheon linens
wrapped in simple white ceramic napkin rings.

Cobalt blue Gibson flatware
 adds some added dimension with colour.

They match nicely with the blue glasses.

I absolutely love these hand painted goblets!

It all coordinates in beautiful harmony.

And the very best part of this tablescape?

Every single thing on this table except the flowers
and the white tea cups is or soon shall be for sale at
The Finch Rest Emporium!

As always, thank you for your visit!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fare Thee Well, August, Greetings September!

August is naught;
 and September
 hath arrived this day in stealth.


By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,

With summer’s best of weather

And autumn’s best of cheer.

                             - Helen Hunt Jackson

In the garden Autumn is, indeed
 the crowning glory of the year
 bringing us the fruition
 of months of thought and care and toil. 
And at no season, save perhaps in daffodil time,
do we get such superb colour effects
 as from August to November.
                                                                                    - Rose G. Kingsley

The foliage has been losing its freshness
 through the month of August,
 and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself
 like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty
 who has seen one season too many.

                                                                                   -   Oliver Wendell Holmes

(True but ouch! LOL!)

{Source} for poems.

Wishing you all an absolutely lovely September.

As always, thank you for your visit!



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Farewell to Summer Nautical Tablescape

Labor Day last "hurrah"
 before summer is just a pleasant & distant memory.

Regardless of it being super hot still....
school is back in session, the football games are starting
 and the days are beginning to get shorter and shorter. 

I don't decorate heavily for fall until the corn stalks are brown,
 so I still have some summer left in me
to join in the fun over at Cuisine Kathleen's 
end of summer tablescape challenge.

My centerpiece is a simple one:
I used a tall heavy glass & metal chippy cloche
 with a few shells and starfish tucked inside.

I ♥ these heavy stoneware scalloped shell plates.

The burlap is supposed to represent the ocean's sand.

The blue goblets are used to represent ocean.

Use your imagination that they are light blue and better matching.
(Please and thank you.)

My simple but trusty plain white vintage English teacups come in handy 
in their effortlessness to match about anything I conjure up.

While growing up in a summer vacationland on the lake
 it always meant  Labor Day weekend always signified
 the end of the BEST fun.

All the cute visiting city boys had to return home,
 and all the cute local boys had to go back to college.

The Eagle's song  "Boys of Summer"
 written by Don Henley nailed it best:

Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach.
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach.
Empty lake, empty streets
The sun goes down alone.
I'm driving by your house
Though I know you're not home.......

But for the time being the lake is still full of boats
 and jetters and floaters.

The beaches are still full of sun bathers and swimmers.
(And lots of volley-ball players and frisbee throwers!)

The pubs are still filled with fun and laughter and music.

It all sure makes me wish I were 20 something again
 and dancing every night like it all would never end.

But as the Bible tells us, there's a time for every season.

All things have their season,
 and in their times all things pass under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

My summer season is much quieter now, consisting of more
 watching hummingbirds than sun bathing,
doing more garden weeding than dancing
and more reading than partying..............
and that is as it should be.

I am quite content and full of peace,
 happy with my special memories
and hopeful with my possible future ones.

Dance with the Sea

Walks on the beach

Days in the sun
Swims in the ocean...
Come on every one!

You know you enjoy it
Whether you’re younger or older
So have a good time
Before the weather gets colder.

Splash in the ocean
Dive with the sea
Don’t hide from the fun
Come here and you’ll see.

The sun is burning
It’s 90 degrees
There’s lots to discover
You just wait and see!

We’re splashing
We’re tanning
We’re laughing
We’re fanning
We’re having so much fun
We can hardly breathe.

The ocean is calling
The waves are all falling
So come and be happy
And dance with the sea.


As always, thank you for your visit!