Saturday, October 30, 2010

Autumn Blessings!

A most gorgeous fall day in the local mountains... a perfect day for apple picking!

My sister Robbie and I planned a get together a few days ago to go apple picking in the local mountains where she lives.  We have been picking apples together every fall for over 20 years now and it has become a family tradition! We started out when our older children were quite young, but since we still have a few little ones who enjoy it .... it made for a perfect fall day!

Cousins Holland and Jaclyn love apples!
Jaclyn was eager to pick lots of apples because she especially likes the applesauce and apple pies that we will  make with them!
The next day we are ready to begin making applesauce! This apple peeler is so much fun to use!
I just love this apple corer!
Simmer the apples in a covered pan with water until tender.
I mashed the apples with a potato masher, but you can puree it with a food processor if you like.
I added some brown and white sugar and cinnamon to taste. I also added some red hot candies and it gave the applesauce a nice pink color! Yum!
Jaclyn, my official taste tester .... gives this applesauce her thumbs-up seal of approval!

I took some photos of Robbie's mountain home while I was there and I will share them in a few days.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy 23rd Birthday, Jaime!

Today our oldest daughter Jaime is celebrating her 23rd birthday! We can't be with her to help her celebrate because she is in Spain attending college! 
We know you're having a great time with all of your friends while studying hard! You're getting to see and experience so much! We are just so thankful that we can skype you almost everyday!!!

Jaime said that of all the cafes she's dined at in Europe so far, the best coffee is "Dunkin Coffee" in Spain!
We are so proud of our beautiful daughter!
She can play the piano beautifully and it has made me cry many times! She has an amazing sense of humor! She loves Lucy! She's able to completely memorizes a movie, if it's one she likes! But most importantly, she has a heart for the Lord. We love you, Jaime! We're looking forward to when you come home for Christmas! Only six more weeks!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Vintage Birdcage

Last week my friend Sue took me out to lunch for my birthday at one of our favorite restaurants for French Onion Soup. We always like to browse antique stores together and so after lunch we visited our local antique mall. While we were there I found this adorable vintage bird cage.  I have always thought it would be fun to have one just like this with a stand!
When I got home I hinted or rather told my husband about the most adorable bird cage I've ever seen in my entire life....and so for my birthday he "surprised" me with it!!! I love it even more now and it has found a special place in our bedroom! Thank you so much, Jim!!!
The vintage bird cage came with the pretty Lilly of the Valley flowers and little yellow canary. I think it looks so sweet!
Over the past few months, I have been redoing our bedroom.  I still have to sew the curtains and do a few other things, but just wanted to let you see a glimpse of it so far.
I found this lamp shade at a yard sale. I've seen vintage shades like this on blogs, and just love this look! I added the burlap ribbon with tea dyed lace and the rhinestone pin. The baby pics are of me and my husband.
 An old corner china cabinet given to us from neighbors is now a TV cabinet. I painted and distressed it and added the curtains. The vintage hats belonged to my grandma.

Another birthday present from my mom from several years ago. I am really enjoying this new look in our bedroom. I am thankful that my husband likes it, too! He does have a masculine home office and I will share that sometime soon!

I'm linking to White Wednesday at Faded Charm and
Show and Tell Friday at Cindy's Romantic Home!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy 19th Birthday, Jessica!

This week our family has four birthdays within six days! It started out with Jimmy's on the 23rd, mine was yesterday and today is Jessica's! We now have three left over birthday cakes in the refrigerator!!!  Believe me, we did NOT plan this! However, it has been kind of nice this week being able to share all of our birthdays together.
Our oldest daughter Jaime has her birthday is on the 28th!  Since she is in Spain attending college we can't celebrate it with her, but have already sent off her birthday package.
So, today we are celebrating our sweet daughter, Jessica's 19th birthday! 
 Jim and I are SO proud of her! She's a college student, works part time and is a junior high 
youth leader at church. 
It has been a joy watching her grow up and become a beautiful young lady! 
She has a bubbly, fun personality, too! 
Happy Birthday, Jessica! We love you!

For my birthday, my husband got me something I absolutely love! I will post about that tomorrow!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happy 12th Birthday, Jimmy!

I can't believe my little boy is 12 years old today!!!
Jimmy is the sweetest boy and is such a fun kid, too! He's always happy and loves to make everyone laugh! He is an awesome big brother to his little sister, Jaclyn!
Jimmy's birthday started out with breakfast in bed .... a family tradition! Although, in this case it was served on his bedroom floor, as I didn't think I should climb up the ladder to his bed with a tray of food! His favorite breakfast... french toast, bacon and hot chocolate! 
Then, of course, we had to open some presents! 
We even had his favorite cake....chocolate! 

Thanks for blessing us with a dozen years!
We love you, Jimmy!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My New Vintage Tablecloth

Recently, my mother-in-law, Bessie gave me her vintage tablecloth.  I was thrilled to receive it, not only because it is so cute... but, because it is yellow and red... just like my kitchen!  

However, I did not know the story behind it until now.
When my father-in-law Harold and Bessie were married on January 10, 1942, it was during the war. Harold was in the Air Force and they were not suppose to get married without first getting permission from the military.  Well, they went ahead and got married anyway with only $3.00 to their name! They rented a small one room apartment near the base. Harold would sneak food home from the mess hall so Bessie would have a little more to eat.

Bessie soon got a job working in a war plant loading tracer bullets... and, that is another story! 
Anyways, with her first paycheck, Bessie bought this tablecloth!  She said their apartment was very plain and thought this tablecloth was just the thing needed to brighten things up! Bessie also added, that the main meal served on this tablecloth was meatloaf!  

At first, I thought it might look nice as a valance... but, I decided to keep it on my kitchen table where we have already enjoyed some meatloaf!

Thanks, Bessie... I will treasure it!

This is their wedding photo.
Harold and Bessie have been married for 68 years now!!!

I'm linking to:  Vintage Inspiration Friday

Monday, October 11, 2010

An Autumn Evening

Yesterday we had some friends over for dinner. Actually, Susan and Buzz are more like family because we have known them for over 30 years! We always have a great time whenever we get together!

Our two French chefs presenting the evening menu!

Inspired by some creative blogs ... I made this burlap table runner.  I think it is perfect for an autumn table setting.

I tried a new recipe that was recommended to me by my mom.  It's called  Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups. It was so yummy and so easy to make! I like serving food that not only is delicious, but also easy to fix and has great presentation.  I also made Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad. It was scrumptious and so easy to make as well. Did I mention I like to make things that are easy?

I have been trying a lot of new recipes lately because I think I've gotten into sort of a rut with menu planning. I admit I have been getting tried of my own cooking, but have found some new and healthy recipes that are also delicious at such sites as My son, the chef even has it as an app on his phone.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Antique Window Panes

I really love the look of antique window panes and love using them even more in my home for decoration! I found this window pane at a flea market several years ago.  I wasn't quite sure what to do with it at first.

    I had seen some old window panes that had been hand painted and thought that would look really cute. . . so that's what I decided to do with it. I was into apples at the time and so I just hand painted right on the glass using acrylic paint.  

My sister Robbie purchased this window frame that was already hand painted from an antique store.  
I just love it and it looks so darling in her vintage kitchen.  Did I say I love it??? I will have do to a post about her kitchen sometime soon so you can see just how cute it is! We both have yellow cottage kitchens.
  I'm not sure who copied who . . . ? ;)

The mirror above my fireplace mantle is actually an old window pane. 
I spray painted it on the back side with Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint.  The looking glass paint gives it a real vintage look. It's kind of hard to see, but it really does have the look of an old antique mirror.

    This is actually not a window pane. . . but a frame that I added some appliques to and then distressed it. It reminds me of other things that can be done using old window panes.  Vintage photos, pieces of old quilts, family photos, even kid's art work would look really nice in an old window pane!

I am linking to: Make it 4 Monday at Cottage Instincts and
White Wednesday at Faded Charm and
Transformation Thursdays  at the Shabby Chic Cottage
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