Saturday, May 30, 2015

It Was a "Whatever I Want Night"

Tonight was one of those nights when the only one I had to prepare an evening meal for was me! I take advantage of these (once in a while) evenings by preparing a meatless meal that wouldn't particularly be thrilling for my husband because he is more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy. As for me, I could live on vegetables!

My youngest daughter used to call these evenings a "whatever you want night." I used to love it when my family would ask for that!

I lightly toasted an English Muffin and then drizzled a little olive oil over the top. Garlic sauteed in a little olive oil is also delicious on this.

I then sliced up a tomato and placed two slices on each half of the English muffin, I chopped up a few large basil leaves and placed them on the tomatoes.

Next I sliced some fresh mozzarella and placed it on top of the tomato and basil. Then I tossed it in the oven and broiled it until the cheese began to melt. You can melt it more than I did if you prefer. I find it less messy to eat if the cheese is still relatively solid.

I took it out of the oven and drizzled some balsamic vinaigrette over the top. Then......yum! It was delicious! It gets better..... clean up was a snap!

I seldom leave the grocery store without tomatoes and basil. Today I also grabbed a large bunch of asparagus so I can make the stack of deliciousness you see below!

Stacked Veggies

 This is another favorite meal of mine in the summer--tomatoes, steamed asparagus, basil and mozzarella. See a prior post about stacked veggies by clicking here. I will often serve it with grilled chicken .

If you love these vegetables as much as I do, you will love either one of these veggie delights. I am pretty sure I will be having another" whatever I want night" very soon. Try it! ......and enjoy!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ecru or Beige?

That is the question......

These are some of my newest doily and linen finds! Ecru has always been a favorite color of mine when it comes to linens, especially vintage linens. I mean, I have definitely ooed and aahhed over beautiful, crisp white linens but when I see doilies and linens in any shade of ecru, my heart skips a beat or two.

According to Wikipedia, ecru is defined as "the shade of greyish-pale yellow or a light greyish-yellowish brown. It is often used to describe such fabrics as silk and linen in their unbleached state. Ecru comes from the French word ecru which means literally raw or unbleached."

During and prior to the 1930's, ecru was considered another shade of beige. Since then though, ecru and beige have been regarded as two different colors.

It appears I may have mistakenly believed I was in love with ecru when all along I have been in love with the color beige. Whatever....Ecru sounds so much more sophisticated. Call it what you will. I still call it ecru! about you?

Here is a view of four pieces I purchased. At the top is a runner which must be 50" long! It is exquisite. What I found interesting about this piece is that on one side there are crocheted medallions in a slightly darker thread. If you look closely you can see the shade I am talking about. Perhaps they are more of an ecru while the rest of  them are a truer beige. I can only imagine that whoever crocheted this was being frugal and used up the last of some thread in her stash. It matters not to me!!! I think it simply adds to the charm and appeal!

Maybe the two tones are easier to see here in the closeup.

Another very lovely piece. This is about the size of an average placemat.

Three sweet linen dish towels are among my finds.....a lad and lassy embroidered on two of the cream-colored towels (he looks like he is doing a jig) and the third towel is embroidered on a lighter cream linen with perhaps a clover? The leaves look like 4 leaf clovers! 

Whatever the shades may be, they can be mixed and matched (I just love the mismatched look) and combined with other colors and textures sure to give you that charming, vintage appeal on your dining table, or in any room of your house. This just happens to be on my porch.....and the doily on my table is ecru. Thank you.

Have a perfectly lovely day!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sew What is Under Construction!

Hello Folks! I am currently reformatting my blog. Since this is not my forte, you may see some things that do not look quite right and for that I apologize! I hope to have my changes finalized by the weekend but please don't quote me on that!

Many thanks for your patience!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Another Recycled Pair of Jeans

Can you guess what this is?

In my house it is wise not to leave jeans lying around as I have a habit of snatching them as a potential canvas for future craft or sewing projects. I love to recycle jeans! The fabric is durable and seldom worn out after their useful life as jeans. This particular pair of jeans was cut off for shorts which leaves two very useful pant legs behind.

I made my sister a microwaveable heat pack a couple of years ago. She has used that thing every day since. It was on the smaller size and she uses it around her neck. She asked if I could make a larger one for the lumbar area of her back. Well, here it is!

It is large and it is full of rice! I was so tempted to try it out as I have a few aches and pains of my own but decided against it! It is a gift afterall.....

These loops on the end are constructed from the bottom of the pant leg--the hem line. These can be used with a belt or tie so that the bag will stay in place without having to hold it. The rice pak easily wraps around the back and covers a lot of lumbar territory!

The handles are also useful to carry the pak because there is a lot of rice in there and it is heavy! It folds in half for easier toting.

These whip up in no time flat. I like to take advantage of seams that are already in place. I only had to sew the two end seams as the pant leg was already sewn. I did opt to sew in four compartments to keep the rice from sliding to one side. I find it really annoying when that happens!

The thing I love about denim is that is goes with anything and it can be custom wrapped depending on the taste of your recipient. Remember: presentation is everything!

In this case I will be using a kraft gift bag and some tissue. My sister does not share my obsession for everything lace so a jute tie, kraft tag and bag will be a perfect presentation.

This turned out so well that I may use that last leg to make a rice pak for myself. I use them everyday and in the winter I use more than one at a time to keep myself toasty warm in the evenings!

......and here we have Miss Ellie.....she was sitting in a chair that she clearly did not fit in and she was pouting because I was sewing and not paying her enough attention! She did pick up a few grains of rice that fell out of the bag as I was pouring rice into the pak so pick up was a snap! Now for some Ellie and me time........

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Floral Feast for the Eyes

Today I am going to take you on a stroll through a greenhouse that we recently visited. We went to  purchase annuals for a flower bed in our front yard. Since this post is photo intensive some of you may choose to run through while others may want to stroll through leisurely and take in the beautiful array of colors that sure are pleasing to the eye! (I apologize for that black border around the photo above--no matter how many times I changed it to white, it kept reverting to black and I finally gave up on it!) come along with me and enjoy the view! How charming is this little wooden plank walk way--the sides lined with sweet flowering plants?

The first plants we are greeted with are geraniums. These are some of the most beautiful geraniums that I have ever seen. They remind me of my grandmother. My grandmother loved geraniums and she had an amazing green thumb! Her plants were every bit as lush and healthy looking as these! The colors of these plants are breathtaking!

Moving on to some hanging beauties!

For as far as the eye could see, there were so many hanging pots full of the most beautiful posies!!!
I'll take one of each......actually these pots were so large that as soon as I lifted one I realized it was too heavy for my shepherd's hook.


I found myself totally intrigued with the succulents! There were so many varieties! Recently I have seen blog posts with container gardens full of these little gems. I would really like to try one myself.

......this is an interesting way to display them!

Gerber daisies! I don't know what it is about these, but they just make me smile! I love gerber daisies! 

Foliage plants: I have seen some beautiful container gardens made up of foliage plants. Coleus in one of my favorites.

These were so pretty!

I love the vibrant red! We usually plant petunias--the wave variety as they spread quickly and look lovely cascading over the side of our retaining wall.

Below:  These are quite pretty in pink, orange and red. Are these an impatien vatiety? They were loaded with buds!

More petunias....

and more.....

I love looking at these flowers! The creamy, pale yellow is just so pretty!

These are beautiful too!

More petunias.....

This was a totally unexpected scene but a cute way to display some flowers.

Look at this mass of lavender, violet and purple! So lovely!

On the way out, I snapped a photo of this pretty hanging pot of petunias. It sure makes a statement sitting on the white pedestal! I love this!

I hope you enjoyed your little walk through the greenhouse! It was just one of several greenhouses on this farm. The grounds were also full of perennials, trees, bushes etc. We had already walked through the other area before it occurred to me to snap some photos.

We return here every spring to purchase our annuals and perennials. It's a family run farm, everyone is so friendly and the service is great!