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This blog is all about my love (or as I call it "addiction") of
collecting, decorating, cooking, quilting, & fun DIY projects.

June 20, 2010

A Special Cookbook

I love cookbooks and received this one with pride.
Pride~In receiving a cookbook?   Yes, pride ~ let me explain.

If you have the new Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood cookbook, please turn to the back ,page 216 please.

Now you know why I am so proud. There in row 14 is my daughters name !

She assisted in the styling of  Trisha Yearwood,her mother, and sister during the shoot of this book. All 3 ladies signed the front cover too.
Once in hand I made several of her recipes and see that this is a really great cookbook for anyone who likes down-home country cooking. It is easy-to-use and the recipes are practical.
No, I'm not getting paid to say this!

The recipes are based on everyday meals, plus some foods for special occasions. There is no need for exotic ingredients, since nearly every recipe is made from the staples we all keep in our homes.

Trisha has that southern hospitality gene and is a big believer that cooking for someone else is an act of love.
I highly recommend this as a gift for the cooks in your life and is a nice addition to my cookbook collection.
 Oh, and you can highlight page 216 if you wish!  (wink)

June 15, 2010

Tea Anyone?

I get a warm fuzzy every time someone mentions Tea. I guess it's because I crave the stuff and have a love for collecting teapots. One beautiful way to show off your teapots is to have a tea party.
Don't panic, there are tea parties of all shapes and sizes and not all are the stuffed shirt variety.
It can be a Tea-for-Two with your daughter (or some day a daughter in-law).
With your besties (girlfriends), or the ladies group.
Hey you can even have a tea party all by yourself, I do it all the time!

Displaying my teapots are part of my daily joy, but don't let them just set there ~ use them.
They each have a story that lead them to you and setting on a shelf
is not the only way they want to go to that
'Great Tea Party in the Sky'

My teapot collection began with the small Hall Teapot in the center.  
Isn't it sweet, it was my Grandmother Cora's teapot.
It has a small nick on its spout, but it is lovely just the same.  
I'm not sure how old it is, I've had it for years now and who knows how long Cora had it in her possession. 
It stayed in a Hope Chest for years, then in a cabinet, and now out on display where it should have been a long time ago. But it is at its very best when I have it full of steeping hot
Tea nestled up to some biscotti just for me.

June 7, 2010

My Vintage Find

On this weekends thrift search I found a beauty, a vintage highchair. Now mind you, I do not have any grand children, but I would have kicked myself if I let this one get away.
What do you think?A real beauty isn't she.
An older gentleman was asking $35.00 for it and like all garage sale savvy people do, I asked, "Would you take any less for it?" He said, "It's a good sturdy chair, but I'll take $25 for it".

 I've searched Google but can not find anything that will tell me what year it would be or style it is. I've been referring to it as a fiddleback, but am not sure.
Now you can only imagine the hubs face when he awoke and saw me out on the back porch with my cleaning tooth-brush and magic eraser and a HIGHCHAIR ! I saw the look in his eyes and I immediately said: "Isn't it beautiful, I bet it's worth $100". (I don't care if it isn't worth anything - I love it and hopefully it will see some grand babies someday- no pressure kids).
 I used a mild cleanser to remove the years of baby food (I'm hoping that was only baby food) from the spindles I used my magic eraser, which works wonders in removing the crud and not the patina.
I tightened up a screw or two and am leaving her just like she is, now setting in the dinning room for all to see.
My son's girlfriend Racheal, busted into laughter as I presented my new find. "No pressure huh" she said. Her son Aidan (who is a real cutie-pie), was the first to give it a try.

Yeap, she's sturdy!