Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Summer!

Most of us have felt the hot summer temperatures already, but today, June 21st,  is officially the first day of Summer!  Anyone who knows me well enough, knows I'm savoring every minute of this!  I love when the kids are home from school!  I love all the picnics and roasted marshmallows!  I love camping and bonfires!  I love a cold Iced Tea, or an Iced Coffee, but I love an ice-cold beer, or a cold, slushy margarita now and then too!  I love going out for ice creams, walking the dog, swimming and suntanning...

I love the outdoor plays and performances at the parks, and summer concerts!..  And before you know it, we'll be watching fireworks displays for the 4th of July!  I LOVE this season!

Happy Summer Everybody!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Make Time For Tea Time!

It's been much to my disappointment that I've missed serving tea for several weeks now, busy with one thing and another, preventing me from tending to one of my most favorite weekly events.  I have loved tea parties ever since I was a little girl visiting with my great grandmother; and in those same years I also remember the times I'd set up a table, or even just the top of my bed, for tea with all the dear dollies I loved so much!

I may be older now, but as many of us know, there's still something about Tea Time, that will remain forever special.  I may have tea alone, or perhaps with family or friends;  but as you can see, the years haven't stopped me from including my dollies and teddy bears as very special guests! 

A few weeks ago, I found a teapot at a moving sale we had come across, on our way to other destinations.  This one has a pretty pink rose on the front, with a sweet little rosebud at the top of it's lid.

From the moment I saw it, it took only as long as my quick and determined steps towards it, to sweep this new found treasure into my possession, bubbling with excitement at the thought of bringing it home with me!

Just a short and very simple story behind the pretty little vessel which I serve tea in today!  I'm so happy you could join me for a cup, though!  Please help yourself to cream and sugar, and some homemade muffins!

The weather has cooled down a bit, allowing me to bake some homemade goodies, and I do not take this time for granted!  I found the recipe for these Sugar Donut Muffins from The Domestic Engineer!  In her recipe, she noted that she did not use nutmeg, but I did, and the kids and I LOVED them!  The recipe was quick and easy!  They freeze beautifully, and I'm quite certain it will not be long before I make them again!

It's hard to believe the school year is almost over.  Dear Son couldn't be happier, of course!  I'm hoping he will make good use of this time off.

He loves his computer and electronic games of course, but I will most assuredly be encouraging him to read a book, learn the guitar... maybe throw in a cooking lesson or two, here and there with him.  He is increasingly interested to join a gym, so we will look into that!  Of course we always get that little extra bit of exercise in, when we take the dog for walks around the neighborhood, or to the park!

Dear Daughter talks about possibly going on a short vacation to Florida during the Summer.  This is wonderful, and she most certainly deserves this!  She's worked so hard, between college and teaching full-time already!...  But if she goes, I will definitely miss her, even for the short period that she'll be gone!

I am fitting everything I can into every minute lately, as I always have so much I want and have to do.  I have gotten a good deal of crocheting in.  The projects I've worked on are small, but enjoyable to make, just the same!

Of course, lately, a great deal of the red, white, and blue color scheme is going into each project as I go along!   I found this "tea" towel at my local CVS, then just crocheted a hanging topper for it!  Patterns for both the Rose Petal Potholder (above), and the Hot Pad Roundup (below), can be found at Crochet Soiree

At the same time, I am thoroughly engrossed in the 3rd book of the Twilight series, Eclipse!  I am presently in the middle of Chapter 13, about midway through the book now!  While shopping Walmarts over the weekend, they had Twilight t-shirts on sale for $1.00 a piece!...  Hmmm...  Guess what I'm wearing today!  We watched the movie New Moon, and I loved it!  While sitting around the t.v., I set out a homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza, fresh out of the oven!  I found the recipe for it HERE, at One Crazy Cookie!  Oh my gosh, it was DELICIOUS, so this recipe is also a keeper!  

Well, while the weather remains cool as it is, holding to the 70-degree range these last few days, I hope to get a little more baking in.  It's just of matter of deciding which recipe(s), old or new, I'd like to go with today!  I also have dishes to wash, laundry to fold, and a tub to clean;  but sometime later today, whenever time allows, I would like to work on my Blessings sampler!  I got to spend some time with a dear friend yesterday, and I'm feeling inspired to stitch at least a couple of squares!

Today, I am linking with: 

Sandi, at Rose Chintz Cottage & Inspirations, for Tea Time Tuesday;

and with Martha, at Martha's Favorites, for Tea Cup Tuesday;

and with Wanda Lee, at The Plumed Pen, for Tuesday Tea for Two!

My gosh, tea is being served every which way you look!..

 So, thank you so much for stopping by to visit with me! 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I Just Want to READ!

Having brought Dear Son to school this morning, I came home to get a few household chores done and out of the way.  Could I sit down yet for some leisurely reading, I wondered?...  Nope.  I knew I wanted to get one of my crochet projects finished first.

This is the third beanbag kitty I've made, from the pattern I got from the Crochet Soiree May Crochet-Along!  I am keeping one, and putting the other two away in the Christmas Box, as gifts done ahead!  I am getting better at these dryer sheet roses!  Just look at this one!  I got the idea from HERE, initially.  But having first folded my sheet accordion-style, like Lori did, I then felt even better at folding and rolling my rose by watching THIS video!

I plan on another project using these roses soon, and I'm having fun dying different shades of pink dryer sheets in the meantime!  Dear Daughter is helping by saving all her dryer sheets for me!

While I was finishing up with my little kitty, I decided to visit a few blogs...   maybe visit a few Thursday Tablescapes!   I came across Sandi's blog, Small Town Living At Its Best.  There, I saw she had a set of dishes just like mine!  However, she had mentioned that the dishes were now marked down, and I did not have all the dishes I wanted for my set yet!  Honestly, having bought the first dishes a while back, I pretty much forgot about the rest of the set!  So far, I had the dinner plates and the bowls, but I still did not have the dessert plates.  (Oh the horror!)...  Well, no time to lounge around and read yet!  I left Sandi a quick comment, and away like a flash, I was running to the store to see if I could find my dishes before they were gone!

My lucky stars must have been shining on me!  I had to hunt them down a little, but I found them on a bottom shelf, marked fifty percent off!

I got the last 8 dessert plates,  the exact number I still needed for my set, for 50 cents a piece!..  So, thank you Sandi!  If I hadn't seen your Tablescape Thursday post today, somebody else would have probably bought MY dishes!!  Well, it of course took some time, washing price stickers off all these dishes.  I LOVE new dishes, but I hate picking off clearance stickers and price tags!  Thank goodness for Goo Gone!...  Having finally finished that task, I'm glad I still have a decent set of all 10 fingernails!  I may have to repolish them tonight, but not a one was broke or chipped!  Woo-Hoo!  So....  Can I read my book yet?  I REALLY want to sit down and READ THIS BOOK!... Nope.  Time to make dinner!

Oh, but after dinner was done, I thought...  "Gee it's been a little while since I've posted anything on my blog!" So here I am, and glad to catch up a bit;  but can I sit down and read my book yet?   Nope.  I have to take the dog out!

O.K... That's done.  NOW I can sit down, kick my feet up, on this warm and muggy evening, turn my fan on, pour myself a glass of wine, paint my nails, and...

Yes, NOW I can read my book!  I just finished the 2nd book of the Twilight series, New Moon.  At first I didn't like it too much, but then I got somewhere around chapter 4 or 5, and I LOVED it!  I couldn't put the book DOWN!  I can't wait to start this third one, Eclipse!  I have just GOT to know what happens next!!  Edward or Jacob?.. Jacob or Edward?!.. I'm as torn as Bella about it! I love them both too!  I'll be so busy reading, I don't know when I'll be back to post again!  Ha! Ha!  Just kidding!...  Dear Daughter is bringing the second movie over this weekend, so I can't wait to see it!  The movie for Eclipse is scheduled to be in theatres on June 30th; and I just don't know if I can wait for the DVD for this one!

Hope everybody is keeping cool, as the summer temperatures are on the rise!  I know I'm just waiting for one cool day, when I can fire up the oven, and at least bake a batch of homemade cookies!  Some homemade chocolate chips sound so good, and there's a new recipe I'd like to try out.  If I can try baking those, maybe I'll serve them with tea on Tuesday!...    Oh yes, before I forget, one more thing!!

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