Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tea And Scones

End of January Tea

The wind is blowing and it has started to snow pretty hard.  It is so cold.
Nothing like a warm spot of tea.

Rocky, an English Pointer joined me for tea.


Crocheted Mug Cozy

I Made It!!

I saw this pattern on line and decided to try it.  It was easy and I'm a beginner!  
It took me a couple hours one evening.
I'm sure it would be an hour project for veteran crocheters.

I think I'll make a couple more.
And also try to figure out how to make a tea pot cozy.

It turned cold and windy here again.  We had those couple freak days of 50 and 60 degree temps and now it's back to good ol' NE Ohio weather with snow.  Good weather for either baking or crocheting.
Since I've gained some unwanted weight, I think I should be just crocheting!!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tea in the Parlor

Oh my, it was after four and I hadn't had my tea !!
I set up a quick little setting in my living room which used to be called the parlor years ago in this house.

I had green tea, so no milk.
Last evening my dogs got into this tin of cookies and ate the last of them up!!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

New Tea Pot and Homemade Scones

I bought this pretty tea pot on eBay last week and it just came.  Isn't it pretty.
Can't wait to use it.

I made some homemade scones today.
They turned out so good besides the fact that I will make them a little thicker (taller) next batch.
I have the blackberry jam and now I've got to find some Devonshire cream to make it truly English!

Here's the recipe I used for the scones.
They are really good.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Baked Chicken Parmesan

I'm linking this post with Foodie Friday

I got this recipe from Pinterest.  It's from a site called Food Wishes.  I'll put the link at the bottom.
This makes a delicious dish and it's so easy and only requires one dish.  Your casserole.
Here's the recipe which I adjusted a little.

I also added some brown sugar to the tomato sauce.  I always do that.  I like it a little sweet and it takes away the acidity.
I had a smaller casserole so I adjusted things accordingly.  
I used thighs instead of breasts but I think I'll try the white meat next time.
I also left mine in for 45 minutes and covered with foil the last 15 minutes so the croutons wouldn't get too brown.
This is a very easy and tasty dish!

Here is a link to the site which has a video how to put this together.

Try it, You'll love it!!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Quilt Find and Tea

New Quilt Find
I've been searching for some pretty tea pots lately and went into a little antique store I frequent.
I didn't find a tea pot but found this pretty quilt with tea pots on it!!!
It isn't an old quilt but I thought it was unique and was a fabulous price.  (under $20!!!)
It has a couple little problems but still a good buy.
What do you think?

Here's the problem.  I have tried everything to remove this mark.  (Shout, Oxy-clean,Peroxide)
It looks like highlighter marker or maybe paint!
Does anyone have any ideas???
It's right near the top so I can turn it down to hide it.  (Or put some pillows over it.)
It may look cute as a table cover too!

Tea Today In The Dining Room

Have a nice week everyone and stay warm.  Brutal temps coming here. 
I'll be making a fire in my fireplace.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Tea For Me (and some bargains)

Like I said a couple posts back, I was going to start to have afternoon tea every day that I'm home. Here's today's tea with some biscuit cookies.

Yesterday I had this Biscotti but they are pretty crispy!!  (Hard!)  And I don't know if it's good "tea etiquette" to dunk.

This is what I had today.  I got them on sale at Marshalls and they are very good.

I have to show you a couple recent bargains.
Yesterday I went to Good Will and found these two scarves cheap and this pair I barely worn Sketchers!  I mean the sole doesn't look like they've been worn more than once.  It's what I wear and they fit perfectly.  Guess how much!!!!  $3.00!!!!!!!!!  These are $55.00 shoes!!
I'm happy!

I found this ceramic egg holder for the counter at Marshalls for $2.99.  They are much more on line.
Works great for when your going to use some eggs so they don't roll away!!
Have a happy weekend!
We're supposed to get frigid weather coming in Sunday night.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tea Time

My heritage is English.  My maiden name is Wickersham.
My mother's side is French,
I am thinking that I am going to celebrate my English heritage by trying to have afternoon tea every afternoon that I can.
The 4pm tea is called low tea and is usually accompanied with some small sandwiches or cakes.
That seems good to me!
Traditionally I believe the English took their tea with milk.  I used to drink my tea that way when I was young and it is quite good.
I think my urge to do this is from watching and loving "Downton Abbey";
(well, all English movies centered in the 1800's and early 1900's, for that matter.)
Or maybe it's from living in this 1850 house.
I think I'll have to start my teatime journey on Thursday though as I have a riding lesson at 4pm.
(I'll ride English!)
(And practice up on my British Accent!)


Simple Winter Tablescape and Soup

A simple table setting for a warm winter meal of soup.
A tasty green salad would go nicely here.

The recipe for the creamy baked potato soup is here:

I'm linking this post with Tablescape Thursday:


Monday, January 14, 2013

Rich Baked Potato Soup

I made a big pot of baked potato soup today.
I ate some for supper. I have some for tomorrow and have lots of containers for the freezer for whenever!

It's really delicious but I made it a little rich!
I didn't have 7 cups of milk, only 4 so I substituted half and half for the other 3 cups!
I wouldn't do that again, only because it sure doesn't need the extra richness.

Here's the recipe I used.

4 large baked potatoes, baked then cooled and peeled and cut in pieces.
1 chopped onion
2/3 C butter.
2/3 cup flour
10 stripes of bacon cooked well and crumbled
1 C shredded cheese.  (I used cheddar)
7 C milk
8oz sour cream
3/4 tsp seasoned salt

Melt butter in large soup pot, add onions till tender then flour and cook till thickened.
Add milk, cheese, sour cream, potatoes and seasoning.
Cook till thickened.
I use a hand blender to chop up some of the potatoes but leave some chunks.
Add in bacon and some pepper at the end and stir till heated.


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Foodie Friday


Friday, January 11, 2013

I'm a Bad Chicken Mama!!

Martha got frostbite on her comb!
I feel so bad.
I should've greased up their combs with vaseline when it got down in the teens but I didn't.
And Martha, You should've stuck your head under your wing!!!!
Now I have to put Neosporin on it everyday and she'll probably lose those points.
She's the only one that got it because her comb was the biggest!
Poor Martha.
I feel bad!

They say it's more from the humidity in the coop than the temp.
Maybe I'll remove their water at night when it gets cold again in a few days.
Right now we're having a January thaw and it's supposed to be over 60 tomorrow!
Then down in the thirties during the week.  Not good for the horses at all!!!!

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