Uncategorized

Share Your Style #311

Welcome to this week’s Share Your Style #311! Happy Wednesday to you all, dear friends!

This link party is for home decor, DIY, crafts, recipes and the like, but you are more than welcome to share any of your family-friendly posts with us all. Please feel free to share this post too and join my small but loyal band of friends. I appreciate you!
 As always, I am glad that you are here…
💜

I am Barbara Chapman and I’d love it if you’d follow me here on my blog and on any of my other social media sites, too.  Thank you!💜 

French Ethereal: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest

Well, happy Wednesday to you all! 💜 Next week I am back to school but I have to say that I have enjoyed these past eight weeks of summer. It seems a long time ago since I flew to my nephew and his bride’s wedding and saw my daughter, brother and his wife and family. Then my mother-in-law and sister-in-law drove out to visit us, and my nephew on hubby’s side of the family flew in. We had a good time finding out about Gini’s grandfather and grandmother who were born here in Texas and just hanging out!

The shed arrived the following week or so after they drove home, and we are now working on the fence behind it, and this week I am laying down keystone bricks to hold dirt in under where the fence line lies. I have also read some really good books over the past six months I need to share with you, too (another post!).

Lastly, Hubby has a new role at work so hopefully this will allow me to step back from teaching (I am an paraprofessional, but still, it’s teaching) after this year. I love what I do, but physically, I am not able to do what I could 15 years ago.

It’s time.

Well this week we have everything all about summer… 😉

Here’s what I shared this past week at French Ethereal…

Two Small Gardens in Northern California ~ a look at a neighbors’ backyard and a little replanting for my mother-in-law. 💜
The Crown Jewel of Crown Heights ~ a fun drive up with friend Torrance into Oklahoma to a couple of garden shops and a visit to see a famous YouTube gardener’s home.

And here are this week’s featured posts…

MaryJo from Master”Pieces” of My Life shared this Hydrangea and Mercury Glass Tablescape. Love the soft silver and blues and greens for a summertime table!!
Lori over at Dining Delight shared her beautifully set table in this post ~ Lavender and Allium Outdoor Summer Tablescape. Gorgeous!!!
tie dye dress, backyard barbecue outfit, Stylish Monday, Shelbee on the Edge
Sticking with our summertime theme, Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge flaunts this fun tie-dye knit dress so well at an outdoor BBQ!! ~Sizzling Styles for a Backyard BBQ. Love all the summertime styles worn by all her friends at this link party. 🙂
Carol from Bluesky at Home shares this fun Beachy Mamma-Mia! Tablescape to Celebrate Friends. Don’t you just love the cool green-blues?!
It’s a new day for Sandra from Come to Dinner at Eight ~ Doing Some Background Blog Cleanup and Updates. Come check out this post and what Sandra is doing with her blog. 🙂
Korean BBQ is on the menu over at Julie’s Creative Lifestyle. Totally yum!!!
Stampin’ With Anita brings us this fun craft card to make ~
You Are Mer-Mazing! So pretty and perfect to end out summer theme this week. 🙂

Honorable Mention

I couldn’t pick up a photograph but definitely wanted to share this heartwarming post… Come check out this post from newcomer Jan of Aging with Ardor ~ The Beautiful Concept of Ubuntu. You will be blessed, friends…

A big Thank You to everyone who linked up this past week. A special thank you to y’all for always promoting Share Your Style on your blog and on your social media channels! I do see it when I stop by and I appreciate the love. 💜

If you’d like to follow my Share Your Style board on Pinterest I’d appreciate it, thank you! I do post all of the featured posts from each week’s SYS there. 💜  Thanks so much!!!

Happy linking, everybody!

Barb

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Uncategorized

One Potato, Two Potato ~ A Pinterest Challenge Food Bar

Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge where our host Cindy of County Road 407 sends out a decorating photo for a group of us bloggers to draw inspiration from and refashion in our own creative style. This month’s Pinterest Challenge is all about foodie bars at its yummy best! Let’s dive right into this food bar and hope our tummies don’t grumble along the way…
;)’

If you are coming over from Laura of Decor to Adore and/or it’s your first time here visiting French Ethereal, welcome! I love French decor and have several antique French furniture pieces which you will see shared here regularly in our home. Wasn’t Laura’s White Christmas Cast Party post fun??! You’ll have to read all of her White Christmas inspired posts from this holiday season when you have time ~ really neat!

Now our Pinterest Challenge food bar this month comes to us from Chris of Celebrations at Home. Her soup bar shares two lovely creamware tureens filled with piping hot deliciousness!

What Chris used for her decor

  • wooden crates and a cake plate to display her tureens and creamware soup mugs
  • various wooden salad bowls for fixings
  • a charcuterie board to hold crudités and savories
  • greenery and flowers to pretty up her display
  • and a fun double framed sign to highlight her food bar

My take on this foodie bar

I immediately thought of a potato bar as Mr. Ethereal and I eat baked potatoes with various fixings and leftovers all year long. Sometimes it’s with leftover vegetables, those side dishes that always need “cleaning up.” Sometimes we cook up a pound of bacon on the weekend making sure there is plenty leftover expressly for creating a potato bar.



For this potato bar I baked up some large russet potatoes we had on hand and ground coarse sea salt on each damp potato right after cleaning them. This gives the skins a nice salty crunch with each bite and is something my husband found he loves and learned from the local steakhouse restaurants which serve baked potatoes.


What I’ve copied and did differently

  • Using my new HomeGoods creamware butter dish, three creamware bowls serving up sour cream, chives and shredded cheeses plus some ground beef seasoned with taco flavoring.
  • Sharing a double-framed sign, in this case I’ve reused my fall chalkboard from last year to announce that this potato bar is open!
  • Instead of a second larger frame surrounding the first, I backed my framed sign with a white painted serving tray ~ a piece which was first shown on the counter during last month’s Hot Cocoa Bar Pinterest Challenge
  • I added my Johnson Bros. transferware plates with their fall harvest scene to add a bit of French country style to my vignette.
  • The white horizontal subway tile of the backsplash happily mimics the beautiful brick wall in Chris’ inspiration kitchen setting.


What I didn’t do

I didn’t use any crates or cake plates for lifts to define my potato bar as our cabinets sit fairly low. Stacked crates look cool but would bump into the overhead cabinets here in our kitchen setting. 

The inspiration photo shared Chris’ soup bar laid out on an open buffet furniture piece but since we have gorgeous granite countertops (our first!) in this new-to-us home it seemed logical to lay out our potato bar along the back countertops.
🙂

Tinted with a bit of an old-timey feel for you!

Other food bar ideas for you

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you’ve enjoyed your time here. If you like what you see, please consider subscribing. Up next is Lora of Lora B. Create and Ponder with another delicious potato bar idea for you! We were thinking alike… ;)’

Do check out all my friends and their food bar ideas as I know they will have many more ideas to inspire your next party event. All the links are listed below for you making it easy to hop from one post to the next! 


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter



Enjoy the tour,
Uncategorized

A Cozy Hot Chocolate Bar for Christmas ~ A Pinterest Challenge

Welcome to  our monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407.  Every month a group of blogging friends get together to share their interpretations of a decorating photo found on Pinterest.  This month it’s all about creating a wintertime favorite ~ a cozy Hot Chocolate Bar



If you are new to my blog French Ethereal, a hearty welcome to you! For all of my friends and for everyone stopping by from 
Our Southern Home, I am so glad you are here! 

Christy’s cocoa bar was wonderful wasn’t it?! Serious yum! She has the best ideas and the prettiest home (I love her fireplace with its pretty herringbone brick!). I just love her style!!

Well, let’s get this party rolling, shall we??  😉


This month’s Pinterest Challenge comes to us from Jessica Kirkland of Pen + Paper Flowers who has such a pretty website! Here in her hot chocolate bar, Jessica used a nice variety of rustic wooden boxes, a wooden cake stand and an oak round as the base of her display. I love seeing the creamware mugs set inside the vintage crate box!

She also has a nice collection of jars and bottles holding toppings and syrups, Piroulines, candy canes and marshmallows ~ fun toppings to put on your hot chocolate and maybe an ice cream dish or two!

My chocolate bar interpretation

I didn’t really have any cute wooden boxes to use for this hot chocolate bar but I had a new wood round to use as my focal point lift. On and around it I set out:

  • favorite Christmas and wintertime mugs
  • mismatched silver spoons set in a pretty Christmas mug
  • a small stack of vintage plates for little snacks are welcome enough.

To this I added in “The Goodies…”

  • a box of favorite hot chocolate
  • a tin of holiday tea (for non-hot chocolate drinkers)
  • some chocolate mints (wonderful melty goodness when added in to hot chocolate!)
  • candy cane rounds and shepherd’s crooks to crush-up and sprinkle on top
  • whipping cream (not pictured)
  • also fun ~ mini marshmallows (which I totally forgot to put out but have!)

All were set out on the beautiful English barley-twist tea cart I bought while in England and then my brother brought back with his family’s move back to the States for me in 2005.




Easy peasy yummy squeezy!

Creating your own hot chocolate bar isn’t difficult to put together and it doesn’t have to have many components to it, really. 

A close-up of the little Santa Christmas mug…

What will you put on your hot chocolate?

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ve enjoyed my hot chocolate bar interpretation and are inspired to create one of your own for your next holiday event. 

I encourage you to stop by all of this month’s participants, too. If you can’t visit everyone right now, just stop back here to pick up the links and continue your visits.
:)’
Next up on this hot chocolately Pinterest Challenge adventure is Paula of Sweet Pea  and I know you’re going to love her hot chocolate station! Check out her Christmas family room, too. A wonderful room filled with happy memories and family pieces!
Thanks again…
🙂

Sharing with
Blogging Fifty
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Follow the Yellow Brick Home



*Featured at:
🙂

Holiday Season Features at the Hearth and Soul Link Party



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter



Chocolatey blessings to you,
Uncategorized

Sunday Summer Supper + A Crockpot Recipe

Sunday dinner is my favorite mealtime of the week. It is when I prefer to cook a big meal with plenty of leftovers to eat throughout the week. Perfect for going back to school, perfect for workday lunches and also to have a few vegetable dishes already prepared to pair with chicken or a baked potato during the week. It isn’t anywhere near fall yet but it is high time for a good crockpot recipe!!!




We began our day with my mother’s favorite Fanny Farmer Baking Powder Biscuits that I cut into hearts, circles or any other shape depending upon the season. Today it was hearts.
🙂

*I looked for this recipe in my past recipes but I guess I’ve never shared this one. Will have to write it up for you!




My in-laws have been here for a week now and after breakfast we took a trip to the grocery. Later in the early afternoon, my mother-in-law Gini started a pot roast for dinner ~ always wonderful as she loves to cook.

Pete and Gini checking the roast for doneness at 6:30 last evening. The
scent spreading through the house was so delicious!


This is NOT a great shot of Mr. Ethereal’s parents but it’s candid and I like it.  I actually prefer to shoot photos of people where I capture them as they are and what they are doing…
😉




Pete and I checked the pot an hour before… Here is my mother-in-law’s wonderful recipe:

Hawaiian Pot Roast

(1) chuck roast to fit your crockpot. 
Dust with flour, fresh ground pepper and place into the crockpot. Slice two medium onions and break apart the rings (or quarter the onions) and put on the roast and into the pot.

Sauce:

1 cup catsup/Ketchup
1 c. water
1/2 c. granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. each – soy sauce (reduced sodium is ok!) and Worcestershire sauce

Mix well and pour over the roast. Cook about 6 hours on low and it’ll be ready for dinner that night or 4 hours on high. Yum!

*Really this is a Hawaiian Short Rib recipe but my mother-in-law has adapted it to use with a roast. Can use English cut short ribs (Buy a brisket and cut your own ~ cheaper! You get a roast out of the center and the ribs off each end.) and place in a baking dish. 

Bake in the oven covered at 350 degrees F. for 2 hours. Same recipe is good with sauce thickened with just a little flour. Sauce also good over potatoes!



Yoda had been licking his lips for a couple of hours before the roast was ready. He enjoyed a small piece cut off one end and mixed with his kibble ~ serious yum!

My sweet baby…

This was an accidental picture of Yoda with my fingers in the shot so I cropped those out and saved this sweet blurred pup…




Then Mr. Ethereal snuck over to check out the fixings… I had him do a repeat so I could capture him!
🙂


We’ve enjoyed a busy week attending Odd Fellow and Rebekah’s events including a Law Enforcement dinner to honor local law enforcers for heroism and the 160th anniversary of Denton Lodge #82 this past Saturday.  

Having a nice quiet dinner was a nice way to unwind and begin a fun evening watching movies!

Sharing with





Bon appetit, friends!
Uncategorized

Places to Visit ~ Country Apple Orchard

Apple picking… Is there anything more fun in the fall than going to a local farm to pick out pretty pumpkins to decorate our homes and porches?  Yes!  When we can add gathering a bushel or two of the juiciest ripe apples fresh from the nearest apple tree…


Fresh baked pies, apple butter, apple salsa and other apple products were available for purchase inside the country store.
One of  the first things we did the day after arriving in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was to take a trip out to a local farm called 
Country Apple Orchard
27249 SD Highway 115
Harrisburg, SD 57032
605-743-2424

We picked our own crunchy vermillion-red apples straight off the fullest apple trees I have ever seen.  With names like Honey Gold, Fireside, Red Cortland and Sweet Sixteen, there are apples for baking or for eating straight from the tree.

Spaced sixteen to twenty feet apart in rows, these apple trees created a beautiful allée which beckoned one to enter!
According to Country Apple Orchard’s website, there are about 6000 apple trees and thirteen different varieties to satisfy everyone’s craving for pies and snacking.
We enjoyed a quick trip into the bake shop and store where some of the students visiting from a local preschool were having lunch.  Our son and daughter-in-law picked out a frozen Dutch apple pie to have after dinner and I paid for our small apple bag upfront then went all walked out through the open field to pick our fill of sweet delicious apples.

All aboard!  These students reminded me of the times we took our own children to pumpkin farms over the years. 
We also watched some students, their teachers and chaperones climb aboard a hay wagon for a ride around the farm ~ so fun!
When they returned they picked out pumpkins to take back with them to school and then home.
🙂

Time to climb down.  🙂

I just wanted to race about and go for a long walk among the vast number of apple trees, just enjoying their overflowing beauty but the wind was just breezy enough that it quickly we were
getting too cold.
 So we walked to the nearest trees and began picking… I can’t even tell you what kinds we pulled but they are amazingly colorful and so sweet to eat!

My super photographer son Peter took these photos and made
fat old mom look good!

Love the brilliance of all these apples!  Vivid red balls
looking a lot like edible Christmas decorations!!

And here’s one I snapped of Peter and Justine.  🙂 
They are keepers!

So if you are ever in the area, stop by Country Apple Orchard
during the fall’s apple picking season (late September/October) and enjoy a picnic with your family and a fun time gathering apples together and creating memories!

And if  you haven’t stopped by my little fall home tour earlier this week it is linked in pink for you and won’t you take a moment to visit some of the others on the Fall In Love With Texas tour?
We have a great group of bloggers this year who have opened their homes to share with you rounded up by our host and friend
Katie Mansfield of Let’s Add Sprinkles


Here is the list ~ just click on each link and you’ll be taken to
each participants’ blog on the tour.
🙂

Monday 


Tuesday

Wednesday 

Thursday 
White Spray Paint 

Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Sweet Inspirations ~ The Boondocks Blog
Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris
To Gramma’s House We Go ~ Chaz’ Crazy Creations
Wonderful Wednesday ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl!
Friday Features ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl!

Some other posts you might like…

10 Minute Fall Pumpkin Vase



Setting an Elegant Table with Pansies and Pumpkins



Sharing with
Dishing It and Digging It ~ Life and Linda




Happy weekend to you,

Uncategorized

Places to Visit ~ The Historic St. Anthony Hotel {Pt. 1}

The St. Anthony  hotel in historic San Antonio, Texas is breath-taking with its crystal chandeliers, antique baroque and Egyptian furniture, and incredible oil paintings and statuary ~ a hotel well worth your visit!…


This was  our view from our park side hotel room overlooking Travis Park in historic downtown San Antonio, Texas ~ pretty with sunburst walkways into the center of the park and set with its tables ready for visitors to picnic at or play a game of chess or two.
🙂


We arrived late on Friday night due to holiday weekend traffic and leaving town late due to things that had to get done so I didn’t get any photos of the room itself except this little hallway entry table.
Loved the set up and lighting switches were set up to let staff know if you wanted the room cleaned or wanted privacy as well as a nightlight at a push of a button.


The antiques downstairs

The pool on the 6th floor had lovely views of neighboring hotels and business buildings, most historic, and was over-filled making it a fun place for kids to play along the wide steps walking into it.
The weight room with treadmills and stationary bicycles was really nice with large mirrors so you could see yourself lifting and correct your form… But even though I partook of the latter I really was gaga over all the priceless antiques inside the St. Anthony’s lobby and upper museum gallery areas!

This was my cup of tea!

Beginning with  this beautiful hand-laid tile doormat at a streetside entrance declaring the year the St. Anthony opened
I was enchanted!

Coming in from that entrance this famous “little” painting of an eagle ready to fly off a cliff is one of the first things one notices in the Grand Salon and entry area.
The walls of this French inspired space were decorated with numerous oil canvases, many from famous painters, as well as ethereal antique furnishings and reproductions of the original pieces.

I loved this sassy lady playing cards with her friend or sister and what looks to be her mother ~ the scene just says, “We are here to have fun!”  A motto to which this hotel also subscribes.

Isn’t this sitting room beautiful?
Tea and coffee are set out on this desk every morning for guests along with travel cups to take out for sightseeing the city.


I wish more pieces of furniture were out there that the common person could find… Wouldn’t this be a lovely desk in one’s
library room or office?
Sadly a number of the paintings are torn and are in need of restoration ~ this one was sweet of this family’s children and their beloved spaniels.
🙂

Well, the computer is telling me my post is full so I’ll have to share some other photos with you another day…
I’ll be writing a post next about our walking trips around downtown San Antonio and the Alamo site so please look
for that post soon!

This post was featured at
Thursday Favorite Things ~ An Artful Mom
Thank you, Pam!!!
🙂


Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Katherine’s Corner
Style Showcase ~ Shabby Fufu
Sweet Inspiration ~ The Boondock’s Blog
Waste Not Wednesday ~ Faeries and Fauna
Friday Features ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl!
Make It Pretty ~ The Dedicated House


Just lovely,
Uncategorized

Chicken Dinner, a Recipe and a Movie…

Summer storms  have been the norm every afternoon for over a week now and cooler temperatures came with them.

So… while we were having a lovely high 80’s evening

a couple of days ago {instead of high 90’s and low 100’s}
I baked up a chicken dinner that is delicious and
easy to prepare…



Please excuse the chicken scum!  Yoda enjoyed having a bit with his dinner, though. 🙂
After flipping through some easy recipes in my old Tupperware cookbook and not finding what I really
wanted to eat ~ I went back to a recipe I learned
from my high school days.


Super Easy Chicken Recipe

So easy you just practically won’t believe it:
Italian dressing.
Just grab a bottle of your favorite Italian dressing and pour over your washed chicken pieces. Bake for roughly 20 minutes
checking for doneness by making sure the insides are
thoroughly cooked and not pink and you’ve got a yummy
healthy main dish!


Another Easy Chicken Recipe

Pour on Thousand Island dressing and bake your chicken.

{I learned the latter from a guy I went out with at the end
of high school and he made this for me one evening.}


Stack Cooked Meals

Now I did use the stack cooker bowls and one of the
recipes in this Tupperwave Stack-Cooked Meals cookbook
to make an:

Apple, carrots and onion sweet vegetable

almost-a-dessert-it’s-so-good!  😉
Just cut up two carrots, an apple*add some chopped onion#
and a tablespoon of brown sugar then mix together coating
all the vegetable pieces.

When you have your chicken ready in the middle bowl and the veggie mixture ready in the bottom bowl, stack all three bowls
with the top shallow bowl/dish used as a cover and
bake on high as recommended previously.
About 20 – 25 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

*I substituted two peaches since I didn’t have any apples.
# I used some dried chopped onion since I didn’t have any
of that either.
The parsley red potatoes I had cooked earlier in
the week and the peas were cooked then, too.


If you want to cook all this in the Stack Cooker
all you have to do is this:

1) large bottom bowl – normally holds rice, water and/or veggies
2) middle bowl – holds the main dish and sauces if using
3) top shallow dish – holds a dessert or fruit recipe

Do look for this or the other Stackwave cookbook(s) online or
when you are out thriftshopping or are at a second-hand
bookstore.
The recipes are simple to make and you can add to or alter
them as you see fit.
These cookbooks come with three spiral-bound sections
so you can mix and match your recipes!



Tonight’s movie

Drizzly weather makes me think of my trip to England and it always puts me in the mood to watch a period British film.
This day’s overcast weather made me think I ought to watch a favorite movie about Beatrix Potter...

Miss Potter

I love this opening scene where Renée Zellweger as
Beatrix is beginning a color wash of a watercolor paper ~
here she is choosing what colors she wants to use.

Ewan McGregor stars in this movie as well as a first-time
publisher at his older brother’s book printing firm.
Miss Potter gets “fobbed off” on him as the older brothers
think her “bunny book” won’t sell at all but together
Norman Warne and Beatrix Potter create a book and
eventually a series of 23 books for children that is by far
F. Warne and Company’s best selling books to date.

Sadly, I am NOT an Amazon Affiliate at the moment having been tossed out for no sales
however, I still feel that sharing beautiful books and DVD’s with you is worth sharing.


These photographs were shot off our television.  🙂  Love this scene of the Lake District, near Scotland I guess, in England
where the Potter family summered most years.  Miss Potter bought a house and working farm there and continued buying
properties to preserve the landscape for future generations.  The power of land trusts…
Miss Potter is a beautiful film and many of Beatrix’ original
furnishings are shared as well as one of the properties she saved
is used as the set for her “home” ~ Hilltop Farm, Near Sawrey.
This other property looks very similar to Hilltop and was refashioned to look like it from the outside for the shoot.
In total, Miss Potter bought 14 farms including Hilltop and
through a series of land trusts helped preserve over 4000 acres ~
and helping to save the Herdwick sheep from extinction ~
a gift to the people of England and to the world really through the
British National Trust.

Update:
Here is a better part of the British National Trust site
to see more about the filming and locations used in
Miss Potter.
🙂


Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Sweet Inspiration ~ The Boondock’s Blog
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Katherine’s Corner
Share Your Style ~ The Red Painted Cottage
To Grandma’s House We Go! ~ Chaz’ Crazy Creations




What’s your favorite period film?
Uncategorized

A Year of Giving Thanks

This has been a year of
giving thanks
for us…


First of all, I’d like to welcome you if you are coming
over from Katherine’s Corner today with the
<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Edwardian Script ITC"; panose-1:3 3 3 2 4 7 7 13 8 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}

Give Thanks Tablescape 
Blog Tour
W e l c o m e !!!


We are recent transplants to Texas via many years
in California.
My husband was blessed with a new position
here in the Dallas area last November.
We are very blessed to be here and for his work ~
our first reason to give thanks…


My former home’s backyard garden in Murrieta, California the year before we sold our home.

Giving Thanks

We have much to be grateful for ~ the least of which
is that we weren’t homeless over the past two
years while Hubby was out of his normal work.
We made it through having to sell what I thought
was our “forever home” and instead took up
a slightly nomadic life
living in a 27′ Coleman travel trailer for about
1 1/2 years before we traded it in for
our new 41′ fifth wheel
which we love for its room!

Looking west over neighboring rv’s here in North Central Texas.

Just a few photos from earlier this fall of my
kitchen and dining areas.
The lemon poppy seed cake on the back counter
is one I often bake when having friends
over for tea.

The garden area in September just after putting in the little square stepping stones.

Our little prairie rv home

This is the garden area just outside our fifth-wheel.
We had no “pop-outs” on the previous trailer so we were
really cramped and constantly having to move a box
to sit down to eat, watch tv, to do anything.

In this beauty, we have the luxury of five slides which makes
the inside about 16′ wide throughout most of the trailer.
It is really a small apartment in many ways.
We are staying nomadic for just a little while longer as we
begin looking for land and a house.
🙂

My friend Peggy came for an impromptu tea one day recently.

“One is silver and the Other is gold”

I am thankful also for my “old friends” in California,
whom I can visit with anytime via Facebook and Instagram,
and I am thankful for the “new friends” I have made
since moving here to Texas.
I believe God has provided for this need for friendship
with park owners who really care in every sense of the word
for the people and animals who live here.

Little Skidboot at his first shearing.  He is one of 13 alpacas here at Wagon Master
RV Park and Alpaca Farm, Sanger, Texas.


It is a great blessing for everyone here,
whether as short-term campers or as extended-stay residents,
 to be able to stay here.
The owners really act as caretakers of the land and
have a heart for people.
🙂


A tablesetting I did earlier this fall.


New beginnings

We are grateful for a chance to start over
and work on rebuilding our nest egg.
We also are rebuilding our household ~ of which
this “prairie home fifth-wheel” is a big part.

Traveling to new places as I work on making
my little blog into a real business
is also an exciting part of the new here in Texas!
I am grateful for the chance to do something
I love full-time.
🙂

A  recent Thanksgiving tablesetting with pumpkins and pansies.


Grateful for the little things

Mostly I am grateful for all the little things which
have “coincidentally happened” this past year…

Our daughter moving to Texas before we did to
move out and live with her friend
then…
my husband finding and getting his new position
also here in Texas.

Or like last Christmas time when I found a
J Broadhurst Constable series set of china
minus the lid for the teapot in an antique mall
I just happened to visit for the first time.
It had been in my heart for many years to have a set
of pinkish-red china like this as it so beautiful to me.
God knew it and led me to it!
Of this, I have no doubt.

Lastly, for meeting a new group of friends and a
Bible study being offered here at the park and farm
by a new wonderful friend.


Coincidence?

I don’t think these things are coincidences.
I believe they are gifts and blessings from our
Great Creator.

I hope you do, too.
😉

Our kitchen table set for a little Thanksgiving tea!

<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Edwardian Script ITC"; panose-1:3 3 3 2 4 7 7 13 8 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}

Thank you for Visiting!
And follow me on any of my sites if you’d like.
The links are above and here in the sidebar.

<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Edwardian Script ITC"; panose-1:3 3 3 2 4 7 7 13 8 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}

<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Edwardian Script ITC"; panose-1:3 3 3 2 4 7 7 13 8 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}
Thank You.
😀

Many blessings to you and your family
this Thanksgiving…

Please enjoy visiting with all of the lovely ladies
who are linking up today.
There are many wonderful and inspirational
tablesettings and ideas out there for
your holiday decorating…


Also sharing with
Tablescape Thursday ~ Between Naps on the Porch
https://betweennapsontheporch.net/nora-fleming-servers-and-minis-perfect-for-holiday-parties-and-special-celebrations/

No Rules Weekend ~ Life As We Know It by Paula



document.write(”); blog shop if for any reason you would prefer not to receive emails from me. just let me know. I would never intentionally send you an unwanted email

Uncategorized

Add Sweet Vintage English Candy Boxes to Your Decor

While out shopping a few weeks ago I spied
this sweet candy box nestled at an antiques store
on a glass shelf almost hidden among 
the other treasures with its 
vintage likeness of 
Queen Elizabeth II 
of England on it…
It just had to come home with me.
🙂


I love old world style trinket boxes and this
candy box with its pitting and tiny rust spots
fits in with my decor perfectly!
The gilded swags and bows circling around the lid and
the base and its royal depiction of 
Elizabeth in her coronation dress and sash
when she ascended the throne as queen
at the age of 27 in 1953 ~ is
perfectly in line with my love
of all things royal!

I tried to turn the box’s top around for you to hide the seam line of the box
to the back as it’s a bit unsightly but it wouldn’t budge ~
so there we have it.
😉

These candy boxes don’t come along that often
so if you find one be sure to
purchase it while you can.
They are wonderful for repurposing to hold
anything small ~ beads, jewelry, sewing supplies
{like I’ve used the one here}
or even to hold potpourri while leaving the lid open.
At $8.00 the Queen Elizabeth candy box
was a good buy.

Now I have a mini collection of two of these
vintage candy boxes!
I thought I wrote a little about finding the first
English candy box in an earlier post but I guess
I didn’t as I cannot find it.*

*I did finally find it ~ over on an Instagram post.  🙂
More things royal:  I’ve mentioned meeting Sarah, the Duchess of York, before.  If you’d like to read about
my meeting her and about this lovely Sarah’s Garden china set, please click HERE.

The square box on the left, above, I bought in England
while visiting my brother and his family
back during the spring of 2005.
I use it to hold small sewing supplies ~ it contains
a few loose buttons for those times
when one loses a pants or shirt button
a blue cloth measuring tape
some safety pins and extra
sewing machine needles.


This is how I have always used metal candy boxes 
ever since I was a young girl.
My mother had a large black chocolate tin
when I was young that my father had given her
for Valentine’s Day back in the mid-1960’s.
At some point I asked if I could have it for my
growing collection of sewing supplies.

My craft room at our last house as we had the house on the market.  The little square candy box can be seen on the sewing table.  I hoped the black tin might be in this photograph but it wasn’t out.  Usually that large round tin sat on the back shelving just to the right of this photograph where I could grab it easily when something inside was needed.

Sorry!  Blurry photo of the craft room closet with loads of supplies.

Happily, my mother said yes! and that nice round candy box
with sprays of roses and other flowers painted on its lid
has held ribbons, seam rippers,
zippers, buttons, and an old 1960’s-era
button card of snaps for baby clothes in it ever since.
My mother used those little snaps when making me and 
my brother Frank cute corduroy overalls
back when we were toddlers.

Charles, Earl Spencer, came to Design Bloggers Conference 2017 and spoke about his family home, Althorp House, and a new furnishings line by Theodore Alexander based upon many pieces of family furniture.
These two gilded boxes ~ one which held
sweet confectioneries and the other which
held tiny chocolates ~ will be moving about
our home in little vignettes as the
lovely 60-plus year old stars
that they are!



Sharing with
Create Link Inspire ~ The Crafty Blog Stalker
Talk of the Town ~ Love My Simple Home
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style
Totally Terrific Tuesday ~ The Savvy Apron

We were featured at
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Follow the Yellow Brick Home






Upcoming later this week…
I’ll be sharing a new tea party with you
continuing the British royal theme all week!

Blessings to you,
Uncategorized

Les Macaron Comes to Town ~ Une Revue Délicieux!

A new sweet shoppe has come to town
here in North Central Texas and I’d be willing to bet 
one may be
coming your way soon!
I’m talking about the shop called
Les Macaron.


Owner and manager at Les Macaron is Fabien Daure.
Les Macaron recently opened at the 
Golden Triangle Mall in Denton, Texas 
and if the line of people waiting to be served 
on the day I went is any indication, 
Les Macaron is an instant smash hit with local 
sweet-tooth aficionados. 


Serving twenty flavorful macaroons in choices such as
Belgian chocolate, raspberry, basil white chocolate,
Colombian coffee and lemon crême,
there’s sure to be a flavor to temp every palette.

The official website for Les Macaron shares that
in addition to their flavorful macaroons,
they also sell specialty coffees and pastries
gelato and gourmet chocolates and candies.
I only purchased macarons the day I went
but I did see a yummy selection of
the pastries and chocolates!
{Just a tempting reason to go back and sample some more!}

 A lovely shop with all gluten free products
and also some diabetic versions so everyone
can enjoy a piece or two!

Sharing with
Friday Features ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl!
Friday at the Firehouse ~ The Fireman’s Wife
Share Your Style ~ The Red Painted Cottage
Vintage Charm ~ Blue Willow House
Sweet Inspiration ~ The Boondocks Blog
The Pit Stop ~ Home with Mimi


Bon appétit!