Friday, May 22, 2015

An Anniversary

Gentle Friends, today would have been my parents 60th wedding anniversary - 
You can click HERE to see some wedding shots I posted last year.....  
Here's a snap of them leaving my grandmother's house for their Honeymoon Trip to New York City....

.... and a snap I found of them in New York........

......after my mom passed away a couple of years ago,  
I found a scrap book with some souvenirs from that Spring of 1955.......
..... my Mom wasn't one to collect or save things like this so I was amazed to find these fun mementos of their Honeymoon.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thrifty thursday

Gentle Friends, once again we were out hunting treasure Saturday 
morning and I found a few things.....

.....a great Mexican Nicho - translation "Bless This House,"  a pair of cast iron Art Deco book ends and a super McCoy tea pot.  I used to have quite a large collection of McCoy (300+ pieces) and have never seen this tea pot, I was totally stoked!!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

take care,

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tea Time

Gentle Friends, Saturday found us once again at Lovejoy's Tea Room.  We had made a date with some friends of ours and had another top notch super time!!  You can click HERE to read my earlier Lovejoy's Post..........

.......our table was ready and waiting....

....Denise ordered a High Tea....

....Julie, Rico and I ordered Queen's Teas.........

.....  I do love the scones they make!!!!!  Delicious!!!

After tea we headed across the street to check out the Lovejoy's shop.... lots of fun stuff....

....isn't this a great little tea set!!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Little Bakin'

Gentle Friends, I was in a quandary as to what to bake Sunday afternoon, so I dug around in the cupboard and found a can of pineapple slices..... a few minutes later I was whipping up an Upside Down cake......  

.... such a nice cake and so easy!!

That's about it for today sports fans - thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I thought I would share the progress on "Sojourner Sampler"........
 here's where I left off last night.....

......  I've sort of jumped right in stitching the right side flowers......

There you go sports fans, short and sweet!!  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, May 15, 2015

Eating and Shopping at Union Square

Gentle Friends... last Saturday we met up with some friends for lunch atop Macy's at "The Cheesecake Factory."   Not only to get together but to talk about their upcoming trip to Europe.  They have travelled extensively through Central and South America but have never been to Europe - and - they wanted to pick my brain for information.........

...... overlooking Union Square we had a table right up next to the edge.....  
we also had a dinning companion.....

... and here we all are playing tourist with the waiter taking our picture......  
and you know I'm going to take pictures of all the food.......

... I had their version of Shepard's Pie - very tasty!!

...... Rico had the Chinese chicken salad....

.... Mario had herb crusted salmon and shrimp scampi.....

.....  and Prisma had Spicy Cashew Chicken......  all the lunches were quite good!!!!

...... another shot of Union Square..... and if you look to the right at the yellow coloured building you can see Needlepoint Inc......

.... and here's another visitor....

... since we were at the Cheesecake Factory, we wrapped up the meal sharing a piece of Red Velvet Cheesecake......  and yes, it was as good as it looks!!!

.....  I took this shot to show you what a narrow space the outside part of the restaurant is, they had the heaters going (the tall mushroom looking things) as it was cold and windy even with the sun shining....

......  and another shot looking down..... we left and went down through Macy's and....

... still set up in fine china was a display for Cinco de Mayo....  we were headed for the fancy dress department, Prisma needed a long fancy gown for an event they are going to....

..... there were lots of dresses some very pretty and some that had to have been made for total hoochies!!  It was a fun day and such a great place to see the center of the shopping area - we only had to wait about 30 minutes for the table, the wait is much longer for dinner.

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thrifty thursday

Gentle Friends, the fun things I found last Saturday seemed to take on a French theme......

.....  I found the great vase of old Paris Porcelain at the Goodwill.  HERE's a little info about this kind of porcelain, I also picked up two books about French history, one about Marie Antoinette, and the other about Louis XIV, a fun DVD and a sweet silver plate cup with an "M" engraved on the side.......

...... here is a close up of the vase, I was amazed at the super condition of this piece, virtually no chips, very little gilt loss and no cracks.....  just top notch - and with it being about 150 years old I would have expected it to have a little damage.......  I love this type of hard paste porcelain!!  I've been calling it the "squid vase." ....... because doesn't it look kind of like a squid!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos top again!!!

Take care,

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Makin' Chocolate Chip Scones

Gentle Friends, Sunday afternoon I was trying to decide what to bake and then hit on the idea of "scones."  I've never tried to make them but have enjoyed them frequently...I did a little research and find that basically they are a couple of staple ingredients and not much to I found a nice little recipe at King Arthur Flour for "Scone Nibbles" - chocolate chip glazed scones...

.....  I did change the recipe to the full bag (12oz) of mini chocolate chips, and upped the butter with to an additional 2 Tbls.

....  I liked the idea of a cooling off period before baking to solidify the butter.  I don't have a big freezer so I just sat the scones in the fridge for about 45 minutes.....

....  here they are cooling off......

.....  after dipping in the glaze a drying period -
 I also left out a Tablespoon of water only using 6 instead of 7.....

......  and they were a total hit with a nice cuppa tea!!

That's about it for today - an easy and tasty recipe - give it a try!!  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, May 11, 2015

... and we have a Winner....

Gentle Friends....  very little to no stitching was accomplished over the weekend.... just wasn't in the mood and too busy with other stuff.......however I did have the hag Claw draw a 
Winner from the BoD......

... and he had Peaches as a helper, here she is caught in mid sneeze.......  and the slip he drew was.....

...... Frances!!  WooHoo, I've sent you an email with the good tidings.  Thank you all for all the really kind things you had to say about the Blog and the years I've been blathering away ..... I'm really  the Winner with all of you still hanging in there reading!!!

There you go sports fans!!  As always, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, May 8, 2015

Film Friday

Gentle Friends... today I wanted to mention a great little film we saw this week.....

........... "St. Vincent" - 2014 - starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Jaeden Lieberher - the main characters of the film break down into..... curmudgeonly older guy, Bill Murray, his new neighbors - single mother, Melissa McCarthy, and son, Jaeden Lieberher - and - as the film progresses you meet Murray's "friend" Naomi Watts.

The story is built around their interactions and works on so many levels.  A very underrated film and probably some of the best acting from Murray and Watts in a very long time.  Even McCarthy, who is often waaaay over the top in her films is delightfully restrained and does a super job fleshing out her character.

Overall a delightful and very watchable film, give it a look.

That wraps up week - don't forget today is the last day to leave a comment on Monday's Post to be entered in my 8th Blogaversary Gift-a-Way.  Thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,