Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, it's been a while since I've posted any of my thrifty purchases.... there's really not been many, but I still run around looking but it's been slim pickin's lately!!  Here's a snaperoo of the some "stuff' I've picked up ...

... I found a couple of great pink transferware plates, a bunch of  fun glass drink stirrers, I found the mid 19th century brass candlestick for a $1 at a Goodwill, and the Dios de la Muerto Bowl I picked up at a consignment shop and finally found a DVD of this great little movie based on the book by Richard O'Brien, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM." 

... here's a close up of the stirrers.... fun things but not very practicle!!

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

Take care,

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Little Fall Treat

Gentle Friends, with Fall in full swing so to speak, I got a hankering to bake something with apples.  Looking around for a recipe... I wanted to bake a little something made with things already in my cupboard.... I found the perfect fit on "Southern Bite" a great Blog written by Stacey..... I went with Brown Sugar Apple Blondies.... so easy and really tasty!!

... they came together quickly and were super with a cup of coffee late Sunday afternoon!! 

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

Take care,

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Finish and a Little Start

Gentle friends, I worked out my camera problems... so I have some snaps today of the piece I've been working on for the past few months.... and here is the last Block or double-block from AotH...

...  for this Block, I needed to shifted most everything around to fit in the little poem I found.  Although what was charted was nice it really didn't say what I wanted to say with this piece so I went looking online and found this short poem.  I did stick with the floss group for the Block....... 

and here's the entire completed piece.....

Black Bird Designs - "Anniversaries of the Heart"
March 19 - Septemeber 16, 2017
36ct Linen - using GAST and WDW

It was a really great piece to work on and I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking about stitching it!

After wrapping up AotH I already had a piece picked out to begin. I had the linen and the silk ready to go.... here's the little bit of a start I made yesterday...

Prairie Moon "Thine is the Trick or Treat"
Silkweaver 36ct Days Gone By
CC Belle Soie "Old Crow"

Although this is a monochromatic piece as charted... I think I will introduce some color here and there as I go along.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Little Hoarding

Gentle Friends, I am still stitching away on AotH, but my camera is not cooperating at the moment so I am unable to post an updated shot of the changes I've made and the bits I've frogged.... oh well. 

I did have an idea for a post last week and took some snaps so here goes....  I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned how much I really enjoy Yankee candles.  I've been buying them for years and usually stock up in the Fall with the lovley autumnal offerings to carry me over the Spring and Summer months.  About 4 or 5  years ago I was introduced to "Autumn Lodge" a really wonderful fireplace/cherry tobacco smelling candle.  I think I bought 3 or 4 of them that year.   I burned them frequently over the Spring and Summer months, lighting my last AL candle plan was to get more of them in the Fall since it was a Seasonal candle it was only available during the Fall months.  You can see where this is going, Fall came and went and no Autumn Lodge!!  To say I was disappointed would be kind, at that point I started to look on line and found out that this candle also goes by the name "Santas Pipe" and is a red color - but the few of them that I could find out there were horrendously expensive.... like $75 to $100+ per candle, when I could find them..... and yes, I like this candle a lot but I'm certainly not going to spend that kind of money for one!!

This year the early catalog of the Fall releases came out and there it was "Autumn Lodge"... I ordered one immediately just to see if it was the same candle as before - I still had some of the very last of the AL candles that I saved.  So, I knew that when it came I had a "control candle" to see if they were going to be the same as before.  Well, it came and "oh happy day" they were exactly the same....  so I ordered 9 more of them that evening....

... and since that 2nd order, I've placed a 3rd order..... you can tell it is my very favourite candle ever and I will stockpile them .... now where to store them???  

I've gotten some looks from Rico about this little bit of crazy on my part, but that's how it is in my little corner of the world!!  So, if you like a fireplace and the smell of cherry tobacco this is a candle you might want to try.  

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

Take care,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Little Hallowe'en Wonderfulness

Gentle Friends, as I sit here eating lunch I usually read Blog Posts or find something fun on the computer.. today while reading through some Posts I  hit on a new release from Kathy Barrick......

Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow
Stitched on 40 count "Legacy" from PTP using DMC

... now, I have loved the Hawk Run Series for years.  I've stitched a few,  have a couple in the stash pile and even have one as a WIP... this one is hitting all the right notes and is a MUST STITCH..... for me anyway....  the colours are right, the images are right - and the size is right - woo hoo!!!    There are other designs that will release at the same time - if you'd like to see all the new releases you can click HERE to go to Kathy's  Blog Post.

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

Take care,

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A little Stitchin' and a-lotta Hot!!

Gentle Friends, well, summer has finally hit us full force here by the Bay.  Last Friday we hit a record high of 106 in the City, then Saturday another record high at 102.... Sunday the temps dropped about 30 degrees and have held in the low 70's through the night and are hovering at about 71 right now.  Typically we shouldn't get any heat until October since that is our warm month.... so who knows whats a-coming weather wise for us......

With all the heat and absolutely no air conditioning in our house, we had the fans going full blast - so very little stitching for a few days, but here's a snap of the little bit I've gotten done...

... and here's how the piece looked at that point...  as you can see I've gone back and personalized all the Blocks with family members. For each month I tried to find a family member or ancestor who was married in that month - usually.... I think the Block that gave me the most trouble was the Block for March.  I waffled back and forth with a few ancestors and finally settled on a Revolutionary ancestor who was a 1st Luietent in a regiment of Minute-Men from Dutchess County New York.

... and here is an overall shot of the piece... since this snap, I've frogged and removed some of the stitching from Block 12 and made some changes to the final double block.  I have an idea that I'm running with at the moment to tie the piece together - so fingers crossed!!

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

Take care,

Monday, August 28, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I finished up the "December" Block over the weekend.... here's a snap...

... this Block seemed to stitch up quickly - I made very few changes... one major change was to use GAST "Forest Glade" for the tree, I did change up the colour of the birds and added the extra hearts.  This block references my 3rd Great Grand parents marriage - they were from New York state...

... and here's how it stands .....  coming along nicely!!

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

Take care,

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Little Friday Stitchin'

Gentle friends,  I thought I'd catch you up a bit on where I am on AotH...

.. so far I'm sticking closely to the recommended floss.....  this is Block 12, once this is finished then all I'll have left is to personalize some of the blocks and to stitch up the last double sized block.....
the end is nigh.

Have a super weekend, do stop back next week!!

Take care,

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, here are some things I found over the weekend....

 ... a transferware plate, a cream soup, and liner from Minton c. 1940 and a little hand colored transferware plate showing the Washington Memorial at Valley Forge....

... here's a better snap of the Napoleon Battle plate....

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

Take care,

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Little "Whiz".....

Gentle friends, Saturday evening we decided to go out to dinner - and - headed off to the Mission to a place we've talked about going to for years..... "The Whiz Burger"  Drive In..... 

 located at 700 So Van Ness and18th St.....  

... still with the original sign...

... we parked around back and went up to order...

... taped up the window ...

... the menu is also posted up behind the grill but much harder to see.... and photograph...

... there are places to eat at tables, but since it can get really iffy as it gets dark in this area, we decided to make it a togo order and headed home with our delicious bags of burgers....

 ... we both got the #2 Combo Meal, with cokes.....

...we also got a coffee shake and put it in the freezer when at home to harden it backup.... overall it was a really delicious meal and since there is no parking issue we'll be back!!  If you ever get to this end of town I would totally suggest eating here, easy, no too expensive and pretty quick!!

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

Take care,

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Little Stitchin' - with an update bit of info....

Gentle friends, well, here's a snaperoo of the latest finished "block" of AotH...

 ... it is probably my least favorite Block so far for color, I think it works well overall visually ... but... as with many of the suggested flosses that are found in BBD charts... the tones of the colors are so similar that they look like there is no change... so much so that I backstitched around the windows just to delineate them from the house walls... A little family info...this block I stitched for my paternal grandparents - now both gone - my Granny was named after her grandmother... so her name reaches back to 1860 and my Great-great -grandmother in Tennessee.  

Don't get me wrong I really love BBD for design and have lots of their charts. The only real change I made was with the trees they were supposed to be stitched with CC Camouflage and I used GAST Forest Glade - they look much more pine trees than would have had I used Camouflage....

.... and here's the piece with what I finished so far...
please do excuse any stray who hound hair in the photos.

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

Take care,

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, out and about over the weekend I found a few fun things....

... a super cut glass and sterling overlay tray, an early transferware soup plate and a really nice pice of Limoges....

You know what a sucker I am for cut glass and when there is some sterling involved I really can't resist.  When I first saw this tray in a pile of other plates and trays I knew immediately what it was, I picked it up and saw the price was only $2.00 - I knew it was coming home with me....  here's what it looked like in the store and when I got it home.....

.... the thick applied silver decoration was totally black....

... with a lot of elbow grease and a little silver polish.....

... I ended up with a lovely "new" piece!!

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

Take care,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Little Eatin' Out

Gentle Friends, we headed off to dinner last Friday evening to our favorite Chinese place, Alice's. 

starting off with two appetizers.... some spring rolls....

... and some of what they are really known for - avocado egg rolls!!    With the prices of avocados on the rise, I'm not too sure how long they will be able to offer these treats....

 ... everything is served "family style" so we order four things.... "Walnut Prawns"...
... some of their delicious "Fried Rice"...

... some "Spicey Chicken"... it really should be called peppered chicken as the spice is black pepper, and it's super delicious!!....

.... and rounding out the table was some Mongolian Beef!!  There was four of us and we gobbled this stuff up like it was nobody'ss business!!  

After dinner, we walked down the few blocks to .....

..Mitchell's Ice cream......

... Rico had a Sundae, with both hot chocolate and hot caramel sauce, the ice cream he chose was NY Cherry and French Vanilla.....

John had two scoops in a plain waffle cone, the two ice creams he picked were 
NY Cherry and Strawberry

Mike had two scoops in a cup, they were Cookies and Cream and NY Cherry.... 
there was a theme with the NY Cherry.......

... and I chose two scoops in a cup  - they were Pralines with caramel and Mexican Chocolate!!  We ate the Ice cream walking back to the car....  it was a really fun evening!!!

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

Take care,

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Little Bakin'

Gentle friends,  over the weekend the City was enrobed with heavy fog and the temps hovered in the high 50's all day Sunday which put me in a really fun Fall mood..... so I wanted to bake something Fall-ish!!  I dug around and found a magazine I bought last year that is full of Pumpkin recipes.... I found a winner...

... a Pumpkin cake/loaf with and chocolate, espresso/spice laced icing.... home run folks!!!  Now I am really excited for Fall and all that this time of the year brings.... my favorite time of year!!!

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

Take care,

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  still working away on AotH and here's a snaperoo..

... I'm actually a bit further along than this picture shows, but this is the snap I had and here's what's going on with me and this damn "vine." 

When I pulled the floss for this block I really didn't like the idea of the vine being chamomile along with the box border on the bottom.  So, I stitched the whole vine in "better" shades of green.... I started off with one shade of green - endive -  then got about half way through and changed to another "green" - finished the vine - at that point I was going to make the decision about which green I liked best.....  I really didn't like either green so I pulled it all out and went back and stitched the entire vine in the called for chamomile... I feel very indecisive with this block and the color palette -  which is not like me at all!!...... so I think I'm stitching with the suggested colors for the time being.   I'll probably have the block finished up by the end of the week so there may be another snap later on!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by and listening to my grousing!!  
Do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I got the hankering to bake a cake.... and since pound cake always hits the top of my list I went looking for a recipe and found a "Sour Cream Pecan Pound Cake" that fit the bill..... I read through the comments and tweaked the recipe a bit and come up with this winner!!!  Here's a snap of the finished product...

... I turned it out of the pan a bit too soon and the cooling rack left some odd divets in the top, but it didn't make it taste any less delicious!!  It is a nice dense cake with a super orange/nutty flavor and the glaze is simple and also enhances the overall orange flavor.....  here's the recipe...

Sour Cream Pecan Pound Cake

2 1/2 C AP Flour
1/2 C Ground Pecans
1/2 C Chopped Pecans
1/2 Teas salt
1/4 teas Baking Soda
1C Butter - room temperature
2 1/2 C Sugar
1C Sour Cream
6 Eggs - room temperature
1 Teas Vanilla
1 Tbl Orange Zest

2C Icing Sugar
6 Tbls Orange Juice
1 Teas Vanilla
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees - butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan and sprinkle a 1/2 chopped pecans in the bottom

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add each egg separately, beating well after each addition
Sift together the dry ingredients.
Into the butter mixture add alternately the sour cream and flour a little at a time
(I did it by the spoon full)
Then add the ground pecans, orange zest and vanilla
(I used a bourbon vanilla and next time I'll just use straight bourbon).
After everything is well-incorporated spoon the batter over the pecans into the prepared pan.
Bake for between 70 and 90 minutes.
I started to check doneness at 75 minutes and it was well done at about 80 minutes.

Let the cake sit in the pan for about 20 minutes then turn out and spoon the glaze over the warm cake.  To make glaze mix the icing sugar, juice and vanilla together and slowly spoon over warm cake.
 I had the cake sitting on a cooling rack on a low bowl so that the glaze as it dripped off the cake gathered into the bowl.  I then reglazed the cake a couple of times with glaze runoff.

It's a super cake an can be tweaked to your taste - I tweaked it from the recipe I found - and will tweak it, even more, the next time I make it!!

Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends,  out and about over the weekend and I picked up a few fun things...

... from L to R... I found the beautiful bright cut pitcher at the Salvation army.  The matching glass was nowhere near it, in fact, it was mixed in on the shelves of plain glassware on the far side of the store.  It seemed odd to me that they were not being sold together. I only found a single glass, but there may be more out there and I'll be looking ...  The cute duck cream and sugar really are not me at all but in the moment I fell for their charm and brought them home.  It was a lovely afternoon and after shopping, we headed over to Los Jalisco for lunch and then home to do laundry.

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

Take care,