Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Paula and Teri have so many lovely linens and vintage china in their shop, I sometimes forget to stop to appreciate fully all the lovely infant things in the Elm Street Nursery. How about taking a little tour with me. When I stopped to visit Paula yesterday, she was not there. But instead, a cute little guy greeted me with a dimpled smile. He's sharing that smile with you here as well! Enjoy!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
*Click on photo for a larger view. Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Chilled Cucumber Soup with Whole Wheat Toast Points
Herb, Veggie & Viola Salad with Cashew Dressing
Vegetable Tofu Quiche
Saucy Fruit Salad with Dark Chocolate
Sparkling Apple Juice
Recipes are posted at my My Cozy Kitchen.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
With a large Fuji apple orchard next door, we have an abundance of Fuji's available each fall. Their natural 'water core' defines them as one of the best! Great flavor, great texture, and perfect sweetness when picked ripe off the tree. Here's a recipe that I've developed for a sweet and delicious vegan and gluten-free apple streusel.
6 - 8 Fuji apples, peeled and sliced
1/3 - 1/2 cup sugar (or sweetener of choice)
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp. flour (gluten-free if necessary)
6 Tbsp. oil
2 tsp. ground cloves
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Peel and dice apples. Mix with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Place in a baking dish.
In another bowl, mix together brown sugar, gluten-free flour, oil, cloves, cinnamon, and walnuts. Then sprinkle over apple mixture and gently press into place.
Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.
Monday, May 11, 2009
"Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
One of my favorite things are the wildflowers of spring. They were showing their lovely faces in the sunshine today: grass widows, tiger lilies, yellow bells, buttercups, and more. The earliest flowers of spring are always the yellow, lavender, and white ones. I wonder why that is so? Aren't they beautiful?
Friday, May 08, 2009
~ Minot J. Savage ~
The front door at Paula's and Teri's Elm Street shop has been restyled for spring. It is adorable and welcoming! A row of assorted chairs line the porch in such an inviting way. And old doors and windows are displayed to add interest and character. Flowers, hats, and welcoming signs just draw you in to it's charm!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see
Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long
Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, my how they fly
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on
Irving Berlin, 1926
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
In addition to crayons and floss, other embellishments can make a simple, hand-embroidered tea towel pretty. Buttons make a simple, yet effective touch to tea towel decor. Used as a teapot lid topper, or the center of flowers, old-fashioned shirt buttons take on new life as they are used to add interest to common things. This is a tea towel I stitched for a friend --- I hope they are enjoying it.
*Smell-o-Blog features would be awesome this morning! The lilacs are smelling wonderfully fragrant. Walking under the lilac trees is like walking into a perfume bottle!
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Garden sharing can also be a joint effort. Sometimes I buy tea roses in pairs, giving one to a friend and keeping one for my own garden. Although these roses all have their own official names, I always create a new and personal one for each as well. These names are a combination of my friend's name and my own. The LaGwen Rose in peachy perfection, or the LaKay Rose in deep red are subjects fun to discuss when we talk together. Friends and family have shared their garden abundance with me, and I appreciate these efforts so much. Right now the lilac hedge row is in an abundance of lavender and purple; plants that were started from starts that my mother-in-law gave to me. The snowball tree was a start from Karleen. And the pretty miniature irises were starts from my mom's garden. Each blossom reminds me of them and the beautiful characters their acts of kindness represent.
What ways have you been blessed by garden sharing? I'd love to hear your story! Please leave a comment and tell how you share from your garden, or how others share with you.
*Garden ornament shared with me from mom's garden. It just gets better and better with age.*
Friday, May 01, 2009
After tracing the pattern onto the flour sack fabric, color the design with regular coloring crayons. Color gently, but with an even stroke. Areas that you want shaded can be colored with a heavier hand or colored in a darker color. Then cover the pattern with a piece of paper and iron with a warm iron. This sets the color. Then, stitch as desired. Coloring crayons work well for this effect, but pencil crayons will work as well. You can wash and dry your tea towels as usual.