Saturday, September 29, 2012

My New Blue and White Transferware

I wanted to share my newest blue and white transferware with you girls.  I found them yesterday at my local antiques shop.  They were just placed on a corner of the floor dusty, filthy and unnoticeable.  But I new exactly what I had found.  I have been looking for this pattern for a while now.  It is called Charlotte by Royal Staffordshire of England.  This pattern is circa 1830 and comes in blue, lavender and red.  And for those of us that check pricing with Replacements, a dinner plate in this pattern sells for about $29.99 if you can find it.
So when the dealer told us that the sixteen piece set was $35.00 dollars with 20% off, I could not run fast enough to pay for them and leave the store.  They are now where they belong.  Nicely cleaned and being admired and loved as they should be.  Welcome home.....  

Knick of Time for Angie's Knick of Time Tuesday

Sisterly Love

Hope you are all having a great weekend.  The sun did not want to pay us a visit today.  The day has been very mellow here, perfect to catch up with some things around the house that I have been putting off. 
We have been getting all my fall decorations out of the basement and sorting it all.  Doing a little bit of house cleaning and changing the table linens in the rooms and while changing the runners in my entry way I smiled at some familiar faces.  It is a photograph of my sister and I at the tender age of six and five.  Time stood still for us at that very magical and happy moment of our lives.  I glance at it every morning on my way out the door.  It always brings a smile to my heart and makes the day a brighter one.
I thought I do a little vignette around the photograph and see the possibilities.  I love you sis.

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The Dedicated House for Kathryn's Make-It-Pretty Monday's

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My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cream Color Fall Tablescape

Hello my blogger friends.  I hope everyone had a wonderful and creative weekend.  I just returned from a wonderful girls day in New York looking at wedding dresses for my beautiful niece who will be getting married next year.  What a magical moment it was for me.  I was so honored to be part of such a precious and meaningful time in her life.  It was certainly a day full of wonderful emotions, excitement and great memories.

I am also excited about my new blog design.  I think it captures exactly who I am and Karen at Valentine Design's did a fantastic job.

Now that the first signs of fall are here, it is easier to settle in and embrace our outdoor surroundings with textures and fabrics.  As the Palette of the landscape turns to shades of crimson, sienna and umber, it is easy to get inspired by the colors in nature and design everything aroud these classic shades.  For me, however, the beauty and serenity of this time of the year inspire quiet relaxation.  So to capture some of natures splendor, I am beginning with earthy textural elements and neutral creamy tones just to show that a fall palette does not have be just shades of greens, yellows and oranges only.  

Enjoy  your visit and please leave me your much appreciated comments.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mom's Flan

No family gathering or holiday would be complete without Mom's flan being included as one of the main desserts to end the meal.  It is enduringly popular and one that has been satisfying our taste buds ever since I can remember.  Delicate, creamy and delicious, is a sure-fire hit for any occasion.   

To pay homage to my beautiful Mom, I am sharing her flan recipe today.  Give it a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

 Ingredients for the Caramel:                      
                                                                      1 cup of sugar
                                                                      3 tablespoons of water
Ingredients for the Flan: 
                                                                       6 large eggs
                                                                       1 can of sweetened condensed milk
                                                                       2 cans of evaporated milk
                                                                       1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
                                                                       Pinch of Salt


For the Caramel: 
Combine 1 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of water in a round glass pie plate or heavy-bottom pan.  Place over medium-high heat and cook until the sugar begins to melt and turns to a medium amber color.  (Do not let the sugar get darker than that)  Swirl the pan over the heat so that the caramel evenly coats the bottom and sides, about 10 minutes; don’t stir with a spoon.  Remove from the heat and set aside. 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Bring a kettle of water to a boil for the water bath and keep it hot.

For the Flan Mixture:
In a blender, combine the eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt and give it a whirl.  Just enough to combine all the ingredients.  Pour the mixture into the caramel-coated mold.
Pour the hot (not boiling) water into a roasting pan to come halfway up the side of the mold; be careful not to get water into the flan mixture.  Carefully transfer to the middle oven rack, and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until the custard is barely set and just jiggles slightly.  Let the flan cool in the water bath, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When you are ready to serve, run a knife around the inside of the mold to loosen the flan.  Place a dessert plate on top of the flan and invert to pop it out. 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall Tablescape

Hello blogger friends.  I am so flattered to have so many of you comment on my tablescapes and vignettes.  I also want to thank each and everyone of you who have joined my blog.  I am truly honored and happy.   Your support and recognition mean the world to me.  Again, I am truly humbled and inspired by all you talented and inspirational women who have your own amazing blogs.

I have been looking at some of your blogs and see how many of you are already creating some pretty stunning fall tablescapes and crafts but I just can't find my way there yet since it is still warm here in the East Coast.  The mornings are getting a bit cool but during the day, it is still summer like.

I do love the fall palette and pure rustic inspiration.  Deep crimson, spicy shades of orange and earthy greens.  They are all very beautiful to me.  So to work my way into this palette, I put together this table design using these pear salad plates that reflect the earthy greens and yellows of the fall season.

Pear Plates were the inspiration for this design.  I love the greens and yellow tones on these salad plates.  I wanted the look to be more rustic so I used burlap as a tablecloth.  Green placemats from my favorite store, Homegoods and glassware from The Christmas Shop.

Napkins are from my collection.  Willow napkin rings are from Michael's.

The center piece is just a simple planter with moss.  I only wanted natural elements for this table.  Nothing over the top.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Fall Evenings

Hello everyone.  Hope you are having a great weekend.  I spend my morning at the annual fair in my town.  Lots of crafters and vendors.  It was lots of fun.  All the crafters had their fall merchandise.  The range and intensity of the fall palette are pure inspiration.  Just the thought of those radiant hues, crisp fall evenings and candlelight were just enough to spark my imagination with this little vignette that I want to share with you this evening.

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The Rosegarden in Malevik for Saturday Show Off

Friday, September 7, 2012

Blue and White Tablescape

Royal Stafford Blue Birds dinnerware found at Homegoods was the inspiration for this tablescape.  Placemats were found at the Christmas Tree Shop for a $1.00.  Could you believe???  Cream plates and chargers are from Pier 1 Imports. 

Silverplate flatware is Oneida.