Thursday, May 28, 2009

Patriotic Tablescape

A table set for two, paying a little tribute to hubby for his service in the army. Notice his army picture from 1969 in the little frame on the left. Click to enlarge.

The silverware came from T.J. Maxx. Table runner from Old Time Pottery. Love that store.

I have a few little books on the flag or the pledge and put this one into the mix.

Thanks honey for serving.

I picked these plates up at Ross. Cute little surf boards.

I've had these salt and pepper shakers for a long time from Ross.

Chocolate truffles are in this little dish from the Dollar Tree.

Be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for more tablescapes.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Inside Decor

We've decorated the outside of the house and leave it up till after the 4th of July. Inside we just decorate the family room. It's where everyone gathers and it is visible from the kitchen area also.

I change the things on the mantel and tables. Do any of you have patriotic things displayed? I would love to see what you do.

I painted Miss Liberty and Uncle Sam many years ago.

I've had this book in my office for ever and added it to the display on the mantel. (It needs to be updated)
This is a photo that was taken 13 years ago right before Andrea married Kris. Everyone but me had on one of my hubby's sweaters. I added it to the mantel, also.

My best friend, Ceekay bought this cookbook for me many years ago. It has the recipes of the White House from 1887. There are some strange ones.

A few things on the sofa table behind the couch.

A few things on top the entertainment center.

I hope you're having a fun, safe Memorial Day! The price of freedom is high. May we all honor those who have given it to us.

We went to Historic Brattonsville, SC yesterday where part of the Patriot with Mel Gibson was filmed. I can't tell you how interesting that was. I'll post about it soon.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Memorial Day

It's a time to remember those that have and are serving our great country! I'm so proud of those that make that sacrifice to keep us safe in our homeland. Whenever Hubs and I see a solider in uniform we stop to say "Thanks for Serving"! You can see that smile of appreciation cross their face. In honor of them, Memorial Day, Flag Day and 4th of July we decorate to celebrate them.

This is the front of our house. This year we added the bunting to the front porch. I've always wanted them but didn't want to spend for them, I guess. Kohl's just had them 1/2 off. I had to go get them.
The flag on the door I painted in 1991 during Desert Storm.

We've had a lot of military men in our family, including my hubby. Our son-in-law still wears the uniform of a policeman, hence the policeman statue in the flower bed.

I decided to keep all the flowers in yellow and red this year. Hubby just finished planting around the tree.

These are in the front flower beds.

Thanks for taking a look at my Show & Tell. Please visit all the others at Kelli's There is no place like home .
Have a great Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Decorating Class

For those of you that are regular visitors, you may remember a few wks. ago I taught a decorating class to some ladies at our church. I was a bit nervous and stressed, as I was leaving the next morning for CA to help our daughter who had a recent surgery.

The Lord is good and all went well. There was some good feedback and the ladies seemed to enjoy it.

Here they were getting some refreshments before we got started. They sat around in the family room while I spoke. I gave them outlines and pages of helpful hints on decorating.

Two of the ladies.

A group on the other side of the room.

Posing with some refreshments.

I had two tablescapes ready for them to view. Here's one in the kitchen.
Another in the Dining room. (I have since put the bunnies away)

I appreciate each of you that visit and your sweet comments.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Month for Birthdays

With Mother's Day and 3 birthdays, May has been the month of celebration.
Our second grand daughter, Olivia, just turned six. Here she is with me a few years back.
This was taken at Easter when she was 1. She is the only one of the grandchildren to have the red tints in her hair.

She is very petite for her age. She has such a sweet personality.

She loves to dress up with her princess dresses.
She is such the brave one and handles the tower drop and space mountain better than I do. They are her favorite rides at Disney.

This is a very small roller coaster at a pizza parlor.

Another baby had a b-day this past week. My baby girl! Yikes!! How did 32 yrs. go by so quickly?? Sarah how did you get to be that age? She has been a joy to us and are thankful for the lovely young lady and mother she has become.

At six mos.

2 years old

Being a great aunt for years before she had her own children.

With her first baby, Jonas

And now sweet Ivy has joined the family. What joy they bring to us.

Last but not least. Sarah shares her birthday with our son-in-law, Kris. He is a pastor in CA. We just had a great time with them while visiting there.

Happy Birthday guys and Many More!
Hope you're all having a great week.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Michael at Designs by Gollum is hosting Foodie Friday. This is my first time to join in. Please stop over and see her blog and others who have wonderful recipes.
I love it when you can find fresh strawberries and they're two for one at the store. I had company last week and decided to make a strawberry/rhubarb pie and a buttermilk pie. I was fortunate not to have a trainwreck this time.

Here are a few that were left over. These are the ones I cut up and mixed with a small amount of rhubarb. Just enough to make it interesting but not too tart.

I always sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on top of the crust.

The finished product looks and tastes so good! Recipe below.

1 1/2 quarts of strawberries
2 Tlbs. of chopped rhubarb
3 Tlbs. of tapioca
3/4 c. sugar
dash of cinnamon
2 pie crusts

Make slits in crusts and sprinkle additional sugar and cinnamon on top if desired.
Bake at 400 1 hour

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm a Winner

Hi Everyone!
Last week was busy with out of town company. It was fun to see friends and be able to house them, as they were here to get two grandsons packed up from collage and return them to MI.

While they were here I got a package in the mail. It's always exciting to have one sitting on the porch waiting to be opened. Melissa from Heart and Home had a wonderful giveaway celebrating her 6 months of blogging and I was the lucky winner! She has such a wonderful, interesting blog. If you have not visited her before, you must pop over and take a look. You won't be sorry.

She had the items all wrapped in tissue and packed so nicely.
I couldn't wait to open the plaque. (She had shown it on her blog.)

It says "There's no Place Like Home" Signed Dorothy. Isn't that too cute! (enlarge by clicking)

She had a journal notebook with a "Rose" on it, a potpourri ball, two sweet love birds, and a $20 gift card to Target.

They are in my colors, too.

I was so happy with all the items, I decided to go make Melissa's wonderful Buttermilk pie. I've made it several times already and the company loved it. It is so yummy!

Till next time, have a wonderful week!