Saturday, August 1, 2015

Hello August, Hello Blogging

August is here! A new month and here in Oregon, it is often the hottest month of the year. I am hoping that is not true this year, as it has been so very dry and so very hot most of July. Most yards are just parched and have the look of straw. It is scary to see everything so dry. The entire West is experiencing the same conditions.

August is also the month that my Jimmy and I were married. We will be celebrating on the 4th.

Our home remodeling is FINALLY winding down. I think it should be finished in a day or so. That will be the end of the inside remodeling jobs for this year. A new roof is the next job on the list to  be completed by fall.

As August is also the month of Tasha Tudor's birthday, I am going to be using this month to review our recent NEW ENGLAND vacation. It will be fun for me to share the most wonderful trip of our life. We loved New England~it is a great place to visit and so very different from the west coast.This would have been Tasha's 100th birthday. 

I am going to use this opportunity to get back into has been a hard year for faithful blogging.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Home Remodeling

I am still here! We had the most wonderful vacation in New England. We were having our handy man Duane do some remodeling while we were gone. Unfortunately, there was a problem with a toilet and basically, most of the house was flooded with water! The blessing was that  Duane had pulled up the old carpet and had not put down the new flooring at the time of the flood. It all delayed his work and we have had some resulting problems. The tiles began to crack in our main bathroom, so the floor is being replaced along with new tile. PATIENCE! I'm not good at being patient. The house is looking great and I know it will all be worth it when it's done.
I've been sorting and cleaning and organizing.We have lived in our small cozy little home for almost 38 years, so you can imagine how much "stuff" there is to sort. We also made a trip to Seattle for Otto's 2nd birthday and I have been babysitting a lot. I do plan to blog about our trip in August when I hope to have our home back in order. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Having Fun In Vermont!

Still in New England having a wonderful vacation. I will share more when I get a chance! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Vermont...Here We Come!

2:00 AM is a very very early time to wake up! That's what time we had to get up to be ready for our ride to the PDX airport for our early morning flight to New Hampshire! It was so hot all night, miserable, and we didn't sleep much. Our nephew Markie was so kind to give us a ride to the airport.
Our flight to O'Hare was on time and it was a really smooth flight.

We fly into O'Hare often, so we are pretty familiar with it. It's a big airport, but pretty easy to navigate. Our flight to Manchester, NH was on time and all was well.

The weather was cloudy and it was a turbulent flight towards the end....ugh.

The Manchester airport is small and we got our luggage~all 3 bags arrived safe and sound. Our rental car was waiting. We never could get on the route we wanted to Vermont, so we just gave up and had Helga (the GPS on our phone) guide us in!

We are staying at the Holiday Express in Brattleboro VT for a few days of sightseeing. The Tasha Tudor Garden, HomeTour and the Gathering will be on Wednesday.

The nice lady at the front desk told us about the Marina restaurant. The good was soooo yummy. We met the managers...Lori and nice and so much fun. They got us a map and told us all kinds of fun places to go in the area.

We were so tired, I'm not sure how we made it though dinner! We went back to our hotel and fell fast asleep! A great start for our vacation!

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Little Companion

LaVonne sent me this interesting doll (the one on the left) earlier this spring and I just thought she was really neat. There is so much detail in the little miss and I love her crocheted apron.

She is made with the fat pipe cleaners and is just charming.

I was at an all city garage sale and found this little lady for $1.00. I think she is an egg cozy as her skirt just fits over an egg perfectly. I have a plastic egg under her skirt! She also has an apron and just reminded me of the doll LaVonne sent. I love her long yarn briads!

Now these two little dolls are friends and live on a shelf togherther. They have become good friends. Thanks LaVonne...just wanted to share. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tea Time Thursday #81 The Secret Garden

Happy Tea Time Thursday! I am writing my blog post and finishing up chores before it gets too hot here in Oregon. We are in for an early summer hot spell! Jim and I are leaving on Sunday for Vermont and it looks a bit damp out that way. As I have been sharing, we are going to a big Tasha Tudor even on July 1st, so naturally, my mind and thoughts are focused on Tasha. This lovely classic book~THE SECRET GARDEN~just popped into my head and came together with a few other tea time things this week. I love this novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's wonderful that Tasha illustrated this classic and it is one of Tasha's books that is easily found and very affordable.

Right now, my copy is living in my bookcase with some foxglove Carlton Ware. I love the green variety and have had these pieces for years. I really need to share my collection some day.


Some tea time pieces for a very fun summer Secret Garden party or just tea out in the garden.

When I got my recent copy of my TEA TIME magazine, they also featured a Secret Garden Tea.
I am planning to take my issue to read on the plane. I did just glance through it- it is so hard not to just stop and read it all!

I did spot this recipe for Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches. It looks good, but I just made mine last Sunday and I like mine version a bit better.

My secret ingredients is PATAK'S Sweet Mango Chutney. It is mild yet gives the mix a very yummy taste. I have also served my version in a bowl lined with salad greens and everyone always loves it.

So here is my version:

Curry Chicken Splendor~ Salad or Sandwich Filling

3 c of cooked chicken-chopped
2 ribs of chopped celery
1/4 c cashews
1 tsp curry powder
salt and pepper
2 TBLS Mango Chutney ( I often use more but it depends on your taste)
1/4 c organic mayo
1/2 c golden raisins

I mix it all up, using half of the cashews if making the salad,  cover and refrigerate for about an hour to let all the spices blend together.

Present on a bed of salad and sprinkle the remaining cashews on top if serving as a salad.

If making tea sandwiches, you will need about 6 slices of bread. Spread, cover with another slice of bread and cut into triangles. That will give you 12 sandwiches. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Criss Cross Coasters

I finished up a little craft project for an event I will soon be attending, so I am linking up with my friend Stephanie's blog at The Enchanting Rose for her Roses of Inspiration. It's really fun to see what her blogger friends have been creating. I am fascinated with bloggers and their endless creativity and their willingness to share! Please pop on over and have some fun!

On Sunday, my Jimmy and I will be flying off to Vermont for the Tasha Tudor Gathering. This will be a large group of fans as this would have been Tasha's 100th birthday. We will have a very busy day on July 1st with a tour of Tasha's home, a craft adventure, a tea and then a doll fair.  I decided to make these little fabric CRISS CROSS quilt coasters for those attending the tea. My quilting buddy Nancy taught me how to make these little goodies. They are easy and go together quickly.

I have had this tea fabric for awhile and decided it was time to use it! You need 5 5" square pieces of fabric and thread...that's it! You don't need any batting .

There are several ways to make these little coasters. This one is called a CRISS CROSS coaster because you fold the fabric into triangles when you make them. I found a nice tutorial on
a great blog. You can see the process so nicely on Pat's Patter....just go to her tutorial section and choose CRISS CROSS COASTERS.

I like the way this coaster criss crosses, but you can make it like a regular 4 patch if you wish. It's cute done that way too.

This is one of my favorite photos of Tasha having tea. I love all the flowers from her garden, her blue and white china and her turkey red linens. So summery.

My packages all arrived for the doll fair back east! They all arrived safe and sound. I finished up getting the last little bits and pieces for the trip. Just have to pack and make that trip to the bank. Just praying that we don't hit any summer thunderstorms in Chicago and that our flight is an easy one. After getting stuck in the airport last year, I have to admit, I am a bit nervous about flying back east again. I won't be alone this year, so that makes it all better!