Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Good Sunday Morning!

For months I have been wanting to join Chari over at

Happy to Design

for Sunday Favorites

I was a little intimidated by how to do this but finally decide certainly I could figure it out.
This post seem to be a perfect starting point for a Sunday morning.
Won't you join me over at Chari's to revisit great posts from the past?

A couple of incidents have happened recently that I thought were worthly of blogging about.

They truly are just little things ~~ things I wouldn't give a second thought had happened if it hadn't been for the results.
No, I didn't receive an award or a call from someone in a high office, but the results of my small actions certainly made me feel good.

Today I am asking you to try something similar and see how much happiness the little things can bring.

During late winter a friend I don't know real well was to have surgery. She is in a book club I recently joined. While we are far from best friends, I really enjoy being around her. She's just a happy, fun person. Somehow I remembered her surgery had taken place about that time and a couple of weeks later I decided to sit down and send her a card. I didn't have an appropriate get well card, but I had some cute little note cards on hand and felt that would be just fine. I told her I was thinking of her and hoped she was recovering nicely and enjoying all the books she had planned to read during her time off work.
I saw this lady a couple of weeks ago and she came right up to me and starting gushing over this note I had sent her. You would think I had done something really spectacular!! She just kept putting her hand over her heart and smiling and saying what a nice person I was! I only wrote a note! She went on to tell me how pleased she was that I was in her life and on and on and on and on!! We had our book club meeting and before we parted ways that fun evening, she came over to me and once again pretty much repeated the opening part of this paragraph! I was simply amazed at her reaction to a little handwritten note.
Last night I was in a store at our local mall making a return for my daughter. I was second in line and within a few minutes I placed my bag on the counter and told the young girl I had a return to make. She was quite cheerful and professional. She went about the return procedure very effeciently. As I stood waiting I noticed her eyes. They were stunning, very dark brown eyes.
In recent years I have made a promise to myself to pass on a compliment rather than keeping it to myself. It is such a little thing that can make a person really feel good. Who doesn't love a compliment?
I said to her, "You have beautiful eyes!" Her reply was, "What did you say?" I repeated myself and I actually heard her take several little breaths. She blushed and strongly thanked me, the whole time smiling as big as she could. She said to me that no one had ever told her that before. As we finished up the return, she excitedly told me I had made her day. She was still smiling and truly taking in her breath! As I walked away from the counter, I heard her say to the clerk next to her, "She told me I have pretty eyes!" I almost got teary just thinking how something so little on my part was so big to her!
Try doing something simple for someone and see
how good it makes YOU feel!
Happy thoughts and words and deeds are contageous!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Oh Boy! Spring in a Box



UPS paid a visit to my door today.  Miss Magnolia was the first to investigate the contents.  She could be in a very sound sleep but if something new enters the house she is on duty to check it out.  Sound familiar cat lovers?


I am so pathetic.  New ferns were waiting to be discovered inside the box.  Being so excited I sat on the floor and fluffed open a couple of them so I could see how I liked them.


This one….



Or was it this one??


……..reminded me of some I saw in Pottery Barn




Is it just me or does this excite you too?  Tomato Red tulips! 


When I ordered this little forsythia pick I didn’t remember it had a little nest with an egg attached!!  Oh!  Extra fun!



Now I’m all excited and ready to go downstairs and work.

Here are some recent thrift store and TJMaxx container finds.

Don’t you love the old wicker vase?


Notice the little chippy footed urn in the middle??

Look closely  ~~~




Doesn’t it look interestingly a lot like this little chippy, footed urn pictured below??  Um hum….it does.  I do believe it’s the same urn.


The one in the first picture (above) in my workroom is from Goodwill.

The one shown below was a picture I took inside of Anthropology for a few $$$$’s more! 

Score Donna!!




I just sold this rather contemporary arrangement through my designer friend yesterday.  It’s going in front of a mirror.



Business has been a little slow since Christmas but I definitely see signs of it picking up.


I hope you have enjoyed your visit today.  Be sure to leave a comment so I know you were here.

Are you like me and thinking of Spring?  Who cares that it’s snowing again today!


I am linking up with


Bargain Hunting with Laurie



And also Linking up to Funky Junk’s Saturday Nite Special.

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Thursday, February 24, 2011



Are you familiar with these sandwiches?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a Runza.  This old German specialty is not found in many areas across the United States.  Even though the fast food restaurants are nearby our area I still like to make them from scratch  from time to time. 

Runzas are a mixture of hamburger, onions and chopped cabbage tucked into a delicious yeast roll.  You can’t beat the homemade version.  Some people like to add cheese, or sauces, mushrooms, etc. but I like the original version (recipe below) served with lots of mustard.  Most other people like ketchup too.


2 c. warm water

1 egg

2 pkg. yeast

1/2 c. sugar

1 1/2 tsp.salt

1/4 c. melted and cooled butter

6 1/2 c. flour



1 1/2 lb. lean hamburger

1/2 c. chopped onion

3 c. shredded cabbage

1/2 c. water

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Dash  of Tabasco

1 t. or more chili powder


Before we begin, let me give you a couple of hints about baking with yeast.  I would imagine there are lots of you who use yeast frequently while others are intimidated by any recipe with the word “yeast” in it!

DSCN3242Make sure your water is just warm…not hot. I sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and sprinkle the sugar on top.  Just let it sit for a few minutes and pretty soon you will see some action going on. 






Another hint when baking with yeast is to bring your egg to room temperature. If you didn’t allow time for this step, simply place the egg in a bowl of warm water.  It will warm to room temperature in the time it takes to measure out the rest of your ingredients.  The reason you don’t use an egg just out of the refrigerator is because the cold temp could slow down the yeast activity.






Mix water,  yeast, sugar and salt; stir until dissolved.  Add egg and melted butter; stir in flour.




DSCN3248It will look like this to start with.


Knead til shiny.



  Let rise til  double in size.  Roll dough into an oblong shape and cut into 18 squares.



Combine all meat ingredients while dough is rising, simmer for 15 to 20 minutes and drain grease




Dump out the risen dough and you are ready to begin putting the sandwiches together with the meat mixture.








Divide cooled hamburger mixture between the squares. Pull the 4 sides up and press edges together.



Sorry this picture didn’t turn out well.  This shows me pulling all four sides together to seal.








Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 350*




Today I’m joining Michael for Foodie Friday.  You will find great recipes at her blog, Designs by Gollum.  I always find lots of cooking inspiration from there.  I know you will too.



Also joining All Things Domestic Party!

All Things Domestic

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Puppy Love


There has been lots going on and I have not been good about blogging.  I do have a new little face to share ~~~



Let me Introduce




This little sweet face belongs to the newlyweds, my daughter Jamie and her husband Dan.


Gorda, as they will call her is a nine week old English Bulldog.  Cute, huh???


My sister and I celebrated our birthdays over the weekend.  Barb’s son Dustin and his family were in town too.  It was a great family weekend.



I have a great thrifting find to share with you soon.


Hope you are all doing great!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

If the Truth were Told


I’d say it’s my birthday!  PrincessDSCN3262

I know for a FACT that I am very blessed with many great friends and a truly

Loving Family!  Such a warm feeling.  Who needs gifts?




Well, Mr. Brown Socks said the little desk below is a gift.  He actually said it was my Valentine’s Day gift. 

Yesterday I found myself at the last day of an estate know the day.. people are scurrying in and out picking up furniture and other treasures they bid on the first day.  It’s also the day that prices are slashed in half.  With a little sweet talking I got them to come down a little less than half by taking a chance it would still be there the end of the third day.  It was!  The wood is fruitwood with a cherry veneer.  I love a good bargain, don’t  you?


I’m extra excited about this desk you see because it will be the start of some much needed changes.  You may not know this about me, but I “think” things to death through.  We now have our computer in a small office which also serves as a room for a single guest.    Our computer sits on top of the ugliest sturdiest desk you have ever laid eyes on.   It’s an old, blonde school desk.  Let’s just leave it at that!


When we built our house we had one grandson and now we have three.  We really could use a double bed in this room ……So…….



We will be doing some flip flopping.  Our ugly sturdy computer desk will more than likely be moved to the downstairs guest room where we will purchase a queen size mattress.  With a new son in law who is 6’4” we decided the pretty antique double bed with the sweet little footboard would not be appreciated by Dan when he and Jamie come for a visit.

I can just see the poor man with his feet dangling over trying to get comfortable.

We are moving this antique bedroom set upstairs to what was the office/single bed Room.


As you can see I was still “thinking” about draperies for this room as well as a new spread.


I’m really excited about making these changes and getting two rooms fixed up.


My new little desk will be the beginning of some fun and positive changes in our home.


I' am picking the desk up this afternoon and hope to start making changes soon.  You know you will be the first to see the changes that will occur!


Today I’m joining in on the fun with:

Sarah at A Beach Cottage. She’s hosting Good Life Wednesdays.

I hope you’ll join me over there to see what other bloggers have to share!

Until next time ~~~~ Be happy!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet Rolls for your Sweetie


Or perhaps for you and a girlfriend



Easy Orange Rolls

Recipe from Southern Living


1/2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. orange zest

1 (11 Oz.) can refrigerated French Bread Dough

2 T. granulated sugar

1 T. butter, melted

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 T. orange juice

1.  Preheat oven to 375*.  Beat cream cheese, light brown sugar, and orange zest at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

2. Unroll French bread dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Spread cream cheese mixture over dough, leaving a 1/4” border.  Sprinkle with granulated sugar.  Gently roll up dough, starting at 1 long side.  Cut into 11 slices.  Place slices in a lightly greased 8” round cake pan.  Brush top of dough with melted butter.

3.  Bake at 375* for 25 to 30 mins. or until golden.  Stir together powdered sugar and orange juice in a small bowl until smooth.  Drizzle over hot rolls.  Serve immediately.



I used Pillsbury’s Crusty French Loaf bread




Just unroll and flatten out


Spread the cream cheese mixture on and the sugar.  Leave about 1/4” uncovered.  This is so you can press the dough together and it will seal nicely.




Roll it up nice and long


And cut the rolls.  Sorry the picture is so washed out. I use dental floss.  Thread works well too but I love how dental floss cuts the rolls, twist and pull!   I even used cinnamon flavored! LOL!



Place the rolls next to each other in an 8” cake pan. 

Next time I would make my rolls just a little larger even though I might end up with one or two less.  The size was a little skimpy to me.



I would still prefer a nice batch of yeast homemade rolls but these were really pretty good for fast.  You can’t beat the time and effort that went into these.



Set the table with some pretty red dishes.  These happen to be some old Avon ones I’ve had for about thirty years.

Light a candle too.  I am pretty sure I do this more for me than for Mr. Brown Socks.  It makes any meal seem special. Smile


Hey, where’s the grapefruit picture?  I know we had grapefruit too….oh well, insert grapefruit in your visual…Add some eggs and a cup of coffee and this makes for a slightly (ever so slighty) romantic Valentine’s breakfast.



Today I’m linking up to

Between Naps on the Porch

Little Round Table

Designs by Gollum.

I love visiting both of these blogs and always come away with great inspiration for tables and food.


Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict came up with a pretty good solution for my porcelain cat mystery on my last post.  She quoted from someone who had visited a Hummel factory in Germany and this is what was said ~~

"Each figurine has a hole somewhere. The hole allows gas to escape from the inside of the figurine. Without the hole, the figurine would burst, breaking other figurines in the rack."

  Thanks Debbie! Makes sense to me! 

I always appreciate your visit to 47th Street.