Monday, June 18, 2018

Need a refreshing cocktail?....

            Moscow Mules
This cocktail is very simple to make.

All you need is ginger beer, vodka and lime!


AND a copper mug:


Ginger beer is non-alcoholic (it has a hint of rosemary taste to me) and the "1911 vodka" is locally made (from Beak & Skiff apples).  


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fruit Salad with Raspberry Viniagrette....

Here's a quick salad to make for lunch...


For a quick healthy lunch:
Fresh strawberries, mandarin oranges, blueberries on top of lettuce.
Toss with raspberry vinaigrette.
Adding chicken is even more delish!!


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Veggie Salad....


Some call it Cowboy Caviar or Cowboy Salad, some call it Texas Caviar....I just call it Veggie Salad! 

And it couldn't be easier to make:

 Anything can be added or taken away from this, but this is how I like it:

1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 can green beans
1/2 green chopped pepper
1/2 red chopped pepper
1 cup chopped grape tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1-1 1/2 c Italian dressing
Mix all together and marinate all night.
Serve as a side dish or with tortilla chips!

Some add black eyed peas, broccoli, or celery.... make it your own!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Getaway to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard....


There is nothing like a "girlfriend getaway" and I recently spent some time on Cape Cod with old friends.


Well, we do not think we are "old" at all and could certainly keep up with any young'in we know!!

I spent a week in Sandwich and a few days out on the Vineyard!

I enjoyed walking the beaches in Sandwich and Falmouth...


...took many, many photos...
There was a little "drinking" going on....


....and a few days on Martha's Vineyard....



...lots of good food...


....lots of color and scents....





....and inspiration...



...morning walks out to the foggy beach by the Edgartown Lighthouse ...



...strolling around the gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs...


...a little spying on artist and author Susan Branch in Tisbury, but she wasn't home!...


...enjoying the lovely view from the Harborside Inn...



...and a little shopping at some of my favorite shops:



...it was tough to leave!


There is nothing like spending time by the ocean, and even more enjoyable spending it with great friends!




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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ten on the Tenth...Flowers...

The theme this month for Ten on the Tenth is FLOWERS!





I was a bit stumped - mainly because I can't show you my flower garden - HAHA - because it is shameful!

One thing I can grow is herbs!  

Chives come up every year and need no care at all, so they thrive for me!!

Your first harvest of chives will blossom in the spring with pretty lavender flowers.  The seeds from the flowers will travel and spread throughout your garden and before you know it, chives will take over!  


At this point, you should cut your chives down to the ground as the first batch can be bitter and woody, 
BUT
don't toss out the flowers!


I often use white wine or champagne vinegar to make my herbal vinegars - these don't smell as harsh as plain old white vinegar!


I rinse, dry and soak the flower heads in the vinegar until the vinegar turns pink - sometimes for a week or two, storing it in the pantry, out of the light:


Look at this lovely color....



I strain it and pour it into pretty little bottles, adding a few stems of fresh chives:


A little tag and bow finishes off the presentation:


                                         I set them aside for little gifts:


Adding this recipe with a mini bottle of olive oil would complete the gift:



Folklore states that bunches of chives hung in your home will drive away diseases and evil!

White wine vinegar costs only a few dollars and you can make a few individual jars of Chive Vinegar out of a 16 oz bottle!


And not to brag much, but look at my oregano:


To see what I do with oregano, go HERE, HERE  and HERE


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Another "flower" idea that is very inexpensive:

Organza flowers are very simple to make and can be used in many ways to add a touch of spring to your home or outfit.

You must purchase 100% organza (you can find it at any fabric store for a few dollars a yard). I make paper patterns freehand in the shapes of stars and flowers:


I cut the shapes from the fabric and melt the edges:



You must set up a station which will include a candle and a bowl of water. TRUST ME....you need the water in case the fabric catches on fire...again....trust me!!



You must "melt" the edges of the organza so that is will not fray. Holding it a few inches above the candle will work well...any closer and you will certainly need the bowl of water!



I then layer about 5-7 pieces of fabric and go to my beads to create the centers:



I stitch up through all layers and thread 3 beads onto the needle and stitch through to the back, knotting.



And that's all there is to it. 
So, now what to do with these cute flowers? 
I add them to little romantic pillows:





Or you can turn them into pins:




I love these monthly challenges of spending only $10 and sharing our creations!!


Visit these clever friends to see how they spent $10 this month!:
Patina and Paint
Cottage at the Crossroads
Poofing the Pillows

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Friday, June 1, 2018

The Tales of the Traveling Tote #15 - and a giveaway!

The Tales of the Traveling Tote #15

The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us.  Four times a year a group of bloggers each write a connected post about the places we have been. We have built incredible friendships through our blogs and we hope you enjoy our tales as much as we do!

To read about how it all began, go HERE


and it kept coming and coming, even for St Patty's Day:




...and went out like a lion - someone made Mother Nature quite angry this year!



Early April I stopped by Beekman 1802 in Sharon Springs to stock up on a few items...the weather was still cold and damp, with snow still on the ground!


Mid April I was lucky enough to stand in line for 90 minutes to go to the MacKenzie-Childs Warehouse Sale:



Look at the photo bomber behind me - little did she know how many people would see this photo!


And it took 90 minutes to check out!  But it was fun and I got a few goodies....

....and we filled 2 trunks!



We also went up to the "Mothership" and shopped in Aurora and toured the farmhouse to see the newly decorated living room:





We also met Dot and Donna who were just delightful!

Dot Dungan Beams and her twin, Donna Hogue 

We enjoyed lunch at Fargo in Aurora:


The next day I gathered my bags and I flew off to Ohio to babysit my two grandsons for 2 weeks!







The flight there was smooth and uneventful....


...can't say the same about the flight home as I got stuck in LaGuardia overnight!



My other daughter is getting married in September, so I went to Rochester to play with Caitlin for an overnight and to check out the Bridal Shower venue, shop and visit a few wineries!


May ended with me working in Albany for a few days and I spent an afternoon walking around  Saratoga Springs.  A sundial (in the photo on bottom right) always amazes me, as you can see I was there a little after 2!


Just the other day I left for Cape Cod:


So far I have had dinner on the Canal at Fisherman's Wharf, drinks at Pilot House...

shopping in Mashpee Commons and ... dessert on Falmouth Heights Beach...


...and today we leave for Martha's Vineyard for a long weekend!

Go to go catch the ferry.....

Katie is hosting our giveaway this time - make sure you leave her a comment:




Come along and travel with:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
 (You are here) Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Lea and Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner







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