Remember that half the joy of achievement is in the anticipation.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Easy Cobbler...

So easy and So yummy too!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Take 1 stick of butter (1/4 cup) put in 9x14 pan and put in oven to melt. While that's melting mix together...

1 cup white flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
(you can use 1 cup sugar if you like your topping "not so sweet")
2 tsp baking powder

Add 1 cup milk...

Remove pan from oven and pour mixture
on top of melted butter...

Two cans of your choice of pie filling.
Obviously, we had Cherry...yum!
Open cans and pour fruit
on top of batter...
Bake for 35-40 mins
or until golden brown...
I didn't have any ice cream,
but this tastes GREAT "a la mode"...


Friday, August 28, 2009

A special tablecloth-Show & Tell 8/28

TGIF !!! You know what that means! It's time for "Show & Tell" Friday, hosted by the oh so gracious Kelli @ There's is no place like home. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is sharing their treasures today.

If you've gotten to know me then you know I have a "thing" for tablecloths. A couple of years ago Mr Walnuthaven and our youngest guys took a shopping trip to pick my mother's day present. Hubby had picked a totally different cloth but when my eldest boy saw this one, he knew his momma would love it. And of course, I do.

The tablecloth

The dishes/set I've had for over 24 years
with the cups and saucers being a
more recent addition to my
existing set...

The glassware was given to me
when my mother passed away.
I remember mom letting us
use the glasses for special occasions...

Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi!". I hope you have a fabulous day!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

From Days Gone By....Vintage Thingies Thursday

Happy Thursday! It's time for Vintage Thingies Thursday, so graciously hosted by Suzanne @ Colorado Lady. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else does it in vintage style.

As mentioned in Monday's post, I spent some time at the Bailey's Palomar Resort in Palomar Mountain, CA. It's a beautiful place that has tons of history and it is pure vintage.

For your vintage viewing pleasure...

Old Fashioned Refrigerators...
My parents actually
had an "ice box" back in the day...

The General Store...
Sometimes it's hard to imagine
that some of these things
were used
in "one's" daily


What a beautiful old cash register...
I can just hear it
ringing up those sales

Ka Ching!

pretty glass...

I do believe
I'm in love with this vanity...sigh*

Oooo, and look at those old books
Bigger sigh*

Although this sweet dresser sure pulls at my heart strings too!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say "Hi!". I hope you enjoyed what I've shared today and I hope the rest of your day is a great one!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Happiness is...

Brand New Cookware...(sigh*)

I"m one of those gals that loves getting things for the home and things that will make my "chores" easier to handle. I like to cook but detest having to use old cookware that no longer does what it's supposed to, is warped or doesn't cook evenly. Well, my old set had seen better days and about a month ago I started looking for a new one.

I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of my housewares family...

Cook's Cookware. 10=piece set of hard anodized cookware with clear glass lids (love that!!!) These are easy to clean, cook the food with evenly distributed heat and I'm so happy! Can you tell? They are a bit on the heavier side and I do need to use a pot holder when touchng the handles on the glass lids as they can heat up when left for periods of time (as in simmering).
(photo is from

Love the glass lids!
Breakfast potatoes cooked to perfection...

We purchased these about two weeks ago when they were 50% off! Plus that Saturday, JCPenney's was having an additional 15% off sale as well. Our total cost was about $135.

I am one happy, cooking momma bear :0)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Celebrating Blue's on Blue Monday

Blue Monday is hosted by the ever gracious Sally @ Smiling Sally. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else has got the blue's...

This past Saturday we took a trip on up to Bailey's Palomar Resort in Palomar Mountain. It is a beautiful place with lots of history.

Can you find the blue
sitting on the old stove?
Blue, Blue, where's the Blue...?

I lllooovvveee this old stove...
I took a few shots inisde what was the General Store (and Post office at one time)
This scale is absolutely to cool!

I know you can find the blue here.
Isn't all this stuff just awesome?!
So much history...

Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me. I hope you have a great "rest of your day" !!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Time for "Show & Tell"...

with Kelli @ There is No Place Like Home. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is sharing their special treasures, their going's on, and what not.
This is my first "Show & Tell' since getting back on line after a long hiatus due to computer issues.

These are the side shelves in my kitchen. They were added to give me more storage and display space. As you can see they became more of a catch all for "this and that", dirt, and clutter. Gasp! Shame, shame, shame on me for letting junk pile up in my vintage, red pyrex bowl! Tsk, Tsk!
I felt it was time for some change in this area of my kitchen and fast!
Now this area is cleaned up, and showing some personality. The toleware tray is something that was in my dining room but I felt it needed a new home. Since I've been incorporating some black accents (along with the reds/greens), I thought it would look just fine here. What do you think? On the top shelf I'd like to find a plate with more red but after shopping the house, this was all I could find for now. On the center shelf I simply covered the tops of some old Mason jars I had, with some of my favorite toile (Waverly Country Life) print and some cute black/ecru gingham ribbon. Such a simple adornment but it makes a nice "pop". The bottom shelf houses some of my most used cook books and a yummy smelling vanilla candle. So? What do you think? Anything else I should add or do?

Yes, that's my dining room/eating area. I have a rather cozy home and our dining area is used daily.

Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi!". I hope you have a Fabulous Day!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday

It's time for Vintage Thingies Thursday...once again! Be sure to stop on over Suzanne, The Colorado Lady, and see who else is sharing their vintage treasures

This is a pasta bowl that belonged to my mother.
I remember it sitting on the rack, sometimes filled with cookie packs, faux rubber grapes,
or some other "froo froo" to look pretty. On the back it is stamped with a copyright/circa
(A "C" with a circle around it) 1056-Made in the USA by the Los Angeles Pot ----
I cant read the last word :0(
For being 53 years old,
it is in wonderful condition,
having no scratches,
chips, cracks or fading.
It has some crazing though.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Simple Re=Purposing Act...(second time around Tuesday)

After posting, I realized this would fit in perfectly for 2nd time around Tuesday. My FIRST ever!
Thank you Diane At A Picture is Worth a 1000 words for being a gracious hostess and letting me "play" along. This is a wonderful Tuesday party I'll enjoy for sure!

I've always disliked the bottles that cooking oil comes in.
Why can't it be prettier,
less bulky,
and pleasing to "my" eye...?
(no, I don't ask for much, do I?)
A resolution to the "bulky" problem
but yet this idea posed another problem...
the vinegar cruet was to small
and I was re-filling
this baby every week....
Can you say messy, messy, messy?!
(I cook almost every day and always like to put a dab of oil in my pan/pot)

Hmmm, thinking, thinking...
(tapping forehead Ala Pooh Bear)

Well, Look-ey Here!!!
It's red so it will blend well with the kitchen decor,
it's a good size...
will my drizzler top fit?
Oh please let it fit!

I am one happy cooking momma.
Why buy an oil drizzler from one of those home stores for way more $ then I wish to spend, when I can re-purpose something as common as a glass soda bottle? Plus this is a large bottle! Perfect for the amount of cooking I do for my large family. This bottle is 500ml which is about 16.9oz. For the heck of it, I got on line and checked out a couple of websites to see how much a 'drizzler' in this size would cost. I found a ceramic one for $8.99 but other then that there wasn't one this big or one that I liked as much as I like this one.

A simple re-purposing act...
So what have you recycled or re=purposed lately?

*(No Coca Cola bottles were harmed in the making of this drizzler)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blue Monday 8/10

Happy Blue Monday! I'm especially happy because this is my first Blue Monday post since finally FINALLY getting back on line and getting all those computer problems worked out. If you're a lover of blue, be sure to visit Smiling Sally and see who else has the "blue's"

Sweet hankie w/touches of blue.
A gift from my bloggy friend
Deb @ Garage Sale Gal.
Deb is a wonderfully friendly
and generous person.
Give her a visit!

How I usually have it displayed...

Ta Da...

Thanks for stopping by and spending a bit of time with me. I hope the rest of your day is GREAT!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A drive through my favorite neighborhood...

This is the area that was first settled and developed here in my city. I love that this neighborhood is not "cookie cutter". Each house is different in style and in size and yet they all seem to blend and belong together.

(click on any picture to enlarge)

This home is so big I couldn't get it to fit in my lens! Hmm, looks like I caught some sort of anomaly standing on it's front porch. Wonder if it's haunted, lol!

A Tudor...(excuse the trash cans as it was "trash day" for this neighborhood)

This is one of my very favorites! Isn't this just the sweetest cottage?! I lllooovvveee the color scheme.

Another sweet cottage. I've been inside this house and those dormers are the windows to the two top bedrooms. The ceilings are also angled and it added such charm! I also love the red door. It just screams "welcome!" to me.

Can you just imagine sipping on an ice cold lemonade as you sit and relax on this front porch?

Thanks for coming along with me!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A view from my window...

Another beautiful day begins. The morning sun just starting to shine upon "my" mountain, promises another warm and beautiful day. In the morning hours, after dear hubby has left for work and the eldest has left for her classes, I sit and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee and the special quiet that permeates the air. This is "my" special quiet time to just enjoy the morning and the view from my window.
Have a wonderful day!