Saturday, August 29, 2015

SUNDAY SKETCHES WITH ALEXANDRA



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Moving right along in my Miss Mouse series.  Wednesday finds our sweet little homemaker knitting a blanket for her bed.  She chose her pink dress and white apron for her photo shoot! HaHa

To see all the Sunday Sketches with Alexandra, just click on the tree badge on my sidebar.  Thanks again Alexandra for hosting this fun meme.  You keep our brains busy, our pencils sharp and our paints ready.


Friday, August 28, 2015

SURPRISE ~ SURPRISE !!


We've lived at the Villa for a little over a year, and I never noticed that one of the trees at the edge of the balcony was a lime tree.  Over the past year it has reach it's branches up higher and higher and I spotted a lime within reach!  I went down below and found the other three on the ground.  



You can see it has reached up to the balcony within arms reach.  What a nice surprise.



Today we are having ice tea with a twist of "lime".    You never know what you are going to find at the Villa!

In the recent months I've really been working on my art, and trying some new forms besides my watercolors which I dearly.  On Show Your Face I'm sharing some new and some old watercolors of faces I've done.  Also on that meme and Paint Party Friday I'm experimenting with "Art Journals"  My Sunday Sketches with Alexandra and Creative Tuesday's I will continue to post on this blog.  But if you would like to see my new Art Blog called Brush Strokes from Wanda there is a link on my side bar right under my "Profile".   I post there on Friday's.  Would love to have you visit.


Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMETHYST BUD VASE


So happy to find out the details of my amethyst bud vase.  I've had it for over 30 years.  It was given to me by a member of our church Myrtle Dirksen.   She was the sweetest woman and had a yard of tulips in every color. 

I did google it, but the only one like mine was amber in color.  I really appreciate the information that you all give me about depressed glass and the patterns and colors.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SCONE RECIPE AND MY NEW PLATE


I was trying to remember what they call this kind of glass, and Betsy came to the rescue.  It's depression green glass.  My sister has been collecting it for years and has a hutch full.


She had two cake plates and gifted one to me.  I was anxious to use it.  This morning I made scones and they looks so pretty served on the plate.

Do you have any depression glass?  What color?  I've seen green and rose, and one piece of lavender.

APRICOT, WHITE CHOCOLATE, WALNUT SCONES

2 cups all-purpose flour                1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup granulated sugar              1 cup white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons baking powder           1 cup coarsely broken walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt                            1 cup chopped dried apricots *
1/4 cup chilled butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 375 f.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Cut the butter into 1/2 inch cubes and distribute them over the flour mixture.  With a pastry blender cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In a small bowl stir together the cream, egg and vanilla.

Add chocolate chips, apricots and walnuts to flour mixture and coat all.   Make a well and add the cream mixture.  Stir and knead into dough.

On a lightly floured board pat the dough into a circle.  I divide the dough and make two smaller circles.  Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and score into 8 wedges. (you will have 16 smaller scones by dividing the dough.)
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.

Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.  Recut the wedges if necessary.  My drizzle is 
optional...but it just gives them a finishing touch for looks and taste.

*You can substitute dried cranberries for apricots if desired.

Brew a pot of coffee and enjoy!

Monday, August 24, 2015

TUESDAY TIDBITS


Dinner last night was a throw back from my childhood.  Salmon croquettes, creamed corn and garden salad.  Topped off with fresh avocado slices.  It tasted like mom's.




Remember back in June I bought a flowering vine to attract hummingbirds since we cannot hang feeders from the balcony.



Well I think there were some magic beans in the bottom of the pot as it just keeps climbing.  I had to put a little trellis to accommodate it.  It's not as full of blooms now, but lots of buds waiting to open.  I've only seen a couple of hummingbirds ~~maybe they don't like the color of red. HaHa


 I took two of the babies from the Spider plant and transferred them in small pots...they are growing like crazy too.  That balcony is like a greenhouse.   I love it.


 When I was looking through my pictures from my sister trip, I forgot to share the Hilmar Cheese Factory.  All the cheese in made on the premises.  They have Visitor Center and cafe.  This is just a few miles from where my sister lives.



We met a dear friend there for lunch.  Her husband of many many years passed away recently, and we wanted to take her to lunch and encourage her.


 Rows and rows of cheese made right there on the grounds.


 In the Visitor Center they show the process to make the cheese behind glass windows.


 I happen to love cheese and Hilmar Cheese is really good.


The gift shop was full of darling things, but what I wanted was too big to bring on the train, so I just looked and drooled.  HaHa


What I did bring home was a beautiful cake plate.   Donna has been collecting green glass ware for years and had a hutch full.  She had two cake plates and wanted me to have one.  I wrapped it in all my clothes in the middle of my suitcase.  Isn't it pretty, can't wait to serve a cake or a ring of scones on it.