More Treasures From Another Land

I am in a bit of a decorating quandary this week.  The calendar tells me to continue with cozy winter but the weather outside has made me long for Spring delights…so I chose to change nothing until there is a meeting of the minds… between Mother Nature and me. On the plus side, it does give me the opportunity to feature some more of my treasures from another land!

A lovely and well used antique rocking horse from Russia.  One of the few things I decided to buy before I saw the price tag…thankfully it didn’t require a second mortgage on the house.


A beautiful reminder of time spent in Japan.  Just looking at this wood block print brings back happy memories.


My antique tiger cabinet from Hong Kong.  I can’t decide, however, if the tigers are friendly or menacing.


Pottery is a lovely art form that allows you to touch and feel the hands of the artist.


The Princess enjoyed a visit with Grandparents this weekend…as evidenced by the cookie in her hand…and the smirk on her face.  Who could resist spoiling her?

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Friday Favorites #361

I think Mother Nature is a bit confused…70 degrees…in February…in Maryland. I’m not complaining…just bewildered, like the poor tree blossoms. One thing I am not confused about…the adorable heart cupcakes from Sugar and Spice and Family Life. How can I wait a year to make these? 

 Is the weather confused by you or is Old Man Winter still in residence? And more importantly…are you up for a game of Pooh Sticks?


 

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One Of Those Weekends…

It started on Friday evening, a series of unfortunate events and news that threatened to dampen this long anticipated holiday weekend…to include a heartbreaking Navy basketball loss to Army and compounded by the announcement that a worldwide shortage of vanilla beans will jack the price of vanilla extract sky high.  It shouldn’t have been a surprise when my car didn’t start this morning…hello AAA tow truck…but it was the last straw. What is a gal to do to turn this weekend around?  Make the most decadent dessert possible of course! Let me give you the recipe…just in case you are in need of a pick me up…

Molten Mocha Cakes ( could it sound any richer?)


The usual cast of characters

1. 1 package semi-sweet baking chocolate or 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2. 1 cup of butter…2 whole sticks

3. 2 cups powdered sugar

4. 1/2 cup instant coffee powder…any flavor

5. 5 Eggs

6. 4 Egg yolks…yes, you read that correctly

7. 3/4 cup flour

8. Garnishes of your choice

The Steps

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees

2. Butter 5 (1 cup) ramekins and place on cookie sheet

3. Microwave chocolate and butter for 2 minutes, stir well

4. Stir in sugar and coffee until well blended

5. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks

6. Stir in flour and stir well, pour into prepared cups


7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the sides are firm but the centers are soft. Let stand 1-2 minutes.

8. Run a knife around edges and invert carefully onto a dessert plate


But wait…the best part hasn’t happened!


Garnish, grab a fork and watch the explosion of chocolate goodness…instant mood lifter!
Of course, all the Princess needs for a great afternoon is a warm day, a bit of water and a couple of branches…Pooh Sticks anyone?

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Friday favorites #360

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Only One Heart

“We were given: Two hands to hold.


Two legs to walk. Two eyes to see.


Two ears to listen.


But why only one heart?


Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find.” ~Unknown

Lucky me…my two favorite valentines!

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I am dreaming of a new kitchen…just dreaming at this point. I imagine beautiful countertops, a large center island and a real pantry. Right now I  am content with what I have and my dreams…but it does not hurt to put some images with those dreams. The French doors “just measuring up” used on her pantry…dreamy…and pinned!

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Love is in the air!

I have never really decorated for Valentine’s Day. I really don’t like a lot of pastels and the idea of little naked cherubs all over my home kind of creeped me out. Then, I noticed all the cute decorating and party ideas all over blogland and something inside admitted that it looked…pretty cute. The challenge remained, however, how was I going to pull off this “love” decor with only what I already had on hand…a handful of vintage postcards and a few little vintage quilt hearts.  Then I remembered…the box of pink depression glass in the basement…never really used.  A few berry bowls and parfait glasses later I think it turned out very well!


Simple but pretty effective…


I just love how the enamelware candleholder and depression glass give the effect of valentines without venturing into “cutesy”.


I, and probably thousands more, totally stole this idea from Sadie Seasongoods. I mean who is brilliant enough to think of putting vintage valentines on a rug beater?


We are STILL waiting for snow…the Princess has stepped up her efforts with her performance of the snow dance.

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