In Our Little Corner of the World…

…this happened!


We welcomed a new class of Midshipmen to the Academy for Plebe summer…


…and my Hero examined about 1000 eyeballs.


    We joined a cavalcade of bicycles and tricycles parading in full glory through the neighborhood…


…and hoped beyond hope that we can ohhhhh and ahhhh as fireworks explode above the Naval Academy…just like last year…the weather does not look good.  


And then this happened…

It can happen for you as well

Classic Patriotic Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups of whole milk

1 1/8 cups of granulated Sugar

3 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup chopped strawberries

1 cup blueberries

1. Combine milk , cream, sugar and vanilla.  Chill for one hour. 

2. Pour into ice cream maker. Churn for 15 minutes. Add blueberries and strawberries. Churn 15 more minutes. 

3.  Transfer into lidded container and freezer 1-2 hours before serving.  

My keen eye readers will note the lack of blueberries…seems that frozen blueberries and frozen black beans look alike to certain people…go figure 

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Make it Pretty Monday. Monday of Many Blessings. Let’s Talk Vintage. Wow Us Wednesday.  Talk of the Town

Share it. Tuesday With a Twist.  Vintage Bliss. Work it Wednesday. Share Your Cup.  Share Your Style. Home and Garden

Suburban Simplicity. Moonlight and Mason Jars. Inspire Me. Wonderful Wednesday Thursday Favorites

Thoughts of Home.  Rooted in Thyme.  No Rules Weekend.  Vintage Charm Party.  Making Broken Beautiful   

Home Sweet Home.  Feather Nest Friday.  Friday Features.  Your Inspired Design.  Shabbilious Friday.  Olives and Okra

Tada Thursday    Friendship Friday.  Morning Cup of Joe. Home Matters.  Sweet Inspiration 5 Star Fru Fru.  Friday Favorites 

Best of the Weekend.  Peace Love and Link.  Sunday at Home.  Share it One More Time.  Inspiration Monday. Busy Monday

Digging it and Dishing it.  Little House Links.  Finding Silver Pennies Amaze Me Monday. Merry Monday

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In Our Little Corner Of The World…

…this happened!

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We honored our newest military officers…


…and we honored those who served before them.


We celebrated our nation’s freedom…


…as Blue Angels thundered right over our house!


We gave thanks for all of God’s bounty and blessings…

 

…and then this happened! It can happen in your house as well…

The Best Ever Shortcake

Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup shortening ( I have used butter as well but shortening seems to give the cake a bit more bounce)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.Grease and set aside a shortcake pan (or large muffin pan)

3.Measure  flour, salt, and baking powder into a small bowl and set aside.

4.Cream sugar, shortening, egg and vanilla. I use my kitchen aide
5. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix slowly.

6. Add milk slowly to batter. Combine until just smooth.

7. Spoon into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes

8. Cool and remove from pan.

9.Smother cake with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream…you made the effort with the cake, you might as well do the cream right!

10.Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!

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The Art of Homemaking.    Show and Share.     BTTCG at Bernideen’s.     No Place Like Home.     Tuesday’s at Our House

Tweak it Tuesday.     Inspire Me Monday.     Inspire Me Tuesday.     The Scoop.     Titus 2 Tuesday.     Thrifty and Vintage Finds

Make it Pretty Monday.     Monday of Many Blessings      Let’s Talk Vintage.     Wow Us Wednesday.     Talk of the Town.     Share It.    Elizabeth and Co.     Inspire Me Wednesday.     Work it Wednesday.     Home and Garden Thursday 

Share Your Cup.     Share Your Style.     Thursday Favorites.     Thursday Inspiration.     Suburban Simplicity     

Moonlight and Mason Jars.     Wonderful Wednesday.     Thoughts of Home.     Rooted in Thyme.     No Rules Weekend

Vintage Charm Party.     Making Broken Beautiful.     Home Sweet Home.     Feather Nest Friday.     Friday Favorites

Your Inspired Design.    Shabbilious Friday.     5 Star Fru Fru.     Morning Cup of Joe.     Home Matters.     Friday Favorites

Sweet Inspiration.    Best of the Weekend.     Share it One More Time.     Peace Love and Link.    Anything Blue.   

Friday  Features.     Sunday’s at Home.     Inspiration Monday.     Make Your Heart Sing.     Busy Monday.   Amaze me Monday

Dishing it and Digging it.    Proverbs 31 Wife.     Finding Silver Pennies

Best Laid Plans…

     I was really looking forward this weekend to a repeat of this activity from last year…I know…it is hard to believe she was ever this tiny!


But a whole lot of rain just kept getting in the way. So instead of a luscious strawberry shortcake recipe, I decided to share one thing that seems to be thriving this crazy wet May…our roses.  Because they seem to perk up my people, I decided to bring some inside and spread the love all through the house. Traditional vases are great but it is much more fun to use the unexpected to display these beauties. 


 A single blossom has a lot of impact when displayed in an antique ink bottle. 


The vivid color of the blooms contrasts beautifully with the simple white enamelware salt box. 


Roses in an antique Chinese tea box ?  Why yes!


What a lovely way to greet visitors…roses in a double compote carnival glass dish!

Here’s hoping for drier weather this week. Annapolis comes alive for commissioning and the daring Blue Angels show…plus those strawberries aren’t going to pick themselves!

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The Art of Homemaking.     Show and Share.     BTTCG at Bernadeen’s.     No Place Like Home.     Tuesday at Our Home

Tweak it Tuesday.     Inspire Me Monday.     Inspire Me Tuesday.     The Scoop.     Titus 2 Tuesday.     Thrifty and Vintage Finds

Make it Pretty Monday.     Monday of Many Blessings.     Let’s Talk Vintage.     Wow us Wednesday.     Talk of the Town

Be Inspired.     Share It.     Inspire Me Wednesday.     Work it Wednesday.     Home and Garden Thursday.     Share your Cup

Share Your Style.     Thursday Favorites.     Thursday Inspiration.     Moonlight and Mason Jars.     Wonderful Wednesday 

Thoughts of Home.     Simple and Sweet Friday.     No Rules Weekend.     Vintage Charm Party.     Making Broken Beautiful 

Home Sweet Home.     Feather Nest Friday.     Friday favorites.     Your Inspired Design.     Shabbilious Friday 

Welcome Home Wednesday       Rooted in Thyme      5 Star Fru Fru.     Morning Cup of Joe.     Home Matters.   

Sweet inspiration       Share it One More Time.     Peace love and Link.     Sundays at Home.     Inspiration Monday
Make Your Home Sing.     Busy Monday.     Amaze Me Monday.     Dishing it/ Digging it.     Silver Pennies

Little  House Links.     Tea in the Garden.     Best of the Weekend

May Day Delights…

Oh the delights of this weekend…Introducing the Princess to a brand new friend at the National Zoo in DC…


…and enjoying the beauty of May Day in Annapolis.  The competition is fierce as homes and businesses decorate doors and gates with the finest spring has to offer. Feast your eyes on some of my favorites from last year!

May Baskets

by Evaleen Stein


Let us take our baskets early

To the meadows green,

While the wild-flowers still are pearly

With the dewdrops’ sheen.


Fill them full of blossoms rosy,

Violets and gay

Cowslips, every pretty posy

Welcoming the May.

Then our lovely loads we’ll carry

Down the village street,

On each door, with laughter merry,

Hang a basket sweet.

Hey-a-day-day! It is spring now,

Lazy folks, awake!

See the pretty things we bring now

For the May Day’s sake!

Happy May Day….May your Spring be a delight to all your senses!

Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

BTTCG Tea Party@Bernideen’s Blog

Show and Share@Coastal Charm

No Place Like Home@Rose Chintz Cottage

Thrifty and Vintage Finds@Dagmars House

Tuesday at our House@Our Home Away from Home

Tweak it Tuesday@Cozy Little House

Inspire Me Monday@Sand and Sisal

Inspire Me Tuesday@A Stroll Thru Life

The Scoop@Cedarhill Farmhouse 

Titus 2 Tuesday@Cornerstone Confessions

Make it Pretty Monday@The Dedicated House

Be Inspired@Elizabeth and Co.

Let’s Talk Vintage@Bella Rosa Antiques

Talk of the Town@Knick of Time

Wow us Wednesday@ Savvy Southern Style

Welcome Home Wednesday@Suburban Simplicity

Work it Wednesday@The Blissful Bee

Home and Garden Thursday@A Delightsome Life

Share your Cup@Have a Daily Cup with Mrs Olson

Share Your Style@Essence of Home

Wonderful Wednesday@Must Love Home

Thursday Inspiration@In the New House

Thursday Favorite Things@Katherines Corner

Moonlight and Mason Jars@Cherished Bliss

Sweet and Simple Friday@Rooted in Thyme

Thoughts of Home@Poofing the Pillows

Thursday Favorite Things@Peonies and Orange Blossoms

Your Inspired Design@McCall Manor

Vintage Charm Party@Charm Bracelet Diva

Making Broken Beautiful@The Curators Collection

No Rules Weekend@Sincerely Paula

Home Sweet Home@The Charm of Home

Feather Nest Friday@French Country Cottage

Shabbilious Friday@Shabby Art Boutique

Friday Features Linky Party
Friday Favorites@Must Love Home
Home Matters@Adventures of a Frugal Mom
Morning Cup of Joe@The Cottage Home
Sweet Inspiration@Repurposing Junkie
Peace Love and Link@Twenty Something
Anything Blue Friday@ The Dedicated House
Share it one more time@Shabby Fru Fru
5 Star Fru Fru@Tray of Bliss
Sundays at Home@Thoughts from Alice
Silver Pennies Sunday@Finding Silver Pennies
Inspiration Monday@Our Southern Home
Dishing it and Digging it@ Rustic and Refined
Busy Monday@Pinch of Joy
Amaze me Monday@Dwellings
Proverb 31 Link up@Proverb 31 wife

On the Road with the Princess

So many wonderful comments about our Chinese Princess…it makes my Mama heart so Happy! We are on the road this weekend to Philadelphia and a first train ride for the Princess…

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The Princess and I are always up for adventure and with the weather turning warmer ( Although Snow? This afternoon? Really?) we will be able to resume our walks around beautiful Downtown Annapolis. The Navy has brought us to the gem of a city but our hearts are leading us to stay…

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We start at our beautiful 1920 Four square rental…It does look spectacular in the winter but I am ready for Spring

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We stroll past one of my dream houses…Annapolis is full of dream houses. This is Acton House and it was built in 1770. Isn’t it gorgeous?

 

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Reynolds’s Tavern is located on Church Circle and serves High Tea on the weekends…I can’t wait to take Princess in a few years…they also have a beer Garden in the summer…my husband prefers that experience.

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The best part of Reynold’s tavern is Darim..the wonderful flower guy. His flowers are lovely and reasonably priced..plus he is the happiest person I ever met…

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Our Princess last year enjoying the flowers!image

We head down the most beautiful Main Street in the country…

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…To the ultimate ice cream experience...Storm Brothers….guaranteed to be filled with handsome (and beautiful ) Midshipman on the weekend…

image *Sigh* I can’t believe I live in this beautiful city.

Come and visit…The Princess and I will meet you downtown…we can have ice cream together…or crab cakes…your choice!

Show show and Share@Coastal Charm

No Place Like Home@Rose Chinz Cottage

Tuesday at Our House@Our Home Away From Home

Tweak it Tuesday@Cozy Little House

Inspire Me Monday@Sand and Sisal

The Scoop@Stonegable blog

Make it Pretty Monday@The Dedicated House

Let’s Talk Vintage@Bella Rosa Antiques

Bernideen’s Tea Party@Bernideen’s Blog

Thrifty and Vintage Finds@Dagmar’s House

Wow us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

Talk of the Town@Knick of Time

Work it Wednesday@The blissful Bee

Home and Garden Thursday@A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup@Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

Share Your Style@Essence of Home

Thoughts of Home@Poofing the Pillows

Vintage Charm Party@Charm Bracelet Diva

Home Sweet Home@ Charm of Home

Making Broken Beautiful@ The Curator’s Collection

Feather Nest Friday@French Country Cottage

Shabbilicious Friday@Shabby Art Boutique

Friday Favorites@Oh My Heartsie Girl

Friday Favorites@Home Sweet Home

Share it one more time@Shabby Fru Fru

Sunday At Home@Thoughts from Alice

Busy Monday@Pinch of Joy

Amaze Me Monday@Dwellings

Dishing it@Rustic and Refined

Morning Cup of Joe@The Cottage Market

Inspire Me Tuesday

Share it 

Welcome Home Wednesday

Moonlight and Mason Jars

Rooted in Thyme

Inspiration Monday

Peace Love and Links

Wonderful Wednesday 

Tada Thursday

In The New House Designs