Thursday, February 28, 2013

SkyWatch Friday


When I came home from doing an errand today, I was struck by the way the sky looked.   It was mild, about 59 degrees.


Barbara F. @ Two Birdies and a B.  NY  2/28/13 12 noon EST


Joining SkyWatch Friday.

xo

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Commercial Inspired Dinner

Pillsbury has a new commercial for a cheeseburger pie made with their crescent rolls.  I thought it looked and sounded very good, so I gave it try.  Only thing is, I used crescent rolls from Trader Joe's, since that is where I like to buy ground beef, preferred because it doesn't whinny. (I hope!) 



Just going by my memory of the last time I saw the commercial, I used a pound of very lean (96/4) ground beef, seasoned with Everyday Seasoning from TJ's (excellent at only $1.99), browned in a skillet, added some ketchup, a few dollops of relish (TJ's is delicious)



 and a sprinkle or three of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.  I also added two dashes of Worcestershire sauce to the beef, Pillsbury didn't



I arranged it in a small rectangle pan rather than a pie plate



Baked it in a 350 oven for 30-35 minutes



It came out of the pan easily



Very delicious, easy, quick, and fairly inexpensive for four servings, maybe one or two more.

I'll be bringing this dish to the following parties this week







Sunday, February 24, 2013

eBook Review: "How To Etch Glass"

This eBook is written by Eric Robert and can be downloaded for free here.



Eric contacted me recently and asked if I would review his eBook.  I admire etched glass and have purchased many glasses and dishes over the years.  Although I am not a DIYer by any means,  I am happy to share my perspective.


It is written in easy to understand language, large print and broken down into three parts.  Links are provided for supplies not normally found in craft stores.

Part I explains the various etching types such as cream etching, which is the easiest and uses little in the way of supplies.  The cream uses mild chemicals and can be purchased on Amazon.


Part II describes various glass objects in addition to glasses and candy dishes.  Glass mugs, cups, mirrors, car window customization and shower doors are just a few.  I am sure there are talented tablescapers in Blogland who would like to etch their glassware to match dishes, themes, holidays or seasons.  I thought of engraving a family crest or coat of arms onto a glass bowl, or glasses, to give as gifts to family members as well as for your own home.  

Part III is the actual etching tutorials and basic steps.  Eric outlines what you would expect from each and the level of skill required.  There are photos outlining the steps.  

In addition to being able to download the eBook for free, Eric is giving away free etching patterns and other videos.  

Ladies, you may want your husband to check this out.  It is a quick read and filled with all the info you need to get going and start etching.  


You can see more of Eric's work on his blog here.



This review was solicited by the author and contains my humble opinion.  No compensation received.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February Note Card Party

Yes, it is time to join Vee,  at A Haven for Vee for her monthly note card party.  

My thoughts are filled with warm sunny days and enjoying the outdoors.  These photos are from a visit to the Staten Island Botanical Gardens in August 2011.










Writing this post has definitely put me in a mood for another visit, definitely this spring, before it gets too warm.  To see some more photos of this visit, click here.

Please stop by Vee's blog, and enjoy the fabulous photos being shared by fellow bloggers.  New friendships are just waiting to be made.  

Also joining Fiona at Raindrops & Daisies for Green Day.


xo

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Cup of Joe

The one thing that gets me out of bed on many mornings - that first cup of coffee.  I always have to inhale the scent of those ground beans before I scoop them into my coffeemaker.  I enjoy my Keurig, but I need to make a 'real' pot in the a.m.



A Cup of Joe is a wonderful program where you can donate money to 'buy' a cup of coffee for a soldier through Green Beans Coffee


A Service Member wants to thank you for sending them a Cup of Joe!

Cup of Joe #1

Your message and gift of a CUP OF JOE was delivered to a Service Member serving at ATOC (Ops Town) - Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. They wanted to say thanks and make sure you knew your gift was received. Please see below for their note to you:

Barbara, Thank you for thinking of us and keeping us in your prayers. The coffee is much appreciated. Sincerely, Robert Hulse LCDR USN


You can click on the link above and send a cup of coffee with a personal note to our troops overseas.  $2.00 buys one cup, and they have different amounts to purchase.   You will receive an acknowledgement from them.

A Service Member wants to thank you for sending them a Cup of Joe!

Cup of Joe #2

Your message and gift of a CUP OF JOE was delivered to a Service Member serving at Camp Arifjan Zone 2 in Kuwait. They wanted to say thanks and make sure you knew your gift was received. Please see below for their note to you: 

Thanks for the kind note and the coffee. Have a great day.

I want to thank Pat at Gypsy Heart for bringing this to my attention.  I was happy to do this, sending my favorite thing to the folks fighting for my freedom.  I am grateful for our service men and women.

Joining A Favorite Thing at Mockingbird Hill Cottage and Gratitude Sunday at A La Carte.  

xo


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day




Wishing you a truly special day filled with the people and things you love the most. 


Kiwi and Pearlie want to send you wing hugs and beaky kisses, too!

xo

It is a fine seasoning of joy to think of those we love.   ~  Moliere

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year

The Year of the Snake, it is the year of protection, support, ambition and following through to achieve our goals.  This year is made for me, it seems.  I need all these things!


I took out two Homer Laughlin dinner plates and two Syracuse China salad plates that I purchased from Fishs Eddy.  I placed them on two silk damask runners crossed over each other, and added the lotus bowls that are close to 50 years old and belonged to my mother.  The tea cups I purchased also at Fishs Eddy.  (They cost more than the plates!)









Oranges are given out during family celebrations for the New Year.  These are Sumo mandarins.  The sweetness of the fruit symbolizes luck and wealth.





The Lantern Festival follows the New Year on February 24th.



It is customary to give gifts of cash in small red envelopes.  I could not find those, so I used pink and red silk bags.






What's on the menu?  Whatever you like!  I think shrimp dumplings for me.



Wishing all of you a year filled with good health, good fortune, peace, and prosperity, and goals achieved.

Joining the following parties




(*) Please keep Kathleen (Cuisine Kathleen), and her family, in your prayers.  Her grand nephew has gone to be with the Lord.  He was 8 years old.

xo


"True joy results when we become aware of our connectedness to everything."

Paul Pearsal

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Testing testing 1-2-3

I have no clue what is going on with Blogger.  People who used to be able to leave comments, can't.  Another follower told me she didn't see yesterday's post until today.  I had very little views on yesterday's post.    It is quite frustrating.


Front door view
Here's what I woke up to this morning.


Backyard view
This was taken earlier in the week (Monday evening?).  What a difference, the sun looked so big.



Today would have been my mother's 90th birthday.  It always snowed on or about her birthday.   Many birthday celebrations had to be postponed.  My dad used to tease her that she must have upset Mother Nature.  A family tale says she was actually born on the 6th of February, delivered at home with a midwife, but there was so much snow my grandfather couldn't get to the Board of Health to register the birth until the 9th.  


Italian ricotta cheesecake and cup of espresso

I enjoyed a dessert last Saturday while out having a wonderful day with a friend.   A favorite treat of my mother's, Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mom.  

So, what are the snow totals in your neck of the woods?  ;-)

Sharing with Seasonal Sundays and Sunny Simple Sundays

xo

What I know for sure is that you feel real JOY in direct proportion to how connected you are to living your truth.~ Oprah

Friday, February 8, 2013

Snurricane Schmurricane

And here we go again!  I wish the Northeast, especially the tri-state area of NY-NJ-CT, can get off of Mother Nature's radar for a bit.  Now we have Nemo heading for us in a direct hit.  And that rascally groundhog, he had better be hiding in his hut.  


Finding Nemo


Every channel reporting news and weather has a different snowfall amount, anywhere from 2 inches to 30 inches, depending where you are.  We're expecting at least a foot, maybe 18 inches.  


Devastation from Superstorm Sandy on Staten Island, after a snowfall in November


Temps are above freezing right now.  I did my shopping yesterday, and should be OK.  I only worry about power outages and losing cable.  Ugh. 


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I have plenty of things to keep me occupied the next few days, but nothing makes me want to run  out more than being forced to stay in!  Isn't it always that way?

Please keep those still suffering from Sandy, and all people who don't have a warm and safe place to stay tonight, in your prayers.




xo


Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.    -    Albert Einstein 



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