Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Table for 5 de MAYO, 2016


Hello sweet friends!

Hope you are all fine. I just got back from visiting the girls and I feel so much better with all the fun we had together. We pretty much disconnected somewhat from the country's latest tragedy.

When I first started blogging friends would all be eager to design tables for every occasion, as 5 de MAYO is; but lately, in the last couple of years I hardly see any tables capes with this theme, as I find them to be so much fun with all the colors and dishes to go with it and I love the inspiration too! 

Actually, 'tables cape designs,' or 'setting' are very scarcely posted anywhere, somehow it may be just my idea. 

I too didn't make one last year, so here goes my inspiration for 5 de MAYO  2016.

" I've been trying to post my new entry to blogger for a couple of hours now without any success, because my thumbnail doesn't show at all ! It's happened before, but after a few tries there it was."

Does anyone know? Has it happened to you before?


I had this table topper made some 25 years ago in 'Ikat weave,' as I even had some chairs upholstered with it. Now all I have is the topper which inspires me to make my 5 de Mayo tables.

I mixed and matched different green plates and the bowl is for 'shrimp ceviche'... nothing to do with a Mexican menu, lol..

The cutwork place mats are made of 'balsa-wood,' made in Ecuador.

The terracotta pot (was also made at our factory) in the back, (right side) is for making a very light chicken and veggie recipe. Which reminds me I should cook it one of these days.

The ceramic ceviche bowl was made by us on top of cheap, but cute green apple plates.

The flatware is in the basket and a Tequila bottle, hehehee

The cute chicken napkin ring was made at our former ceramic company...

... and here is the rooster napkin holder.


Ok, here you have it, my 5 de MAYO 2016 table setting, where we will have lunch with my mom tomorrow.

Thank you for your sweet and kind visits, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me join their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

I will join the fun here:

Inspire Me Tuesday     http://astrollthrulife.net
Tuesdays at our Home     http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
No Place Like Home     http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Brag About it Link Party     www.vmg206.com
Create Link Inspire     http://nap-timecreations.com
Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com
You're Gonna Love it     www.kathewithane.com
Tuesdays with a Twist     www.godsgrowinggarden.com
Tuesdays with a Twist     http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com
Celebrate Your Story Link party     www.thesweetsensations.com
May You're Gonna Love it     www.kathewithane.com
Talk of the Town Link Party     http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
Wake up Wednesday     www.godsgrowinggarden.com
Wednesday Blog hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden     http://blog.bernideens.com
The Homemaking Party     www.classicalhomemaking.com





    




 



Thursday, April 21, 2016

I'm so Sad, I Baked a Cake


Hello sweet friends!

   Most of you know that Ecuador, my country too, has suffered one of the worst earthquakes since 1949... and I so want to thank all the wonderful, sweet, kind and generous friends that prayed for Ecuador at my request and on your own as well, even before I even knew you had heard of the tragedy in the news and for thinking of me and my family.

I will be forever grateful!

Today's post has a title which is just that!  "I'm so sad, I baked a cake."

While looking at the new posts you my friends sent out today, one caught my eye and it's from; "Living the Gourmet Blog and the cake is, New York Style Crumb Cake." 

 
I have a little secret to tell you... most cakes I make, I give hubby a piece and the rest I give it away to family and friends. I hardly ever eat one piece, or just maybe a tiny one when it's a new recipe and this one is a new recipe to me, so I had a 'huge piece' for a change, you can tell by the cut.  I feel better now!

Let me tell you, it is delicious, so yes, go ahead and try it with a good cuppa of steaming hot tea in pretty dishes too !


It looks and tastes superb ! There's a little glass container with pure honey, which I swirled a little on top of the New York Style Crumb Cake from Living the Gourmet Blog... for a little more sweetness, lol..

We had some tea in this beautiful set of dishes.
I don't know the brand as they have the name of the store specially made for them, where I bought them several years ago.

Ain't it petty looking? Boy it tasted great too!

Someone said that cake is the ultimate 'comfort food' and I totally agree.

This teatime afternoon happened here, on my farm house table, that came here from our 'real farm house' where we lived before, so it's my nostalgic piece of furniture and it helped raise my spirits up remembering happier and simpler times back in our 80's when our little girls were growing up.


I was so happy to have a big piece of this luscious cake; it sure raised my spirits up, as I knew it would !


Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments dearest friends, you always make my day.

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

I will party here:

Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop     http://bettycozycorner.blogspot.com
Thoughts of Home     www.athomewithjemma.com
Home and Garden Thursday     www.adelightsomelife.com
Simple & Sweet Fridays     http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com
Grace at Home     www.impartinggrace.com
Share Your Cup Thursday     http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Foodie Friday and Everything else     http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
PINK Saturday     www.howsweetthesound.typepad.net
Home Sweet Home     http://thecahrmofhome.blogspot.com

Welcome to the Weekend Blog hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Share Your Style Party      www.21romarylane.com
Creative Ways Link Party      www.posedperfection.com
Wildly Original Link Party      http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
A Morning Cup of Joe     http://thecottagemarket.com
BTTCG Blog Party     http://blog.bernideens.com
Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
Tea Cup Tuesday     www.antiquesandteacups.info
Inspire Me Tuesday     www.astrollthrulife.net
No Place Like Home     http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com

Saturday Sparks     http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
The Chain Linky Climb    http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Simple Saturdays     www.sunnysimplelife.com
Friday Frenzy     www.mostlyfoodandcrafts.com
Share it One More Time     http://theeverydayblog.com
Bouquet of Talent party     www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
Sweet Inspiration Party     www.theboondocksblog.com
Dishing it & Digging it Link Party     www.rustic-refined.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME     http://mariaelenesdecor.blogspot.com
The Scoop     http://confessionsofaplateaddict.com

Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com
Tuesdays with a Twist     http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com
Brag About it Link Party     www.vmg206.com
You're Gonna Love it     www.kathewithane.com
Wednesday Blog Hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com



















   


 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pray for Ecuador, Thank You


Hello sweet friends!

Ecuador needs lots of prayers as most of you know this past Saturday night there was a horrible earthquake in the coastal region of Manta-Ecuador.

Thank God nothing happened to the Andean region which is where we live. We are fortunate that our DD Sofia is well too, although she lives in the outskirts suburbs, half hour from main big city-Port of Guayaquil.

Please pray for the families that have lost loved ones and the survivers that are suffering so and have lost it all.



Thank you so much for your prayers, as I know some of you are already doing it.

Love always,
FABBY


Poster of the Coastal Ecuador Earthquake of 16 April 2016 - Magnitude 7.8

Tectonic Summary

The April 16, 2016 M 7.8 earthquake, offshore of the west coast of northern Ecuador, occurred as the result of shallow thrust faulting on or near the plate boundary between the Nazca and Pacific plates. At the location of the earthquake, the Nazca plate subducts eastward beneath the South America plate at a velocity of 61 mm/yr. The location and mechanism of the earthquake are consistent with slip on the primary plate boundary interface, or megathrust, between these two major plates. Subduction along the Ecuador Trench to the west of Ecuador, and the Peru-Chile Trench further south, has led to uplift of the Andes mountain range and has produced some of the largest earthquakes in the world, including the largest earthquake on record, the 1960 M 9.5 earthquake in southern Chile.
While commonly plotted as points on maps, earthquakes of this size are more appropriately described as slip over a larger fault area. Events of the size of the April 16, 2016 earthquake are typically about 160x60 km in size (length x width).
Ecuador has a history of large subduction zone related earthquakes. Seven magnitude 7 or greater earthquakes have occurred within 250 km of this event since 1900. On May 14th, 1942, a M 7.8 earthquake occurred 43 km south of this April 16th, 2016 event. On January 31st, 1906 a M 8.3 earthquake (reportedly as large as M 8.8 in some sources) nucleated on the subduction zone interface 90 km to the northeast of the April 2016 event, and ruptured over a length of approximately 400-500 km, resulting in a damaging tsunami that caused in the region of 500-1,500 fatalities. The April 2016 earthquake is at the southern end of the approximate rupture area of the 1906 event. A shallow, upper crustal M 7.2 earthquake 240 km east of the April 2016 event on March 6th, 1987 resulted in approximately 1,000 fatalities.
Earthquake Report

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

1/2 Way DIY Chalkboard Piggy !


Hello sweet friends!

 I've being very inspired with all the 'chalkboards' I see all over blogland, which of course, you, talented friends always inspire me so!

Anyhow... I was so smitten with pretty Robin's 'Chalkboard Piggy' which she 'completely' DIYed it. I am NOT that talented at all to make a piggy from scratch, therefore, I cheater and so guess what I did!

Here is Robin's post with tutorial and all, just in case you haven't seen it, although she was featured in all the parties around!! 
http://redoityourselfinspirations.blogspot.com/2016/03/farm-style-cutting-board-holder.html

I saw a cute piggy cutting board on my local supermarket and 'light bulb!!'
I said to myself... now Fabby, why don't you just buy it and paint it and go half way with the chalkboard DIY situation..uhmm

So I went to the grocery store, picked up the wood pig cutting board, bought some chalkboard paint, came home and painted it and VOILA!

My sweet Mr. Living got a hold of a piece of wire and twisted it to make a 'piggy's little tail' and it came out so cute!

Here he is my little chalkboard piggy 'DIY only half way !'


Didn't the little piggy chalkboard came out cute?!
Very easy-peasy too! I just bought in our local grocery store a piggy wooden 'cutting board.'

Bought a black chalkboard paint and went ahead and painted it yesterday.. a cinch!

Love my little piggy chalkboard and it is true, I forgot to buy eggs and ham for the weekend breakfast, so it'll work for a reminder too!

The bowl on the wall is a salt container with a lid, made back at our own ceramic factory.

I also decided to play a little with my other finished project, my ever lovable, skinny 4 inch plate rack hubby had made for me a month ago.

All the way from the first shelf, there's two antique other platters displayed since the 'rack debut.'
 
In the second some pieces from my 'Onion blue and white' china.

In the third space I placed red transferware teacups, saucers and cake plates... ready for cake and tea.


The fourth shelf contains red transferware teapots, a tin with Coffee and another with loose Tea.

Right at the bottom shelf; I placed my bistro coffee mugs and at the very last one I kept a row of tea boxes, which was purposely made for it.

It was due for me to get into a little baking too, so I did our favorite 'Chocolate Marble Cake.'


 


The little pig-tail hubby made it's just to cute!

I didn't clean the edges, I just drew an outline about 1inch and painted just in the inside.
Look at the funny eye I drew, lol..

We don't have an open plan kitchen because I entertain, so I like the mess private... but the door leads to the formal dining area and breakfast room, although we eat our meals mostly on our former farm's table in the kitchen.

Thank you dear friends for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day.

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties too.

LOVE,
FABBY

I will be partying here:

Thoughts of Home Thursdays     www.decortoadore.net
Home Sweet Home     http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
The Weekend Blog hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Grace at HOME     www.impartyinggrace.com
Share Your Cup Thursday     http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Anything BLUE Friday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday     http://astrollthrulife.net
Foodie Friday and Everything else      http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Friday Features Link Party     http://ohmyheartsygirl.com
Talk of the Town     http://knickoftime.net

A Morning Cup of Joe     http://thecottagemarket.com
SATURDAY SHOW OFF     http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
No Place like Home     http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Tuesdays Cuppa Tea     www.antiquesandteacups.net
Teacup Tuesday     www.marthasfavorites.com
Bernideen's TTCG Blog party     http://blog.bernideen.com
Saturday Sparks Link Party     http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
Chain Linki CLIMB     http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Share it One More Time     http://everydayhomeblog.com
Simple Saturday Blog Party     www.sunnysimplelife.com

A Bouquet of Talent Link party     www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
Home Sweet Home     www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Metamorphosis Monday      http://betweennapsontheporch.net
BLUE MONDAY     http://backyardneighbor.typepad.com
Grace at Home     www.impartinggrace.com
Dishing and Digging it Party     www.rustic-refined.com
UESDAYS AT OUR HOME     http://http://maeiaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
No Place Like Home     http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Pretty in Pink Tea Cup Tuesday     www.marthasfavorites.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea     www.antiquesandteacups.info

The SCOOP     www.worthingcourt.com
Tuesdays with a Twist     http://back2basicshealth.blogspot.com
The Wednesday Blog Hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
BLUE MONDAY    


















 



Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Rainy Day's Lunch


Hello sweet friends!

        Today is a cold rainy Spring day in my neck of the woods, so I decided to make a tuna and spinach soufflĂ© with a barley soup hubby loves.

Anyway, here it is, I even arranged a pretty table with my vintage china with chrysanthemums and butterflies; butterfly napkin rings, some flowers in a white pitcher and even a fruit salad dessert with yogurt.

The custom here is to have a bigger lunch and a lighter supper, unless we go out for dinner.

If you wish the recipes are at the end of this post. The Barley soup is my Mil's recipe, that's why hubby loves it!


Here is lunch for a crispy rainy day.
The menu is a spinach, tuna soufflé and a barley soup.

'Recipes are at the end of this post.'

I served lunch on my vintage Asian china. The china has lots of Spring color flowers, plus butterflies in yellows and browns.


A close up of the dinner plate so you can see the colorful chrysanthemums and butterflies on the plate.

It's a vintage classic Oriental decoration and so is this complete china for eight place settings, plus teacups, teapot, sugar bowl, creamer and small dessert bowls shown here.

I've seen this pattern in several Asian Cookbooks.

The empty bowl is for dessert, it's smaller then what it looks in the pic.
I will serve fresh fruit with yogurt and walnuts for dessert.

Butterfly napkin rings to go with the china.

The barley soup was served in a soup bowl from the china, as it has 'soup plates' as well.


Thank you dear friends for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

  
BAKED TUNA SOUFFLE
2 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk
1 can tuna
3 eggs
 
Make white sauce. Add to well-beaten egg yolks. Add tuna. Fold in whites, well beaten. Pour into buttered baking dish and bake in moderate oven until firm, about 45 minutes in 350 degree oven.
-PLUS I added cooked spinach cause we love it. Try about 1/2 cup for this recipe, but cut in half for two ramekins, or just make it on one small oven dish.

BARLEY HOMEMADE SOUP  (My Mil's recipe, she wrote two Ecuadorian cookbooks)

Recipe for two:

3/4 cup barley  (cook as directions in the package in the USA)
1 medium potato, peeled and cut in cubes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated fresh cheese  (optional, but we love it)
1 tablespoon chopped onion
Dash cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon of Saffron powder  (Goya)
Enough water to cook Barley
3 cups water for the soup

Directions:

Cook Barley with enough water.  (Follow directions on the box for the USA)

In a small pot put some olive oil to taste and cook the chopped onions, then add garlic, salt and pepper to taste, the cumin, saffron powder Goya and cook until the onion looks transparent. Now incorporate the water, the potato cubes and let them cook well. 
Once potatoes are done add the cooked barley and let it cook for 10 minutes more.
Finally add milk and the cheese... which is optional, but hey, it's delish with it!

 

I will be partying here:

Home Sweet Home     http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Thoughts of Home Thursday     www.decortoadore.net
Grace at Home     www.impartinggrace.com
Share Your Cup Thursday     http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
The Weekend Blog hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Foodie Friday and Everything else     http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com
Friday Features Link Party     http://ohmyheartsygirl.com
Inspire Me Tuesday     http://astrollthrulife.net

Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
SATURDAY SHOW OFF     http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday     http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Saturday Sparks Link Party     http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
Share it One More Time Inspiration Party     http://everidayhomeblog.com
Best of the Weekend     www.littlemisscelebration.com
Simple Saturday Blog Hop     www.sunnysimplelife.com
Bouquet of Talent Link Party     www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
The Chain Linky CLIMB     http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Creative Mondays Blog hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com

TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME     http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
MMM#325 Block Party     www.keepingitsimple.com
Dishing & Digging it Link Party    www.rustic-refined.com
Dishing & Digging it Link Party     www.lifeandlinda.com
Amaze Me Monday     www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Cooking and Crafting with J & J     http://julieslifestyle.blogspot.com
No Place Like Home     http://sandimyyellowdoor.com
Create Link Inspire     http://nap-timecreations.com
Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com

    























 

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Happy Spring Setting 2016


Hello sweet friends!

Since my  last table setting was focused more in the spirit of the Christian 'Holy Week' leading to 'Easter Sunday;' I now created a happy Spring table with pinks, greens and whites.

The china for this Spring spread is our oldest set from 1977. I always liked this 'Naomi Rose, Anchor Hacking' set which was for many years our every day and everything else china, lol..

Ok, with that said, here is my happy and cheery Spring 2016 setting.


Our first china from the 70's, 'Naomi Rose, Anchor Hacking.'

I formed each place setting with a white cotton with openwork 'framed' placemat.

The napkins and the runner are a set with big pink flowers, which sort of goes with the big pink flower in the china, as well.

Each soup bowl has a bird's nest with little quail eggs. The nests were a gift from a friend that made them for me with natural fibers.


The water stems are pink and purple, plus Mexican hand blown wine glasses.

The French soldier has a marmalade bowl, but hot sauce will be perfect for a dinner party too.

At the right side - Flowers, little candy box with birds, hurricane and bird salt shaker.

At the left side - Hurricane, vintage French soldier bowl, flowers and bird pepper shaker.





At center stage and flanked by two flower vases is my beautiful "Shannon Bohemian Crystal" cake stand with pedestal- made in Poland, I bought last June.


Thank you dear friends for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

I'll be partying here:

Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Thoughts of Home on Thursday     www.athomewithjemma.com
Anything goes PINK Saturday     http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Saturday Show Off     http://maleviktradgard.blogspot.com
Creative Monday Blog hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Celebrate it Monday     http://celebrateanddecorate.com
Inspire Me Monday     http://myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com
No Place Like Home Monday     http://sandimyyellowdoor.com
Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
Amaze Me Monday     www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com

Berneedin's Tea Time     http://blog-Berneedin.com
Inspire Me Tuesday     http://astrollthrulife.net
Anything Goes     http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.com
Saturday Sparks Link Party     http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop     http://anitalianinmykitchen.com
The Chain Linky CLIMB     http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Share it One More Time Inspiration Party     http://everydayhomeblog.com
Oh My Heartsy Girls     http://ohmyheartsygirl.com
The Bouquet of Talent Party     www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com

Show and Share     http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
THE SCOOP     www.stonegable.com
You're Gonna Love it     www.kathewithane.com
Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
Tuesdays with a Twist      http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com
Brag About it      www.vmg206.com
Create Link Inspire Party     http://nap-timecreations.com
Wow Us Wednesday      www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Wake up Wednesday     www.godsgrowinggarden.com
Talk of the Town     http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
The Homemaking Party     www.classichomemaking.com
Home and Garden Thursday     www.adelightsomelife.com
Share Your Style     www.thevintagenestblog.com
Thursday Favorite Things     http://katherinescorner.com