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Sunday, August 30, 2015

FABBY: August Tea for the Rosary Prayers


Hello sweet friends!

I host in my house every month, the last Wednesday of each month a Rosary prayer with some friends.

I did pray for the friends that requested and I'm here to do so, always.

I used my very colorful, pottery dishes made back at my hubby's Ceramic factory he owned for thirty years and he sold it almost seven years ago. The tablecloth used was the one I hand embroidered in orange Fall leaves, some fifteen years ago .

This pottery has lots of oranges, yellows, browns and blues among other colors. It's my favorite china come Thanksgiving because of the warm colors and it looks good with pumpkins. I haven't used pumpkins here yet, but it's sort of a transition to Autumn tea table.

Ok, with that said, here it is.



This pottery set was made and decorated at our former Ceramic Co. Monte Turi. I have 350 pieces of it. Here is the link of the post I did a couple of years ago, in case you'd like to see them all:
http://fabbysliving.blogspot.com/2013/01/fabby-350-pieces-of-my-pottery.html

I used to design the decorations inspired in the Indigenous people of Ecuador's embroidered clothing. We had 15 designs that were made completely by hand by artists we had working for us.

I hand embroidered this tablecloth in orange Autumn leaves, just for this set of dishes.

I always associated this pottery design with Fall because of the oranges, yellows, browns, greens and blues.

The embroidery in all four corners of the table linen is like this.

And the embroidery in the center of the tablecloth I purposely did it like this, in order to frame any centerpiece I would make.

A little half a papaya on the finial of the jam bowl; at your left.

Sheep, duck and fruits in the finials. The original Spanish designs had animals and fruit in the top of the lids of every piece.

A close up of some of the pieces specially for tea time.
 A little chicken, a half papaya and a cow on the lidded pieces.
Oh, I almost forgot to share this pic of my dearest daughter Alexandra in Mallorca-Spain expecting a little girl at seven months right now, who will be call 'Maxima.' 
We can't wait to see her as they are coming with Sergio tonight at 12pm at Guayaquil-International Airport.

We will go this Wednesday coming to dear daughter Sofia's house to meet them. She can't fly to Cuenca, where we live cause of the high altitude Andean city.




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

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

A special thanks to the wonderful and supportive sweet Beverly, that featured me last week at the great,

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LOVE,
FABBY

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Inspiration Monday     www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com
Amaze Me Monday     www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhome.com
Inspire Me Tuesday     http://astrollthrulife.net
Something to Talk About Link Party     www.karensuponthehill.com
Tuesdays at Our Home     http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Sundays Down Under Link Party     www.natashainoz.com
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Tea Cup Tuesday    www.matthasfavorites.com
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Something to Talk About Link Party     www.karensuponthehill.com
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Fabulous Fall Link Party     http://myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com
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Keeping it Simple: 12 Easy wreaths     www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com

Wake up Wednesday      http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
The (not just) Homemaking Party     www.hopeineveryseason.com
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Monday, August 24, 2015

FABBY: Italian Dinner in the Kitchen-Part 2


Hello sweet friends!

After cleaning and organizing my kitchen I was so glad to make an Italian dinner party for three last Friday. That's why this post is sort of a Part 2. We had a friend of hubby's with us.

I'm using my Italian set for spaghetti, as I did make "Sea Food Marinara Pasta."
The second course was chicken cutlets with a salad. Dessert was ice-cream with Biscotti Cookies. Espresso and Italian spirits for after dinner.

Anyway, here you have it.


Red check table topper for the Italian effect of the setting, lol..
The recipe for "Seafood Marinara Pasta" is at the end of this post.

Italian spaghetti bowls paired with yellow rimmed dinner plates and lemon salad plates.
The placemats are made of 'balsa wood.'

A close up of the spaghetti bowl. I have six along with a big serving bowl for pasta.

The big serving bowl for pasta that's part of the set of six individual spaghetti bowls.

Italian spirits for after dinner and demitasse cups for espresso... they were my dad's who loved espresso coffee after his every dinner.

Our kitchen nook.


Our dinner guest enjoyed the view as much as the food.

Italian white wine, home made Italian bread and cheese.

The demitasse were my father's favorites and I have eight. The ceramic top Bialetti coffee maker was my dad's as well. Mother just gave it to me a couple months ago.
You can see a lovely river the runs by the woods way down there.


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

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

I'm specially thanking the generous and supportive hostesses for featuring me.

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 Seafood Marinara Pasta

Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings        



           Directions
  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the linguine, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Heat another tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in diced tomatoes and green onion; cook and stir until the tomatoes have softened. Stir onion mixture into the tomatoes, then add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, and thyme. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in mussels and shrimp, then pour in the wine and lemon juice. Cover and increase heat to high. Cook until shrimp have turned pink and mussels have opened, discarding any that have not opened. Serve over pasta and garnish with lemon wedges.
LOVE,
FABBY

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FABBY: Cleaning and Organizing the Kitchen



Hello sweet friends!

I've had a busy few days, as I decided that some cabinets in my kitchen were not practical, so they weren't working smoothly as I would have like them to.
Therefore, for  the cabinet I store my everyday dishes, glasses and others, I bought a couple of plate racks and my life has gotten so much easier as I take out plates to serve the table, or out of the dishwasher, or back to store them with ease.

I also cleaned like a mad woman and organized my pantry closet and replaced old and ugly containers with brand new plastic ones to store food. Although it's not a beauty as some of yours I've seen in blog land, I am very happy the way it turned out.........so clean and organized, finally!

 I even acquired lots of space, after throwing to the garbage old and useless stuff and giving away the better ones. 

A friend of hubby's is coming for dinner Friday night so I will make Italian food and we will eat right here in the kitchen nook. I will share that next week.

I really haven't stopped cleaning for almost a week the entire kitchen as well, cause once I start I can't never stop, lol!


Please come in to the kitchen and walk with me so I can show you what I've been up to lately.
The cabinet at your left contains our everyday china, glasses and dishes. Here is where the new racks to hold the plates are. 

My grandgirl's artwork at your right wall, lol..
 

Our everyday china is very organized in the new racks now.
Once, several years ago, I picked up a bunch of plates from the dishwasher and where to be piled up in this cabinet; but instead I dropped them right here in the granite counter and broke the entire pile!

Look how great it looks, so neat and organized. Love it!

Here is another cabinet I organized dishes with a new rack too... and wow, it's so much easier for storing them.

These are dishes I use almost on a daily basis too, while cooking, for serving onion soup that we love and plates I always need for preparing food.

The big pantry in my laundry room was the worst! I
 threw away so many old and ugly containers and some I had for 40 years, (I'm very sentimental this way) and so piled up I couldn't see a thing that was hidden all the way in the back...geez!

This pantry took me about an hour to clean and days to store the products inside my new Rubbermaid containers.

Since it's a wall pantry it also has two doors for smaller things, which is very practical too. It's very high as well, all the way to the ceiling where I have bigger kitchen appliances; some more pots and pans and machines.

This little pantry that's right in the kitchen was also cleaned thoroughly.

The one at your right is such a 'slit' cutie and it's right in the kitchen at arms length of the cook top and ovens. I pull it out to reach everything I need for baking, except for the flour which is in the back pantry.






 
I love the big 'San Marzano' Italian tomato can I placed on top of the hood and because it looks so old fashion... and by the way, the best tomatoes for Italian sauce, ever.  
The oil and vinegar Italian cruet set with ceramic caddy and salt and pepper pieces in red is at least thirty years old.


While shopping for some Rubbermaid plastic containers for the pantry I fell in love with this wire fruit basket.... is that cute or what?

I love this silver tray I bought last year cause it has such a pretty vintage look to it; but it's not.

 
The flower pot with doves and the salt bowl were made at our former ceramic company and it's a set with the spoon container in the bottom pic.
 
The slits you see next to the tablecloth are to contain the cutting boards.
Very practical idea Mr. Living had.



The table setting for three, right here in our kitchen nook will look like this tomorrow night.
There's a great view from both windows by the table, so it's fun.

Our eating nook by the window and the stain glass skylight.

Although this one is not a big kitchen, it's just perfect for us two. Very practical and with the latest state of the art custom cabinets Mr. Living had it rebuild almost 5 years ago. 


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

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

LOVE,
FABBY

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Pretty Preppy Party     www.astrollthrulife.net
The Weekend Blog Hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Foodie Friday and Everything else     http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
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Simple Saturday Blog Hop     www.sunnysimplelife.com
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What to do Weekends     www.craftsalamode.com
Amaze Me Monday     www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com

Creative Monday's Blog Hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Sundays Down Under     www.natashainoz.com
Inspiration Monday     www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com
Mod Mix Monday     http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com
A Return to Loveliness     www.adelightsomelife.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME     http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com
Show and Share     http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
Roses of Inspiration     http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com
The SCOOP    http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com




    






    











    






Sunday, August 16, 2015

FABBY: Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Swirl Cake


Hello sweet friends!

No! I'm not implying you give up on summer in the middle of August; it's just that I ran into a Better Homes and Gardens magazine from last November 2014, where this lovely cake was on the cover and I just couldn't help but make it, easy and simply delish!

I'm sharing the recipe right here in this post, so you can make it once Fall really officially comes, lol..

I did set a little tea just for Mr. Living and me, right on top of our den's coffee table, in sort of a 'Fall fashion,' (I couldn't help it).

I simply love decorating for Fall. With that said, here is my tea table for two.


It was such a pretty sunny afternoon here in our family room, so we had some tea with hubby to try the new 'Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Swirl Cake' recipe I just made.

I used yellow plates and teacups for this table as in real life this rooms looked so bright and sun bathed all around it!

Cute daisies orange straw weave placemats. Polish yellow with birds teacups and of course, sunflower plates.

Here is the cake... really pretty and delish
The recipe plus tip at the end of this post, if anyone wishes for it.

This entire room is yellow, plus it was such a sunny afternoon.



My vintage Dutch pewter tea set is always good to go with any china I choose.

My DD Alex gave me for my birthday several years ago two adorable Polish made teacups with a little bird on one side and another bird on the other.

 

My cake didn't come out to 'swirly' because I noticed the recipe says to divide the batter in two parts 'equally' to mix with the chocolate in one; but I immediately thought this wasn't right, that it should be a cup of batter 'only' for the chocolate mixture, to be able to do a swirl pattern and show against the light batter.




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

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

I specially would like to thank the generous and supportive hostesses that have featured me last week.

The Round up Before and After Wednesday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
A Return to Loveliness     www.adelightsomelife.com
The Round up Before and After Wednesday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
A Morning Cup of Joe     http://thecottagemarket.com


LOVE,
FABBY

"Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Swirl Cake"

Cake

                                 



    Directions


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper and coat the parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and sugar. Add melted butter, buttermilk, and vanilla. Whisk until combined. Fold in pumpkin.
    4. Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients and whisk just until no lumps remain.
    5. Divide batter in half. Add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder to half of the batter; stir to combine.
    6. Add the two batters to the loaf pan, alternating between pumpkin and chocolate. Using a table knife, swirl through the batter. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove and cool in pan for 20 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
    7. In a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar, half of the orange peel, and enough of the orange juice to make of drizzling consistency. Spoon over cooled loaf. Top with remaining orange peel.
    MY TIP: Where it says to divide the batter in half...DON'T divide in half, but in a quarter only, because the chocolate part of the batter needs to be less quantity in order for it to swirl into the light batter.

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    Show and Share     http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
    Fabulous Fall Link up     http://myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com
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    Anita     Cedar Hill Farmhouse
    Debbie     Confessions of a Plate Addict
    Suzy     Worthing Court

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