Happy Winter 2016

Happy Winter 2016
Have a happy and warm Winter 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

My Budnt Pan Collection



Hello sweet friends!

I have always 'drooled' whenever I saw a  Bundt Pan in a store and whatever place I go I buy them and my collection is growing and growing thru the last ten years, specially.
I just acquired two more from our trip to Miami and one is the gorgeous 'Heritage shape from Nordic Ware' and the 'Christmas wreath.'

I thought I put them together to share with you what I have so far... yeah, so far; I cannot guarantee I wont buy a pretty intricate one if I saw it!

I do have the classic tins for cookies and all the others in the square, round, rectangular and spring form type aaand ceramic as well as glass; but the ones I love to collect are the " Bundt Cake Pans."

Here are some I've collected thru the years for the different seasons... up to this date, of course.



Here they are, displayed on my kitchen farm table.

The Heritage-Nordic Ware I just got in Miami and at left a couple of 40 year old copper ones.

The tin in the center, with the measuring spoons on top is German... don't remember the brand as I had the bottom of it 'mended' cause it broke, plus it is quite old.

The Nordic Ware Christmas wreath by the rolling pin is also from this trip to Miami.
The Christmas star in the center is from NW too.

At your left is one made back at our former ceramic factory and it's a cutie.
At your right a NW for 'Banana Cake pan.'
 
 
I totally fell in love with this one around 30 years ago and it's a 'Bareuther-Bavaria, Germany.
I always had it on the wall of our farm house kitchen.

I have shared on my posts the majority of the cakes made in these bundt pans.

The copper ones I mostly keep them hanging in the wall.


The little one at your right is for making individual dessert cakes and I have four of them.
I make it for the girls with strawberries in the cavity and they love it!

 
The 'Heart' shape, spring form one is ready to be used this 'Valentine's celebration.'

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

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

                                                 LOVE,
                                                 FABBY

I will be partying here:

Home Sweet Home     http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Grace at Home     www.impartinggrace.com
Share Your Cup Thursday     http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Roses of Inspiration     http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com
Saturday Show Off     http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Inspire Me Tuesday     www.astrollthrulife.net
Thursday Favorite Things     http://mycozycorner.blogspot.com
Wow Us Wednesday     www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Creative Ways Link Party     www.posedperfection.com

Foodie Friday and Everything Else     http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Wildly Original Party     http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
Share Your Style     www.thevintagenestblog.com
Friday Features Link Party     http://ohmyheartsygirl.com
A Morning Cup of Joe     http://thecottagemarket.com

















Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rosary Gathering, January 2016


Hello sweet friends!

I want to say that we did pray for the friends that requested for the health and wellness of their loved ones that are sick and going through hard times because of it... and you know who you are.

Don't worry, I know sweet Jesus always listens!

Like I have explained in the two years of praying the 'Holy Rosary,' that after we have done our prayers and asked Him to protect the world of so much wars and for the sick of our families and yours, we usually proceed to the dining room for a very humble tea with a small assortment of breads, cheese and home made jam.

I used my white 'Italian Tognana' teacups and saucers. The white salad plates I bought separately specially for tea time use.

Blessings my friends.



'Italian Tognana' white teacups and saucers. The white salad plates are bought separately.


White and blue table topper.

A very unusual and cute, white, tall container in the back, resembling a 'milk carton,' and it is exactly for milk, as some ladies love to have their Latte.

I also found a small carton container in the likes for cream. Both on the local super market last year sometime.



I recently bought the centerpiece flower vase, or small planter at the Chinese store on sale and quite inexpensive. Love the three small feet!
A small update on baby Maxima at two months old.
We are crazy about her!
 
And look at this angel! We are so blessed and so happy for our dearest daughter Alexandra and her husband.


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

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

LOVE,
FABBY

I will be partying at:

Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Thursday Favorite Things     http://bettycozycorner.blogspot.com
Create it Thursday     www.lambertslately.com
Home and Garden Thursday     www.adelightsomelife.com
It's a Party     http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Creative Ways Link Party     www.posedperfection.com
Grace at Home     www.impartinggrace.com
Share Your Style     www.21rosemaryLane.com
Foodie Friday and Everything else     http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
BLUE Monday     http://smilingsally.blogspot.com

Show and Tell Friday     http://romantichome.blogspot.com
Home Sweet Home     http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Friday Frenzy     www.mostlyfoodandcrafts.com
PINK Saturday     http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Saturday Show Off     http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Share it one More Time     http://everydayhomeblog.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME     http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Creative Mondays Blog hop     www.claiejustineoxox.com
Table it Party     www.rustic-refines.com
Amaze Me Monday     www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com
Make it Pretty Monday     http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com
No Place like Home     http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
The Scoop     http://cenfessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com
























 



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter January Vignettes 2016


Hello sweet friends!

I consider 'January' the month of home decorating after the holidays.

We all want to decorate our homes "back to normal" which is what hubby calls it, lol.. That's cause he rather see his home without the C'mas décor ASAP...as he says the "jingle bells" tires him after a while... he cracks me up, really!

Anyhow, I did do some Winter vignettes here and there a little different then last year's.
I'm sharing the foyer table and the dining room pieces, mostly, since it is where I can do more of the switching and decorating.

I'm not good at creating vignettes, like most of you are.
It seems that the majority of my elements of décor have turned out to be 'blue and white,' which is fine with me, as is my fav color- combo.


Up front this pretty Oriental ginger jar I got for Christmas from DD Sofia, since I've never had one, I'm loving it!



At your far right I placed my Meissen two tier server I love, instead of the Oriental lamp I had before, thus removed... some of you might remember it.

This is what this buffet looks like now, after I removed the big Chinese lamp and it seems less cluttered, neater and lighter.

The silver is mostly sterling heirlooms, so I always love to have them on an everyday basis.

In the center of the buffet my vintage English stoneware bowl and in the back, standing on the tier is an English, 'Shakespeare Land' platter... a latest find from a couple of months ago.


 

In the heirloom antique English buffet I brought back my two Oriental figurines under cloches, along with some plates on stands, birds in nests and a Delft blue and white bowl.

The Delft bowl is decorated with snowed pinecones I painted.

This pretty 'Cauldon-England' plate with roses is also a find from a couple of months ago.
 
 
 
In one corner of the buffet in the formal dining room I placed my 'Lady Carlyle' three tier server and vintage French teapot, along with the antique 'Bavaria, Germany' tea set from WWII.
 
 
In the other corner of the formal buffet a 'Friendly Village' tureen and round platter. Next to it my 'Meissen' bowl with three girls playing
"Hide and Seek" is what my granddaughter Victoria used to say when she was five... she's now 11.
 
I loved this thick cotton runner with blue stripes I got on an after Christmas sale.

In the formal dining table I placed my English silver fowl cover, a Christmas gift from hubby four years ago... flanked by mercury glass and crystal Czech-Bohemian candle holders.

This side piece is antique Egyptian and I decorated with mostly white.



I painted the dried twigs and pine cones for a snowed look. In back of the white French doggies I placed a glass icicle from the top of my C'mas tree. 

 
I ran into something like this going thru an old French décor magazine and I thought it was perfect to reproduce the look with great books, on top of the foyer's vintage French table.
In the center my beautiful blue crystal Murano pedestal.


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

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

                                                     LOVE,
                                                    FABBY

I will party here:

Grace at Home     www.impartinggrace.com
Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Inspire Me Tuesday     www.astrollthrulife.net
Home Sweet Home     http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Foodie Friday and Everything else     http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
The Weekend Blog hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
What's it Wednesday     http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
PINK Saturday     http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
SATURDAY SHOW OFF     http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
BLUE Monday     http://smilingsally.blogspot.com

Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
Amaze Me Monday     www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Simple Saturday Hop    www.sunnysimplelife.com
Share it One More Time     http://everydayblog.com
No Place like Home     http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
A Bouquet of Talent Link party     www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
Creative Mondays Hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Table it Link Party     www.lifeandlinda.com
Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME     http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com

Tuesdays with a Twist     http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com
Brag About it Link Party     www.vmg206.com
Create and Inspire Party     http://nap-timecreations.com
What's it Wednesday     http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
The SCOOP     http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com
Wednesday Blog hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Wake up Wednesday Link Party     http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
The Creative Muster Party     http://suzyq-vintagous.blogspot.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea     www.antiquesandteacups.info
Tea Cup Tuesday     www.marthasfavorites.com

Bernideen's Tea Time     http://blogbernideens.com
Talk of the Town Link Party      http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
Roses of Inspiration      http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com
























                                                    
                                                            






Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Winter's Trout Dinner in the Kitchen


Hello sweet friends!

The lakes where trout grow around the town of Cuenca where I live, are located in the wooden highlands, quite cold and sometimes extremely cold, so it is like woodlands; which is what prompted me to get inspired and set a table for a 'Trout Woodland' Winter, January dinner party for four in the kitchen nook.

I used my lovely 'Multiple Choice' fish dinner china complete for four, but I only used the small plates for the salad and the blue and white 'Woodland' tranferware dinner plates for the trout and 'quinoa'... cooked in a risotto manner. My daughter Alexandra who loves quinoa, calls it, "Quinotto" as it is her recipe too.

A friend brought me this gorgeous log from her garden the other day, thinking I would use it for my tables and she wasn't wrong, it really inspired me to make a sort of a 'woodland setting' with it as a 'log candle holder' centerpiece; still, I didn't rush to call it a woodland tablescape.

Ok, here it is, judge for yourself.


While putting my house back to normal after the Christmas holiday, I ran into this cute check tablecloth I had forgotten about... sort of like a happy 'home finding.'

I like it that it has a gray wintery stripe next to the red to form the checks.

The log is a gift from a friend from her garden and right away it came to mind I should create a 'candle holder' centerpiece out of it for my rustic-woodland setting for the trout dinner.


The mesh looking place mats are hand woven in straw, like the Panama hats... Pewter chargers, 'Woodland Transferware' dinner plates and finally, 'Multiple Choice' salad plates.
 

The white birds are 'Salt & Pepper' shakers and I raised them on glass pedestals from small cloches and placed them inside birds nests.

I love my DIY Log candle Holder and here's how:

I carved holes with a knife for the candles and with the same drippings of hot wax I glued them on it, quite easy and simple!

The small bread plate is pewter too and they came with the chargers.


I did a lot of baking this last Christmas for my cuties. Now I need to stop eating sweets, lol..

The ivory crochet runner was made by my sweet grandmother Stella. 

In the background the coffee or hot chocolate station.


In real life the log is so much more intricate and prettier... I think.

I used for this setting my 'Reed and Barton' flatware, as the style is sort of rustic, along with the fish knife.


A high shot so you can appreciate the setting in the kitchen for a trout dinner for four.

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

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

LOVE,
FABBY

I will be partying at:

No Place like Home     http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Foodie Friday     http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Home Sweet Home     http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Share Your Style     www.21rosemarylane.com
Grace at Home     www.impartinggrace.com
Have a Daily Cup     http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Simple and Sweet Fridays     http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com
Thursdays Favorite Things     http://bettycozycorner.blogspot.com
Friday Frenzy     www.mostlyfoodandcrafts.com

Saturday Sparks     http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
Share it One More Time     http://everydayhomeblog.com
A Bouquet of Talent     www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
Silver Pennies Sunday     www.findingsilverpennies.com
Creative Mondays Blog Hop     www.clairejustineoxox.com
Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
BLUE Monday     http://smilingsally.blogspot.com
Inspire Me Tuesday    http://astrollthrulife.net
Amaze Me Monday      www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Masterpiece Monday     http://californiacoastalhome.com

Keeping it Simple Blog party     www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com
Table it Party     www.rustic-refined.com
Tea Cup Tuesday     www.marthasfavorites.com
Cooking and Crafting with J&J     http://julieslifestyle.blogspot.com
Something to Talk About     www.karensuponthehill.com
Mix it up Monday     www.flourmewithlove.com
Show and Share     http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME     http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Tuesdays with a Twist     www.godsgrowinggarden.com
brag About it Link party     www.vmg206.com

Create Link Inspire     http://nap-timecreations.com
You're Gonna Love it     www.kathewithane.com
Wake up Wednesday Party     http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Wordless Wednesday     http://ohmyheartsygirl.com
The Homemaking Party     www.clasicalhomemaking.com
Talk of the Town     http://bec4.beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
Wow Us Wednesday     www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Share Your cup Thursday     http://jannolson.blogspot.com
It's a Party     http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Share Your Style     http://northernnesting.blogspot.com

What's it Wednesday     http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Create it Thursday     www.lambertslately.com
Wildly Original Link Party     http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
Creative Ways Party     www.posedperfection.com
Thursday Favorite Things     http://bettycozycorner.blogspot.com






    






























 


  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Three Kings Day Luncheon


Hello sweet friends!

         I hosted a luncheon with family in honor of our nephew who lives in NYC and came to spend Christmas with his parents and rest of the family.

I cooked his favorite food and the setting for the table is themed Three Kings Day, as the 6th. of January they're honored in the Christian world. Some countries as Spain, Cuba and the Philippines celebrate with gifts for children and adults, just like we celebrate Christmas Day. 

Ok, here is my table, still looking so much like Christmas, lol..

The centerpiece is perfect cause the twig has a big bird's nest and a small one where I place little birds, but to celeb 'Three Kings Day' I placed Baby Jesus surrounded by the Wise men, Balthazar, Gaspar and Melchior.

 My mother always told us that the custom in Ecuador is for everyone to start dismantling the house of the Christmas décor after 'Three Kings Day,' or the 7th. of January... a custom she followed every year in the USA as well and so do I now.

The pitcher at your right was hand decorated at our former ceramic Company; Monte Turi.


 




Again my friends, have a wonderful, happy and blessed new year.

Happy Kings Day to you.

LOVE,
FABBY

The (not just) Homemaking Party     www.hopeineveryseason.com
Inspire Me Tuesday     http://astrollthrulife.net
It's a Party      http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Share Your Cup Thursday     http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Home and Garden Thursday     www.adelightsomelife.com
What's it Wednesday     http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Share Your Style     www.thevintagenest.com
Wildly Original Party     http://igottacreate.blogspot.com

Make it Pretty Monday     www.thededicatedhouse.com
Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net