Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FABBY: February Rosary Tea

Hello sweet friends!

      Here is Valentine's and Carnival month ending just as fast as it came.
 Therefore, I have my last Wednesday of the month Rosary prayers and Tea with some lovely friends. There could be from ten to fifteen ladies, I never know until the same day, this way I can set the round table as well, which is a zilch

Prayers for all of you will be said tomorrow, so if there is a special request, please feel free to let me know.

Blessings to you all.

I used an under cloth in pink and on top my lovely heirloom crochet tablecloth that was my dear Mil's.

I bought myself this lovely Czech tea set for twelve place settings and serving pieces you see here, for my birthday four years ago.

There are two small serving trays where I will place pieces of cheese to be served with bread and home made jams. The tea food is very humble.

The cake plate, teacup and saucer and the small tray for serving cookies or cheese in my case.

I wanted a Spring look for this setting, it makes me happy.

The small bowl and saucer for the home made jam is vintage Bavarian...
They were my Mil's and I have two.

My Mil had this gorgeous tablecloth crocheted by hand and I always coveter it, so I was lucky to inherit it.

Tomorrow you will see some little chocolates and cookies in the Lady Carlyle server.

Dutch hound butter knife rests 

The tray is flanked by two water goblets that have very small chips in the edges, so I saved them for this use.
Keep yours, don't throw them to the garbage!

I adore this crocheted tablecloth!

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

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


I will join:

Make it Pretty Monday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday    http://astrollthrulife.net
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME    http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Violets and Pansies for Tea Time    http://sandymyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
A Return to Loveliness    www.adelightsomelife.com
Tea Cup Tuesday     www.marthasfavorites.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea    www.antiquesandteacups.com
Friends Sharing Tea    http://blogbernideens.com
Wednesday Adorned from Above Link Party    www.adornedfromabove.com
Wake Up Wednesday    http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

Vintage Inspiration Party    http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
Wow Us Wednesday     www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Centerpiece Wednesday    http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com
Share Your Cup Thursday    http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Foodie Friday and everything else Linky Party    http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Thursdays Favorite Blog Hop    http://katherinescorner.com




Monday, February 16, 2015

FABBY: "Bon Mardi Gras 2015"

Hey there sweet friends!

    Here to celebrate and wish you a great 'Fat Tuesday'...errr...I mean, 'Bon Mardi Gras.'

I'm sure the fabulous Creole, French Quarters in Beautiful New Orleans is celebrating the spectacular "Carnivale of Mardi Gras!"


"One commonly accepted derivation of the word "carnival" (or carnivale) is the Latin "carne vale" or "farewell to meat."
Carnival was the final hurrah as winter headed towards spring, and the long Lenten season of fasting and abstinence. It was, perhaps, not only a last chance to indulge the passions of the flesh, but an opportunity to consume any meat which had been put up for winter that might not stay fresh enough for consumption until spring brought the end of Lent and Easter."
I'm quoting this from our good and missed friend Bill from blog Affordable-Accoutrements.
My tablescape to celebrate 'Carnivale' all over the world is here and I was inspired by purples and aquas, in the way of tablecloths, glasses and dishes.

My last hurrah day is today ,Fat Tuesday, which I will be indulging with coffee, wine and lots of cheeses. All these will come to an end for Lent.
...and without further ado, here is my 'Mardi-Gras' inspired setting.

                     Let the good times roll!
I started layering this table with a purple tablecloth I gathered in the center, held by a bracelet of mine,  for more effect...and a chiffon gold square cloth I have for setting a table and for layering on top of tablecloths for more drama and elegance.

The china I used in this Mardi Gras spread is my vintage aqua 'Limoges,' mother gifted me several years ago.

The four masks in each place set belonged to my DD's when they were kids.

Burnt orange chargers are used...and masks, of course!

Amber wine glasses with Polish purple water glasses

 This is my very first 'Mardi-Gras' attempt on a table setting.
When I first started blogging many of you used to do the most amazing tables for this occasion; specially our friend Bill, from 'Affordable Accoutrements,' who was a table scaper, extraordinaire. He hasn't posted in more than two years and he is very missed.

Bill was my inspiration for my blogging beginnings and for my 'first' Mardi-Gras scape.

So let the good times roll!  Happy Mardi Gras 2015

Of course, some face masks, like the feather one here.

I'm really loving the purple and amber glasses together...don't you?


By candle light only.
Amber and pearls napkin holder. A queen face mask.


I've never visited fabulous New Orleans on "MARDI-GRAS" and I would love to someday.
In the meantime, here is my tablescape in honor of this Carnival in the spectacular 'French Quarters!'

Let the good times roll!

You know I'm so happy and thankful when you leave me such sweet and kind comments, since you always make my day!

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

And big thanks to the kind and generous hostesses that feature me at their terrific parties.

Deborah    What We Accomplished Wednesday
Richela    Imparting Grace


I will be joining this week:

Inspire Me Tuesday    http://www.astrollthrulife.net
A Romantic Tea time    http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Tea Time Tuesday    www.marthasfavorites.com
Tuesdays Cuppa Tea    www.antiquesandteacups.info
A Return to Loveliness    www.adelightsomelife.com
Join Me for THE SCOOP     Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict
Suzy from Worthing Court
Ivonne from Stone Gable

Make it Pretty Monday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
Tuesdays with a Twist    http://backtobasichealth.blogspot.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME    http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Wordless Wednesday    www.create-with-joy.com
Oh my Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday    http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com
Vintage Inspiration Party at:
Becky at,   http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
Betsy at,  My Salvaged Treasures
Angie at   Knick of Time
Marianne at    Song Bird

Wake up Wednesday    www,godsgrowinggarden.com
Wow Us Wednesday    www.savvysouthernstyle.net
What We Accomplished Wednesday    www.greenwillowpond.com
The Homemaking Party.   www.hopeineveryseason.com
What's it Wednesday    http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
It's a Party    http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday    www.kathewithane.com
Home and Garden Thursday    www.adelightsomelife.com
Share your Style Thursday Link up
The guest are:
Sherry at   no Minimalist Here
Lynn at   The Vintage Nest
Ron at   Uptown Acorn
Debra at    Common Ground
Kelly at    The Essence of Home
Amanda at   Dixie Delights
Barbara at   21 Rosemary Lane
Martina at Northern Nesting

Share Your Cup Thursday    http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Thursday Favorite Things    http://katherinescorner.com
Create it Thursday    www.lambertslately.com
Creative Ways Link Party    www.posedperfection.com
Grace at Home    www.impartinggrace.com
Tablescape Thursday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

FABBY: Romantic Valentine's for Two

Hello sweet friends!

   I baked a heart "Chocolate Chip Cake" for mother who will come to have lunch with us and than I will freeze the rest for next Saturday, Valentine's Day to enjoy with Alejandro, my sweet Mr. Living.

The Pink Valentine's was used up with friends already.

I used a stack of place mats, chargers and dishes, with pops of red to go with the Valentine's Season.


Romantic Valentine's Table for Two, 2015

My red Valentine's for two is a bit more masculine this time...as opposed to the Pink one I did last week for friends.

I baked the 'Chocolate Chip Cake' way before Saturday because mother will come for lunch tomorrow and I will share it with her, than I'm freezing the rest for the two of us on Saturday evening.

The restaurants are usually packed to the ceiling with people and we don't enjoy going out to these places on Valentine's evening.

A pair of vintage French dog figurines.

I will be making a Cocotte as an entrée in the cute bowls.
Main dish will be 'Beef Stroganoff' with wild rice and salad.

For the dessert we'll have a piece of 'Heart-Chocolate Chip
Cake' with 'Chinese Jasmine tea and little chocolates.'

We'll also have Champagne to cheer for us and our family.

We will also be having an Anniversary of 40 years of happiness this February 25th.

Quite an Anniversary, ha!

Each place setting is composed of a gold placemat, a surfside charger, white Noritake with gold dinner plate, red salad and saucer from Corona-Colombia  and a small cocotte bowl.

The white doggies are vintage French and they are a couple.

A bleeding heart?...NOT at all, lol!

If anyone wishes, the recipe is at the end of this post.

All set for our Jasmine tea.

I couldn't help it and I cut two pieces for tea time today for hubby and me and it was yummy...really!

"Our Romantic Valentine's table for Two. 2015"

You know I'm always so thankful when you come to visit, as you leave me such sweet and kind comments, that you make my day...every time!

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

A special thanks to the supportive and generous hostesses that feature me at their special parties, such as:

Mary for "Masterpiece Monday"
Maria Elena for "Tuesdays at our Home"



10 oz. (1-1/4 cups) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature; more for the pan
  • 10-1/4 oz. (2-1/2 cups) cake flour or 11 oz. (2-1/3 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for the pan
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 4 oz. very finely chopped semisweet chocolate or 2/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioner's sugar and lemon juice for the icing  (optional)   

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 12-cup Bundt pan, (in this case I used a heart shaped pan)dust the pan with flour, and tap out the excess.
    In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until evenly combined.
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, or Kitchen Aid, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and the sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
    On low speed, beat in the yolks until smooth. Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl and the paddle. With the mixer running on medium-low speed, add the whole eggs, one at a time, mixing for at least 20 seconds after each addition. Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl and paddle again.
    With the mixer running on the lowest speed, add half of the flour mixture and mix just to combine, add the milk and mix until combined, and then add the remaining flour mixture and mix just until combined.
    Scrape the bowl one last time, add the vanilla extract, and mix at medium speed until the batter is smooth and fluffy, 20 to 30 seconds.

    Fold in the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.
    Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Run a knife through the batter and tap the pan against the counter to dislodge trapped air.

     Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs clinging to it, 45 to 55 minutes.
    Cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes and then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    If desired, sprinkle the cake with confectioners’ sugar before serving...or:

    I always love a 'lemon icing' with confectioner's sugar and some lemon juice. (optional)

    I will be partying at:

    Tablescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
    Tasty Tuesdays    www.anyonita.nibbles.co.uk
    Before & After Wednesday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
    Share Your Cup Thursday    http://jannolson.blogspot.com
    Home & Garden Thursday    www.adelightsomelife.com
    It's a Party    http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
    Creative Ways Link Party    www.posedperfection.com
    Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop    http://katherinescorner.com
    Simple and Sweet Fridays    http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com
    Foodie Friday    http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com

    Home Sweet Home    http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
    Home Matters Link Party     http://lifewithlorelai.com
    SATURDAY SHOW OFF    http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
    Food and Crafts-Friday Frenzy    www.mostlyfoodandcrafts.com
    Saturday Sparks Link Party    http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
    The Chain Linky CLIMB Party    http://sewcraftangel.blogspot.com
    The Bouquet of Talent Linky Party    http://www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.blogspot.com
    Create with Joy    www.create-with-joy.com
    Creative Blog Hop    www.clairejustineoxox.com



    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    FABBY: My Pink Valentine's

    Hello sweet friends!

             Looks like I am finally having some time for me, to do what I mostly like, besides been with family and my friends, is creating themed tablescapes, visiting you all and inspiring myself, which is what I've done this Valentine's 2015.

    All over blog land and Pinterest I've been looking at many 'Pink Valentine's' table settings and I decided to go for it myself and so proceeded to just create mine in PINK, as I do love, love pink and lately I have been with the 'blues.'

    Wishing you all a very 'HAPPY VALENTINE'S' and a wonderful February, the month of love and friendship.

    I started with a lace topper and under a pink one for my 'Pink Valentine's' effect.

    Pink roses on a Japanese flower vase and my Lady Carlyle three tier holding some pink sweets.

    The sweets are like cute tiny marzipan fruit and are so delish!
    There are chocolate bonbons in pink wrappings too.

    The dishes of my pink choice are my reticulated chargers, antique dinner plates from my Mil...

    ...salad plates are from my Czech dishes...

    ...and the teacup saucer to place the pink compotes.

    The place set is finished with a pale glass pink compote.

    Pink roses, pink chocolate heart boxes and a Lady Carlyle three tier sweet server.

    The pink glasses and compotes are Polish, I also have them in pale purple.

    The teaset is arranged in our heirloom 'English' buffet and a vintage 'French' jam bowl, held by a soldier in pink.
    There's also 'Pink Champagne' for celebrating love day.

    I love this teaset, it has such pretty pattern with flowers in many colors, specially pink. Butterflies and dragonflies; like in the teapots.

    Vienese hand etched flutes to serve "Pink Champagne:"

    A good friend of mine gifted me with this lovely hand crocheted doily I placed in the center of the table.

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

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


    I will be partying at:

    Tbalescape Thursday     http://betweennapsontheporch.net
    Home Sweet Home    http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
    Grace at Home    www.impartinggrace.com
    Junking Joe Linky Party    http://thecottagemarket.com
    Wordless Wednesday    http://ohmyheartsygirl.com
    Chain Linky CLIMB    http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
    Home Matters Linky Party    http://lifewithlerelai.com
    Bouquet of Talent Linky Party     www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
    DIY Showcase VMG206    www.vmg206.com
    Saturday Sparks    http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com

    Creative Mondays Blog Hop    www.clairejustineoxox.com
    Mix it up Monday    www.flourmewithlove.com
    Observing Model Homes  #5 and Linky Party     http://boogieboardcottage.blogspot.com
    A Valentine's Tea Time    http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
    Tuesday Cuppa Tea    http://www.antiquesandteacups.com
    Friends Sharing Tea    http://blog.bernideens.com
    A Return to Loveliness    www.adelightsomelife.com
    Inspire Me Tuesday    http://astrollthrulife.net
    TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME    http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
    Make it Pretty Monday    www.thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com
    Wake Up Wednesday     http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

    Wow us Wednesday    www.savvysouthernstyle.net
    The Wednesday Blog Hop    www.clairejustine.oxox.com
    The Homemaking Party    www.hopeineveryseason.com
    Centerpiece Wednesday    http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com
    Vintage Inspiration Party    http://nickoftime.net
    What's it Wednesday    http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com