Friday, July 23, 2010

Show and Tell Friday

Today I am joining Cindy's Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home. This is one of my favorite things. It is a vintage sugar shaker and was a gift from my mom. She found two of them exactly alike, kept one for herself and gave the other one to me. I used it every day to put sugar on my cereal. Then one day it met a tragic demise. My son was unloading the dishwasher for me and it fell out of the cabinet and broke. I really couldn't be mad at him because he was helping without me having to ask. My mother knew how much I loved it and gave me hers. She said it was just sitting in her cabinet but I am not sure I believe that.

I have collected other sugar shakers but this is my favorite. Thanks mom.
Enjoy the weekend,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

First Raspberries and Cheesecake

The first raspberries of the season are finally here! It looks like we will have a bumper crop this year. Our bushes are the Heritage variety and we planted them in 2001 so they are well established now. They made a beautiful topping for the last piece of Vanilla Bean Cheesecake. On a recent visit to The Cheesecake Factory I tried their Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, it was so delicious that I came home and found a recipe that is supposed to mimic theirs on Recipe Goldmines site. My family gave it rave reviews even though I didn't top it off with with vanilla mousse and whipped cream like Cheesecake Factory does. The raspberries look pretty and have fewer calories!

I love the look of dessert on the black and white Royal Stafford dishes. The sterling silver baby fork is one I found recently on a thrifting excursion.
Enjoy the fruits of the season.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Centerpiece fun

One thing I've discovered about myself is that I am not one of those people who can decorate a room, leave it that way for 20 years and be content. I seem to get bored easily and have found changing things up with acessories can give a room a new fresh look without having to go out and buy all new things. I like the challenge of creating something new with things I already have. This is a centerpiece I came up with using only things from around the house.

/>This darling bird bowl was a birthday gift from my son and his wife. I love cute birds.

Ok girls, I challenge you to create! Jodie