Sunday, January 30, 2011

Joining Jill on the Porch

Hello all from snow bound NJ............
I'm joining Jill on the porch today, all be it a snowy one.
... standing on the front porch looking out into the street...15" of SNOW! 
That is what I woke up to early Thursday morning. A beautiful blanket of white laying gently over the whole town...nothing is more peaceful than sipping my coffee enjoying the peace and quiet of a snowy morning. 
Well, that lasted all of 20minutes, the dog needed to out. He's a geriatric lab with shaky hips at,  out came the boots,gloves, hat and shovel. Jumped in full force in my pajamas. you know that 15+ of snow is not so easy to shovel especially with an impatient old dog waiting for you to clear a path to the yard. Let's just say...that was just the beginning of the clean up. 
Within a few hours the peace and quiet had turned to shovels, snowblowers and plows. We've been cleaning up for days now! 
Now it's 4 days later and I think I have a severe case of cabin fever and couch potato-itis.  So to feed my fever, or is it feed my cold, never really sure which, I concocted this yummiest of delights.
  So grab a porch swing and listen's easy, it's healthy and (beware) it's addicting.
Roasted Root Veggies
1. First you'll need any, and as many, root veggies you like. I use, in no particular measure, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, brussel sprouts and butternut squash. Peel and coarsley chop.
 2. Grab Grammas cast iron skillet, and the golden ingredient....Wegman's Basting Oil
drizzle this precious elixir over the cut up veggies you've spread out in the skillet, toss and pop the whole thing in the oven at 475degrees.  Roast for at least and hour or more depending on how crunchy you like your veggies. Your taste buds will thank you for this...and just think it's entirely healthy!
 Thanks for stopping by my snowy porch! 

Porch Club

Friday, January 21, 2011

Just Lovin' my Lace these Days!

Just lovin' my lace addiction these days....feeling like I have one of the world's most abundant stash of lace and doillies.. while wading through my sea of tattered, stained, pristine and treasured piles of divineness.... 
 I got busy trying to put it to good use.

 Decorative yet discreet paying homage to it's handcrafted beauty. 

Such a myriad of uses......
 ever evolving .....focal point or finishing touch?

PS these pieces are now available at my etsy shop.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

January Silver Sunday

Silver Sunday's and the Silver Screen.........
....time to let you all in on a little secret...I love cold winter mornings.  What? you say how can that be? 
Well, Turner Classic Movie channel is why.  Nothing is nicer to me than curling up super early on a cold winter Sunday morning with a hot cup of coffee and catching a good old Black and White.
Sets me soaring to tackle the bleakness of a winters day.
Although I'll watch just about anything on the classic movie channel and anything Jimmy Stuart here a few of my all time favorites. Some absolute classics and some not so much.  A strange collection yes, but then again consider the source.
Can't even count the number of times I have watched this one. Love it love it love it!
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Is there anything more beautiful than these two riding through he rugged hills of Wyoming? Seriously?
The Secret of Rhoan Inish
This is a little known film.  Sweet Irish folk tale of the secret of the Selkie. Check it out when you can.
Labyrinth of my all time favorites for escaping into a fantasy world to gather up inspiration. A collaboration of: Terry Jones(Monty Python), George Lucas, Wendy and Brian Froud, Jim Henson's Creature shop and then starring David Bowie....just can't be topped.
Practical Magic
.....and of course my fav. of all time. Everyone needs a little practical magic in their lives...don't ya think?
Well that's it for my favorite Silver Screen edition of Silver Sunday.  Be sure to check out all the other silver sistas...see you next month.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hello 2011! Goodbye 2010

Happy New Year! usual I fell asleep waiting for the ball to drop...I'm such a light weight when it comes to staying up late. 
but I certainly won't sleep through taking a moment to wish you all a joyous and happy start to a bright and shiny new year!
May you have peace, love and many blessings throughout the coming year.
PS Silver Sunday is next Sunday.....see you then!