Saturday, May 15, 2010

Writing Abode

Writing Abode

I set out for a traipse
Through woodland of the green
To take a breath of purest air
To renew my senses keen

Enjoying was I my little stroll
When the thicket I came upon
Gave way to scarcely a path
Beckoning me to continue on

I followed minutely a trail
Which lead me to this place
Where a quaint little cottage
Had grown flowers as her face

She stood rather small
And wore a hat of mossy thatch
Lined with ribbon about the brim
That lead to a pond of rainwater catch

Morning glory enshrouded glass eyes
In dark I know must glow
Had I not looked for them
I fear that they would never show

Her mouth was of the deepest red
Where the antique rose now grows
And above it there, entwined by ivy
A wreath grew gaily as her nose

I stepped back and looked once more
Into those eyes of glory growing blue
Their temptation proved far too much
So I fulfilled my desire to peer on through

I could see small lamps were lit
Casting warmth of fragile glow
I grew lost, encumbered by thought
Penetrate did this my soul

I then caught wind of aromatic proportion
That comes only from the rose
I believed it a polite gesture
I thought it an invitation to impose

Resisting not I stepped inside
And lunged down upon a chair
Then looked back out the window
To see the view from there

I saw such a beautiful rainbow
Lending end for even more to see
There, a plethora of flowers had grown,
I dreamed...were they there for me?

I noticed beyond all color
Encroaching was there the deepest thicket
But wiser was my cottage host
Who guarded herself with a line of white picket

Up above, I could see the sky
Of blue sheets and white pillows
And straight ahead, near the path
She had lined herself with willows

I never wanted to forget this-
This place I before never knew
I wanted to stay here forever
Though I longed to share it all with you

I thought that I might leave
To go back home and fetch you
And bring you to this mesmerizing place
So you could feel its charisma too

But afraid that I may not again find
This cottage with her lovely face
I thought that I should write it down
As never to forget this charming place

So I settled myself quite comfortably in
With pen and paper and mode
And began to relay the story of how
I found my writing abode

Nancy Roberts ©2001

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nancy's Alfredo Sauce w/ Bread sticks in a bucket

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This is another meal that is one of our family favorites. Michael requests my Alfredo each year for his birthday, and several times in between! Shawn usually grills chicken and/or shrimp and grills red peppers to. I steam broccoli and we serve them all with the Alfredo sauce over fettuccine noodles. You can serve this as a sauce over pasta dish to. On this occasion it was storming so we opted to brown the chicken in a sauce pan.

I'll just give you all the sauce recipe and you can add whatever meat or veggies you want.  It's yumalicious!

Nancy's Homemade Alfredo Sauce
1 stick butter
8 oz. cream cheese, 1 package (softened)
12 oz. fresh shredded parmesan cheese
4 cups half and half
garlic powder (about 2 tsp or to taste)
nutmeg (a generous dash)...optional 
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Add butter to saucepan and melt over low heat.  Add cream cheese and mash up lumps.  Add parmesan and stir.  Add half and half and continue stirring.  Add garlic powder, nutmeg and some pepper and continue stirring over low-med heat until thoroughly heated. Serve over hot fettucine noodles with your choice of toppings.  We usually grill chicken and red peppers (they are wonderful grilled and cut into strips with this) and add some steamed brocolli.
*The parmesan cheese sometimes appears not to completely melt and makes the sauce look's really not and once you put this over hot noodles it melts further and is not a texture issue at all.

I also served some garlic bread sticks in little weathered tin pails from Decorator's Friend.  The pails do not say food safe so I lined them with aluminum foil so no food would touch.  I got so many compliments on the bread served this way!  Looks cute as can be!  I used store bought bread sticks and generously brushed butter on both sides, sprinkled with garlic and a spice mixture called Kicken Chicken.  Normally I'd have sprinkled a little dried parsley for color but didn't have any...the Kicken Chicken was really yummy!  I think you can buy it at any grocery store.

I also got these green tin cones from Decorator's Friend.  I used them in my birdcage tablescape last night and got so many compliments on them that I used them again for my napkins.  They look really pretty with my olive green transferware.

This ranuculus flower came permanently set in an old fashioned milk bottle...I got a set of six, each in different colors and they look so real.  My Mom and Mother in law both had to give it a feel to see if it was real!  I thought they were so pretty! 

Hope you try the Alfredo soon!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bird Cage & Transferware Tablescape

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 This table and tablescape was so fun to create!  I'll post about this unique table in a few days but am sharing my tablescape tonight.  Some of my favorite decorative things are birds, some of my favorite things, as you all know, is transferware and my favorite flowering bush is the hydrangea.   It was so fun creating a table with all three motif's.

The bird cage top is removable to I laid a sheer window curtain across the's a pretty teal green with olive leaves and pink and periwinkle hydrangeas.  I used to have this in my bathroom about 10 years ago.  I have a serious issue with getting rid of things.  I do try...but it doesn't always work out that way, for me.  I did give away some of the matching panels but I held on to this for some reason...and now I'm wishing I had them all! ;-)   

Anyway, the window sheer was the perfect thing to bring these pieces together for a pretty Spring table with a real splash of whimsy!  After I put down the sheer, I added a birds nest and some ivy and then placed the bird cage topper over it.   Around the cage I wrapped this ready made lavender and cream budding garland from Decorator's Friend around the base of the cage.  It's made of little paper type buds on wire ends so it's very easy to work with.  I love the airy look of this!  

 The bird cage topper has four corners so I placed one of each of this set of Garden Warblers around the corners and into the airy garland.  I loosely wove in some gold stamped, olive satin and sheer ribbon for a little extra softness, texture and shimmer.

This set of warblers looks so cute on this Olive green, ironstone transferware platter by J & G Meakin.   What a fun way to display a platter and some sweet birds.  I just added some gold pip berries
to the platter and set the little birdies atop.  Both these came from Decorator's Friend.  They have a large assortment of inexpensive, pretty bird figurines and the berries come in a tube for under $5 with lots of color options!
I found the perfect, hand painted wine glasses by Jeanne at...get this name... A Stroke of Jeanne-ius.  I love that shop name!  Jeanne owns an Etsy shop and has a wonderful assortment of hand painted stemware, cheese domes and more in lots of motif's from fruit and flowers, to elegant damasks.  Everyone that's seen the hydrangea glasses has commented on them!  They're so pretty and unique!  These have a pretty variegated pink hydrangea bloom with gold accents.   She has a great set right now with cherries and it's so cute for summer!

These wine glasses are perfect tealight holders too...I just filled them with some of the Gold Pip Berries and placed my tealight (in a closed container) on top.  I also put this in one of Decorator's Friend lavender and cream budding wreath's...isn't this pretty?  I love candlelight...any time, any place!  It's so romantic and adds that perfectly soft touch...and mood!

I put one of the lavender wreaths on the back of a chair and wove in some opalescent organza garland from Always Elegant.  The vintage tablecloth draped over the chair came from Creative Juices Studios.

I set the table with some J & G Meakin olive transferware bread/dessert plates that have a scrolled leaf and vine pattern. 
These also make cute pillar or votive candle holders.  Here I placed some of the pip berries and a bird on the plate, added a recycled candle holder filled with more pip berries and placed a small votive inside.

These vintage pink damask napkins were a garage sale find...a set of 8 for $5.  They are pristine!  Instead of napkin rings I opted to tuck them into these vintage inspire tin hanging cones.  I found these at Decorator's Friend as well.  They are the perfect shade of green with little golden highlights and a nice, aged looking patina.  I love using things in unexpected ways!
 The antique transferware periwinkle plates are in the Asiatic Pheasants which was produced by a large number of potters.  These are a little unique in that the color is not blue, nor purple and these are Swedish by Gustafsberg.    The color reminds me of the blue form of all time favorite!  I used to have my bedroom painted this color.

I can't wait to tell you all more about this table on another post!  It was so much fun!

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