Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's Brinner Time ~ Homemade Griddle Pancakes

At the Roberts house, we love to have Brinner, our given term for breakfast for dinner.  Our kids love to hear "Brinner' when they ask "What's for dinner"?

We used to buy these great big bags of pancake mix at Sam's (some parts of the country have Costco).  I think they were like 10 pound bags!  One morning we had no pancake mix and Shawn made his own for us...we've not once even thought of going back to store bought pancake batter...not after eating these babies.  They are so yummy and so much better than any mix, and they are super easy to make.
We cook them with a pat of butter so they're like what my Grandma called Griddle cakes, crispy on the outer edge and the inside is a light and fluffy heaven.
  Shawn has been making homemade syrup for longer than we've been married and it is equally tasty!

Home Made Pancake Batter

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tesponn salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients.  Make a well in the center and add the remaining ingredients.  Mix until smooth.
Heat a lightlly oiled griddle (we use a pat of butter to make these crispy on the oustide...yum) over medium high heat.  Scoop the batter onto the griddle, about 1/4 cup for each pancake.  Brown on each side.  If you want you can add another little pat of butter after lifting the pancake, before flipping, so it will have that crispy edge on each side.

Shawn's Homemade Syrup

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla (We use pure Mexican vanilla as it has a stronger, richer flavor)
2 Tablespoons butter

Stir in sauce pan and allow to come to a boil.  Allow to simmer until sugars are dissolved.  This syrup is not super thick but does thicken more as it cools.  It's yummy!  Sometimes we add cinnamon, maple...whatever you want!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Feathered Friends~ A Tea tablescape & GIVEAWAYS!

You can enter A Little Scrappy's GIVEAWAY HERE:  Read on for another giveaway!

The unforgettable beauty of lavender
Occurs in both the earth
And in the colors of the sky.
An aromatic flower,
As well as part of the many changing
Shades of the daily heavens on high.
The creamy color of the sky--
Color of orchid dawn--
Is quickly there, and then is gone.
Light violet, lavender,
How unique is its special glow,
Colored in nature in light lilac,
Amethyst, and airy, purple indigo.
 ~ Gil Saenz ~

Lavender is so soothing, not just the color, but the fragrance to.  Lavender and purple transferware paired here with a bird motif' theme creates a lush garden feel with a touch of whimsy.

I began by layering a Ralph Lauren lavender bed sheet and topped with a white lace tablecloth.
For my centerpiece I used a purple transferware lamp from my shop.  I placed it on a cake stand to give a little added height and draped around it lavender and cream greenery garland from Decorators Friend,  creamy off white rose garland, and a darling hand cut bird egg garland from Curious Goods by Janie D Mattern

For my tea party placemats, I wanted some earthy elements and something with a lot of texture.  I found these Pigeon nest pads at In Your Face Media1 for $1 a piece.  
The texture of these pads blends and balances that of the bird nests on my inexpensive bird nest topped cookie cloche's I made using miniature trifle bowls and hand stamped ribbon from A Little Scrappy.
Other bird related elements were added to the table.  Beside each setting I placed a tea light with four birds perched around the sides and filled with lavender pip berries to add a punch of color.

At each place setting I used adorable teapot themed demi spoons, forks and knives.  Aren't they adorable?  These come in sets from Home and Teatime Elegance, a beautiful Ebay store full of tea related items.

I thought the demi spoons, forks and knives would make cute party favors to, placed in some hand stamped muslin bags from A Little Scrappy.

I love layering, as you all know that follow me regularly.  I love lots of texture in my tablescapes. 
I tripled napkins using purple, sheer organza from Always Elegant, some lavender eyelet napkins and vintage white lace trimmed napkins that my Mom gave me.  Each time I use the white lace (which is often) I am reminded of the many parties, luncheons and dinners my Mom hosted when I was little.  I can still see these same ones at the table in our dining room!  My napkin rings are transferware in the Tonquin pattern by Royal Staffordshire.

For fun I placed these faux chocolates from Donna Pitkoff studios on a small Charlotte transferware plate.  These look amazing real!  I've never seen any faux food with a more realistic look and touch than these.  Donna sculpts these delicacies by hand!

  Mhia from Mel Mellis Sweet Treats sent me these beautifully packaged cookies for the tea.
The dainty tea cookies were served in an oblong, ceramic bird tray from Decorators Friend.  I lined it with one of the lace napkins from Mom and laid out little rows of each of the cookies.
We had several varities, including Lavender Infused Sugar Cookies and   Alfajores (Dulce de Lech and Coconut) 

Mhia from Mel Mellis' Sweet Treats has kindly offered a $12 gift certificate to her shop to a Nancy's Daily Dish reader.
To enter The Cookie Giveaway please leave a comment for one entry, and for another entry visit Mel Mellis's Sweet Treats and let me know what kind of cookies you'd get with your gift certificate.
Winner will be randomly selected using a numeral generator at on June 22.

    Linking to:

    Marty at A Stroll Through Life
    Hodge Podge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge Life
    Show Off Your Cottage Monday@ A House in The Roses
    Lady Katherine
    Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations 
    Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday

    Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee at Silken Purse 

    Sunday, June 13, 2010

    Transferware Cookie Cloche and a GIVEAWAY

    I have so been in the crafting, do it yourself, decorating mood lately.  I've been re-arranging things, hanging pictures, moving pictures, making this, making that!  Bloggers inspire me! ;-)

    I recently got these miniature, single serve, trifle bowls at Walmart.  

    I had a general idea of what I'd use them for...I was thinking a cloche for some smalls and then decided they'd be perfect for cupcakes, cookies or candy.  I had some extra lavender transferware saucers in the Charlotte pattern and decided these would be the perfect base.  I simply turned the bowls upside down and tied them with double ribbons, one a sheer, wire edged purple and the other is a darling, hand stamped ribbon I purchase at A Little Scrappy.   A Little Scrappy is offering one of Nancy's Daily Dish readers a coupon to her shop where you'll find tons of hand stamped items including ribbons (I asked her to do the purple just for this project!), tags, cards, clothespins, adorable muslin bags and more.

    Next I glued some bird nests to the base and topped each with a little purple winged birdie!

    Here is the finished cloche...I've shown it here with cookies, and would also be cute for jewelry, cupcakes or any little nick-knack.   Tuesday I'll show the entire tea tablescape so be sure to check back then...I'll be announcing an additional giveaway too!

    With pretty, lavender infused cookies from Mel Mellis Sweet Treats
    and here with the most realistic faux anything I've ever seen...hand made chocolates from Donna Pitkoff Studios  I am not even kidding.  Not one person who has seen these has not either picked one up to eat or asked if they could have one!  Then when I say they are fake they have to feel it...which does not convince them, so they then give it a sniff test!  They don't smell bad at all, they just don't smell like chocolate...other than that you just can't tell that they are fake.

    Here, I topped one of the cloche's with a flower instead.
    Be sure to come back and see the full table setting on Tuesday, and enter the additional giveaway!
    To enter A Little Scrappy's $15 gift certificate giveaway
    1 entry) post a comment
    2 entries) visit A Little Scrappy's Etsy shop and let me know how you might spend the $15
    3 entries) do 1 & 2 and visit her blog and/or FB page at the following

    You need to leave a comment for EACH entry.  Winner will be announced using numeral generator next Sunday night, June 20.

    ~ Random acts of kindness take seconds but the positive effects last forever ~

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    Frugal Fabulous Design
    Show and Tell Friday 
    Friday, Finding Beauty 
    Metamorphosis Monday
    A Soft Place
    Today’s Creative Blog
    Trendy Treehouse