Saturday, September 17, 2011

Beef and Cabbage Hash plus a Giveaway

I've been making this dish ever since Michael and Ethan were little boys.  
It has a flavor similar to cabbage rolls.
Easy to prepare, this hearty dish is so perfect for cool Fall evenings.    It's also a good way to get your kids to eat vegetables.  I've already decided that next time I make this, I might try making it in individual dishes.  I think it might be really cute served that way.

Before I share the recipe...a friendly reminder to those of you who haven't gone over to Stone Gable yet, you might want to pop over and enter to win a $60 shopping spree to English Transferware, my Etsy shop.  You will love Yvonne's blog too!

Beef and Cabbage Hash

1/4 - 1/3 lg. head cabbage, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
1 yellow onion
1 lb ground beef
16 oz jar spaghetti sauce 
1 1/2 tblsp worcestershire sauce
2 tblsp chopped fresh chives
1 - 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook beef  and onion in a skillet over medium heat

Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish
Spread chopped cabbage evenly in pan

Layer shredded carrots over cabbage.  Salt and pepper generously.

Once beef and onion are completely cooked, drain the fat and layer this over the carrots.

Stir the worcestershire sauce and the green onions into the spaghetti sauce and pour over the beef and vegetables, spread evenly.

Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes, until cabbage and carrots are tender.  

Evenly spread cheese over the top and return to oven for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted, brown and bubbly.  Top with a little more green onions.

Serve with a salad, some crispy bread and chow down!

These two fruitcakes did!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall 2010 Reprise ~ Tablescape with my Favorite Spode Byron

Before I begin I want to remind you all to please stop by Stone Gable to enter to win $60 worth of transferware from my shop, English Transferware.   There are over 300 entries so far.  Someone has to win, so it might as well be YOU!
Thank you again Yvonne!

   I'm reposting one of my favorites from last Fall and hope you all enjoy it!

When I first began collecting transferware, I was buying only red pieces.  I had started off with Old Britain Castles and then discovered Vista by Masons.   I began selling some of my pieces in order to trade up to some of the Vista pieces I wanted.  Then one day while perusing the internet I happened upon this platter and I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT!  

 The platter I purchased came from a dealer in South Africa.  Once I'd confirmed my purchase, he emailed to say he had other pieces in the pattern for sale. I have such an affinity for pieces with bucolic scenery so this pattern, named Byron, by Spode instantly became my favorite.

I've been collecting this pattern for about 10 years now, selling the duplicate pieces I've acquired along the way.  
Tonight I set the table for all 8 of us and set up the buffet for dessert and coffee/tea.

 I don't have 8 of these cream soups and saucers but wanted to show them to you. 
  This is the scene inside the soup bowl and a close up of the saucer it sets on.  Most of the
Spode Byron pieces each depict a different scene, pastoral in nature.

I found the vintage tablecloth and 12 matching napkins sometime back for a few dollars.  I am not particularly crazy about it but when I saw it I knew it would be a good match for my Byron dishes.   It's a creamy white linen with shades of gold and brown embroidered flowers...just the same as the hand painted portions around the border.

 I layered up the napkins using some sheer green organza napkins, bead trimmed gold napkins and the ones that came with the  tablecloth.  The organza gives it a little extra color plus some subtle shimmer.  

I stacked each setting with several sized plates. 

First the dinner plate:

Next came the 9" plates (these are really luncheon plates)

and then 7" salad plates

A little more layering underneath the plates came with the pretty Heritage Lace placemats and for an extra hint of sparkle and to allow the plates to really contrast against their background I added hand beaded brown charges in a rich chocolate color.

Bread plates were also at each setting and have a sweet scene with girls who've been gathering wheat.  One of the girls has perched herself up on the fence and a little dog looks curiously on.

I could not resist these hand blown glasses...they are absolutely the perfect color combination of amber/gold, brown (inside the stems), and green (swirled around the foot) for my Byron dishes...not to mention they add a bit of contemporary flair to the setting.  I just love 'em!

I had the table set for a couple of days pondering a centerpiece and then it donned on me that I had this darling figurine.  He seems to blend perfectly with the depictions on the dishes.  I scrunched up a sheer voile panel that has a crushed effect with added embroidery and thin lines of satin color onto the center of the table.  Over that I draped two garlands of fall foliage with small pumpkins and gourds and placed the boy and his dogs figurine amongst it all.  It looks like he's wandering through a pumpkin patch.   Two candelabras with votive candles from Zest Candles were placed at either side. 

Who doesn't love the soft flicker of lit candles?

I've posted about Spode Byron before and given a bit of history on this pattern.  You can read (and see) more at these two posts:

Here's a peek at the buffet.  I'll post this sometime next week.

Wherever smoke, wreaths Heavenward curl-
Cave of a hermit, Hovel of churl,
Mansion of merchant, princely dome-
Out of the dreariness
Into its cheeriness,
Come we in weariness,
~Stephen Chalmers

This week I'm joining the following:
The Inspired Nest
The Shabby Chic Cottage
French Country Cottage
Between Naps on the Porch
Freckled Laundry 
Time Travel Thursday

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Living Room Before & After

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...but how much love we put in that action.
~Mother Teresa~

I apologize in advance for being so short on pictures.  
I plan to repost my living room later but almost all of my before, during and after photos are on my computer which is in the shop and I hope I'm able to salvage them because I fear the computer itself a gonner.  Second one in about a year for me! ;-(
I've been working on a tiny laptop, and sharing it with the kids for the past couple of weeks or so. is our living room 



 Six hours.  That is exactly how long it took my Mom, and me with a little help from Ashton to completely disassemble this room, paint it, and yes, put it all back together again.   When I say disassemble the room, I mean it.  When we moved in here I had thought this might be the last room to paint because it wasn't all that bad, compared to the rest of the house, so I had completely placed my furniture, filled my curio cabinet, hung the paintings, drapes and of course some of my transferware plates.

Then one day around noon I decided the darkness had lingered on here long enough and I couldn't take it anymore.   My Mom happened by at just the right time. She's usually got a green light when it comes to helping me decorate, so we hopped in her car, went to get paint, brought it home and started painting. Oopsie daisy...wrong color.  Back to Walmart for the right color, then back home, started painting at 2:30 just as Shawn, Michael and Ethan left for the restaurant, then finished painting and putting everything back in place at exactly 8:30, a full  hour before the boys and Shawn returned.  

You should have seen their eyeballs when they walked in the house!  I just love doing that kind of stuff to people!
They were completely shocked and could not believe a transformation could take place so quickly.  

I will post more pictures of this room later, showing all angles of the room, and some close ups of things, you know, like transferware!

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I'm participating in the Roomspiration blog hop at
as well as the following weekly parties:

Pink Saturday
 Between Naps on The Porch
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Friday Inspiration At The Picket Fence
Stuff and Nonsense
Cindy at My Romantic Home
Funky Junk Interiors
Charm of Home
No Minimalist Here

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