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Showing posts from March 7, 2010

A quick, easy and delicious Mexican-Spanish Meal!

Ahh, it's Foodie Friday again.  I am enjoying participating in this wonderful party each week.  It is hosted by Michael Lee West and her ever gorgeous blog Designs By Gollum .  Once you're done here, do go over and see all the wonderful treats there.  You're sure to find something you'll just love! I haven't been let down yet! This is such an easy, easy meal and it is, as my Ethan would say, sooooooo tasty.  It’s also quick and requires so little preparation.  With six children always on the go it’s nice to have some really quick and tasty meals. Cheesy Chicken Chorizo w/ Spanish Mexican Rice and Mexi-Salad Remember I usually cook for eight so you may want to ½ this recipe.  We had a guest and I cooked for nine tonight and there were leftovers.  3 packages Chorizo sausage (I used 2 pork and one beef) 9 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into small chunks or bite sized pieces (you could use tenderloins too and leave them as strips) 1 tblsp butte

Missing Mimi: A sentimental tablescape

I had already taken photos of another table-scape to use tonight and decided I'd get ahead of the curve and do another to have ready to go.  With this second table setting I used a table cloth I inherited my Great Grandma, Mimi, hand crocheted.  Fond memories of my Mimi were brought to the forefront of my mind as I took out her tablecloth and laid it over the table.  I've been thinking of her non-stop and have decided I'd like to share this with you instead of what I'd originally planned.  Mimi (her name was really Ona) was a talented woman and I miss her arms that squeezed me tight when I'd see her.  She passed away when I was a little girl. To Mimi, I love you and know that it would make you so happy knowing your Great Granddaughter is showing off your work today. I mixed a vintage Copeland Spode transferware pattern, Royal Jasmine Marina, with some of my Cottage ware.  I love the creamy background of the plates with the brown transfer of roses and flowers. 

Tea, Taxes and Transferware

In 1784 the import tax on tea was reduced.  This was wonderful news for the middle class and less wealthy people as it made tea drinking affordable to them.  Unfortunately, the tax on silver was increased at the same time.  The combination of these two factors substantially increased the demand for ceramic tea services.  Transferware had just been invented and was in the very early years of production.  Some of the most beautiful and collectible transferware teapots were made during this period and well into the 20th century. Today I am joining Lady Katherine Tea Parlor for a tea, Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally , Rhoda at Southern Hospitality ,  Rondi's Tea Party Tuesday ,   Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life and The Gypsy's Corner for Three or more Tuesday.    I'm serving a spiced tea and cinnamon swirl bread with honey butter.  I served my tea in an English transferware teapot by J & G Meakin in the Gainsborough pattern.  It's a pretty blue trans