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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Six Angels for Six Granddaughters

Hello everyone, 
Welcome back to My Cozy Corner. I hope you enjoyed
My Love Story for Valentine's Day. HERE
My husband and I had a quiet evening at home delighting 
ourselves on Lobster tail and salad.  We also watched the
Westminster Dog Show. The dogs are so beautiful, and
some are funny too. 
The rain stopped for a couple of days, and I worked out
in the garden raking leaves, pruning rose bushes and
grape vines. You can see by the photo above I 
have some daffodils starting to bloom and the rose bushes
trimmed. The irises will bloom in March.  I bought another
angel at Tuesday Morning a couple of weeks ago.
Now I have SIX ANGELS FOR SIX GRANDDAUGHTERS.
I started working at Tuesday Morning in July of 2011. I was 70 years old,
and I had been retired since 2007.  I was hired for inventory in June
of 2011, I took a trip to England and Scotland and when I returned 
I went right to work. The next spring (2012) the garden statues 
started to arrive at the store. I bought my first angel for my garden.
I was hooked.  The next spring, (2013) I found another one.
A pattern was developing. Now I had two angels.
In April of 2013, I retired from Tuesday Morning. I was (72) and
I wanted to travel, garden and update our home. The angel below
is the first angel I bought. 
I returned every spring to find another angel (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
Some are very light to move around 
and SOME ARE VERY HEAVY.
Now I'm 75 and going to be 76 in June. And the garden clean-up
is harder for me to do myself.  I've hired a gardener to help me
with the clean-up and digging some holes for transplanting
bulbs and bushes. I don't want to give up the benefits of
working outside, but I would like to save this old body
for traveling, photography, and table setting for my
blog. I hope I can keep gardening for many years to
come. Hopefully next week all the daffodils will be
in full bloom, and the yard will be completely clean
and ready for the February Journal photo shoot.
My granddaughters will be able to have an Angel 
in their yard one day...
I am looking forward to more sunny weather soon.
I want to play outside in my potting shed and have
tea time on the patio and under the pergola.
Thank you so much for visiting today.
Please come back soon.
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to:

Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Love Story TBT

Hello everyone,
Next Tuesday is Valentine's Day, and  February 14th always has
  been my favorite day of the year.
My love story never gets old to me, Although I have been
married for 57 years on July 17, 2017.
The reason February 14th is such a favorite day is that
I was engaged on that day in 1960.

To view, all the posts in the mosaic  GO HERE
and  HERE
I would like to share my love story with you now.
I actually love Valentine's Day because it's the day I became engaged to the man I married on July 17th, 1960.
We met in the Spring of 1959. I was a senior in high school,
and my future husband was a junior.  We sang in the high school choir and one day we were practicing a song from "My Fair Lady." 
I looked up to the top row of bass singers, and I saw this darling face smiling at me.  I was smitten and amazed.  He was so cute. 
 We dated and fell in love. On February 14th, 1960  We drove to San Francisco to have dinner and see a movie to celebrate
Valentine's Day. While we were enjoying dessert  
my future husband proposed to me.  I said "Yes" and the 
rest is history.  
Thanks for visiting today
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:

Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Friendship Tea Time



Hello everyone,
Every teacup and saucer have a story. 
This teacup was given to me by a special friend.
When her father passed away, she inherited four 
vintage teacups that belonged to her late mother.  
I am so honored to be the new owner
 of this beautiful cup and saucer, and the
other three tea cups I will show you in
upcoming Tea Time posts.
They are fabulous.
This teacup was made in Japan. I love 
lusterware porcelain china, and I have
several lusterware teacups and saucers.
The romantic look of this beautiful teacup with a rose
inside the cup and a long strand of pearls pouring over 
the side onto the saucer.  The vintage crochet doily
was a gift.  We are still in the dark part of Winter,
and I love the frosted pine cones and my
little fir tree wrapped in burlap.
I found a little thought that matters.
Resolve to do a little reading every day, 
if it is but a single sentence.  If you
gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make
itself felt at the end of the year.
Horace Mann

A mosaic to SAVE
I hope you are having a delightful weekend.
I am.
Joyously.
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Savory Crock Pot Beef Barley Soup


Hello everyone, 
 Does this table setting look familiar?  
Yes, it is. I posted a Winter Soup tablescape
a couple of days ago. Go Here,

 And today I'm
posting my recipe for Savory Crock Pot Beef Barley Soup.
The ingredients on the breadboard are so colorful and healthy.
I serve this hearty soup with French bread covered with
Garlic and Parmesan cheese.
The barley is rinsed, and the parsley is
freshly picked from the herb garden. 
Fresh green onions and spices are ready to add to 
the crock pot.
This recipe yields 8 to10 servings.
Today I took my daughter and family
 some soup and bread so she could sit and watch football 
playoffs without having to get up and cook dinner. 
 I also froze a quart of soup for our dinner on another rainy Winter Eve. 

Savory Crock Pot Beef Barley Soup
Easy recipe to cook in a Crock Pot. 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless lean beef, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 (10.5 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 stalks chopped celery
  • 6 chopped carrots
  • 6 chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Instructions
In the skillet over medium heat, saute the beef in the oil for 5 minutes, or until browned. Stir in the salt, pepper and garlic powder and place seasoned meat in the crock pot. Add the broth, water, celery, carrots, green onions, parsley, and barley. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables and barley are tender. Add the thyme just before serving.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: 
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

A mosaic to SAVE

Thank you for visiting, and I hope 
you enjoy the soup as much as
my family does.
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to;
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes













Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Soup Tablescape

Hello everyone, 
It's raining again this week, and the forecast is for rain 
until late next week. During the rainy days 
I love having a crock pot of Winter soup cooking on low
all day long. I can serve soup for lunch or dinner.
The Green Cabbage Leaf bowls are perfect for soup.
The white square plate can hold a delicious slice of
French bread covered with garlic and Parmesan cheese. 
The little green Vintage glasses hold a beverage and one is used 
as a vase for fresh oregano, I picked from my herb garden.
This spot is where we love to eat our lunch or snacks.
The island divides the kitchen from the dining room.
Being retired for ten years, I  sometimes wonder
 how other retirees plan menus. Do you eat breakfast, 
lunch, and dinner? Do you have dessert in the evening?
Every day this island is a busy place. 
The Keurig coffee maker is on
the right side of the table setting. I prepare
afternoon snacks, and I serve buffet dinners 
from the island at family celebrations.  
You can see the back counter is my baking center. 
For handy reference, my collection 
of celebrity cookbooks stored next to the counter.
I love my kitchen and on rainy days
I am busy preparing goodies to share with you
and my family.

Bistro napkins completely cover the lap. 
 Black handled flatware, and black napkin rings 
add a casual look to my farmhouse kitchen tablescape. 
Save a mosaic.
Thank you for visiting today.
I would love to hear how you 
spend your retirement days.
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Yay! We had Snow.

Hello everyone,
This is the first snow since December 2013. It started
around seven in the morning and started raining at nine.
I walked outside in my PJ's and snapped these photos.
The angels are covered with the fluffy snow and 
I use the picnic table to gauge the amount of
snow falling in two hours. 
I haven't cleaned the garden yet. Hopefully,
 I can get outside sometime in the next couple of weeks and
clean up the grape vines and plant some bulbs. 
The garden decor is so beautiful covered with snow.
The blue bench is covered with snow, 
but a hint of blue paint is still showing through the snow.




A mosaic to Save on Pinterest.
Later this week I'm going to be making some
 Beef Barley Soup to enjoy this weekend.
The drought is over in North California
for this year. It has been raining
for over four months steadily.
Thank you for visiting
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Easy Crock Pot Turkey Chili


Hello everyone,
Welcome to My Cozy Corner. This is my first post for
the new year. Hubby and I had a quiet New Year's
day. I made Turkey Chili instead of Black Eyed Peas.
Hopefully, the beans will bring us much good
luck in the months to come.
This Turkey Chili is so easy and delicious.
I changed the recipe a little bit because we had some 
leftover turkey from Christmas dinner.  And I wanted to
use it up.
I have two jars of salsa in my photo.  I could have added
more beans and used some of the extra sauce for liquid.
Or I could use Chicken broth.

I added one jar of salsa verde to the beans in my crock pot.
My granddaughters know I love tea towels, so for Christmas
they bought me this cute tea towel.
"Whisk me away" with a whisk on the bottom
of the tea towel. I love it.
Add Salt and Pepper, chopped onion and garlic powder.
The tea towel under the partridge in a pear tree is another
tea towel they gave me. 
One of my granddaughters is a Vegan, so I spooned out
a bowl for her before I added the chopped turkey.
I added the turkey leftover from Christmas dinner. 
Turkey hamburger is delicious also.
Put into the Crock Pot and turn on high. 
Stir occasionally until heated completely. 
This recipe is so easy and so delicious on a cold
wintery night. Serve with warm french bread and
a fresh tossed green salad and dinner is done.

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

  • 4 cans cannellini beans or add more cans of beans for a larger quantity.
  • 1 jar green salsa
  • 1 pound package ground turkey or chopped fresh turkey. 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup, chopped onion
Instructions
Brown turkey in frying pan adding salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion.
Place all ingredients in crock pot and cook on high. 
When ready to serve turn on warm.
Details
Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 1-hour Yield: 6 servings

Printable recipe Go Here

SAVE THIS MOSAIC.
Thanks for visiting today and I hope you are safe and warm
during this rainy weekend.
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes


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