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Saturday, September 13, 2014

*Fall Picnic*


Hello everyone,
Company is coming this weekend. I wanted to add a little fall color to our patio. While thrift shopping a couple of weeks ago I found this vintage wicker woven picnic basket...I knew it would be a wonderful addition to my patio area.

My sun hat is ready to shade the Autumn sun while working in the yard next week
Mr. and Mrs. Scarecrow have joined the party in the patio. I love to bring this pair of cuties out every September. 
Sunflowers are so perfect for my little vignette.  

My bistro set is used as added seating when we have a party. I found this soft Autumn colored throw at the goodwill for .99¢ Sweet♥
A neutral colored bow and tendrils surrounding the handles.
I love the detail on the vintage wicker basket.
Lately I've been fascinated by the 'Watercolor' technique on photographs. I played with Photoshop and created my version of a 'Watercolor' photo... 

Here is my new flag for the garden. Speaking of editing photos. I wish I knew how to remove the fold lines from my new flag without getting out the iron. I guess next week when I'm out working in the garden I'll take the flag off the flag holder and iron out the creases. LOL!
They say: Nothing is ever perfect...
Thanks for visiting and thanks for the wonderful comments.
Linking to:
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Joyously,
Betty 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Pretty Tea Cup


Hello everyone,
Hope you're having a nice weekend. The weather is still warm...As I write this post on Sunday evening the temp is in the low nineties. My daughter came by this morning and baked a French Pear Tart and one Pear Crisp with the pears from her friend's tree.  Go Here for the French Pear Tart recipe.
Last week at my favorite thrift store they had Vintage week. I bought a new tea cup and saucer. My roses are still trying to give me amazing joy by blooming in this heat.  
Roslyn (England) Sunnydale Pattern 
I couldn't decide if I wanted to use a pink tea pot or a white tea pot, so I used both. LOL. The little spoon is a gift from one of my traveling companions. It's sterling silver with a English crown on top. 
I'm so in love with beautiful tea cups. 
And of course Roses.
Just Joey and Secret are my two favorites today.
Pin it
Thanks for visiting. Well it's time for dessert (pear tart)
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Joyously,
Betty ♥

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Simple French Pear Tart


Hello everyone,
The late summer and fall bring some wonderful fruits to our table. My daughter's friend (male) has a 5 acre parcel at the foot of Mt Lassen. He loves to garden and has planted some fruit trees on the property. A couple of weeks ago he brought us some fresh green pears. I put them in a box and covered them with a towel until they ripened. Yesterday I made a Simple French Pear Tart.
What a simple and delicious dessert. 
When I was a young girl living in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley. We would have pears all during the season. My mom and dad would pick pears and we would eat them fresh and my mom would can pears, so we could enjoy them all winter long.
Here is the recipe for 
SIMPLE FRENCH PEAR TART
Printable recipe go HERE

Rustic Pear Tart

Rustic Pear Tart
Adapted from Ellie Krieger
Ingredients
One (1) Frozen Pie Crust-Thawed
Filling
3 Medium pears
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Glaze 
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon boiling water
Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and prepare the filling. Peel pears, core them and cut into 1/4-inch slices in a large bowl toss the pear slices with the lemon juice. Sprinkle in the cornstarch, brown sugar and cinnamon and toss until the pears are evenly coated. Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place pie crust to the prepared baking sheet. 
Arrange the pears in a mound in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border.  Fold the border over the filling. It will only cover the pears partially and does not need to be even. 
Bake the tart for 15 minutes, and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, keeping the tart in the oven all the while, and bake for another 40 minutes, until the pears are tender and the crust is golden brown. 
In small bowl stir together the honey and boiling water to make a glaze.  When the tart is done remove it from the oven and brush the honey glaze all over the top of the fruit and crust. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Cut into 6 wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
Enjoy!


Last night, sweetheart and I enjoyed a piece of pear tart with vanilla bean ice cream on top. Yummy!
I love the way the pears sparkle with the honey glaze. And the simple way the ready made pie crust surrounds the pear mixture. 
It's amazing how the simple things in life are sometimes the very best. 
As they say in France 'Bon Appetit'
Thank you so much for visiting and please come back soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
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Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

*A Closer Look*


Hello everyone,
I'm starting to feel the air change into the fall season. Last week I took photos of my August garden and today I want to give you a closer look at some of my treasures in the garden that give me so much pleasure. 
My sweet angel is standing in a bed of blooming Veronica. 
The little angels are watching from the picnic table.
The grape vine and roses are showing signs of fall. I can't wait until it's cool enough to set another tablescape under the pergola. Maybe next week. 
Sweetheart repaired a 30 year old faucet and I just couldn't throw it away. I love bird houses.
What's the buzz? I found this cute flag on clearance, but I had to buy a flag holder at Walmart at full price. 
The pots are still waiting for some color. Orange mums or some other fall color...
Another view from the end of our property. 
Before~June
After~August
I love the last weeks of Summer...
St. Francis of Assisi has a new pedestal.
Another look at the Blue Bench

Thanks for visiting.
Joyously,
Betty
For more garden views check out last week's post HERE

Time Travel Thursdays at Brambleberry Cottage
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden
Katherine's Corner for Thursday Favorite Thing 
  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 

Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

Monday, September 1, 2014

LABOR DAY 2014

Hello all,
Hope you are having a safe and restful holiday weekend.
We celebrated LABOR DAY yesterday with family. 
Best ever  pork ribs
Macaroni salad
Corn on the cob 
Watermelon for dessert
Today is the first day of September and I'm ready for some cooler weather.
Football games and garden clean-up are the focus for September.
Joyously,
Betty @ My Cozy Corner

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Garden Tour and Blue Bench


Hi everyone,
Wow! I just can't seem to catch-up with my posting schedule. I  have some fun things to show you, but I can't find the time to get it together. 
One of my projects was to finish getting this bench painted. Last year sweetheart found it at a yard sale for $5.00. It was pretty worn. I wanted to paint it before the rose tour in May, but it finally got the paint job last week. I love it in the garden.
The color is 'Wildflower Blue' satin Rust-oleum®
The heat is taking its toll on the 'Black Eyed Susans' this month. I've dead headed the flowers in the shaded area and I still need to spend some time in the sunny area. It's so yucky I don't want to go outside. The view below is the first sight I see as I walk out my back door in the morning. I always say "Hello" to my garden. LOL!
Most of the roses are resting this month. I'm having a great harvest from my grape vine. The Canna Lilies are finished blooming and the lavender has been harvested. 
The shade garden is resting. During the spring the ground is covered with daffodils.
My new Blue Bench is sitting on the patio under the pomegranate tree. Our old (very old ) 1973 picnic table is used as an overflow eating area. Sweetheart made over 200 tables for an RV Park long ago. We were blessed with one for our back yard. I cover it with a vinyl tablecloth stapled underneath. 
The pergola area is developing into a wonderful flower garden. Hostas, roses, grapes and many other perennials.
The day lilies are finished, but my autumn sedum is starting to grow tall and beautiful. I'm standing in front of the pergola looking to the back of our property. When we bought this home in 1969 there were no houses behind us. We had a large piece of land covered with Digger Pines and an old barn. The boys would drag home wood for the barn and build the best forts... My oldest son is now a General Contractor in Los Angeles.  I guess he received his professional training right in his own back yard.
My child's picnic table and flower pots are waiting for some fall flowers. 
Patio table waiting for Tea Time. 
I'm standing in the patio looking out into the side yard. I can enjoy my angels, blue bench and the wonderful garden.

The patio flower bed is filling in nicely. August is hot, but the greenery is refreshing. The ayssum is snowy white and adds a nice contrast to the border.
The chime collection is an added attraction to the patio. The large chime was made by my sweetheart. When the wind blows the sounds are so beautiful. My herb garden surrounds a rose garden. 
I just bought some 'Cat Nip' I haven't had any customers yet!
Please come and sit awhile. Enjoy the peace and serenity as 
St. Francis of Assisi watches over the animals and the earth.

I use this blog as a journal of my life's journey in retirement. Gardening and Home keeping are so important to me in my aging years. Thank you for visiting and leaving your wonderful comments. 
Joyously,
Betty 
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Miss Mustard's Furniture Linky Party
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 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 

Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
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Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
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