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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Show and Tell Friday - Pineapple Sundae

Oh my goodness.  I have been so busy this week packing and blogging.  Blogging and packing.  Here today gone to Maui.  I have had the best time this week sharing a tropical theme with everyone in blog land.  This dessert is called  My Pineapple Macadamia Nut Sundae.  The first time I had this sundae was at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, Hawaii.  The center has an evening show and as a treat the staff prepares everyone watching the show this classic dessert. 

This morning when I started to take my photographs for the blog  I decided to set the stage before putting the ice cream in the pineapple.  But it didn't work out as I had planned. As you can see I didn't work fast enough and the ice cream is dripping over the side of the pineapple.  Another thing I decided to do this morning was not eat breakfast.  Yes...THIS IS WHAT I ATE FOR BREAKFAST.  It was heaven.

How did I make this?
Pineapple Macadamia nut Sundae

One fresh pineapple
Cut the pineapple about 2/3 from the bottom.
Remove the pineapple from the inside and save.
Place  three scoops of  DREYERS Rich & Creamy GRAND Vanilla Ice cream inside the pineapple.
While toasting macadamia nuts for the top.  Cut saved pineapple into bite size pieces.  Place on top of ice cream and sprinkle macadamia nut over the top.
And you too will be in heaven.

Hope you have enjoyed your journey this week to the tropical South Pacific.  I am joining Cindy @ My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.  And Michael Lee @ Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. Thank you for visiting and please leave a comment if you have time.  And how as they say in Hawaii....Aloha

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tablescape #2



Every day this week I have been thinking of my vacation.  On Saturday I will be leaving for a ten day holiday to Maui.
Today, while picking the roses for this bouquet I thought they had a very tropical appearance. 
The multicolored rose is Joseph's Coat. 

And, the exquisitely cupped yellow rose with red or apricot tinting and a tea like scent is  Graham Thomas. 
The vase is Martha Stewart I bought years ago. 

I love the refreshing look of this salad plate. I bought eight plates at the DT for $8.00 dollars.
I use the plates in the summer for salad or dessert.

This plate I bought at a discount grocery store for $1.00 dollar. So I bought eight for $8.00 dollars.

This plate and 13 more glass plates I found at a church rummage sale for .10cents each.  I love just them. 

The picnic flatware I bought at a discount store.  Very inexpensive for a set of eight.
The red napkins and wooden napkins rings I bought so long ago (25+)
You know when the wooden napkins rings were so popular. The saltcellars are antique and the salt spoons were a gift. 

My dear sweet sister gave me four beautiful wine glasses as a thank you gift on one of her visits
a few years ago.  I thought they went perfectly with my tropical theme.  I can just hear the waves now.

Tablescape #2 is finished. 
I love playing Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
 Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday
Please jump over and visit their blogs. 
You are in for a treat.

Thank you for stopping by.
Please leave a comment. 
I love to read your comments. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday - Checking the Garden

Aloha everyone.  Today, I'm joining Susan's Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer.

If you are following my blog this week. You will see that I am preparing to go on a vacation on Saturday ( to Maui).  Today I'm checking the garden to see what is in bloom now and what will be blooming when I come home on May 10th.  I found two red strawberries today.  My granddaughters love the strawberry batch.  They pick them about every three days.  They wash and eat them right out of the basket.  We have strawberries on ice cream, strawberry short cake and I make strawberry jam to eat on french toast or on scones with tea.
 Last week I had one poppy and today I have a bouquet.  If the temp gets hot for a couple of days the poppies will be history.
Dream Weaver is a very prolific climbing rose. It will be in bloom for about four weeks.
Don Juan is another climbing rose.  Don Juan's fragrance is heady, tawny,almost musky-enough to make you swoon. 

The Iris bed is just below Don Juan.
I love Joseph's Coat.  The buds are urn shaped, and unlike those of many climbers they occur on new wood.  The plant can be trained as a climber on a pillar, fence, or trellis or because it is not very robust, can be allowed to grow as a loose, freestanding shrub.

Ingrid Bergman is just starting to bloom and will continue to bloom for three more weeks.

And, my french lavender will be ready to harvest in three weeks.  It is wonderful to dry for sachets, wands and bath salts.

Thank you Susan for hosting Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Please link back to Susan's blog for more interesting and beautiful things to see.
And, thank you for spending time with me.  I love to share.  Please leave a comment if you have time. 
 I wanted to know the definition of Aloha  http://www.to-hawaii.com/aloha.php  Click on the website for What Does Aloha Mean? It means hello or goodbye. It also means love and affection.  So I will say Aloha again. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Table Top Tuesday - Aloha Bloom

I'm joining Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

I am so excited this week.  I needed a tea break and I thought I would share with you my news and a pot of tea that blooms.  

First - Can you guess where I am going this Saturday?  Did the Anthuruim Plant give my secret away?  Yes..Yes..Yes.  Maui.  My daughter wanted to celebrate her birthday on a warm beach somewhere.  She is going to be on a warm beach and her two girls and I will be with her.  So that is why I am so excited. Packing, finishing up some yard work and doing my favorite thing. Blogging.

This is the perfect tea to prepare me for  my trip to Maui.  Aloha Bloom.  Providing a healthy escape from the stresses of the day.  I need a healthy escape.

So now I will sit back and enjoy my tea and think of the sand and the sunsets.
Please link back to Marty's @ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday and visit the other blogs.
Hope you have enjoyed your visit and please come over to My Cozy Corner again.
I read your comments and I appreciate you for taking the time to leave a comment.

Mosaic Monday - Thirteen Adorable Little Girls

I 'm joining Mary over @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

Last week the girls visited Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, but they were in a group photo sharing the spotlight with Mister Lincoln. So this week I wanted to show them off from the tops of their heads to the tips of their toes (or shoes).

Here goes....

For Mother
Spring Waltz
A Sweet Offering
Forever Yours
Little Gardener
I Brought You a Gift
Nature's Gift
Love Petals
Two Hands, One Treat
Garden Treasures
From Me to You
Puppet Princess

Well - that's all folks.  I hope you enjoyed your visit. If you would like to see more on last Tuesday's post (click here).  A big thank you for Mary @ 
 Little Red House for having this great party.  Please link back to Mary's and check out the wonderful blogs from so many wonderful bloggers.  And, thank you so much for your visit and comments.  I really appreciate them.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Show and Tell Friday - Limoges

Show and Tell Friday


A little history about Limoges.  It is a porcelain that was actually produced by a number of factories in the Limoges region of France from the late 1700's until around 1930.  At one point in the 1920's as many as 48 companies were producing ware marked Limoges.

I wanted to share the only piece of Limoges, France I have.  I was at an estate sale and I saw this elegant vintage china tureen and when I turned it over it had stamped on the bottom  YES!!!!

France - Limoges

I bought it for $10.00 dollars.  I don't know if it was a good price or not but, I loved it.  The unique shape, patina and detailing are so beautiful. 

It is center stage in the cabinet with my tea cups, saucers and tea pots.  
 This is a great view of the top
I don't know if this piece is decorated with a transfer or hand painted.  Some transfers were decals of sorts that mimicked hand decorating. They were often combined with techniques executed by hand.  I am not an expert.  I just love this piece.  My one and only piece of Limoges China.

Thank you Cindy @ My Romantic Home for hosting this wonderful party.  Please link back to Cindy's blog and enjoy many beautiful things. 
Thank you so much for stopping by. Please leave a comment.  If you know anything about this piece, please share with me.
Thanks again

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My First Tablescape

My First Tablescape. 


My centerpiece consists of five elements. Three different ferns, one ivy and one orchid. The orchid is real but, I have had the plant for over a year and no blooms. (The bloom you see is from the DT) and I wish it was real.

The silver plated goblets I found at an Estate Sale for $1.00 dollar each.  They were so tarished I didn't think they would polish up.  Wow!!!! was I surprised.  The small juice glasses I found at a local thrift shop.  12 glasses at .50 cents each.  My silver plated tray I found at an Estate Sale for .50 cents.  It took some elbow grease to get the tarish off. But, I love to polish silver (I know I'm crazy).  The cute green pitcher was given to me by a friend that was downsizing from an apartment to assisted living.

I love the sign.  My dear sweet sister gave this sign to me. Yes, I do dig gardening. This is a better view of the silver plated tray.  When I look at the beautiful Tablescapes in blogland I see candles. Today I added one candle.  After taking the photographs I can see that I could have put two candles or more on the table. Well, thank goodness there is a next time.

I purchased 12 white linen napkins with my monogram on sale from j c penny catalog a few years ago. And, the picnic flatware I purchased at a Big-Box store.
I did it.  My First Tablescape.  I loved it. 
Thank you so much Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday. I 'm also joining Leigh over @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday.  Please jump over and visit their blogs.  You are in for a treat.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please leave a comment.  I love to read the comments and try to answer them too.

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