I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tablescape # 42 - Blue and White

Hello Everyone,
Leap Year!  Let's leap into March.  I was so excited when I found these Cobalt Blue Shrub Glasses at Tuesday Morning.  
They are so interesting in shape and history.
A "SHRUB" WAS an 18th -century cocktail.  Period cookbooks, including
 Mrs. E. Smith's Complete Housewife  published in Williamsburg in 1742 , describes shrub as a citrus punch. 
It was made with oranges or lemons, spiked with rum or brandy, and sweetened with sugar and spices.
This glass is interpreted from various 18th-century English examples in the Colonial Williamsburg collections.  Its shape echoes the short, sturdy "firing" glasses used in taverns, but its more delicate glass bowl is akin to wine glasses.

I took some table setting liberties today.  I decided to put the tea cup at the top of the plate.  I think the tea cup belongs next to the spoon on the right side of the plate. 
I do believe I have the glass in the proper place. 

We had the first sign of winter yesterday.  Wild winds and cold weather.  I'm anxiously waiting for Spring to arrive.   This little miniature white rose is going to be planted in the garden this weekend.  I have several miniatures and they are going to find a new home in the pergola garden. 

The tablescape is simple with the focus on the unusual shape and color of my SHRUB glasses.

The dessert dishes and cups and saucers are Delft. I purchased them at the antique store where I rented space for  My Cozy Corner a few years ago.

The clear glass dishes show off the blue and white tablecloth nicely.

Today I'm using my Silver plate flatware 'First Love'

The napkin rings are from Tuesday Morning and were used in Tablescape #16 Here

The relaxed versatility of blue and white ensures a harmonious blend of styles. 

Linen napkins with my monogram and charmed accoutrements with the color of tranquility, blue and white is the perfect choice for afternoon tea-time.    

Always a  mosaic or two.  I love the versatility of designing a mosaic.
Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner.
I will be joining some special  parties.  Please link back.
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party
The Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Party
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday


Friday, February 24, 2012

*Happy Pink Saturday*

Hi Everyone,
I'm in the Pink today!
Are we ready for Spring?
Positive Thoughts 

Pink Debutante 


~Life is good~
~I'm so grateful~


Pink Perfection

Thank you for visiting
My Cozy Corner
I'm joining 
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday 
The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

~Sweetheart's Screaming Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers~

Hi Everyone, 
I'm happy to share with you my Sweetheart's Screaming Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers.
Every year for Super Bowl Sunday my sweetheart makes these goodies and takes them to a party we attend.
Everyone loves them.

First step
  Mix cream cheese, chopped garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and a dash of chopped basil and a pinch of salt together until soft and manageable.
The Poppers can be made a couple of different ways. 
S prefers to cut the peppers in half.
It would be okay to leave them whole with the seeds removed.

Second step
Remove seeds and put on a foiled cookie sheet.

Third step
Fill the peppers with the mixture.  A pastry bag or your choice of tools to fill the peppers. 

Final step
Wrap each pepper with a slice or two of bacon and secure the bacon with a toothpick. 

S prefers to broil the poppers in the oven.  When using the BBQ soak the toothpicks first.
Remove from tin foil and drain on paper towels.

Sweetheart's Screaming Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

10-25 Whole peppers
50 Sliced in half
1 to 2 packages 8oz cream cheese, depending on the size of your peppers, room temperature
2 to 4 cloves chopped garlic or granulated, depending on your preference. 
1/4 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
Chopped fresh basil leaves
Pinch of salt
10-25 jalapeno peppers (larger than average size will make them easier to stuff)
1/2 to 1 pound thinly sliced bacon
Natural wood Toothpicks.  Colored toothpicks color the bacon.  Doesn't look good.

Mix packages of cream cheese with chopped garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and a dash of chopped basil.  Add a pinch of salt.  Mix until ingredients are soft and manageable.  
Slice each jalapeno lengthwise on 1 side if stuffing whole, being careful not to cut the jalapeno in 1/2.   If serving half poppers cut completely in half. Remove all seeds.   
Fill peppers with either a pastry bag, or your choice of tools.  Be careful not to overfill as the filling may spurt out during cooking.
Wrap each pepper with 1 to 2 strips of bacon, securing the opening in the pepper.  Secure the bacon with a toothpick (soak the toothpicks first, to prevent burning on the BBQ).
To BBQ: Place tin foil on grate and place peppers on the grill.  BBQ the peppers until they are lightly roasted, or until the bacon is fully cooked. 
To BROIL: Place tin foil on a cookie sheet and place in the oven under broiler.  Cook peppers until lightly roasted and the bacon is crisp and fully cooked.
Easy to prepare in advance, stores well in a cooler until ready to be BBQ'd or BROILED...

 Screaming Stuffed jalapeno Poppers.
Are we having fun at My Cozy Corner?
Eating, Gardening and Decorating.
This has been such fun this week.
Hope you have enjoyed your visit and please come back real soon.

I'm visitng some great parties. Please join me!
A Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday

Please link back to the parties.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

*Let's Take A Peek Around The Garden*

Hello Everyone,
The Pineapple has long been known as the symbol of hospitality. 
 I bought my pineapple banner last week at Tuesday Morning on clearance. Another thrifty buy.
I've always loved to eat pineapple.  The girls and I looking forward to our trip to Hawaii in May where we will enjoy fresh pineapple morning, noon and night. 
 I will sharing more about our trip later, but now let's look at what's happening outdoors at My Cozy Corner.

'Pink Perfection'
 is blooming on my large camellia tree in the front yard

Just a few are blooming in the back of the tree.  


Pink Perfection

'Dutchman's Pipevine
The host for iridescent blue and black pipevine swallowtail butterflies. 


'Lenten Rose' Hellebore

'Yellow Daffodil'

The weather is amazing this year.  Usually it's rainy and cold during February.  Tomorrow the weatherman predicts the weather to be in the high 70's and  I plan to clean the flower beds and prune the rest of the rose bushes. And this morning Sweetheart and I did a walk thru the garden today to get a plan for some action on the landscaping around the pergola area.
We've received word that the family will be at My Cozy Corner for Easter.  It's the best time of the year to entertain in our yard.  Everything is in bloom and it's not so blooming hot.  (That's my joke for today) LOL!
The kids are also planning to spend a few days at the lake this summer so sweetheart and I will be busy playing during the month of July.
I would love to say Thank You to everyone who enjoyed my post about the good old days.
What it was like then and what it's like to today.  The post just became  
#1 all time favorite post.
(see sidebar)
Party selections for this post are:
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday 
Please link back to the great parties for more inspiration.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

~Changing Pillows after 22 years~

Hello Everyone,
I know, I know.  How can anyone have the same pillows on their sofa for 22 years? 
Well the answer is - Sweetheart and I remodeled our home in 1990 and purchased all new furniture for the living room.  The hounds tooth sofa came with the pillows you see in this photo.  Our daughter had just been married in February of 1990 and we started to remodel the next month.
  We actually remodeled the entire house.
Some folks move to a different house.  Well we just moved to the garage for 6 months. 
 The weather was beautiful so we forged along doing most of the work ourselves.

I added the burgundy pillow last year and the throws are in the same color tones so I keep them on the sofa during the winter.  

I had to make a choice along time ago to buy new furniture or travel.  I love to travel...
Being empty nesters the furniture has worn very well over the years. 
 Our kitchen on the other hand is in dire need of a face lift. 

I've had this vignette on the sofa table for awhile and  I'm ready for spring and a new look.
I have some camellias blooming in the front yard and I think I will  bring them in the house and give this table a   fresh look. 

I have been switching things around on the coffee tables, but I think the tables and mantel are going to get a new redo real soon!

I'm so done with farm animals. I need style~

My sister-in-law and I were shopping at yard sales when she spotted this fabric.  Buy it, buy it I heard.   I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I'm so happy I had this fabric around when my creative juices started to flow. And  of course blogging is so inspiring. Such beautiful homes and decor.   Now this is the amazing part.  I had just enough fabric to cover two pillows. One pillow for the sofa and one pillow for the love seat.  I just love them.  

As they say in blog world Easy Peasy. 

To make the pillow cover I sewed a pillow case with the new fabric. And then hand stitched the bottom of pillow cover closed.  To recover the pillows I will just open up the bottom with a seam ripper and remove the original pillow.  Ta-da..

Sofa Pillow finished.

Another look at what is going to be history in a few weeks.  LOL!

Love seat pillow finished.

Just a recap of my Before and After Pillow makeover.
I love to make mosaics for every post.

Thank you so much for visiting My Cozy Corner. 
I'm joining a few parties so hop along with me.
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
No Minimalist Here for Open House Thursday
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