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Friday, November 23, 2012

~Christmas Spirit~

'Tis The Season. 
Welcome everyone, I'm in the spirit of decorating. With Thanksgiving Day a week early this year, the extra week is going to be awesome.  
A sign of the Holiday and Winter approaching is when my 'Yuletide' Camellia blooms...
The painted white wicker tray is handy to hold my Pink Transferware mug and a dessert plate for some Christmas cookies I will soon be baking.
Another sign is my angel carrying a candle to light the way thru the Holiday season.   
A sturdy mug and a little bit of french flair~ 
The small, single, bright red flower with dark leaves is so delightful to see on a cold and gloomy day in November.
A crystal napkin ring to hold the red toile napkin... And the delicate linen tea towel has a such beautiful detail  work. 
Another sign...
I must admit-This is the very first time I have ever forced 
Paperwhites.  I'm now hooked! Hopefully, I will be able to force paperwhites for many years to come.
I was inspired to grow the paperwhites when I saw this garden bucket at TM. The french Fleur-de-lis on the bucket caught my eye instantly. The word Fleur in French means Flower. Oh! That's why the design  was painted on the garden bucket. Da... I'm always learning something.
A candle snuffer to extinguish the candle at evening's end

A cup of tea and a sugar cookie or two will start my creative juices flowing. I love to create and this time of year is my most creative time.  Gifts to buy, bazaar items to make, and lots of cookies and goodies to bake.
Thank you for visiting and hope you come back soon.  
I will visiting some creative friends this week.  Please join me.
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday 
Sunny Simple Life for Sunny Simple Sunday
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Cup Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
No Minimalist Here for Open House  Party
Thanks again for visiting My Cozy Corner

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tablescape # 56 - Thanksgiving

Welcome everyone, 
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a Thanksgiving Tablescape. I was planning to do this intimate table for a pre-Thanksgiving table and another larger table in the dining room for Thanksgiving, but life happens. I will keep the ideas for the big table setting and hopefully set that table next year. This is my Thanksgiving tablescape for 2012.  As you know, or don't know, I was away for a couple of weeks taking care of family affairs. This table has some keepsakes from my mother's estate. A simple and thrifty table setting with  a sentimental touch. 
 The turkey bread and butter plates were the inspiration for this petite table setting.  I bought them at TM. 
"Spode" Celebration - Made in China
 While in Raley's grocery store a few days ago, I spotted this precious turkey made from twigs and pine cones. He was very thrifty and cute. He was only $7.99 on sale. After I put him on the table runner I decided to follow the idea of  'hunting the garden' and found a couple of pomegranates hanging from the tree, and a few branches with some autumn color. 
 The weather has been on the cool and rainy side this past week. I really have wanted to sit by the fire and enjoy a quite dinner.  I placed the autumn colored runner on the tea table, covered my extra chairs with their new covers and build a cozy fire in the fireplace. I bought the tall candle holders at TM and have two battery operated candles sitting on the holders next to the fireplace. I love safety in my old age...  

 While I was helping my sister with some arrangements, I collected some keepsakes to bring home. I found a box of old silverware...I had never seen before. In the box I found some of the silverware monogrammed with  my Great-grandmother's initials and other beautiful old pieces of silverware.    
 The pomegranate seeds make a great addition to a salad.
 The white salad plate is 'Sango' Athens pattern  my mother's everyday dishes. 
 The wooden handle knives are Regent Sheffield Made in England...

 Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and a time to reflect on what we are grateful for. 
Sweetheart and I will be spending the holiday with our family and friends.  While visiting our family we will enjoy one of our Thanksgiving traditions. Before we start to eat dinner each person tells what they are most grateful for this year. 
I am grateful for my wonderful and loving family.
Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner and please follow me to some great parties this week. 
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday 
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party 
The Delightsome Life for Home and Garden 
Celebrating the abundance of our country. It's so amazing. 
I am so Thankful

Sunday, November 18, 2012


 Dear Friends and Followers, 
Thank you so much for your kind words of comfort this past week. I know many women have lost their mothers and now I know the pain. I have truly been blessed with a supportive family and wonderful friends
during this time of loss...
But time heals all wounds and blogging has always been a great way to get out of myself and share my joyous life with you all. I'm so grateful today.  
If you are new to my blog.  You will soon discover I love to dream about where I will be traveling on my next trip. I love my home, but I love to travel also.
My new favorite place is France.
And I would love to visit Mont Saint-Michel Abby.  
I have a great French Cookbook with the simplest of the omelettes said to be from Mont-Saint-Michel  for, of course, many variations are part of the area's gastronomic heritage.
~Omelette with cream and herbs~
I have an herb garden in terra cotta pots just outside my back door. It's a joy to take my scissors and snip off the beautiful parsley, tarragon, and chives to garnish  my freshly cooked omelette.
Printable recipe Go Here

~Omelette with Cream and Herbs~
From Mont Saint Michel

Preparation and cooking time:15 minutes
6 to 7 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons crème fraîche or whipping cream
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon oil 
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (parsley, chervil, tarragon)

Hint: The egg whites should not be stiffly beaten, merely whisked together separately, with a fork.
Take two bowls. In one, put the egg yolks, cream, salt, and pepper.  In the other, combine the egg whites
 Beat the contents of both bowls separately. Heat the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet.  Pour in the yolks, then the whites.  Cook rapidly 2 to 3 minutes, stirring gently with a fork. Fold the omelette.  Melt the rest of the butter over it before sliding it on to a long platter.  Sprinkle with minced fresh herbs and serve.
I baked some fresh yeast rolls, and melted butter to add to the delectable breakfast. 
Recipe serves 4 people.
How about serving this for Thanksgiving morning?
My French Rooster is in the act. I have this fabulous tea towel hanging on  my oven door. 
A great story goes along with the yummy omelette. 
The Omelette of La Mère Poulard
Born in 1852, Annette was twenty years old when Mont Saint-Michel opened its doors to the world after being a prison since the French Revolution of 1789. In 1873 Annette married a baker's son of Mont Saint-Michel, Victor Poulard, who would accompany Annette faithfully and discreetly throughout her life in her two passions: 
Cooking and Mont Saint-Michel  
In 1888 Annette Poulard opened an inn with her husband in the heart of the medieval city to accommodate pilgrims and gourmets of the world. The talent of Annette Poulard and some seven hundred recipes she created during her long career, gave her the honorary title of "Mère" that distinguishes her exceptional cooking and her contribution to the reputation of French gastronomy: This is how the name of La Mère Poulard was born.  Annette was very famous for her delicious omelettes she cooked over a wood fire.
The Famous Omelette which visitors to Mont Saint-Michel can still enjoy today.
Now it's time to get busy with decorating for the Holiday Season.
I joining 
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
Stonegable for On The Menu Monday
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish Wednesday
Miz Helen's Country Cottage for Full Plate Thursday
Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday
Thanks so much for visiting My Cozy Corner

Sunday, November 11, 2012

*In Loving Memory Of My Mother*

In Memory 
of My Loving Mother

Dear Friends and Family, 
I have sad news to share. On November 3rd, 2012. My dear mother passed away. She lived a wonderful and long life according to most standards. Her family and friends gathered together on Friday, November 9th, 2012 for Mass and a Celebration of Life.
My sister and I miss her. And we are so grateful she passed in her sleep...What a blessing.
March 14, 1921
November 3, 2012

I will be taking time off from
blogging for awhile. 
I know everyone will understand.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Planting in My Secret Garden

It's November and planting season. In my region Zone 9, I must wait until the warm weather turns cool before I can do any major transplanting in my garden. 
My Secret Garden in now ready to plant roses, perennials and evergreen shrubs.
Take a look at the progress of My Secret Garden on the Page Tab
Sweetheart installed a brick scalloped border to the 4 foot flower bed a few weeks ago. 
I removed the large 'Sally Holmes' rose bush and cleaned up the debris around the area in the corner.
Sweetheart is working down the side of the yard. Finishing the border.
 When he finished placing the border in the trench, he filled the border with sand and packed it down tightly.
 The metal support is waiting for 'Sally Holmes' #2. 
Monday and Tuesday of this week Sweetheart and I hauled 2 yards of soil conditioner into the flower bed. He loaded the wheelbarrow and dumped the dirt and I spread the dirt with a rake. I worked slow and didn't hurt myself. I don't go to the Gym,I have a garden. LOL.
Now I'm ready to transplant roses and flowers from my established perennial garden.
Within the next few weeks I will be planting flowers in their new home in between rain storms.     
The large maple tree in our the front yard has a ton of  leaves that drop each fall and need to be removed from this area before we can spread the remaining red bark ground cover. 
I looking forward to the color and blooms next spring.
I'm so blessed to have a beautiful space to entertain, and set teascapes and tablescapes in 2013. 
My lucky number.
 To see the story of larger part of our yard Before and After Go Here
Thank you so much for visiting My Cozy Corner.
I was so excited to write this post, and share with you an update to the progress of My Secret Garden.
I love the way the pergola photographs. My new baby!
I will be joining some fun parties. Please come along and have some fun too.
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday 
How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday
Mockingbird Hill Cottage for Favorite Thing Saturday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

Have a great weekend. 

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