I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Monday, July 29, 2013

Visiting a Lavender Farm and More!

Hello Everyone, 
Lavender fever has hit Blog Land this past week. I have enjoyed the beautiful posts about the amazing Lavender plant, and I've had a love affair with lavender for many years.  This year I was blessed to visit another beautiful Lavender farm to celebrate a very special day. On July 17, 2013, my Sweetheart and I celebrated our 53rd Wedding Anniversary. We stayed home as usual and enjoyed our traditional Steak and Lobster dinner. Being married for a long...time and being retired. I love to spend together, and save the gifts for another occasion. So I planned a road trip for the next day to a beautiful spot in Northern California, called Mt Shasta Lavender Farms. 
Sweetheart and I left our house in the late morning and drove to the Mt Shasta Lavender Farms, located twenty minutes north of Mt Shasta City, California, on a 3500 ft. sunny slope, growing lavender for oil, ornamentation, and culinary use.
A beautiful view of the Lavender field, the majestic view of Mt Shasta and a beautiful french provence fountain was the setting to give our day a wonderful beginning. 
The most stunning, unadulterated view of Mt Shasta was a sight to see.
I wore my boots and took off into the lavender fields. I walked the 90 ft. diameter Lavender Labyrinth and viewed the beautiful valley below.
I meandered in the fields inhaling the clipped lavender sprigs of the 20-acre farm and enjoyed the magnificent views. 
The young ladies were working in the fields using a small sickle to harvest the lavender.
The small sickle needs sharping for easy clean cutting. I don't think I'm going to be using a sickle real soon. 
A beautiful terrace to drink lavender lemonade and enjoy more beautiful views.
Check out the fabulous Lavender Shop and the beautiful blue doors. 
So French Provence!
Please come inside and look around.  Beautiful bunches of Lavender.
You pick Lavender  $4/100 stems.
This lavender is sold to use for crafts.
A beautiful bouquet of Lavender. 
A basket of sachets and the quintessential lavender wand.
This is a beautiful way to use lavender. I'm sure I will be making these darling coat hanger covers soon.
Special lavender is harvested for culinary use.  
The Mt Shasta Lavender Farms is in the high desert and the temp was around 95 degrees in the afternoon. After walking and shopping Sweetheart and I went up to the tables under the trees and had our  picnic lunch of: Salami slices, cheese, crackers, potato chips, ice cold watermelon and ice cold water from the ice chest. 
I asked the owners permission to photograph their beautiful property.
I had a fabulous day...
I wanted to share my love of lavender.
I usually have a lavender post once a year. If you are new here or would like to look again at these old posts. Click Here for Purple-Reign July 2012

I love Lavender
This post shows you what 'One Lavender Plant' can produce.
It's amazing
Click Here  'I Love Lavender' June  2011

I made over 200 sachets for favors. Thanks to my granddaughters we made them in a week. Click Here for '200 Lavender Sachets' August 2010.

Something for everyone!
~Lemon Loaf with Lavender~
Click Here for cooking with lavender. September 2012
Printable recipe

Thanks for visiting My Cozy Corner.
I hope you enjoyed my trip to a beautiful lavender farm and more.
I'm linking to:
Inspire Me Tuesday
The Scoop 
Wow Us Wednesday
Home and Garden 
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits
Feathered Nest Friday
Oh, the Places I've Been!
Foodie Friday

Betty @ My Cozy Corner

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

~A Cake for Exhausted Cooks~

Hello everyone, 
Well my life is getting calmer since I have the kitchen mostly put together. Now I can get back to my favorite hobby BLOGGING...
On Monday we had family visiting from out of town and I baked a cake.
This cake has been a family favorite since I found the recipe in a 1971 Grange Cookbook. 
In the early 70's my kids loved a couple of pieces packed in their lunch box. I think they might have been selling the extra piece for cash, Hum... 

A Cake for Exhausted Cooks.
Simple ingredients and the cake is done in a hour from start to finish.
In the early 70's while the kids were young, ingredients were less expensive. A cake mix, 
fresh lemon juice squeezed from my mother's lemon tree.  Water and oil.
Fresh eggs from our chickens and a package of lemon jell-0.
A cake that is moist and has a delicious flavor. 
So Simple! It's a good thing~
Poking the holes in the cake is easy and adding the lemon glaze is the best!

1 pkg. Yellow cake mix
1 pkg. lemon Jell-o, mix 
mix thoroughly 
Next add:
4 well beaten eggs, 3/4 c. cooking oil, 3/4 c. water
Beat thoroughly.
Bake in greased and floured oblong pan 13x91/2x2  at 350 degrees F. for about 35 minutes.
When baked, and while still in pan, pierce to bottom ten times with fork or ice pick, (while still hot). Pour on glaze which will sink in. 
GLAZE (No Cooking)
2 c.powdered sugar
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/4 c. orange juice or 1/4 c. maraschino cherry juice optional

Yellow Jell-o Glaze Cake tastes so delicious with Triple French Vanilla Ice Cream.
I hope you try this wonderful and easy cake for family and friends.
Linking to:
Miz Helen's Country Cottage for Full Plate Thursday
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden
Stonegable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits
Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday 
Simple Living for Foodie Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
I hope you enjoy your weekend and thank you for visiting

Monday, July 22, 2013

Getting Ready for Tea

Hello everyone, 
Summer is passing to quickly. I've been having a great time with my granddaughters. We've been thrifting,  photographing and laughing...
While thrifting I found this delightful set of tea cups, saucers, dessert plates and desserts bowls.  

'Johann Haviland'
Bavaria *Germany*
~Blue Garland~

A peek at our new paint color
~Triple French Vanilla Ice Cream~
Lavender from my garden and blue napkin rings are ready for the tea table. I have some sheer fabric to make napkins for my tablescape this week.  

A perfect set to add to my collection of Blue and White dishes and tea time dishes. 
I'm Linking to:

A Stroll Thru Life for Be Inspired
A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Rose Chintz Cottage for Home
Stonegable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground for Inspiration Friday
The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

Thank you for your wonderful comments 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

~Gardening in July~

Hello everyone,
How does your garden grow in July? 
My garden is burning up. Water, water, water.
I have missed blogging so much these past few weeks, but I'm getting back in the swing of things.  The roses are blooming , but they are burned to a crisp by late afternoon. The temperatures are going to be creeping up into the triple digits this weekend. Forecast is 110 degrees during the day and 90 all night long. 

Hope you have a cool and restful weekend.
Linking to:
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
On Sutton Place for Blitzed On Pinterest 
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mini Kitchen Update Reveal

Hello Everyone,
I'm so excited today.  My updated french country kitchen is almost put together. 
Yesterday my granddaughter came over and put all the tea cups and saucers in the cabinet while I decorated the Blue and White cabinet.
The Blue and White Spode dinner plates I found at GW a few months ago.
A little bit of this and that. 
This cabinet holds our big old fashioned television. Sweetheart and I love to watch television while we have our meals. Especially during lunch hour. I'm thinking about buying a new flat screen to fit into the space. But I need to stay focused on hanging my copper molds this week. 
We are having company next week and I would love to have my kitchen as cozy as possible for entertaining. 
The other day I was looking on Pinterest for Blue and White ideas to use on this cabinet.  I found some, but I started a new Blue and White board to keep future ideas. How many ways to design a cabinet? Check it out.
Hopefully I will be having more time to play blogging in the coming weeks. 
Thanks for visiting My Cozy Corner
I'm Linking to:
Amaze Me Monday
Mosaic Monday 
Inspire Me Tuesday
The Scoop
A Return to Loveliness 
Wow Us Wednesday 
Home and Work Wednesday

See you soon

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