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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hot From the Oven




Blueberry Pancakes ... an old recipe

 Back in 1970, I ordered this little cookbook from the U.S. Government Printing Office, which was prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Page 72 contains a fool-proof recipe for homemade pancakes.  This is a really neat little cookbook and I use it often for certain recipes.

All the ingredients are assembled except for the blueberries.

Here are those luscious Texas blueberries ripe and so sweet.

I always top my pancakes with a light dusting of powdered sugar.  Never have been a fan of syrup.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Luncheon Fit for a Princess

 Rose dishes, gold speckled flatware, antique cranberry compotes, and gold candles... all fit for a princess.    Take inspiration...

 Roses, roses, roses... never enough roses!

 Love the checked edge like an old-fashioned tablecloth!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Blue Plate Special

Remember those old lunches one could get at the Woolworth counter or at a diner  -- often called the Blue Place Special?  It all started in diners around the time of the depression and typically was a bargain with a meat and a couple of sides.

This table setting is a play on those words.  These pretty blue plates are some of the few dishes that are still made in the USA. The term "blue plate special" also derived from the plates that were used, usually a divided plate, that came only in the color blue.
Even the center bowl of fruit just barely visible was made by the Hall China Company in the USA, albeit, many years ago.

The blue and gold polka dot beverage glasses are also a product of the USA.  I am not sure about the country of origin of the "Blue Willow" flatware.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pretty in Purple

 These are all handmade dishes that I bought in Hawaii.  I truly appreciate the craftsmanship.  The bowl in the middle holding the candle is really a rice bowl with two small depressions on opposite sides for chopsticks to rest on top.  Love the color purple!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Peach Story

When I was a little girl, our family would travel every other summer to see my grandmother in Atlanta.  She worked as a bookkeeper at the famous Atlanta Farmer's Market and one day, she brought home a bushel basket of fresh peaches.  The smell of those ripe peaches was quite enticing.  I ate one and it tasted so good that I ate another.  Soon I had eaten seventeen peaches in one sitting.  Needless to say, I had no appetite for the rest of the day and after that marathon peach-eating experience, I had no appetite for peaches for a long time.

Now peaches are coming into the grocery markets and I smell that wonderful, delicious smell.  Over the years, my love of peaches has returned and while out shopping last night, I bought a few.  Do you have a peach story or favorite peach recipe?