Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Casserole and a Winner

Happy Friday! We made it to the end of another week and have some delicious recipes to tuck into our files


There is one more dish to share before we find out who wins the book. Stephanie sent her entry in after she

served it up to her family for dinner last night.

This slice of comfort food is a result of a good refrigerator clean out.  I will let Stephanie tell you all about it

as she has done a post today to share with all of you.  'The Enchanting Rose' is her lovely blog and is where

she has the recipe and detailed instructions.  Thanks Stephanie for your entry.


Well now, Frederick has asked if he might be the one to choose the winner, reminding me that the dogs

seem to always get all of the attention.  So he will get the honors.

Let's have it Frederick, who will win the 'Vintage Cake' book.....

Meow!! The winner is Stephanie, proving that you can win even at the last minute!  Congratulations, send me

your mailing info and I will get it ordered right away!


Thank you all for your entries and such nice comments this week, I do hope you enjoyed it.

The Mr. is working tomorrow so I have a date with a vintage sewing machine that we found a few weeks

ago.  It will get a good cleaning and oiling a new needle and some tension adjustments, I'm sure.

Daughter Kami and I have an agreement, that we will both sew up items to go in our Etsy shops...well, she

has kept her end and of course I haven't.  The age old, "Do as I say not as I do"..ugh.

So, if you see a speeding vintage Singer flying by, with fabric flapping in the breeze, that will be me!

Do you have anything exciting planned for the weekend?  What ever it is, I wish you a good one!

See you on Monday!  xo

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pork Parmesan

Happy Thursday friends...the weekend is almost here and this is the last day of casserole week and last day

for the chance to win the Vintage Cake book.

Here we have a meat dish sent in by Sandra who has two blogs! Both are great and full of fun and

information. She has featured this dish today on her daily blog, 'Diary of a Stay at Home Mom', where I saw

it and suggested to her that since it goes in the oven it can be

considered a for me!

She sent me the original link for the recipe from her food blog with the cute name 'Full Bellies, Happy Kids' I

sure like the sound of that!

Thanks to Sandra for this delicious entry!


I do hope that those of you that wanted to enter will do so...anything you can cook up in the oven can be a

casserole.  I will be taking entries through the day and evening.  Tomorrow I will announce the winner.

Good day to you all.  xo

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

American Enchiladas

Good morning friends, I hope you are having a nice's Wednesday already, this week is flying by! 

Today's casserole is from Leigh who is the author of the blog '5 Acres and A Dream'. If you haven't gone for

a visit I suggest you hop on over as she has a wealth of information on all things pertaining to the self

sufficient lifestyle.

Leigh explains that this is not at all what you would call a Mexican dish, even though she picked up the recipe

while living in Texas, she would not even classify it Tex-Mex.....and so that is why it's 'American'.

You can find the recipe and the entire post on this here.

Thank you Leigh for your contribution.


Well friends, we have a few more days to go, so please send me something...anything that is in one dish and

goes in the oven can be a casserole, so please email me, you don't want to miss out on a chance at the

'Vintage Cake' book.  Your chances of winning are really good as I'm definitely 'not' The Pioneer Woman,

where you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning that gorgeous mixer with the

flowers on it....not that I'm obsessing over it or anything like that..(sigh).

Have a sweet day and I'll see you tomorrow.  xo

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesdays Casseroles

Hello friends and happy Tuesday. Let's get right to the next casserole entries, shall we?

 The first one for today was sent in by Alison and is a delicious version of Chicken Pot Pie that she found on 'The Chew' TV show.

Here's what Alison has to say:  It's a bit complicated and time-consuming. I don't make the garnishes. But it's absolutely the best, yummiest, creamiest, most decadent chicken pot pie I've ever made. The crust, which is made separately from the filling and baked in the oven almost like cookies, is to die for.

 Well now, that description convinces me that it's good. So here is the link for this yummy recipe.

Thanks Alison for your entry.

Here we have Katie's entry 'Frank 'n' Bean Biscuit Casserole that she got from a Pillsbury Bake Off magazine years ago, she even saved the fun is that!?


Katie tells us that her Hubby is the one that offers up this recipe and adds that it is a big hit with the Grand Kiddos.

Here it is:

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
cup chopped onion or 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
cup chopped green bell pepper
lb hot dogs, sliced
cup chili sauce
cup ketchup
to 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar, if desired
can (15 oz) baked beans or pork and beans, undrained
can (7.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated buttermilk or Country® biscuits
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (3 oz)
cup corn chips, crushed
tablespoons grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook and stir until tender.
  2. Add hot dogs, chili sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and beans; stir gently to mix. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes. Spoon hot mixture into ungreased 11x7- or 12x8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish.
  3. Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers. Arrange 10 biscuit layers over hot beef mixture. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Arrange remaining biscuit layers on top to cover.
  4. In small bowl, mix corn chips and Romano cheese. Sprinkle over biscuits. Dot with remaining tablespoon butter.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
Makes 8 servings

I can see why this would be such a hit!

Thanks Katie for sharing this fun, vintage recipe!


I hope you all are enjoying our casserole week and there is still plenty of time for you to send one in too.

See you all tomorrow!  xo

Monday, September 24, 2012

Casserole Week

Good morning friends, hope your weekend was a good one and you are ready for a brand new week.

This week we will be sharing our favorite casserole dishes or perhaps one that we would like to try, and then on Friday someone will be winning the Vintage Cake book here.

We have two dishes to look at today.  The first one is from Heather, who says that this one from Martha Stewart is her favorite that she serves often in the cold months.

The photo and recipe are both from Martha Stewart and can be found here......Thanks Heather!


Our next dish is from Heidi and is that long time favorite, Tater Tot Casserole.

Here is how she puts it together:

1lb of ground beef
I med. onion chopped
cook the beef and onion till done
drain any fat
In the bottom of a 13x9 pan
a small bag of frozen mixed veg.
layer meat on top of the veg.
place a bag of tater tot over the top of beef

then mix a can of cr. of mushroom soup
a can of chicken and stars soup
and a can of cr.of chicken soup
1/2 cup of milk with a little pepper
mix the 4 ingredients and pour over the top of the tater tots
bake for an hour at 375
and enjoy
I loved this as a kids and so do mine.

Thanks Heidi!

I do hope you all will find a recipe that you would like to share so that you'll have a chance at that sweet book.  Info here.

Have a lovely Monday!  xo

Friday, September 21, 2012

Casserole Share

Happy Friday my friends! I hope you had a good week and are ready for the first day of Autumn tomorrow.

If you are anything like me, when Fall comes around, you are ready to pull out those baking dishes and turn

that oven on.

So, I got to thinking, wouldn't it be fun to share with each other, some favorite casserole dishes?

You know, the ones from your childhood that mom or grandma made and that you haven't had

in....forever.  Or, perhaps, one that is regularly on the menu and you can do without even thinking.

So, you are asking.."What does this cake book have to do with all of this?".  Well, this will be the giveaway

prize for one of you who shares your recipe for your favorite.........

I'm sure many of you can remember these old fun.  So casseroles it is and when we are done

sharing it will be so nice to perhaps choose one and fix it for your family and think of the blogging friend who

offered it.

Instructions:  ( All are welcome, even those across the Pond )

Starting Date: Monday, September 24th

Ending: Thursday night, September 27th

Winner announced, Friday September 28th

You can email the recipe or email a link to a recipe, to - .  It would be

great if you have a photo, but not necessary,  I will try to find a photo to go along with your entry so that we

can see what it will look like.

I will share on the blog all of the entries as they come in daily....unless of course my blog becomes so popular

that it wouldn't be possible...hahaha.

Have a great weekend and be thinking about that special casserole!   xo

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Desserts for Breakfast

Good day friends. Here we are at the middle of the week already and that means it is time for another blog

share. Today we will be paying a visit to the Bay area in California where we find Stephanie and her happy

place...Desserts for Breakfast..It was comforting for me to find out that there are others who think this is a

fine idea and so it must be embraced.

Let's start out with these treats that remind me so much of my Auntie Ella and all of her variations on bars.

Here, Stephanie uses three things that I can find in my backyard right now, which gives me a good

excuse to make these 'Berry, Apple and Rosemary Shortbread Bars'. (here)

My mouth is watering with these 'Lemon Ricotta Bites' another goodie recipe  that is too good to pass up,

especially since she uses Meyer lemon.....Have I told you that Meyer lemons leave me weak in the knees?

I have seen them at Costco lately and wanted to think up a reason why I should bring them home but

couldn't justify just putting them in a bowl and sniffing them as I pass by.  They are now on 'the list'.

Please indulge me....I couldn't pass up this photo of my beloved hometown, Portland, Oregon, where

Stephanie paid a visit in January.  You can check her report here.

I couldn't leave this out.....Stephanie and her friend Anita Chu, have created this beautiful publication

titled 'sated magazine'.  I own this and must say, it is the most beautiful food magazine I have seen. It really

is more of a book as there are no advertisements and, I promise, you will not be putting this in the recycle!

You can go to this post where she finally gets to announce her 'baby' after having to keep mum for so long.

Congratulations Stephanie on this stunning publication and thank you so much for being a part of our blog



I hope you all enjoyed this blog share and that you will take a moment to go over and see what other special

recipes that Stephanie has to offer.

Have a great day my friends!  xo

Monday, September 17, 2012

Shed Additions

It is a glorious Monday morning here in our corner of the world. A crisp beginning with temps in the low forties but quickly warming up and heading toward the low eighties later.

The dogs and I hung the laundry out and loaded a bag of a few odds and ends and headed up to the Shed.  I  wanted to experiment with a window covering  so this vintage tablecloth was brought along also.

It was easy to get an idea of the effect...a hammer a few nails and that's it...a quick change for sure.

Since there's no electricity in the little Shed, there will be no computer for drafting ideas or journaling...not a problem with this typewriter.

We even had a 'proper' typing table that I had to purchase years ago because "you just never know".

This is what really makes my heart sing...Before we left the City House yesterday, the Mister loaded the treadle machine into the back of his pickup and had it in the Shed by the time the dogs and I arrived...bless his heart!

So many ideas and so much to do, a rug to go down and a few more pieces of furniture is next on the list.  I will share more as we go along, it all must be done before the weather changes, can't wait!

I wish you a happy Monday and ask that you start thinking about casseroles, as I feel some sort of a cookbook giveaway coming on in the next few weeks...perhaps in celebration of the finishing of the Shed.

See you back here soon!  xo

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Purple Gems

Hello friends, how is your week going? It has been a busy week so far for me. I came down to the City House to celebrate our mothers 84th birthday yesterday and then a family work day at her house on Saturday

Today, I am busy picking the bumper crop of Italian prune plums and making them into jam.

Some will be cut in half and frozen for one of the Misters favorite goodies...Plum upside down cake..yum.

Finally, here is the fennel that I planted years ago and it faithfully comes up every year, supplying me with more seed for cooking and baking than I can use.

My computer here, is acting up and being very slow so I will wish you all a happy weekend and see you next week.  I will stop by and visit you all if 'The Beast' can get out of it's own way.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Lola Nova's Book

The postman brought me the happiest package today...Our very own  Lola Nova  has a book out "Simple Sewing with Lola Nova". I can't wait to curl up with it this weekend.

I hurried up and took pictures to share so the quality leaves something to be desired.  I also wanted to let you know that Lola is having a giveaway today in celebration of the release of her beautiful book.  Make sure to go over here so you can have a chance to win this book!

How thrilling to see this sheet fabric in the book...Lola had purchased it in the past from my Etsy shop, it feels good to see it used in such a special way.

Here she has used it an other lovely prints in one of her projects named, "Little Joy Dress" cute!

This bright and sturdy bag will be one that I will be making from this book....I can't wait to dream up all kinds of wonderful projects from this treasure trove of a book!

Congratulations Lola Nova, we are blessed to have you in our Blog world.  xo

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This and That

Happy Fall! I know that calendar wise, it isn't Fall yet, but I have always felt like it is once the kids start heading back to school.

 I hope you all had some fun on this long holiday weekend. We managed to get quite a bit done around the house and squeeze in a movie and some thrifting too.

I have to share this pretty package with you.  I purchased a special creation made by Heather from Vintage Grey and just look at the lovely way she bundled it up.

Love this tag with my name on it...I will be keeping that for sure.

Here is the beautiful towel that I ordered from Heather.  I haven't  decided how it will be used but I can say it won't be drying any dishes!

My honey finished the porch on the shed.  It turned out just like I had hoped, made with all reclaimed items.  Can't wait to doll it up with some Autumn touches.

Lastly, I had to show you the best deal we have ever found at a garage sale...A Bose Wave radio, with remote, in perfect shape for only $15.00  Yeah!!


I will hopefully be getting some plums this week.  Jam is on the list but I would like to know if any of you have something special that you like to do with this fruit.  Please do share if you do.

Have a happy day!  xo