Confession of a dishaholic (part 2)

If you let a dish-aholic start collecting a set of blue and white dishes,

Confession #1: She will have to have other blue and white dishes to go with those she started out, and sink her love deeper and deeper and yet even deeper in the blue and white pile of dishes there are out there…

Confession #2: Then, she will think she needs to start collections of  other dishes to balance out the blue/white monopoly in her cupboards…



Thanksgiving Corner2

(to suit the different seasons, don’t you know?) :)



Christmas Tablescape2

Thank you for visiting.  I would love to hear from you if you are suffering from the aforementioned symptoms! :)  Have a great Friday, everyone.  I will see you next week!

Tablecapes of Christmases past

tablescape thursday

Hello everyone, can you believe it’s Thursday,  and that July is already almost over? That means Christmas is swiftly approaching, and that goose had better be getting fat. :) I am showing for this week’s Tablescapes some Christmas tablesettings I have done in the past.

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My Christmas pieces are still quite limited. I only started my Spode Christmas Rose collection a few years ago, and have been rather slow in adding to my collection. But it is still very fun to try to come up with different ways to set the table with my limited number of pieces.  Though there are a lot of color choices out there for Christmas nowadays, mine doesn’t ever veer too far from the traditional red and green:

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Here you see that my Christmas ornaments are limited to just the tree:

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Of course, a nice placecard holder with placecard always makes my guests feel special:


Last year, I added chocolate bars as a tablescape favor for my guests:

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Centerpieces I have used on the table:

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A Christmas Tea and Punch:



I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas snippets today!  Thank you for stopping by.  I always enjoyed your visit.  Please be sure to leave a comment so that I can visit or write you back.  BLESSINGS!

Who doesn’t like a…

winning chocolate chip cookie recipe? I tried this recipe for the first time this Christmas, and the cookies turned out to be my favorite chocolate chip cookies (from Christmas with Southern Living 1997)!


2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

1 (11.5 oz) package semisweet chocolate mega-morsels (I used dark chocolate chips)

1 cup walnut halves, toasted (I used chopped pecans)


1. Combine first 3 ingredients; stir well.

2. Combine butter and coffee granules in a small saucepan or skillet. Cook over medium-low heat until butter melts and coffee granules dissolve, stir occasionally. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

3. Combine butter mixture, sugars, egg, and egg yolk in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in mega morsels and walnuts.

4. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2″ apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 325 F for 12-14 minutes. Let cool slightly on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Christmas in July: Part 2

We have had company, so I am relying on my “archived pictures” for my post today.  This is from my Christmas table setting in 2004.  The seating arrangement was determined by placecards on each placesetting.  Each guest received a “table gift” placed by the dinner plate.  It’s these little things that lend to the atmosphere of “grand-ness”, and so,

… we had a grand time.  We also had a very special guest from Holland that year.  She brought us an antique cuckoo clock that is just precious.  The weights of the cuckoo clock are the real heavy metal ones, unlike the plastic ones that are used in the newer models.  They were mistaken to be grenades going through security check at the airport.

Have a wonderful day, everyone.  I am off to doing some cleaning…

Irish Lemon Curd Tarts

I participated in the “The Sweet-and-Yummy- Savory” recipe sharing hosted by “Gracious Hospitality”. I had used this recipe for Christmas last year in keeping with my colonial-themed Christmas dinner. The recipe is from “Entertaining Ideas from Williamsburg”. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to take a picture of the actual tarts. I didn’t know I would be needing the pictures for blogging. But I will show a quick picture of my Christmas tablesetting with my Spode Christmas Rose plates. The tarts aren’t exactly “sweet”, but they are “yummy” and go great with coffee or tea! By the way, did I mention I am a dish-aholic?

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

1/2 cups sugar

rind of 4 lemons, grated

2/3 cup lemon juice

1 cup butter, melted

24 small baked tart shells

Beat the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Beat in the grated lemon rind, lemon juice, and butter, and pour the mixture into the top of a double boiler. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, over hot water until it has thickened. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Fill the baked tart shells with the chilled mixture.