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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Super Joes

Sloppy Joes

I don't like sloppy joes. I haven't since childhood, so when I read about these sloppy joes on another blog, I decided to give it a try. 

It was worth it. I have been converted.

I saw the recipe over on the Life as a Lofthouse blog, but it comes from a book called The Food Nanny by Liz Edmunds. 

Sloppy Joes
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/4 cup chopped Onion
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
6 Hamburger Buns

Melt the 1 Tablespoon of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the ground beef and onion and cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain grease.
Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir well and let simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
Butter the hamburger buns, if desired, and toast them under the broiler. Watch closely so they dont burn. Spoon meat mixture onto the bottom halves and cover with tops. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patty's Day

Cheers to all of you lucky leprechauns!

This table features vintage Fiesta in medium green, light green, and forest. It has new Fiesta in lemongrass and ivory. Other items include forest harlequin and HLC Orange Tree bowls.

I am sharing at Between Naps on the Porch.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy St. Patty's Day

When St. Patrick's day rolls around I speak with an Irish accent. Not because I am Irish, just because I want to get in touch with my inner blarney stone. It is a bad Irish accent, by the way.

This tablescape is from my mom. Sometimes our parents rub off on us, and sometimes we rub off on them. Looks like I have influenced my mom this time, as she has started tablescaping. 

She used her vintage Jadite (jane ray pattern), her Tiara Sandwich glass and her Fiesta. I think it is smashing. Her napkins and table runner came from The Dollar Store. She cut a runner up to make the napkins. 

I am sharing at Between Naps on the Porch.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring Fling

I am trying to will spring to arrive. There is still snow on the ground, but I think this will help the temperatures warm up and bring on the spring buds and flowers. 

On this table, I have used vintage and Post-86 Fiesta and Harlequin, mostly in pastel shades. I found the napkins, the tablecloth, the bunny egg cups, and other non-Fiesta items at thrift stores. It is a wonder what people get rid of, and thankfully, I am there to snatch it up and put it to good use.

I was trying to find shades of Fiesta that reminded me of Easter egg colors because that says Spring to me.

The candle holder is actually for a taper, but I found votive holders that would fit in the holder.

A flower for each guest sits in front of the placesetting.

The Apricot teapot was an unexpected find in a thrift store. SCORE!

Each placesetting has a different color scheme. Here we have dinner plate in Tangerine, salad plate in p-86 Rose, and bowl in Lemongrass.

Dinner Plate-Lilac, salad plate in tangerine, bowl in P-86 Rose.

Dinner plate in Turquoise, salad plate in P-86 Rose, and bowl in Tangerine.

Dinner plate in P-86 Rose, salad plate in Peacock, and bowl in sunflower.

And just so you can see the bunny egg cups, which I LOVE, I took a picture of the front of each placesetting.

I made a little Spring flower out of my Harlequin toy creamers. These are vintage.

This sugar and creamer is not made by Homer Laughlin, but I really like them. The handle has a little sculpted fairy on both of them.

Can you see her face?

Side view of the fairy with her wings.

The apricot tablecloth was a thrift store find. Don't hate me, but it was only 3 bucks! Yes, I know!
Also, I don't iron if I don't have to, so this was almost wrinkle free (just had folding creases), so it goes on the table.

I am sharing at Between Naps on the Porch.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day, Love Bug

It is a snowy day outside, but inside it is full of love and dishes! This table has Post-86 Rose and Scarlet Fiesta, plus Homer Laughlin Swing China. Love the swing lines and shapes. The handle on the casserole is a shell still my heart! Why don't they make dishes like this anymore? Where has the artistry gone?

The place mats were a Christmas gift. Love the ivory damask.

The napkins are from Pier 1--on sale of course. Do I pay full price??? Not if I can help it.

Ah, a peek at the casserole. More to come of this little beauty.

Nothing says Fiesta to me like this vase. It is one of Homer Laughlin China's most classic shapes.

Some whimsy in the form of a Valentine's bear.

Hello, Mickey and Minnie. Sweet.

I can't get enough of these bulb candle holders. I like the white taper candles because they go with everything. 

The place settings. I think cupid will reward whomever dines at this table.

Classic Valentine's colors--ivory, rose, and scarlet.

The whole table puts me in the mood for spring. Goodbye winter!

Oh my goodness, the HANDLE!!!!!!!  Couldn't you just eat it up with a spoon?

The flatware came from Tuesday Morning. It was from Summer 2013, their picnic set.

Even the small bowls have the shell handles. I am using them as small serving bowls.

Three photographs of the casserole. The feet and handles are so sculptural. Amazing!

The pink flowers came from a local craft store. I love real flowers, but budget dictates I have to use artificial every now and then. The good news is that florals are so realistic looking these days.

Such awesome variation in hues in the flowers. 

I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day! XXOO

I am sharing over at Between Naps on the Porch.