June 29, 2014

Pink and Green for the Table

Pink and Green for the Table

Hello everyone.I hope you are having a great week.                          

I had  a little field trip to TJ Max. I found a white serving bowl for about six dollars, a couple of tea towels, and a cute table runner. Sometimes picking up a little treasure can be fun and add spark to a room. For some reason I love collecting white pottery to go with my white Italian Countryside dishes.  By going all white with my dishes and pottery I can go for splashes of color in placemats, napkins, etc. You get the idea. And, you know that I like “color.” I am just not a neutral person.
How about pink and green
Love Pink!
Love Pink!                                                                                                             

My kitchen is black and white…white Mouser cabinets and black countertops. My kitchen wall color is Benjamin Moore Westminster Gold, and my floor is a medium color solid oak. So, I have a great background for using the bright colors that I like. I switch out placemats and tablecloths all of the time for variety.
Hunting and Gathering
Hunting and Gathering
The cast urn is something that I have had for a while. I have included it in the mix of items I hope use this spring. I am still dragging things out of storage…so it is like getting something new when I finally bring it to the house.
more treasures
more treasures
creating centerpiece
creating a centerpiece                                                                                    

Ok…from this point forward I am going to begin playing with containers, silk flowers, and place settings.
How many different looks can I create?
Which ones will I like?
Which ones will I take apart?
fun mix of objects
a fun mix of objects
uncork & unwind
uncork & unwind
Glitter Eggs
Glitter Eggs
Let us head to the table where I am playing with containers and filler/flowers.
Eggs on the Table
Eggs on the Table
pink and green
pink and green
Italian Countryside & Sheraton
Italian Countryside plates. Oneida Sheraton stainless steel flatware
Let us continue to build more options for this table setting.
Love Pink!
Love Pink!
This has been fun!  
The pink flowers are something I used at a Derby Party…and here they are again.
Have a great day!
spring pink
spring pink
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June 28, 2014

Meet My Pig, Miss Petunia

Just for fun...
 Meet Miss Petunia

She found her way to my house...after a few visits to the Cracker Barrel.

I spotted her ....but just kept walking by. 

I sure did not need another item. But I kind of wanted her.

We were in Somerset over the weekend and we ate at the Cracker Barrel. I spotted the cute pig again.  My crush was till there. On the way out I asked the sales lady if they had a pig in a box. 

She said, "No, this is the last one." 
I took the bait...and the pig came home with me.
What is it about pigs and kitchens, besides the obvious "bacon, ham, sausage?"

A winged pig has additional meaning to me as a teacher.

I use the term "when pigs fly" to teach my French language students to be aware that the meanings of words and phrases are not always what the words say. i.e. be careful about translations, and online translators.

 My example, when pigs fly... does not have anything to do with a flying pig, but rather with the lack of possibility of a pig flying.... "something is not going to happen."  Not Happening! Never! 
If you throw some attitude into the phrase...well, you get the idea. (The not so hidden meaning behind "when pigs fly.") 

I remember being a small kid and seeing a large cutting board type pig in my mother's pink and grey 1950s kitchen in Danville. 

I have seen weather vanes with flying pigs too. I am not ready to do that just yet!

Somewhere in a box I have a French "cochon" chef. I put that one away so I did not have too much stuff on my kitchen counters...and then I bought another pig. What can I say? We do these things.

Look at her profile. Isn't she cute!

I kept thinking of what to name her...yes, I decided it was a girl pig.I played with names...then hubby suggested Petunia, 
as in Porky Pig's girlfriend (from the old cartoons.)

I liked his suggestion. She is now Miss Petunia.

Next I decided to dress her up a little with a bright pink bow. The thought of putting some pink lipstick on her crossed my mind...
but you would think I am nuts if I did that. 
I do care what you think of me. :-)

Here she is all dressed up in her pink bow. 
Would It be silly if I gave her a different bow for each holiday/season?

Yes...I know that this is a silly post.
But, I want you to see my cute little pig that I waited for (about three months) before I plunked down those dollar bills on the Cracker Barrel counter.

When I look at her...I smile. So, there you have it, my no impulse purchase. Ha!

I had to wait until I heard the words "last one" before I made the decision.

I only hope that she will inspire me to cook more...spend more time in the kitchen.

So, here is Miss Petunia...my kitchen charmer. 
I have heard of kitchen witches. But, I have a kitchen pig. 

I repeat...I know that this is completely silly.
But, once in a while we need some "silly" in our day. 

Well, maybe we need some "silly" in each and every day. Let's go with that. 

Do you have any special "d├ęcor" for your kitchen? 

Do you by any chance have a winged pig in your kitchen? 

Someone please tell me yes! 

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June 26, 2014

One more Potato Recipe

Hello everyone. I have another recipe for you. This one of the very first posts I did back in the beginning. I am reposting it again as part of my 2 year anniversary "flashback." This will be the third run for this recipe...but some of my new readers have not seen this.

I found the inspiration for this recipe some time ago. I shared it on MyKentuckyLiving Facebook recently, and had positive interest. So, here is the recipe for you too.

This would make a great side dish for just about any kind of meat or salad.

As for me, I can eat a dressed up potato all by itself.  Enjoy!

You can also bake this potato on the grill in foil...and when almost done (using a fork test) open up the packet. Slice the potato into thin slices...but do not cut the potato all the way through. Pour the melted butter with minced garlic over the potato...and finish baking, with the foil open so that you end up with crispy edges.

Please let me know if you fix this recipe...and tell me what you think.

Bon Appetit!

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June 24, 2014

Tropical Fruit Cake Recipe

 I want to share this family cake recipe with you since we have a long weekend and you may need one. It has a few names, but no matter...It is easy, easy! 

This makes a great picnic or church cake!

(image source- allrecipes.com)
Tropical Fruit Cake. Mandarin Orange Cake. aka...Pig Cake

The first time I had this cake was when a friend of my mother-in-law brought it to our house...on the passing of my mother-in-law, Maxine. Back then (1983) we called it tropical fruit cake. I have also seen it called pig cake. All I know is that it made a "pig" out of me. I could not keep out of that cake pan. I have made this cake several times...and it always turns out great. Even "pie" people like this cake!

I have found this cake recipe all over the internet...by different names. I typed in mandarin orange cake....and found the recipes. Whatever you call this cake, this is a great spring/summer cake, as you keep it in the refrigerator until you want a piece. 

Just Delicious! And Easy!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes  |  Cook Time: 30 Minutes  |  Difficulty: Easy  |  Servings: 16


1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix (I have also used a white cake mix)
1 stick Margarine (softened)
1 can (14 Oz. Can) Mandarin Oranges, Drained, 1/2 Cup Juice Reserved
4 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

1 package (4 Oz. Box) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
1 can (20 Oz. Can) Crushed Pineapple, Juice Reserved
(optional-for extra sweetness add 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar) 
4 ounces, thawed Cool Whip
Garnish with mandarin oranges.

Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
For the cake, combine cake mix, margarine, 1/2 cup juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for four minutes on medium-high. Add drained oranges and beat again until pieces are broken up and small. Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven and cool completely. If desired, turn out cake onto a large platter.

Once the cake is cool, blend juice from the drained pineapples with the vanilla pudding mix. (optional, Add powdered sugar and mix) then mix in whipped topping. Stir in drained pineapple. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate several hours.

To serve, cut the cake into squares and top each square with a mandarin orange slice.  Refrigerate after serving. 


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June 21, 2014

Light Fixtures...in my Kentucky Home

Something is going on...and I am so happy to see this ladder. 
I have been looking at a couple of (ugly) ceiling lights for almost two years...
just waiting until I found replacements. 

I will let the pictures do most of the talking in this post. Let me just preface by showing you the two light fixtures that were in the house when we bought it. They are fine, in that they supply light. As to reflecting my style...not so much. 
I went to the local lighting supply and found two light fixtures to replace them. Now...that only leaves me with one light to replace...but that one may take a while as I have been outvoted it seems. The great room has a ceiling fan/light combo. I do not think it is pretty. But the guys in my family say that they need the fan to stay. So...there I am on that issue.

Here is the not so pretty...

Here is the beginning of pretty in the entry.

And...here is pretty. 
A small iron fixture with crystals. 

On to the second light....and more pretty.

The parlor light is softened by a large linen shade. Also...I chose the white washed finish to blend in a little with the ceiling. It is a bit large...but I like the oversize look. I think the larger size makes the traditional style room a little more modern.

Accessories are so important. 
They are like the right jewelry and shoes for an outfit. 

The distressed white finish may seem a little rustic for my parlor, 
but the shape and shade make it more traditional. 
I think of it as updated traditional.

I like it. I really like it. 
Simple changes can have a huge impact on a room.

I even like the shadows on the ceilings.

To sum up the visit to hang my light fixtures...
one of the guys brought up the saying... 
"happy wife, happy life."
I agree.
I am so happy with the new lighting!!!

I am slowly accomplishing the items on my wish list for our new house. 
I still have a couple of more, which will happen in time. 

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My Little Brown Jug

I have a little brown Kentucky jug.
 I just love this little jug. I don't normally collect "rustic" things...but this one has a family provenance. You know that I love things that are part of our family story. It might not be a beauty, but it is part of our Kentucky history.

I looked for markings…but found none.

This little brown jug is a little piece of my hubby’s family history. The story goes like this…
It seems that once upon a time my father-in-law bought some property in Yosemite, Kentucky that had an old, small building that once housed an apothecary back in the day when Yosemite was a bustling little logging town. (Today Yosemite is small compared to its "hay day." Yes, the spot in the road Yosemite used to be a busy little place. We once found the old railway turnaround on hubby’s family farm. Yes...Yosemite once had railway service.) 
But, back to the old building on the family property…
When my in-laws purchased the land and the building that went with it…they found lots of discarded/abandoned broken things. But this little jug was in one piece, so hubby’s parents kept it. I would have too!
Based on old movies and such I figured a jug like this was for moonshine. I guess an apothecary mixed up lots of concoctions! 
The next though in my rambling brain was about a little tune….Little Brown Jug. I started humming it and my hubby then said…”you know it is a drinking song don’t you.” Apparently not…so I looked up the song thanks to Google, and found the lyrics on Wikipedia. Just in case you do not know all of the lyrics…take a look below.
Bet you did not think I could find something educational about a little brown jug. :-) I would love to know what this little brown jug once had it in. If I could do a CSI chemical analysis maybe I would know. J

The next item in my show and tell story is this small table. I picked it up at an antique mall on a girl’s day out near lake Cumberland.  It was an impulse purchase, but it has been a workhorse of a table for me…as I have used it next to my chair to hold my many teaching items…laptop, markers, jump drives, books, handouts, power cord, paper clips, etc. You get the idea.

 The copper bucket is another find. I really like it…but not sure how to use it around my house, since I do not have very many rustic things…except for my little brown jug, and an old crock.

I created this little vignette by dressing up my copper bucket.
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Now for the educational part of the post…about the Little Brown Jug song.

"Little Brown Jug" is a song written in 1869 by Joseph Winner, originally published credited to "Eastburn" (Winner's middle name).
It was originally a drinking song. It remained well known as a folk song into the early 20th century. Like many songs which make reference to alcoholic beverages, it enjoyed new popularity during the Prohibition era. In 1939, bandleader Glenn Miller recorded and broadcast his swing instrumental arrangement of the tune with great success, and the number became one of the best known orchestrations of the American Big Bandera.[1] His version did not have the lyrics.

1939 Glenn Miller Recording
1939 Glenn Miller recording on RCA Bluebird, B-10286-A.
1953 sheet music cover from the film The Glenn Miller Story, Lew Music, New York.

In 1939, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra released a hit version of the song on RCA Bluebird, as an A side 78 single, B-10286-A, in a new arrangement by Bill Finegan backed with "Pavanne". The recording was an early chart hit for Glenn Miller. The song was performed in Glenn Miller's Carnegie Hall concert that year and was featured in the 1953 film biography The Glenn Miller Story. The song became a staple of the Glenn Miller Orchestra repertoire and a classic of the Big Band era.
The song was featured in and was central to the plot of the 1953 Universal Pictures film biography The Glenn Miller Story starring James Stewart and June Allyson.
It was also sung by Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer and Harold "Slim" Switzer in an Our Gang (Little Rascals) short.
The song's lyrics are about a man and his wife and their hard life due to alcoholism; however, the tone and tune are bright and cheerful. 

Original lyrics
Me and my wife live all alone
In a little log hut we call our own;
She loves gin and I love rum,
And don't we have a lot of fun!
Ha, ha, ha, you and me,
Little brown jug, don't I love thee!
Ha, ha, ha, you and me,
Little brown jug, don't I love thee!
When I go toiling on the farm
I take the little jug under my arm;
Place it under a shady tree,
Little brown jug, 'tis you and me.
’Tis you that makes me friends and foes,
’Tis you that makes me wear old clothes;
But, seeing you're so near my nose,
Tip her up and down she goes.
If all the folks in Adam's race
Were gathered together in one place,
I'd let them go without a tear
Before I'd part from you, my dear.
If I'd a cow that gave such milk,
I'd dress her in the finest silk;
Feed her up on oats and hay,
And milk her twenty times a day.
I bought a cow from Farmer Jones,
And she was nothing but skin and bones;
I fed her up as fine as silk,
She jumped the fence and strained her milk.
And when I die don't bury me at all,
Just pickle my bones in alcohol;
Put a bottle o' booze at my head and feet
And then I know that I will keep.
The rose is red, my nose is too,
The violet's blue and so are you;
And yet, I guess, before I stop,
We'd better take another drop.

Alternate Chidren’s lyrics:
I got a dog, he's a hound,
Always diggin' in the ground.
Every time I hide my jug,
That's just where that ole hound dug.
Me, my wife, and a bobtailed dog,
crossed a creek on a hollow log,
the log, it broke, and we fell in,
and little brown jug got filled again. 
1.     Jump up^ Glenn Miller and Bill Finegan were the arrangers of the song based on the ASCAP database and the EMI Feist publishing catalogue.
The chorus lyrics are used in a modified form in the song "The Coral Room" by Kate Bush on the album "Aerial" referring to a song her mother sang in the kitchen.
"Little brown jug, don't I love thee" "Ho ho ho, hee, hee, hee."''

  1. Yosemite is an unincorporated community in western Casey County, Kentucky, United States. Their Post Office was closed in September 2011. It was established in the 1870s for logging facilities owned by Cincinnati businessman Eugene Zimmerman. Wikipedia

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