Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fleeting Spring...

Here in Kelsey the poppies and the lilacs are fading fast...

The shot above is the South Fork of the American River which flows past us on our west side. I thought this picture was interesting, it was taken in the morning and you can see the hillside of poppies reflected in the river. The sun has not hit the poppies yet, as it rises in the east. I have never caught this particular reflection before.

Our two lilac bushes on the west side of our house bloomed with abandon, but it was hot last week, and they did not last very long.

We planted these bushes when we moved here fifteen years ago and they grew very slowly.

The first herbaceous peonies are now blooming.

To the northwest of us is a piece of property where they hold "poppy walks". The shot above and the shot below were from facebook.

This shot from the "poppy walk" in early April looks back toward our house, which sits at the top of the ridge on the far right. You can see it if you squint.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For Earth Day

I put together a little Treasury List on Etsy to celebrate Earth Day.
Click Here to see it.
And here are some great Disney pins to brighten your day:

Happy Earth Day!
Hopefully, we've all got some of Disney's "Environmentality"  just like Jiminy Cricket....
"Every Little Bit Makes A Big Difference".

..... by "Jiminy", let's use it!
We should all be trying to do our part, in order to keep our planet healthy and beautiful.

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Pots And Pans - The Better To Fix Dinner With, My Dear....

We needed new pots and pans, we really did.
These were on sale at Kohl's, and I also had a credit for a returned item , AND a 30% off coupon, and I even earned $20 in "Kohl's Cash" to spend on something else (on my next visit) when I bought them.
 It was a good deal.
 I'm all about good deals.
And they're really nice:

We had used this green set for more than twenty years, and, while they had served us well, the non-stick finish on the inside had begun to "chip" away.
 Nobody wants that stuff in their food. Bye- bye, old green set.......
And hello, new Food Network brand hard-anodized aluminum, dishwasher safe, with riveted handles and nice see-through tempered glass lids:
I like them very much, but I had neglected to realize the importance of the fact that the old green set had plastic handles and I never needed to use pot holders with them.
 Shoot. Didn't even really think about that!
 On this new set, the handles can get hot  -  so I really needed some of these:
 Good old "pan handlers" - not the annoying kind that you might meet on the street - but the good , helpful kind!
Luckily, I happened to have two of them already on hand that I had never even used.
One of them was this one, below. It's been kicking around in this house for, oh - probably about 55 years or more! It was a giveaway when you purchased a Frigidaire appliance back in the 1950s.
Now it is actually going to see some use!
I admired this pair when I saw them on eBay, and surprise!
 Hubby bid on them and bought them for me.
"Gives complete protection from burns". Yep, that's what I need:
 Brand new pots and pans, and cute vintage "pan handler" pot holders.
Now I do believe that I am not in any danger of burning my little hands.
As long as I am careful.
Thank goodness.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Family Circle Easter Issue - April 1968

Just popping (or maybe that should be hopping?) in to wish everyone a Happy Easter today!
And I'm also sharing this great vintage issue of Family Circle Magazine.
It's not just the cover that was fabulous:
It also has quits a few great ideas and crafts, recipes, etc. inside - just like always!
I seriously need to try and make some of these gorgeous beaded eggs next year:
And here are some more lovely eggs, this time decorated with colorful felt and embroidery. I love these:
 More crafty goodness:
 And how about a recipe to use up some of your hard-boiled eggs?
They've got that, too:
My husband requested peanut butter cookies last week "for Easter".
I hadn't made any cookies in a while, so I baked them for him.
 (Who are we kidding? They're for me, too, even though I shouldn't be eating this stuff!)
I decided I needed to "Easter them up" a bit, so I added some Peanut Butter M&M's "Speck-Tacular Eggs",  which are really cute little pastel speckled Easter egg-shaped candies.
 I really like the way they look....
...and they don't taste too bad, either!
Have a wonderful holiday, everybody!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Baker's Coconut Cakes #5 A Honey Bunny For Easter

From my cute "Cut-Ups" book of celebration cakes made with Baker's Angel Flake Coconut, we have the Honey Bunny cake.
For Easter, or any time you need a cute little Honey Bunny:

 Cut him out, put him together, and decorate him with coconut and anything else you like:
Another "Cut-Up" cutie.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Patterns From The Past: Simplicity 9164 - Mini Or Maxi Dress

Simplicity pattern number 9164 is today's pattern from the past - more specifically, from 1970.
Here it is sewn up in black and white polka dots with a matching scarf to decorate your head:
A number of variations on the theme are seen on the pattern front.
I'm pretty sure my pick back in the day would have been the red gingham. In fact, I'm almost surprised I didn't have it!
And here's the adorable Joyce Walker, below, in another pretty cute version, a nice bright paisley print:
A cute dress, no matter which way you "sew it up"!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jes' Livin' : A Cute Print From the 30's

I found this little framed print from the 30's at a thrift shop:
It was too cute to pass up.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Romeo and Juliet - Six Very Busy Days...performed by the Placerville Shakespeare Club

Good morning. Tina here. 

Yesterday was our performance of "Romeo and Juliet, Six Very Busy Days" at the Placerville Shakepeare Club Social Meeting. The Shakespeare Players worked for close to a year on this, and if I may say so myself, we were great!

This play was written by Robert Wing and was mainly planned for performance by high school students. Thank you to "Tybalt's" hubby for the pictures which were taken at our dress rehearsal on April 10th.

"I'm always a friggin' tree!"

"There is no such thing as a small role."

"Bite your thumb at them!"

"It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye."

"She hath sworn she will live chaste."

"What, don't you like Mercutio?"

"I'd kill for you, Romeo."

"My lips two blushing pilgrims...

"Dude. You are so going to score!"

"So, the nurse is a nanny and the "friar" is a priest, not poultry."

"I love dear Rosaline with all my heart."

"Romeo, thou art a villain!"

"A plague on both your houses!"

"Either thou or I, or both, must go with him!"

"Stand not amazed!"

"Oh, I am fortune's fool!"

"You don't "kinda" kill someone."

"This production in no way promotes adolescent "friskiness".

"Gotta go!"

"That man has more legs than a bucket of chicken!"

"And remember how I as telling you about how irresistible women find me?"

"What, she dares disobey me, her father?"

"A vault filled with human bones?"

"Yep, dead all right."

"I defy you stars!"

"You want to murder someone, right?"

"Your cheeks and lips are still red."

"Here's to my love."

Oh, happy dagger!"

"There are no small roles!"

 We take our bows.