Well it's almost Easter and you know me I love to decorate! This is my house decorated for Easter!
Here is my Knickerbocker Bunny family. These are from the 1940's and when I saw them I had to start collecting the immediately. It took me 2 years to complete my collection! They are so cute!!! The picture behind was embroideried by my great aunt Tressie! She's been gone almost 40 years and I miss her every day.
This little, personalized Easter egg is from my daughter and grandkids! I just love it!! This purple bunny is from my friend Dixie's mother. I love her eyelashes. She's from the 40's or 50's. The vintage egg holder was a present from my friend Heather. I think the Easter eggs look so cute in there!
This little blue bunny is also from Dixie's mother. It reminds me of The Velveteen Rabbit. I Love my big bunny I just had to put a bow on her!
Vintage paper mache eggs
I just found this treasure! It's a tin Easter Egg that plays "Here Comes Peter Cottontail." I saw it on Ebay and I had to have it! I had one when I was a little girl.
I love this little guy with his wheelbarrow full of jelly beans! He looks like he's up to something!
This Easter Egg was a present from my sister in law in the 80's. I've saved it all these years! It's so cute!
Here's another Knickerbocker Bunny. And my collection of vintage tin Easter Eggs.
Don't you love her glasses, scarf and apron!!!
My tin Easter Eggs! I put them in this vintage egg dish I found. I think people used to bake their eggs in the oven, not sure. But my Easter Eggs fit in here perfectly!
I found this little basket years ago at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. It's from Czechoslovakia. I just loved the colors.
Here's my Easter mantel.
I found this vintage tin Easter Basket on Ebay years ago!
This cardboard Easter Bunny is from Dixie's mother. He rocks back and forth!
I like to spread paper Easter grass around and add jelly beans and chocolate eggs! I told my husband he better not eat my decorations!
I found this little box and thought it fit right in! Just add some chenille chicks and it's perfect!
I don't remember where I found this treasure. It still has original Easter grass inside!
And my little books....
Here are the pillows I found on Amazon! They have my name all over them!!
Well that's it! We're planning our annual Easter Egg hunt and dinner with the family.
I hope you all have a Happy Easter with the ones you love!
p.s. I'm making the deviled eggs and Ambrosia!
Erin Go Bragh! Posted on 02 Mar 08:05 , 1 comment
Erin Go Bragh! Did you know that means "Ireland Forever?" I didn't either! Well it's March 2nd and as you know I love to decorate for the holidays. And I've never really decorated for St. Patrick's Day in the past. Let's face it that kelly green is hard to decorate with! And as usual, I decided to jump in with both feet. I started looking in all my "hiding spots" for cute things that are green and I went on a little shopping spree to find some cute stuff to sprinkle around the house to put us in the mood. I found this little vintage postcard on Ebay! I love it!
So, for my piano I added a few glittered shamrocks, and I took apart a banner and just used a glue gun to add the letters to my mirror! (I hope they come off) I think it looks pretty cute! And I love that it says "Lucky." Makes me feel lucky every time I look at it! Hmmm...I might leave it up all year!
I went to our local antique store and found this little "Irish Blessing" picture. I think it's pretty and I love the saying!
And you know I have to have a vintage piece or two, so I found this on Ebay.
It's so perfect and it's from 1932! I just love it! It's all about St. Patrick, sounds interesting right?
I also got these vintage St. Patrick's Day post cards to add a little more flare! That beautiful lady peaking out behind that postcard is my Granny. What a beauty!
Aren't these so pretty! That little girl behind the postcard is my mom when she was little. How cute is she!
Then I found this little picture in one of my hiding places! It belonged to my Great Aunt Tressie! I got it after she passed away. She always put it up for St. Patrick's Day. I know its "Irish Blessing" and it says the same thing as my other picture but I still love it! I also have a picture of my best friend Sandy in a green frame so that fit in perfectly. Sandy passed away in 2013. I keep her picture out year round, so I can say Hi to her. " Hi Sandy! Sure do miss you!" And I found these green felt shamrocks to put out too!
More green shamrocks scattered around!
I found this little banner at Hobby Lobby, you know my favorite store! And I added some green vintage books to the mix.
I wanted a little something more for the fireplace so I went on line and ordered a few things. I found these Bethany Lowe figures that I LOVE! Aren't they so me!
On my old vintage dresser, I just attached some of my green felt shamrocks to the mirror and added this sign and I found this old green clock in one of my hiding places! And I found that little sign at Hobby Lobby, you know one of my favorite stores!
I found this pretty little lass at the local antique store! She's a music box and plays "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling!" It's so sweet it makes me cry!
Then I wanted a couple more things for a little more pizazz so I ordered these pillows!
They are so cute and I was so excited but unfortunately I won't be getting these until after March 17th! So I'm gonna save them for next year! But aren't they darling.
Here are my two darling granddaughters! We went to the store and they found these getups!
Anyways, that's my little tour of my St. Patrick's Day house. I hope you're all getting ready to make Corned Beef and Cabbage on March 17th. I can't wait!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
A few years ago I became obsessed with trying to make pork chops! They ALWAYS came out dry and tough. Poor Perry! So I started scouring recipe sites for ideas on how to improve them. I found this recipe, embellished it a little and this is what I came up with. We love these pork chops! So I'm going to share with you.
Here we go:
4-5 pork chops ( I like bone in)
1 onion sliced
2-3 apples cored and wedged
1 cup chicken stock
6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon butter
1-2 tsp. dry thyme.
First brown pork chops on either side. (I use a little bacon drippings in the pan)
Remove from pan and place into a dutch oven.
Deglaze pan with 1 cup chicken stock and 6 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar ( I know it sounds weird, trust me it isn't). Add 1 Tablespoon butter (or bacon drippings) and stir til melted. Pour over chops.
While chops are browning cut up your onion and apples. Put on top of the chops and sprinkle with dry thyme. I don't know what it is but the combo of the thyme and the apple and onion is out of this world! It should look like this.
Now put on the lid and put into the oven at 350 for two hours.
About 1/2 hour before finished make some rice (try using Chicken stock instead of water for a more flavorful rice) and then about 5 minutes before done make some steamed broccoli. When it comes out of the oven it will look like this and it will smell heavenly. It's super delicious and fork tender.
Now serve up a portion and see that juice on the bottom of the pan, drizzle it over your rice! It is amazing!
Here you go! Practically Perfect Pork Chops! I like to take a bite of pork chop with a little apple and a little onion on each bite. IT'S SOOOO GOOD!!
So easy and so delicious! Go give it a try!
p.s. Perry loves these, so you don't have to feel sorry for him any more!!
I'm not one to brag but a lot of people tell me I make the best Chicken Noodle soup and since everyone I know is getting sick, I figured it was time to share my recipe with all of you but first here's a little info on why it's so good for you!
Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms. Chicken noodle soup makes a great fallback for the cold winter days because of all its wonderful nutrients.
Ok, here we go!
First get a whole chicken and put it in your pot. I know not very sexy...it gets better I promise!
Next cut up 1 onion, a couple of carrots, a couple stalks of celery and smash 2-3 whole cloves of garlic, 1 tsp of pink sea salt (or whatever you have on hand) and 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp of poultry seasoning (this is a game changer that makes my soup taste amazing!) These can be a very rough cut! And if you don't have whole cloves of garlic use 1 tsp. of garlic powder.
Put everything in the pot including the onion skin. Hey, Martha Stewart says this give the broth a beautiful golden color. If it's good enough for Martha, it's good enough for me!! And fill with water.
Next put a lid on it and put it in the oven for 2-3 hours at 350 degrees.
Now go put your feet up and watch "This is Us" (if you're not watching this you should! It's an amazing show. Start from the beginning it is on "On Demand" NBC) or do your favorite activity while this is cooking! After 2-3 hours take out the pot and it will look like this...
It's all golden brown and smells heavenly!! Now you have to let it cool for about 1/2 to 1 hour.
While you're waiting for the chicken to cool you can cut new vegetables. I use 1 diced onion, 5 sliced carrots, 2 sliced stalks of celery, and 1/2 cup of corn. The corn gives it a nice little crunch. You can also add a chopped up potato if you want. Sit these aside.
At this point I also make my homemade noodles! You don't have to, you can use some nice bow ties or egg noodles and skip the noodle making section! But I love making my homemade noodles! They are sooooo good! Here's the way I make the noodles... You need 2 eggs (beaten), 1/2 tsp salt. 1 1/2 cups flour (1 cup for the noodles and 1/2 cup for coat the rolling pin and bread board) and 1 egg shell full of milk.
Put all those ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands and kneed for a couple minutes until you have a nice dough that looks like this. And wrap with saran wrap and let sit at least 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes cut the dough in half, flour your bread board and rolling pin and get busy rolling out that beautiful dough out to a nice thin sheet. I know old school! Flip it over as you go and sprinkle with more flour. Don't skimp on the flour.
Roll out very thin until it looks like this...
Spread flour on the top and roll up like a jelly roll and cut like this...
Then I unroll my noodles and cut it to my desired size, I like my noodles on the wide side and about 4 inches long. Do what ever you want! These are your creation!! Make sure they are covered with flour or they stick together!!!
Continue until all cut and then do the rest of the dough. I stack my noodles and let them dry a little bit! Sit aside.
Now back to the soup...
After it's cooled enough for you to handle, remove the chicken and strain the broth into another pot!
Now at this point I remove the chicken meat from the bones. My family is kind of picky so I only use the white meat for my soup. But don't worry I don't waste the rest, I remove the bones from the rest of the chicken and let my parents dogs eat the dark meat and the skin. They love it!
At this point I add 1 quart of organic chicken stock to the broth. Now take your broth and add all the veggies and bring to a boil and let boil for about 15-20 minutes
After 20 minutes add the noodles. Now the person I got the noodle recipe from said her grandma added the noodles and scraped the board and added the remaining flour also. Do that if you make the noodles! It makes the soup a little bit thick and sooo tasty!
Bring down to a simmer and let simmer for another 15 minutes! Add additional salt and pepper if you need!
At this point I add in the shredded chicken just to heat it up not to cook it any more.
Now here is your finished soup! Impressive right?? You can eat it all or share it with your friends and family. And you can put the hot leftovers in mason jars, let cool on counter. Then put in fridge. It will keep a week or so. And it's nice to have something easy to heat up right in the fridge!
Now go make a big pot of Chicken Noodle Soup and Enjoy!!
p.s. this is also my granddaughter Irie's favorite meal! No kidding! She always requests it for her birthday dinner! She's the cutest!!
As you all know I'm obsessed with cabbage. I love it so much and it's so good for you! It's full of vitamins and minerals. Anyways, one of the things I like to make with cabbage is cabbage rolls or stuffed cabbage or Golumpki as some people call it. It's a little time consuming but soooo worth it.
Here's we go...
First get a couple of nice heads of cabbage and wash. Put whole head
into a pot of boiling water and cover with lid. (I use a steamer basket). Let cook for about 10 minutes. When done remove from pot and put onto a towel to drain.
While that is cooking, add 2 lbs of ground beef, 3 eggs (beaten) a sleeve of saltines (crushed) 1 cup of cooked rice (luckily we had Chinese Food the night before and had some left over rice), 1/2 cup ketchup, one diced onion, salt and pepper to your bowl and mix well with your hands. Don't be a scaredy cat! It's fun! Just make sure you wash your hand when your done!
Should look like this...
Next line your pan or pot with 3-4 pieces of bacon.
Now your cabbage is probably ready to come out of the pot, use tongs, don't be a hero! This baby is hot!! Put on a towel or paper towels. The leaves on the outside should be soft enough to peel off and try to keep in one piece. I like to take the core out, it makes it easier to peel.
Once you have your leaf ready fold in half and cut out the core, it's tough and stringy.
Then cut your leaf in half. I like a lot of cabbage so I make my Cabbage Rolls on the small side.
Now you want them all a similar size so I channel my inner Martha Stewart and use a small ice cream scooper to add the meat. It's about a heaping tablespoon.
Then roll it like a burrito! And place in your pan or pot. I use my LeCreuset Dutch oven because I make a ton so I can share with everyone in my family. You can use a pyrex baking dish too!
Once you've your first layer done, I like to add extra cabbage leaves and add 4 more slices of bacon.
Now do your next layer the exact same way. Keep going until your pan is full and your meat is gone which ever comes first. You might have to steam another head of cabbage if you run out. I always use 2 heads.
Now take your tomato sauce and add 2 Tbs. of sugar and 1 Tbs. of Vinegar and mix well and pour over your rolls.
Put on lid or cover with foil and put in oven at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on how much you make. I do 2 hours for the amount I made. If you make less and use a Pyrex baking dish 1 1/2 hours should do it and don't forget to cover with foil if you don't have a lid.
Here's what it looks like when it's done. These are some melt in your mouth Cabbage Rolls. You can serve with mashed potatoes. Delish!!
p.s. the left overs are out of this world....
Well the Halloween decorations are put away and the Thanksgiving/Harvest decorations are in full swing! Now I used to call my Thanksgiving decorations weak, you know not my strong point. Well this year that all changed. I'm having a brunch on Saturday at my house for a bunch of girls I went to high school with. So I had to step up my game!! I had most of the stuff but I needed to jazz it up a little more. So I went to Hobby Lobby!! OMG!! That place is awesome! It's like Home Goods meets JoAnn's. Any ways that's where I got this adorable picture.
So I thought it would be fun to show you my Harvest/Thanksgiving decorations. So here we go. Here is my fireplace. I really got my "crow" on this year!
I found this picture. Isn't it perfect! Looks so 70's!
Then I brought in all my pumpkins from outside and decorated the mantel and added some cute little crows! Put some fall foliage around and a few sunflowers. I think it turned out so cute!
Then I added a few more crows to the stairs! Thanks Martha Stewart!
I even have a crow weathervane!
Now here come the turkeys and the pilgrims!
And I got those plates from, wait for it...Hobby Lobby!
I put these little vintage Gurley pilgrim candles out every year! I love their little faces!
This is also where I put one of my favorite turkeys! It's from my grandson Jacob from when he was in Kindergarden. It's made from a pinecone and a walnut. It's one I truly treasure! Oh and that's me and my brother at Knott's Berry Farm in the black and white picture.
On my coffee table I put a real pumpkin and scatter some fall leaves around.
On the shelf below I put my vintage nut bowl that my friend Sandy gave me. Sandy passed away in 2013. Hi Sandy I miss you and think about you every day!
On my shelf I put some paper pilgrims, a vintage plate and some vintage turkeys.
Then on my piano my cute turkey, some real pumpkins and my pilgrims. I also have some vintage turkeys too!
I found this book! How could I resist? It's so me!! Who knew the Bobbsey Twins went to Pilgrim Rock?
Here I have a cornucopia, more vintage turkeys!
Every year I hang this picture my great Aunt Tressie made. She's up there with Sandy. Hi Aunt Tressie, I love you and miss you!
Then in the kitchen I have to keep it simple because I'm always in there making stuff. But I did find this cute pumpkin tureen at Cost Plus.
For my table I got this green gingham table cloth and these cute place mats! Oh and that's the pumpkin I grew in my garden!
I thought these were super cute, I got them at Walmart!
Now for the family room! My mom gave that Happy Thanksgiving picture and it fits perfectly!
I printed this out and put it in a frame, I couldn't resist it was so cute!
And this is a watercolor my grand daughter Rosie made for me. That girl has talent!
and here's my darling pillow... which I got at....Hobby Lobby!
And this is one of my favorite turkeys of all time. Made for me by my grand daughter Iris. She did a good job! What a treasure!
Even the bathroom got a little makeover...
I even put little pumpkins in all my little red chairs. I know I'm getting carried away! But I can't help it.
Now lets go out front..
I love my cornstalks. And take a look at the crows I added...
They look real!! Watch out Tippi Hedren!
And here is my new welcome mat...from Hobby Lobby! I warned you everything there was really cute!
Oh here's one of my favorite Thanksgiving pictures.
I want you to know that I'm thankful for you and hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
p.s. I hope the girls at the brunch like it!
Fun With Flags!! Posted on 26 Jun 12:50 , 1 comment
It's almost 4th of July and around here I like to decorate with anything that is vintage and patriotic and of course I use a ton of American Flags! Anyone who knows me knows I'm very patriotic and I love to fly the flag all year round!
When we moved into this house 16 years ago, I had Perry install a flag pole in the front yard. This flag even has it's own spotlight!
When it's nice outside I like to sit on the porch swing in the evening and watch the flag!
I put this vintage flag holder up a few years ago and every summer I fill it with flags. It looks so cute!
On the inside I decorate the fireplace with a flag banner my friend Carolyn gave me. It looks vintage but it's new! And it's totally right up my alley!!
I also put my vintage red, white & blue tin cans and paper doll book out! It's so perfect!!
Then a few years ago I made this hanging cone at my friend Carolyn's craft party! I think it came out pretty cute!
I also love to put out my little vintage American flag clock I found on Ebay! I mean how could I resist? Isn't she a beaut!
On the coffee table I put my old 1942 McCall's Magazine and Child Life 4th of July edition! I love that picture on the cover of McCall's!
I place little vintage patriotic books and cans all over the house! In the heart frame is my friend Sandy who passed away in 2013. Everyone say Hi to Sandy! We miss you!!
I found this gem in my Mom & Dad's attic. I have it up year round (except when the other holidays are happening) Isn't it amazing.
And I have this patriotic display up all year as well!
The flag on this Statue of Liberty clock waves back and fourth all day. Not bad for 75 years old! I talk to her and call her Libby and when it stops I have to give her a little pep talk and tell her she can do it. I know I'm a little crazy, but it works! She's still going strong!
I also have this picture of my Great Aunt Tressie and my Uncle Tim from 1940's. They're both gone now. I love this picture so much and it helps me think of them every day.
I have the piano decorated with flags and old vintage post cards from WW2 that I've collected over the years.
The art work and the colors are amazing!
In the piano room I also have this little darling calendar! It's one of my favorite things because I guess I can relate to being the annoying little sister and loving every minute of it!
The year is 1941!
Even the kitchen gets a few flags...
And I put out all my red, white and blue knick knacks! Yes even my straws get changed out!!
Everyone gets a flag at my house! Mickey and his buddy...
Even my husband Perry!!! He's such a good sport!
Remember saying this is school every day?
I am so grateful to live is this amazing country. Now everyone go have a safe and happy 4th of July and God Bless America!!! Love you guys!!
I don't know about you but I love Costco and their great deals. One of the great deals is this delicious rice. The problem is it only comes in 25 lb. bags. In my house there are only 2 of us that actually live here and 25 lbs. of rice is going to last us a couple years. So to make sure the rice stays fresh, safe from pests and easier to store, I decided to "dry can" it.
It's super simple and very effective. All you need is about 14 quart size mason jars and lids.
First, fill the jars with the rice.
I put the jars on a tray in case I spill any...
Then put the jars into the oven, set the temperature to 200 degrees.
Then set your timer for 60 minutes...
After 60 minutes take the jars out of the oven and put the metal lids and bands on.
Let them cool and pretty soon you'll start hearing them "Ping."
Write the date on them and put in your panty. They will last at least 2-3 years!
Isn't that so cool! And so easy!! You can "dry can" rice, oats, grains, beans, lentils, flour and spices. Everything else has to be either pressure canned or water bathed.
Now next time you have lots of rice you'll know what to do with it!!
It's been a few months since I posted on my blog. I have been so busy with work and my latest product Claude's Calm Balm All Natural Pain Reliever and of course all my Naturally Betsy products! I am finally off work and can catch my breath!
Summer is finally here!!!! I LOVE Summer! I am lucky enough to get the whole summer off work! I get to catch up on all the things I don't do during the year. I've been off 1 1/2 weeks so far this summer.
I put my new bedspread on the bed (kind of like my old one but no holes).
It's been in the closet for 6 months (I told you I've been busy!)
I cleaned out and planted succulents in my front planter and around the bird bath!
Got my front porch cushions all cleaned up and summer decorations set out! I love to sit out on my porch swing at night and watch my flag and listen to music!
I've gotten the craft room cleaned up. It's got to be re-designed, but I had to be able to walk into it first!
I've gotten my patio all ready for visitors and those beautiful summer nights!
I've gotten my party table all set up and ready for the tons of parties coming up!
And I got my birthday present from Perry, two fruit trees (Pluot & Apricot) planted in the chicken coop!
The chickens just love them and so do I!!
I hope you get to enjoy your summer! I'll be posting as I do more fun things!
p.s. my list is still a mile long...