Welcome November - Thank you so much for your visit dear friends, as you always make my day!

Monday, November 17, 2014

FABBY: Blue and White for Thanksgiving 2014

Hello sweet friends!

    I don't have transfer ware in brown, but I will be in the look out, so I can start a 'new color' collection, as I do have plenty dinnerware in blue and a big tea set for 12 place settings in the red.

I've never set a table with my blue and white for Thanksgiving, except with my others with oranges and Fall colors before, but Alejandro just loves the blue, so I thought this year I will go for it.

Here it is, I hope you like the blue and white for Thanksgiving 2014 and all the way from here I'm already wishing all of you a wonderful and blessed day and weekend of Thanks.

My blue and white Thanksgiving table for 2014

The wooden dough bowl as centerpiece decorated with just pinecones and flanked by my two amber Portuguese candle holders, for an Autumn touch.

Amber Italian wine glasses paired with blue water glasses.
Silver Fall leaves napkin rings.

This pretty pattern is 'The Queen's Silver Jubilee, 1977.' Staffordshire, England.

This one is so pretty! Enoch-Wedgwood, 'Asiatic Pheasants'

I love this salad or entree plate! Johnson Brothers-INDIES

Always a classic-'Liberty Blue.'

Silver Fall leaves napkin holders

The 'Royal Mail'

Great for serving the turkey in this 15-inch 'Friendly Village' platter; a find from a couple of months ago.

For the veggie salad in the 'Friendly Village' tureen, or wild rice with pinecones, or even the stuffing.
Here is another shape of a Fall leaf napkin ring.
 Glass and pewter water pitcher; to blend with the pewter chargers and bread plates...and of course, my 'Reed and Barton' flatware.

Some of the pinecones are sprayed painted in gold for a little glitter.

Enoch Wedgwood-'Woodland' stack of plates at your left, along with my mud 'Ducky.'

There is so much to be thankful to our 'Lord Jesus Christ,' specially for our family, for our wonderful friends, including all of you my bloggy pals...for our health, the food in our tables and the house we live in...and so much more we have in the material sense that satisfies our daily needs.'

'Thank you so much dear God' and keep blessing all our families and friends.'

Thank you so much for your sweet and kind visits my friends, as you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.
I specially thank the generous and supportive hostesses; I'm honored to be featured at their memes.

My Kitchen was featured in a tour at: "Oh My Heartsie Girl"...beautiful blog party.

Thank you so much sweet Karren, I am very grateful, as this is my first tour featured!

Here is the link if you'd like to see: http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/sunday-home-kitchen-tour-ecuador-recipe/


I will be joining this week:

BLUE Monday   http://smilingsally.blogspot.com
BLUE for Tea Time   http://sandymyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea   www.antiquesandteacups.info
Inspire Me Tuesday   www.astrollthrulife.net
Make it pretty Monday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
The Sunday Showcase   www.bystephanielynn.com
A Return to Loveliness   www.adelightsomelife.com
Teacup Tuesday   www.marthasfavorites.com
Friends Sharing Tea   http://blog.bernideen.com
Share Your Cup Thursday   http://jannolson.blogspot.com

Le Chateau des Fleurs   www.lechteaudesfleurs.com
Show and Share   http://linda-coastalcharm.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME   http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
The SCOOP   http://confessionsofaplateadict.blogspot.com
You're Gonna Love it   www.kathewithane.com
Tuesday with a Twist   www.godsgrowinggarden.com
Create with Joy   www.createwithjoy.com
What We Accomplished Wednesday   www.greenwillowpond.com
What's it Wednesday   http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net

Wow Us Wednesday   www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Wake up Wednesday   http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Vintage Inspiration Party   http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
Centerpiece Wednesday   http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com
Home and Garden Thursday   www.adelightsomelife.com
Share Your Cup Thursday   http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Wildly Original Party   http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
Grace at Home   www.impartinggrace.com
It's a Party   http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Home Sweet Home   http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
SATURDAY SHOW OFF   http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Show and Tell Friday   http://romantichome.blogspot.com
Junkin Joe Party   http://thecottagemarket.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FABBY: Bundt Cake Challenge

Hello sweet friends!

We just came back last night from a week with the 'adorable grandgirls,' because their parents were going away on a business trip to Colombia...and you know, we ran immediately saying...aye,aye.sir!

We had fun even though we had to wake up at 6am to get ready for school and I had to bath them each night and dry those long gorgeous hairs they got.
Although Victoria, the eldest, baths and dresses on her own in the morning, but not the 7 yr. old; she does not even open her eyes, lol!

Than I comb their hairs, than it's breakfast time, lunch boxes, phew, phew! Than pops takes them to school.

When they come back at almost 3pm is lunch time and so on and on and on...we love them so much, that all is worth it; because they grow sooo fast!

Here is my challenge contributions at Kathleen's great meme, Let's Dish, for November 12th. "National Bundt Day Challenge."

Hope to see you all there with wonderful cakes and recipes!
I adore Bundt cake tins in different shapes and specially the Nordic-Ware ones. 

Therefore, my new acquisition when visiting the girls, is a C'mas Star Bundt tin, and here you have it, all baked into a 'Swirl Marble-Cherry Cake.'
The recipe is at the end of this post, for the ones that want it.

My November Bundt Day cake for Kathleen's, 'Let's Dish fun challenge party tomorrow.'

Here is my Star Bundt cake I baked with my new addition to my 'Bundt tin family,' lol! 
I have many between Wilton and Nordic Ware, which is this one and I like the Nordic ones better, they come in fabulous shapes, you want them all, hehehe..

Fall 'faux' flower arrangement in my tool box and my cake, baked at my Christmas star tin.

White Italian Tognana teacups and saucers.

A high shot standing on the chair...Alejandro says I'm gonna fall one day if I don't stop, lol..

The cake is a 'Swirl Marble-Cherry Cake' that I've made for years and it's wonderful and always comes out perfect...and I'm loving my C'mas star pan!

The Swirl Marble-Cherry Cake's recipe is at the end of this post, if you wish...and it won't last long around, I promise!

I also love tool boxes, as I got this one a few months ago in the 'Folklore Fair' market here...just in time for Fall 2014.

This is what the 'Christmas Star Bundt tin' from 'Nordic Ware' looks like and it's a 10-inch too.

Thank you so much lovely friends for your sweet and kind visits, as you always make my day!

Thanking the gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties and specially to the ones that have been so generous and supportive to 'feature' me lately.


Grace at Home
Where Bloggers Create
I'm Pick of the Bunch
Creative Ways Linky Party


2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cake flour
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoon, double acting baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup dry cherries

Grease a 10inch tube pan; set aside.
In large bowl with mixer at low speed, beat sugar and butter until blended.
Increase to high and beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and remaining ingredients except cocoa and dry cherries.
Beat until it's mixed well and scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Increase speed and beat batter 4 minutes longer. Then add the dry cherries by hand.

Preheat oven to 350F.
Remove about 2 1/2 cups of batter aside and beat well with a wire whisk the 1/4 cup cocoa in a small bowl.
Alternately spoon vanilla and chocolate batters into prepared pan. With large spoon, cut and twist through batters to obtain marble effect. (I use a fork better)

Bake 1 hour, or until pick comes out clean. Mine bakes exactly in 1 hour!
Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes, than take it out to your fave cake platter.

I drizzle it with a lemon juice and powder sugar mixture, but it's optional.
You can just dust it with powder sugar and it'll be perfect too.

I will be joining this week:

Bundt Cake Challenge at Let's Dish   www.cuisinekathleen.com
Tea Time and the Heroes   http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
A Delightsome Life   www.adelightsomelife.com
Tea Cup Tuesday   www.martasfavorites.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea   www.antiquesandteacups.com
Friends Sharing Tea   http://blogbernideen.com
Share your cup Thursday   http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Home Sweet Home   http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Inspire me Tuesday   www.astrollthrulife.net
Wake Up Wednesday   www.godsgrowinggarden.com

Vintage Inspiration Party   http://bec4.beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
Wow Us Wednesday   www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Home and Garden Thursday   www.adelightsomelife.com
What's It Wednesday   http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Rivertyn Housewives Roundup    www.housewivesofriverton.com
Wildly Original Linky Party   http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
It's a Party   http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Creative Ways Link Party   www.posedperfection.com
Grace at Home   www.impartinggrace.com
Foodie Friday   http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com

Home Sweet Home   www.thecharmofhome.com
The Inspiration Gallery   www.craftberrybush.com
PINK Saturday   http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
SATURDAY SHOW OFF   http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Sparks Link Party   http://pieacedpastimes.blogspot.com
Friday Frenzy   www.mostlyfoodandcrafts.com
DIY Sunday Showcase   www.vmg206.com
Bouquet of Talent Link Party   www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
Creative Mondays   www.clairejustinexoxo.com
Inspire Me Monday   www.createwithjoy.com
Make it Monday   http://distresseddonnadownhome.blogspot.com
Le Chateau des Fleurs Link Party   www.lechateaudesfleurs.com



FABBY: God bless the Veterans

Hello sweet friends!

Honoring all the Veterans that have served in the different wars to protect the freedom of this great country...the United States of America.

Blessings to all of them and their families.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FABBY: October Rosary Gathering

Hello sweet friends:

Here is another month ending and as many of you know I host the last Wednesday of every month a Rosary prayer with some friends. Therefore, tomorrow is the last Wednesday of October and have set the breakfast table and the formal dinner table to accommodate the 14 ladies that will attend.

Some friends might remember that last August when we went to Peru for a short vacation I bought this pretty Indian tablecloth with elephants; so I´m using it for the first time tomorrow, paired with my red and white transfer ware tea set.

The round table was set with the 'balsa wood' placemats I bought a couple of months ago too and my Mil's antique dishes from her wedding.

With that said, here are my settings for tea after prayers.

I found out the elephant Indian tablecloths are called 'Mandalas.'

The tablecloth was originally 7 inches to short, length wise for my long, formal dinner table; but the sides were very long, so I had a 7' piece cut from the sides of the cloth... and added to the length to make it fit and it turned out perfect and had the pieces with the elephants sewn back on in the four sides of the cloth.

There were a small pieces of material left from the four corners from where it was cut too and I had made 8 cute small tea, or cocktail napkins. You can see them in the pics.

I am very happy as how it turned out; the seamstress I know is very talented to figure out everything I 'imagine' and that goes with my cloths' alterations as well, lol!

I will use baskets for bread and platters for cheese, along with jam bowls, but didn't want to place them today so you can appreciate the full tablecloth's print, I love...and all the work I had made to lengthen it...hehehe

Here you can see at left the cute little cocktail napkin.


Now the tablecloth still has the elephants on all four sides!

To sort of add more whimsy to my 'elephant' theme tea table... I placed some cute elephant figurines that were my dear Mil's because she loved elephants, so I know she would have loved this cloth!
I used some of the yellow roses my Bil sent me for my birthday last week, before they start wilting away.

Some more elephant figurines.

Next time I post the rosary for November, you will see it all done up for the Holidays.

My pretty 'vintage French' round table Alejandro bought a few months ago was set with the 'balsa wood' place mats, as I just love how the cutwork shows the wood of the table through them.

The dishes here are antique from my In-law's wedding, circa 1940. A complete set for 24 place settings originally.

Again, here too I used the reticulated-cut work dinner plates as chargers with the cake plate on top, as they are cream color like the dishes.

The glass lazy-susan will not only contain tomorrow what's here, (removing the flowers) but some sweets, cheese plates and bread basket as well.

The small bowls with handles are for the homemade jams. 

I love how the cutwork shows through the wood of the table!

The reticulated plate as charger as well, paired with the cake plates from my Mil's antique dishes, made in the USA and from her wedding in 1940!

I just erased all the parties and all that was written down here, by accident! Shoot!!!

Thank you my sweet and kind friends for your visits, they always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties!
A special thanks to the generous and supportive hostesses that have featured me and made me feel honored!


I had all the parties mentioned here, but it got erased by mistake. I can't start again, so please excuse me... I never do this!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FABBY: An Autumn Dinner Party

Hello sweet friend!

        This Thursday night we are hosting a dinner party for eight, therefore I decided on setting my table with the dishes I designed in Mr. Living's former Ceramic Factory-Monte Turi. The pottery dishes are an inspiration on the indigenous women of Ecuador's embroidered beautiful apparel.

The pottery has hand decorated birds, flowers and orange Fall tones, along with cobalt blue; so I decided my friends will love them, as they are not on sale anymore.

The dough bowl is arranged with mostly pinecones and small gourds around it to match. You will probably see my dough bowl from here to the holidays, lol..

Anyhow, let's get on with the pics instead!

Here it goes.

Dishes by Ceramica Monte Turi; our former factory.

Dough bowl decorated with pinecones, gourds, little pumpkins and orange candle...flanked by antique, church bronze candle sticks gifted to us by my dear Mil way, way back.

Hand made place mats that look like daisies, or lets just call them 'sunflowers' for today.

I will be serving cream of veggies, as I love it on a chilly evening.

Stroganoff, baked potatoes and a green salad, for a second course. 
Pumpkin pie for dessert. Tea or coffee.

The place set: dinner plate, salad plate and cream bowl with handles.

Oil and Vinegar bottles.

Gravy boat...I once did a post on the 350 pieces this china set has.

A little salt seller with real gourds and a ceramic rustic pumpkin.

In the other side, another rustic green ceramic pumpkin with real gourds and a salt shaker.

The beautiful yellow roses was a gift for my b'day last Monday from my Bil, who owns a professional rose farm called "Altaflor."

The napkin holders look like candy cause they are orange glass rings.

There's something 'primitive' about wood bread bowls that I just love about them!

I added green water glasses for an extra pop of color.

Love my bread bowl, so I'm keeping it for the holidays too and will be replacing the orange candle for a green come C'mas.

The amber wine stems are Italian.

I'm also keeping my bread bowl for my next Rosary gathering next Wednesday.

Thank you sweet friends for your kind comments, as you always make my day!

Thanking the gracious and lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties and specially to the kind and generous ladies that honor in featuring my posts.

Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday
FABULOUS Fall Linky Party
Jann for Share your Cup Thursday
Terri for A Creative Princess
Richella for Grace at Home


I will be joining:

Have a daily Cup of Mrs. Olson   http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Wednesday's Adorned from Above   www.adornedfromabove.com
I's a Party   http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Home and Garden Thursday   www.adelightsomelife.com
Tablescape Thursday   http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Creative Ways Party   www.posedperfection.com
What's it Wednesday   www.blogger.com
Thursday Favorite Things   http://katherinescorner.com
The Homemaking Party   www.hopeineneryseason.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME   http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Inspire Me Tuesday   www.astrollthrulife.net

Simple and Sweet Fridays   http://rotedinthyme.blogspot.com
Grace at Home   www.impartinggrace.com
Home Sweet Home   http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
The Inspiration Gallery   www.craftberrybush.com
Before and After Wednesday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
Junking Joe and Party   http://thecottagemarket.com
Saturday Show Off   http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Say G'Day Saturday   www.natashainoz.com
Say G'Day Saturday   http://whatsonthelist.net
CLIMB   http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
The Bouquet of Talent   www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

Saturday Sparks Party   http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
DIY Showcase Linky Party   www.vmg206.com
Social Media Mixer   http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Creative Mondays   www.clairejustinexoxo.com
Make it Monday   http://distresseddonnadownhome.blogspot.com
Amaze Me Monday   www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Inspire Me Monday   www.createwithjoy.com
A Return to Loveliness   www.adelightsomelife.com
Tuesdays at our Home   http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Show and Share   http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com

THE SCOOP at:   www.stonegableblog.com  www.cedarhillfarmhouse.com 
http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com   www.worthingcourtblog.com