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

Monday, November 24, 2014

FABBY: Tartan and Burlap for November's Rosary and Tour 1

Hello sweet friends!

   Here is my tables for November's Rosary gathering. I've set two tables: In the formal dining table with a new pretty tartan tablecloth I found recently, quite inexpensive and a gorgeous Christmas printed burlap square tablecloth for my round table.

We are going on a tour to the Ecuadorian Orient with my brother Joe and my Sil, Alejandro's sister...yes, we are married brother and sister and vice versa, lol..

However, on Thursday very early will be traveling and I so wish you and yours a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving day and weekend. Enjoy every minute with your dear ones.

This one is a 'small tour of the breakfast area and formal dining room' and simple, not over done Christmas vignettes I've created for my holiday décor.
I'm all decked out for the Christmas holidays and for the Rosary tea tomorrow, so there will be Tour2 and 3, which will be the kitchen.

I was so lucky to find this pretty plaid tablecloth with twelve napkins and napkin rings quite inexpensive for this Christmas.
I am using it now for the Rosary gathering.

I have a complete Christmas dinner china for 16 place settings Alejandro gave me for my birthday some 20 years ago...at least!
The dishes are 'Lynn's Fine China.'

As chargers for the tea places I used my reticulated dinner plates...they also helped to make a nice contrast with the plaid in the spread.
The center triangle is of a gold chiffon I used for creating softness for the centerpiece.

I also found on sale this lovely branch with an adorable bird nest and a cute little nest too; that I've used as the centerpiece.
I will need space for the food, so this is pretty, but simple at the same token.
I added the ceramic birdies.

The vignette on the left side of the buffet and I added one of my fave pieces, the porcelain Italian toy horse that's been around many years.

On the right side of the buffet the vignette has dishes from our past Ceramic Co. and this lovely angel in green velvet. All the pieces have seeing many a Christmas.

The antique Egyptian console has a vignette with a Nativity under the cloche.

The door with the wreath leads to the kitchen.

A close up of the Nativity under glass.

This small antique console belonged to my In-laws, where I created a small and simple vignette with antique books.
This little table is right at the small entrance to the master bedroom.

Not a very good pic, but chandy also got some blintz for the Christmas season.

Tour No.2 will be the foyer, entrance, living room and den, where the fire place mantel and tree is up.

I'm way crazy about this Christmas printed burlap table topper, which is a new find this year as well.

Some of my friends will have to confirm their assistance to the Rosary, so I kept it uncluttered for the food and maybe two more place settings.

Italian red and green glasses and the pitcher was made by us and set up in our heirloom nesting tables. 
Some ladies might wish some water after tea time.

In the antique English heirloom buffet is a tray with the teaset, designed and made at our former Ceramic Factory. I will use it for the round table.

And opposite, a simple vignette on our Belgium buffet with a tall, skinny wooden angel and German Santa. I haven't moved anything from here as is all year round. 
All my vignettes are not overdone with holiday décor, but just enough.

Isn't it such a pretty burlap material on this tablecloth?
It is also my first 'burlap' anything, lol!

This is it, my November's Rosary gathering for prayers and a small tour of the dining areas. 
We will pray for all the sick we know, so you can count on it if you wish. Piece in the world and the countries we live in and our dear families.
Thanking all the goodness we have received , from our 'Lord Jesus Christ.'

Wishing all of you a very happy and beautiful Thanksgiving day sweet friends and thank you for your kind visits, you so make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.
A special thanks to the ladies that support me by featuring my posts and they honor me so.


I will be joining:

Inspire Me Tuesday   www.astrollthrulife.net
Metamorphosis Monday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Make it Pretty Monday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
A Return to Loveliness   http://adelightsomelife.blogspot.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME   http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
THE SCOOP   http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com
Tuesdays with a Twist   www.godsgrowinggarden.com
Wake up Wednesday   http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Centerpiece Wednesday   http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com
Wow Us Wednesday   www.savvysouthernstyle.net

Vintage Inspiration Party   http://knickoftime.net
Vintage Inspiration Party   http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
What's it Wednesday   http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
It's a Party   http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Riverton Housewives Round up   www.housewivesofriverton.com


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
Say G'Day Link Party   www.natashainoz.com
Junkin Joe Party   http://thecottagemarket.com
Simple Saturday Blog Hop   www.sunnysimplelife.com
CLIMB Party Link Party   www.godsgrowinggarde.com 
A Bouquet of Talent   www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.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.


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Where Bloggers Create
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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