Sunday, May 22, 2016

Where I Store my Dishes-Part I

Hello sweet friends!

 I've been asked by so many blog friends and people in general as to "where do I store my dishes" as really, you cannot see it at all, if you walked into my house, there aren't any on sight, I love to keep them hidden in the furniture pieces.

The thing I can say on my behalf is that I'm very orderly and organized, otherwise I probably wouldn't be able to find, or remember where I keep some old dishes to play and use them.

I do have a couple of sellers with some boxes of Holiday dishes, or some made back at Monte Turi, our own ceramic factory. It's not pretty, just cartons with dishes, not worth looking at.

 I hope you enjoy it as I did photographing this post. Here is the storage on the dining room and breakfast areas: buffets, side boards, credenza, kitchen cabinets, console and curio... I used up every piece of furniture I own for storage.
Storage, Part I.

We'll begin by checking into the Italian china cabinet and buffet that is large although not deep, as the antique ones, but it has plenty of storage.
Here you can see it.

I even used the top part of this piece for some cake plates.

The left bottom side contains my reticulated china for twelve place settings.

The center part and the largest.
The china in the lower section is for 16 place settings.

The right side with drawers containing mostly silverware, some napkins and napkin rings.

Ceramic napkin rings from our factory in different colors.

Another drawer with various seasonal napkin rings.

Now, I love antique buffet pieces as they are so deep as the contemporary aren't, therefore, the more the merrier !
 The right side with the Onion-German china.

In the upper level. Tea china for twelve place settings and others.

On both sides of the lower level lots of pieces from our own designe and made china.

This antique Belgium sideboard is again deep and large, so it stores lots of dishes.
 The drawers store some more silverware and napkins.
2nd. drawer

3rd. drawer

In the lower left side my red and blue transferware dishes.
This is such a great storage piece, it's containing my Noritake for twelve settings and four others for eight and some water goblets and miscellaneous pieces.

This is an antique Egyptian console where I have some more glassware stored.

This is a wall fixture made specially for glasses, which I use for my best crystal stemware.
I also store my Mil's antique china in the lower part of it because it's for 18 place settings and more pieces.
There's a large drawer too, with the tablecloths for the round breakfast table.

Here you have it, Part I of my dish and china storage.
Hope you come by for Part II, I guarantee you, it'll be fun.

Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.


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Mix it up Monday
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No Place like Home
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Merry Monday

Busy Monday
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The Wednesday Blog Hop



Sunday, May 15, 2016

High Tea Afternoon at Home

Hello sweet friends!

   I hosted an afternoon Tea Time for a special guest of honor, my mother's cousin who came to live here, in Cuenca-Ecuador, after she retired and lived in New Jersey for 54 years or so and I knew her since I was a child in Astoria, NY. and have so many memories with her and her family. She is now a widow as well.

We were ten friends among my guest of honor and I served a special 'Angel Cake' that was my Mil's recipe and it's a local treat people love here, so I thought it would be good for my mom's cousin to remember her childhood.
'This Angel Cake' is made out of farm-country eggs, as the yokes are so much yellower then the regular ones.

You can see it in the pics.

The Angel Cake is also served with "clotted cream" not the regular whip-cream kind, so it gives it a special, richer flavor on top of each piece of cake.
I heard the English serve it often for 'High Tea' on top of scones.

In case you want the recipe is at the end of this post.

A little crooked... I was so busy at the time I took these pics, sorry..

A 'Country Angel Cake' made with 10 yokes from farm eggs, which is what makes it so yellow, more then regular eggs... plus 5 whites.

Delish recipes from Pinterest for Ham and Avocado finger sandwiches.

I will give you the recipes names so you can look them up. My guests loved them !

1) Avocado Tea Sandwiches for Tea  2) Cream Cheese and Ham Spread Sandwiches.

The cookies are my recipe for 'Sugar Cookies' and the others are 'Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookies.'

On top white Chocolate Bonbons.

You can see it up front the white bowl with the "Clattered Cream" for the top of each piece of 'Angel Cake.' The Clattered Cream it's easy to buy it locally in some of the bakery shops.

This is my favorite tea china for twelve place settings, teacups and saucers and cake plates in addition to, two teapots, two creamers and two sugar bowls, plus two sandwich platters.
Pretty complete and perfect for a big bunch of guests and I just served ten.

Thank you so much for your comments dear friends, you always make my day !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.


Old Fashion Angel Cake

10 yolks from farm eggs and,

5 whites

 6 ounces of potato flour, Sieved

8 ounces of  powder sugar, Sieved

The little cup of the bottle 'measurement' of Anisette liquor

The same measurement for lemon juice


In your stand beater beat the whites to soft peaks and then add the yokes one at a time while beating at the same time.

Add the sieved powder sugar slowly while beating.  Now the same thing with the potato sieved flour... beat slowly again.

Then finally while beaters are going add the lemon juice and Anisette liquor.

I use a 9' inch Spring form type pan for a big pirce, but if you have more people, like I did, I used the nextbigger size spring form pan and it was perfect enough.

 I use a piece of wax paper to cover the bottom because sometimes it spills on your oven and it stinks and burns badly on your oven and it could also ruin your cake.

Grease it and flour it too.  Pour the batter and put into a previously hot oven on 300F for 20 minutes... then raise the oven to 350F for another 20 minutes. You check your oven... on mine it's only 15 more and it's ready to go. It shouldn't be so dry, so there's a trick my Mil taught me. Place a metal bowl with hot water under the cake in the oven while it bakes and it'll make it humid.

Take  out the ring of the pan. Let it cool at room temp. After it's cool you can sprinkle powder sugar on top of it to serve with 'clotted cream' on top, so it's not dry.

Now some young people have it with 'Dulce de Leche' too. Specially cause they don't like cluttered cream that is.

 I'm partying here:

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Home Sweet Home
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Creative Mondays Blog hop
Cooking and Crafting with J & J

Mix it up Monday
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Wildly Original Link Party
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Mother's Day Everyone !

Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful blog friends!

Blogging is such an important part of my days, now that I am a retired lady for five years. I say this because the best part is to see you almost everyday along with your beautiful work, in decorating, cooking, talented DIYers and the tablescapers.

Now, I know I will rejoice looking at your gorgeous tablescape ideas for Mother's Day!   Most of you know I have a 'special love for china,' dishes and accessories for the table, tablescaping is what I love the most.

In lieu of that, I've created this table for my Mother, my Sil's, my friends and all of you Mothers in the world for 2016, as it wasn't difficult to think of, as I love my Mil's inherited beautiful antique 'Pink-Rose' china from her wedding.

The tablecloth is one I recycled last year from the guest room's chintz draperies (previously our two daughters' bedroom). I loved the chintz cause it has many pink flowers and roses, very feminine for the occasion, indeed.

I already received a couple of presents I'm sharing with you. One is a gorgeous doily, crocheted by mother, who was cleaning her linen drawers the other day and for my luck she parted with it in my behalf.

The other are the gorgeous Cala-lily plants daughter Sofi gave me and a perfume from Alejandro I'm not sharing, lol..

With that said:

     I'm sending you a trunk filled with love and blessings on Mother's Day !

My dear Mother at 86 years old.

Thank you for being my mom, I am so lucky !

The star of this table setting for Mother's Day 2016 is our antique Pink-Rose china that was from my Mil's wedding and we inherited. Perhaps many years old.

Reticulated chargers are used here, as they're ivory as the china is.

I recycled this pretty tablecloth from a pink rose chintz material of my girls draperies from their single bedroom.
I had plenty cloth spared to make 12 napkins which I did, but now I used my pink ones for a better contrast formed in a 'fan fashion.'

The place setting is stacked with my lace like charger, you've seen many times before... the dinner plate, the salad plate, bread plates and dessert small bowls and yes, it has soup bowls not shown and serving pieces as well.


My wooden tool box with my Sofia's Calla-lily plants she gave me for Mom's Day while we visited them last week, Sil and our little girls.

Etched Venetian crystal goblets for water and wine.

Loving the miniature Calla-lily plants, as I love indoor plants, they make a home warm and inviting.

A close up of the pink, lavender or lilac Calla-lily... I love them!

Pink and butterfly napkin rings from our former Ceramic Co.


I fixed this vignette with mother's 'French Limoges' china plates, she gifted me several years ago and this one too must be way over fifty years old.

The French 'Art-nouveau' aqua centerpiece came from Alejandro's father's side of the family and it's from turn of the last century... maybe my oldest piece. 

Mother was cleaning her linen drawers the other day and she gave me a couple of weeks ago, this gorgeous crocheted doily she, specially cause she says she doesn't know WHERE to display it in her house, lol..

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

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

                                            Love for Mother's Day,

I will be partying here:

Tablescape Thursday
Weekend Blog Hop
Home Sweet Home
Share Your Style
Mostly Food & Crafts
Anything Goes PINK Saturday
No Place Like Home
Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden
Tea Time Tuesdays
The Art of Home-Making Mondays

Inspire Me Tuesday
A Morning Cup of Joe
Saturday Show Off
Saturday Sparks Link Party
Chain Linky CLIMB
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Anything BLUE Friday
Bouquet of Talent Party
Simple Saturday Blog Hop
Creative Monday

Amaze Me Monday
You're Gonna Love it
Create Link Inspire
Make it Pretty Monday
Home and Garden Thursday
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