HAPPY FALL 2016

HAPPY FALL 2016
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Baby Maxima is Ten Months Old !


Hello sweet friends !

I wanted to share our grand-baby Maxima update, who was born last November 20th. is now TEN months old !  I can't even believe it, time goes so fast she will be ONE in no time at all !.

Here are a couple of pics with her mom and dad. She lives in Spain now, where her father has resided for the past eight years.

After coming to Ecuador to visit her grandparents, us, and grandmother; they went after to Miami where they have an apartment, then they flew to NYC, my hometown and the girls' favorite;... for some great tourism and then they drove to Conn. and later to Boston cause my daughter Alexandra was taking a course in 'Computer Science' at Harvard University.

Ok, so much for that, here is baby now.

Baby Maxima and her mama, Alexandra. She's so cute and fun this baby, we're crazy about her !

Here she is with her dad Sergio.

Daughter Alex works very hard with baby who still 'breast feeds' lucky for DD, cause this way baby enables her to travel with her easily without worrying about preparing formula, or anything.


Our three angels, Maxima (here she's 8 mths.), Victoria 12 and Cayetana 9 from my dear Sofia.


I thought I'll add my dear Sofia and her Cayetana in a look alike style, lol..


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

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

LOVE,
FABBY

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Mackenzie-Childs Inspiration


Hello sweet friends !

         While shopping for wall paint to do on our guest rooms we are remodeling, I 'remembered' to buy some spray paint in Black and White to paint a silver, tarnished pitcher in the 'Mackenzie-Childs' style I saw on Pinterest one very similar and got inspired ASAP !

I've been so busy and my house is upside down because of the hard work remodeling the bathroom, walking closet and two rooms that was my DDs before and now guest rooms and to say the least of all the dust I'm swallowing everyday !

 For the friends that haven't followed me lately, it's a mayor and 'total' remodel of everything in the two guest rooms and bathroom, as it was way over due.
We are in the third week and it's almost there.

Anyhow, I bought the spray paint and hubby said: 'Where are you going to work in this house in such chaos ?!'  I said, I'll just wait till later, no biggie.

I mentioned this to my friend and she said: My hubby will do it for you. I said, really? She said yeah. To make the story short. I gave it to him and here it is my-his DIY Mackenzie-Childs pitcher as a flower vase. You judge for yourself. 

I love it !!


Didn't the 'Mackenzie-Childs Inspiration' pitcher came out adorable ?

The before tarnished, very old silver pitcher and the black and white spray paint I bought for the job.

Our friend sanded it down first, then painted the whole thing in white. Waited till the paint was totally dry the following day, to be sure.

The following day he placed masking tape forming checks and the squares showing, he proceeded to spray paint them in black.

He makes it sound easy, but hubby said that it might have been a very 'daunting and difficult job' and he was so glad he didn't volunteer, ever ! (lol)

 

I'm loving it and now I'm thinking what else to do in M.CH's. style!

I will DIY myself next time, maybe something in wood, or whatever !



Notice the inside of the pitcher's peak in stripes.


Look how pretty the inspiration I found on Pinterest is... and hey, these are DIY too!

While they were painting the girls wooden book shelves in the guest rooms, hubby had the four kitchen chairs painted off white as well.
I use the fourth chair in the laundry room and I bring it when there's more people.
We eat six in the kitchen's farm table, sometimes.

Hope in another full week it will all be finished and then I will be decorating; the best part of any remodel.

Thank you dear friends for your sweet visits, you always make my day !

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

LOVE,
FABBY

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Baked a Cake in the Middle of the Mess


Hello sweet friends!

I baked a delicious cake in the middle of our guests bedrooms and bathroom remodel, which is made my house a total mess!!... except for the kitchen 'oasis' where I'm spending most of my time and mother held the August's Rosary gathering in her home, instead of me, so 'I baked a Lemon Bliss Cake' (not that I need much of a reason to start baking cakes, hihi) for her and the ladies.

I also found me a new 'Nordic Ware Jubilee' bundt pan a couple of weeks ago and I always loved this pattern design, when I saw it on the pics of cake recipes on Pinterest.

As some friends that follow me know I love collecting pretty intricate kind of pans for baking cakes and since I 'didn't promise' not to acquire more, hehehee

Just a couple of pics I'm sharing cause it came out so pretty and so perfect !

The 'Lemon Bliss Cake' recipe is at the end of this post, if you wish.


                           HAVE A HAPPY AND BLESSED SEPTEMBER !


'Lemon Bliss Cake' on my new 'Jubilee Nordic Ware' bundt pan.

Besides coming out so pretty, it's really very yummy too.

Love my new intricate 'Jubilee' pan. It reminds me of a Beehive.


When we remodeled our entire kitchen, plus cabinets five years ago; I chose  deep pull out drawers for pots and pans and for molds, bunds, etc.
So here is the new one stored in the bundt drawer too. 
I always manage to find room for my pretty tins, lol..

 

Lemon Bliss Cake

Glaze


  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 10" tube pan, or a 9" to 10", 9- to 10-cup capacity bundt-style pan.
  2. Beat together the butter, sugar, and salt, first till combined, then till fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add the baking powder, then add the flour alternately with the milk, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until smooth. Stir in the grated lemon rind or lemon oil.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  6. Bake the cake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, make the glaze by stirring together the lemon juice and sugar. Set it aside.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven, and set it on a rack. After 5 minutes, run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen, and turn the cake out onto a rack. Place another rack on top, and flip it over, so it's right-side-up.
  9. Poke the hot cake all over with a cake tester or toothpick.
  10. Stir the glaze to combine, and immediately brush it on the hot cake. Let it sink in, then brush on more glaze, continuing until all the glaze is used up.
  11. Allow the cake to cool before slicing.
  12.  ( 12, 13, 14, 15 IS nothing and couldn't erase it)
  13. LOVE,
  14. FABBY
 
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Three Reasons for this Post


Hello sweet friends!

I just baked this delicious 'New York Style Crumb Cake,' from 'Living the Gourmet;' to take to my friend who's only sibling, her dear sister, died of a series of strokes produced by blood clots in her brain. She was only 73. 

I also did a small setting for 'Labor Day 2016,' as I remember we used to go back to school right after it, but now kids go back earlier, right?

I will also not be able to post anything for three weeks.. or four, as we are remodeling the two guest rooms that are separated with a half wall because in the past it was the girls rooms.

I will be around, visiting and joining parties with this small post, just the same.

My house for the moment looks like a storage room or a garage with boxes all over the living and family rooms. Since I sort of kept the rooms for guests and a "little storage" too, lol.. Besides my DDs don't live near us, we always wanted to rebuild it completely with wooden floors, new bathroom area, etc.
 
The time has finally come and I am very excited, as we picked some pretty things, specially for the new bathroom remodel.

Such modern things for the BATH in the market, so the shopping was so much fun.
 
I don't particular care for the mess and all the work we've been doing moving the stuff and furniture; but I guess that's how it goes before the 'great reveal.'

So, the Cake, the 'Labor Day' tablescape and our guest rooms (two) and bath remodeling would be my 'three reasons' for this post.

Scroll down so you can see a few Before pics of the guest rooms and bathroom too.

'Labor Day' setting and 'New York Style Crumb Cake.'


Is this little 'shell-bunny' a real cutie? I found him in the folklore tents at the beach, just like two years ago when I bought the 'shell-rooster.'

I had no time to look for more stuff, as I would have liked, cause my Sil Sergio was parked in a wrong spot and waiting impatiently.

This cake was really delish, trust me, as it was my first time baking it.


Visiting with my two dearest daughters, I also picked up these four red star-flowers and blue stripe mugs, as I thought they'd be pretty for my patriotic tables.

I'm loving my new shell-bunny! 

In the back window sill you can see the 'shell-roos' I bought two years ago on our beach vacation. Up front my new find, the cute 'shell-bunny.'

 

Here are one side of the bedroom that was my daughter's Alexandra.
At your left, by that little TV is where you went to our daughter Sofia's bedroom.

This wooden shelves and desk where for the girls school work and books and I have them in both rooms.

I'm painting them off-white, just like the entire rooms. 
 

Part of the girls bathroom, that will be remodel completely, as they have a soft pink fixtures still, hehehe

I can't wait to have it all pretty to decorate and to share it with you!

In the meantime, see you in three weeks, but will be around visiting blog land.

Thank you for your sweet and kind visit, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me each week.

LOVE,
FABBY

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Sea Inspired Luncheon Table

 
Hello dear friends!

Just got back from our 14 day visit to our DD Alexandra who came from Spain with her baby Maxima and husband for a short visit. Along with dear DD Sofie and her family, who live in the city of Guayaquil three hours away too. 
We have enjoyed some amazing time together!

We went to the beach, we had great sea food and in all we spent some awesome time together... a super vacation, along with Mr. Living, of course, lol..

I'm making a luncheon for four and my inspiration was definitely the Sea, the beautiful Sea. I'm serving Shrimp ceviche in the shell bowls, Fish Escabeche which is like a fish stew and it's wonderful, a favorite of all.
Served with rice and salad.

Hope you are all having a great summer and that you also got a chance to hit the beach sometime.

That said, here it is.

 
 
Two plate settings are formed like this one starting with a straw placemat, a 'Surfside' charger, Big white dinner plate, Enoch Wedgwood smaller dinner plate, porcelain lemon salad plates and finished off with a shell shaped bowl for 'Shrimp-Ceviche.'
 
 

 
I arranged the side buffet with all white and my Meissen teapot with vessels along with other Noritake white pieces.




After lunch we will have coffee or tea with dessert.

 

Always blue and white. 

I also placed on the center of the bare table a blue striped runner, to set the other two places.

Mother of Pearl serving spoon. 




 

 

I love shells and their lovely shapes.
 
I brought some this time from the beach too and here is my centerpiece all done up on my small wooden bowl.

Up front blue fish S&P shakers.

 



At your right that pretty 'Spondylus' shell with pedestal is for the hot sauce and a 'Mother of Pearl' spoon.


Hope you liked my Sea inspired tablescape for our luncheon tomorrow.

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

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LOVE,
FABBY

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