Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FABBY: Celebrating America the Beautiful

Hello sweet friends!

      Time to celebrate the 4th. of July again and the year is running away from us like a tornado!
I can just imagine all the fun you all must be planning for it.  BBQs, picnics, eating outdoors, family gatherings.
I remember all the wonderful times growing up in Astoria I had 4th. of July with family and friends.

Here in Cuenca-Ecuador there's lots going on in the restaurants to celebrate 4th. of July because of all the Americans expats that are retiring here; No1 place in the World too. 

 Sometimes we go out with friends because my best friend Stephanie and me are American.

Way back when I first lived here, I met some lovely American girls that were already living here because their hubbies were Ecuadorian and they welcomed me with open arms and we'd get together for picnics a few times.

 We were just together the other day for a "Gringa Tea" lol!
It's what we called our teas since...hehehe

This year I will be celebrating it with mother and hubby. When my girls were small we did a lot of celebrating with BBQ and all. We lived in a big house, with lots of grounds for gardens and patio.

Happy 4th. of July to Everyone in the USA and may God Bless AMERICA.

And I also baked a 'Best Vanilla Cake Ever'
Cobalt blue ceramic chargers, cute stripes and star dinner plates my DD Sofie just brought me from Florida. Red ceramic salad plates and finally red transferware JBros. teacups and saucers.

The table topper is my old American flag. Blue glasses and star bread plates.

Best Vanilla Cake.
Recipe is at the end of this post, if you would like.
I usually make it in a loaf pan, but I wanted to decorate it so I opted for a square shaped one.

My rustic tool box with some red, blue and white plates.

My USA candles are sure burning every year...hahahaa...need to get new ones for next 4th.

In the evening the candles are lit.

Red, white and blue star candles too. (not in that order, it seems)

Every time I pass the buffet I get giddy looking at my new find, this gorgeous Shannon cake plate with dome. Now here celebrating the 4th. of July too.

Ok, now the cake is in the table, ready to be cut!

I recommend it, it's so easy and so delicious, we love it and so does mother who will be here to spend the day with us, as she does every Wednesday. 

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

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

HAPPY 4th. of JULY!!!


                    Best Vanilla Cake


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

          Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 6-cup (8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch) loaf pan; set aside.         

  1. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined (do not overmix).
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour (tent with aluminum foil if browning too quickly). Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely.
                                                                    I will be joining this week:

Make it Pretty Monday             www.thededicatedhouse.com
102+4th. of July Desserts       http://thecottagemarket.com
Tuesdays with a Twist            http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com
The Chain Linky CLIMB          http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday             http://betweennapsontheporch.net
What's it Wednesday             http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Wake Up Wednesday             http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Wednesday Blog Hop             www.clairejustinexoxo.com
Villabarnes: VINTAGE INSPIRATION Party     www.villabarnes.com
Wow Us Wednesday               www.savvysouthernstyle.net
The (not just)                        www.hopeineveryseason.com


Sunday, June 28, 2015

FABBY: Last Wednesday of June's Rosary Prayer

Hello sweet friends!

Although I haven't posted the Rosary table settings for the last couple of months it doesn't mean I've stopped hosting the prayers, though.
I still do and here is again last Wednesday's table spread for our tea after prayers.

I used our green china with shamrocks I always set for St. Pat's Day and I have forgotten about it since!

This china was also made back at 'Monte Turi, our former Ceramic Co.'
I liked it cause it's summery, with a green background and blue in the edges, and colorful flowers.


I think the green and floral china is very summery against the yellow table topper.

This is a yellow silk moiré tablecloth I repurposed from my old living room drapes too.

The tea food is very humble cause it's not a social gathering.
I usually serve bread, cheese, home made jams and sometimes some small cookies.

Mother's sterling tea spoons from her First Communion, back in 1937, when she was a seven year old. Mother is 85 now.

She gave me a dozen she had left, several years ago.

Please remember we will pray for anything you would like us to.

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

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


I will be joining:

Make it Pretty Monday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday    http://astrollthrulife.net
FAMILY FUN and a LITTLE TEACUP PARTY    www.marthasfavorites.com
MMM #284 Block Party    www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com
BLUE Monday    http://smilingsally.blogspot.com
Tea Time in Summertime    http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Tuesdays Cuppa Tea    www.antiquesandteacups.info
Show and Share    http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
Mix it up Monday    www.flourmewithlove.com
A Return to Loveliness    www.adelightsomelife.com

TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME    http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
The SCOOP Party    http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com
You're Gonna Love it    www.kathewithane.com


Thursday, June 25, 2015

FABBY: Susan, I'm Not Jealous of you Anymore!

Hello sweet friends!

I'll start by saying I haven't done my rounds to the European antique Shop since last year; where I have found my best and favorite accessories I own, besides the beautiful ones that are family heirlooms.
I also have the ones I have found at the capital and bigger cities. But! I couldn't resist myself today and there I went and guess what my find was!

This stunning heavy 'Shannon Crystal' pedestal domed cake plate stand, made by 'Bohemian Crystal from Poland and I bought it at the European antiques, although it's not a vintage thing, but something I have always, always, since blogging four years ago, coveted 'Susan from Between Naps on the Porch.'

Therefore...as soon as I spotted it I said out loud: The cake stand is mine, I'll take it! I didn't even ask the price, but it wasn't anything I'd get poor after splurging, thank goodness, lol!

Susan always keeps it on top of her buffet in her beautiful red elegant dining room. 

I am totally elated I found this gorgeous "Shannon Crystal" pedestal domed cake plate stand, by 'Bohemian made in Poland.'

The lady owner of the shop told me it was hand etched and it's true as I entered Internet to find out about it and they said it was 'top notch' thing!

Up until today I have 'drooled' over "Susan's at Between Naps on the Porch" every single time I see it in her beautiful red dining room buffet! But no MORE dear Susan, lol!

The etchings are so beautiful!

I love it so much that I too placed it on top of my antique Belgium buffet along with some of my silver and sterling collection I keep here.

Thanks for dropping by sweet friends, as you always make my day!

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


I will be joining:

Tablescape Thursday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Share Your Style   www.theuptownacorn.com
Grace at Home    www.impartinggrace.com
Home Sweet Home    http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Foodie Friday and Everything Else    http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Anything BLUE Friday    www.thededicatedhome.com
Make it Pretty Monday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
The Weekend Blog Hop    www.clairejustineoxox.com
Inspire Me Tuesday    http://astrollthrulife.net
Show and Tell Friday    http://myromantichome.blogspot.com

A Morning Cup of Joe    http://thecottagemarket.com
Simple and Sweet Fridays    http://roothedinthyme.blogspot.com
The (nut just) Homemaking Party    www.hopeineveryseason.com
SATURDAY SHOW OFF    http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Sundays Down Under Linky Party    www.natashainoz.com
CLIMB Party    http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
PINK Saturday    http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Saturday Sparks Linky Party    http://piecespastimes.blogspot.com
Snickerdoodle Sunday    www.meatloafandmelodrama.com
Creative Mondays Hop    www.clairejustineoxox.com

Tea Time in the Summertime    http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Tuesdays Cuppa Tea    www.antiquesandteacups.net
A Return to Loveliness   www.adelightsomelife.com



Sunday, June 21, 2015

FABBY: Happy Father's Day dear friends

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all my friends and the father's in their lives...you're own if you are so lucky to still have him. Your sons and your Sons in Law.

May GOD BLESS them all!

My dad was the best father any girl can have and I miss him every day of my life since 1996 when he went to heaven.

I will forever remember all the wonderful things he taught me and all the love he gave me. I was the apple of his eyes and his only girl.

In loving memory of you.



Monday, June 15, 2015

FABBY: The Girls Having Tea by the Pool

Hello sweet friends!

      Today the girls decided they wanted me to make tea for a wonderful summer afternoon. Actually, this town is almost all year round like summer weather, almost like in Florida.

The girls just love for me to prepare a tea party for them, as this way they feel very special. Here is Victoria's and Cayetana's afternoon tea party.

The girls felt like dressing up for it.

Yesterday Sunday they jumped at the pool in their pajamas, lol..

Ok, so much for talking and here they are.

Cayetana and Victoria enjoying tea time by the pool in their garden.

There's also a beautiful wide and large river in the back.

Their pretty tea setting for a hot afternoon; in the no less lovely cane and wood Italian round table.

Little Chloe the Chihuahua is a sweetie too.

Yummy Carrot Cake.

Some marzipan sweet fruit on an antique transferware tray.

Of course Chloe the Chihuahua keeps them company.

Serving tea

Beautiful reticulated china Sofie has.
She has it complete for 14 place settings and for 16 places for a tea party; as she usually has many friends for her birthday, or her hubby's birthday as well.

The china also has many serving pieces, like bowls and platters, two teapots, two creamers, two sugar bowls and two cake stands.


Victoria is looking more like a young lady every day, and next Friday will be her 11th. birthday. I will also share her bash with you.

Little Cayetana is 8 and not too tall.

Victoria is a tall girl for her age.

Early last night they had pajamas on but it didn't stop them from jumping into the pool, anyway...heheheheeee

They are so cute and I love them so much and have such a good time with them too.
They are fun and so smart. Very computer and 'smart phone' savvy, although they don't give them either yet, but hey!... they know everything and are always teaching me something new, lol!

I can't wait to add one more cutie to the brood from DD Alex. 

They are growing so fast though.

Thank you so much wonderful friends for all the sweet comments you leave me, you always make my day!

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

My special thanks to sweet Kathryn for featuring my summer Tool Box and Good News at ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY    www.thyededicatedhouse.com


I will be partying at:

Make it Pretty Monday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
Amaze Me Monday    www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link up Party    http://julieslifestyle.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea    www.antiquesandteacups.info
A Return to Loveliness    www.adelightsomelife.com
Tea Time and Lilacs    http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME    http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Inspire Me Tuesday    http://astrollthrulife.net
Tea in the Garden    http://blog.bernideen.com
Home Sweet Home    http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com

You're Gonna Love it    www.kathewithane.com
Mod Mix Monday     http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com
Tuesday with a Twist    www.godsgrowinggarde.com
Brag About it VMG206    www.vmg206.com
Wake up Wednesday Linky Party    http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Wow Us Wednesday    www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Outdoor Wednesday    http://southerndaydreamer.blogspot.com
Vintage Inspiration Party    http://knickoftime.net
What's it Wednesday    http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Share Your Cup Thursday    http://hannolson.blogspot.com

Before & After Wednesday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
Share Your Style     www.nominimalist.com
Creative Ways Link Party    www.posedperfection.com
Tablescape Thursday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net
It's a Party     http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Wildly Original    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
Home Sweet Home    http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Show and Tell Friday    http://myromantichome.blogspot.com
Anything BLUE Friday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
PINK Saturday    http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Saturday Sparks Link Party    http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
The CLIMB Linky Party    www.godsgrowinggarde.com


Sunday, June 7, 2015

FABBY: A Summer Vignette and GREAT News!

Hello sweet friends!

     I wanted to create a fresh vignette for my vintage English buffet and I came up with sprucing up my white tool box placing inside it vintage English plates, mostly.

We also have GREAT NEWS!

Our dearest DD Alexandra will give birth to a lil'girl next 13-16th. of November in Miami, Florida! She now resides with her fiancée in Madrid-Spain where he has a soda Co., but since my Alexandra is an American, like me, she rather give birth in the USA.

My DD Sofia is going to Miami with her hubby because he is due a doctor's check up after he had an intervention in his spine last March to remove his 'stainless steel rods, hooks and screws, cause you see, over two years ago he had a spinal operation to implant all these spinal instrumentation, as some of you might remember.

However, after they removed these 'artillery' (lol...) from him he needed to go for a final check up as now his spine is mended together, but still he was in so much pain from this before too.

Now he is finally back to normal for which we are thrilled and we also hope the Doctors are satisfied with how he has recuperated.

Ok, to finish this story, here is where we enter: Grandpa and Grandma, us, are driving a three hour trip to mind the G'girls for about nine days and we'll be also celebrating Father's Day there and Victoria's 11th. birthday too; after the girls' parents come back home. We are so excited!

Here is my vignette, I was inspired by some pics of tool boxes I saw on Pinterest lately and perfect for Summer, I think.

Most of the plates in the box are vintage...rather,
they all are, along with the ones on the sides of it.

I love how fresh it looks as my wooden tool caddy with DIY whitewashed rustic look. 

A close shot of the plates. Most are also vintage transferware.
The two flanking the tool box, were my Mil's from my heirloom china and the white with Alejandro's grandparents gold monogram is even around 80 years old.

A close shot of the plates. Most are vintage transferware.

The tea service up front in red transferware is also vintage.

A view of our breakfast area, table and buffet in the back.

Lots of refreshing here in the breakfast room, to go with the mood and lazy days of Summer.

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

Thanking the gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties each week.

Specially I thank dear Kathryn for featuring me at Make it Pretty Monday-THE DEDICATED HOUSE


I will be partying here:

Amaze Me Monday    www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Metamorphosis Monday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Make it Pretty Monday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday    www.astrollthrulife.net
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME    http://marialeneasdecor.blogspot.com
Beautiful Blossoms forTea Time    http://sandymyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
A Return to Loveliness    www.adelightsomelife.com
Tea Time Tuesday    www.marthasfavorites.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea    www.antiquesandteacups.info
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog    http://blog.bernideens.com

Roses of Inspiration Link Up    http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com
Show and Share    http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
BLUE Monday     http://smilingsallyblogspot.com
The SCOOP    http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com
Oh my Heartsy Girls Wordless Wednesday    http://ohmyheartsygirl.com
Tuesday with a Twist    www.godsgrowinggarde.com
Time for a Bolg Hop    www.clairejustineoxox.com
The (not just) Homemaking Party    www.hopeineveryseason.com
It's a Party    http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Vintage Inspiration Party    http://knickoftime.net

Share Your Style Party    www.nominimalisthere.com
Tablescape Thursday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Home and Garden Thursday    www.adelightsomelife.com
Creative Ways Link Party    www.posedperfection.com
Anything BLUE Friday.   www.thededicatedhouse.com
PINK Saturday    http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Bouquet of Talent Linky Party    www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com