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 and "Liberty Blue" plates flanking the caddy.

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.
 I specially would love to thank the generous hostesses for making me so happy featuring me.

Sunday Showcase and Make it Pretty Monday    www.thededicatedhouse.com
Simple and Sweet Fridays    http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com

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
Home and Garden Thursday    www.adelightsomelife.com
Share Your Style                    http://northernnesting.blogspot.com
It's a Party                            http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Share Yours Cup Thursday     http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Create it Thursday                 www.lambertslately.com
Simple and Sweet Fridays      http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com                  
Home Sweet Home                http://thechgarmofhome.blogspot.com
Foodie Friday & Everything else      http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Grace at Home                      www.impartinggrace.com

Anything BLUE Friday             www.thededicatedhouse.com
PATRIOTIC Link Party            www.commonground-do.com
A Morning Cup of Joe             http://thecottagemarket.com
PINK Saturday                      http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Saturday Sparks Linky Party  http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
Sundays Down Under Linky party     www.natashainoz.com
Silver Pennies Sunday           www.findingsilverpennies.com
Amaze Me Monday                www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
MMM#285 BLOCK Party         www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com



  1. Fabby, I love your 4th of July tablescape. You already know that I love that cake stand and blue and white dishes!!! Thanks for the recipe too. Sounds simple and yummy! And yes...Please GOD bless America! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Your table is beautiful, Fabby and the cake sounds delicious! The new cake plate with dome is gorgeous!!! We are so fortunate to be in this great country. It is so nice that you celebrate there too!!! Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

  3. Thank you for your fabulous table celebration of America. It is gorgeous. I know your heart loves America as much as the country you live in. I am saving your vanilla cake. xo Diana

  4. My friend you outdid yourself with this beautiful patriotic tablescape!! I love the USA candles too! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Fabby, I love your tablescape and your gorgeous cake, but I totally adore that amazing view out your window. It is stunning.

  6. Fabby, are you sure you are a Greek lady who lived in Canada? You have totally nailed the July 4th tablescaping down to perfection. Well done, ma'am! ♥

    THANKS for your vanilla cake recipe - I love trying new ones to compare. I haven't made a cake in soooo long. (Probably a good thing, haha.)

    Big hugs!

  7. Very well done Fabby! You have such a talent my friend! I love the night backdrop too.

  8. As beautiful as always, fabby! The cake looks delicious. Happy 4th of July! xxx Maria

  9. What a festive and elegant decor for the 4th!

    Happy Week to you,
    Happy July 4th to USA
    artmusedog and carol

  10. Hi Fabby, your July 4th table looks wonderful, I love it! Your cake is beautiful too. I like how you have your blue and red transferware in the wood box, very cute! I have those same Liberty Blue plates, my first year of having them!
    Have a wonderful July 4th weekend,

  11. Fabby, you do us proud. Last year I went all out, and even had a 4th of July tree, but haven't done much this year. We are going to hear the symphony play patriotic music at a park, with picnic and fireworks. And then a parade, of course.

  12. Dearest Fabby,
    That is a very appropriate and patriotic celebration of the 4th of July!
    Love your new plates that Sofie found you in Miami; so perfect going together with your splendid table setting.
    Sending you hugs and blessings for a wonderful 4th of July.

  13. Fabby, this is a beautiful tribute for the USA. Thank you! All my patriotic things are packed and in storage, so it makes my heart sing to see your beautiful red, white, and blue.

  14. This recipe looks so delicious! Hi, I'm Anita visiting from Creative Ways

  15. Dear Fabby, your red, white, and blue sure looks good. If I were living in another country, I would do the same as you! There is something about the red, white, and blue that stirs the soul. I love your collection of transferware of red, white, and blue. Thank you for your nice comments. Joni


  16. Beautiful 4th of July table Fabby. Learn t about your American connection and about your American circle in your present place. All the things are so pretty. Love the blues, reds and the whites and your beautiful cut glass cake stand. Cake looks yummy. Have a beautiful 4th of July. Love and hugs Sujatha:))

  17. Fabby,
    What a gorgeous tablescape and tribute to the Fourth of July, dear friend!!!
    I adore the mixing of the red transferware with the blue and white!!!
    Your cake recipe sounds divinely delicious!!!
    Let Freedom Ring!!!
    Happy Fourth of July!!!

  18. How nice that you can still celebrate an American tradition even though you are not physically here, you are are in spirit! Which definitely shows through your table. You have that patriotic spirit shining with all that you have done here. I love the tool box with the transferware, your cake looks great! Enjoy!

  19. What a beautiful table, Fabby! So patriotic! Lovely star studded plates and tge cake looks delish! I gave a patriotic table too but did not post yet cause I wanted to post my wood block table..Christine

  20. I love the patriotic tablescape, but what really makes me swoon is the lovely sideboard with all of the carefully placed transferware. I have a weakness for transferware anyway, so I adore this.

  21. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy July Fourth, dear Fabby.♥ Your celebration is spectacular. Everything looks so patriotic and festive.

    I am definitely going to try your recipe. Your cake looks great!

  22. Another "Fab-ulous" Holiday by "Fabby"...well done! I will try you recipe next week, I have a girls night out party to attend in our clubhouse...it will be perfect!
    Happy 4th!

  23. Oh, everything is just beautiful as always! Love the dishes and I definitely need to make that cake!!
    Have a lovely 4th of July!

  24. Lovely Independence Day party, Fabby. Your table and sideboard are both lovely, and I know your cake is the best. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

    Linking from Common Ground,
    Ricki Jill

  25. Beautiful decorations. Have a happy 4th.

  26. Happy pink and happy 4th.
    Beautiful table.

  27. Hi Fabby...I just love your patriotic setting...especially the fabulous cake! Well done& thanks for the recipe. Love the transferware too.

  28. What a beautifully patriotic table! It will be just my 86 year old mom and me for dinner but we'll have a pretty table and all the picnic fixin's. She is excited that we will also have a large fireworks show in our neighborhood tonight with a big park opening up for the first time today. It's just a few blocks away. Happy 4th of July!

  29. What a gorgeous and festive table amiga. One of the best i I have seen. You really paid attention to the details. The cake recipes looks delicious. I will give it a try soon.

    Your Gringa tea party sounds lots of fun. Glad you have great friends to share a cup of tea with.

    Abrazos amiga,


  30. Hi Dear Fabby! Oh, I adore your pretty patriotic table and your cake looks scrumptious! I love the set up on your sideboard - the red and white and blue and white transferware. So so pretty! Hope you had a great 4th.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  31. Fabby, your table is so festive and I love the dishes in your tool caddy. The cake looks super yummy. Pinning. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  32. Beautiful Fabby! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  33. Everything looks so pretty and festive! I especially love the transferware collection in the wooden caddy. So neat!


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