Friday, July 26, 2013

FABBY: Another Cake!

Hello sweet friends!

What's with me, baking away like there's no tomorrow?!!!  The thing is that I decided to try this yummy looking cake I saw at Martha's great blog, 'Lines of Linderhof' and I had all the ingredients and so I got to work... and let me tell you, it came out wonderful! I had apples and bilberries..not blueberries as the recipe calls for; but it turned out delish too!

If you want the recipe is at

I will save a big piece for my mother when she comes and meanwhile, Alejandro and me are having a piece in the den, while we watch Pope Francis in Brazil. We will have coffee, which he prefers and I do love coffee too,...we are having 'coffee-cake' aren't we?  Oh...but you can have tea if you wish!

These dishes are Alejandro's favorites from the designs I did back at our own Ceramic Factory. I used to called this pattern, 'Carnations' and the design is inspired in the Ecuadorian indigenous women embroidered blouses.

This "Apple-Blackberry Cake" came out yummy from blogger friend, Linderhof's' 'Lines of  Linderhof great blog.

Hand embroidered mat made in Quito, a gift from my dear Mil and the tea napkins are from my Mil's embroidered collection as well.

Please disregard the chords under the TV table; as I am in the search of an 'antique piece' where I can hide inside the TV here in the den and to make it fit in the space...meanwhile it's not so pretty! The counter you see in front of the television is a counter-bar, because our den is right next to the living room, so when we have many guests they can sit in both places and mingle.

Here is the cake sitting on top of a cake stand with pedestal I DIYed myself. Looking for something else I found this beautiful Italian blue crystal platter, which I never use and have for a thousand years. Than it came to my mind that I have a small blue bowl I could glue it on and make a cake stand to go with blue china, like here.

Thank you so much for coming sweet friends, as you always make my day!

I appreciate the gracious ladies that host such wonderful parties each week too.


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Monday, July 22, 2013

FABBY: Lovely Tablecloth Find

Hello sweet friends!

     I made a small tea table for my friend Carmen who had a birthday yesterday, July I baked for her an 'Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze' and the recipe is at the end of this post.

My other good news is that our local beautiful home store had a great Anniversary sale and I was so lucky to buy two gorgeous tablecloths! This lovely square lace-openwork tablecloth, was with a 50% off and the other is a white embroidered huge one for my formal dinner table, that was with a 60% off, which I will make a table scape with it for Kathleen's white party at 'Let's Dish' the 31st. of this month. Anyway, hope you like my new tablecloth find and the cake.

                                      Here I used my reticulated tea cups and cake plates to go with the
openwork beige new tablecloth and instead of the same tea set, I decided on another set with pretty flowers for a touch of Summer.

Don't you love the openwork-lace around it?.. this tablecloth is square, much better as the fall is so much prettier than of the round least I prefer the look of square cuts for round tables.

Here is the lovely center work in it too. My reticulated tea cups, saucers and cake plates to go with the color and style of the tablecloth.

Some tea anyone?

This gorgeous tea set, (if I may so myself) in ivory color with flowers from a few years ago, is made in the Philippines; specially for this store, as they have many things made just for them, in India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines in this case, and I imagine other countries too. I am thrilled because of my two very loved blog friends, Christine from Christine Home and Travel Adventures and Chie from Chubby and Chic...who are both from the Philippines.

The cute tea napkins are perfect for this linen and were from my Mil's tea napkin stash, along with my mom's First Communion, Antique sterling set of tea spoons, which I have a dozen. Mother also made for me the crocheted doily under the tea set.

Love the cheap astromelias from the grocery store; I always buy them for the house as they're $1.17 and so pretty... and also my Lady Carlyle three tier server I bought early this year.

The " Orange Bundt Cake with Orange glaze." I have the recipe for you ladies who'd like to have it, at the end of this post. The cake stand with pedestal was DIY'd by me and I also made another in blue glass too. I will make a post one of these days.

Our breakfast room area, which also helps when we have many guests, as it's next to the formal dining area.

I haven't done anything about fixing, or changing two things here...#1-our pug Ben who died almost three years ago just chewed the legs of this table and #2- he also loved to sleep under it in this old and ugly white rug, lol..  I wonder if it has something to do with missing Ben so much...

Thank you lovely friends for visiting me, as you always make my day!

I appreciate the great parties such wonderful ladies host each week.


 'Orange Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze'

1 Cup soft butter (unsweetened)
1 Cup sugar
3 eggs
1 Cup sour c ream
1 3/4 Cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tblesp. grated orange peel
2 Tbsp. cocoa
2-3 tsps. cinnamon
1/2 Cup sugar for sprinkling in pan.

For the glaze:
1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup fresh pure orange juice

Preheat oven at 325F.
 In large bowl of electric beater, cream butter,sugar and add eggs one at a time while you beat.
Add the sour cream, flour, orange peel and stir in slowly until combined.

Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. In a small bowl just mix 1/2 C. sugar, cinnamon and cocoa. Sprinkle in pan a couple of Tabls. and leave 1/3 Cup for later. 
Pour the cake batter and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture on top of cake.
Bake cake for 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on pan. Than when totally cool brush the glaze.

Make Glaze

Cook in a heavy sauce pan the sugar and orange juice and make it a little thick. Let cool and brush on top of cake, if you want make small holes with a toothpick and pour all the remaining glaze on top of it.

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