Friday, August 1, 2014

FABBY: July Rosary Gathering Tea

Hello my sweet friends!

      Here is another Rosary gathering with friends, that has come and gone, the last Wednesday of each month.
It seems I'm often sharing these tables but no, they're are each month it's just that time runs between our fingers and we are now celebrating the First of August, my goodness!

Wishing all of you a wonderful August and may God bless you too!

For the July Rosary I chose my ever lovely, ivory reticulated dishes. I might add it's a complete set for 12 with chargers, as well.

This set of dishes came with two pretty hurricanes too.

The tea set is from another ivory and lace pattern, as my dishes didn't come with a tea service, but they matched pretty well, as you can see here...right?

I also found this ivory bowl in another place a few years ago and it became a fruit bowl for the centerpiece, opposed to flowers for a change.

We had the usual food: 'home made bread, bakery bought bread and home made jams and cheese.'

Here are my homemade jams, blackberry and strawberry.
The small cloches were a giveaway I won from lovely Chie and they are four and came with their small and cute spoons.

I used the dinner plate as chargers for more of an effect and to add more lace volume.

 The set for 12 has soup bowls as well and big chargers. It also came with service bowls and long platters and I bought two extra chargers, to use as serving big round plates.

The runner was crocheted by mother as a set with the big tablecloth she made for me several years ago.

Some of the friends that follow me know that the yellow tablecloth I re- purposed when I changed my 'yellow silk moire' draperies from the living room and family room to 'Hunter Douglas' shades a little over two years ago.

Thanking you so much sweet friends for your lovely and kind comments, they always make my day!

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


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

FABBY: Hi-Yo Silver...away!

Hello sweet friends!

    Alejandro is sick in bed with a bad cold, so while I've been a 'sweet nurse,' and the fact that I feel alone, as he's busy been sick, watching TV and working with his computer... I decided to get busy myself and started to look at all my dirty and dark-gray silver in the antique buffet.
I gathered them all and headed for the kitchen, determined to start my chore, Asap!

Here is my 'shining silver' after polishing it like a mad and a half hours later! 

All of a sudden I felt like screaming...hi-yo!

You all remember that great cowboy TV show from the 60's, 'The Lone Ranger,' who had a horse named 'Silver' and dad, my brothers and me never missed it, hehehe..

I also created a table for lunch tomorrow, when we'll be four, with my new 'balsa-wood' place mats. Balsa wood is very light weight and light in color, like a cream beige and there's a lot around here and there are very pretty products made from it as well.

I found these very pretty cut out place mats, which I know you would've bought them too, if you saw them.
They're made here, in Ecuador.

Ok, here goes my lovely silver.

The antique Belgium buffet had dirty, dark gray silver for so long; sadly displayed on top of it, as the last time I buffed and shined and polished them was last October for a dinner party...hehe..

I'm so happy and proud of my work so I wanted to share before I forget to shine them again... not that I loved doing it, either, lol!

Shining, ha!

This antique piece has a tier where I have the small silver and sterling heirlooms. The antique Dutch teaset is pewter, so no need to clean!

My lunch table for Monday. I used my 'Spanish country dishes, I haven't taken them out in a very long time.'

I loved these 'balsa-wood,' cut out place mats I bought the other day. I have eight of them. The painted finish is just like the 'Spanish country dishes' I used for this setting.

I know these dishes don't make a great contrast with the placemats, but I liked the softness of it, like 'beige on beige.'

I also made yesterday some 'Italian Anisette Cookies' hubby loves.
The recipe is at the end of this post.

I love the contrast the placemats make on the wood table.
Some of you know hubby bought this gorgeous vintage 'French' table a couple of weeks ago. In the back side board my new blue and white finds.

I'm still admiring the lovely carvings of the vintage French table, which is what made Alejandro decide on it.

The amber wine stems are 'Italian' and the water etched glasses are 'Bohemian-Czech Republic.'

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

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


Italian Anisette Cookies with Sprinkles



Units: US | Metric




  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. 2
    For cookies, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add anise extract.
  3. 3
    Blend flour and baking powder. Start by adding about 1/3 of these dry ingredients to the butter/sugar in your mixer, then add 1 T. milk. Add another third of the flour and another 1 T. milk. Finally, mix in enough of the remaining flour until your dough is like a brownie batter (it should be softer than a drop cookie dough).
  4. 4
    Use a 1 T. cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies - use wet fingers to pat any rough edges OR for an Easter-Egg look, roll 1 T. dough into an elongated ball.
  5. 5
    Bake cookies 10-12 minutes (they won't be brown but the insides will be soft and cake-like).
  6. 6
    For icing: mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze. HINT: When I make the icing, I make it thick but then I microwave it for 10 seconds so it is thin enough for dipping. Also, I like to divide the mixture in thirds, and then add ONE DROP of food coloring to each batch (pink, green, yellow).
  7. 7
    Hold cookie in your hand and turn upside down so you can dip the top half in the glaze; turn over and immediately top with sprinkles so they will stick.
  8. 8
    Allow icing to harden overnight; then store in air-tight containers or freeze.

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