Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FABBY: January 2015, First Rosary Gathering

Hello sweet friends!

Here I am 'hosting' again this month and this time is the very 'First Rosary of 2015.'

I am very excited as this would be the second year some of us are getting together, praying for the sick, for the ones that require special prayers, for family and friends, etc. Here I am ready for your requests as well, please do so.

 I'm starting with sweet hubby's favorite pottery dishes we made back at our factory and this one was called 'Carnations' and it's his, just like the embroidery in the collars and cuffs of the Indigenous people of Ecuador's blouses and shirts. 
Since the 28th. of January is Alejandro's birthday, I am setting my tea tables with his 'very own dishes' in his honor.

Our tea party after prayers is very simple, just bread, home jams and cheese; but this time been that it's the first Rosary of 2015 and it's also Alejandro's birthday and all the fifteen friends are coming, I decided it to treat them to my ''Carrot-Coconut Cake' they love.

Here you have it and Happy Birthday to the love of my life.

I didn't use a table topper this time, but my balsa-wood placemats I really love and they seem perfect with the decoration in the edges of the china.
Take a look!

I will have some yummy cookies my friend offered to bring later on, in this pretty basket.

The Carrot Cake recipe is at the end of this post, for the ones that wish to make it and it is a great cake, you will love it!

The salad plate and in this case the cake plate is decorated just like the dinner and soup bowls.
This set of dishes were made for a complete 16 place settings.

A delish butter and braided loaf bread.
My favorite tea dishes are this gorgeous 12 place settings and very complete 'Staffordshire, English Red Tranferware.'
I hate to say it's a favorite, as I have so many dishes and there's lots I totally love!

Congratulations dear Sandi for such a huge Bloggiversary and Tea Party and thank you so much for the time you share with us every week.
I for one adore tea parties, and you have been such an inspiration for me and I have learned so much about the beautiful teacups and dishes you always share. 


I used the crocheted runner mother made for me many years ago, as it seem to go so well with the cutwork balsa-wood placemats around it. 

Look how cute the half peach is on the jam bowl!

Cute little chicken resting on the top of the sugar bowl's lid.

The china is made of 'terracotta' and left  showing in the inside of the teacups for more of a country look.

The breakfast vintage French table will sit six ladies as well and maybe even one more.
I bought this cotton tablecloth many years ago, specially to match these dishes.

The glass lazy-susan will hold the jam bowls, the cookies, sugar bowl and bread basket, along with the cheese plate.
Here a smaller ceramic basket for my friend's cookies.

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

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


Walnut Delicious Carrot Cake

2 cups all purpose-flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 cups fine shredded carrot
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts  (optional)

3/4 Cup shaved coconut (optional)

In a bowl of the K. Aid, or electric mixer of your choice, combine flour, bp, bs, and cinnamon.
Add carrot, oil, coarse walnuts and eggs. Beat until very well combined. Add coconut and beat together, as well.

Pour into one bundt cake, like I did, or two greased and floured 9x1 1/2-inch round baking pans.
 Bake at 350F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or check your oven, or when tooth pick inserted in the middle of cake comes out clean.

Let it cool 10 minutes in pan and remove. Let cool completely before putting the cream-cheese frosting on it.

Cream-Cheese Frosting

2-3 ounces packages cream cheese
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
2 tsps vanilla
4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups sifted powder sugar  (this amount is perfect for the filling too, but ONLY for icing, just on the top; I make less of the amount the recipe asks for)

 In a bowl beat together all ingredients, until light and fluffy. Check to see if it's of spreading consistency.
Spread on top of cake, or use for the filling of two cake layers and on top as well.

Garnish with some coconut and half Maraschino cherries, like in the photo here.

Thanking you sweet and kind friends for all the comments you leave me, as you always make my day!

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

I will be joining:

Tea Time Tuesday Anniversary    http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
A Return to Loveliness    http://www.adelightsomelife.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea    www.antiquesandteacups.com
Friends Sharing Tea    http://blogbernideens.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME    http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Share Your Cup Thursday    http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Inspire Me Tuesday    www.astrollthrulife.net
Vintage Inspiration Party    http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
What's it Wednesday   http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Wake Up Linky Party    www.godsgrowinggarden.com

Wednesday Blog Hop    www.clairejustineoxox.com
Centerpiece Wednesday    http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com
Homemaking party    www.hopeineveryseason.com
Share Your Cup Thursday   http://jannolson.blogSpot.com
Thursday Favorite Things    http://katherinescoener.com
Home and Garden Thursday     www.adelightsomelife.com
Before and After Wednesday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
Willdly Original Link Party    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
Create it Thursday    www.lambertslately.com
Tablescape Thursday    http://betweennapsontheporch.net

Creative Ways Link Party    www.posedperfection.com
Show and Tell Friday    http://myromantichome.blogspot.com
BLUE Monday     http://smilingsally.blogspot.com
Amaze Me Monday    www.dwellings-theheartofyour.com
The Sunday Showcase Party    www.bystephanielynn.com