Friday, April 10, 2020

Blessings this Good Friday and Happy Easter Sunday

Hello sweet friends !

Since in shut down mode, I've bake bread and cakes sometimes. Soon cookies to send it to my grandgirl Maxima from Spain who is now living here in Cuenca-Ecuador and across the street from us.

I just baked an 'Orange Cake' for my mom to make her happy, hubby and me.

I think sweet stuff like bake goodies make us smile, especially if we are actually doing it. I so enjoy baking much more then cooking.

Wishing you all a quiet and blessed Good Friday.

Happy Easter Sunday. 

Blessings to you all and keep safe.

                   May the Blessings
                        Of the Lord
                      Shine upon You
                    On this Holy Day
                         & May He always
                      Keep in His Loving care.

Delicious "Rosa's Orange Cake" I baked for mother.

Another set of six quilted placemats and a round center mat.

We love this Orange Cake recipe as it's from a girl that used to work for us around 35 years ago and my little girls used to like love it.

" Rosa's Orange Bundt Cake "
2 Tablespoons of cornstarch
2 1/2 orange zest
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites beaten until stiff peaks form
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon Rum
1 tablespoon baking-powder
Pinch of salt

In a stand mixer bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
Then while beating, add each wet ingredient. (Except the egg whites.)
Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into batter.
Pre-heat oven to 350F. and bake for 40 minutes.

When you take it out of the pan, pinch it all over with a toothpick, so you can drizzle the following:

1 1/4 cups of powder sugar
2-3 tablespoons of fresh Orange juice
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix it well and glaze the cake all over it.

Thank you dear friends for your kind comments, you always make my day !

Thanking all the lovely hostesses for their great parties.


I will party here:

"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday

Friday Favorites

Flaunt it Friday

Funtastic Friday

Farmhouse Friday

Saturday Sparks


Love Your Creativity Link Party

Inspire Me Tuesday

Tuesday with a Twist

Vintage Charm Party

Keep in Touch

Creative Muster Party

Party in Your PJ's

Waste Not Wednesday

Charming Homes and Gardens

Grace at Home

Charming Home and Garden Wednesday

Tablescape Thursday

Saturday Sparks Link Party

Monday, April 6, 2020

Easter Wishes and a Cheerful Spring Table

Hello sweet friends !

As most of you are keeping inside your lovely homes and safety nests  during this 'Coronavirus' scary situation. I for one have been creating a happy, colorful and cheery Easter table to enjoy and to smile while I waltz throughout my home all day... either cleaning, or cooking, or looking out my window and enjoying the beautiful river and forest scenery from all around our penthouse apartment windows.

I hope one day soon we can all get together with our loved ones and friends and 'celebrate' life again. I am looking forward to such a day, although, at present we are living, very uncertain times ! 

Just the same, 'hoping it will end soon, while praying to our dear Lord and being positive, having lovely thoughts do make me smile. 

 Besides creating this table setting with my very 'cheery tablecloth' for Spring, which I picked up last year at the home store, and using one of my very fav happy dinnerware, we own for more then 30 years, perhaps maybe 35 years and it's, 'Tognana, made in Italy.'

Wishing you all a very safe and happy Easter week.

God bless each one of you.

My happy and cheery 'Easter' table setting for 2020.

I thought I display my lovely 'Italian Tognana' dinnerware, as it's in pink, yellow and a tiny blue floral pattern and I paired it with pink chargers.

I placed my "recycled napkins" as they are in pink floral and that are part of a pretty tablecloth as well. (Not this one) 

I said recycled because they came from my two daughters old bedrooms curtains, so I made a lovely tablecloth from the those draperies and the 12 napkins, 8 displayed here.

I love the gold flatware as it picks up the gold-yellow around the table topper.

The dinnerware has such a pretty floral pattern.
 Dinner plate.

Soup plate, or bowl

Salad plate and the egg cups I found at 'Zara Home Madrid' two years ago.

The cute bunnies are 'Terracota planters' and I found them at my neighborhood's flower shop for $2,50 each... yep !

I totally love them !

The candy bowl with the girls, now holding fruit is a 'Meissen,' one of my fav pieces from around the house.

Two of the teacups from the china set for 'Nine'. Yeah, the owner of the store gifted us the place set from the window display, as we had bought the 'two only boxes' left of four place settings. 

We were so lucky !

One of the 'Tognana' teacups with a bird's nest.

I totally love the 'bunny planters.'

When this is over I'll head to the 'Plant Nursery' and buy some flower plants to grow on them.

Thank you dear friends for your kind comments, you always make my day !

Thanking each lovely hostesses for their wonderful parties.


I will party here:

Love Your Creativity Link Party

Inspire Me Monday

Make it Pretty Monday

Busy Monday

You're the Star

Inspire Me Tuesday


Little Cottage Link Party

All About Home

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop

Farm Fresh Tuesday

Celebrate Your Story

Oh My Heartsy Girls Wonderful Wednesday

Happiness is Homemade

Tablescape Thursdays

Share Your Style

Classical Homemaking Party

Grace at Home

"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday

Friday Favorites

Flaunt it Friday

Funtastic Friday

Farmhouse Friday

Saturday Sparks