Monday, August 21, 2017

A Little Stitchin' - with an update bit of info....

Gentle friends, well, here's a snaperoo of the latest finished "block" of AotH...

 ... it is probably my least favorite Block so far for color, I think it works well overall visually ... but... as with many of the suggested flosses that are found in BBD charts... the tones of the colors are so similar that they look like there is no change... so much so that I backstitched around the windows just to delineate them from the house walls... A little family info...this block I stitched for my paternal grandparents - now both gone - my Granny was named after her grandmother... so her name reaches back to 1860 and my Great-great -grandmother in Tennessee.  

Don't get me wrong I really love BBD for design and have lots of their charts. The only real change I made was with the trees they were supposed to be stitched with CC Camouflage and I used GAST Forest Glade - they look much more pine trees than would have had I used Camouflage....

.... and here's the piece with what I finished so far...
please do excuse any stray who hound hair in the photos.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, out and about over the weekend I found a few fun things....

... a super cut glass and sterling overlay tray, an early transferware soup plate and a really nice pice of Limoges....

You know what a sucker I am for cut glass and when there is some sterling involved I really can't resist.  When I first saw this tray in a pile of other plates and trays I knew immediately what it was, I picked it up and saw the price was only $2.00 - I knew it was coming home with me....  here's what it looked like in the store and when I got it home.....

.... the thick applied silver decoration was totally black....

... with a lot of elbow grease and a little silver polish.....

... I ended up with a lovely "new" piece!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Little Eatin' Out

Gentle Friends, we headed off to dinner last Friday evening to our favorite Chinese place, Alice's. 

starting off with two appetizers.... some spring rolls....

... and some of what they are really known for - avocado egg rolls!!    With the prices of avocados on the rise, I'm not too sure how long they will be able to offer these treats....

 ... everything is served "family style" so we order four things.... "Walnut Prawns"...
... some of their delicious "Fried Rice"...

... some "Spicey Chicken"... it really should be called peppered chicken as the spice is black pepper, and it's super delicious!!....

.... and rounding out the table was some Mongolian Beef!!  There was four of us and we gobbled this stuff up like it was nobody'ss business!!  

After dinner, we walked down the few blocks to .....

..Mitchell's Ice cream......

... Rico had a Sundae, with both hot chocolate and hot caramel sauce, the ice cream he chose was NY Cherry and French Vanilla.....

John had two scoops in a plain waffle cone, the two ice creams he picked were 
NY Cherry and Strawberry

Mike had two scoops in a cup, they were Cookies and Cream and NY Cherry.... 
there was a theme with the NY Cherry.......

... and I chose two scoops in a cup  - they were Pralines with caramel and Mexican Chocolate!!  We ate the Ice cream walking back to the car....  it was a really fun evening!!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Little Bakin'

Gentle friends,  over the weekend the City was enrobed with heavy fog and the temps hovered in the high 50's all day Sunday which put me in a really fun Fall mood..... so I wanted to bake something Fall-ish!!  I dug around and found a magazine I bought last year that is full of Pumpkin recipes.... I found a winner...

... a Pumpkin cake/loaf with and chocolate, espresso/spice laced icing.... home run folks!!!  Now I am really excited for Fall and all that this time of the year brings.... my favorite time of year!!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping y do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends,  still working away on AotH and here's a snaperoo..

... I'm actually a bit further along than this picture shows, but this is the snap I had and here's what's going on with me and this damn "vine." 

When I pulled the floss for this block I really didn't like the idea of the vine being chamomile along with the box border on the bottom.  So, I stitched the whole vine in "better" shades of green.... I started off with one shade of green - endive -  then got about half way through and changed to another "green" - finished the vine - at that point I was going to make the decision about which green I liked best.....  I really didn't like either green so I pulled it all out and went back and stitched the entire vine in the called for chamomile... I feel very indecisive with this block and the color palette -  which is not like me at all!!...... so I think I'm stitching with the suggested colors for the time being.   I'll probably have the block finished up by the end of the week so there may be another snap later on!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by and listening to my grousing!!  
Do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I got the hankering to bake a cake.... and since pound cake always hits the top of my list I went looking for a recipe and found a "Sour Cream Pecan Pound Cake" that fit the bill..... I read through the comments and tweaked the recipe a bit and come up with this winner!!!  Here's a snap of the finished product...

... I turned it out of the pan a bit too soon and the cooling rack left some odd divets in the top, but it didn't make it taste any less delicious!!  It is a nice dense cake with a super orange/nutty flavor and the glaze is simple and also enhances the overall orange flavor.....  here's the recipe...

Sour Cream Pecan Pound Cake

2 1/2 C AP Flour
1/2 C Ground Pecans
1/2 C Chopped Pecans
1/2 Teas salt
1/4 teas Baking Soda
1C Butter - room temperature
2 1/2 C Sugar
1C Sour Cream
6 Eggs - room temperature
1 Teas Vanilla
1 Tbl Orange Zest

2C Icing Sugar
6 Tbls Orange Juice
1 Teas Vanilla
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees - butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan and sprinkle a 1/2 chopped pecans in the bottom

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add each egg separately, beating well after each addition
Sift together the dry ingredients.
Into the butter mixture add alternately the sour cream and flour a little at a time
(I did it by the spoon full)
Then add the ground pecans, orange zest and vanilla
(I used a bourbon vanilla and next time I'll just use straight bourbon).
After everything is well-incorporated spoon the batter over the pecans into the prepared pan.
Bake for between 70 and 90 minutes.
I started to check doneness at 75 minutes and it was well done at about 80 minutes.

Let the cake sit in the pan for about 20 minutes then turn out and spoon the glaze over the warm cake.  To make glaze mix the icing sugar, juice and vanilla together and slowly spoon over warm cake.
 I had the cake sitting on a cooling rack on a low bowl so that the glaze as it dripped off the cake gathered into the bowl.  I then reglazed the cake a couple of times with glaze runoff.

It's a super cake an can be tweaked to your taste - I tweaked it from the recipe I found - and will tweak it, even more, the next time I make it!!

Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends,  out and about over the weekend and I picked up a few fun things...

... from L to R... I found the beautiful bright cut pitcher at the Salvation army.  The matching glass was nowhere near it, in fact, it was mixed in on the shelves of plain glassware on the far side of the store.  It seemed odd to me that they were not being sold together. I only found a single glass, but there may be more out there and I'll be looking ...  The cute duck cream and sugar really are not me at all but in the moment I fell for their charm and brought them home.  It was a lovely afternoon and after shopping, we headed over to Los Jalisco for lunch and then home to do laundry.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Little Meeting

Gentle Friends, I usually make it rule to not talk about my work here on the Blog but keep things interesting and fun..... however, last Friday we had one of our infamous Quarterly Meetings over in Berkeley.  I work for a small Media Company here in the City and anytime we have a meeting we end up going out to lunch or drinks and somewhere fun....  well, last Friday we did all three... after the meeting, we headed down to Cornerstone Craft Beer Brewery.  This place is known for the 42 craft beers on tap.  I like some beers - but was not in the mood Friday for one.  They do have...

 ... a full, well-stocked bar... so you know I had to have a cocktail...  
I acquired one of  their drinks menu's and ordered a "Captain's Boutonniere" 

... it's a drink that has Captian Morgan Grapefruit Rum, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur a splash of fresh lemon juice served on the rocks.....

... a really delicious way to start off the afternoon.....  then we moved on to ordering some food...

... I ordered...

... the Shaved Tri-Tip Dip.... by the time my sandwich showed up as You can see I had polished off the Boutonniere...  I then had a "Purple Haze"...

...this cocktail has Ketel One Citron Vodka, Chambord a splash of pineapple juice served up....  
a bit on the sweet side... I should have just had another Boutonniere.  

I had a third cocktail but forgot to take a was another vodka based drink using 
Absolute Maderian vodka, peach liqueur, pomegranate liqueur and lime juice.... 
it was really tasty and pink colored and called a "Good Company." 

They have a sperate room for games....

... and some of the folks played ping pong......

... and we had a quick snap of all of us before the afternoon fun broke up...that's me in front, I just plopped myself down and smiled when I was told to!!  Overall it was a really nice afternoon and a great way to start off the weekend.

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, well, I finished up "October" and here's a shot....

... October in my family is just chock-a-block full of "anniversaries" and "dates of import"...I settled on my Sister and BIL's wedding date...I really enjoyed this block and love all the various orange flosses used.  I changed some of the bits and pieces and added an extra leaf and piece of vine.

Here is my list of changes ... 

GAST Apple Cider to GAST Kale (Special Edition Color)
The Large pumpkin lower right I used Gast Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Patch
The House is CC Pumpkin Harvest
The Pumpkin Flower I restitched in GAST Bittersweet

... and here is the entire piece as it stands at the moment...


There you go sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Little Gift and a Little Thrift.....

Gentle Friends, just a quick post today.....  a little back story.... some very good friends of ours bought a second home up in Guerneville.  The house was they bought was filled full chock full of things and slowly they have been going through the "stuff.  One of the things they found was a long stitched picture and they knew of my interest in "stitching" things and so they gave it to me.....

... although there is a little damage, the floss used looks to be a variegated wool, and it is stitched on a paper ground...

.... it is in a Victorian Faux Bois frame with chip carving which probably dates to the mid-1880's... it's a really fun piece and I was so happy to have rescued it...they didn't want it and it was headed for the Goodwill pile....

... I found this great blue transferware plate at a thrift store on Saturday and I bought it not because of the picture of the State Capital of Illinois, but for the border which is very similar to the "Wildrose " transferware pattern, I collect.
There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Little Fog

Gentle Friends,  over the weekend we had some wonderfully typical SF summer weather.... Saturday the temps reached a blistering 57 degrees during the day with a super breeze..... then Sunday I think we broke 60 degrees.... it was lovely and cool with lots of fog both days.  We had planned on going over to China Town out to dinner but with the fog pouring over Twin Peaks....

...  and galloping up through the Golden Gate over the City...

... we decided to stay in and ordered Haystack pizza!!

I love summer here by the Bay!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again !!

Take care,

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Freinds, I am stitching away on "October; and had to frog out quite a bit when what I had stitched didn't really work for me..... so although I had stitched quite a bit more here's where I am at the moment....

... I went back and pulled out the light colored pumpkin that goes in the lower right corner... then  I pulled out all that is now the green part of the vine border.  It started off a sort of tan/brown and blended far too closely with the golden part of the vine.... as with the last block once this is finished I'll list all the changes I made.

There you go sports fans, thanks, for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Little Fall Color

Gentle friends, I didn't want the week to go by with out another post... so it'll be another sort of stitching post.... I'm stitching away on "October" and have shifted out some of the colors already and then thought I wanted to increase the orange flosses...... 

... so I went back through my floss stash and pulled all the orange shaded flosses I could find..... I was really surprised at how many I had and how slight some of the variations were.....  BTW I am loving this block immensely!!!

Have a super weekend sports fans see you next week!!

Take care,

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I finished up the last Block on the second row... "Septemeber"....  here's a snap.

... this square is all about education, I was the third in my family to graduate from East Carolina University...  so I put the years my Grandmother, my parents and when I graduated...  I shifted lots of the floss to Purple and Gold - they are the school colors, the tree looks kind of like a long needle pine tree, which is all over Eastern NC so I left it alone, I changed up the house to a "Carolina Blue" color, which is a reference to UNC where I did Graduate work... so it's sort of an ode to North Carolina and Higher Education!  Here are the specific changes I made:

 I stitched the Quaker motifs on the left and the Algerian Eyes in CC Cappucino 
The Butterfly is stitched using GAST Ye Olde Gold, Old Purple Paint, and Butternut Squash
The Heart on the right is stitched using GAST Berry Cobbler and CC Queen Bee
The House is CC Rain Shower
The Bricks on the house are GAST Pomegranate
CC Tufted Yellow I changed to GAST Shaker White
The numbers and letters are all GAST Ole Purple Paint

Here's a snap of the entire piece as it stands....


That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Fine Film

Gentle Friends, I was only a few weeks old when JFK was assassinated in Dallas, TX, I have no first-hand recollection of the event but have grown up hearing and reading about the events of that day and all the repercussions following.  Through the years I've read or been made aware through TV and newsprint of the life being led by the former first lady up until her death in 1994.  Then there was the frenzy that was the auction of her things in the Spring of 1996 - so I've always been interested in the Kennedy administration and the idea of that short time that was once called ... "Camelot"

So I was really excited to see there was a film coming out about "Jackie"  
and the portrayal of her by Natalie Portman.....

....  after seeing the film I was really impressed, it was told from a flashback point of view.  It won many awards and was received by most critics favorably.  I would recommend the film and Natalie's performance is worth a look for sure.

There you go sports fans, thanks for stoppng by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends... out and about again over the weekend - cast your mind back a few years and you may remember when I found this fun cookie jar...

... I have a few cookie jars and switch them out seasonally, but this one sits out quite a bit when I need just a fun jar out the counter...well...this past weekend here are the things I picked up ...

... from L to R ... a great old 19th platter in a modified Imari pattern, a fun piece of Beswick of kitties, a "new" coffee cup for work, a vintage chrome and amber glass tidbits dish...and
...another cookie jar...

... the same maker (unknown) with some super chickens... and I like chickens more than ducks so I'll probably just move the duck one through the Bay of evil and keep the chicken one for myself!!

There you go sports fans - thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,