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Friday, September 19, 2014

Beautiful Gift Shop

Hello everyone,
I posted last Saturday my *Fall Picnic* Here 
On Sunday afternoon my sister and brother-in-law arrived for a couple of days. Monday we went golfing and out to dinner and Tuesday morning they left for home. Early Wednesday morning I drove to a friends house in Red Bluff to make a raffle basket for our Harvest Bazaar in November. After spending a delightful day visiting my wonderful friends I headed home. But before getting on the freeway I stopped by my favorite gift shop in the whole world.  The House of Design in the Kraft Library.
With the first day of Autumn Tuesday, September 23, 2014. 
I have some wonderful inspiration for mantels and table centerpieces. 

This is the first view I saw when I walked in door. 
Amazing***

Always a cloche and a bird house
The Autumnal Equinox
The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.” The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator
Thanks for visiting. If you would like to visit the House of Design go here.  To see the beautiful Kraft Library video go here
Joyously,
Betty
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Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Saturday, September 13, 2014

*Fall Picnic*


Hello everyone,
Company is coming this weekend. I wanted to add a little fall color to our patio. While thrift shopping a couple of weeks ago I found this vintage wicker woven picnic basket...I knew it would be a wonderful addition to my patio area.

My sun hat is ready to shade the Autumn sun while working in the yard next week
Mr. and Mrs. Scarecrow have joined the party in the patio. I love to bring this pair of cuties out every September. 
Sunflowers are so perfect for my little vignette.  

My bistro set is used as added seating when we have a party. I found this soft Autumn colored throw at the goodwill for .99¢ Sweet♥
A neutral colored bow and tendrils surrounding the handles.
I love the detail on the vintage wicker basket.
Lately I've been fascinated by the 'Watercolor' technique on photographs. I played with Photoshop and created my version of a 'Watercolor' photo... 

Here is my new flag for the garden. Speaking of editing photos. I wish I knew how to remove the fold lines from my new flag without getting out the iron. I guess next week when I'm out working in the garden I'll take the flag off the flag holder and iron out the creases. LOL!
They say: Nothing is ever perfect...
Thanks for visiting and thanks for the wonderful comments.
Linking to:
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Joyously,
Betty 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Pretty Tea Cup


Hello everyone,
Hope you're having a nice weekend. The weather is still warm...As I write this post on Sunday evening the temp is in the low nineties. My daughter came by this morning and baked a French Pear Tart and one Pear Crisp with the pears from her friend's tree.  Go Here for the French Pear Tart recipe.
Last week at my favorite thrift store they had Vintage week. I bought a new tea cup and saucer. My roses are still trying to give me amazing joy by blooming in this heat.  
Roslyn (England) Sunnydale Pattern 
I couldn't decide if I wanted to use a pink tea pot or a white tea pot, so I used both. LOL. The little spoon is a gift from one of my traveling companions. It's sterling silver with a English crown on top. 
I'm so in love with beautiful tea cups. 
And of course Roses.
Just Joey and Secret are my two favorites today.
Pin it
Thanks for visiting. Well it's time for dessert (pear tart)
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Joyously,
Betty ♥

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Simple French Pear Tart


Hello everyone,
The late summer and fall bring some wonderful fruits to our table. My daughter's friend (male) has a 5 acre parcel at the foot of Mt Lassen. He loves to garden and has planted some fruit trees on the property. A couple of weeks ago he brought us some fresh green pears. I put them in a box and covered them with a towel until they ripened. Yesterday I made a Simple French Pear Tart.
What a simple and delicious dessert. 
When I was a young girl living in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley. We would have pears all during the season. My mom and dad would pick pears and we would eat them fresh and my mom would can pears, so we could enjoy them all winter long.
Here is the recipe for 
SIMPLE FRENCH PEAR TART
Printable recipe go HERE

Rustic Pear Tart

Rustic Pear Tart
Adapted from Ellie Krieger
Ingredients
One (1) Frozen Pie Crust-Thawed
Filling
3 Medium pears
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Glaze 
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon boiling water
Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and prepare the filling. Peel pears, core them and cut into 1/4-inch slices in a large bowl toss the pear slices with the lemon juice. Sprinkle in the cornstarch, brown sugar and cinnamon and toss until the pears are evenly coated. Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place pie crust to the prepared baking sheet. 
Arrange the pears in a mound in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border.  Fold the border over the filling. It will only cover the pears partially and does not need to be even. 
Bake the tart for 15 minutes, and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, keeping the tart in the oven all the while, and bake for another 40 minutes, until the pears are tender and the crust is golden brown. 
In small bowl stir together the honey and boiling water to make a glaze.  When the tart is done remove it from the oven and brush the honey glaze all over the top of the fruit and crust. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Cut into 6 wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
Enjoy!


Last night, sweetheart and I enjoyed a piece of pear tart with vanilla bean ice cream on top. Yummy!
I love the way the pears sparkle with the honey glaze. And the simple way the ready made pie crust surrounds the pear mixture. 
It's amazing how the simple things in life are sometimes the very best. 
As they say in France 'Bon Appetit'
Thank you so much for visiting and please come back soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday
Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

*A Closer Look*


Hello everyone,
I'm starting to feel the air change into the fall season. Last week I took photos of my August garden and today I want to give you a closer look at some of my treasures in the garden that give me so much pleasure. 
My sweet angel is standing in a bed of blooming Veronica. 
The little angels are watching from the picnic table.
The grape vine and roses are showing signs of fall. I can't wait until it's cool enough to set another tablescape under the pergola. Maybe next week. 
Sweetheart repaired a 30 year old faucet and I just couldn't throw it away. I love bird houses.
What's the buzz? I found this cute flag on clearance, but I had to buy a flag holder at Walmart at full price. 
The pots are still waiting for some color. Orange mums or some other fall color...
Another view from the end of our property. 
Before~June
After~August
I love the last weeks of Summer...
St. Francis of Assisi has a new pedestal.
Another look at the Blue Bench

Thanks for visiting.
Joyously,
Betty
For more garden views check out last week's post HERE

Time Travel Thursdays at Brambleberry Cottage
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden
Katherine's Corner for Thursday Favorite Thing 
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 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 

Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

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