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Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloweens Past

Hello everyone,
Please join me on a little trip down memory lane. I started blogging in 2010. I love blogging and Halloween is such a fun time for tablescapes. 
Tea Time
Tablescapes 
and 
Cupcakes
My kitty and Crow with a tea cup and mums from my garden
Mosaic
I love to decorate with my cloche
Mr. Crow is the center attraction
October mantel 2013
Mosaic
Cupcakes galore 

The green faced witch is really working the broom.
Mr and Mrs Kitty
"Bats"
Mice and a few haunted houses!
Have a great weekend!
and
a
Safe Halloween
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thur Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Easy Caramel Corn


Hello everyone,
Oh my goodness, I can't believe October is almost over. Next week is Halloween and I have a wonderful treat. 
EASY CARAMEL CORN
Printable recipe
courtesy of Pat W.
Microwave 2 packages of white microwave popcorn
In large deep pot
 melt together
2/3 cup butter
1 1/4 sugar - White or brown - or mixed
2/3 cup of dark corn syrup 
Cook for 5 minutes
add
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Stir foaming mixture and add hot mixture to 
popped popcorn in a big brown grocery bag
Shake well
Mixed Nuts can be added at this time
Microwave the bag of popcorn for 1 minute, remove and shake
Do this procedure 2 more times.
Total 3 times
Spread hot popcorn on large cookie sheet and separate
with a fork for 5 minutes until cool
Delicious!
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I am the photographer and Sweetheart is mixing the ingredients...So some photos are a little blurry. LOL 
Cooking the sugar coating
Popcorn in the brown paper bag
Pouring the coating into the brown paper bag
Brown paper bag
After 3 minutes in the microwave
Separating caramel corn with a spoon...
I'm sure you will love this recipe and enjoy the Caramel Corn on many festive days. Thanksgiving and Super Bowl are a few occasions we have made this delicious treat.
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking:
Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday
Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday  
  A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop!
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scottish Tea Time


Hello everyone,
The fall weather is hitting Northern California tonight. We are finally having some rain...I have a love affair with Scotland and I've been on the hunt for another tea cup with a Thistle motif. 
'Jack Pot' while thrifting I found this beauty. This afternoon I set a little tea table to enjoy some tea and Scottish shortbread cookies.
This tea cup was my first Thistle find. 'Adderley' England. 
Flower bouquet from my garden. Chrysanthemum and Dahlias are blooming in abundance

'Brandi™ Burgundy'

While visiting Scotland in 2011 our hotel rooms would have a tea center. 'Walkers' shortbread cookies were always offered in individual wrapped packages. Whenever I see some different shaped Walkers shortbread I buy them. These Shortbread Rounds features the Scots Thistle, long recognized as the National Emblem of Scotland. 
'Walkers' Scottie Dogs
'Campbells' Pure Butter Shortbread Kilts.


My new favorite book is Jan Karon's newest book Mitford #10.
*Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good*
I have all the Mitford books in my library and I truly loved them.
The prickly purple thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland during the rein of Alexander III (1249 -1286). Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear.

As they drew near to the Scots it wasn't the only thing hiding under the cover of darkness. For one of  Haakon's men unfortunately stood on one of these spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots who won the day.
The first use of the Thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470
Stacked tea cups
Acorn tea spoons. 
  

Now it's time for me to start packing for my retreat I'm attending this weekend. Prayer and Meditation is going to be my goal.
Have a glorious week
Joyously, 
Betty
I will be joining these lovely parties.
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 
Dandelion House for Farmhouse Friday Blog Hop
Natasha in OZ for Say G'Day Linky Party 
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 





Sunday, October 12, 2014

One Pumpkin-Two Mums

Hi everyone,
Hope your weekend is going swimmingly. I am having a great weekend. Cleaning out my closet. I have three containers, one for consignment, one for Goodwill and one for a future yard sale. Over the last four years of blogging my focus has moved to more simple posts. Since I'm almost 74 years old I just can't schlep things around like I could four years ago. I love table top vignettes and garden photos. My white Bistro set is a perfect place to add some fall color.
September-A Fall Picnic (Before)
October is here and I went shopping for One Pumpkin for $4.88 at Walmart and Two Mums at Walmart for under eight dollars.
They are going to be playing double duty during this fall season.
Late November the mums will be planted out in the garden for some beautiful color next year.
While out thrifting the other day I bought a plastic bag of faux pumpkins for $3.00. I love the brown grape vine pumpkins so much.



(After)

I love this pumpkin and who doesn't like an old basket and a terracotta pot!


I have some baking to do this afternoon and work on another kneeler, so I'm off to play in the closet and take a few more photos.


Thanks for visiting and hope you enjoy your weekend.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Under The Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party  
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
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
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