July

July

July 22, 2016

CHANGING COLORS


I came across this photo today
and
it instantly transported me back to my grandmothers home.
A very small town in Ohio where everyone knew everyone.
WE knew everyone.
Most All of those people are now gone...
including my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
I so miss them.....
but it IS lovely to think about those days long ago.
We only have today and we are certainly not promised a tomorrow...
so....TODAY, I am thinking about things that make me happy.


I am so looking forward to fall...
the colors of Autumn are so warm and comforting.
This photo reminded me of shopping with Mother
and
preparing for back to school days, football games
and
the leaves falling in the front yard.


Don't you love autumn evenings
when the candles glow from within our homes
and pumpkins are all about.....
While we lived in Maine,
our little New England village
began decorating for Autumn on September 1st.
The fall came quickly...and....it was marvelous.......


Oh yes, worn heirloom quilts draped over tables
and chairs......sunflowers and garlands...
pumpkin bread baking in the oven....


I have a swan just like this....
inspiration for making a fall arrangement....
to compliment mother's sideboard.


Autumn is such an elegant season...
it is God's gift to us my darlings.....
it's there for the taking...
embrace those glorious months.


My dining room chandelier is always on a dimmer....
it can make an October evening so romantic......



Autumn....that mystical magical time to feel alive.......

Enjoy your weekend loves!

Images~ Pinterest

July 21, 2016

BEAUTIFUL TEXAS WINERY AND BBQ

We have a date....
in November..
It's our wedding anniversary
and
we have just discovered
a hidden gem!


Miss Catherine attended a bridal luncheon
at Mitas Hill last weekend and
just happened to leave her cell phone behind.
So the darling and I offered to drive out
and pick it up for her!
This is very close to our home
and
would you believe we had no idea this gorgeous winery
was even here!
This turned out to be a delightful
discovery for us, so we plan to return
for an afternoon in October
and have a date for our anniversary in November!
Just look at how lovely the ground are!!!







This is their steakhouse...
Justine's...
Please reserve the table in front of the fireplace for me....




Hey...who needs Napa Valley?
We have our own gorgeous winery
within a minutes drive in the great state of Texas!


We drove out in the countryside to locate the winery
and passed some gorgeous country estates!
This particular home caught my eye...
the most magnificent trees ever!


This home sits at the end of a road
and is just the most beautiful picturesque setting!


Oh, how I would love to sit on their porch 
with a glass of sweet tea!!


We met them for dinner to deliver
the missing cell phone
which is a barbecue place halfway between the two of us!


This is Hard 8!
They catered Nick and Cat's wedding reception!
What a delicious way to end the day!


You just have to luv Texas!


What new places have you discovered near your home recently?

July 20, 2016

GRANDMOTHER'S TUNA CROQUETTES



My Grandmother Grace served her
Tuna Croquettes on Saturday evenings.
On special request, she would serve
these to my grandfather for lunch. 
I believe she taught us, as children,
to enjoy simple meals....
served with a lot of love!


GRANDMOTHER'S TUNA CROQUETTES
1 (12 ounce) can of tuna
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 T. vegetable oil

In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, scallions, breadcrumbs
Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Mix well.
Shape this mixture into four patties.

In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat the oil.
cook patties 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Grandmother served hers with mashed potatoes and peas!

Estelle's savory tip~
This is a southern finishing touch to add....
1 T. mayonnaise
1 T. sour cream
1 t. hot sauce
1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. salt

Mix together in a small bowl and place a spoonful on each croquette.

July 19, 2016

SUMMER BLUEBERRY HAND PIES



There are SO many things to LOVE about Summer!
Fresh fruits, like peaches, watermelon and berries are among them.
I adore anything with blueberries, don't you?


So...with the berries in mind,
I thought it was the perfect day to make
little berry hand pies.
These days, I am cooking and baking for TWO,
so petite hand pies are the perfect serving size
when we have a sweet ending!


SUMMER BLUEBERRY HAND PIES
 1 refrigerated pie crust
2 cups blueberries
Zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup sugar
1 large egg plus 1 t. water, for egg wash
Sugar, for sprinkling


Roll out pie crust and cut out each disk of dough to about ¼ inch thick. Cut into 4-5 inch rounds or whatever size you prefer. One pie crust made five individual pies.

Toss the blueberries, lemon zest and sugar together in a bowl. Place a large spoonful of the mixture onto each round. Wet the tip of your finger with cold water and run it along the edge of each round. Fold half of the round over on top of itself (creating a half-moon shape) and press the edges firmly together.  

Brush each hand pie with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Place on a baking sheet pan and bake at 375 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes. Let cool slightly before removing from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.



I plan to publish many more recipes that
will be more suitable for two people...
it's taken me a while to do this since I was
accustomed to preparing meals for a large family.
I hope you try making little pies...
homemade can be so rustic and eye-pleasing...
Estelle's goal was to inspire you to
cook and to bake...create something delicious and wonderful...
it can make life so joyful! 

July 18, 2016

THE BIRTHDAY..IT'S HIS TURN!


Last, but certainly NOT LEAST....
is the darling's birthday celebration!
We have three family birthday's in July ,
so it has been a whirlwind of dinner celebrations and 
family gatherings!


We had a day of weekend errands, swimming and
then preparing to get all dressed up and head
to Uptown in Dallas!


What an EXCITING evening it turned out to be!


There is nothing more FUN,
than getting ready for an evening out on the town
with your one and only granddaughter!
She makes my heart sing.......


Everyone looked and smelled amazing!
Time for a cocktail and lighting
the candles before we head over to Dallas!


This was all a surprise to the birthday boy!
The celebratory dinner was arranged by son #1....
he is well known for selecting some amazing new dining spots!
My advice...stick with these two....
even in when we were newbies in Boston,
he found our favorite Italian bistro!


Now THIS was a stunning restaurant!


The bar was vibrant and alive!


and...
we were treated to THE BEST piano player...
it was the perfect setting to make us feel special!


Our waiter was DARLING....
a cute Italian from the Bronx in NYC..
who moved down to Dallas to play baseball at UT!
He was a very efficient fine dining waiter
and
had THE most precious NY accent!


The food!
Oh the food!
From the melt in your mouth fillet's....to the crab legs....
to the chicken ratatouille...


to the amazing sides of vegetables.....
DIVINE!


The trio of birthday sweets?
Ten layer carrot cake, creme brulee'
and
a Peanut Butter Mousse drenched in chocolate ganache!
We said nitey-night at midnight!
What a perfect evening for
our Mr. Wonderful....
Happy Birthday Darling......

July 15, 2016

A GLASS FULL OF SUMMERTIME



This was a darling birthday gift!


She has always been such great BIG SIS!
These glasses are nothing like I own and are simply FUN!
At first, I was not sure how I could use them for a special event...
perhaps when we have one of our
Texas Barbecues?

But, then, I dropped by
BJ's Sweet Nothings
and
found just the idea I needed....
leave it to our darling BJ for inspiring us all
with something cool, creamy and delicious..
and this time...
IT WAS NOT A BISCUIT!


I got out Mother's vintage blender and decided on a
Cherry- Vanilla Milkshake!


Her blender is in MINT condition.
I remember this from the time I was about eight years old..
she made the most fabulous frozen lime daiquri's in this!


Aren't they just darling?
Two from Mississippi
and
Two from Texas...
everything the state's represent...
I LOVE THEM!


I think I am going to add two more...
from
Maine of course!


How about a little Hershey Chocolate Syrup
on top of all that yummy Blue Bell!


I would say this is a pretty fun way
to cool off on this 100 degree summer day!


Another reason to have fun in July!


Now..please excuse me
while I sit back, relax
and dream about the beach........