Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Perfect Sunday Brunch

Some days, and it's all too rare in this life, but some days are simply perfect. The perfect meeting of food and laughter and family on an early Autumn day that is sunny with just the right amount of crisp coolness in the air. So nice to visit with adult children and their significant others. This is new for hubby and me, and it is really wonderful. 

We made applewood smoked bacon, omelettes, pumpkin cranberry scones, and gluten-free pumpkin pancakes with organic maple syrup. What a sweet surprise greeted me when I cracked the first egg for the pancakes:

And then another and another and another of those surprises as I cracked three more eggs, all telling me this day was going to be special.

I washed some of the most perfect-looking organic fruit and decided it had to go in my circa 1860 antique ironstone tureen.  Hee hee... everyone asked if the fruit was real. It did look quite like a still life! 

What fun it was to pull out my Autumn dishes, Royal Worcester's Evesham, and work in flowers, another antique ironstone piece, some pearl-handled knives, sterling forks and coin silver forks.

After brunch, we had a lovely time visiting and looking at our son's video footage of his underwater adventures in Hawaii. They swam with dolphins and huge turtles--amazing! Reliving the trip was so relaxing that we all felt like napping.  With the warm aromas of food still lingering in the air, and the warm contentment all around, this truly felt like a recaptured Sunday from my childhood at my Grandma's house. I felt older and more settled and able to give to my son what I had been given by the adults in my childhood. This was a perfect Sunday--one I will cherish and bring back as often as I can.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Messin' Around with Bailey's Irish Cream Mugs

Life sure gets busy, doesn't it?
I haven't had a lot of "create" time or energy, but I still do mess around with my pretties. 
One of the pretties I've been in love with forever are the Bailey's Irish Cream face mugs.
I just LOVE these things!!!!!!
They're not the greatest to drink from, but I love to display them with a little 
something in the top. Remember these old red pincushions?

This one feels like me on most days... no lipstick and a pencil in my hair!

Everyone needs a partner, so I paired her with a blue pincushion that
 I made with a sweet calico cotton:

I love their flirty expressions. Romance in the air?

The whole display is in my kitchen, and it makes me smile to walk by and 
see them winking at me with their knowing smiles.

Do you have special pretties that bring a smile to your face?

I'm linking this post with these wonderful blog parties:

What's It Wednesdays on Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Cup Thursday on Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen

(I will have Halloween and Christmas projects posted in the future.)