Yesterday I had some fun.  Every year at Thanksgiving I run into the same problem.  I run out of matching plates, serving spoons and other things.  Every year I tell myself I will get new ones, but every year goes by and I forget.  Well that is not altogether true either.  I will start to look, but not be able to find exactly what I am looking for.  Or more to the point; decide exactly what I am looking for.  Here are the issues:

  • I have a large family and it is only going to get bigger. 20+ at Thanksgiving, and multiple times during the year
  • I am not a fancy china kind of person.  So the white with silver accent 12 place setting I have never gets used
  • I had a neat southwestern set that matched my living room, but too many pieces broke over the years, so it is gone.  But I had all matching cobalt blue serving dishes that I still have
  • I don’t want to spend too much money doing this

new_plates_1009Then I discovered Fiesta Dinnerware.  This solves everything.  I can mix and match colors using the cobalt blue as the base,
and keep adding as I need.  But they aren’t exactly cheap at regular price.  When we were planning our trip to New Jersey for Spring Break I thought about planning our route by way of their Outlet, but just didn’t have the time for that.  But this week Macy’s is having a sale!  So last night I went and not only did I get 12 new plates and a platter on sale, but the salesman gave me an additional discount!

An old serving bowl on a new plate.

An old serving bowl on a new plate.

So my collection begins.  This is a nice thing to collect as it means family, and family growing.  I can add more colors, different dishes, cups, and lots of color and fun!  More to make me smile.  Now where to put them???


A surprise!

yardwork_051913_0980Yesterday was a very busy day.  I spent most of it catching up on emails, my blog, and washing and packing up the tea party things.  Hubby and the youngest were out doing yard work, and he was smokin’ a wonderful roast.  I have been so bad lately about not taking pictures I went out with the camera and snapped them at work.  Our yardwork_051913_0981youngest isn’t so little anymore.  Her Dad taught her how to use the gas edger and set her loose with it.  But her Dad wasn’t far away.

On the way in I noticed the pot by the back door.  Now last year I tried to grow 3-4 things in this big pot, but it was just too hot and they all died.  But strangely enough something survived to bloom again this year – it is a Nelly Moser Clematis.  They say they are easy to grow.  I hope they really are 🙂

'Nelly Moser' Clematis

‘Nelly Moser’ Clematis

Tea Time

Yesterday I gave an English Tea Party.  As I so often do these days, I forgot to take pictures.  My wonderful Hubby did snap a few of me making the scones, and the table pre-food.  So this morning while I was getting things ready to pack away I restaged some of it with the one last scone and a few sausage rolls.  But it doesn’t even come close to the expanse of what we had.

teaparty_0966 teaparty_0967Iteaparty_0965magine this table covered with:

  • 4 types of sandwiches – Coronation Chicken, Marmite & butter, egg and cress, cucumber and butter.
  • 2 kinds of sausage rolls w/English mustard
  • Scones with currents and raisins – strawberry jam, orange marmalade and whipped cream (where I usually get clotted cream was out)
  • Mini Pavlovas
  • Trifle
  • Bakewell Tart (that my BF made, yummy!)
  • Shortbread cookies
  • PG Tips tea

This tea was planned so that I could have 2 of my American friends meet 2 of my English friends and experience a real English Tea.  Thanks so much to my BF for helping me make all those sandwiches and pull it all together.

Many years ago when my children were young, I wanted to teach them proper table manners.  So my Nana suggested we have a tea party and have them dress up and learn proper etiquette at a table with her and my mother.  We kept this tradition going for many years, and still occasionally do.  Nana loved to give me things for my table as gifts.  So over the years she gave me some beautiful china, serving dishes, and made me tea cosies.  My mother would give me table linens as well.  Needless to say, I can set a wonderful table now.


My sister-in-law came yesterday as well.  She had been to some of the last few tea parties we had at my mother’s house when we first moved here.  Six was a nice number to have a wonderful intimate tea.  It was a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.  But boy was there a lot of food!

This was the Bakewell Tart my BF made.  Oh so good!

This was the Bakewell Tart my BF made.
Oh so good!

I made meringues for mini-Pavlova's.  Imagine these with a mound of whipped cream and fresh blackberries and rasberries on top, yummy!

I made meringues for mini-Pavlova’s. Imagine these with a mound of whipped cream and fresh blackberries and rasberries on top, yummy!