7.29.2014

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain

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I cannot believe it's almost August!!  Why is it that January, February, and March just crawl by and then boom.....April hits and time just flies?    It's been a busy, busy summer with a family reunion, family visits, beach time, lots of yard work and lots of hunting and gathering for The Vintage Nest on line shop and physical presence.  Just recently I returned from a trip to the mountains.  A respite from the heat and humidity was so refreshing and invigorating. My sisters and niece and I chatted and chatted and chatted and covered a million subjects and when I got home I still thought of things I wanted to say  :)  And you know some antiquing and junking was on the menu too, not to mention lots of good food and did I mention chatting? :)  We stayed in a log cabin, with all the amenities, the sheep being our closest neighbors and the nearby scenic New River.  It was so peaceful and idyliic.

Who knew sheep were so many different colors under all that wool?


Sunrise over the mountain and the New River

the scene to one side of the cabin
the scene from the front of the cabin...... idyllic isn't it? My sister enjoying a quiet moment

the weather during the day....perfect! at night it was chilly enough for a fire pit fire.....can you say s'mores? :)   and great sleeping weather too!

A local mountain top winery we visited (and bought a few Christmas presents )  Thistle Meadow Winery.  Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a family owned business.  Their tours included tastings of grapes grown around the world. 

 Oh yes, we're having fun now!! 

the gentleman beside me was the owner.  He was such a character and so much fun. My favorite wine was called Horse Stomp Red.   Our hostesshad us taste this wine,  nibble a few dark chocolate bits , take another sip and swallow the wine and chocolate at the same time.  Oh my!  The taste and aroma of raspberries was loud and clear.  Another favorite was a mix of bananas, pineapples and Viognier......also known as a "cheap trip to the beach."   :)

 One of my mountain treasures I found.  A very large handmade church bird feeder....all shabby and weatherized for perfect patina

I've missed you!  Have a fabulous week and I hope to back a lot sooner next time   xoxox
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7.05.2014

Yummy Red, White, and Blue Cookie Cake

Celebrate your pride and spirit all summer long with a red, white, and blue flag cookie cake. The 4th has passed but I know many will be having get-togethers all weekend long and we still have Labor Day coming up.  I think it's fun to show your national pride all through the warm months with bouquets of flags or red, white and blue fresh flowers such as hydrangeas and roses or sparkly wreaths as I do.   Here's a fun dessert I made with my grand-girls, who are visiting for a few weeks.   It's easy and fun for them to make, while giving them a little history lesson on the symbolism of  Old Glory .   I pretty much made up this recipe from several  old ones I have, so there are no strict measurements.

for the cookie dough crust/base, I used two packages of store brand refrigerated Sugar Cookie dough.  Using a small rectangular cookie sheet, greased,  spread the softened dough on the sheet with your fingers, as even as possible.  Bake at the temperature recommended on the package but for a longer time or until nicely browned.  Allow to cool completely.


for the icing, I combined two packages of cream cheese, softened, a teaspoon or two of vanilla and a touch of fresh lemon juice, along with enough powdered sugar to make the icing.   Spread a layer on the cookie cake.

Slice some fresh strawberries long wise.  And I used fresh blueberries, that had been picked earlier and frozen.   Let the little ones decorate the cake in a flag style.  Use your remaining icing to pipe around the stars and stripes and edges.  Don't stress if they don't get it even.  They are having fun!  Everyone loved this!  It taste so good and we like to pretend it's healthy with the added fruit.  Enjoy.

Hope your 4th was the Best! xoxo

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6.27.2014

Precious Moments

     With the long awaited visit from my grand-children here,  for a few weeks my life as a picker, antiquer, collector, hunter, painter, creator, and accidental artist is on hold.   Making primitive birdhouses, painting rocks, or designing jewelry from tiny wooden blocks will surely be saved over anything with a bar code on it.

     Stools turned askew, bunched up rugs, glass doors with little hand prints on them,  and tiny dolls in the birdbath, do not fit into the scheme of a magazine worthy photographed home but say that this home is a playground of fun.  Running for lightening bugs in the late evening, picking blackberries, and discovering a turtle under the hosta leaves  is the only partying I need.  

    Though original art hangs on the wall and expensive objects grace the shelves, the refrigerator art and found heart shaped rocks are more priceless than artifacts in a museum.   The delight of  finding a freshly laid egg or a beautiful red tomato puts a grin on their little faces and a sparkle in my eye.   Formal dinnerware is used regardless of the fact that we serve chicken nuggets over chicken cordon bleu. A trip to the farmer's market or ice cream store trumps the mall any time.  Breakfast on the deck, lunch by the pool, supper on the porch.....sweeter than a five star resort.............. Sweet summer and grand-children visits




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