4.04.2008

Soldier

T.G.I.F.......yep, thank goodness it's Friday ~ but ~ if you own a website, like me, you work 24/7 on it. Orders to pack and ship, inventory to treasure hunt for, inventory to make, photos to take and edit, copy to write, advertising to consider and buy, always studying ways of making it better, and mostly no one to help. I love it though and wouldn't trade it for the world. This is my latest project and it went in the boutique last nite.

My last post featured one of our restaurants here in the country. You all loved my hamburger. Well we went out again to eat Wednesday evening. (2 times in one week is a rarity for us). :) This restaurant is in the village across from the historic courthouse. It's called the Four Seasons and is housed in the old Maxey store. The old Maxey store was constructed in 1914 and served as a general store. In side the owners feature some wonderful art work for sale by the talented people in the county. I loved this pansy water color. The owner of the Four Seasons is from Greece so you can imagine his Greek dishes are too "dine" for. However, Wed. nite they had a special and that's what I went for. Liver and onions..... I can hear you saying ewwww now. LOL.... Not as good as my hamburger. I love liver and onions but never fix it at home so I jumped on the chance to try the special and it was good. Way too much for me though and I only ate about a third of what's on the plate. See the fabulous desserts in the case. That case is right at the front door so you tend to pick out your dessert before you sit down to dinner. No dessert for us though....we were good. The owner's wife gets to the place at 4 a.m. to make her fabulous cheesecakes and other desserts for the day. If you don't like the food or desserts they have a sign on the wall that says: "If you're grouchy, irritable, or are just a plain mean S.O.B., there's a $20.00 charge for putting up with you."







On the way home we stopped to visit and say hello to the newest neighbor on our lane. Soldier has been on the racing circuit and he came home Wednesday morning. He has never been in a pasture before and was quite frisky, running and kicking like a little kid. Isn't he gorgeous?


My $200.00 spinach is up. LOL.....can't wait for it to get some size on it for salads. mm...mmm.....good! Here's a spinach recipe that we are very fond of. It's a wonderful Spring salad. Enjoy and have a fantabulous weekend. xo Lynn


Spinach-Pecan Salad

1 T. margarine or butter
1/2 cup pecans
1 T. Brown sugar
1 6 oz. bag baby spinach
1 large granny smith apple, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

2 T. olive oil
2 T. white vinegar

Melt butter in skillet, add pecans and brown sugar. Cook until caramelized. Only takes a few minutes. Toss pecans and other ingredients together. Whisk oil and vinegar, pour on salad and mix.

38 comments :

KarenHarveyCox said...

Well, the crown is gorgeous. You have been making me hungry lately with all these delicious looking dishes. Thank you for the salad recipe, I love a nice Spinach Salad, and this one looks very nice.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. If you have time stop by and visit a Black and White Toile post.

Blessings, Karen

Linda said...

Hi Lynn, I love liver and onions...and yours looks delish. I would probably have been naughty and had one of the yummy desserts too...maybe shared it with hubby.
Solider is a beautiful horse and looks most happy in his new surroundings.
Thanks for the salad recipe, I think it would be nice for a light dinner and some nice crusty bread, yum. Well I've made myself totally hungry...I think I need a little nibble. Have a beautiful weekend. Hugs, Linda

Tara said...

Lynn

Liver and onions, such an old fashioned and yummy dish! Soldier is gorgeous, how lucky to live near a place where there are horses.....spinach salad looks yummy but I think I am going for the case full of desserts-hee-hee!

hoganfe said...

Lynn spinach salad is my fave but that is a new one - can't wait to try it!
Happy weekend!
xo
mary
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Mary Isabella said...

Loving the crown and a big thanks for the recipe...Have a beautiful weekend.....

Counting Your Blessings said...

I hear ya about the website stuff! It's so rewarding (best job I've ever had) but it's exhausting too. =) Your crown is lovely and that horse..Oh, I love horses! I grew up with horses and sometimes really miss riding. But I don't miss feeding them at the wee hours in the winter or running through barbed wire fences riding bareback. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings... POlly

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Lynn!!

Spring has surely arrived in VA!! You look beautiful Miss Lynn :) Very Spring in those pretty colours!! My goodness the blossoms in your previous post are beyond beutiful, would it not be lovely to have tea underneath them? Except for the bees we think!! That hamburger and chips looked delicious, but as for the liver this week, we'll pass on that thankyou, not that adventurous!! But love spinach, thankyou for sharing the recipe with us all. Beautiful crowns you have been making, we will pop by the The Vintage Nest Boutique to see what's left! And your birdhouse post a few posts back is gorgeous too! Soldier is a beauty, how majestic are these animals!! And how lovely to live nearby to see him enjoying his retirement from racing in his most beautiful surroundings :)

We have missed you and your lovely Blog Lynn, so lovely to pop by, we are only home for a short while but will be back next month!

Take care, Happy Spring!
Jenn and Jacqui
xo

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

A lovely day and the spinach salad sounds soooo good. Hope all is well.
Hugs ~
Alexandra

CatHerder said...

I havent had liver and onions since I was a kid...I think I'll pass, but those potatoes sure look good! I LOVE that sign, and want it for my kitchen!! That looks like my kind of restaurant. Love the horsie pic too! Have a wonderful weekend.

Merci-Notes said...

Quick run and hide, it's liver and onions tonight! My mom made this for us once a month because they were told it was healthy. My Dad had it once every single week! That should make you want to be in that family Lynn! I am glad that you can go out for it for a treat!

I forgot all about the front porch idea?!? So many complications lately. Blogging and having a shop and all of the fun visiting is 24/7!
Hugs,
Mary

Michelle said...

Lynn, What a fun place to dine..I'm not one for liver, but I'd take a few desserts :)

Soldier is a beautiful horse.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Michelle

Kari & Kijsa said...

Your crown is wonderful and the salad sounds tasty!! Have a fabulous weekend!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

Hi Lynn~
So true about the web site business. I have been plugging away for my grand opening. I guess you could say my grand opening is more like a dead line for me...to finally have my site ready. I do not anticipate much today. I am just going to continue to add product,shop later for more product and then get a pedicure LOL. Now whats this I hear about $200 spinach? Try to drop by my site today, I have a brand new design. Also, I will be drawing my winner Sunday. Have a great Day!!!

Donna said...

Hi Lynn,
What a great restaurant! I love liver and onions but never cook it either. Looks so good, and so do the desserts.
I've got to try that spinach recipe. Sounds wonderful!
Hugs,
Donna

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Lynn you always have the best posts! I wish we had neat restaurants like that here! All we have is boring chains :( The crown is fabulous!!! I LOVE horses and that one is absolutely stunning! We have them in our back yard and I could watch them all day!

Love ya,
Amy
Oh, and I wanted to tell you, you dont have to sell on eBay to join my group, all you need is an eBay user name :)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Lovely crown, fit for a princess!

I think I would've skipped the liver and onions and gone straight for that dessert! Yummy!

Even a SPRING spinach salad sounds delicious. Homegrown spinach, DELISH! Your recipe sounds great, I love the idea of the caramelized pecans in it.

Thanks for sharing, Lynn!

:-)

Happy night,
Melissa

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh boy, that salad sounds great. I just finished eating a spinach and roast beef salad a few minutes ago. Love spinach.

Sweet post and Soldier is one gorgeous horse. Poor feller, he isn't sure what to do with himself now.

Blessings,
Becky

Amber said...

Wonderful crown and yummy recipe! Cool restaurant, though I'm gonna have to pass on the liver and onions! However, I love a gal with moxie, and that's what it takes to eat some of that. So...cheers to you, dear Lynn!

Jen r. said...

I love liver and onions! And dessert! I am all over that! I love your new neighbor too!
Jen R

Sandi McBride said...

Lynn, I loved this post...LOVED IT! I want that puttin up with you will be 20dollars sign! I'd like to hang it in my kitchen...and Soldier...how beautiful he is. I just love horses (and horseracing...) He is wonderful...thanks for sharing his picture...
hugs
Sandi

KarenHarveyCox said...

Stopped back to tag you for a fun challenge. Please stop by and see what the fuss is about. Karen

M.KATE said...

i love the crown..can i borrow it? hehehe, and the food makes me hungry as usual, tks for sharing your part of the world :)

Joann said...

Ummmm liver and onions........

PAT said...

Another great restaurant, Lynn! J would love the liver and onions! The desserts look wonderful and I love that sign.

I also love the crown and the photos of Soldier!

Pat

Esther Sunday said...

That restraurant is lovely! Your crown is so sweet! Did you wear it to dinner before putting it up for sale? Love, Esther

Lisa said...

Liver and onions and desert? What more could a woman ask for? Hope it tasted as good as it all looks.
Soldier is beautiful, missing so being in the country as we had to give ours up.
Have a lovely week!

cityfarmer said...

Having had very little red meat since the weight loss began, I could chow down one of those burgers right about now.

Christine O'Brien said...

Lynne, for a minute there I thought that was a real hen! You almost had me.

All I can say about liver and onions is "ewwwwwww". I just can't do it.

However, that dessert case might get my attention.

The salad recipe sounds yummy and I wish we had more than just a few buds on a few trees right now.

Soldier is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing the pic with us.

Hugs!
Christine

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Love that chicken in your spinach patch... she makes me smile.... she looks quite comfortable
Linda

restyled home said...

Hi Lynn!
I posted your kitchen photos today. come by and have a look!

Linda
xoxo

Lola Enchanted said...

Where do I begin?!?! Your crown is charming and the food.... YUMMY!
The horse is amazing!!!!~

Susie Q said...

Soldier is so handsome. I just love horses.

You have shown us some great places of late...what fun. Now, did you wear that gorgeous crown to dine??

The salad sounds delicious and I copied the recipe straight away. Thank you for it!

Hope your week is going well dear Lynn!

Love,
Sue

Christine/bellacolle said...

Soldier is so pretty! I love horses!
Looks like you had yet another fab.meal!
and of course nothing is better than homegrown spinach.
Happy Wed.
XO

LW said...

I will take the fabulous desserts and leave the liver behind…
Thanks for the kind words about my doll and her trinkets…

I so know what you mean about the 200 dollar spinach , years ago we had 1000 dollar tomatoes…

Louise

Kari & Kijsa said...

Your crown is truly beautiful and that recipe sounds wonderful!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Kasey said...

Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I can't wait to meet your d in law.
I'll post some pics of Sat!
Kasey

Kathy said...

Love the sign - don't you just feel like saying that sometimes?!
Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Anonymous said...

Great beach pictures, and I enjoy reading your blog. Can I borrow that dog for my next beach trip??

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