Friday, December 9, 2016

Holidays are Here!

How are things at your house? Don't know about you, but I have been a bit busy!
My hubby talked me into having the neighbors over for wine and cheese. We have been in our house two and a half years, and it really is time to get to know our neighbors.
Well, if you have folks over this time of the year...you really should send them home with a little favor. So, I cooked about five dozen little orange/coconut balls and put them in little gift bags. I have made these little treats for Christmas for longer than I can remember. If anyone wants the recipe ...just say so (there is no baking involved).
If you are going to have a wine and cheese party...you need cheese. We had three kinds. Jarlsberg, Smoked Gouda and English cheddar.
I also made little blue cheese toast tips
Bruschetta and a Baked Brie with cranberries, pears and pecans on top.

We had sixteen people here and everyone seemed to have a good time. I know you are thinking we had a lot of cheese items. ....again the invitation said wine and cheese, but I did have some sliced apples and grapes about.
What are you up to.I would love to know...Janey

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Home Tour Part lll

The final stop on the home tour (see previous posts),which included five homes was this place that has become a bit famous in town.


It is approaching it's 100th birthday, sitting here all boarded on the edge of this historic neighborhood. In those 100 yrs. it has only had two owners.As luck would have it, a firm that does historic renovations has made it their project, and the day by day changes have been picked up by the History Channel
 (a t.v.network),and the show airs weekly.
The "Wine Down" party, which includes a full casual dinner, was held here for the volunteer docents.Above is a shot of the spacious living room.
 Where a photo of how it looked when the family lived there was on display.
I was happy to see that the character of the home has been preserved. Obviously the show documenting the fireplace tiles has yet to air.
They have also saved the cedar closets which are in each of the three large bedrooms.
The staircase, while not particularly grand is very pleasing
with a bay window nook half way up.
It appears that they are going to keep the vintage bathrooms.
Seems colored fixtures were the rage at one time...An old advertisement.
One of my favorite things was this little wall gas heater in the bathroom . Back when homes were drafty and cold, they made the bathroom toastie warm.
I hope you have enjoyed the home tour and sorry that I wasn't able to feature all of the beautiful homes.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Home Tour Part ll

Another home on the home tour was
this two story Mediterranean style home built in 1923.
In this home, like the remainder of the others, I was not allowed to take photos. So shhh! I had to sneak one of this amazing stained glass arched window in the dining room, that was an original to the home.You will notice that the walls were painted a pretty shade of blue...a color pulled from the window.
I behaved myself and didn't sneak pictures at the other homes....but there was one last home, and I was allowed to photograph it. Stay tuned.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Holiday Tour

Some of you may know that I really like home tours. So today for the third year in a row we (Tom and I), were volunteer docents in one of the six homes in a historic neighborhood Holiday Home Tour.
The large Georgian style home where we worked was built in 1917.
You weren't supposed to take photographs, but this homeowner gave me special permission...so I took just a few. This is the room where I was stationed....and it was a good choice on my part.
You see our weather has turned cold, and with all of the doors opening all the time, It was nice and toastie in a room with the fireplace going.
Just beyond the formal living room was a sun porch that doubled as a playroom/t.v. room. I especially liked the comfy yellow chairs trimmed in blue.
In all at least five of the homes the dining
room tables were set for a dinner party...or perhaps for Christmas.
The light fixture in the dining room is original to the home. See the light bulbs?
Well, they are Edison filament light bulbs. The current homeowner has been in the house 18yrs...and they have never had to replaced any of these bulbs!
Such a nice day!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Dog Park

The first time I became aware of what they call a" Dog Park", was several years ago when I was visiting my daughter and son in law in their condo in Chicago. I found out that a Dog Park was an area dedicated ...simply to your dog...for it's enjoyment, and a place to do their "business". The area near my daughter's condo was about a fourth of an acre. I can't remember if there was grass or just dirt...but it was all fenced in and benches along the edge where dog owners could sit and visit, and watch their dog run wild and have fun.I thought it was just a super idea in a densely populated area, with businesses and a lot of concrete.
I was a little surprised to see a Dog Park when I was out Christmas shopping today. Yes, there was a condo unit that shared the parking lot...where I guess some dogs live,
but this place was no larger that two parking spaces. I can't see where a dog can do a lot of running and playing here...but I guess it is a nice idea?
Do you have dog parks in your area?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ho Ho Ho

The older I get the less I like all of the commercialism attached to the holidays, especially Christmas. There seems to also be more and more pressure these days to jump into Christmas while you still have Thanksgiving left overs in the fridge...but that is where I have been. Getting out the Christmas decorations.
I must admit I do get nostalgic over some of the decorations that we have had for years. Especially our Santa's.
We have three of these 24inch (60.96cm) tall jolly old gentlemen, each one slightly different.
This rather woodsy looking one would probably be right at home in our log house in Colorado.
I have also been busy Christmas shopping and baking....but as the saying goes, I am probably preaching to the choir. If you don't have this, or a similar says in your country... I will happily explain.
I promise to return...but I am not promising when....Janey

Friday, November 25, 2016

Gobble Gobble

I know, I know, I have been missing in action,
but I have good reason. It was my turn to host our family's holiday feast,
and since there are so many of us, I had to cook two of these. The skin looks green in places, because I put  butter mixture with garlic, fresh thyme and sage up under the skin.
Everyone pitches in and  brings a dish of food, and of course our holiday would not be complete without my niece's expertly decorated cookies.
My sister's brought pumpkin and pecan pies, and my blueberry crisp with ice cream was a big hit,
but I had the most fun making this turkey cheese ball.
I will have to admit I found my inspiration on the Internet.....
 and last, but not least.. a fuzzy cell phone picture of twenty adults (family and friends), and two children holding hands to give thanks for our many blessings.
If you celebrated Thanksgiving. I hope that you were with someone you love.