Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Little Thursday Thrifting

Gentle Friends, if there's one thing I enjoy more than Fall, and you now how I love the Fall, it would be Christmas.  The whole Christmas season, but especially the music.  This past weekend I picked up a great Christmas CD in my sifting through the shops.....

.... a collaboration between Marco Frisina and Paddy Moloney.  I also picked up this sweetgrass basket with handle, made in the low country of South Carolina.   I am pretty sure it was used as a basket for knitting, it is on the older side and was really full of dust when I got it, I brushed it off really good and the coloured accents really popped.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some Hallowe'en Treats and Fall Stitching

Gentle Friends, as nuts as I am sometimes, I knew after posting yesterday that I wasn't finished with Fall just yet..........

   On the way home from work we needed to stop at the Walgreen's and "bam" right in front they had all the Hallowe'en candy and stuff set up and looking great!!!!  I had to pick up some treats........

.... and when I got home I dug around in the boxes under the stairs where we keep all the festive decorations and things that just don't fit in other closets....  and I pulled out some of my fun Fall exchange pieces I have received over the years ....  and ...... this is the result.......

... and all I got from the "peanut gallery" was how crazy I am and did I realize it is still August????   Oh pishaw, I'm ready for Fall and having some Fallish things out is fun!!  Notice the great bronze topper on the YC, another Fall favorite, I use all year long!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Only 72 More days.............

Gentle Friends, my favorite season of the year has been, and probably always will be Fall.   I love everything about the few months that make up this season of leaves changing colours and dropping off the trees, cool brisk evenings, bright orange pumpkins, crisp apples and all the fun things that go along with this time of year.  I am usually push Summer aside by the middle of August, and here by the Bay with the fog an cool weather, I can pretend that Fall has arrived..........  I also enjoy all the fun decorations that go along with the two big events of Fall, the other being Thanksgiving!! 

With time mercilessly ticking away, Hallowe'en is now only 72 short days away!!  So, when I got the new Fall Yankee Candle catalogue in the mail (it seems that one comes about every 3 days anyway)  I was totally ready to get my Fall candles in the house....  they came the other day and of the 3 ordered I was most excited to get the Hallowe'en one.....

... called "Witches Brew" it is just perfect with the Hallowe'en cat topper I got a couple of years ago!!  The other two candles that came for the season were "Autumn Lodge" and "Farmers Market."  I was burning "Autumn Lodge" last night and it filled the house with a great leathery/pipe/smoky hearth scent that was just great!!!  I'm saving the "Witches Brew" for October!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle friends, over the weekend I did a little stitching on the samplers .....

... I finished up the Winter Wonderland border....

.... got a good running start on Rosy Morning border.....

... and I frogged a whole lot of the border on Summer Harvest.  The stitching used GAST "Avocado" and the dye lot of my skeins are really light and a sickly yellow/green -  I didn't like the way it was looking, so out it came.  I have pulled a few greens from my over dyed flosses that I think will work and will stitch some to which one I'll shift to.....

So, what do you think of the new releases from the "Market?"  Quite a good effort for the most part, there are only two charts I'll be buying, one I've already bought and it's was from the designer, she released it Saturday morning on her Etsy Shop in conjunction with Market Releasing and I snapped one up....  and the other I'll wait to get until I'm back from my trip to add to the stash heap.  

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Couple of Treats

Gentle Friends, I've not posted about any baking in a couple of weeks - for no real reason but laziness - It certainly doesn't mean that I've not been in the kitchen "rattling those pots and pans" as Rico is wont to say.  So I thought I'd wrap up the week with a couple of things that sort of popped out of the oven......

First up was something I had never heard of....  Blueberry Boy Bait Cake.... I do love blueberries and they were really nice this year so I found a great recipe on Smittin Kitchen, et voila a cake.....  the only things I changed was to add a bit of nutmeg and a big handful of extra blueberries to the batter.....

... it was a hit and so easy to pull together!!!

I also made a batch of Cowboy Cookies, this is my go to cookie, that lends itself to just about any kind of "added extra" ....  There are lots of recipes out there, but they are all about the same.  I really like dried cranberries included, but I didn't have any for this batch.  I did shift the 1 1/2 - 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips to include some dark chips, some M&M's and some white chocolate chips, I also changed up the nuts to include almonds and walnuts, so there was a bit more going on, they are still great cookies!!

Here's a pretty good recipe, I didn't add the coconut this time, but have added it in the past and like the addition.

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!  have a great weekend!!

Take care,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thrifting Thursday

Gentle Friends, last weekend we were making the rounds to the usual shops and even a couple of estate sales and after all the looking and running around it was almost a bust.  When I go out to "thrift" I never have any notion I'll find something and sometimes I don't.  However, I did come away with a single fun piece.....

a great older matroyshka Santa Clause..... you pop him open and find......

... Mrs. Claus.... and, you pop her open and find....

... a Christmas tree!!  How great is this, and for only a couple of dollars at great little thing to take home.  I have always loved this great dolls, and have resisted for years collecting them - I see them quite often, usually not complete and missing parts, but such charm.  When I saw him in the case at Thrift Town (yes, that's the name of the place) I thought to myself if he's complete it's mine.....  I think I'll stick to the unusual ones......

There you go sports fans - thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gettin' Burritos

Gentle Friends, here in San Francisco we are lucky to have loads of Taquerias and Burrito places.  Often on the way home we will stop at one of our favorites El Metate, at 2406 Bryant Street to pick up dinner.

   A metate is a grinding stone for corn.....

... this place frequently gets on the lists of best places to get a burrito here in the City - we stopped last week and picked up a couple of these monsters.  Did I mention that one of these local burritos, for those that don't know, weigh in at about 2 lbs each and I usually make two meals of mine, a dinner then take the rest to work for lunch the next day.  Most of the time I get Camaron (shrimp) and Rico will get chicken.  Here's a shot of the inside take out area where you place orders......

....on the table are some delicious Mexican Wedding cookies ( one of my favorites!!) and to the lower right you can see the salsa bar - they have hot, extra hot, really hot and "did that just melt the spoon" hot salsas to choose from!!  

I find it interesting to see how fast they can pull together these things and snapped off a bunch of pictures while mine was being made.....

... when you order you are usually asked what kind of beans, I like refried, and super or not, super usually means crema (sour cream) and guacamole, I go for broke and typically get a super burrito...sometimes you are given the choice of tortilla - here they only offer flour...  then you're asked what kind of salsa, I choose mild, and even then, depending on the place, mild can mean pretty spicy, here at El Matate, mild means pretty spicy.....

after all the fillings are added, they grab the sides and sort of schlop the stuff together....

... grab, fold, tuck.....  

... more tucking and rolling it up tight....

... roll, roll , roll and......

... wrapping up in foil and there you go......

... I got it home and cut it in half, and hacked it open added some extra sour cream, some salsa, a piece of avocado and some spicy pickled Mexican carrots and chips, it was a great dinner. 

So if you ever find yourself in San Francisco, you must have a local burrito, you'll enjoy it immensely!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We Loose a Legend

Gentle Friends, an icon from the golden age of film passed tonight.....

9/16/1924 - 8/12/2014

......born Betty Joan Perske, she was known to the world as Lauren Bacall, making her debut in the thriller "To Have and Have Not", 1944, this film set the tone for her wonderful film career. She will be missed.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Some "Wonderland" Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I made a start on one of the samplers I chose....
....  "Winter Wonderland" is on the smallish side so the border is working up quickly.....

There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Sampler WIP's

Gentle Friends, since finishing up SMS I've been digging through the stash binders and bins looking for a couple of pieces to start stitching on - one chart I really wanted to begin with I needed to acquire a piece of linen that I'll be happy with - the linen bin did not have a piece that was "just right."  

So, instead I pulled 3 little samplers that I can work on for the next month or so and also work on while traveling, and that was most important, something small enough to have and work on while waiting for flights or work on in the evening after touring .....  here's a snap of the samplers I chose......

.....  I've not worked a BBD sampler in the longest time and I really enjoy them so I pulled the two of the newer narrow pieces and a older Christmas Loose feather chart - I had the right linen and about 95% of the called for over dyed floss - so I'm good to go and made a small start last night.  I also placed an order for the missing floss and that will get here soon - so I'll whip these out and waiting behind these is a great Hallowe'en sampler I found that I got a long time ago I really want to do.....  Fall is here, well almost here with the Equinox falling on September 22nd.

That's about it for today sports fans - thanks for stopping by, do stop again - and have a super weekend!!

Take care,