Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Collecting Royal Stuff

Gentle Friends, if you have been reading this Blog for a while you know of my interest in European Royal families, both Major and Minor Royals.  A Couple of weeks ago I picked up a little piece of china commemorating one of the doyennes of the noble house of Windsor.  Here's a snap...

....  a two handled loving cup commemorating the Queen Mother's 100th birthday in 2000.  I found it at a thrift store and just snapped it up.  I have quite a few of these commemorative china mugs and cups. 

A Quick post for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Stitching Snap

Gentle Friends, I hope everyone had a blessed Easter.  It was a low key one for us starting off Friday evening with services for Good Friday.  The weekend itself was a lovely four days off. We sat around with the TV going, watching TCM and assorted DVD's. 

 I did get a bit further along on SMS.  
Here's where she stood last night before getting rolled up and put away.....

......  I put this on the floor to get an overall snap of it, and from the peanut gallery (Rico) the comment I got was "That's a really big one this time!!" - and the who hounds were all over it, you can't see them but there are quite a few hairs that didn't get shaken off.

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, dos top again!!

Take care,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!!!!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy Easter....
.... aren't these Ukrainian Pysanky great!!!

Take care,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dinner on 24th Street..... and a Peep report

Gentle Friends. I think I'll wrap up the week with our dinner from last Saturday.  On 24th Street are quite a few  restaurants, Noe Valley boasts a number a  really fine dining places.  One of these places is Le Zinc French Bistro.  It is a place I have seen since moving to the area 10+ years ago, but just have never stopped in for a meal - it always seems that we go out of the neighborhood to eat dinner.  We were invited by some friends and they settled on Le Zinc.  What a treat we in store for us......  here's some snaperoos..

... I started off my meal with some delicious escargots served on little potato slices with a side of sauteed mushrooms....

... Mindy ordered three Appetizers instead of one and dinner, the first to come out was this Saumon Fume one...  and....

... steak Tartare.....

.... Rico and Tom had the Salade du Jour, which was a Frizze salade with crouton and bacon...  the main courses we had were....

...steak with caramelized onion and pomme frites, Rico had this..... I had....

....... Boeuf Bourguignon, which is something I really enjoy and this did not disappoint, it was delicious!!  Tom had.....
...Saumon aux Epices.........and Mindy's third Appetizer came out....

.....Ravioles au Crabe......  we wrapped up the meal with these tasty deserts.....

... Tom had these Profiteroles au Chocolat......  Mindy and Rico had.....

... this impressive Fraise Melba.... and I had ......

.... this warm Tarte Tatin......  It was a wonderful meal!!!!

The Peep report for today ventures back into the combination of chocolate and Peep.....

...... but with much better results.....

..... I think it is the ratio of Peep to chocolate that makes these much more successful than the other fully dipped Peep.  These also are the traditional Peep were the others were not.  

The peeps are just regular white inside dusted with yellow sugar, but then just the bottoms are dipped in chocolate, which when bitten into has a nice little crunch/snap to the chocolate.  On the Peep-o-meter I would have to say they rate 6 almost a 7, so lets go with 6.5.  i think they would be better with a dark chocolate they were certainly quite tasty!

Our Easter Lilly is really lovely and blooming to beat the band.....


That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!! 
 I'll be back next Tuesday.

Take care,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shopping on 24th Street and a Peep Report

Gentle Friends, last Fall a totally cute shop opened up in my neighborhood called "Buttons Candy Bar."  It is just packed full of the old fashioned candies and fun treats.  

 Last week we stopped by to see all the super Easter goodies.  Of course I had my camera along and here are some fun snaperoos......

.... lots of Easter candies.....

..... a detail of those darling rabbits...... is the main candy case full of delicious chocolates, and behind, in big jars are all types of licorice's....  especially my favorites.....

... Pontefract Cakes..... delicious!!!!  These are really hard to find locally so I have had to resort to ordering them on line and having them shipped from England for my "Pontefract Cakes" fix - now I only have to walk a couple of blocks for a treat!  Buttons is a great shop for classic candies like Bit-o-Honey, Fire Balls, Root beer Barrels, Mary Jane's and Necco Wafers.  If you are ever close by stop in for something sweet!!


Today's Peep Report is another Limited Edition Peep.....

... Orange Creme.....

..... orange in colour, and delightfully orange aroma when you pop them open.  They are covered in orange sparkles  - and have a nice orange flavour when eaten.  These are by far the most interesting and tasty of the Peeps I've been trying, so the old Peep-o-Meter rates them at a whopping 8.5.  You all have been mentioning the lemonade/lemon Peeps, and i am having a devil of time finding them.  Could they be exclusive to Walmart??  Since there is no Walmart in the City or near me I may have to travel to find them, but I'll keep an eye out.

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

Take care,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lunch on 24th Street.... and a Peep Report

Gentle Friends, over the last week or so we have been enjoying our neighborhood, 24th Street, much more than usual.  If you remember it is down the hill a couple of blocks from our home so it is very convenient and there is lots to see and do..... and quite a few fun places to eat!!

On Saturday, after running around, we decided to stop at a great hamburger place called "Barney's."  There are 8 locations in the Bay area and two location down by Los Angeles.  

...  it's nice that there is a choice of dining inside or out on the patio in front.  We decided to eat inside..... the menu has lots of variations on the hamburger theme....

.... and if you can't find something that looks good you can always make you own burger up.  We started off with a basket.....

.... of some delicious steak fries....  Rico ordered a Sunshine Burger and I ordered.....

... a guacamole burger without a bun and so rare it was still moo-ing.  I do like that they will cook to order.  But, what I really come here for is.....

a Turkish Coffee Shake, delicious!!!!  And, so big you can take some home to enjoy later!!

The Peep report for today is about a limited edition Peep.....

... Vanilla Creme.....  they are all white and have bright sprinkles all over them.   When you pop open the package you can really tell they are Vanilla, the aroma is really strong.

... they look like regular Peep's and have a delightful vanilla flavour, so on the old Peep-o-Meter they rate about a 7.2.

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

Take care,

Monday, April 14, 2014

A "SMS" Stitching Update

Gentle Friends over the weekend I got a bit o'stitcing done on the "SMS" and today want to show you an overall snap of the piece as it stands.....

.... I really had an itch to see just how big this sucker was going to be - so I worked out the border to the turn.......  I've got quite a way to go!!  I am really happy with the way the piece looks with the colour changes I made..... I am sure there will be others as I go along.

There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by.  This will be a short week for me as I am off this Friday and I took off next Monday, so it will be a nice long weekend!!  Do stop again!

Take care,

Friday, April 11, 2014

Another Peep Report

Gentle Friends I know I usually have a stitching update on Fridays, but this week has been a hassle and a half regarding the stitching front - lets just say it ain't been a good week, and sort of leave it at that.

So, lets have another Peep report.....  sweet Rico brought home some Peeps, in festive Easter colours....

... they are all regular Peeps, just dusted with different coloured sugars......  I found this interesting Peep at target.....

... even though milk chocolate is something I really don't care for very much, I thought "why not?"
..... inside is.....

.... a Peep silhouette covered in milk chocolate..... biting into it you find.....

.... yellow coloured marshmallow that is overwhelmed by the chocolate coating.  The marshmallow is only coloured yellow and is without a discernible flavour.  I can see if one likes milk chocolate then this would be a perfect Peep.  Since I really don't care for milk chocolate the old Pepe-o-meter hits a very low 2 1/2.  

There you go, another week down, just remember there's only 257 more days until Christmas!!!!

Take care,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrifty Thursday and Some "Peeps".....

Gentle Friends this week has been really low key, with not too much going on at all.  Last Saturday as usual we ran around to the shops and even got to an Estate Sale.  Here's a snap...

...from l to r... a mystery book with Chaucer as a main character, a Quimper sugar bowl (not really my thing, but it reminds me on my trip last Fall to Brittany, a super bright cut sauce bowl and liner, a late 19th century little porcelain guy holding a spoon, another great piece of bright cut glass, a small hand painted vase with what looks like a gazelle?, I can't identify the mark on the bottom but I think it Greek, and a Rockette Christmas DVD.  So, I did find a few fun things.......

We also stopped off at target and I found some interesting Peeps..... today I'll mention ......

.... Strawberry Creme flavoured Peeps.....

.....  they are sprinkled with red crystals that lend a nice sparkle.  They have a nice flavour of strawberries....  the chick shape seemed to suffer a bit, I'm not sure if the addition of flavour or colour softened the marshmallow base but they are a bit on the blob side.  
So, on the "Peep-o-meter" I will give these a 6 out of 10.

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

Take care,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Remembering a Star

Gentle Friends you may have heard that on Sunday we lost another Star from the Golden age of film, Mickey Rooney. He was not your typical leading man, being of small stature.... but he was a giant talent and brought some really wonderful parts to life on the silver screen.


With his gal pal Judy Garland they made some of the most memorable films of the 1930's.....

Here's a wonderful piece from TCM.......

TCM is also canceling their regular programming this Sunday 4/13 and having a 24 hour Mickey Rooney Film tribute. Here is a list of the films they will be showing (all times are EST):

6:00 AM Broadway to Hollywood
7:30 AM The Devil is a Sissy
9:15 AM A Family Affair
10:30 AM You're Only Young Once
12:00 PM Captains Courageous
2:00 PM The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3:45 PM The Human Comedy
6:00 PM Killer McCoy
8:00 PM Boys Town
10:00 PM Men of Boys Town
12:00 AM National Velvet
2:15 AM Babes on Broadway
4:30 AM A Midsummer Night's Dream

That's about it for today sports fans, if you get a chance try and catch one of the films on Sunday or if doesn't work -  most of them are available on DVD/Blu Ray and rentable.

Take care,