Saturday, November 29, 2008

~A little light on Pink~

Candles tend to light up an evening with softness and romance and as we know it adds to the loveliness of us ladies, even as can the color pink. My candelabra was found in SUZANNA'S treasure trove of antiques and shabby goods. It came complete with melted down pink candles - ready to add ambiance and atmosphere to my home.

My darling teacup nightlight with the pink silicone bulb was made by Janet at SHABBYFUFU. She calls these teacup lights NIGHTTEAS. You can find them on her gorgeous website .


Friday, November 28, 2008


One of the most beloved and watched movies of all times is The Wizard of Oz and one will most likely find it on the television on any given Thanksgiving.

I know you have all seen photos of my only granddaughter, Kathryn, but have you seen her playing the role of Dorothy? She became 'hooked' on The Wizard of Oz at a very, very young age. In fact, even before she was born, I bought a pair of sparkly ruby-red shoes for her. Since then, she has had a new pair of ruby-red shoes each time her foot size changes. When she was just a baby, I would sing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" to her. When she was around eighteen months old, she could sing and dance to that song. She was enamoured with Dorothy. She was the perfect Dorothy, acting out her scenes with precision. I had a seamstress make a Dorothy dress for her and she had the pigtails and all. These pictures are of Kathryn, aka Dorothy, when she was around three.





One evening two years ago, at my home, Dorothy, er, I mean Kathryn, fell and busted her chin open. She had to get to the hospital, but she would not go until she was taken to her own home to be dressed in her Dorothy dress. That's the way she went to the emergency room.

I must add that my daughter, Kathryn's mommy, also loved The Wizard of Oz. Even in high school, she would choose to stay home to watch it rather than go out with her friends. Kathryn comes by her love of all things Oz honestly.


Some of my blogger friends have taken time out of this busy Thanksgiving week to post their favorite family photos. You will not regret stopping by to visit them and letting them know you were there.







Friday, November 21, 2008

~Our Pink Wall~

Glitter Graphics

to Pink Saturday!

I know it's not for everyone...but we like it. This is our entryway wall. The true color is actually just a tad bit darker than what is shown in the picture. I can't remember the name of the paint color after all these years.
The secretary was my maternal grandmother's. I treasure it. I remember it from my childhood days.

Beverly, our PINK SATURDAY hostess has a long list of pink lovers. Take some time to visit them.

~Beautiful Eleanor~

I want to share this photo of my grandmother Eleanor. She was the daughter of the gentleman in an earlier Friday's Favorite Family Foto. She was the fifth child born to my great grandparents who had come from County Durham, England, around 1882...the first of their children to be born in America in 1887.

I believe this photo was made around 1910 in Overland, North Dakota. The first children born to her were twins - a boy and a girl. The little girl died at a few months old. I believe this is one of the twins, although I don't know whether it's the boy or girl. Among the eight children she had, there were two other sets of twins - my father, one of those twins.

Ella, as she was called, was the wife of a Kentucky/West Virginia coalminer. She suffered with asthma most of her life and lived to be only sixty-three. I was only five at the time she died. I remember her having long white hair. When I visited, we would set on her porch and I would brush her hair. It's such a vivid memory of mine.

You can find other favorite family photos when you visit these friends:









Don't forget to let them know you visited!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

~Florida Pinks~

From a hallway window in our hotel in Daytona Beach, we saw this beautiful pink sunset on our last evening there last week.

We visited The Casements in Ormond Beach, just outside Daytona. The Casements is the former winter home of John D. Rockefeller. Proudly showing off pink is The Casements skylight.

The rumor is that Rockefeller usually stayed at the former Ormond Hotel and found out that he was being charged more per night than the other guests so he bought property across the street and built the estate.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

~The Prize Fighter~

Two of my favorite family photos are these of my uncle Bill. These pictures are from his boxing days. He held the light-weight boxing title in West Virginia. He once won a fight with a broken wrist.

Besides being a boxer, he was a radio broadcaster, an artist, song writer and a missionary in Honduras for over fifteen years. He was the most gentle man I have ever known.

This first picture was 'framed' by my cousin in Texas.
Thank you, Katherine!

Would you like to learn more about your blogger friends and their families? These ladies are posting their favorite family photo today. Check them out and be sure to let them know you stopped by.












Monday, November 3, 2008

~Away for awhile~

I'm off to Florida for the week. Y'all be good while I'm gone and I'll see you soon!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Amongst the golden yellows, burnt oranges and blazing reds of Autumn, there are PINKS.

This is the time of year when our camellia trees bloom. Each pink blossom seems as delicate as a rose.

They seem a little out of place to me, but they give us one last fleeting farewell glance at a summer past.

These pictures don't show the pink blossoms very well. They are almost camouflaged by our heavily wooded property.
You can see them better, by clicking on the photos to enlarge them.

One of my favorite things to indulge in this time of year is hot chocolate with either marshmallows melting in it or a little mountain of whipped cream.

Here are some recipes you might enjoy. From is this decadent sounding one:

CHOCOLAT à L'ANCIENNE for FOUR … Tastes amazing, feels amazing.

28 fl. oz. Whole Milk
7 oz. Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
1 cup Crème Fraîche (or heavy cream)
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
Pinch of Powdered Vanilla (optional)
2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (for top)
1 1/2 cup Fresh or Canned Whipped Cream (for top)

1. Heat up milk, cream, and sugar over a low flame. Bring to a simmer, but don't let it boil.
2. Take off heat and add chocolate (chopped into small pieces) and vanilla. Stir until chocolate melts and it becomes smooth.
3. Pour into cups and garnish with whipped cream.

and this one:

PRESIDENT'S HOT CHOCOLATE ... appropriate at this time!

6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tbs sugar
2 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups light cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
whipped cream

Add sugar and cocoa to milk and heat in a saucepan until dissolved. Add the cream, cinnamon and vanilla. Heat until almost boiling. Mix well and serve, topped with whipped cream and a bit of orange zest.

...and now for the pink!


1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons pulverized peppermint candies
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon crushed peppermint candy

or this one:
2-3 peppermint candy canes
1 cup whipping cream

Pulverise the candy canes in a food processor or a spice grinder.

Now, take a cup of whipping cream and whip it over a big bowl of ice.

Add the peppermint to the cream and fold well to combine(3 tbsps peppermint for 1 cup cream).

Spoon cute little dollops of this pink cream on your hot chocolate or hot coffee and/or cakes and other desserts.

The plain plethora will now be history and this will take over the kitchen counter!


Don't forget to visit our PINK SATURDAY hostess, Beverly!


Don't forget to turn those clocks back!!!

Daylight Savings Time ends on
November 2