Thursday, April 23, 2015

Home Sweet Home #217

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I got into the garden in The Earth Laughs in Flowers.

I was baking from a new to me cookbook in Orange Pound Cake.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post! Here are a few that caught my eye.  You guys are all so talented!! Seriously! 


Judith at Botanic Bleu did a fantastic post on Copyright-Is My Work Protected?  Great info and I even added a copyright statement to the bottom of my blog!


Just Jan Blog shared Slim's Conservatory which was delightfully decorated with the colors and textures of her exotic travels.

Amanda at Girl in Pink shared How to Create Beautiful Finishes on Flowerpots and Seal them for Outdoor Use!  Since I have been in a gardening mood I loved this idea!

Anjana at At the Corner of Happy and Harried shared a Mango Ice Cream Sundae.  This makes you hungry doesn't it?

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Orange Pound Cake

I went to the thrift stores last week and scored a find I have been wanting for awhile.  I found the All Around the World Cookbook, by Shelia Lukins.  She and her partner Julee Rosso created The Silver Palate which was a food store on Mahattan's Upper West Side that spawned several cookbooks from the two ladies.  They are still my favorite cook books of all I have collected.    

So the first thing I had to do this weekend was to cook from this cookbook!  I made the Orange Pound Cake.  It cooked up like a dream!  Toss some berries on top or even better a few edible flowers from the garden and you have a beautiful and delicious dessert to go with tea.  

Ingredients:
12 tablespoons  (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup of sugar, divided
3 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
6 tablespoons fresh orange juice, divided
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9 x 4 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan.  Line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper and butter the paper. (Don't skip this step the bottom will stick.)  Lightly dust the pan with flour, shaking out the excess.  
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and the 3/4 cup of the sugar with an electric mixer.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add the sour cream, vanilla, orange zest, and 2 tablespoons of the orange juice; mix well. 
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt over the batter and fold it in with a rubber spatula until just incorporated.  
Spread the batter in the prepared pan.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes.  
While the cake is baking, prepare the orange glaze:  place the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and remaining 4 tablespoons orange juice in a small saucepan.  Cook the syrup over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, then cook 1 minute longer. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
When the cake finished, let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  Then remove it from the pan, peel off the paper, and return it to the rack to cool completely.  Pour the glaze onto the surface of the cake while it is warm.
Serves 8 to 10

Enjoy! 

Sherry

I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

I got into the garden this weekend and did some work.  The profuse blooming of every plant all at once reminded me of the poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson in which he has the famous quote, the "Earth laughs in flowers."  I had no idea that this poem was a free rendition of the Vishnu Purana
Mr. Emerson was a American poet who led the Transcendentalist movement.  This was a religious and philosophical movement that believed that organized religion and political parties ultimately corrupt the purity of the individual.  They believed that people were truly at their best when "self-reliant."  

Hamatreya

BULKELEY, Hunt, Willard, Hosmer, Meriam, Flint,
Possessed the land which rendered to their toil
Hay, corn, roots, hemp, flax, apples, wool and wood. 
Each of these landlords walked amidst his farm,
Saying, ‘’T is mine, my children’s and my name’s.        5
How sweet the west wind sounds in my own trees!
How graceful climb those shadows on my hill!
I fancy these pure waters and the flags
Know me, as does my dog: we sympathize;
And, I affirm, my actions smack of the soil.’        10

Where are these men? Asleep beneath their grounds:
And strangers, fond as they, their furrows plough.
Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
Who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet        15
Clear of the grave.
They added ridge to valley, brook to pond,
And sighed for all that bounded their domain;
‘This suits me for a pasture; that ’s my park;
We must have clay, lime, gravel, granite-ledge,        20
And misty lowland, where to go for peat.
The land is well,—lies fairly to the south.
’T is good, when you have crossed the sea and back,
To find the sitfast acres where you left them.’
Ah! the hot owner sees not Death, who adds        25
Him to his land, a lump of mould the more.
Hear what the Earth says:—
EARTH-SONG

        ‘Mine and yours;
        Mine, not yours.
        Earth endures;        30
        Stars abide—
        Shine down in the old sea;
        Old are the shores;
        But where are old men?
        I who have seen much,        35
        Such have I never seen.
        ‘The lawyer’s deed
        Ran sure,
        In tail,
        To them, and to their heirs        40
        Who shall succeed,
        Without fail,
        Forevermore.
        ‘Here is the land,
        Shaggy with wood,        45
        With its old valley,
        Mound and flood.
        But the heritors?—
        Fled like the flood’s foam.
        The lawyer, and the laws,        50
        And the kingdom,
        Clean swept herefrom.
        ‘They called me theirs,
        Who so controlled me;
        Yet every one        55
        Wished to stay, and is gone,
        How am I theirs,
        If they cannot hold me,
        But I hold them?’
      When I heard the Earth-song        60
      I was no longer brave;
      My avarice cooled
      Like lust in the chill of the grave.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Mr. Emerson took the theme of the Hindu text and changed the story to fit the circumstance in which he was living daily. The men at the beginning of the poem are his neighbors.  I just found the whole story interesting behind this poem.  I had no idea the movement from the 1820's-30's in American was so similar to some of the themes we are experiencing today. 

The teacup is by Gracie china.  The lilacs smell soo good!


And also, here are some tulips I picked fresh from the rain for tomorrow's food post.

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
Share your Style Thursday at Common Ground
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Home Sweet Home #216

I was armchair gardening with my tea this week in Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds.

I was baking again on request in Cherry Apple Pie.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post! Here are a few that caught my eye.  You guys are all so talented!! Seriously! 

Carolyn at Aiken House & Gardens shared a wonderful tour of her Garden Arbors in glorious full bloom.  It is always a treat to visit Carolyn who lives on PEI, Canada.

Melissa at Dancing Dog Cabin shared a Fireplace Reveal that was gorgeous!!

Michael Lee of Rattlebridge Farm shared An Easy Does It Easter: Last Minute Ideas for the Busy Cook.  These were so many awesome and easy ideas you should really save this post to refer back to for a knock out Easter table!

Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is shared At the Table: Katie Alice Scarlet Posey.  This is a new set of dishes designed by a English lifestyle designer based on vintage linens.  I am seriously looking to order these! Love them!!

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cherry Apple Pie

This picture would never make it into a magazine.  The pie crust was so crumbly it fell apart when I cut the slice and lifted to my plate.  But, it was soo good!  I have never made a cherry apple pie before and after I made it I wondered, why not?  Cherries and apples are great together.  I used the frozen dark sweet cherries from Schwan's.  Those were compliments of my Mother.  I believe she was hinting I make a pie.;)

Cherry Apple Pie
Ingredients:
2 cups fresh or frozen dark sweet pitted cherries
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples
2 tablespoons butter
Ready made pie crust (I always use Pillsbury)
Top with:
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar
pinch ground cinnamon

If using frozen cherries, let stand 30 minutes until partially thawed.  Combine in medium bowl sugar, all-purpose flour, , cinnamon, and nutmeg.  In a large bowl combine cherries, apples, and add the sugar mixture.  Toss to coat and transfer to a pastry-lined 9 inch pie plate.  Dot with butter.  Add the top crust.  Seal ad flute the edge and cut slits in top crust.  Brush top with milk and combine the 1/2 teaspoon sugar and the pinch of cinnamon and sprinkle over crust.  Sprinkle the top crust with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Cover the edges with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 20-25 minutes more or until golden brown and bubbly.   Cool before serving.
Serves: 8
Recipe adapted from: Recipe.com 
Sherry

I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds

Today I am armchair gardening again with the Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds, written by Victoria Summerley and the photography is by Hugo Rittson-Thomas.  When I think of the most idyllic scenery in England the first thing that comes to mind is the rolling meadows and cottage gardens of the Cotswolds.

This magical region of England has long been know for its gorgeous gardens.  This book did not disappoint with a private tour through 20 estates in the Cotswold region sure to delight the gardener in anyone.  

Here is a peak at my favorite gardens in the book.  This is The Rill Garden at Eastleach House.  This garden was designed by the owner Stephanie Richards.  It is located on a steep sloping site and she designed it to save her husband having to mow it.

This is a garden at Burford Priory.  The cottage-style gardens grab my heart more than the formal ones.  This raised walkway with all of the hardy perennials and roses spilling forth are just my style.

This is a collage of all several of the gardens in one page.  This shows off some of the more formal garden designs.

This is a view from Stowell Park.  A magical arbor created that leads to mowed path of wild flowers and an open lawn that used to be the site of a swimming pool.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was a treat to pour over the gardens and enjoy touring each one of them.  Some of the gardens are strictly private and this book offers you the rare glimpse of the inspiration and passion the gardeners took to create them.  I would highly recommend the book if you have ever wanted to visit the Cotswolds region in England.  This is a stunning personal tour of private gardens that are captured beautifully and can be savored again and again.

Today the teacup was from Bavaria china and the pattern was Orleans.  I thought the roses on the cup matched the roses on the table well.

The roses aren't quite blooming here yet, but I found my favorite roses at the store and captured them bloomed out just beautifully.
Are you gardening yet or still dreaming?

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group USA for providing me with this book for review.  The review and opinions were entirely my own.

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
Share your Style Thursday at Common Ground
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of the Home
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things

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