Thursday, May 21, 2015

Home Sweet Home #221

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week with tea I reviewed one of the most gorgeous gardening books I have ever laid eyes on in Dreaming of The Irish Garden

Then I shared my favorite summer salad in Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with a Poppyseed Vinaigrette.

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


Brooke at Creative Country Mom shared Irises Blooming At the Fire Pit Rock Garden.


Ana at Cozy Tea Cottage shared Pretty in Pink Tea.  You knew that got my attention, I love tea! 

Angie at My Hip Design shared Saves lachfalte which was these beautiful wildflowers she potted in this even prettier flower pot.

Monika at HMC shared this gorgeous homemade Mother's Day card in For Mother's Day.


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, May 19, 2015

Avocado Strawberry and Spinach Salad with a Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Avocado Strawberry and Spinach Salad
This is one of my favorite go to salads for summer.  It is perfect right now because the strawberries and spinach are in season.  I gave it the 'spa treatment' and added some organic edible flowers from my garden.  Hey, if you can make it pretty why not?  

Salad Ingredients:
6 cups of fresh baby spinach
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 avocado, diced
1 tablespoon orange zest 
poppyseed dressing

Poppyseed Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2  tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon poppyseeds
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together for the salad with desired amount of dressing and serve immediately.
For dressing: Whisk all ingredients together until combined.
You can add anything to this salad you enjoy, like nuts, cheese, etc.  
Recipe adapted from: Gimme Some Oven

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, May 18, 2015

Dreaming of The Irish Garden

Today for tea I am dreaming of The Irish Garden in a book review offered to me by the Quarto Publishing Group USA.  

I am fond of this book.  It might be one of the most beautiful gardening books I have ever come across.  Written by Jane Powers with photographs by Jonathan Hession, the book takes you away to the "Emerald Isle" to discover around 60 of the most romantic gardens in the world.  The secret to the large variety of gardens lies in the tail of the Gulf Stream-the North Atlantic Drift.  The Gulf Stream's warm and watery effect creates Ireland's climate.  The climate can allow trees from Australia and bananas from Japan to thrive here. Plants from colder regions, such as alpine regions, are also at home in Ireland.  Some of the types of gardens pictured in this book were formal, cottage, kitchen, naturalized wildflowers, statuary, woodland, architectural, cutting borders, walled gardens, terraced gardens, land form gardens, Italian gardens, and water gardens.  Here was just a sample of some of the gardens I enjoyed.

This is exactly what I picture in my mind when I think of an Irish landscape; this bridge over a little stream in a woodland setting so green and lush.

But did you know they also have Japanese gardens?  Here is the symbolic Bridge of Life leading to the Garden of Peace and Contentment.  Many of the Asian plants thrive in Ireland.

Here is another woodland stream that is just perfection.

A series of low weirs manipulates the flow of water into a succession of little falls in the River Vartry at Mount Usher in county Wicklow.  This book is large 10 inches by 12 inches and 400 pages.  It is the perfect coffee table book and full of gorgeous color photography.  I really can't say I have ever seen a more gorgeous gardening book.  I highly recommend it for your favorite garden lover.  I really enjoyed it and plan to keep it out in my living room so I can disappear into some Irish garden while I am armchair traveling.

The teacup today is made by Gracie China the pattern is Stechcol.

Get yourself a copy of The Irish Garden and have a cup of tea. It is the most gorgeous book to sit and savor tea over! 

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
Tuesday Garden Party at Simplify, Live, Love

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Home Sweet Home #220

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I took tea outside and remembered how much I love it in Nature Lover.

The strawberries are in season so I had to make this Buttermilk Strawberry Bundt 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.

Alexandra at Prairie Charm shared this Maileg Bunny House. Her husband and her have built this for their four year old daughter's birthday.  I really liked this because I played with something like this when I was little.   


Nicole at Early Bird Farm shared Camp Cooking *Bread. Looks wonderful doesn't it?  She makes it look easy! 

Melissa at Dancing Dog Cabin shared a fabulous Mother's Day Tea Inspiration.

Jolena at While I Linger shared Springtime Motivation.  I loved this wheelbarrow.  

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

Follow me on Twitter 

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Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!

My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)

Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Buttermilk Strawberry Bundt Cake

Buttermilk Strawberry Bundt Cake
It is strawberry season and I had to bake a cake and use the strawberry blossoms before they are all gone.  My family is making fun of my flowery cakes, but I don't care.  I like to make them look pretty!  All parts of the strawberry plant are edible even the blossoms.  This cake had red dye in the original recipe but I took that out.  It doesn't really need any red dye to make it taste good.  
Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup canola oil
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup strawberry jam
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the ganache:
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons strawberry jam
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a bundt pan generously with cooking spray.
In a stand mixer beat the butter, oil, sugar, eggs, sour cream, jam, and vanilla until combined.  Place flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and mix to combine.  Alternately add the flour and then the buttermilk until well combined.  Transfer the batter to a prepared bundt pan, spreading the batter evenly.  Bake 50-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove and let cool completely.

Just before serving prepare the ganache.  Heat the sweetened condensed milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring.  Add the jam and white chips until melted.  Once melted turn off the heat and let sit 5 minutes off of the burner and cool to thicken it.  With a spoon drizzle the icing over the cake and let it drip down the sides as desired.  Serve at room temperature.   


Buttermilk Strawberry Bundt Cake

Buttermilk Strawberry Bundt Cake

Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: Original Recipe


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
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, May 11, 2015

Nature Lover

My tea today is highlighting the nature lover in me.  I have kind of taken for granted what I enjoy for a long time.  I tend to give way too much to my family and don't have much left for me at the end of the day.  The wonderful thing about this blog is that it has been a long voyage of self discovery. The excavating seems to get a little deeper all of the time and something that has been a renewed discovery for me lately is that I am a big nature lover.  I forget that I grew up outside everyday. 

This was my playground.  I took this picture this weekend.  It is a view from about where my bedroom window used to be as a little girl.  There is around 300 acres here that I so enjoyed.  I wasn't afraid of anything and didn't let much stop me from where I roamed from a very early age. 

It wouldn't be unusual for me to come in from a day's adventure and have a handful of things similar to this, minus the tea and the gardening book.  

My father grew up on this farm also and he actually sent my son this hummingbird nest in the mail.  My son is fantastic at finding four leaf clovers.  He found this one for me.

The tea mug is the Heritage Rose pattern by Roy Kirkham.   The Kitchen Gardens book is one of my very favorite gardening books.  It is illustrated by Tasha Tudor.  Such a good practical little gardening book about herbs and vegetables.

For tea today I really enjoyed getting out in the backyard and pretending I was young again loading up my tea tray with a collection from nature.  I had to stop and notice the little things like how the columbine are dropping their blossoms in the bird bath.  I thought it was kind of pretty.

The clematis has found the lilac bush and decided to use it for a trellis.   

The iris have bloomed.  If I hadn't gone out for tea I wouldn't have even noticed them.  The iris are actually from my Grandmother's garden in Kentucky.  I brought them here where I live years ago.

Here is another planter in the yard that is loaded with a vibrant collection of colors from the local garden center.

Are you a nature lover?  Do you still get out and enjoy it?  If you don't, why not?

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
Tuesday Garden Party at Simplify, Live, Love

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