Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Sure Sign of Spring......

Every year since moving into the cottage, we eagerly await a bit of warmth and and sun to give the front porch a good cleaning and get it ready for the summer. This past weekend we had both sun and warmth for the entire weekend! It was heavenly! 

 So Saturday morning we got to it and pulled the whole porch apart. Pillow and cushion covers came off and went in the wash, furniture moved and floors scrubbed, windows and window sills washed down, and wicker and chairs wiped down. Not a speck of dirt left anywhere!

 Now we are ready for summer! So clean and sparkly. Don't you love that fresh and clean feel?

It is so nice to relax on the wicker furniture and know the cushions are clean and fresh. I am so glad I went through the trouble of putting zippers in all the pillows and cushions. (It is amazing how dusty everything gets over the winter!) And they have held up beautifully! 

 It was lovely to be able to bask in the evening sun Saturday...... To know it was a job well done......
And to dream of the summer evenings to come.........

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Daffodils and a Vintage Figurine Vase

At last we have daffodils! I have been waiting so long to use this lovely vase. The minute I brought it home this winter I was dreaming of how beautiful daffodils would look in it. 

They are as pretty as I was imagining!

 Isn't that a sweet face? I fell in love with her the moment I spotted her at an estate sale sitting there surrounded by kitchen clutter. And of course how could I not bring her home when the price tag was a half off!!

I did a little research and I think she might have been made by the Weil Ware Pottery Co., though there isn't any markings or labels. Don't you think she looks very 1940's? 
(I think she needs a name. Does she look like a Helen?)

 The reason her price tag was so low is she has been glued back together again and there is quite a bit of crazing. But that doesn't matter to me! (She still holds water for the flowers!)

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Is it Spring...or not?

Some crazy weather around here lately. We are kind of use to big fluctuation in temperature from day to day this time of year, but it has been crazier them normal!
The poor little daffodils are trying their best to bloom.

This is what we woke up to on Saturday morning. We even heard there was white out conditions up by the highway. So gloomy and snowy. With big wet fluffy flakes.

But there was still small signs of spring! Do you see the bit of green?

Kerri certainly thought it was great fun. The rest of us weren't too sure.
Strangely, by noon the sun was shining and all the snow was gone! You never would have known it was this wintry in the morning. 

(We are in Spring Cleaning mode here and happily the weather doesn't effect that! We might wish for warm sunshine to throw open the windows to, but the dust on the baseboards doesn't disappear any faster with sun)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter friends! 
If you need a little green and springiness hop over to On Sutton Place for this lovely banner. It is a free printable and an easy DIY project. 

It adds such pretty bit of color! Just what we needed. There are a few signs of spring here and there, it is slowly arriving this year.

All of our snow melted over a month ago. but typical of Wisconsin the weather has been bouncing around. But that isn't stopping the daffodils!! I doubt we will have flowers for Easter (not when snow is predicted today!) but by mid April they should be in full bloom.

This little hyacinth hasn't let anything stop it! It was coming up in January! 

The strawberries are sending up new leaves and shoots. 

Welcome Spring!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dairy-Free Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

 I have been addicted to muffins! Just about every week this past month I have made some sort of muffin. Usually these Dairy-Free Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins. 
I don't know what it is about the combination of blueberries, cinnamon and whole wheat that make these so scrumptious, but we can't get enough of them!
Muffins are so easy and quick to whip up. I can crank out a batch almost before my eyes are fully awake in the morning. And I think I have passed the muffin love on to the family, yesterday I had several inquiries of "Isn't there more blueberry muffins?" 

Here is my tweaked version. 

Dairy-Free Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoonful baking powder
1 teaspoonful cinnamon
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup water or milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a bowl. Toss the blueberries until lightly coated in the flour mixture. Add the egg, water and oil and mix just until blended. Do not over mix; too much mixing causes "tunnels". Spoon into 12 muffin cups or a grease muffin pan. Bake at 350 until done.

We don't use a lot of whole wheat flour usually, but I decided to give King Arthur Whole Wheat a try. I love the nutty flavor! It compliments the blueberries so nicely. I have been thinking of substituting the veggie oil for melted coconut oil, but it would add an extra step. Liquid oil is so convenient, I just have to pour it in!
Off to the grocery store for more flour! Can't run out of muffins!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


 Is there any thing that shouts Spring more then Hyacinths? (Well maybe daffodils or tulips!) Mandy brought this home from the store several weeks ago and we have been anxiously awaiting blooms.

 I think this photo should be titled "The Promise of Spring". This time of year we all need a little greeness and hope.

 This bulb came in isn't own pretty little bulb vase. 

I get a little carried away with taking pictures of flowers (perhaps you have noticed?). When I finally decided I had enough to get a respectable post, I had taken just about 40 photos!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It's a Good Day

Hello Friends! I am back! I decided to take a bit of extra time off to recover from the Christmas festivities, the visiting, putting the house in order again and recovering from a sinus infection. 

One of my favorite songs by Perry Como is "It's a Good Day". A fitting song for the beginning post of a new blogging year, isn't it? (This year I will have been blogging for 5 years!)  

It's a Good Day because........

~It's a stormy rainy day perfect for curling up with knitting and watching a Jane Austen movie. Mandy and I have been enjoying the 1972 version of Emma and the 1971 version of Sense and Sensibility.

~After a busy autumn I finally have time to get back to my favorite domestic pursuits. Right now I am on a muffin baking craze!

~I have my Project List made and ready for warm weather. Hopefully I will be able to accomplish a lot this year, including trim and a new sidewalk.

~ I finished up several knitting projects for birthday gifts (on time too!) and can now start a fun scarf for myself.

I would love to hear how It's a Good Day for you?