Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunday Favorites and Seasonal Sundays

I'm joining Chari over at Happy To Design for her Sunday Favorites party.
Come join in and visit some interesting posts from the past that you might have missed!
Seasonal Sundays is celebrating Halloween over at The Tablescaper
Check out all the scary stuff!

The Fiesta Cafe is OPEN, please come in!

I'm cheating just a bit this week by posting some Halloween posts
from this past week!  Not very old for Sunday Favorites, but in case anyone possibly
missed the total Halloween blitz here on TLRT this week .... here's your chance!

Just a snippet from each post, but you can click on each image or the link to see the full story!

Thanks so much for coming by for another Sunday Favorites!
The various witches and scary things have now retired until next year!

Stop back on Tuesday for a Fall tablescape done two ways -
contemporary Fiesta and Vintage Harlequin dinnerware.
Hope to see you then!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vintage Black Store Sign

I don't have a lot of BLACK in my decorating scheme.....
I do have a lot of black pots and pans, but I don't think they qualify as vintage or interesting.

I do have a vintage store sign that came from New Hampshire a number of years ago.
It is one solid piece of lumber that is 17" wide.
I love the chippy vintage patina and the handpainted aspect of this sign, so
although I didn't make this sign, it is one of my all time favorites.

Thanks for stopping by for Saturday Night Special!

It's A Conspiracy

Really ..... it is a conspiracy.
I had to run up to the bank a couple of days ago.
And I needed Koi food and bird seed.

This is where the conspiracy part comes in.
The pet store and the bank share the same shopping center with Home Goods.

I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.

Lookee! $25 for a large dose of dish delight from Home Goods.
And the boxes are just as great as these cute little Frenchy dishes.

They had several other items from this line, I may have to go back soon.

And of course I picked up some way tooo cute accessories for upcoming Christmas tablescapes!

I love conspiracies!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Witchie Monster

Please join everyone over at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
stop by Jenny Matlock  for this week's Alphabe-Thursday for the letter "F"

Everyone thought this week would be "F" for Fiesta,
but FREAKY and FRIGHTENING and FEARSOME seem more appropriate
for this Halloween week.

The first of this week's Halloween tablescapes was

and another tablescape also posted today for Halloween is

Posted earlier this week for Met Monday:

Happy Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by for this spook-tacular celebration!

Yet Another Keeper

Please come over to Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday.

Can you stand one last "keeper" ???
Prior keeper posts have included:

So practical and they do really work to keep sterling and silverplate from tarnishing.
This one holds 12 knives and many of these keeper sets had matching keepers for
spoons, forks, napkins and tablecloths.

Thanks so much for stopping by again this week for Vintage Thingies Thursday,
hope you will come by again next week for something else vintage!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

See more images from this series HERE

Sweet and Hot, Red and Green, Outside Comes Inside


The October bounty continues!  Just about the best time for fresh veggies from
the garden here in Northern California is October.  Warm days and cool nights,
without the brutal heat of the summer months.

The BEST tomato in the world ..... 'Mexico'
I posted about it earlier this summer.
Tomato 'Mexico'

An heirloom tomato that is varied in color, tending to be pink and green
right off the vine, but ripens on the counter to a deep dark red.  Left too
long on the vine, the woodpeckers will come down from the oak trees to
drill perfectly round holes to drain all the juice out of them.
This is about average, 12.7 ounces .... some weigh in at over one pound.

Extremely juicy, so it is important to slice them on a rimmed board or plate to save
all that deliciousness!  A little fresh basil and some ground pepper, with crumbled Feta 
and Balsamic vinegar yet to come.

One of about a dozen varieties of peppers, both sweet and hot, that I grew this year.
It's been a wonderful year for peppers and our first rain storm of the season this past
weekend just urged them on, with a whole new crop coming on here in the last week of October.

Cayenne (above)

Pablano - my favorite of all the peppers

And the ugly ducklings of the vegetable garden are surely the Tomatillos.

Odd looking little "green tomatoes" with a paper-like husk and a sticky exterior
and very seedy interior with green firm flesh.

Salsa Verde and green sauce for enchiladas are just two of the ways to use this odd little fruit.

There are many variations on the recipes, I tend to maintain the basic flavor of the tomatillos
by not adding a lot of extras to the sauces like cumin and cilantro.  A Pablano or two, along with a Cayenne pepper and the tomatillos roasted in the oven until just turning black, processed in a food
processor and the sauce is good to go!

It is like honey and hot peppers, with the distinct flavor of the tomatillo clear and pure.
I can eat it by the spoonful from the bowl, but usually use it to top a batch of chicken enchiladas.
The sauce can be frozen too! Thaw, put in a sauce pan or double boiler and heat until just warm.

Assemble your enchiladas (these are chicken).  I add an additional layer of flat corn
tortillas crisped on both sides on top of the enchiladas.  I find it maintains the layers
of sauce and cheese better and freezes better too.

The green sauce goes on.

Then a generous amount of cheese!

15-20 minutes in a 400F oven and it's ready to serve

Tomatillos are a great addition to any vegetable garden!

Thanks for coming by again this week for a Sweet and Hot, Red and Green,
Outside Comes Inside Wednesday.

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