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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kitchen Kitsch

What's It Wednesday #117
I have some secret collectibles that are just for me. I place them here and there in the pantry and cupboards just to bring a smile.

They are adorable little figural salt and pepper shakers. This apple pie slice has a scoop of ice cream on top, and is perfect where I have baking supplies and cookbooks.

 No one likes mice in the kitchen, but when this little guy brings his own cheese... 


well, who can say no?

Mr. Garlic and Ms. Onion make a perfect pair. They always come out when there's a mention of pasta.

I know he seems to be looking down his nose,

but I think he's trying to hold back a sneeze!

These guys brighten any breakfast table. Now that's what side my bread is buttered on!

 This delicate boy and girl spend most of their time in a glass cabinet.
 
But they come and play on special occasions.

My favorite is this jaunty ladybug sitting on a flower.

I love her flower hat and leaf parasol. She keeps my plants company on the windowsill in the kitchen.

It's a happy place that always make me smile.
Hugs,
Patti

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Coffee Break

What's It Wednesday #118


When we moved into our new home I told my husband I wanted a Coffee Bar. He just looked at me sideways. I spent the last year planning for it. In my mind it would be a place to go to grab a cup of tea or coffee in the mornings or a nice glass of wine at the end of the day.

The coffee bar started with the coffee cups. When the girls or even the guys come over, I wanted to be able to serve a nice beverage in a beautiful porcelain cup or nice heavy mug.

When entertaining one of my favorite teapots is this glass one from Crate and Barrel. The tiers of cake plates were a house warming gift from an Aunt. I have served cakes, cookies, pies and delicious chocolates from them.


Party City is the perfect place to shop for beautiful spoons that are actually plastic. Some even look like silver. They make great stirrers that you just throw away after its use. The Honey Straws are the perfect addition to any flavored tea you may have. 

I had wanted Keurig for a very long time. It takes up quite a bit of space in the kitchen so this was another reason I wanted a dedicated space for this machine. Well that's my excuse any way. I had hoped that Santa would have brought it for me last Christmas, but that was not the case. That was ok though. I was at Macy's at 6:00a.m. the day after Christmas getting the machine at a majorly discounted price. 
                     
While planning the coffee bar I discovered all kinds of cool things to add. I found these shaved chocolate toppers at William and Sonoma in white and milk chocolate and boy are they delicious.



Our guests, male and female, seem to like the sugar choices. They like the regular as well as the sugar cubes. I placed the sugar cubes in my antique pickle castor. 



The Coffee Bar also houses our wines. It is fortunate for us that we live near the southern most winery which is known for its unique variety of tropical wines made from mango, guava, passion fruits, lychee and even star fruit. If you live in one of their authorized distribution states I recommend treating your self to a bottle of fabulous wine from Schnebly

Although this dream of mine has come to fruition, my husband has actually taken it completely over. The up side is that I get served coffee.

If you are in need of a well deserved coffee break, I strongly recommend a Coffee Bar for your home.

So far this has been my favorite home project for this year. What's your favorite home project (done or planned for the future) for 2014?


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

He Has Risen

What's It Wednesday #117
When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him. And He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;…

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.…

When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? “He is not here, but He has risen...

May You Have a Blessed Easter,
Patti

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