Sunday, July 25, 2010

Milk Glass Luncheon Plates?

Husband and I love to go to estate sales near us. It's the thrill of the hunt, standing in line, meeting people.
This week we found a set of dishes that the seller called "milk glass". I'm not sure if these are true milk glass or not.

After looking at my pictures, can anyone tell me anything about these? They have the classic grape leaf and grapes design. There are absolutely no marks on any piece. There are other pieces but I'd love to know what I've got! Thanks for any advice you can give.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lemon Scones

Lemon Scone Recipe

2 cups flour
3 tsps baking powder
2 tbsps sugar
1/2 tsp salt
zest of one lemon
4 tbsps butter or margarine

Sift together and then cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, make a well in the center.

2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
juice of half lemon

Add one whole egg and yolk of second (reserve second egg white), milk, and lemon. Stir into flour mixture until dough cleans sides of the bowl. Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead with hands 10-12 times. Pat into a 10 inch round and then cut into 8 wedges. Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Brush tops of each with reserved egg white and then sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

I modified this recipe from Sunset's Easy Baking for Good Cooking, 1982. It was a wedding gift from my husband's boss when he was working at our college dining hall.

Hope you enjoy this recipe.

Picnic Brunch Tablescape

Welcome to a picnic in the backyard. I've been wanting to do a picnic, but life seems to be preventing us from getting away. It was best just to go ahead and have some fun at home.
I'm linking with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her 100th Tablescape Thursday. Congratulations, Susan. I've met so many great people through TT and seen a lot of great ideas. Thank you!

I made scones from scratch (recipe here) and decided on blueberries and raspberries and bosc pears. These are all native to some part of California. It's lovely to live in a state where so much is produced. However, the pictures don't tell that it was already 85 degrees F outside. Hopefully it won't reach 104 like last weekend.

I placed an antique quilt on the lawn, piled several pillows and laid out the picnic goodies. That's chilled lemon water in the carafe from Princess House (about 25 years old!).

I purchased the silver candlestick at a "garage sale" in Stockton about a month ago. The garage sale seemed more like a boutique sale of items you'd see in the after pictures of home blogs: painted furniture, stacks of linens, a little chandelier. High priced items for a bargain hunter.

This is the picnic basket and it's contents: 2 knives, 2 spoons, 2 forks, 2 Martha Stewart napkins, 2 plastic plates, and 2 plastic bowls. (It's for sale if anyone is interested)

Thank you for stopping by and having a picnic under the orange tree with me. Thats the grape arbor next to it. Red Flame and Thompson's seedless.
Enjoy the day.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Furniture Re Painted! Finally

It's been a while since I posted. Last week Husband, Daughter and her BF and I went to Disneyland for three days. We wanted to see World of Color, and waited in line many hours before it was cancelled. It was the day there was a 5.2 earthquake in San Diego which totally messed up their systems. Maybe in August.

So this weekend I finished painting a little white dresser we bought last year at a garage sale. I painted it --White! It is Glidden's Marshmallow White in eggshell finish.

The original knobs were in great shape so I just put them back on. It had a few damaged spots, but really only needed a fresh coat of paint.

It is 15 inches deep by 30 inches tall by 40 inches long. This little beauty is mostly made of pressed wood but is very solid and heavy. Good quality. And it's for sale, but alas you must come by with your own vehicle!

And how about this beauty? It is looong! And such great legs, has all it's pulls and get this, only $20 at a garage sale. It wouldn't fit in my Jeep so the lady let us put it in her truck and she drove it over to our house, about 3 blocks away. Heavy! Can't wait to work on it. I'm thinking white. Maybe a stained top, or white. Maybe the whole thing black. Distressed?
Tell me what you all think. I'd love some advice.
Have a lovely week.