Thursday, October 8, 2015

Add A Bit of Country Charm to Your Table with Mismatched Stoneware

These are recent table ideas using some adorable mix and match stoneware plates. 
I wanted the look of pretty blues and yellows to compliment some bright yellow napkins I had.
                               The Over all effect to me was quite charming!

Oh So Pretty Blues and Bright Yellows...

Is there anything else I should add to the table besides some Chicken Cordon Bleu?
Oh and yes they are in my shop @ robinslane on etsy

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rare Vintage China...Collections of the Past

This is my favorite of all my collections. A New York Haviland called the Roselinde pattern.It was discontinued in 1959.One of the wonderful things about this china is the fact that it's delicate charm lends itself to mismatching wonderfully and oh yes, it also makes tea taste sublime.

This Charming Set Sold Within three days after posting.. Sadly, I Only have two teacups Left. I almost hate to sell them, such is the life of a vintage seller, always lamenting on whether to let something go and then realizing that this is what you do so you own up to it...and say goodbye.
New York Haviland Teacups in a Mismatched Summer tea!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Smoked Salmon & Wasabi Recipe

I love Smoked Salmon. It's pretty easy to come up with a very simple appetizers too, as it's naturally pretty. While this isn't exactly the salmon recipe that I made, I feel it does justice to the thought of the simplicity I am going for. This is a picture based on a wasabi and salmon recipe that I am just going to have to try. Compliments of the yummymommyclub blog.

Recipe...Wasabi and Salmon
Serve Your Wasbi Treats In Little Vintage Imari Plates

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Why I love Wedding Blogs: It's Not Easy Being a Mother of the Groom

My son is soon to be married and while I'm certainly happy and excited to be gaining a very sweet and loving future daughter in law, I'm also just a bit apprehensive for them both. I'm sure any mom who has gone through the whole wedding scene can understand why. First and foremost, you hope that they can stay happy together for a really, really long time, maybe long enough to celebrate at least 60 years plus? Am I asking too much here? Well alright, I can't worry about the future, nor can I predict it, but what I can do is to try my best to help make their first most happy celebration as  stress free and joyful as it can possibly be. But as mother of the groom, my role is quite limited. After all, tradition still has it that the bride's parents usually help to plan and pay for most or at least half of the expenses if they can afford to-and yes that's a real plus I'm not complaining- also of course, if all is well in the family, the bride may want her mother involved more than anyone else- so I know to tread lightly here- once again no complaints. That's exactly why I write this. The biggest no- no of all of course, is being that interfering third person, which just serves to add more stress to everyone as they trudge thru the barrage of  the many details of planning, budgeting, hiring, searching etc. As a mother, you simply want to be as helpful and as unobtrusive as possible. So, while I've always scanned websites for everything from recipes to decorating and entertaining tips, this time, it has been the many incredibly useful wedding blogs that have really helped me to do just that in my quest to provide helpful and useful assistance. Here is the top three for me anyway of my all time favorite blogs for wedding help, advise, suggestions and great ideas...

A Practical Wedding ( Need I Say More, just about every useful & money saving articles and answers you can ask for!)

Style Me Pretty ( An absolutely charming and useful wedding blog!)

The Wedding Bee ( Here is a fun and Informative forum for upcoming Brides )
To Learn How to Make This Spring Bouquet Visit

Saturday, July 25, 2015

How to Make Easy Pickled Peppers Without Canning

There is something so wonderfully country about serving a big jar of fresh pickled peppers on the dinner table. But for me, the very thought of canning anything makes me think of one big messy and possibly complicated task that I didn't think I was up to. So when I found this wonderfully simple recipe for pickled peppers from I was exited to try it. It really is so easy because no extensive canning equipment is used. It's delicious, mildly sweet, and lightly spicy, but what really sets it apart is that the peppers really stay crisp and fresh for weeks in the refrigerator. That's real good news when you want a budget and time friendly recipe. These gorgeous banana peppers were actually picked fresh from our garden below.

Our Little Garden of Tomatoes, Spinach and Banana Peppers
Here is my version of the recipe I used as I added a little less sugar. I made a second batch as seen in the photo, so I could tweek it a bit as I wanted one with a bit more heat. Here is the Recipe.
Easy No Canning Pickled Peppers
  1. 1 lb. banana peppers (about 10)
  2. 3 cups white vinegar (5% acidity)
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar or less to taste
  6. 1 garlic clove per jar, minced - 1 lb. of banana peppers filled roughly 2 quart sized mason jar. 
Slice banana peppers into rings 1/4-inch thick. ( Tip: I actually had to cut them open under running water to keep my eyes from watering, and wore thin plastic disposable gloves just in case I forgot and rubbed my eyes!) Remove seeds and ribs, as desired, remember the heat comes from the seeds so leave a few seeds in if you want some heat, the more seeds the hotter they will be. Fill each mason jar to the top with banana peppers. So Easy right?Add 1 clove of minced garlic to each jar. Now, In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar ( I used a bit less sugar as I wanted more of  hot pickled taste) and stir until the salt and sugar are completely dissolved. There is no need to bring your brine to a full boil, you just need to heat it enough to dissolve the sugar and salt. Cool the brine completely. When cooled, fill each jar with pickling brine, screw on the lid, and store in the refrigerator. Let the peppers pickle for at least 24 hours before eating. The longer they sit, the better they are! Note: I sliced the second batch just into halves and really liked them even better, but the thin sliced rings are great for sandwiches. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

How To Create a Vintage Look Using Mismatched China

Anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely love to create what I like to call "Theme Entertaining." To me, it means taking one back to a special place or time, whether it be an exotic location such as Italy or the Charming bygone Era of an Afternoon Tea, I try to have everything set up as perfect as possible right down to the printed menu and the appropriate music to go along with it. ( One of my friends named me "the "entertainment perfectionist") That being said I always do so on a very strict budget.Which is exactly why I write this. Because now is a very popular time for mismatched ANYTHING Mismatched Silverware, Plates, Teacups (ohh talk about the mismatched teacups right? ) Who doesn't love them? So I hope to inspire and to give you some wonderful Ideas to create that charming or whimsical setting using mismatched anything and everything! Here are some of my favorites...

 Tip #1: Look For Fun Color Combinations:
As you can easily see by the two pictures above virtually any combo can work together. This colorful mismatched plate ensemble have similar size and shape but also all have bright flowers which actually help to give the look of a pretty summer garden.

Tip #2. Go For Unique Shapes:
Here I paired a small round vintage dessert plate with an unique octagon shaped salad plate. Both go together very well due to the size element with one actually framing the other but also they both have similar a soft cream or Ivory color.

Tip # 3. Add the Element of Charm Using Napkins
I really love using old vintage hankies, ribbons and even herbs and flowers to wrap up silverware. Try experimenting with different napkin folds too. Of course the silverware is also mismatched.

Tip # 4. Bring Out The Fun Stuff
This table setting has a 1950's theme simply because I wanted to use all my favorite pieces.
Note the little piggy on the table and the retro 60's vase holding some extra knives. It's colorful but also fun! So if you've got it hidden away .. bring it out and use it!

I hope you enjoyed my Ideas and on your next fun theme party send me your pictures I'd love to see what YOU come up with!

My Favorite Look Summertime Garden Theme Mismatched Teacups and Saucers
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Friday, January 9, 2015

An English Teaparty Menu

I really love entertaining. But for me half the fun is creating a beautiful and fun setting.

A few years ago, I had invited a few of my friends over for an old fashioned afternoon teaparty with an english theme. It was complete with vintage china, polished silverware, garden music and of course a menu that seemed right out of a classic novel. And it was Fun! Yes, we wore hats and even sited a few quotes of poetry. Stuffy Sounding? Silly? Well, actually with all the laughter and wonderful discussions of our favorite tear jerker movies and books, I really don't think we cared.

I planned the event about 2 weeks prior. The invitations were sent out at about 1 week before. I printed them up on ivory parchment paper purchased at an office supply store using an english styled font, a pretty teal ink and one tiny vase of flowers with a bunny peaking out in the corner of each invite. They also were cut down to envelope size so no folding was needed.
Once that was accomplished I concentrated on the menu. I had already decided what it would be. Since it was featuring a lobster bisque, pricing everything at the local grocers and finding the best sales was important to keep costs at bay. I actually used only one large lobster tail and mixed in a quality canned lobster which reduced the price enough so I could serve 12 small portions.

Here is the Menu I chose....

Lobster Bisque in Pastry Shells ( Thanks for This oh So Easy Recipe Lacy!!)
Chicken Salad on Mini Crescents ( So Many Very Fresh Tasting From )
Raspberry Scones w Clotted Cream ( Compliments of Maria & Josh!)
Chocolate Covered Strawberries ( My Good Friend Brought These!)
Buckingham Palace Tea  (Favorite Online Tea Store!)
Londontown Darjeeling Tea ( I had Purchased This tea while on Vacation in Maryland)

I also made sure to have iced water flavored with fresh fruit and lemons in the event someone could not drink tea. You could also serve an herbal tea for those that cannot tolerate caffeine.

You can Pretty much find everything, even pretty affordable teacups at the English tea store but well, when it comes to clotted cream or rather Devonshire Cream as it's often called, I like to make my own. You can Learn more about this silky & wonderful thick cream and even get some recipe links here. I hope I've inspired you to have your own English themed teaparty perhaps? Let me know how it went if you do!