Tuesday, May 18, 2010

UD Graduation

Hello friends, today I'm joining Heidi at Heart and Home for Gratitude Wednesday. I'd like to share with you a snapshot of our lives, past and present. On Sunday, May 16, 2010 our eldest son graduated Cum Laude from the University of Dallas. This is one of those monumental moments in life that just takes your breath away and makes you reflect on all of God's blessings in your life.

Have we actually come this far? By God's grace, Yes! Being a homeschooling mom, my children's education has been a priority in my life. And this day, I tasted the sweet fruits of my labor! To see one's child accomplish his goals and make his mark in this world is one of the most gratifying moments in a parent's life.

I know that the friends he's made will be lifelong ones, no matter which path each takes.

He and his lovely girlfriend share many memories of their college days, and now face a bright tomorrow with new chapters in their lives to fulfill.

Where has time gone? This was me and my hubby at my graduation day at UCLA 20 years ago.

I was a young bride and a young mom, and our son was 2 years old the day I graduated.

He was there the day I received my diploma...

and I was there when he received his.

My husband and I couldn't be prouder and more grateful for our son. The next 20 years promises to be filled with a day like this for each of our children. One down, 8 to go!

Thank you for stopping by the Lace and Ivy Cottage.

Till next time,

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's Tea Time!

Hello, tea friends! It's Tuesday and time set out our tea things and share a cuppa with other tea aficionados. In one corner of my dining room, a table for two is always set for tea. So please drop by any time and let me pour you a cup of serenity. I've always got ingredients in the pantry for some scones too.

Today, I've set out a panoply of vintage tea things: vintage tablecloth, vintage napkins, vintage china, vintage silverware, vintage teapot and teacups.

Nothing matches, not even the silverware. It's a potpourri of florals, just like a spring bouquet.

We can thumb through my Tea Time book and browse over recipes.

Today's teacup in the spotlight is a thrift shop find. It's very translucent. The design is simple on the outside, but has a pretty rose and leaves on the inside.

As always, you're always welcome to stop by the Lace and Ivy Cottage for a spot of tea.

Before if bid you adieu, I leave you with this tea quote:

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

Till next time,

I'm linking with our lovely hostesses at:

Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
The Plumed Pen
Artful Affirmations
Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspirations
Breath of Fresh Air
Martha's Favorites

Thursday, May 6, 2010

German Pancakes

Hello, Fellow Foodies! Do you ever crave a special dish or dessert at a favorite restaurant, but can't always satisfy it without breaking the bank or gaining an extra 20 pounds? We all do! My weakness was the German pancake at the Original Pancake House. It's a puffy, souffle-like pancake baked in the oven. It's served overflowing on a platter, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and accompanied by butter and lemon wedges. Oh, my mouth is watering as I type this! It's a massive, impressive, breakfast masterpiece that measures 14-16 inches in diameter. But at about $10 for just this pancake plus another $3 for a cup of coffee, it wasn't something I could enjoy frequently...until now.

I've tested this recipe a couple of times now, and am satisfied that it's just like the one at the pancake house. Now I can make about 4 of these for my hungry crowd without the $40 check!

I can't believe how simple, inexpensive, and fun it is to make.

I hope you try it, and maybe you could serve this to MOM on Mother's Day! And of course, I'm linking with Michael Lee @ Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.

Till next time,

German Pancake

  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 C milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/8 t salt
  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon wedges

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter into a cast iron skillet (I divided the batter between a large 12 inch and a small 8 inch) or a large casserole dish ( swirl the butter evenly in the dish).
  • Blend flour, milk eggs, and salt in a blender just until evenly blended. Do not whip too long.
  • Pour into prepared skillets or baking dish.
  • Bake in center of rack for about 16-18 minutes, until golden brown and fluffy. Do not overcook, or it will be a bit dry.
  • Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and serve with lemon wedges to be squeezed on top.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rooster Tablescape

Hello, fellow tablescapers! It's that time again for dishaholics in blogland to come out of the woodwork. Yes, there are many of us lurking out there, so please take the time to visit Susan @ BNOTP for more participants.

Many of us in blogland are rooster lovers. I, included, have been one for many years.

Oh, I've tried to overcome this unusual attraction to these plump, feathered friends by even ridding my home of excess poultry paraphernalia, but there were a few stragglers left behind. Why, oh why, did I subscribe to that "Less is More" mentality! To this day, I regret letting go of a pair of antique rooster lamps!

This lucky pair survived my momentary madness of "simplifying."

Although I do have my rooster collection of the indoor variety under control...

I can't say as much for the outdoor variety.

They can only hope never to find themselves on my dinner table as part of a tablescape!

Till next time,

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