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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Finds and Favorites


So it began once again with my head in a box at the flea market.

I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, because in my experience, that hinders the possibibilities.

It just has to come to you.

If you have flea marketing in your soul, you know what I mean.

I found 13 pieces of Blue Danube for our daughter who lives in Dallas for the grand price of $12.00. 

She collects Blue Danube china, milk glass, black amethyst glass, jadeite, and Franciscan Gold Renaissance china.


It’s genetic…

In other news, even though I like to keep my planning options open (sometimes the back of an envelope

works just fine), I LOVE this simple monthly calendar.

I buy a new one every January , and I have for about 12 years.

What makes it so special? It is hard bound, it is red, and it reminds me of an old school teacher’s gradebook-

which I used for many years.

And in the spirit of school supplies, of which I am a great fan, here is the best all-time note pad .

Why?  It has a hard backing, it is wide ruled,  it has a spiral top, and it is at Target for $2.29.

Image result for target up & up steno pad

And finally, can we take a moment to think about bloggers who edify others?

There are legions of them.

They are out there, only known to us by their kind, encouraging comments at the end of our blog posts.

I am constantly humbled by their generosity.

Aren’t they wonderful?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Ranch Recipe and Thoughts of Home

Quail Hunting in South Texas
My Father and My Mother
In my mind’s eye and heart it is the early 60’s ,
and I am standing at the end of our long sidewalk by the grape arbor,
watching my parents and their friends
spill out of the ranch hunting truck
after a day of hunting.
My mother has on Jackie O sunglasses,
a smile on her face,
and an animal print vest she had just finished sewing
that morning
in her sewing room.
She is beautiful and full of life.
Waiting in the house is a favorite appetizer for their guests,
who of course will be staying for supper.
What will be served?
Broccoli Cheese Dip with Fritos
Fried Quail
Jalapeno Cheese Rice (Ranch Recipe #1)
Salad  with Wishbone Dressing
Hot Bread
and some sort of dessert, probably chocolate
While she gets everything ready inside,
my father is frying the quail out on the patio with his friends.
Ray Price is playing on the stereo,
and I thrill to my father’s words…
“Sister? Will you run go get me…”
Once in the house, my mother is smiling and laughing,
with a special smile just for me
as she asks,
“Laura Ellen? Will you run go get me…”
I wish I could hear that just one more time.
Broccoli Cheese Dip
1 package chopped frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
1 small onion, chopped finely
1 tbsp of butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small jar sliced mushrooms
1 roll Kraft Garlic Cheese (hard to find)
Saute the onion in the butter and add the thawed broccoli.
Mix gently until warm.
Add the rest of the ingredients and pour into an
oven-safe serving dish.
Heat in the oven until bubbly.
Serve with Fritos.
Thoughts of Home are often poignant yet memorable at the same time.

Those are the best kind.
Won't you share yours next Thursday?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thoughts of Home On Thursday

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Have you ever been invited into someone’s home

and you immediately felt comfortable and at peace?

It is that special feeling of welcome, and comfort, and ease, that encourages you to share and exchange

ideas with your friends.

When I was a little girl, there was nothing I enjoyed more than sitting and listening to my grandmother and my

aunts and my mother talk about their favorite projects or recipes or inspiration or gardening tips .

I want- we your hostesses want- you to feel the same way.

Join us next Thursday, February 11th, for the launch of a new blog party where you can do just that.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear Daughters: Entertaining Yourself

Dear Daughters,

In order to understand this letter, I'd like you to go back in time with me to the late 60's and a ranch in deep South Texas.

There you'd find me , home from Saint Mary's Hall for the holidays or summer, driving around the ranch, or driving down the highway to Santa Elena,or San Isidro, or even Hebbronville, if I was really restless.

You see I was entertaining myself, and exploring, and thinking, and day dreaming, and above all listening to music.


I still do the same thing today.

I was so blessed to have parents who understood and trusted and expected the right things.

Living 'in town' for many, many years hasn't provided the same context, but I smile and do it anyway.

Translation:  this may not make sense to others.

I know you have this in you.


I've been in the back seat while you were driving.

I love you, Mom

PS:  Adele's When We Were Young has been my latest driving go to.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Finds and Favorites

Dansk Blue and White Platter

Friday Finds and Favorites

is a chance for me to show and share the amazing (to me) things I found at the flea market, or online in blog land, or out in the world at large. 


Flea Market Finds

I found the Dansk blue and white platter (above) at the flea market and I fell in love.  Why?  It is cobalt blue

and white, I never met a platter I didn’t like, it is heavy, and it reminds me of hand painted pottery from


And here is the amazing thing.  It was at the bottom of a box , it wasn’t chipped, and it was $1.00. Yes!


Two of my favorite blogs , that echo an all-time message about enjoying simple things are

My Messy Thrilling Life and Assortment.

The first time I found these blogs, I read for hours.  They are that good. Enjoy!

And you must check out this appetizer recipe at Blondie’s Journal.  It sounds delicious. Jane is just the best, isn’t she?

And finally, I am obsessed with the thought of a light weight denim shirt , white boyfriend jeans, and an

animal print scarf for spring.  There is no one that does that look better than Cassie at Hi Sugarplum.


In other random news,  in the last 2 days I have lost 30 Google Friend Connect followers.  Yes… 30.


Any ideas?

Have a great weekend!

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