Monday, April 14, 2014

Millie at the Market

It's been a crazy couple months as I've gotten back into my vintage market season!  Millie, the pink glamper is all prettied up and busy as can be!  If you're local to Utah and see her out and about please stop and say hi!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Magic Jello!

Jello is such an awesome thing!  It's so fun and vintagey!  This jello idea is such a cool one...  It looks pretty in punch cups or little mason jars so you can see the layers.  Take a 6 oz package of Jello and mix it like it says on the package.  Add in a 16 oz tub of Cool Whip and whisk until smooth.  My Cool Whip was still frozen so I mixed it in the blender with the Jello water.  Pour into cups and refrigerate.  That's it!  As the jello sets the layers form!  Super cool, right?   It's simple enough for every day, but pretty enough to be used at luncheons or tea parties!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Feminine Friday: Vintage Valentine's Tablescape

I love love love vintage china!  I sell a lot of it, and lately I've been collecting a bit more as well.  I've been working on a collection of mismatched pretty feminine plates, because apparently having several matching sets of china isn't enough in my world.

Everything about these vintage plates is feminine!  The shape is feminine, the size is feminine, the flowers are feminine... I love looking at feminine china and I really love using it!  I don't understand the point of collecting dishes you don't use, so I make it a point to use mine often!

The dishes are feminine, but so is the very act of setting a pretty table and having friends over for a dinner party.

Instead of fighting the crowds on Valentine's Day I decided to host a dinner party with three other couples.  It was so much fun!  I was able to use my pretty mismatched china and even though some of the men might have thought I was odd, the ladies appreciated it!

 There are so many pretty plates out there, a mismatched set is the perfect way to enjoy them all!  Plus it's so much easier to find plates when you don't limit yourself to one pattern.  Maybe someday I'll have a hundred mismatched plates!
I already tell my kids that as soon as Nina moves out I'm making a bedroom into a dish room, so hundreds of dishes is a real possibility! *grin*

The centerpiece was pulled together with odds and ends from around my house and placed on a vintage mirrored vanity tray that is heading to market.  It looked so feminine and perfect for Valentine's Day!

I love hosting dinner parties and I've made it one of my goals this year to host more!

Playing hostess makes me feel feminine, which I love!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wonderland Tea Party

Alyssa loves Alice in Wonderland, so a Mad Hatter Tea Party was the perfect theme for her 14th birthday!

Alyssa and Caleb have never outgrown playing dress up and I hope they never will!  Costumes are so much fun!

Chocolate-covered strawberries had to be on the menu!  They're such a big hit every time I make them!

I found these candy As at our local candy factory.  The cookies were on the discount rack at the grocery store.  I drizzled the cookies with some of the chocolate I had leftover from the strawberries, added an A and they looked fancy and quirky... perfect for Wonderland!

Milk glass punch cups made the perfect container for jello!

Pickles are always a hit at a tea party for kids or teenagers!  Baby dills were cut into bite-sized chunks and the toothpicks came from the dollar store.

You can't have a tea party without little sandwiches!  I did a cucumber filling and a cheese filling.  Every last one was gobbled up!

I had the cupcake papers and picks leftover from another party and I thought they added interest to the sandwiches.

Cucumber sandwiches are a favorite of my girls!  I make mine with cream cheese, finely diced cucumbers, shredded cheddar and dill.

The cheese filling is just cream cheese and shredded cheese.  It's always a hit! The cheese filling is  good with finely diced pickles added as well.

It took me about a month of checking thrift stores to find perfectly mismatched Wonderland type dishes.  I have A LOT of dishes, but the things we used for Alyssa's party are totally not my style!  It was fun to gather them and see how it all came together.  The cups were all different sizes and colors and it was such a fun colorful table!

My sister made the Cheshire Cat cake!  It came out so cute and perfectly fit with the tablescape.  This was such a fun and easy party to throw!  The kids had their tea party and then watched Alice in Wonderland!  I love that Alyssa still has me throw her birthday parties!  I love seeing her happy face when it all comes together.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Crab Mango Salad

This is a fabulously delightful salad!  It's fresh and healthy and flavorful!  I wasn't quite sure how all the flavors would blend together, but it turned out great!  I served this for a luncheon at my house with homemade rolls on the side and it was gobbled up!

Crab Mango Salad

2 mangoes, diced
3 avocados, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely diced
1 c frozen white corn
1 lb imitation crab, diced
juice of 2 limes
sea salt & pepper

Mix all ingredients together.  Refrigerate before serving to allow flavors to blend.  Would be nice with chopped shrimp instead of crab if desired.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Feminine Friday: Vintage Sheets

Oh vintage floral sheets... I love you so! 

The pastel colors and floral patterns on vintage sheets are so feminine and pretty!  I love them so much!  I outfit my bed with vintage sheets and I feel like a princess!

So often when I get a bundle of vintage sheets they've all come from the same estate... sometimes dozens of them!  I love to imagine some granny's linen closet piled high with the same sheets she's had since she was a young bride!

I love the ties that vintage items have to the past.  I love imagining who used them and where they got them.

Vintage sheets are great for fabric too!  It so much cheaper to use a vintage sheet for a sewing project instead of buying vintage (or even new) fabric...  They've been preshrunk, they're super soft and you can't get much more feminine!  I saw a picture somewhere of 1950s-60s feminine dresses made from vintage sheets.  I hope to take that project on someday!

These guys aren't vintage sheets, but I recently got them and wanted to show them off!  Aren't they the cutest pink vintage kitties?  The angry one is my fave!  They've taken up residence in my bathroom and I smile every time I see them!  I just love feminine things!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cheddar Jalapeno Rolls

I have this weird love for bread dough, not in the Mmmm... I want to eat it all day sense, but I am fascinated by it.  How can you take just a few ingredients, mix them together and have something as versatile as bread dough happen?  Once you master a basic bread dough you can make sandwich bread, dinner rolls, sweet rolls, savory rolls, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, bagels, pretzels, pizza crust, bread sticks, etc, etc... Bread dough is amazing!  I make homemade bread products at least once a week and usually more often!  I like to make a big batch and make different things from it.  A loaf of french bread one day and monkey bread the next... crescent rolls one day and jalapeno rolls the next!  It's incredible!  Now that I've spewed my love for bread dough all over your existence I will get to the recipe.  These cheddar jalapeno rolls are great!  They work for any meal of the day or even snacks.  My husband thinks I need to mass produce them.

Roll Dough

2 c. warm water
2/3 c. powdered milk powder
2 TBSP yeast
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter, melted
2 c. flour

3-5 c. flour

In your Bosch or KitchenAid mixer (with a dough hook) mix everything except the 3-5 c. flour for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add 2 more cups of flour and mix 2 minutes. Turn your speed to low and continue to add flour while mixing on low, half a cup at a time until the dough starts to pull away from the sides into a ball and a very soft (almost sticky, but not quite) dough is formed.

Once you hit that point, mix on medium for 2 more minutes. Cover and let rise in a greased bowl until doubled. Punch down and divide dough in half.

Roll half the dough out into a decent sized rectangle, like you would with cinnamon rolls (about 11" x 14").  Spread with 8oz of softened cream cheese.  Sprinkle with diced jarred jalapenos.  Drizzle a little jalapeno juice on the cream cheese for good measure and spread it around with a rubber spatula.  Top with shredded cheddar and roll up starting on the long side, making a long skinny roll.  Cut into 12 slices and place on a greased baking stone or cookie sheet.  Cover and let rise.  Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until done.  Brush with butter.

You COULD cut the recipe in half and only make enough for the 12 rolls or you could use the other half for cinnamon rolls or something totally different like pizza crust.  After the dough rises the first time you can cover it and put it in the fridge overnight and use it the next day.  Hooray!  Homemade bread something or another two days in a row!