Sunday, January 29, 2012

It's Always Christmas in My World

Two years ago, I got these Johnson Brothers British Castle Christmas dishes. I got the dinner plates and cups as a gift (the top two pictures)--what a terrific gift. I was thrilled because I had wanted them every since Hyacinth teased me with them when I visited her. I am always looking for additional pieces, so I did the happy dance in the antique store when I found a set of eight salad plates (the ones with the green tree below).

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What's New in the Antique Booth?

I have placed lots of new items in the antique booth at Lone Elm Antique Mall. You can check out the antique mall on Facebook here.

All of it can be found at:
Lone Elm Antique Mall
Mon - Sat:10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sun:12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Large 12,500 sq. ft of clean, nicely displayed booths filled with everything from fine antiques, re-purposed furniture, stunning jewelry, vintage records and stereo equipment, sports memorabilia, tools, and funky fun collectibles. It's all here!
Parking Lot

This cute little Shabby Chic lamp is there.

Also, for those Trekkie fans out there, we have Star Trek Barbies of Captain Kirk, Spock, and Uhura--still in original box.

We also have Mikasa Glassware, some lovely blue crystal wine glasses, some purple glassware, a red children's rocker with matching heart stool and many more things, including some movie posters--Evita anyone???

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

100 Years of Glass

I started collecting Fenton Glassware a few years ago. I liked that they made small pieces, as any collection can get out of control, and space is at a premium. Plus, they sold it on QVC, and nothing sucks me in like a good QVC sales event. I am not kidding people--I can't resist the cheesy hosts. I have actually DVRed Fenton shows on QVC, knowing full well that by the time I watch it, most of it will be sold out. Hello, my name is...and I have a QVC addiction. Well, horror of horrors, Fenton decided to shut down their main furnaces, so they are no longer producing mass amounts of glassware and are shifting their productions to beads, like the Pandora beads. Arrrgghhh! Oh well, that just makes the hunt for Fenton even more exciting and special. I am always on the lookout for Fenton animals that are painted, signed, and stickered.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's Not Thanksgiving, but...

Pumpkin Pie Recipe (A Variation on Libby’s Recipe)


¾ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 large eggs

1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin

1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk

1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell

Whipped cream (optional)


MIX sugar, allspice, salt, ginger and nutmeg in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Clean Dream

Chores. Nothing really makes them more fun, but if you decorate the space well in which the chores are performed, it is somewhat more bearable. This is the laundry room. These metal signs are not vintage, but they are made to look vintage, so that is all that matters. The washboard is old.

Washing tip #576: Hyacinth taught me to add a little vinegar to the wash to get rid of any odors in the laundry. Is there anything that vinegar can't do???

So, what makes your chores more bearable?

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Do you know Charo? Star of stage and screen? Musical artist (she is a flamenco guitarist)? Not ringing a bell yet? How about her multiple stints on the 70s tv show, Love Boat? Okay, cuchi-cuchi? Pouty lips? You got it! That Charo. Well, this post has nothing to do with her. This isn't her recipe, and I don't even know if she likes Charro Beans. I mean, they are not even spelled the same, so who knows.

What I know is these beans are served in a local mexican food restaurant in town, and I love some soupy beans. Plus, their name reminds me of the cuchi-cuchi Charo. Maybe I will anoint these beans Charo's Charro Beans. Surely, there must be some Charo in the world who likes these beans. Anyway, try them.

I think you will like them. I know I did.

Charo's Charro Beans


1 lb. dried pinto beans

6 strips bacon, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped or 1 can diced tomatoes

1 medium onion, chopped

½ medium green pepper , chopped (you can also use red bell peppers)

½ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

4 cups chicken broth

8 cups of water

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

1 tsp. cumin


Rinse and pick over beans. Let soak for a few hours or overnight. Fry bacon. Add vegetables to bacon and bacon grease. Cook until tender. Add herbs and spices. Add beans, broth, and water. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 3-4 hours. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Love Fiesta!

What makes me happier than just about anything?

That is a rhetorical question because the answer is opening a cabinet and seeing a colorful display of Fiesta.

Fiestaware is a miracle. How else do you explain a piece of pottery bringing happiness to people?

What is your favorite color?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pizza! Pizza!

Welcome to the semi-homemade pizzeria!

1 can of Pillsbury pizza dough
1 jar marinara sauce
2 cups of mozzarella cheese
1 pkg. of pepperoni
1 pkg. of Canadian bacon
Additional toppings of your choice

Roll out pizza dough. Layer toppings onto pizza and cook according to package directions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pork Carnitas


3 lbs. boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch pieces

3 large garlic cloves, minced

1–2 jalapeƱos, minced

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 TB olive oil

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup chicken stock


Season pork with cumin, salt, and pepper and brown in olive oil. Transfer to crock pot and add orange juice, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic, and chicken stock. Cook for 6-8 hours.

Allow pork to cool and absorb the remaining juices. Shred meat with a fork.

I usually make soft tacos with refried beans, pork, pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese, cilantro, and a squirt of fresh lime. Delicious!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This Mexican food is my comfort food!

This is my favorite casserole. Ever! Hands down! I love it. I make it more than any other casserole, and it never disappoints. The great thing about this casserole is that it gets better the next day, and it freezes and reheats well. It is so easy and so tasty, it is sure to be a hit with your family. I have even served this at a New Year's Party, and my guests loved it.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

2 cups cooked, diced chicken
Tortilla chips, crushed
1 can Ro-tel
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Use a nonstick spray and coat a 9 x 11 pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with crushed tortilla chips. Place diced chicken on top. Mix soups, Ro-tel and 1/2 cup cheese. Pour over chicken. Add a layer of crushed tortilla chips. Top with a layer of remaining cheese. Bake for 35 minutes.

5 Minute Mexican Rice

(Recipe from


1 16 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
2 tsp ground cumin
1 chipotle pepper from a
can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 tbsp adobo sauce
2 cups 5 minute rice (I used Minute Rice)


Place chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and 1/4 cup of chicken stock in a blender and puree until thoroughly blended.

In a medium size pot, heat crushed tomatoes, remaining chicken stock, chipotle pepper mixture and cumin to boiling.

Stir in 2 cups of 5 minute rice. Remove from heat and let rice sit for 5 minutes.

Fluff rice and serve.

Adjust heat of the rice by adjusting the quantity of chipotle and adobo sauce used.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My Momma Can Cook

Paula Deen who??? She ain't got nothin' on my momma. My mother is the best cook I know. She taught me everything I know today about cooking, and I am extremely grateful. I have dazzled more than once with my recipe repertoire courtesy of my mom. Just to give you a hint of what I am talking about I wanted to share our Thanksgiving dinner. The menu consisted of turkey, brisket, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, broccoli and cheese casserole, and corn. My stepfather helped also by smoking the brisket. He is pretty good in the kitchen, too. Notice we are eating on Fiestaware. Doesn't that just make your mouth water?

I am pretty sure my mother is grateful to her mother for teaching her to cook. My grandmother, Zella Jo, was amazing in the kitchen. She could cook anything. When I asked her for her recipes, she didn't have any. It was all in her head. A little of this, a little of that, and it always turned out delicious. Her mother probably taught her as well.

That is what we do in the South; we pass down the recipes from our mothers and their mothers, and we honor them each time we sit down to a mouth-watering dinner, or supper as most called it. What are you favorite family recipes? Please share. I love the stories that go along with those little gems.