As soon as I can open a window without freezing to death..I start washing my windows and the few curtains we have..our bedroom and bathroom have the curtains.. 12 yrs old already..a Martha Stewart pattern..they look like chintz..yellow background and beautiful peonies and lilacs and roses throughout..nicely faded..just plain panels .. no frills.. and they are never closed:) 3 in the bedroom 2 in the bathroom..
I can throw the panels in the machine..and hang right in place to dry~ After shining the widows..
..but the V shaped toppers..I cut out from my grandmothers tablecloth..I was able to get 5 v shaped toppers..the 4 corners..and then the center of the tablecloth..I formed myself into a V shaped topper double width..one of them that she embroidered..it still has a very faded little piece of fabric where her name was..♥
Those I wash delicately..and have to iron..I had made my own starch and added lavender oil..apart from everything being sparkling..the scent blew me away:)
It still lingers but not as much..
Google home made starch recipes..you will see how easy..and mine is still fresh as a daisy..Cornstarch..cold water..hot water..essential oil.
I never knew my grandmother..nor my grandfather.I think my grandfather died when I was about 3 months old..I will check again..they had 5 children..
In the photo above..there is my great grandfather..my grandfather..my dad and his 2 brothers..there were 2 sisters also..the last one just passed away..and this is how we discovered our grandfather had been married prior to marrying my grandmother..his wife died at 23 yrs of age..:( and they lost a 6 month old baby..
He went on to marry my grandmother..have 5 children and accomplish great things..
You never know in life what the future can hold can you after huge sorrow?
Did some of the kitchen ones..and will finish up the rest this week I hope~
Picked my first bouquet~ Pickings are slim..but when it's your first ..it's special..To sound like Vivian Swift the whole bouquet is probably the size of a teabag:)..or a Triscuit:)
Made a few seafoody meals~ Involving more shrimp..
Seafood Caesar Salad
No greening of QC yet as you can see but very soon..the buds are on everything!And then by magic..the neighbor's home disappears~
But sadly..those glorious tulips are on their last leg~They are stupendously attractive~
Ahh..I was forgetting..Cara's Cookies~
Cara.. was our daughters babysitter at one point..the very best..there is always one that is the best..she was it..she lived across the street..and would bring games..and play with them..we really did not go out a lot ..but when we did the girls were so happy to have Cara.They were great neighbors.
Anyways..Cara has moved and is of course a mom herself..but we kept a recipe from her..they are called Cara's cookies to us..
When I made them ..I brought some over to our daughter's and her eyes lit up..she said I haven't had those in so long~
They are really really good..
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Blend and reserve
1/2 cup butter(her recipe which is 30 yrs old at least for us said margarine)
1 cup sugar
add 1 well beaten egg..one tsp of vanilla..mix together..add dry ings above..
Add 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal..
1 cup raisins(I plump ,drain and cool mine)
6 ozs of chocolate chips..
Drop on your parchment paper pan..and flatten slightly w/ a fork.. bake at 350 Degrees for 12mins..
Cool on rack~
A step through memory lane this mixed up post of mine..
Anyways enjoy the cookies..
Enjoy all your new buds and blooms
And take care~