The Winner and the menu

I'm happy to announce that the winner of the little book of Norse children's tales is Connie Kalina. Send me your mailing address and I will post it to you directly and I can rest assured that some one else has the responsibility of caring for this treasure...

The table last night  was a success and the menu was:
Foie gras, asst. Cheeses and Grapes
Broccoli Salad
Rockfish with a Tapenade Sauce
Corn-studded baked Polenta
Spaghetti Squash and Swiss Chard Medley
Lemon Gelato and Banana Bread
 The event yielded   a couple of surprises.  First the label on that thrift store  $2.50 table cloth (which was very large....102") was Cynthia Rowley which it turns out is a well-known linens designer and her paisley tablecloths that size sell for $70+. So it makes the find even more whimsical.

The second surprise was the last minute find of a new recipe which is fantastic, beautiful and a definite repeater.... Spaghetti squash and Swiss Chard  It was especially nice as I harvested two laundry baskets of spaghetti squash from the garden yesterday..  It was so colorful and so tasty...


Kitchen Chatter

Here in the northwest US we are surrounded by wildfires and the air quality is extremely hazardous and everyone has been ordered to stay indoors.  So our planned BBQ of hamburgers outside has turned into a meatloaf in the oven indoors.

 I have often tried new meatloaf recipes in the past but my favorite is in this book....well used as you can see.  I received this Good Housekeeping cookbook in Sept. 1957 as a wedding gift... 60 years ago.. and I still use this recipe and try as I might have never found a better one. The book automatically opens to this page.  In the last few years I have started searches for the "Best" biscotti, banana bread, stollen, lemon cookies,  and scones among other things.. Every so often the old and tried recipes turns out to be the best.  I have stopped trying new banana bread recipes forever as this one is truly the very best...  http://gluesticksblog.com/2013/07/bakery-style-banana-bread-recipe.html
and how could it not be when it uses eight bananas.

So besides the meatloaf I made a double batch of the very best banana bread, a huge supply of homemade granola that will last until Christmas, and stollen for DH.  I got to use my stollen mold I bought in Germany this spring.  It is adjustable in length and has no bottom...you just set it on the baking pan and it shapes the loaf....  I just love it.  Morris was on kitchen duty all day just waiting for any little tidbit that might fall to the floor.  He didn't want me to slip and fall on anything...such a thoughtful dog.

This last bit falls under the category "Why I love thrift stores!!!!"  I love setting a pretty table so I check the kitchen aisles first thing.  Last spring I found these neat plates for $1 each.  I was waiting until fall to use them but none of the tablecloths I have seemed right.

 So when we were thriftin' on Monday I was looking for a new tablecloth and found this one which was whimsical and different and fun...  $2.50.  I liked it because it wasn't the usual fall leaves, pumpkins, etc.

Then at the next thrift shop I found these snazzy salad plates..  They were only 50 cent apiece and I bought all eight as I can see them used for desserts also any season.

We have a dinner party coming up Sunday and another in a couple weeks and I'll use my new purchases for both parties...  I can hardly wait to set the table.  It is finding these unplanned treasures that keep me at the thrift stores over and over again.  I'm sure all this new would have been over a $150 and for $10.50 I have new table settings for this winter and in the spring I will donate them back and get new sets for spring...


Giveaway - 95 year old children's book

This is one of those precious belongings I always wanted to do something special with... well I can see that is never going to happen now and I would love to see it go to someone who would do something with the stories and illustrations.

As you can see it is a small book (41/2" x 6 1/2") and almost 100 years old I found it at a thrift store years ago and fell in love with the illustrations.  I always planned to print them on fabric and make a book but time is slipping away.

William Andrew ("Willy") Pogany   (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's books and others.  He is best known for his pen and ink drawings of myths and fables. His works included not only books but magazine covers, stage and movie sets and was widely known for his art pieces as well... more about him ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Pogany

There are numerous illustrations throughout the book.

If you feel that this book should belong to you, tell me why by leaving a comment on my blog and on Sunday September 10 I will let my husband pick a lucky recipient.. I will mail it anywhere in the United States.
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