Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cheese Fondue...an old recipe

Hi Everyone,
I am still on the New Year's Quest of Comfort Foods from Days of Old!
Yesterday I made my mother's old Cheese Fondue recipe.  It came from
an old Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book....mine having been published in the early 60's and mother probably got hers out of one published many years before that.  We now think of "fondue" as more a hot liquid cheese using for dipping veggies in or a chocolate fondue to dip berries, etc. into. THIS cheese fondue is a baked main dish. It is delicious and once you have it, unforgettable. It is close to a souffle, but with a bit more "body".  You might want to try this if you are looking for a nice main dish without meat.
                                                                         Cheese Fondue
                              from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book revised edition third printing

1 cup milk, scalded
1 and 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 pound sharp process American cheese, shredded (2 cups)  Note: I used sharp cheddar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
   . . . . . . . . .
3 stiff-beaten egg whites

Preheat oven to 325.  Combine milk, crumbs, cheese, seasonings, and egg yolks.  Fold in egg whites. Pour into ungreased 10x6x
1and1/2 inch baking dish.  Bake in slow oven about 35-40 minutes until firm.  Makes 6 servings (more like 4, if you are hungry).

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lovely Hand Made Gift

Hi Everyone,
Have you ever received a hand made gift that is beautiful and you know took many hours to make?  Well, my neighbor, Margaret, did this lovely table runner with heart shaped twigs and leaves and roses embroidered on it and 4 big napkins with roses in the corner of each one.  I really appreciated all the time that went into this creation and will enjoy using it for years to come.

I took down all the Christmas decorations and put the runner on the dining room buffet and used it with some Valentine decorations because I am now moving on to Valentine's day decor!  I really love Valentine's day! Maybe it is because I have such great memories of it as a child.  At school, we all made a decorated shoe box to hold our valentines from friends. I always won first prize for best decorated (not to brag)! I loved wrapping the box in red paper and making pretty hearts, coloring them and cutting them out to decorate the box. For weeks before Valentine's Day we made hearts all decorated up for our friends and tucked them into the decorated boxes. On that great day, we were allowed to open them and see how many valentines we got and who they were from.  Maybe there would be a special one from a little boy that "I Claimed".  Isn't that funny?  We always, in those long ago days, "claimed" someone as a boy friend. I have to laugh at the use of that word, now.  It sounds so ancient and these days, very out of date!!
Then. we had a big Valentine's Day party in our classroom, with delicious refreshments made by all the mothers.  The teacher gave every child a special Valentine, too, and a hug as we went out the door of the classroom toward home when the great day was over.  At home I played with my valentines and the box for several days, enjoying my popularity with the other children!  It was a contest to see who had received the most valentines.
Do you have memories similar to that? Do tell!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The New Year...what's happening at Ten Gables?

Hi everyone, No this isn't a picture of the moon! It's a pone of Southern cornbread, ready for dinner, or "Supper" as we Southerners say.  It looks like it has a few craters on it, but all I can say, the smell is delicious and break out the butter! You know, I just love homemade bread, whether it is good ole buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, soda bread or Irish wheaten bread. I love banana bread and cinnamon rolls.  I guess deleting bread from my diet for the New Year isn't going to happen!

Well, the new year is on us now and we are in the 2nd day. The only real resolution I have made is to make a meat loaf. Yes, that's right. I have eaten healthy or tried to for many years, now, and I am ready for one last time to make a sinfully delicious meat loaf from good old hamburger. In fact, I am going to get out my old recipes and make some of those old country fat and unhealthy dishes we used to think nothing about eating. I don't think I will make any other resolution!!
It is time to plant the three poinsettia plants I bought to decorate for Christmas. Every year I plant them and only one has lived. So I must change the location where I have tried them.  I think it is far too wet.  For every plant there is a place it likes or doesn't like. Finding that place sometimes is not easy!!

Today I pulled the pineapple, or cut it, I should say.  It had tripled in the size shown and turned yellow, so I really needed to get it cut before the raccoons spotted it.  I sliced it and it is chilling in the fridge. It is so sweet and delicious.  I will plant the head to get another plant. Then I will wait 2 years for another pineapple on that plant.  It is a good thing that I have lots of plants growing and no doubt will have more pineapples next season.
It is threatening to rain and we do need it. The grass is green, but in places is showing some brown and need some rain water. In January, Florida is probably the prettiest, most pleasant place to be in the United States...no snow, no cold and even if it rains, the sun shines in just minutes or even while it is raining. That is why so many people from all over winter here.  Welcome all you snowbirds!!Happy New Year to everyone!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas from my home to yours

Hi Everyone and a very Merry Christmas!  It is almost here and we have been celebrating already with family.  Here are just some decorations and yummy treats that will help make our day bright and you will see our little "Sammie" as she waits for Santa Claus.  I hope your new year will be happy and full of everything you wish for. Happy New Year!  

Every year I enjoy the three carolers my mother crafted many years ago.

This nativity is the first one I purchased as a bride and I have always loved it, even it it is just quite ordinary. It is the meaning that is important!

This years' Pavlova...it really turned out nice.
I got a skinny tree this year (not real) because we have so little room. Over sized packages take up lots of room, too.  In front is a wheel barrow full of books for a grandson.  I don't think he will be reading my blog and find out what it is!!

It is an eat fest!! Above is a key lime pie...we do live in Florida, you know!
Sammie is waiting! Isn't she the cutest and so sweet, too.  All the best to you and yours, Egretta

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Great Auction Finds

Hi Everyone,  The other night my son, grandson and I went to our local auction and I found these amazing Byers' Choice Carolers. You KNOW how expensive they are, so I was delighted that I was able to get them at a bargain price.  I already have one or two, so this will make a great Christmas display. The ones above are, I think, a butler with silver tray and tea cups (the way the photo is, he appears to be dropping them!) and the maid carrying poinsettias in a silver bowl.
The little girl is selling or maybe just bought some fish and the little guy is carrying an instrument to accompany his singing! Look how cute they are dressed!

Here's a close up view of a little girl in a red velvet coat and hat.  She is carrying snowballs.  I got eleven figures in all, and will show you my whole display when it is set up. Are you getting ready to decorate for Christmas, too? Byers' Choice Carolers are made in Chalfont, Pa., U.S.A. and you can check out their website at www.byerschoice.com

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hi Everyone,  It has been awhile since I have blogged! I have been very busy painting and crafting for a couple of shows.  Above are my wine glasses turned into snowmen and with a battery operated candle on top.  They really are adorable, but I haven't had time to make many of them.
I've also been making wine glass candle holders with scenes inside.  They are so cute, too. I only have one more show and that is this Saturday at the Peace Lutheran Church.  After that, I will be making Christmas gifts and some decorations for my gallery and for myself.  It is a busy time and I love it! How about you? Are you being creative as the holidays roll around?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Apple Crumb Pie, Sammie, and new Pillows

Hi Everyone,  the other day I made a nice Fall dessert....Apple Crumb Pie.  It is the old stand-by recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens cook book and is really yummy!  A nice Fall dessert using lots of delicious apples.

Our Puppy is growing!  She has just gotten her stitches out from being spayed and is feeling as full of energy as ever, running and playing.  It is hard to get her to sit still a moment! In every photo I take her eyes appear blue or with a big blue dot in them! I must start using settings on the camera instead of just "auto" all the time! It would help if I knew how!

I made a couple of Western pillows for the gallery.  Decorating western is pretty popular here.

I am busy getting ready for 2 arts/ crafts shows and painting more for my gallery.  I love this time of year when there are lots of outdoor shows, bazaars, etc.  I am painting as fast as I can!!!