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Decorative Touches for Mirrors
Mirrors are a favorite here at StoneGable. Their beautiful reflective quality, the way they throw light and take up space while enlarging it is so attractive to me.
They also look fabulous when decorated with a little embellishment. (And I AM the embellishment queen!)
I tucked this pinkish berry garland around the mirror last fall and enjoyed it so much there that it has stayed.
The mirror is in my "Bohemian" downstairs bathroom. I LOVE this wallpaper, and will probably never remove it. The walls are decorated with a collection of hand painted vintage trays and other hand painted items that are similarly related. ( Later this fall the bathroom vanity cabinet will be painted red and glazed- look for an upcoming post.)The mirror was originally my Mother's and hung above our piano since I was a child.
I think little embellishment on a mirror can soften it and give it such interest! This old mirror looks so fetching with a little bit of green gracefully draped over it.
Small wreath hung from beautiful ribbon also give a mirror panache.
Do you embellish your mirrors? I'd love to hear!
I am participating in Pink Saturday. Thank you Beverly for hosting this great weekly pink party! Please visit How Sweet The Sound.
My stylish and wonderful friend Splenderosa at Gems on Glamour is having a fabublous jewerly giveaway! You won't want to miss it! Please tell her I sent you. Click here to see her Swaroski Crystal Cuff Bracelets! She is giving away 2!
Check off one VERY busy week... I'm happy to be normal busy this week.
Tomorrow I will be celebrating my 1 year bloggiversary~ Well, reallyyyyyy I'm going to celebrate all week! Blogging started out as a way to connect with my newly married daughter, imparting all things StoneGable and sharing motherly wisdom concerning hearth and home.
But StoneGable took on a life of it's own!!!!! It has become a big part of what I do, a creative outlet, a journal of daily living at StoneGable and hopefully a place of creativity and inspiration for my readers. Who knew I could write 264 posts in 1year. And if time and money (and cleaning, shopping, sleeping, showering...) were no object, I could have written everyday. I have so many ideas rolling around in my head! I look forward to sharing them all!!!!
I am blessed beyond words by all of the people I have met through blogging. And so humbled by all of your sincere kindness! Bloggers and those who follow blogs are darling people!
Come back on Tuesday, I am having a celebration GIVEAWAY. And later this week I will be announcing a new meme (party) hosted here at StoneGable. I'm very excited!
Now about the menu: I found some wonderful recipes from fellow bloggers to try this week. I'm always tickled to make recipes that friends rave about. All I can say is, this week is shaping up to be fun and yummy too!
Recipe: Lemon Pepper, Parmesan Crusted Salmon
This delicious salmon recipe come to us by Kendra at Haden News. I just can't wait to try it! Salmon with a crispy crust. YUM!
Recipe: Panzanella Salad
Will the tomatoes never end? I have tons (well, maybe not TONS) of Roma, earlies, beefsteak, grape and orange tomatoes yet to harvest. Next weekend is "can the rest of the tomatoes" weekend. But in the meantime we will love this delicious, crunchy Panzanella Salad.
Tuesday Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pesto Sauce Angel Hair Pasta Roasted Broccoli in Garlic Oil
Recipe: Creamy Pesto Sauce
I call pesto "green gold". I make homemade pesto and freeze it to use all winter long. Pesto is quite easy to make. I can't be without the sunny earthy taste of basil. Kristen, From My Tiny Kitchen has a super yummy recipe for a creamy pesto sauce so I knew that it would show up on my menu this week. Her blog is new to me, but I'm sure we will become fast blogging friends. Her recipes are great!
Wednesday Pork Chops Stuffed With Smoked Gouda And Bacon Sauteed Rice Homemade Applesauce Garden Tomatoes
Recipe: Pork Chops Stuffed With Smoked Gouda and Bacon
4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
8 slices cooked bacon
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
4 center cut, bone-in pork chops
1TBS olive oil
salt and pepper
Preheat grill to medium.
In a small bowl combine cheese, bacon, parsley, and a dash of pepper
Cup a pocket in the pork chop, slitting the meat to the bone, but leaving the sides intact. Stuff with 1/4 cheese mixture and secure with a toothpick.
Brush meat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat for 8 minutes on each side, or until pork is done. Let rest for 10 minutes covered with tented foil.
Recipe: Creamy Chicken Marsala
This wonderful slow cooker main dish comes to us from Crock Pot Recipe Exchange. I just found this tasty blog! I LOVE all things containing Marsala!!!!! And Marsala in the slow cooker is just perfect in my book!
Recipe: Pizza alla Campofranco
The picture alone convinced me that I just had to make this torte-like pizza. It is gorgeous!!!! So I'm having some friends over to help us eat this beauty. It comes from one of the most busy, talented and diverse woman in bloggland, Pattie at Bramasole... Yearn For The Sun. It is worth the visit to see this gorgeous pizza creation!
Recipe: Balsamic Grilled Vegetable Antipasta Platter
I LOVE to put together this fabulous platter. Serve it as part of a meal or as an impressive appetiser. Make
StoneGable Balsamic Marinaded Grilled Vegetables (look on Saturday's menu). Add wonderful compliments such as marinaded artichoke hearts, salami, fresh mozzarella, greek olives, green olives, prosciutto, anchovy fillets, Armenian twisted cheese, figs, pears, and marcona almonds. Plate beautifully and garnish with rosemary, parsley and sage leaves.
Recipe: Pear Galette
Stop by StoneGable on Thursday night for the recipe, how-to's and photos. I'm posting this rustic dessert as part of Foodie Friday.
Saturday Talipia Picatta Roasted Root Vegetables Apple Fennel Salad
Recipe: Apples and Fennel Salad
Doesn't that sound so wonderfully fabulous? Thanks to you Sue at Thoughts From Over The Rainbow for this taste of fall salad. Susan was one of my very first blogging friends and I just LOVE her! She is a true friend!
Sunday Healthy Lentil Soup Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls
Recipe: Healthy Lentil Soup
Doesn't this recipe just scream fall? Yummy and stick-to-your-ribs delicious! I am making a double batch of Healthy Lentil Soup have for weekday lunches. Thanks to Savoring Time In The Kitchen, one of my go-to foodie blogs... and don't get me started on the beautiful images!
Recipe: Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls
OH MY CARB GOODNESS! I can't wait to make Fresh Herb Dinner Rolls. Mari at Once Upon A Plate is the most fabulous cook and such a great encouragement. And this is another blogger with an eye for art! Her photography is outrageous! The recipe makes 4 dozen rolls, so I'll be freezing them for lunches and dinner for quite awhile. They would also make a beautiful gift... a dozen yummy rolls wrapped up all pretty!
Other goodies to make this week:
Dutch Apple Bread
It's apple time here and I am thoroughly enjoying local apples before pumpkin time arrives next week.
I found this mouthwatering recipe on North Dakota Kitchen, a warm, homey, food filled treat of a blog! I'm going to make a few and freeze them!
I will be freezing it. Thinking ahead. We are having a big birthday weekend coming up. Lots of family! I think I'll make artisan pizzas for lunch when the crowd comes. I'm getting out the bread machine to make a couple of batches.
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I just returned from a 4 day retreat! What a wonderful and joyous time! And what I returned home to was a newly painted family room, eating area and kitchen...also dusty drapes in my living room, pictures and mirrors lining the walls of the hallway and tables set up in the garage with the cluttery content of my kitchen. A whole lot of work. But my boys did a masterful job with their paintbrushes and worked all weekend... Thanks, boys!!!
I just LOVE the new color!!!! As soon as I get the new furniture I'll give you all a peek!
It is also Lampeter fair week. I have a big job ahead of me this week. I am a judge for our local fair queen contest.(Near and dear to my heart, my daughter was our local fair queen and went on to win the State Fair Queen title and Miss Congeniality-okay, proud Mom moment over) Duties Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I hope to spend some time at the fair on Thursday getting homespun pictures and quips for the blog! Our local fair is the highlight of the year in my hometown!
And I have company coming for Tuesday~ Thursday. It is going to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of week. I could use a whole lot of organization...and prayers!
A little note to my blogging friends~ I am sorry that I have not visited as I usually do. Things here are a little hectic and I am trying to catch up. Please be patient... I'll be around to visit soon. I miss all of your beautiful blogs! Thanks and love!
Monday Sauteed Chicken Mashed Potatoes Carrots
Recipe: Sauteed ChickenI just made this a couple of weeks ago, but it is near and dear to my heart. It makes my home smell like my Nani's home! This is super comfort food. Nani's Sauteed Chicken can be found on Thursday's menu!
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Day Mexican Explosion Salad Chili Rice Corn Bread
Recipe: Mexican Explosion Salad
A real winner! This is my go-to salad when I serve Mexican or Tex-Mex fare. Look for Mexican Explosion Salad on Thursday's menu.
Recipe: StoneGable Chili
StoneGable chili is a little sweet... a little spicy. It certainly is a little different and delicious! I married a family recipe with a gourmet recipe I love. Serve it over rice and sprinkle some good cheddar cheese and crushed tortillas over the top. YUMMY! Pass the sour cream and chopped green onions too!
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 large onions, peeled and chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced finely
1 large green or red pepper, chopped
1 large can of stewed tomatoes
1 can kidney beans or black beans, rinsed and drained (I combine the two)
2/3 - 1 cup of catsup
1/2 -2/3 cups chili sauce
2 TBS chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper
a sprinkle of taco seasonings from a packet (if I have it, I use it)
To make the slow cooker version, brown meat, onions and peppers. Add the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low.
Wednesday Fair Day Out to dinner at the Lampeter Fair!
Thursday Salmon and Fettuccine in Basil Cream Sauce Spinach with Onions in Garlic Oil
Recipe: Salmon and Fettuccine in Basil Cream Sauce
6 salmon fillets
1 1/2 TBS butter
3 shallots, peeled and finely minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and pressed
1 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup light cream
2 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown salmon in the skillet for about 3 minutes each side. Remove the salmon from the skillet and place on a rimmed baking sheet. You may have to cook the salmon in batches. Do not crowd the pan. Place fish in oven for 5-8 minutes until done. The salmon should be slightly pink in the center, it will continue to cook. Tent with foil and keep warm.
Over medium low heat and add the shallots and garlic to the pan.
Saute, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
Add the basil, parsley, wine, cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is reduced by half.
To serve, slide fish in the sauce and warm. Serve the salmon a bed of cooked fettuccine covered with sauce.
Friday Beef Roast with Root Veggies with Rich Beef Gravy Scalloped Potatoes
Recipe: Beef Roast with Root Veggies
1 3-4 lb beef chuck tender roast
1 tsp garlic salt
2 cloves garlic
2 onions, peeled and quartered
8 large carrots, peeled cut horizontally and cut in to 2 inch pieces
4 celery stalks, cut into 2-4 inch pieces
1 turnip cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
6 potatoes cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup good red wine.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Rub garlic salt all over roast.
In a large skillet add 1 TBS olive oil and brown roast on all sides. About 8 minutes in total.
In a large roasting pan add roast and distribute veggies around roast.
Meanwhile in the skillet add wine (off of the heat). Turn on heat and scrape up any brown bits. Add broth and stir until heated. Pour over roast.
Cook until roast reaches 150 degrees or about 2 hours. Baste roast occasionally. Add more beef broth if needed.
Remove roast and veggies. Tent roast with foil for 15 minutes to rest. Cut and serve with veggies.
Recipe: Rich Beef Gravy
Scrape up any bits from the roaster pour into a skillet. Add more beef broth to equal 2 cups. Add 1/4 cup of red wine. Heat till simmering. Make a slurry using 1/4 cup flour and 2/3 cup of beef broth. Add to simmering broth/wine and stir until thick. Add pepper to taste. Pour over meat and veggies.
Note: I use Swanson Beef Broth in my roast, and add Campbell's double strength beef broth to my gravy. I do not add salt to the gravy because the broth is salty.
Saturday Beef and Bean Burritos Spanish Rice
Recipe: Beef and Bean Burritos
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper
1 can refried beans
1 can enchilada sauce, divided
6 ~8-inch flour tortillas
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic until meat is browned, stirring often to break up meat. Drain. Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes. Add refried beans and 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce. Heat thoroughly.
Soften Tortilla by placing them in the microwave between wet paper towels and heat on high for 1 minute. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the ground beef mixture onto each tortilla; roll tightly and place seam-side down. Spoon remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas. Garnish and serve with any of the following: shredded cheese, salsa, sliced ripe olives, chopped tomatoes, sour cream or guacamole and shredded lettuce. Burrito recipe makes 6 burritos.
Sunday Nani's Vegetable Soup Crusty Bread
Recipe: Nani's Vegetable Soup
I must be missing my grandmother! Monday's and today's recipes take my back to my grandmother's kitchen filled with wonderful homestyle food and LOVE!
This soup is one you will not be able to get enough of! Each spoonful so rich and full of veggies and so much more. Cozy and warm... like a hug! Nani's Vegetable Soup can be found on Sunday's menu.
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Grapes are in season right now. The local vineyards are harvestinggrapesand they have made their way to farmer's markets and grocers.
Today's tablescape was inspired by grapes.
When I think of grapes I think of words like earthy, succulent, fresh and rich. I wanted to set an earthy old world style table with a hint of rich decadence that a great wine conjures up. Sorta marrying the outdoor vineyard with the wine cellar.
Each place is set with a napkin folded to make a placemat. This is a trick I use so often. Just fold the center and smooth the side edges and no one ever knows. The creamy ivory damask tablecloth adds a heavy and rich background for the table.
Keeping with the vineyard theme wreaths made from grapevine become natural chargers.
These heavily embossed green grape plates have been used in several tablescapes. Their bronze oil rubbed border is all that is usually seen. But today the beautiful motif on the face of the plate echoes the theme of table
Adding a little glimmer to the table, bunches of sparkling grapes are draped across the salad plates.
Napkins are folded informally next to the plates. The traditional look and feel of the flatware carries the old world theme.
Warm brown fluted water glasses give are very elegant in style . I think these are such a lovely quality. And I am very fond of footed stemware. I got these at JC Penney. I was delighted to find such good quality.
Large grape laden salt and pepper shakers grace the table. They have the same bronze oil rubbed banding as the plates.
The centerpiece is a green bowl matching the salt and pepper's perched on a dark, turned pedestal to give a tiered affect. The bowl is filled to overflowing with an abundance of purple and green grapes. Grapes are also displayed around the edge of the pedestal.
Substantial glass lanternswith bronze oil rubbed hardware flank the centerpiece. Tall green pillars glow through the thick glass. You will see these again next month, I think they look like pumpkins. But for now they remind me of hand held lanterns used by vineyard worker to go out and tend the vines at night... frost makes sweet wine!
Dessert is waiting to be served. Dessert plates and flatware are placed on the table if there is room.
A bottle of great red wine is emptied into a hand blown wine decanter. This lovely piece was purchased a Peller Winery on Niagara-On-The-Lake. We try to go every year for their wine weeks in September. A most magical place!
Wine will be served with a cheese board. And then taken to the table.
StoneGable tip: To make a $10.00 bottle of red wine taste like a $50.00 + bottle of wine, decant it (and use an aerator if you have one) then let it sit for 10 ~ 30 minutes before serving. You can also pour a glass and let it sit for 30 minutes. WOW! You won't believe the difference. Red wine mellows out and looses that taste that makes the back of your jaws pucker.
Apple, Beet and Carrot Salad
Pork Loin Stuffed With Butternut Squash and Bleu
Roasted Garlic and Leek Mashed Potatoes
Individual Grape Tarts
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