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A Change in Decor

After Valentine's Day, I got rid of all the red and white. I washed for days!
I washed a red and white quilt that I had never washed....I hadn't washed it after I made it for fear of the red running....
I found that you can put 1/2 cup white vinegar in the cold water wash and add a Shout color catcher to the washer, with nothing else in there! It came out just fine! Wheeew....
Then I washed my red chair covers that I had on since the day after Thanksgiving.
Then I washed the chair covers that I use all the rest of the year (I had washed them, but they didn't get as clean as I wished) and after they got out I put them on and Scotchguarded them, so they don't get as dirty.
I took down the red and white toile drapes that I had up and because they are clean enough, I just hung them up in the closet. I did however send the red and white toile duvet out to the cleaners, so that it will be fresh and hang until next time.
All the pillows that had red and white...got stripped …
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Valentine's Dinner

So, we do "simple" for Valentine's dinner....
We don't go out. We enjoy our quiet and have a nice meal in....yup...
I got flowers the day before...sweet man...
And He went to Costco, bought ribeyes as well as other needed supplies...
I cleaned out my linen cupboard and went through all the tablecloths (I am addicted to linens..), just to find one that fit the table in its "shrunken" state. The table is old. Its extends when needed, which appears to be most of the time...hence all the chairs etc.
On FB we posted a picture of our duck, and got comments about how big the table was and that we weren't sitting next to each other. It didn't seem odd to us...we sit at the heads of the table...always have...And hey, we were sitting at the table people!! (Because we often sit in the chairs and watch tv...)
So. I shrank the table to its smallest...dressed it up with the flowers and some pillar candles and we had ribeyes, huge artichokes with melted butter, an…

Valentine's Week

I decided to make it a week affair, instead of a quick part of a day thing.
Make a special meal here and there through the week. Sunday, Feb. 10 I roasted a duck for Hubby.
If you have never roasted a duck there a few tricks to it. There is nothing like roasted duck. (Of course if you don't like dark meat, duck doesn't appeal as it is all dark meat.)
Duck is loaded with fat, even wild ones...though most of us only can get our duck from the store...
That fat is delicious and you do want to save as much as you can in roasting. So, first off, use a deep roasting pan (much like what you would use for Thanksgiving turkey).
Second, be sure if you get a frozen bird that is thoroughly thawed and rinsed and dried.
Then, take a sharp knife and slice through the skin only (don't cut meat) all around the breast, in a crisscross pattern....
This allows that fat to come out and helps create a crispy skin.
One duck will serve 4 people...it is not a ton of meat, but because it is rich, no…

Rainy Day...Again

We have been having record rain, here in Southern California. It's good, and the "naysayers" that talk of drought can be quiet. In fact, for all of California the rainfall and snow totals have been record breakers.
Meanwhile, here where we live...it's been wet...our sprinklers were turned off and the lawn is sloppy...
Birds that have migrated are back though, and I think I showed you my peach tree...it started blooming on Christmas day and continued. There are still blooms on it, but the peaches remarkably have started setting! I worried about the rain and record breaking cold for our area, but the bees had little else to feed on, so when the sun shone, they made a "beeline" for our tree....
Today, is again wet. I took Molly our lab

 for a walk this morning before the rain came...it was indeed short (too short for her liking) and as we got home the sky turned an ominous black...seconds after getting in, the rain came, filling the road outside to almost rive…

Flowers for the Table

Yesterday, we had some friends over for dinner.
If any of you know me, I don't serve dinner on paper plates, and certainly not on a naked table.
I put on a tablecloth and put out the linen napkins and then I needed a centerpiece.
When Hubby and I went to get dinner (as I had no idea what to serve), I had on the list, flowers. What is more perfect? If I treated them correctly, they will last to Valentines Day!
So, I wanted pink something fun. But all I could find were those pre-done mixed bouquets...you know the ones, with one or two of this and that and yellow, pink, purple....and leaves.
Ugh.
So, we went to the "high-end" grocery store...
There they had beautiful flowers! I found gorgeous white hydrangeas, and cute little dusty pink roses. Perfect!


When we got home, after spending way too much on dinner food....I got out the Italian tureen I had just sitting on the hutch doing nothing, and put it to work! I got out two "frogs" and filled it with water.....
I c…

Lessons From A Roman Blind

I think I told you all how I was going to make Roman Blinds for the family room.
How the drapes and the rods just became too heavy and closed in.
So, I decided I would make Roman blinds because to have them made would be $$$ per window....
Yup, I did it!
Shout out to my friend, Nana Diana (from the blog Nana Diana Takes a Break)....she cheered me on and gave me pointers as she has made them for years.
I still wanted a relaxed linen look, with some flat fold....
Did you know there were so many kinds of Roman blinds?? I did not!
There's "hobbled" like the kind I made for the outside door (my first ever attempt).
There's "flat fold", "relaxed", "tied,"and numerous other styles.
For the big windows I chose the flat fold....why? you ask.
Well, the first piece of fabric (which I already had) I started doing it like the outside door and it was going to be "hobbled"....but it didn't work at all! Nothing went right and Hubby was bei…

Don't Forget Valentine's Day!

In the hustle and bustle of life and Super Bowl coming up....it might be easy to forget!
We are not the type to do anything big...maybe a special meal...we don't go out that night...restaurants really up-price and all....
But, recently I discovered something wonderful....at least for me....
Hallmark has cards on Amazon!! It's wonderful. Well, it is for me.
Our Hallmark stores are gone and the only cards anywhere is Target. I don't really enjoy going into Target anymore....
And their card section....plz.....
So, Just a heads up....Amazon delivers!! Yes, you can read the whole card. And they did a great job of  giving you a good selection.
It's awesome.
Of course, flowers are always good......
Did I mention that you can order flowers on Amazon too??? Who would've guessed??
Nancy