Saturday, September 23, 2017

Apple Muffins

 I saw a couple recipes on Pinterest for apple muffins with whole wheat flour. My family eats pretty healthy but we don't normally use whole wheat flour in our snacks/breakfast food. I figured it would not kill us to give it a try.

 Here is the recipe:
1 cup white all purpose flour
1/2 whole wheat flour
3/4 cup white granulated sugar (original recipe called for 1/2 cup white and 1/2 brown)
a dash of salt
2 t. baking powder
2 t. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg 1/3 cup milk or water (I did water as my guys are lactose intolerant)
2 medium apples, cored, pealed and chopped

 Mix all the ingredients together well. Mixture will be quite thick due to the apples. I divided the batter into 16 muffin cups.


 3 T. butter, melted (or softened)
2 T. white all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar (a touch less if you prefer)
1 t. ground cinnamon

My topping ended up more of a gooey mass. I spooned about 2-3 teaspoons of the topping onto the unbaked muffins.

 Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

 I left them cool in the tin for a short while.

 My guys enjoyed them. I haven't told them that they were made with some whole wheat flour.  I guess it didn't affect the taste.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Collections: Milk Glass

Last week I showed you my milk glass silver crest collection. This week I am showing off my regular milk glass collection.

My mother in law had a large milk glass collection that she used off and on while my husband  and I dated.  I loved how she could use it with all her other dishes and for every holiday.  I made noises that I would love to have some milk glass for my home.  She slowly started to gift me pieces that she found. Other family members found dishes that they had in storage and gifted them to me. I started to find tons of milk glass vases at thrift stores.

This is one of the first pieces I was given.  I have mostly used it in my office.  Right now it holds sewing needles.

This cake plate matches  the above vase.  I have used this milkglass cake plate on the bathroom counter to hold towel, in my office to hold lots of odds and ends and as you see it now... on the dining room table.

This is my most favorite milkglass piece. It is heavy and strong.  

 I just love the pattern on the bottom. 

A set of milkglass lamps was a birthday present a few years ago.  My grandmother had a set of these in her guest room and I LOVED them.  I was determined to have a set of my own one day.  Now, I have them!  

The final thing to show you is one of my MANY milk glass flower vases.  Some of them are vintage and some of them are fairly new (so not vintage).

If I change decor color in my home... the milk glass still matches. If I am decorating for Christmas or Easter... they all can be used.  So practical.  I even have a board on pinterest so that I can save ideas on how to use my milk glass in fun and practical ways.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my collections.  Next week... Wexford pressed glass.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Master Bedroom Declutter and Clean

This week I was in the master bedroom doing a quick and easy declutter.  Most everything has been sorted and thinned out so it was mostly just a matter of double checking.  I did get rid of a dress that I don't wear anymore and a few of Hubby's ties.

Clothes were refolded on shelves and straightened on hangers.  Feels great to open the closet and everything is in tip top shape.

The night time temps have started to drop a bit so it was time to get out the extra blanket and put it on the bed.

Pillows got fluffed in the dryer on high heat. The blinds got a good dusting.

I left most of the flat surfaces the way they were... no redecorating necessary. 

I even found a few minutes to polish my fall/winter shoes. 

All of my aprons are clean and ready for holiday cooking/baking.

Another room is  organized and clutter free.  Next week, I will be in the master bath.  There will be a few declutter projects in there.  See you then,

How are you doing with the cleaning, decluttering and re-decorating for the holidays??

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week #4: Countdown to the Holidays

We are at week #4.  Hope everyone is staying up on their to do lists.

If you are doing the Holiday Grand Plan, click here to go get this week's to list.

If you are doing the House and Holiday Plan  (you are actually at week 3), click here to get this week's to do list.

Here is my personal to do list for this week:
  1. Bake a recipe of fall cookies or bread
  2. Add 2 canned/non perishable items to my grocery list for the holidays
  3. Work 1 hour on homemade gifts
  4. Make a list of paper /party products to look for on sale or get at a dollar store
  5. Deep clean master bedroom
Bake.... the weather has cooled off dramatically so fall baking can be kicked into over drive.  I have a bowl of apples that need to be used and lunches will need treats.  

Grocery list... Add a few things for holiday meals and add them to the grocery list.

Homemade gifts.... I started last week on a few gifts. I need to devote an hour plus this week on gift.  My sewing machine belt broke so gifts that need to be sewn are just going to have to wait.  I have a few hand sewn projects that I can work on.

Paper Products... Over the next few weeks when we go out and about... I will keep my eyes open for sales on holiday table paper products and as toliet paper and paper towel go on sale... stash a few away.

Master Bedroom... My biggest task will be to deep clean the master bedroom.  Sunday, I cleaned out the closet and dusted blinds.   Today, I am re-organizing my dresser and adding the electric blanket back on the bed.  Tuesday,  my plan is to re-organize the bedside tables. By Wednesday, the room will just need a good vacuuming.  A little bit every day and no stressing out.

14 more weeks of holiday prep and fun.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Collections: Silver Crest Milk Glass

I have been interested in antiques since I was a little girl.  My grandparents had a farmhouse that was scattered with antiques.  My maternal grandmother had a few antiques (mostly dishes) and recipes.  Yes, I consider some recipes to be antiques.

I was initially afraid of using antiques with a little boy throwing balls and running around.  For a few years I boxed up a lot of my "pretties".  Only a few selected items were set out to enjoy.

Money was tight over the years and Hubby and I discovered thrift stores.  I started to find antique treasures.   My mother in law gave me her set of Silver Crest milkglass to sell on Ebay for her.  I only sold two pieces.  I fell in love with the white simplicity and elegance of milkglass.   Those other boxed up antiques came out into the sunlight (fragile or not).

Two house moves later... the silver crest has survived.  That is the rule in my house:  If it can be boxed up and moved and survives... it stays.

I don't have a large collection of silver crest in fact it is one of my smallest antique (vintage) collections.  I am able to use these three pieces in almost any room in my house... dining room, bathroom and kitchen.

This piece is the largest.  I have used it for a fruit bowl, to hold yarn, and empty (like it is now).  

This is the small compote.  It has held cotton ball, paperclips and now shells. 

This is the vase. I have never used it for its original use... flowers.  Instead it has held toothbrushes, watercolor paintbrushes and now pencils. 

I had a smaller version of the vase but it got knocked off a high shelf and was unfixable. 

I love that I can uses these pieces around any holiday... they are white... they match everything.This small collection started me down the road of collecting various other styles and patterns of milkglass. 

Throughout the weeks, I will share with you some of my other collections.  Antique shopping for me is never boring... I have plenty of things to look for. 

Do my collections sit in boxes?? Nope.  They are out for my family and friends to enjoy.  They are a story... a piece of my personality and don't belong in boxes. 

Next edition of "collections": more milk glass