Foodie Friday! - Ripe Tomato Cake

Here's a great cake recipe ... and a cooked icing recipe ... that is so good.  It uses ripe tomatoes ... not green ones and not tomato soup.  Don't overbake it ... watch it closely!  I bake mine in an 8 inch square pan and just pile the icing on top ... but you could split it into two layers and the icing is enough to frost both layers.  You'll love it!  Don't forget to click through the Foodie Friday icon to see all the other posts!

Tablescape Thursday - Apples are Ready!

It's time to pick apples in Southern Illinois, so that makes it time to set the apple tables!  Make sure you click through to our Tablescape Thursday hostess ... the icon is on the left of this post.   I hope you'll click through to my website and take a look at my newest cookbook.  I'll ship them anyplace, so don't hesitate to buy!  Leave me a note ... I love to hear from you!

Tablescape Thursday - Marilyn Monroe and Artichokes!

Here we are again ... Tablescape Thursday!  Thanks so much to Susan for hosting.   Make sure you click through the icon on the left to visit our host site.  I hope you'll also click through to my website and look at my most recent cookbook.   Autumn is upon us and if you need some new entertaining ideas, this  book is a great one! It's worth the purchase, just to find out who got the first bite of my wedding cake!  Hope you enjoy my artichoke scape ... and a little history lesson to boot!

Victoria's Trifle

The first time I ever made a trifle, I used a recipe that was in Victoria Magazine!  Since then,  I've made it scores of times ... especially at Christmastime as shown in this picture ... and many times during the summer with fruits in season.  One year we gave trifle kits as Christmas gifts to our friends.  I filled trifle bowls with the ingredients for a quick/instant pudding style trifle ... and made a cute giant recipe card that also had the history of trifle on it.

Trifle comes from English Renaissance times ... but was popularized by Queen Victoria.   Did you know that she started keeping a journal of recipes and menus when she was just a child?  She truly planned and supervised the preparation of both family and State dinners in her court ... using her own recipes.   Sponge cake was a favorite of hers ... and it was frequently used in trifle.  Trifle was also made as an effort to use stale cakes.

If you are in the mood for trifle ... go online ... you'll find hundreds of recipes!  One more tip ... don't hesitate to use that trifle bowl for other things.  I especially enjoy layering lettuce/vegetable salads in it.  

As always, thanks to our hostess!  Make sure you click through the icon on the left to visit other Victoria posts.

Tablescape Thursday - Egyptian Fusion

It's that time of the week again!   Special thanks to Susan for hosting our tablescaping event.  Make sure you click through her icon on the left to visit all the other posts.  I hope you'll click through to my website and look at the information about my newest cookbook.   If you are planning fall parties, it could be a big help.  If you like my writing style ... you'll enjoy the short stories about the crazy things I do!  Happy Tablescape Thursday!

Poppies for Victoria ... and Phoebe!

I should post this on one of the "got it for almost nothing" blog parties!  The story behind this tea set is kind of interesting!  The pot came from TJM in one city ... then 100 miles away, I found the creamer in another TJM ... then farther east, I found the sugar bowl!  All three pieces were on the clearance aisles, so I paid less than $5 for all three pieces!  The little basket and the  baby quilt came from GW ... two different trips ... and each cost me fifty cents!  You'll have to read my rooster party post to get the story on the cups/saucers! 

All that said, Victoria magazine instilled my love of tea time and my tea parties are quite unusual.  I trained two Labrador puppies to drink tea from china cups ... just for fun!  My friends were amazed.  One of my favorite memories is of my daddy playing "tea party" with his two great grand daughters.  He was 78 at the time (they were 3) ... and he was sitting in the floor of my sunroom playing with the little dishes and "taking tea"!  Priceless ... and captured on video!  Those girls are grown now, with children of their own!  ...and lastly, I hosted a garden tea party for 50 little children and their moms and grandmoms!  What a hoot!  My staff did the work, but I sured enjoyed the results!  We did this in association with a garden and hobby trade show ... and the local newspaper published a picture of my friends little great nephew!  He was sitting on the floor, under a table.  He didn't want to go to a tea party!   He grown considerably, too ... and attended our Christmas open house a couple years ago.   He quite the mannerly young man, now!

Oh, the stories!  This little tea party is just waiting to happen!   I think the setting might be perfect for Phoebe (3 1/2) to try her hand at tea!  We're about to unveil a new bedroom for her ... at Gwamma and Papa Joe's house ... so we might celebrate with a little tea party.  She'd outgrown her toddler bed, so we've spent the last two weeks moving furniture, etc ... to turn her Mama's old bedroom ... from the hobby room it had become in the last ten years ... to a bedroom for Phoebe!   Enjoy!

It's a Rooster Party!

I'm posting several pictures from a cute red, white and blue rooster tablescape!  Make sure you click through to my website and look at the details of my newest cookbook.  I can ship it anyplace!  You'll also want to click through the party icon to visit our hostess and check out all the other rooster posts!  Hope you enjoy!

Tablescape Thursday - Bunnies!

Here we are again!  Hope you enjoy my post ... don't forget to click through to my website ... and take a look at my Autumn Affairs ... new cookbook.   I can easily ship you one.  Thanks to Susan, as always, ... be sure to click through her icon on the left to visit our party host and see other tablescapes!

Victoria Tuesday

We're having fun with our Victoria posts!  Enjoy!  Make sure you click through the icon on the lower left to visit the hostess and her other partiers!

February's Family Sunday Dinner

Christmas 2020

Mary Queen of Scots Dinner Menu Booklet

Grandma Debbie's Christmas 2018

Grandma's Blue & Green Pupkins!

Autumn at Grandma Debbie's