Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cheddar Apple Bread

There are those foods every Fall, usually comfort foods, that conjure up memories of years past and have become staples in my kitchen.

This Cheddar Apple Bread is one of them.

I don't know where I got this recipe, some 30 years ago, and that is how long I have been making it. Can you tell?

I searched my own blog to see if I had ever posted the recipe, but I had not.

You are in for a treat today.

Cheddar Apple Bread

2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup margarine/butter, melted
2 cups (8 oz.) sharp shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped, peeled apples
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Combine dry ingredients. Add combined eggs, milk and margarine to dry; mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon into well greased and floured loaf pan.

Bake at 350, 65-70 minutes or until tester comes out clean (my oven only takes 60 minutes). Let stand 5 minutes. One loaf.


I made the recipe twice, in two separate bowls, to get 2 loaves. I do not know how it would do if I just doubled everything in one bowl.

It is a very dense bread, each loaf weighing almost 2 1/2 pounds. It goes great with Butternut Squash soup, Meatloaf, Chili, Stew.....

Enjoy! Happy Fall!

AnnMarie xoxo

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Bathroom Reveal

So last night I was almost done with my bathroom reveal post with all the before and after pictures in place. I hit enter, obviously in the wrong place, and the whole thing deleted, never to be found again!

Yup, I was a little upset. I had written most of it a month ago, and since my memory doesn't go back that far, I could not recall most of it.

This is a before picture of my bathroom at Christmas time
It was just some commentary on the pain and suffering and woes of going through a renovation....ya know, like having to use the toilet that sits in the middle of the basement and showering in the tiny claw foot tub upstairs while all my toiletries are downstairs.

You almost didn't believe me, did you?

Not to mention the daily mess and miscommunication with the contractors. One major setback was to do with thinking we only wanted the floor IN the bathroom changed and not the adjacent hallway.

What? Gorgeous new tile floor next to 1960's gray linoleum?



I knew my colors would be black and white with Aqua accents. I also wanted a black feature wall and a chandelier hung right in the middle where the fan was. I think they thought I was a little cuckoo.

Do they NOT ever watch HGTV?

Obviously not.

So I am saving you from all the details of the renovation process and let's get on with the before and after pictures.

You're welcome.

The angles may be a little wonky because there is no where to stand to get a good picture. It is small!







And just some random pictures.....

I bought three different shower curtains, 2 different light fixtures and three shower liners before we got it right! There is a bit of a learning curve on which liner works on a walk in shower stall as opposed to a tub so as not to soak the whole bathroom after a shower!

I decided to keep the black shower curtain for Fall and Winter and the Aqua one for Spring and Summer.

What's next you ask?? I have to strip the wallpaper in the linen closet/hallway area. I will leave the trim white and re-wallpaper it in this.....

It is a Vintage Damask black and white linen look wallpaper.

I am so excited that I have a toilet that flushes every time, a shower that does not rock while in it, and a floor that doesn't take me back to the 60's, in a bad way! Actually the floor I chose takes me back to my Grandmother's bathroom in the 60's, in a good way.

I am not promising that after this bathroom area is all done that I won't have other places to update in this 1870's Victorian house of mine.

Does it ever end??

Of course I know the answer to that....I live in an old house!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am sharing with these blog parties:

Wonderful Wednesday
Share Your Style
Share Your Cup
Best of the Weekend
Dishing It & Digging It

Thursday, September 13, 2018


"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands."
Psalm 19:1
The bridge is closed on the route to take my son to school so we have been taking an alternate route through the back country roads.

At 7:20 a.m. not much is awake but I have been seeing the first signs of Fall along the way.

Even though it is a cloudy, dreary kind of morning, I found myself praising God for the beauty around me. If my heart can swell over open fields in Upstate New York on Earth, how much more when I can see the glory of Heaven in person? Scriptures indicate that we cannot even fathom how glorious Heaven will be.

Questions started popping in my head.

Will the greens and golds of the fields be even more vibrant?

Will the sun peeking through the clouds be more majestic?

What will the weather be like?

Perfect, I think.

Will there be colored leaves falling from the trees? Will there be snow?

I hope yes on the former and no on the latter!

Will there be seasons? Will it always be Fall because that's my favorite season?

Do the flowers ever fade, like ours are now?

Randy Alcorn wrote a book called Heaven that answers some of these questions from a biblical point of view.

It is human interpretation though, which in no way compares to God's reality.

What do you think Heaven will be like?

Traveling on this road called life, I can only imagine.....

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these blog parties:
Share Your Cup
Best of the Weekend

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hey, What's Up With Blogger??

I have just realized that I have not been getting email notifications for the blogs I follow.

Knowing that most of them post frequently, and wondering where they've been, I went into a few from my sidebar and noticed that I have missed quite a few posts.

What's up with that?

I did not unsubscribe from anyone and a few that I just re-subscribed to took it like I was new and a few said I was already subscribed.

These are blogs I have been following for awhile. So why aren't I getting the emails?!

Frustrating for me and I apologize for seemingly dropping out of sight from reading and commenting on your blogs.

On top of that, my new normal for the whole email notifications for comments on my blog is that I have to go into my dashboard, click on comments and then awaiting moderation. Then I can publish them and THEN they show up on my email.

Dumb question.....are you getting my posts by email?

I realize if you are not, you won't be answering :-)

Anyone else experiencing this craziness?

AnnMarie xoxo

Friday, August 17, 2018

Stories From My Etsy Buyers

Every once in a while someone that buys something from my Etsy shop shares with me a story about why they bought it.

I love that!

Most recently Kayo bought a green glass Sunsweet prune juice jar.

This is what she wrote to me:

"thought you might like a little history as to why I purchased the "green prune bottle"... my mom used to make French dressing and put it in the green bottle. We just recently found her recipe and want the authentic bottle... glad you had it!!! Thanks... oh by the way her French dressing is awesome!!"

We chatted a little and not only did I get her Mom's recipe but permission to post the recipe here for you to try!

"Anne O'Keefe" recipe for French dressing:
1-11 oz. can of tomato soup 1/3 C sugar
1 C white Vinegar 1 tsp. minces onion
1 1/4 C salad oil 1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. salt
1 T Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp. pepper
one clove garlic-crushed 
Green Prune Juice Jar
Mix... Shake Vigorously... Refrigerate add Blue Cheese crumbles to taste...or none

Another buyer, from North Carolina, bought the vintage Edison Tech pennant I had in my shop. I asked if he was originally from Rochester, New York because Edison was and still is a high school in the city, established in 1908.

 This is his reply:

"My nephew is named Edison and I thought the pennant would make for a thoughtful and unique gift".

Isn't that cool?

Back in February, Linda from Ohio, ordered a sweet green vintage Harry and David basket to make an Easter centerpiece. She had saved a picture from Martha Stewart of the exact one and finally found the basket in my shop.

She wrote:

"I just received the lovely green basket and love it!! It's just like one I had seen in a Martha Stewart magazine; exact color and shape. It will be the centerpiece on our table for Easter and Spring."
She sent me a picture of her finished basket....

I was so inspired by her story that I took the other similar Harry and David basket out of my shop to make a centerpiece of my own.

Selling on Etsy is fun when a buyer from Gucci, Milan, buys a vintage wood desk.

Or an admin for Universal Studios buys a 1950's pull down kitchen light for one of their vignettes.

A buyer from Pixar Studios bought a bunch of vintage clothespins. I am still waiting to see what they did with them in one of their films.

There are many other stories like these from over the 6 1/2 years I have had my shop.

Just knowing that my love of vintage and the chance to hunt for fun things that others want and will treasure, makes all the other stuff about running a business worth it.

Ya know what I mean? ;-)

AnnMarie xoxo

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

I Finally Found THE Peach....A Vintage Pie Recipe

I had been making the same peach pie recipe for over 30 years (ie vintage recipe!). It is from my trusted Betty Crocker cookbook.

Then I couldn't find a good peach anymore. After some not so tasty pies I gave up making it but didn't stop searching for the best peach to make my Peach Glace` Pie again.

Every August during peach season, I would ask my friends what kind of peach they use. Recipes never named a specific variety. No one could tell me. "Just use any kind" they'd say. It seemed to be a lost cause.

Until I walked into Wegmans recently where a sweet lady named Patricia was handing out samples of peach slices. She was so cute with her short white hair and white eyeglasses to match.

I asked her the million dollar question....what kind of peaches are best for a peach pie? She pointed to a display of Lori Anne Peaches that were $1.99 a pound. She didn't try to sell me the more expensive variety that she was slicing up for samples, but told me to go get a Lori Anne and she'd let me try it.

Eureka! It is a perfect peach. Not too sweet, not too hard and pretty when it is sliced.

I bought a bagful and went home excited to make my peach pie!

I usually cheat and use a Pillsbury All Ready Pie crust but since I was too lazy to go get one, I used another favorite recipe from years past from my Junior League cookbook. 

It is a one crust pie and the only baking you have to do is for the crust. Let's get started..

Peach Glace` Pie

2/3 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups flour

Combine shortening with salt.
Add boiling water and mix.
Add flour.
Press crust into 9 inch pie plate. 

Bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until golden.


5 cups (7 medium) sliced and peeled peaches
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
3 ounces cream cheese softened
Cut up enough peach slices to make a cup. Stir together sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Gradually stir in water and chopped peaches. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Cool. completely.

Beat cream cheese until smooth and then spread on bottom of cooled pie crust. Fill shell with remaining sliced peaches. Pour cooked peaches over the top. Chill at least 3 hours or until set.

I just came back from having a slice (or two!) of this pie and it was all I had hoped for!! So fresh tasting and the crust was perfect for it. It was almost like eating peaches on shortbread.

Don't do what I did! You would think I knew better after making this for so long, but it has been a while. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it...….

Make sure you cook the peaches, sugar and cornstarch till fairly thick and then let it cool all the way down. In my excitement I didn't cook it long enough and it was too warm when I put it on the top of the pie. It all seeped through to the bottom.

The pie is supposed to have a thick glaze on the top that helps to keep all the peaches in place. It was still so good that I say who cares! I will do better next time!

***I had to come back and add this tip: If you have the time, put your peaches in a brown paper bag for 24 hours. It helps them ripen and sweeten up.

I hope you try this delicious pie! Enjoy!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fresh From the Garden....A Closer Look

I have been living vicariously through all the beautiful garden posts and blog parties all summer, not participating in any of them as yet. I have shown bits and pieces of my garden but not the full picture.


My garden is not growing well!

We had a terrible drought that left our lawn brown and crunchy and the only thing growing now is the crab grass.

The flowers have been pretty crabby too.

But then my perspective changed when I scrolled through Jann's Up Close and Personal with July Blooms post over at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson. She and some other lovely ladies are hosting a Garden Party that you can link up to.

Inspired to finally do a garden post I grabbed my camera and went outside to take some fresh pictures, up close. I managed to find some that are doing just fine.

One plant that did not fail me is my favorite orange Daylily. I tried to buy more at several garden stores but was told they are too common to sell. I was tempted to dig some up on the side of the road where they grow in abundance, but decided I like my freedom more ;-)

My fairy garden in a bird bath is doing just fine, being in and out of the shade most of the day.

The Impatiens seem to like their spot in this old rusty floral vase.

I mix in a lot of different decorative things in my garden and these wooden mushrooms are my newest edition. I got them at a great garden shop in Port Hope, Canada. They will never fade!

I had to have this heavy plaster swan when I saw her at an estate sale. The pink Impatiens love riding on her back.

I did have red Impatiens in this bicycle basket but the squirrels stole one of them so I just let the Sweet Potato vine take over.

New to me is this Umbrella plant that I fell in love with and had to add to my garden this year.

More Impatiens amongst the Hostas….

My middle garden is over run with Black Eyed Susan's right now, which is fine with me. I decided to grow a pot of Spearmint this year and it is getting huge. The cute white elephant water can is a yard sale find.

I got tired of the ground cover that is choking out my Bee Balm and other flowers at the far end of this garden. With my granddaughter Cassidy's help, we pulled a lot of it out. I decided to take my chances and plant some Perennials now instead of waiting till Fall. This Coneflower is not in the ground yet but will go on this end along with yellow Coreopsis and Lavender.

I never thought these Lilies would bloom but they all are and they are huge.

The garden doesn't look so bad when you get up close to the flowers. Editing the pictures helps a lot!

Thanks Jann for the inspiration!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up with these fun blog parties:

Garden Party
Anything Goes Pink Saturday
Home Sweet Home
Over the Moon Link Party
Gardens Galore