Friday, November 13, 2009

Sleepy days...

For the past few days, we've been receiving rain non-stop, and it's been wonderful!
Slumbering to the natural sound of rain ceaselessly pouring on the tin roof & waking to the beginnings of rain showers...Because we couldn't go outside, it was a great opportunty to spend more time "making home" as my Mother says!

I use vinegar/baking soda to deep clean the chopping board...

My sister & I baked cupcakes together...

I've been making so many pumpkin/apple/sweet potato recipes, that I was happy to taste just good, old-fashioned vanilla!
2 cups flour
1.5 cups sugar
2.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup cream (or milk)
1 TBsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Combine wet ingredients...add dry ingredients
Pour into paper-lined muffin cups; Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 mins.
We baked quite a bit of cupcakes! I tripled the recipe :)

How do you like "Cupcake Mountain?" hehe
I didn't make all these for dessert, they're to be frozen for later!
Cupcakes keep for up to a few months (although I don't think these will last that long!)
I individually wrapped each one, sealed in container, then a freezer bag. To make it airtight, I used a straw to withdraw the extra air in the bag...

In total, we baked 58 cupcakes!! This was a great, basic recipe :)
Potato Soup w/ salad

Here's my favorite Italian (House) dressing I created last year...
1/2 cup each: olive and vegetable oil
1/4 cup each: red wine and apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp each: pepper, onion powder, ginger powder
2 TBsp powdered/fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup water
1.5 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried oregano
5 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
A delightful read:
I paged through Victoria magazines from the early 90's....
They're so feminine!

Antique books...
I love reading books written 75+ years ago--

All the books on this table are copy written circa 1840-1930

Mary I. Chloe (sp?)
her grandmother
on her 9th birthday
June 13th 1876"

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." ~Thomas Moore


Lucy said...

ugh!I hate the rain.

Mia said...

Although it stopped us from being outside, it was nice to just turn on the record player & focus on the inside of the cottage for a while.
Thanks for commenting, Lucy!

Miss Emily said...

It looks like the rain didn't stop ya'll from having fun! I happen to love the rain, I love the sound of it, and the smell before and after it rains! Also a couple days spent inside due to rain always brings all of us in my house closer! (considering we don't have much of a choice! just kidding)

Cinnamon said...

What a beautifully peaceful day. I love all those cupcakes and your pretty table cloths. You make me want to go redecorate my entire kitchen!!

Thanks for sharing~ Cinnamon

Lucy said...

Mia, I'd happily send you all of Ireland's rain, but I know you'd quickly return it.

We have on-off periods were it rains each day, sometimes several times a day and it always seems to rain when I am going to or from the bus, when I have a lot of bags and always seeps into my footwear.

This summer it rained non-stop for 2 weeks and as I don't have a car and my bus stop being a mile away, I was trapped indoors feeling melancholy.

So, a parcel of rain in the post for you!

Lucy said...

Your comment on my blog was very kind Mia, but the RUA art isn't my work!

sarah said...

I love it when it rains and the sun is shining! Going to sleep with rain makes me feel safe and comfy in my house :).
Those magazines sound really interesting!

The B's said...

What a lovely day! And we seem to have the same taste in magazines ~ I have Mary Jane's Farm and every Victoria magazine from about 1995. =} My dear husband is so good to overlook the amount of space it requires to store them...=)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The cupcakes look delicious, and I love old books too, especially ones with some type of inscription. I enjoy reading them. It's interesting to realize that when they were written they were about what was then modern times, but now we read it and it's "olden days". I love that. Thanks for sharing. I always love visiting your blog.

. said...

I can imagine the smell of the cupcakes...

Lisa said...

Loved the quote by Thomas Moore. Thank you for sharing about your life in your blog. Press on in your service for the Lord!

Julian said...

such beauty in the heart of the home. Wish i were there to enjoy it with you. Smart idea for the cupcakes, although im sure with little brother and dad, they will never be any for company! lol!:) Hmmm.. I have several old books, must be looking through my stash...
Blessings, Christina

Stone Bridge Farm said...

I could be wrong...but I thought that it said Chase not Chloe. I first thought Chloe...but I don't think there is an 'l'. Just thought I would give you my opinion.

Beautiful post!

Kate Scott said...

I have quite a large collection of past copies of Victoria Magazine. Every month, I pull out all of the back issues for that month and flip through them throughout the month. I also have the entire collection of Cottage Living Magazine, and a rather huge pile of Country Living Magazine and Colonial Homes Magazine.

Summer :) said...

Have you read any books by Gwen Bristow!? I don't know the year of their publication but Celia Garth is about a girl that becomes a spy in the Revolutionary War... and Calico Palace is about the California Gold Rush, then there is the Plantations series, and Jubilee Trail, which I believe is about the Oregon Trail. All great books. Out of print now.

Jennifer PrairieHome said...

Mm, those cupcakes look delicious!!
I like rainy days when I get just get home-stuff done like that.

I too am a collector of antique books - I had pleanty of oppertunities to collect them too when I worked in a large used-book store.
My treasure being a very old copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales illustrated by Maurice Sendak. :)

Have a good rainy day!
- Jen

Ginny said...

You and your family are amazing.
Just gotta love ya

Shelley said...

Finding things to do on rainy days is's always a good time for me to clean closets and weed through things in the home...afterward sitting down with a cup of tea and a good decorating magazine...wonderful.....blessings sweet Mia....

Aunt B said...


I love the rain too. I love what it does for the flowers and the garden.

Potato soup and salad sounds good, think that is exactly what I will have tomorrow.

Thank you for sharing with us.

Much love
Aunt B

Anonymous said...

Lovely and Yummy!!! Good idea for the cupcakes!! <3 tammyp

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

Your pictures look so warm! It makes me feel as if it's not almost winter at all! Does your home always look like that? Is it candlelight?

The cupcakes are amazing looking. I could end up eating more than i stored probably!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mia,
I love rain. It's a good time for curling up on the couch w/ a good book.=) The cupcakes looked yummy! When ever we bake cupcakes at my house there gone pretty quick. The magazines pics. where neat and lovley where did you get them? God bless.
In Christ,
Emmap =)

...they call me mommy... said...

I LOVE to sleep to the sound of the beautiful and relaxing...what a nice, productive & fun day you had! Thanks for sharing!

Miss Jen said...

rain is SO scrumptious!
And... don't those cupcakes
look amazing?!


Love Your Sister in Christ~ Jen

Anonymous said...

Hi Mia,
Maybe if you have enough rain you could forward some of Lucy's excess on to us. Our state in Australia has been in drought for about four years and I have vowed never to complain about rain again in my life. It's scarey when there is none. Mia, my idea of bliss is going to sleep with rain on a tin roof. Lucky you!

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Delightful post Mia!
I greatly enjoy rainy days!:)


Jodi said...

Hi Mia, your blog is beatiful. I'm also a fan of rain and old things. The pictures you chose for your blog are lovely. Blessings.

Donna said...

Your blog is Gorgeous! This is my first time here but I Will be back! The pumpkin syrup looks delicious and I will be creating it!! Have a wonderful day!

alex said...

Its been rainy where I live so I dusted our ceiling fans (talk about dust!). I enjoy reading your blog. I guess I will have to do more dirty projects for a few more days because the forecast is all rain!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! The cupcakes look delicious! What beautiful pictures too... and the handwriting in your book! =) Wow! So beautiful... I wish my handwriting was a neat and flowing as it!
Your post was wonderful as always Mia!
Love a sister in Christ,

suzanne said...

Dear Mia

Thank you so very much for the invite to visit today. I feel a welcoming even though we have not met. I love to see you helping with the teaching of your Brother. Homeschooling is a wonderful blessing for us here. I too love photography, vintage life and reading all the classic favourites, baking and simple living. I can transport myself to living in places and era's of our past. Are you famliar with Tasha Tudor...I am sure you would love reading about her life too. Mia I look forward to visiting again.

A happy day to you
Warm regards

suzanne said...

Oh my ...familiar with Tasha already...An inspiration is she not. I do love all your chosen pictures on the side.

A happy day to you
Warm regards

Melissa M. said...

I love those old Victoria magazines. We have some, too. :)