Sunday, July 31, 2011


Yesterday, we took a day trip to northern Colorado to see our son, Mike. We hadn't been to his house for a long time; as usually when we go to see him, we meet him part way in Denver (1 hour for him and 2 hours for us). But, this time we needed to go meet our new grand-kitties. At four months, they are energetic, inquisitive, and just plain cute. They are litter-brothers, and great company for each other. They very patiently sat for their 'official' four-month portraits.

First meet Virgil:

And this is Statius:

After playing with the kittens, we headed to Denver. Mike was the "Teacher of the Year" at the high school where he teaches, and was the recipient of generous gift card to The Olive Garden. He wanted to share it with us, so we had a nice lunch. Thanks, Wiggins School Student Council; and congratulations to Mike, always OUR teacher of the year.

We then headed to the Armadillo Antique Mall to peruse the goodies for a couple of hours. I didn't buy a thing; but I did not come home empty handed. About 8 years ago, we had bought a big box of unopened apothecary jars at an estate sale. We kept one, but gave the remainder to Mike. As a scientist teacher, he was interested in the labels showing the compounds contained in the pills.

Recently I've been enthralled with apothecary jars, so I asked him if I could have a couple more jars. Of course, he said yes -- what else would he say to his Mother?

The Luyties Pharmacy Company was founded by Herman C. G. Luyties (1833-1896), a physician and pharmacist; and at one time, was the largest homeopathic pharmacy in the world.

And finally, when we got home, the view of the mountains was so beautiful out of our bedroom window, that I thought I would try my hand at blue-hour photography. I probably would have achieved more blue if I had waited another 15 minutes.

The end of a good day!!

Monday, July 25, 2011


It's so hot out there that I'm dreaming of a nice cold, winter day when the river is beginning to freeze over. Tell me it won't be long!

It's too hot to even blog. See you in a week or so.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I've had several requests for the Whoopie Pie recipe, so here goes:


1 2/3 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, softened
4 tablespoons Crisco
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. In the mixer bowl, beat butter, shortening and sugar until combined. Beat on medium for 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla. Beat for 2 more minutes. Beat in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk. Drop cookies by a tablespoon on a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper on my sheets). Spread cookies apart as they will spread. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
7 oz. jar marshmallow fluff
1 1/4 cups Crisco
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Beat marshmallow fluff and shortening for 3 minutes. Reduce to low and add sugar and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.
Sandwich filling between the flat sides of two cookies.

NOTE: I live in a high altitude, so check your oven temperature and length of baking time. I don't know if you would need to adjust for a different altitude. This is a 1950's recipe - I bet it will work anywhere! Back then, we weren't concerned with altitude (or the huge amount of Crisco used!!)

Friday, July 15, 2011


My favorite thing to put under a cloche has to be food. Today one of my cloches holds homemade whoopie pies - always good with a glass of cold milk on a summer afternoon.

Yummy, sticky goodness made from a vintage recipe!

I'll be joining the following parties this week. Be sure to stop by these fun blogs to check for inspiration.

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for her Summer Cloche Party on Tuesday

Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday

Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Here is the piece of brown transferware that I found while out and about in the city last weekend. I'm excited to find a piece with an eagle on it, as I've never seen anything similar.

It's always fun to find a piece with a 'Kite Mark' on the back - it makes it easy to date the piece. For years, I have used my 1977 edition of the Kovel's Dictionary of Marks on Pottery and Porcelain to determine the date. They explain that the mark in the top circle indicates the type of ware manufactured - in this case, IV is earthenware. The number in the semi-circle below the IV indicates the day of the month, or 15th. The letter in the lower corner of the diamond-shaped mark indicates the month of the year in which the object was manufactured. Kovel's table indicates that M is June. The letter in the right-hand corner indicates the year of manufacture. Kovel's table indicates that P is 1877. Therefore, this piece was manufactured on June 15, 1877. The number in the left-hand corner tells the manufacturer of the object; but also there is the Ridgways logo shown. The pattern name is Indus.

There are similar tables on various web sites on the internet such as

My new eagle platter has joined some of my other brown transferware collection. Love it!!

I will be joining the following parties this week. Check them out for a plethora of inspiration.

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party

Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


On a long holiday weekend, most Coloradans head to the mountains and lakes to commune with nature. Not us, we head to the city for some shopping, antiquing, and a nice restaurant meal. Antiquing was good as I found several things. One thing I found was this red and white hand towel with the initials SAL on it. My first thought was that it was an airline towel (yes, they used to have real towels on airlines!). I was thinking Scandinavia Airlines, but they seem to use the initials SAS. Any ideas?

Since Sal is my nickname and for $2.95 it came home with me to join the other red and white/blue and white towels in my collection.

We ate at one of our favorite Mexican food places. New on the appetizer menu were Avocado Fries -- strips of avocado, lightly battered, and fried -- yum, yum!

I found a couple of other things while antiquing that I will share on a future post, including a wonderful addition to my brown transferware collection. Stay tuned.

I'll be partying with the following blogs this week. Be sure to check them out for inspiration PLUS!

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for her Wow on Wednesday party

Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Monday's Thrifty Treasures

Friday, July 1, 2011


Even though traveling Europe the month of June was a wonderful experience, it sure is great to be home in the U.S.A. to celebrate the 4th of July!

May you have a glorious weekend!