Monday, November 27, 2017


There is no place I would rather be than in my house ---- I'm a real homebody.  I've always been that way.  As a child, my mother was always encouraging me to go outside and play.  I didn't want to go outside ---- it was cold, it was hot, it was windy, it was wet, there were bugs and dirt!  Just let me stay inside where my books, crayolas, toys, dolls, and play dishes were.  When I was about four, my parents built me a play house about 10 feet from the back door of our house.  Now I'll go out ---- ten steps and I'm inside again!
That's me at the age of 6 forced 
outside to have my picture taken
on the backside of my playhouse.
My absolute favorite day was Friday when mother and I would clean my little cottage ---- scrubbing windows and floors, etc.  I loved that little house.  
My playhouse  -- at its current location
(moved 3 times and now 75 years old)
 -- picture taken a couple of years ago.

From the beginning, I loved all of my dwellings.
I've lived in 20 different houses over the years --- that doesn't count the various (high school and college) dorm rooms.

There was one dorm room that I absolutely adored, however.  My roommate left mid-semester, and the dorm people moved me to a single room that was about 5 feet by 10 feet --- just a bed and desk, but it did have two huge closets.  

Just waiting around in a 
dorm room to get my MRS. degree. 
 My sewing machine fit on the desk, and I was in heaven sewing, knitting socks, etc., by myself  ----  still playing house!  It was a wonder I kept my good grades up.

    He married me while we were still teenagers in between our Sophomore and Junior years in college.   Our two-room apartment was in half of the basement of this house.  It was really a dump, but I loved fixing it up with new curtains that I had made and our wedding presents.  I shined those old linoleum floors til they glistened.
And, taught myself to cook for real in this basic kitchen ----
And, decorated for Christmas ----

There were many more houses to follow ----

A couple of our favorites ----

A wonderful house we bought in 1976. 

Another favorite that we 
owned from 1990 to 1997.

 And, now we have lived in this house for 20 years.

Today I've really reverted to my childhood ---- playing with dishes!  We're having 14 friends over for a Christmas soup lunch soon, so I need to decide a tablescape.  Maybe this???

I hope everyone has fun playing house in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season.  I plan some more Christmas decorating today!

I'm joining the following:
Coastal Charm for Show and Share Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


I'm getting ready ---- are you?
I've cut up the bread and a yellow onion for the dressing and a  red onion for the salad --------
Made a pumpkin pie ----
Left the house to go to Sonic for a vanilla diet coke to energize me for the afternoon ----
Made the cherry filling from scratch for the cobbler   ----
The cobbler looks pretty good right out of the oven ( I want some NOW.) ---
I love this old trivet and use it everyday.  It came out of my grandmother's old wood cook stove. 
 It says, "Cook cereals here - will never burn if register is raised."  Lots of Thanksgiving memories from two grandmothers' and one great-grandmothers' kitchens.

OH, yes --  they want supper tonight.  I made taco soup ----

I still need to do some prep work on the potatoes and broccoli and the bacon needs fried to top the broccoli salad ---- it's still early in the afternoon!

I wonder when the REAL chef will show up ---- maybe tomorrow???  Oh, that's right ---- I'm the chef in the Salmagundi household.  Guess I had better get a good night's sleep to be ready for tomorrow's work. 

May your cereals never burn and have a thankful and joyous Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

I'm joining the following:
Have a Daily Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday and Everything Else