Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tiramisu Trifle~Ice Cream Social 2012

I always look forward to this event. This is the third (fourth?) year that I've participated. The weather has not cooperated this year and neither has the grocery store. Because it is raining, picture taking is a challenge and the store had no lady fingers! Horrors! How is a gal supposed to pull off an elegant dessert without them? I seriously considered whipping up a batch, but came to my senses. I settled for pound cake instead.

Tiramisu Sundaes

Lady Fingers Recipe (This recipe does not require piping. It makes the lady finger batter into cupcakes.)

My Very Simple Recipe

* coffee ice cream
* purchased pound cake soaked in a bit of coffee and flavoring (coffee brandy would be lovely; I had something else. ☺)
* whipped cream
* mini chocolate chips for garnish

Simply layer all ingredients in some lovely stemware ending with whipped cream on top and the chocolate.

It made a delicious "breakfast" now let me tell you! That's the look of the first hmmmmmm...

Thank you, Suzy, for another fun year of socializing over ice cream.

Join the fun at Kitchen Bouquet!

Love Vee

Friday, August 17, 2012

Old Names~Old PBS Shows

My choice for names? Jerusha. I know it's not on the list. I can break the rules, too! Did you ever see Julie Andrews play the part of Jerusha in the movie Hawaii? That's where I first heard the name. I thought the first part of that movie was so romantic.

~Julie Andrews in Hawaii~

Okay, just to be fair, I rather think I'll go with Lovicy Marantha. At first, I thought Marantha was Maranatha and I liked that a lot, too. Course this is from the gal who named her own daughter Mountain so you can see that I have no right to be choosing names.

Of the choices from the old list, Emeline is winning by a mile. Oh, and thank you to those who shared that you knew someone by one of these names. That was very interesting.


Speaking of old...

Wednesday evening, I spent an hour and a half at Vicki's Turkey Feathers.

She featured three videos from a 1980s PBS show called The Victorian Kitchen. Somehow I had missed that one. I'm telling you that it was a fascinating hour and a half. If you're interested in Downtown Abbey, you may well be interested in this. If you're interested in cooking and gardening, you may well be interested. I lovicy-ed  it! (Last night, I watched another three of the shows found on You Tube.)


Tomorrow is the Ice Cream Social...I hope that the sun shines today so I can get some good photos.

Edited to Add: EVERYONE is invited to the Ice Cream Social! I'm talking about the event right here in Blogdom. The information is to the right in my sidebar. You can participate as well as visit. 

Have a great day now...

Love Vee

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's in a Name?

First, a thank you to all who participated in August's Note Card Party. It was a delight to see your photos and it never ceases to amaze me how talented you all are. I loved the variety — from ghost towns to scripture verses, back porches to lunch, flowers to vegetables, sunsets to swans!

If you haven't had the chance, check out the offerings and, if you haven't joined in before, please consider it for September 19. That will be just a couple of days before autumn officially arrives and I'm pretty sure that I know what that means: pumpkins ☺ beautifully colored leaves ☺ and a lot of mums. Mark your calendars now!


Before this post ends, I have a few questions for you. The first: If you had the privilege of naming a little girl, what name would you give her?

According to Family Education dot com, the top seventeen names in 2012 for little girls are as follows:

1. Sophia
2. Isabella
3. Emma
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Madison
9. Mia
10. Chloe
11. Elizabeth
12. Ella
13. Addison
14. Natalie
15. Lily
16. Grace
17. Samantha

The second question: If you had to choose from the 2012 list, which would you choose?

I have another list gleaned from tombstones — you don't find that morbid I hope — I love a cemetery and reading the names I find there.

This list was chosen because I had never heard these names before:

1. Lurena
2. Emeline
3. Almeda
4. Lilias
5. Evelina
6. Zabelle
7. Lillis
8. Olevia
9. Salley (I cheated. I know a few Sallies; however, they don't spell their name this way.)
10. Columbia
11. Marantha
12. Elva
13. Bina
14. Elzada
15. Lovicy
16. Lovina
17. Sylvina

Third question: (You've figured it out, of course.) If you had to select from my old-time list, which name would you choose? 
I'm revealing my choice tomorrow.

Now if I were naming a puppy, I'd choose Bina...what a cute name!

A happy Thursday to you!

Love Vee

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Shabby-Shabby~August Note Card Party

Welcome! April, May, June, July, and now August. =D

Photoscape was used for special effects: antique photo and the note card frame.

Can't wait to see what you come up with this month!

Love Vee

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Good Suggestion

~Climbing Brown Eyed Susans~

We've had three days of rain and thundershowers making everything very green again. The temps are in the 70s and 80s with high humidity. It's a bit oppressive and not good sleeping weather, though I am not going to complain after the summer that so many of you have had. We have been blessed. Besides, I was up early to catch up with some of you!

Soooo, a good Monday morning to you. Just a quick post to share what I did with the mosaic I showed on Friday's post. My blogging buddy "D" who writes Podso shared in comments that day that the mosaic would look great made up into a poster. Hmmm...had never considered such a thing before.

I mentioned it to my daughter and she said that she uses the Photo Center at Walgreen's online.  It was a surprise to learn all the possibilities and the fact that I didn't need a credit card — I could pay at pickup.

This is what we picked up just two short hours after submitting and with no extra charge.

~mosaic done into a poster (on photograph paper) and framed~

I wanted to save the integrity of the mosaic hence the green border; otherwise, the edges were lopped off. Anyway, it's the least expensive 10x14 option, though there are many others. We found an inexpensive frame and now I'm trying to decide if it is staying or going. =D

Just thought that all you great photographers out there might check out the options available for gift giving using your own wonderful photos.

My next post will be up for August's Note Card Party tomorrow evening between 8 and 8:30. You may add your link early or all day Wednesday and even through 10 am on Thursday the 16th. Hope to see you here! Clicking on the icon in my sidebar will take you to the post on all pertinent information.

Love Vee

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Photoscape Fun~Mosaic Monday

 ~Starter Corner~

The props and subjects...

 ~Roses and Carnations Mosaic~

~Zinnia Mosaic with Butterflies and a Bubble~

Lots of fun playing with the photos and with the extras at Photoscape. Join Mary at Little Red House for more offerings. Thanks, Mary, for keeping Mosaic Monday going. It's a highlight of my week!

Love Vee

What a Day!

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 

Many blessings to you this Sunday and all through the week...

Love Vee