StoneGable is having a GIVEAWAY, the very first one! See all the goodies in the picture below! April Cornell and more... lots more! Click HERE to enter. Join in the fun and enter to win!
StoneGable's First Giveaway
As the summer heat and hummidity begin to set in I wanted to make a great drink that would quench a thirst that would go along with the soaring temperatures.
Pink lemonade is a pretty, lucious and refreshing summertime favorite!
Once you have tried homemade lemonade you just might be done with the powder mix! It is soooooo much better. Puckery tart and sugary sweet- a fabulous ZING!
The challenge for me was to make a great tasting lemonade and not have it high in calories and sugar. After playing around with ratios and methods, I think I hit upon a great compromise! I use splenda and just a little sugar. You really can't fake the great taste of real sugar, so using just a little gives it that unmistakable sugar taste- heavenly!
What makes pink lemonade pink? Grenadine. That is the pink ingredient in the classic recipe. Grenadine won't interfere with the true lemmony taste.
So... work hard. play harder and when you take a break grab a big glass of freshly squeezed pink lemonade!
StoneGable Pink Lemonade:
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 5-7 lemons)
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup Granulated Splenda
2 TBS sugar
3 1/2 cups cold water
2 TBS grenadine syrup
Squeeze 1 cup lemon juice. Put in pitcher.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine 2/3 cup water, splenda and sugar. Microwave for 2 minutes on high to make a simple syrup. Carefully remove from microwave- make sure it does not flare up. Stir until sugars are dissolved.
Add to pitcher. Add 3 1/2 cups cold water, grenadine and about 1 cup crushed ice and stir until well mixed.
Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon slice and some fresh mint.
*Adding fruit to fresh homemade lemonade is a delicious treat. Crush or process in the food processor 1 cup of strawberries, or raspberries and add to the lemonade for a bright pink surprise!
*Red juices such as pomegranate or cranberry juice can also be added for a mixed fruit lemonade.
* A fabulous adult drink called the "Blushing Bride" is made by using 1 shot strawberry vodka, 1 shot cranberry juice and the rest pink lemonade. Serve in a wide mouth glass with the rim dipped in pink sugar- This is a yummy summer cocktail!
I am joining Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound. Beverly is a wonderful hostess and bring us all things pink. Please go and join in the fun!
I am so very excited to announce the first giveaway at StoneGable! The oh-so-generous and creative people at April Cornell sent me exquisite linens to share with you! And I went shopping at my very favorite local shop, The Olde Millhouse Shoppe, and came home with some wonderful and whimsical buys to give away too!
ThisApril CornellRise and Shine waffle weave tea towel is complimented by the beautiful Anna Black fabric border. It is masterfully embellished with bird appliques and embroidery. So pretty!!!! I can just picture it in your kitchen- inspiring!
The lovely floral pattern in these Russian Chintz oven mitts by April Cornell will make a fashion statement in your kitchen! I am so tickled to have them as part of my first giveaway!
I love that April Cornell uses such divine patterns and colors to bring an upscale look and feel to the table and kitchen! To see the full line of gorgeous April Cornell textiles and more go to http://www.aprilcornell.com/.
The winner of this giveaway can carry all their new treasures in this birch market basket. I think it would make a nice summer purse, picnic basket or even a basket to gather flowers! A pink geranium in a crackled green pot is waiting for a new home! To contine the bird theme a small domed trellis with a bird finial, a fluffy nest and a box of colored eggs will be included. All these wonderful items were selected for you from The Olde Millhouse Shoppe. To visit the The Olde Millhouse Shoppe on line, go to http://www.oldemillhouse.com/.
How To Enter StoneGable's First Giveaway:
Each way you enter gives you 1 chance!
*Leave a comment on this post
* Become a follower or let me know you are a follower
*Go to April Cornell (click HERE) and let me know your favorite textile pattern
*Include this giveaway in a post on your blog with a link back to this post
The giveaway will end, Tuesday June 8, 2010 at midnight EST.
The giveaway WINNER will be announced Wednnesday, June 9, 2010.
I hope you will join in and celebrate my first giveaway!
Apron Inspired Trayscape
StoneGable was bustling this weekend. A long weekend filled with guests, picnics (the thunderstorms chased us inside) and activities. I think my home loves the laughter and the clamor that comes when all my rooms are occupied!
If you would come to StoneGable I would probably meet you at the door in my apron and usher you inside with a big hug.
I love wearing aprons. I have ones for the kitchen and the garden. Aprons that have belonged to my grandmother and mother are treasured but used posessions. Aprons, to me, are a homemaker's uniform!
One of the most beautiful aprons I have was given to me by the kind people at April Cornell. Can you imagine my thrill when I opened a recent package from them and found this Periwinkle Russian Chintz apron inside!
Aprons have very utiltiarian uses. Obviously, they keep our clothing clean and free from the messier signs of homemaking. But who says they can't be a fashion statement too!
A very favorite breakfast at StoneGable is a scrumptious breakfast strawberry shortcake (recipewill be posted Thursday evening). Taking it out of the oven sends heavenly sweet scents of vanilla wafting through the kitchen.
Isn't this apron and the matching oven mitts just gorgeous? Notice the buttons on the adjustable neck strap. It is this kind of detailing that makes me love this apron! Easy to adjust and to take on and off!
Aprons can be called into service in the garden too! The last of the peonies were gathered up into this summery apron just before a huge thunderstorm! Notice the wonderful quality of the fabric and the pretty design. Can you tell I am smitten with this apron!
This week's mini trayscape was inspired by my darling apron and the LOVELY appliqued and embroidered April Cornell tea towel. In this trayscape I am focusing on giving you some creative ideas and special touches you can do for your guests!
Serving individual breakfasts on white wicker serving trays is such a fun way to greet each overnight guest. The light blue April Cornell tea towel lines the bottom of the tray and spills over the edge with the "Rise And Shine" message. A perfect wake up call!
Strawberry shortcake in a soft celadon green bowl is accompanied by lots of fresh in season strawberries and blueberries! Don't forget a little splash of milk.
The blue floral plates compliment the beautiful Anna Black border around the tea towel. And a larger plate matches the bowl.
I think the Strawberry Shortcake taste better when eaten with the Napoleon Bee spoon.
Coffee is served in my new passion to collect~ rice china cups! Can you see the little rice shaped translucent areas in the cup? Look very carefully.
Guest will find a tiny April Cornell notecard that mimics the sentiment on the towel to "Rise And Shine" with a sweet note and the days activities handwritten inside. It is just a little something extra that makes guests feel so pampered and cared for.
This yummy breakfast with all its pretty linens is not going to a guest this morning. It is quiet at StoneGable. This breakfast belongs to me. I will savor it as I savor the memories of a happy weekend with friends and family!
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch. Susan, our most faithful and creative hostess is featuring a guest Tablescape from our European friend, Cornelia. Please go for a visit. You will be graced with so many wonderfu ideas! Click HERE to join in the fun!
Today was a very emotional day! And I am feeling sentimental. I don't often post about very personal things, but thank you for indulging me tonight.
Today, our family went to Fort Indian Town Gap National Cemetary to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and to my Dad. He is laid to rest there along with thousands of men and women who have served in the Armed Forces to defend and protect all Americans.
As we drove through the quiet gently rolling landscape of Pennsylvania draped with American flags and decorated with flowers marking the graves I was so struck with a sense of extreme pride. The pride of having a Dad who served his country for over one third of his life! A career man in the Army first then the Air Force. A man who loved his country and his family and his God.
My father came from a poor uneducated family in the Ozarks. With hard work, determination and a will to make a better life for himself and his family he worked tirelessly. And succeeded. His love for us was effusive and his devotion to my mother was something most women only can dream of. He was strong and dependable and private.
My father had a profound effect on my life. It was by his example and through his inspriation that I learned to love and feel such pride for this country. My America! It was watching my Dad that helped me to understand the sacifice each military person and their families makes for all of us. I came to know the debt of gratitude owed to all serving!
So, on the Memorial Day I want to honor my Dad, my inspriation!
I am joining Maggie (my wonderful blogging friend) at The White Farmhouse for An Inspirational Party! Please join her and see all the inspiring people there! Click HERE to visit and be inspired!
I as so humbled by you kind and loving post, Maggie. Thank you!
Exciting news from StoneGable this week. Stop back on Wednesday evening for my very first GIVEAWAY! I have teamed up with April Cornell and put together some fun and fabulous finds!
This is an easy menu planning week. I have guests (family) and we are going out a couple of nights. And I will be away in Virginia this weekend to see my niece go to her senior prom. I am also sneeking in a trip to Old Lucketts Store-Lucky me! Have a very Happy Memorial Day! Please take time to honor our soldiers and their families!
Monday- Memorial Day Picnic Barbecued Chicken Homemade Mac and Cheese Coslaw Broccoli Salad Corn on the Cob Tossed Salad Angel Food Cake with Strawberries Chocolate Chip Cookies Watermellon
Recipe: Mac and Cheese
This is the best Mac and Cheese recipe! Given to me years ago by my sister-in-law Sue. This is my most requested family dish. Click HERE and look for the Saturday's recipes to find Mac and Cheese.
Tuesday Girl's Dinner Out Boy's- Homemade Stromboli Ceaser Salad
Wednesday:Giveaway Kickoff! Crab Cakes Baked Potatoes Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Oil Leftover Coslaw from Monday
Recipe: Crab Cakes
I buy lump crab meat when it is on sale. These crab cakes have very little filler, so they are rich and very delicious. Click HERE for recipe and look for Mondays menu.
Thursday: Out to dinner
Friday: Hamburgers on the Grill Home fries Salad Fixins' for Hamburgers
The peonies are in full bloom at StoneGable. Their big moppy heads are bent close to the ground, wet with last nights rain. Their glorious perfummy aroma wafting up onto the back porch.
I have been planning this table for months. Finding the few elements to go on the table in thrift shops, flea markets and antique shops. Simple, white and pink. Lace, starched linens and touches of silver. Letting the beauty of these magnificent flowers be the center of attention. I have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of the pale petal pink peonies.
The very best part about creating this table is that the blooming of the peonies also coincide with Pink Saturday's second birthday! A meme hosted by Beverly at How Sweet The Sound, Pink Saturday is all about pink attitude! So this tablescape becomes a birthday celebration! Just for you and Pink Saturday.
This small table on my porch is set for two. Silver utility serving trays hold a stack of white and pink dishes.
Pretty rose-like bowls (HomeGoods) top Limoges "Feme" salad/dessert plates.
The limoges plates are the fruit of a very productive shopping day at a rediscovered antique shop in Lancaster Pa. Rev Chi's Antiques proved to be a goldmine! The knowledgeable and amiable owner was so helpful. And I was able to find some lovely pieces at very reasonable prices!
The delicate rose design on the porcelain plates were created using a technique called "combination". The outline is a transfer and then they are hand tinted. I swept them up to give them a loving home!
White damask and vintage pink napkins are gathered together in a silver napkin ring.
I love the pink ruffle of the peonies, the rose bowl and the scallop of the napkins..pink perfection!
The table linens were borrowed from my mother. A rose colored tablecloth peeks out from underneath my great grandmothers heavy lace beauty.
The silverplate flatware is a recent purchase from Rev Chi's Antiques. It was manufactured by Harmony House and dated 1944. It has a monogrammed "D" on each piece. I am wild about monogrammed silver... even if it is not my initials. If you are interested in silver and silverware care you might want to see my post on collecting and care of silver. Click HERE for post.
The cake server is a particularly lovely piece.
Cups, saucers and dessert plates wait for those yummy strawberry birthday cupcakes!
These stately salt and pepper shakers were rescued from a flea market for $2.00. I shined them up and they have a new life now!
The real center of attention are these fabulous pink peonies! Full and lush and so beautiful. A soup tureen becomes a centerpiece for these captivating blooms.
The table is ready for a little pink birthday party!
Happy Birthday, Pink Saturday! Beverly you have brought so much fun, creativity and joy to many bloggers, followers and friends! Here's to many more!
I am participating in Pink Saturday's Second Birthday Celebration! Beverly, thank you so much for all of your hard work!
Please go and visit Beverly and and wish her a very happy birthday!