Random Party Planning

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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Happy Random Tuesday!

It's party central around here.  I've been preparing for two parties:  Shelley's 18th Birthday Party
{which is today} and Vanessa's 8th Annual Mad Tea Party.

Shelley wants a boho-vintage theme for her party, and her preferred colors are purple and pink.  This is what I have so far

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Vanessa @ A Fanciful Twist is hosting her Mad Tea Party in less than a week  YIKES!  I must get busy!!!

You can click on my Link Parties page above and see the parties from 2013 and 2014.

Please join in on the fun this Saturday!

Until next time…

Ricki Jill

Comfort in the Fog

Monday, July 6, 2015
Happy Monday!  I hope my American readers had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. Although we had several storms, the sun did break through from time to time, so it wasn't a complete washout.

Recently we attended an art show, and I met a creative artist named Henrik Søderstrøm.  He was our favorite artist at the show, and we bought two of his small mixed media paintings from a series of paintings depicting fog, water, water vessels, and the sound of buoy bells.

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Do you see the orange, blue, and gold bars in the paintings?  They represent the sound of the buoy bells.

Aren't both lovely!  I do love that sound, too, and I find it a comfort just like Henrik.

And since it's Musical Monday, here's a laky song from one of my favorite bands.

Of Monsters and Men

Sharing @:

Until next time…

Ricki Jill

Literary Friday: American Lit

Friday, July 3, 2015
Happy Friday, My Lovelies!  I promised last week that I'd post about the sequel to The Little Beach Street Bakery.  I had good intentions.  Truly I did!  Stay tuned, because next week it will get done. But I do have a good excuse reason:

I didn't get to finish it because I've been helping Shanley Belle edit her book that is being published! I wish I could write about it today, but it will have to wait until the week it comes out.

I know I mentioned it on yesterday's post, but her publisher sent her a rather detailed social media packet, so I've been helping her with that, too.  Her blog is almost ready, and she is so excited about this opportunity.

So since I have nothing new to write about and in honor of the Independence Day holiday, I thought I'd share with you one of my list of American classics that everyone should read.

I know, I know....the South is well represented on this list, but I'm prejudiced in thinking that Southerners are truly the best storytellers.

If you had to pick the quintessential American novel, what would it be?  I'd probably pick The Great Gatsby.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill

Independence Day Party

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Hello, My Lovelies!  I've been working on some projects around here, but the biggest one is helping my daughter.  She had a month between graduation and her job, so she wrote a romance novel.....and it's being published!  Congratulations, Shanley Belle!

I've been helping her edit her novel before she submitted the entire book to the publisher, and I've been helping her set-up a blog and social media.  So between helping Shanley and my two art classes this summer, I've had little time for reading. cooking, blogging, or gardening.

But I did have a little Independence Day party (pre-party, really).

We kept it informal and in the breakfast room due to the afternoon thunder showers we've been experiencing.


Everything on the table is from Pier1 except:
Ceramic tumblers:  An Angel at My Table
Berry basket, dessert plates, Molly Hatch vase:  Anthropologie
Westie salt and pepper shakers:  The Church Mouse
Polish condiment servers:  One Kings Lane
Candle holder:  Pottery Barn
Vintage Wedgwood China in Rosedale pattern

Ha!  I just realized that our silverware was in a caddy on the breakfast bar.  I can assure you we didn't eat with our hands!  ;P

For dessert, the simplest blackberry cobbler, ever!  I have a goal to memorize 10 dessert recipes. Here's one of them:

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

4 cups blackberries
Juice of one lemon
1 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 large egg (the larger the better)
6 T melted butter


Preheat oven to 375.

Lightly grease a small 8 X 8 inch casserole dish.  Place blackberries inside dish.  Liberally squeeze the juice of one lemon all over the blackberries.

In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and egg until it resembles coarse meal.  Spread on top of berries.

Drizzle melted butter on top of four mixture.

Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool for fifteen minutes before serving.  Best served with fresh whipped cream!

Now for the men in your life.....If you want to make them happy, make them Bacon Bombs!!!

Bacon Bombs

Note:  The recipe calls for around a pound of ground beef. Below is the video.  it is simple and delicious!  I used Stonewall Kitchen's Maple Chipotle Grill Sauce.

Mini Bacon Bombs Video

Happy Independence Day, America!

Until next time..

Ricki Jill

Literary Friday: Little Beach Street Bakery

Friday, June 26, 2015
Happy Friday, My Lovelies!  After last week's literary disappointment, a friend recommended a cozy little chick lit book entitled Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. This book is a very fun lake/beach read, and it even has a few fantastic recipes in the back which is another plus!

What would you do if everything in your life went to hell in a hand basket: You lose your company, you lose your upscale apartment, you are forced to declare bankruptcy, and your boyfriend and business partner runs home to his mommie?  

Jenny Colgan states in her blurb about the book that the story isn't simply about a girl who opens a bakery.  To her, this book is really about "being brave; about striking out on your own when everything's against you.  It's about daring to drop out of the rat race; about the satisfaction of making things by hand; of sharing with friends and neighbors; and how a simple creative act with a touch of flour and yeast can produce something quite magical."

I rarely quote a book's jacket cover description in my posts, but Colgan really sums up the book quite nicely in hers.  Polly is brave.  Not only does she set out on her own to get her life back in order, but she moves far away from the support of family and friends to a tidal island named Mount Polbearne off the coast of Cornwall.  Residents of the island must plan their outings to the mainland around the tides because the causeway is covered twice daily!

Colgan based Mount Polbearne on St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall.  In the above photo you can see the causeway at low tide.

When the tide is high, the causeway disappears!

Polly leaves Plymouth behind and rents a drafty apartment above an abandoned bakery in Mount Polbourne because that's all she can afford.  Her friends think she's daft, and several do try to be supportive of her dire circumstances after the bankruptcy and liquidation of all assets.  Her boyfriend Chris has become withdrawn and abandons her. Soon she gets into a routine on the island not strictly based on the tides, but on baking.  Polly loves to bake, and the local fishermen love her creations. Unfortunately her landlord Gillian Manse owns the only working bakery on the island, and her bread is as nasty as her personality.  Mrs. Manse hates the competition, and she strives to make Polly even more miserable than she already is.  Out of the pot and into the fire!  I love Polly's personality, and I found myself pulling for her even though she isn't perfect and makes mistakes.  

This cute little book isn't quite your typical chick lit book.  It does have tragedy, romance, quirky characters, and a magical setting.  But it also has a pet puffin named Neil and as I mentioned before recipes that the author has tried and some are family favorites.  Colgan also recommends music:

The Fisherman's Blues by The Waterboys

Yesterday I promised to share one of Jenny Colgan's recipes from the book with you, but since this post is already so long I'll share it next Thursday along with another recipe from the sequel (which I started last night).

Have you read any good books yet this summer?  If so, please share!  This is a link party!  Don't forget to grab one of my Literary Friday buttons from my sidebar!

Until next time…

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill

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