Saturday, July 31, 2010

It's Summer Sunday and I Solved A Silver Mystery!

Jean's Silver Tablesescape
September 25, 1954

I just wrote about Jean a couple of days ago, so if you missed my posting and
are a bit curious about Jean, please go back to my posting on Thursday.

Jean loved to use her silver. This table was set for the small wedding of
my aunt and uncle.

This evening as I looked at this picture which came from an old slide of my father's, I enlarged the picture to see what was in the hutch.

You may need to put your glasses on, but if you look at the picture below
and focus on the hutch, look on the bottom shelf at the white round plate.
Just in front and a little to the right of that is a set of salt and pepper shakers.
I am sure they are lusterware.
AND they are on my family room shelf with the rest of my lusterware and with a tiny sticky note
on them and in my mother's handwriting it just states, "Old!"
Okay... "old" but I had wondered for quite some time
whose "old" S&P shakers these were.
They were Jean's!
Mystery solved tonight.

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It's a Summer Sunday!

Miss Mustard Seed outdoes herself with an amazing give-away!!

Thank you, Kim, from Savy Southern Style! She tipped me off about Miss Mustard Seed's 2000 Follower Give-away. And what a give-away it is!!

Antique Baby Dress
(hanger and drawer not included)

Six Bakelite Knives

Antique Postcards

This isn't all. Not by a long shot!
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Show and Tell Friday - "Jean"

Giovannina (Genevieve) Elizabeth Teti DePasquale
(October 1, 1903 - April 16, 2001)

Jean was about 16 years old when she had this photograph taken in
Ithaca, New York. She had already been in the United States, for seven years, having come from Italy, learned English and graduated
 from high school.
I love this photo even though it is cracking. I am not sure where to get it repaired but I will start researching that soon.

This photograph that I also own was taken when my grandmother was about 14 years old and was a bridesmaid in her oldest sister's wedding.

This is a photograph of Jean taken in 1963.

"Jean" was my maternal grandmother. She insisted that we call her by her first name as she insisted she was much too young to be a grandmother... 45!
What a character she was.
She loved to cook, organize and entertain.
She decorated her home beautifuly.
There will be many stories about Jean in this blog as she made such an impression on me in my life.

I love Show and Tell Friday
from My Romantic Home

Jean would have loved the many beautiful things
on Cindy's blog. Be sure to visit her!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Carlsbad Caverns, a boy in a basket!

Carlsbad Caverns
White City, New Mexico by Jim White

As a little girl I remember stories about Jim White, the man who discovered Carlsbad Caverns.
I made two visits there.. one as  a child and one as an adult with our sons.

The story goes, Jim White and my grandfather
were friends in New Mexico. My grandfather was in the hotel business in Roswell and Portales, New Mexico.
Around 1926 Mr. White was busy promoting Carlsbad Caverns. He had told my grandfather about his discovery several years earlier. It wasn't until 1926 that he offered to show my grandfather the caverns and would even take my father who was only about two years old at the time.
Mr. White is pictured displaying the bucket that
was used to lower the first tourists into the caverns. The means by which my grandfather and father were lowered was described to us
was a basket. My father says he remembers
going "down, down into pure darkness".
Personally I would have found that incredibly
frightening, however, my father never let on if he was scared. But he did remember the experience!

Here is a picture of my grandfather and father
about the time of their "journey into darkness".

I was very fortunate to find this publication with
the pictures of Mr. White in an antiques mall in Austin, Texas. It is autographed by Mr. White.
It's a great story and it was obvious that he was an amazing adventurer.

I wonder now how much this childhood experience for my father
led him into further experiences in his life that would call for
extreme bravery... combat in WWII, living in Africa, Syria, Iran, Pakistan during a times of
government turmoil. Viewing the Kyber Pass knowing that it was probably the most dangerous spot in the world.
His close calls were many.
Most of us would never consider lowering our small child into a dark cavernous pit. I'm not sure what my grandmother was thinking
when my grandfather took my father on an adventure of
a lifetime. But one thing my father learned that day... he set a high standard for surviving danger.

I wonder if I allowed my children to ever have such an experience.
I can't wait to ask them what was their first memory of
danger... and did I condone it?

I am linking to
Colorado Lady

Vintage Thingie Thursday

If you enjoy vintage items as well as the search for
family, you will enjoy her blog!

Camarones a la Diabla - It's the RED in your day!

Camarones a la Diabla

We are back from a great time at South Padre Island, Texas. I'll share some pictures soon, but I wanted you to see this scrumptious dish that
our daughter-in-law, Marcela, and her mother
made for us.
Basically this translates into something like
The devil's shrimp... a sauce hot enough for the devil that is...
Well, this is a cooled down version.

Marcela peeled the shrimp.
(Actually this is to show you a picture of our son's beautiful wife!)

Here's the sauce that when the lid to the pot was removed the whole condo had the most mouth-watering aroma.

The unpeeled shrimp was cooked to perfection.

When ready, the sauce was poured over the top
on individual plates and rice served
to the side of it.

This is how you eat this ... mind you it's finger-food so pick up a shrimp, suck the sauce off (everyone will be doing the same thing so don't be shy), peel the shrimp, dip it back in the sauce and eat.When you've finishd the shrimp, stir your rice into the rest of the sauce and eat.

I could not get measurements for this recipe so I took one from the Food Network that sounded really good.


4 cups water
5 whole ripe tomatoes
2 medium red onions, divided
6 cloves garlic
14 ounces canned chipotle
24 ounces ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 pounds shrimp
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Directions for the sauce:

Put the water, tomatoes, 1/2 an onion, and garlic cloves in a large pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the tomatoes are soft. Remove from heat and let sit to cool for 2 minutes. Pour into a blender and add the chipotle, ketchup and salt. Blend for approximately 30 seconds.

For the shrimp:
Slice the remaining 1 1/2 red onions. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until golden brown. Stir in the shrimp and garlic salt and cook for 2 minutes. Pour sauce over shrimp and let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
I am linking over to
It's a Very Cherry World
Wednesday is Rednesday

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Sundays - Off to South Padre Island, Texas!

Off to South Padre Island
for some fun and sun!

My husband loves spur of the moment fun.
Even though our son and his family live within 10 minutes of the second most popular surfing beaches in Mexico... they love to beachcomb.
So he offered to take everyone to SPI which is less than a two-hour drive from us.
They're all excited!
I'll be away from my blog for a couple of
days but hopefully we'll come home with
special memories, stories to tell and
great pictures.
See y'all later...

Visit The Tablescaper for her very fun
Summer Sundays

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Few of My Favorite "Things" - Our grandchildren!

Our Grandchildren

“If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever” - Winnie the Pooh

Our grandchildren, David and Carmen, are visiting from Mexico right now.
They really know how to liven up a day!
Proof that children are for the young.
(My aching back!)
But I tear up thinking about August 1st..  the day they fly back to their home.
I hope they'll remember that we have played
and spent time together.
Carmen is fluent in both English and Spanish.
David understands both languages as well as any two year old can.

They ARE my favorite "things"...
my grandchildren.

Visit Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie

for "A Few of My Favorite Things"

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Show and Tell Friday: Murano Glass Candlesticks

Italian Murano Glass Candlesticks

In my early days of blogging I featured this picture... my excuse for such poor photography stated. Ha!
The colors might seem a little on the bright side, but these candlesticks are
beautiful to me.
My aunt began her career in the 1950's. She made a trip to Italy
and purchased these for her mother.
Eventually they were passed down to my parents... and then fortunately to me.
They do not match a single thing I own, but they are beautiful to me.. ooops! I already stated that.

Meet Jo Anne... perhaps on the trip where she purchased the
exquisite candlesticks.
I love Show and Tell Fridays
at My Romantic Home
There are so many interesting and beautiful
items shared with us in blogland.
Take advantage and make a visit!

For a very inspirational posting today,
please read Andrea's
Heart Springs.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Moon and Star Pitcher

Moon and Star Creamer

I would almost think that this is the real deal, however, the handle leaves me wondering.
I found this pitcher in an antique store in
Port Lavaca, Texas...
where strangely enough I ran into a friend I had not seen in years.

If you have an opinion on this creamer,
I would like to hear it.

In the meantime... visit
The Coloradolady
for Vintage Thingie Thursday


and enjoy other "vintage thingies"!

Ta-da!! I now have 100 followers

Thank you, Mary Elizabeth at
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You are my
It's taken me a while to get the hang of this
blog-thing, but
now it's like I think I have to do it daily.
Maybe now I should relax a bit.
Is there such a thing as over-exposure???

Visit Mary Elizabeth at
She's got some big things going on in her life
and a lot of us can relate!

It's REDnesday, so wear your red bandana and be a pirate!

My brother's pirate party ca. 1960

My mother always came up with great ideas for our birthdays or Halloween when we were little. We were known for our pirate or hobo parties.
Here I think my brother was probably six. He's the little boy to the left of the boy with black eye patch. I wonder where my mother got that ship that was the centerpiece. Cute idea.
Wonder if children have pirate-theme parties anymore?

I love to look at my parents' old slides. I have them in my computer
and enjoy looking at the many ways my mother
used items she had in her home. We moved fairly often
so with these slides I am reminded how creative she was
using her milk glass for holiday dinners and special occasions.
The table in this picture is covered by a tablecloth but I am sitting
at that table now as I create this posting.
The stories this table could tell!

Have a very RED day
and visit Sue at
It's a Cherry World

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday: My husband's hibiscus


My husband has a love affair with hibiscus.
It's always the first plant he buys when
we shop for flowers to brighten
up our patio.
When we lived in Mexico as
we visited the "vivero",
or plant nursery he
chose yellow hibiscus.
They were beautiful... year round.
I must say, I've learned to enjoy
this tropical beauty.

I am joining Outdoor Wednesday
for the first time.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tuesdays at the Table - Chicken Fried Corn on the Cob - Yum!

Have you ever heard of
chicken fried corn on the cob?
That's correct.

And was it ever good!!

Bayside Seafood Restaurant
Port Lavaca, Texas

For some real tasty treats visit
All the Small Stuff for
Tuesdays at the Table

I Googled a recipe for this and this one seemed like the closest one:

1 cup milk
1 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 ears corn, husks and silk removed
Oil (for frying)

Combine milk and egg in shallow dish and mix well. Combine flour, seasoned salt and pepper in shallow dish and mix well.  Dip each ear of corn into milk and egg mixture, then roll in seasoned flour. Knock off excess flour. In a large skillet, heat oil to 350 degrees.  Add corn and fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown (approximately 2-1/2 minutes on each side).  Drain on paper towels.