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Saturday, January 9, 2010

1/10/10....A COLD SILVER SUNDAY so, Let's have a FIRESIDE CHAT.....

With the whole country in a deep freeze, I think we are all
using our fireplaces more and loving every minute of it...
I know MR. SWEET and I sure are.....
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We eat in front of it....we play games in front of it....
we read in front of it....
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I decided to have a little
coffee and scone time...
in front of the beautiful, roaring, warm fireplace....
This ole fireplace warms more than my body...
it warms my spirit...
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**I have a story about this Franklin Fireplace that I will share with you soon...
it has a double blessing and it makes me cry when I think about it.....
it's not a BAD cry...a very sentimental cry....
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Using my pretty BLUES and a little SILVER........
I love BLUE AND WHITE for dishes....
I've had the blue and white transfer ware for several years...
Mr. Sweet bought them for me at a flea market...
I've added a few pieces ...but they are getting so hard to find.
They are expensive, when I do find a piece...REPLACEMENT.COM has a few every now and then...

The little bell no longer has a clapper...I'm sure it was lost long ago...
but I still love it...
MR. SWEET brought it to me from a trip he made...he found it in a flea market of sorts and thought how pretty it would look with my dishes...
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This powdered sugar looks a little like snow...
brrrrr...better put another log on the fire.....
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I have a beautiful and extensive collection of
BLUE WINDMILL canister sets from Germany and
that I've been collecting for over 40 years...
This coffee canister is one of my favorites....
Some are in sets....others just individual pieces that I have found here and there...
They are becoming very hard to find now...
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I have a pair of these silver candlesticks...found in a Ho spics thrift store a couple of years ago...
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These scones or puffs are good with powdered sugar, much like a beignet (but not quite as light)
and I just LOVE them with a good Red Plum Jam or Apricot....
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to make the lighter version beignets, yeast is used..
These are just almost like a regular biscuit dough, rolled, cut and deep fried...
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I hope you enjoyed our time together....
in front of this warm and much loved fireplace of mine...!
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MUCH LOVE....
bj

LINKING WITH:
GYPSY FISH for SILVER SUNDAY

SALLY for BLUE MONDAY


68 comments:

Diva Kreszl said...

oh it all looks perfectly divine...do you mind if I pull up a seat and join you???

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh BJ sweetie...
Thank you for the coffee and the scones, and I sure did love warming my bones by the fireplace. The crackle and pop of the wood, the fragrance and the warmth were so wonderful on this Saturday afternoon late.

We had upper 70's and sunshine here in Phoenix, but I am battling some bronchitis that is trying to turn into pneumonia, so the warmth felt every so good to me. I thank you for allowing me to warm ny backside sweetie. It was delightful.

Have a gorgeous rest of the day sweetie. Enjoy that fire with your honey bun. That is the one nice thing about a cold night, getting to cuddle the one you love.

Thanks for sharing sweetie. I so love to come and visit you. If we were neighbors, there would be no seperating us. Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

My tootsies warmed up just looking at your roaring fire. I am feeling so sorry for everyone. It has been unbelievably cold. England is even having a rough time.

It has not been so bad here in Northern California. Actually the temps are pretty normal for this time of year.

My sister in law lives in Killeen so I have Killeen's daily weather on my Iphone and I cannot believe what I am seeing.
Warm hugs, Sue

Nan said...

Oh my gosh those tea and scone photos are making me hungry! Nice to vist your blog.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi BJ....oh, it looks delightful. Yes, we love our fireplaces....so cozy and we are blessed to have several. It is freezing here. Stay warm, sweet girl.

Hugs, Barb ♥

The Painted Garden said...

Hi BJ,

Oh goodness - what a beautiful home you have - your blue and white china makes my heart sing as it is my very favorite. I really enjoyed visiting with you and sitting in front of the fire having a yummy scone.
Have a lovely week.
Blessings,
Erin

Alicia said...

What warm inviting pictures. Those scones look amazing. My mouth is watering!

Stacey said...

Such a pretty post, BJ. Your puffs look wonderful in front of the fire.

I like how you are combining posts. Smart. :)

sissie said...

Oh PJ,
I feel like I am there in the room with you all snuggled up warm and toasty, sippin coffee and eating those delicious scones!!
The roaring fireplace is so lovely and homey.
I love all the sparkly silver and the blue dishes.
Thanks for having me over.

hugs~~Sissie

houndini said...

Wow - beautiful pics - Houdini x

scrappydee said...

BJ - I love that you eat in front of the fireplace...I must follow suit from time to time - please share your recipe because those look deelish!

Dixie said...

Oh how I wish we had a fireplace! Can I pull up a chair... pass a scone and a cup of tea please...

just purdy as always BJ!

blessings. Dixie

Blondie's Journal said...

I love that beautiful fire you have going there, BJ! You are making the best of a bad situation. We have a fire every night, I wish all day long but we have to conserve the logs...

Your scones in front of the fire are fabulous, I just seem to read and nap in front of ours...

Love your pretty silver...really LOVE it and the blue and white is SO pretty too. I love the little bell without the clapper simply because Mr. Sweet bought it for you and your collection. Love it!! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Deb said...

BJ that was fun...warm and cozy...and no calories...

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Love everything you showed today! those silverware pieces are beautiful!! As is everything else.

Happy Sivler sunday, Blue monday and Mosaic monday! :)

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

i feel all warm and cozy now!
thank you for sharing your scones with me!
blessings

Twice as Nice said...

Looks yummy! If we lived near by we would come and warm up by the fire with ya. It has been bitter cold here but it looks like it will be just above freezing come Wed. Have a great weekend. The Twins

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi BJ, that looks wonderful. Our fireplace is gas...we hardly ever turn it on. I miss our wood burning one that we had in Colorado...gas is not so thrilling...

Lovely photos.
Hugs,
Robin

Maureen said...

All your pretties by a cozy fire - what's not to love!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Oh! I must go to our kitchen and make scones because yours look so good!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So cozy and so pretty. I love blue and white, so I loved all of this. The fireplce in the background is perfect, and oh, those scones are making my mouth water. That spoon with the pattern on the bowl is gorgeous, and I want your coffee canister. I've seen these before but they re always too expensive for me to buy (not to mention that I have no place to put them!). I'm looking forward to hear the story about the fireplace. laurie

Bearly Sane said...

While you are enjoying your yummy fare by your beautiful fire, we are enjoying lovely sunshine and gorgeous blue skies.
Love your blue and white china BJ.
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh would love to sit rite by ur side near the warm fire place cozied up watchng the snow outside-its alrady getting warmer here and i love the collllllldddddd...
U have very beautifull crockery ...to beautifull very royal....
Love the scones and would pair well with my fresh strawberry jelly that jus stirred up yesterday...

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It look so cozy bj, not to mention tasty! Everything is beautiful.
Blessings,
Marcia

My name is PJ. said...

It's all so elegant, BJ! You always seem to transport me to another place and time! Thank you!

Linda K. said...

My mouth is watering over those scones with sprinkled powdered sugar. Yum! Your little silver candlestick is very pretty too! Nice post!

Linda

Sage said...

You make it all look so wonderful! Who cares about the cold, when you can be inside and admire your warm fireplace and that lovely china. Would you mind if I had tea with your scones? Thank you for making my COLD Sunday much warmer.
Rita

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Good Morning, BJ, Your fire looks so inviting and the scones, so very delicious! Perfect for this cold day! Your plates and canister are all beautiful! I love the canister, especially!

Hope you are having a great weekend, and staying warm! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Gypsy Brocante said...

A gorgeous and yummy post ... I'll be right over to sit by the fire and have a treat! The silver and blue combo is classic!
xo
Jill

Jo said...

Looks so inviting,warm,cozy and delish!!!!!!

Gypsy Fish said...

You've warmed my chilly East Coast toes...love blue and white transfer ware....Euro. THanks for coming to the party,
See You Next Sunday......
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

Laura said...

Oh BJ-

Can I come sit in front of your fireplace and see all of your treasures (and eat about 3 of those puffy scones!)?

Everything is so pretty.

I can't wait to hear about your fireplace.

Laura

Justine said...

Heeheeheeee... I'm sorry, but I have to copy a typo of yours because it gave me a giggle.... "Ho spics" Oh my, we could make a lot out of that one!

and as I was reading about your activities in front of the fire, I had to wonder if there was one more you weren't telling us about.

Oh crap, my mind is in the gutter this morning when I should be commenting about that coffee canister! Sooooooooo pretty!

Justine :o )

Sylvia said...

I love the blue and white dishes too, they look so pretty with your silver. What a warm and cozy post.

Queenmothermamaw said...

I did enjoy my visit. I also really like the candle stick and the holders. I do not collect the blue willow but see it all the time in the stores and it is expensive. Sometimes, if I am lucky, Goodwill has something they don't realize the worth of and one might find a great deal. Glad you are work. I am crocheting an afghan so I can stay warm. Blessings
QMM

ceekay said...

BJ...your pictures are lovely and I would love one of those pastries!
I love that candle holder...absolutely gorgeous!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

A wonderful atmosphere in front of your fireplace! Even though it's dinner timer over here already I could just take a bite of those delicious looking scones :). The silver candle sticks are very pretty and I also love your beautiful spoons!

Happy Silver Sunday!

Hugs,
Julia

Brynwood Needleworks said...

BJ-
I'm jealous of your warm, lovely fire! It's going to get down to 20º in sunny Florida today. We're not well-equipped for that. A cozy fire in a fireplace would do the trick, thought!

Love your blue and white - I have a Spode collection here that I love - and your silver is lovely, too. Now, if I could just have a scone for breakfast!

Hope you'll visit Brynwood when you have time.
xoxo
Donna

Sherrie said...

Thanks for the invitation to sit by your fire for coffee and scones. It was a lovely visit.

Melissa Miller said...

The scones are so yummy looking BJ! It all looks so pretty, warm and comforting. Love it! :)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

LOVE your fireside brunch. your blue transfer is so lovely and the silver candlestick is perfect for the setting!
Debra

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Your fireplace looks so warm (no pun!) and inviting! I miss having a fireplace...

Stay warm and cozy with Mr. Sweet!

XO,
Anne

Wizard of Was said...

Well, I'm warm and full now, thanks for the hospitality and the lovely silver. I love your sugar spoon especially. Have a great SS
Gale

Joan said...

I think you told me a while back you collected windmill blue canisters when I posted a salt container on Blue Monday.

I wish you would post your scone recipe on Foodie Friday sometime. They look so light and delicious!

Your pictures beside the fireplace looked so inviting.

The Lazy Peacock said...

beautiful pieces! and that scone looks so delicious!

Kathleen Grace said...

*sigh*, I've wanted a firplace all my live long day, and if I ever buy another home it has to have one! You would think it would be a requirement up here in cold Michigan wouldn't you? I just adore those blue and white dishes BJ.

Kathleen said...

You have so many lovely collections, Miss BJ! And it looks perfectly warm and cozy in your cottage.
We are freezing our A double scribble's off ( my mom used that expression, so much more lady like, LOL!!)
The Bay is frozen, and I practically ran back home..not a pretty site with ice all over the place..

A scone would be lovely..how do you stay so slim?

eileeninmd said...

I would love to be sitting in front of your fireplace right now. Your scones look delicious and your dish collection is beautiful. Great photos and mosaic.

Charlene said...

LOVE the coffee canister!!!! How many pieces in your set? So pretty with the firelight & candles. Enjoy & stay warm. Isn't Silver Sunday fun!!! Have a great week! Charlene

Deb said...

Lovin that fireplace, and ohhhh that delicious scone, my my my!!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi BJ...
You asked about the Feb 12th party. That would be Laurie @ Bargain Hunting and Chatting.
http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/

She's having a Valentine party. It is the only one I know of. This may be what you are looking for.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I was already missing having a fireplace, your cozy scene made it worse. This is our first house without one and we keep trying to decide if we should add an electric one. I love all your blues. So pretty and cozy at your house.

Sue

ellen b said...

Bj! Everything looks so cozy and inviting. Love the blue, love the silver and I love the looks of the comfort food!! Stay warm! Happy Blue and Mosaic Monday to you...

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a neat wintertime post, bj! I loved it! Here in Southern California we really do not need to burn the fireplace but I do anyway. Like you, I love the coziness of it and the safe warm feelings it brings with it. (besides, my backside is always cold!)
I love your blue and white dishes! Your scones look delicious and so does the jelly you are serving with them! I still have not learned to do a mosiac but one day I will have the patience to try it.
What a cozy and inviting post this was!! Sigh...
Hugs!
Mona

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'd love to warm up by your fire with a cup of coffee and a scone! Freezing here too!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

I need to cozy up to your fireplace!

My new spot is on the cool side and so this was just exactly what i needed.

Such fun always when i stop here... you are such a bright note!

If you get a moment would love for you to stop by and say hi!

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Kathy said...

Such a pretty and peaceful post! Love your silver pieces and the blue transfer ware. Your pastries look de-lish!!!
Have a beautiful new week...Kathy

Becky K. said...

That was so cozy..thanks! I am about to take the dogs out into the frigid cold....

I love how you inset the closeup of the silver candlestick. Very cool idea.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Manang Kim said...

What a great dishes you've got here. I like the coffee jar so lovely thanks for sharing!

BlueMonday:Scuba Diving

SmilingSally said...

Oh, BJ, you've got me drooling, and not for just the scone! That blue and white transferware is so nice; it'd warm up anyone using it. Your fire looks lovely, and I'd sure like to be in front of it today. (We went down to 27º last night! Don't "they" know that this is Florida?)

Happy Blue Monday.

shopannies said...

love all the dutch blue

Mary said...

Oh, absolutely heart-warming, and mouth-watering too! Thanks so much for sharing at MM. :)

Marice said...

thanks for the warm chat BJ :) truly enjoyed it!

u may view mine here

Joops said...

Nice collection.

Childhood Memories

Crystal said...

What a divine spot to sit for a cup of tea and a scone. I just love your blue and white transfer ware. Those windmill canister are great.
Thanks for sharing

Di said...

Hello BJ and thank you for your thoughtful comments on my blog and introducing yourself.

Beautiful table setting, fire and... would you mind not putting out those scones and jam, pleaz! ;) Gorgeous! and I did "follow". Thank you, Diana

Mary said...

Hi BJ and Happy Blue Monday! I'm SILLY about blue and white ware...I always call it Delft whether it is or not. My older sister brought me back a real Delft tile from Holland about 20 years ago, and I have a "Delftware" cow milk pitcher and some little blue and white wooden shoes the same sis brought me from Holland. I even kept the blue/white wrapping paper they came in (over 20 years old!). So, you see, I really do love your collection - especially your Kaffe porcelain. Vive le blue and white!!

Carol said...

So cozy & lovely! Have a great weekend!