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Wednesday, March 31, 2010


it is JENT'S birthday.
He is our precious SON*IN*LAW and we love him like a son...
(and THAT'S no April Fools joke!!) :))
We all love you so much !

I found these adorable EASTER COOKIES at the market...I will leave the wrapping and ribbon on as these, plus a few more, will be going to GRANDS....:))

This pretty plate is vintage and belonged to my mother*in*love....
Not only does it have beautiful PINK flowers...
it has the LORD'S PRAYER on it.
It is, indeed, a special treausre from our past.
This is one of my most favorite of all my vintage plates...
Mr. Sweet and I were browsing through a thrift shop a few years ago
and, for some reason, this beautiful plate caught his eye.
He bought it on the spot and I am so glad he did.
It goes quite well with my little vintage covered sugar bowl.
I use these pieces when I am feeling very 'cottagey'.....
Aren't these little cookies just works of art....I love them all !

Nothings says SPRING and EASTER to me like PINK tulips...

...especially when they are held in a lovely vintage pitcher....
...that belonged to my very favorite AUNT LILLIAN...!!
(I surely would rather have my sweet AUNT than this ole vase!!)
I dearly LOVE pink and green together...
maybe not for my rooms but more in the way of decorations for my table...
especially in the spring and summer.
I bought this little vintage, rose covered sugar bowl several years ago...
It really matches NOTHING I have..other than the dinner plate I showed you.
I just thought it was pretty...
This little vintage, "in perfect condition" PIN MONEY BANK is another of my favorite pieces.
I understand that in the '20's, PINS became very popular for ladies and most were quite expensive.

....when their husbands gave them a few extra coins, the ladies added them to their banks, in hopes of buying a beautiful pin with the money saved.
Hence the name PIN MONEY BANK.
There's another story with this paticular bank....more on the personal side...
and I will share this story that makes me giggle with you soon ! :)

Lots of sugary pink and...
Mr. Sweet didn't seem to mind one bit..
He's pretty cool that way!
Actually, he doesn't mind WHAT the colors are, as long as he has
BUTTERMILK PANCAKES and fresh fruit...



HOT PANCAKES...smothered in butter with fresh BLACKBERRIES...
...makes a wonderful pre-Easter breakfast for two...and a recipe isn't even needed !!

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Martha said...

Lovely table -- and I love Laura Childs, too!!!

And those pancakes . . .

Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog!

kim said...

BJ, I love those lace edged plates and love the history of the pin bank. I had never heard that before.

nancy said...

What pretty tablescape. The blueberry pancake looks so good. This should go for pink saturday too. Have a good day. Nancy

Tennis Girl said...

I love the little pin bank. How neat and you table is lovely.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the pink and white dishes and the lovely pitcher the flowers are in, so pretty....of course the white lacy plates are beautiful and if I look too long at those wonderful Pancakes I will have to go make some....loved it all...

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I forgot the pin bank, it is to die for, my mom used to always say keep that money for pin

Beth said...

Many pretty pieces of china - love the floral patterns! Very lovely table!

SouthernGal said...

So many pretty pieces. Love the plates with the Lord's Prayer. Beautiful!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Shelia said...

Hi Dear BJness! Oh, happy birthday to your son-in-law! It's wonderful to have ones you really love! :)
I love your table. Those cookies are almost to pretty to eat but I could be persuaded! :)
Look at those pancakes! I always say I'm coming over! I really do with I could!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mimi said...

What a lovely breakfast table! My dad's 91st birthday would have been April 1st, were he still alive. We used to tease him about being an April Fool!

Julie said...

Hi BJ,What pretty tablescape...Love the cute cookies...

arkie said...

Loved all your little treasures you shared!

Julie Harward said...

Ohhh, Happy Birthday...and I love all the pieces on your table too, it all looks so nice! A friend brought me tulips yesterday and they have made me happy all day! Come say hi :D

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hello sweet friend!
I know how you feel about the lovely pitcher that your Aunt once owned. I hope that one day someone says something so precious about me.
Everything, as usual, on your table is so warm, welcoming and simply lovely! bj, you are SUCH a class act! I am so proud to know you. I just wanted you to know that. :)
Love and hugs,

Theresa said...

What a beautiful couple and Happy Birthday Jent! I just love all of your pretties, the cookies are just precious and I know the grandkids are gonna love them! Your table, as always is gorgeous. I love it all, the pin bank... never ever seen one before. The lattice plates-ahhh so pretty!

Have a blessed day dear BJ!

Deb said...

Another wonderful post. I love the little 'pin money' bank. That is really unique. Your pancakes look scrumptious and I think I just might make some. Have a great day, BJ. Deb

Kathleen Grace said...

I'm visiting you before breakfast and those pancakes make me want to jump right through the computer screen! I think pink is such a beautiful color for spring. Like you, I don't use it much in my decorating, but I do love the color and I like using it on my table:>) Happy Birthday to your cute Son-in-law;>)

Sage said...

Happy birthday to Jent! wonderful looking couple!All you photos are so beautiful. You have lovely dishes and arranged perfectly. That little purse;so cute.
Can't go wrong with blueberry pancakes.
Thank you for your visits.
Happy Easter

Jeanne said...

Hello bj, I am back home and busy like crazy trying to get caught with everything. I was MIA for ten days. LOL. that is a long time, but I enjoyed my family and meeting some blogging friends. Sheila was the most wonderful hostess and the day was so special.

I want to send birthday wishes to your SIL. What a handsome and pretty couple. I think your dtr. looks like you.

Your table is so sweet and I bet those pancakes are too. Love the blackberries. They grow wild on the side of our mountain property. Boo hoo, I have to wait until July to eat them.

Gotta run, Cheri' is getting into something. She is a darling and a lot of work too. She actually argues with me if she wants something I won't let her have. HA! A smart little poodle and staying a step ahead of her is a chore.

Love and hugs, Jeanne

salmagundi said...

That is one yummy table! We love our blackberries around here - we have several bushes growing in the yard. I'm about out of last years crop in the freezer - time for more. The weather is beautiful in Colorado this week - hope you are having sunshine, also. Happy Easter. Sally

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Happy Birthday to your son in law! I hope it's wonderful :-)
That little pin money bank is so cute. Sweet treasures, and the cookies look delicious.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

I love pink and green too! I love all the dishes you showed and especially liked your aunt's pretty pitcher with pink flowers. What a special piece!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Also, thanks for sharing what "pin money" meant! I always wondered why they called it that. :-)

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Happy BD to your sil. So cute table and I would like to have one of your tureen.

Happy EAster.

Johanna said...

So many nice heirlooms. I like them all.

Wish you a nice Eastertime,

Twice as Nice said...

The first blog I ever read was yours. I didn't even know what a blog was. One of the things I remember you writing about way back then was the pin money banks. I had never heard of them but my mom always said a girl needs some pin money. I didn't understand why having a little bit of money for yourself would be caled pin money until you explained it. Ya taught me something. Love the bank. I may need to get one to remember my sweet mom!

Tricia said...

LOVE the pin money bank -- what a treasure! And you can't beat blackberries on pancakes -- yum! What a pretty, welcoming table!

Kathleen said...

I never knew where that expression came from! So educational here!
I love pink and green together too..It all looks pretty!
And delicious too!

Tardevil said...

Everything is so pretty! I especially love all the dishes w/ roses/flowers.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I love those cookies, to precious to eat, although my grandchildren would eat them up in a second. I love your dishes, the one with the Lords prayer is priceless.

From the Kitchen said...

I'm having great fun find new blogs. West Texas? Anywhere near Lubbock?

Love your Easter tablescapes. I'll be back to linger awhile soon.


Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Your china is lovely, especially the one with the latticed edge. But your pancakes stole the show! Happy Easter!

Ruthie said...

Loved your blog post.
Happy Easter.
Smiles and hugs.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Happy belated Birthday to your S-I-Law!

Such a cute little pin money bank! And thank you for the story behind the saying "Pin money"! :-)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh yes, be sure to share the other [little bank] memory, with us! :-)

Dena said...

Morning BJ,

What a beautiful table and those pretty pancakes...yum! Wishing you a very Happy Easter :)


Anonymous said...

Such lovely photos today. I offer you an invitation to come visit and/or participate in our TeaScapes at BellaCasa for Tea Party Fridays. I hope to see your tea table soon. Have a truly wonderful Easter.

another Texan

Anonymous said...

Pretty post! I loved the little stories, especially the one about Pin Money -- I had never heard that! You have some charming pieces, and it's so nice that your husband goes along with your collecting. Mine's pretty good about it, too.

Cindy said...

Hey congratulations on winning the Burlap Table Runner!!! You lucky thing! I adore all of your photos, they are lovely and so is your china, they don't have to match to be lovely together. Your pancakes and blackberries look pretty good together too. Hugs, Cindy S

Betty said...

Everything is so pretty.
Happy Easter BJ!

Anonymous said...

Hi dear, i love pin bank, jajaja so pretty, Chany

Sarah said...

BJ, I missed this one earlier so scrolled down for a visit. Wonderful post with fab photos. Love the little "pin money" bank and all the beautiful plates. Yummy photos here!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I had never heard the story about "pin money" -- what a sweet bank! I'm a pink and green lover myself - so pretty. Happy Easter