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Sunday, September 4, 2011


It seems I have an OBSESSION .....
I LOVE this one..
and I am sure I've posted it more than once..
If I didn't live in dusty....sandy...wind-blowing country,
I would have ALL my cabinet doors off..
I just LOVE this look. 
I can barely see her little curtain, probably beneath her sink..
I think I may make one for MY kitchen this winter..
for a change...and if I don't like it..
I can put my doors back on... 
Have you ever thought about adding a little curtain down there, beneath your sink ? 
Altho I am not fond of natural wood colors,
I do love this kitchen.
It seems to have a lot of substance to it.. 
I think it's because the one NATURAL cabinet has  been made to look like a piece of furniture..
a hutch, if you will.
I sure like that idea.....a lot.
I just don't have the space to add this.

I love all the architecture in this
English kitchen.

I truly think one could COOK better were she in an ENGLISH KITCHEN....don't you?

While doing this post, I realized I'd not done a tea post in awhile, therefore
missing all my

So, out came my pretty tea cup from MARY...Little Red House

I've really enjoyed this cup, Mary.
thanks again.  

I have APPLE FRITTER BREAD slices.. 
and THIS recipe is MEGA easy..!!!
You just get in your car, go to your favorite market
and HOPE LIKE HECK they have it.

it is absolutely DELICIOUS.!!

Cold, it is awesome...
Toasted, with butter,

One of my favorite ways to serve it is with a great

I have a BRAND NEW English Cheese Dish
I wish YOU had one, too, 'cause it is so cute.

How much better TEA would taste, 
sitting at this lovely table,
in this cozy kitchen,
in front of that wonderful fireplace, come wintertime..
in this lovely  ENGLISH KITCHEN
from the movie, THE HOLIDAY.
I am joining these lovely ladies for:
I hope everyone will stop over at a few of the parties..some serve tea.
All will be so glad to see you.
Thanks for stopping in today..
I hope your day is filled with 
tea and 


Barbara F. said...

I love recipes like this apple fritter bread, I can just taste that cinnamon-y goodness! xo

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh what a beautiful post,, lovely photos and delicous bread, and the cheese with the tea is wonderful,,

Lynn said...

I added a fabric curtain in front of an open corner cabinet in my kitchen and do truly like it! I used tension rods and gathered top and bottom. I like the under sink ones even better because you only need the top rod. Not an expensive project to play with-have fun:@)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love all of your inspirations...the black and white floor, the curtains under the sink...but I love your cheese dish most of all!

Ricki Treleaven said...

BJ, I am addicted to English country kitchens, too! Your tea goodies sound yummy for the tummy. I would love to come over for tea in your brand new English kitchen! Wouldn't that be fun?!?!?!?

Susan said...

I love these photos of English kitchens! They look so homey!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always make me hungry! I love all of the beautiful kitchens! But I don't cook near as much as I used to! ♥

Daniella said...

What a fun post! I love that English kitchen!

Theresa said...

Beauty all around! I love the curtain under the sink idea:) When I was growing up, we had curtains over the closets instead of doors and YEP curtains over the bathroom cabinet! Ahhhhh sweet memories! The apple fritters sound yummilicious! Enjoy your evening, HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, BJ, as soon as I saw the last kitchen with the fireplace and pale blue cabinets, I so bad want it. It says 'love, 'grandma', 'welcome', 'warmth', 'caring', 'warm apple pie', and on and on. Now I've been kicking just that idea around about a curtain under my sink for a few months now. I've decided to give it a try, but I haven't decided on the color or pattern of fabric. I sure hope your temperatures have come down now.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love that kitchen also. It is definitely gorgeous. Your new cheese platter and dome is totally unreal. Where in the world did you find that. I NEED, NEED, NEED one. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

BJ, you gals in the States can get the neatest stuff at your grocery store - I love shopping for food there.
I'll join you for tea, because I'm dying to try that bread and I am envious of your English cheese dish.
It was fun looking at dreamy kitchens with you.

NanaDiana said...

What great kitchens, BJ. I do think one cooks better in a lovely kitchen. I don't know about you but I remember scraping together meals as a newly married and just making something/anything and not really enjoying the cooking all that much- and my kitchen was so very basic..and I had barely enough to cook in/with.

That bread looks wonderful...gotta be a SUTHREN' thing cuz I've never seen it here! xo Diana

Donnie said...

I haven't seen that bread in my store but I'll be on the look out for it. Those photos were just beautiful to dream over.

Vee said...

Apple fritter bread...what a concept. Hope that I never find it because it's bringing me to my knees already and I haven't had a bite.

What beautiful kitchens you've shared. What is it about them that screams cozy and charming? It's more than the curtain beneath the sink. I think it's the stoves.

Sarah said...

Our kitchen is a galley kitchen, and it is rather nice, but not a big English country kitchen. Wonderful images to dream about, BJ. Love the new cheese keeper. Where did you find this lovely piece?
Have a great Labor Day! ~ sarah

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This post is a treat for the eyes and looks delicious too! I especially loved that last kitchen...perfection!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love all those kitchens to Beej! especially that last one. I watch the movie over and over. Love your new header!

Anonymous said...

HI BJness! Oh, what sweet kitchens! Oh, I love your sweet little cheese dish! I want one too! Your food is making my tiny mouth water - as always. Have a nice holiday tomorrow.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tina said...

I love an English kitchen! They are so homey...a room I could live in!

I have a curtain that I made (out of a tablecloth from the clearance rack) for under my sink, I just keep forgetting to buy a tension rod every time I go to WalMart.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Yes, love the kitchens! Especially the last one. Love your darling English cheese holder. And that bread, what can I say? Thought it was homemade for sure! Looks delicious! Hoping to heck, although I've never seen it; that some store near me sales it!


Love the English kitchens too, BJ, I love everything English too, but, right now, my fav is that cheese plate with lid, fabulous, wish I had it!! Your tea goodies look so very yummy too! Have a great Memorial Day. Hugs, FABBY

My name is Riet said...

Oh dear those kitchens are beautiful. I love the country idea. WE were in England in JUly but we never saw thse beauties. what a shame. :)))

Rettabug said...

YUM! I'll be on the lookout for that delicious looking bread around here, too, BJ. I can almost taste it & I laughed out loud at your comment

"You just get in your car, go to your favorite market and HOPE LIKE HECK they have it." That will be ME!

Please tell us where you found your beautiful black & white domed cheese dish? I ♥♥♥ it & all those romantic kitchens, too! I could do so much more with mine, if I were more creative.


Kathleen Grace said...

Wow, I wish I had that cheese dish too! I always love posts where you show your favorite room BJ, because we have such similar taste that I always love them too!

Veronica said...

That looks tottaly yum! And I am swooning along with those kitchens. Of course the one from the Holiday is great and I just love being able to study it more closely. Yes with the summer wind here in Cape Town open kitchen shelves are not the best idea but I do love them.


A Garden of Threads said...

Ohmygosh, love the post. Tea and apple fritter cake would taste heavenly in an one of those kitchens. Enjoy the week:)

Rettabug said...

I came back to tell you that I made PEACH PEEL JELLY just 'cus you told us about it. I gave you full credit for the idea here:


Anonymous said...

The photos are gorgeous. I love all the gorgeous kitchens.Oh do i love your english cheese dish.


Stacey said...

Pretty pretty, BJ! I love the English kitchen look. Yes, I've actually been considering the little curtain under my sink just this weekend. Can you picture the red and white buffalo check curtains on the window and that little curtain under the sink? Adorable!

Snap said...

Wonderful Fun post. Love the apple fritter bread, the wonderful English Country Kitchens, the tea cup ... a little here for everyone!

Gypsy Heart said...

Looks wonderful!! I've never seen this bread but I will look for it now. Just had my coffee ~ would have loved to have added the bread. :-)


Gypsy Heart said...

Looks wonderful!! I've never seen this bread but I will look for it now. Just had my coffee ~ would have loved to have added the bread. :-)


Pondside said...

I love the last image, with the fireplace in the kitchen - that's for me!
Curtains under the sink? Hmmm that would mean that the dog could get into the garbage, so I'll be leaving the doors on.

Karen said...

Love the cheese dish and dome. Please tell us all where you got the cute dish. Wonderful post as always.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I want the Apple Fritter Bread.....I am crazy for anything apple! and share the wealth...where did you find your cheese tray??? I don't even have the other kind...and now you are showing this...oh, poor, poor me! But I am happy you are enjoying it!! No, really I am!!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

BJ, I have never seen or heard of Apple Fritter bread:(:( It sounds fabulous! I will ask at our markets and see if they can get it! Loved that first kitchen!!!!!!! FABULOUS!!!! XO, Pinky

La said...

Hi BJ!

I have never seen apple fritter bread, but I am going to be looking for it!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. La

Angela said...

Thanks for the shout out!! You displayed it great!

On Crooked Creek said...

I don't know if I'd cook better in an English Kitchen like those in your photos...but I'd cook more often! My little galley kitchen isn't big enough to cook like I'd like to be able to ...but it came with the I'll have to make do! Lovely post! One can truly dream, can't they?

Unknown said...

Hi BJ,

Beautiful post as always!

Thanks for linking!

We have had LOTS of rain...did the storm bring you all lots too?

imriz said...

wow, lovely kitchen settings here. i recently added a small curtain for the window under the sink.The kids said it makes the room darker. Want to take it off today:)

Have a blessed week.

Mandy said...

I love country english kitchens. Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful photos.
I'm your newest follower.

Maria @ LSS said...

I've always enjoyed looking at your photos BJ. Happy RT!

Mine's here.

Neabear said...

Such a lovely post with delicious pictures. I like the open cabinets too. But don't have enough cabinets to think about doing that with one of them. I also like the glass doors idea too. Sigh....


Neabear said...

Such a lovely post with delicious pictures. I like the open cabinets too. But don't have enough cabinets to think about doing that with one of them. I also like the glass doors idea too. Sigh....


RNSANE said...

Okay, you've made it next to impossible to ever enter my kitchen again! At 67 ( Oct 3 ), having lost my 21 year nursing position in massive budget cuts nearly three years ago, I am having to downsize drastically from the house I've rented for 13 years - moving to a one bedroom in-law, I think, depending on how I can stretch my meager pension and social security. Yikes, I'll be lucky to have a cup of tea. At any rate, I'm off to India for six months, staying with friends and using the last of my frequent flyer miles. Like Scarlett, I'll think about it all TOMORROW!

My Ruby Tuesday is at: -

this time complete with poetry!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Me again. I had to tell you that last night I dreamt I visited you at your home. You gave me a fantastic tour and told me the next day we would go shopping together. I am not also said I could take all the pics of your house I wanted, but I couldn't put them on my blog...which I totally understood. You had a HUGE china cabinet filled with brownware...I can't remember if you even have any of that...anyways...had to tell you and then today at Walmart...the angels sang and I found that yummy bread.

Mary said...

Oh what beautiful kitchens! I have always loved the casual feeling of painted cabinets and open shelving and pretty fabrics... :)

We keep seeing horrible pictures from the Texas wildfires, BJ. I trust you are well, and not a part of this terrible plight. My thoughts and prayers are with the Lone Star state today.

Darleen ~ Places In The Home said...

Wonderful inspirations & ideas in a very English and proper setting- Perfect tea party! I love the cheese dish- so regal!

Darleen~Places In The Home

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I doubt there are many kitchens are warm and welcoming as yours, bj..and YOU are what makes it so.

I do hope there are no fires anywhere near you and I am pray that rain comes to Texas soon...

Kate said...

Yummy apple bread! This is such a beautiful post in general :-)

Anita Diaz said...

Funny, but I have been looking for photos of curtains under the sink and stumbled on yours!!! Love, love all the images you have here! I have been trying to give my kitchen some English flavor since our house is really small and I am in love with English cottages. Thanks for the inspiration!!!