Friday, July 6, 2012

Stay Cool In Red and White Checks

The ESN Scavenger Hunt theme, Hot Weather, could not have been more appropriate.  It has been upper 90s and lower 100s all week.  Mind you, I am not complaining.  I love summertime.  I'm sure I would be singing a different tune if we didn't have A/C, though.
Nancy's Doll Closet is another ESN member and scavenger hunter on ESN.  Her eCrater store features doll clothing and accessories for the American Girl doll.  Nancy handcrafts a lot of the clothing herself - such beautiful dresses in tropical prints.  I found this pretty Red and White Checked Dress trimmed in lace and ribbon with a full gathered skirt.
This dress reminded me of dresses we wore back in the 1950s.  Using scrap material from dresses my grandmother would make me, I would make doll clothes for my dolls.  I loved playing with my dolls.  It didn't matter if my brother and I were playing 'cowboys and Indians' or 'house', my dolls were always a part of our stories.

Seeing this Red and White Checked Dress brought back some wonderful childhood memories.  So, if it is too hot outside to play, let's stay inside and play with dolls.

Visit Nancy's Doll Closet for some very pretty dresses and other accessories for your American Girl doll.

Stay Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wild Plum Tea On A Hot Summer Day!

The theme this week for Scavenger Hunters at ESN is:  Hot Weather.  After a rather cool June, we are finally getting some hot, hot weather.  100 degrees + that I think is going to last most of the week.  Love it!
My favorite drink in the summer is Wild Plum Tea.  I guess it was about 20 years ago, my mother, son and I went to visit my daughter in Tennessee down around the Smoky Mountains.  One day, we took a side trip to Gatlinburg and visited the Arts and Crafts Community.  Pottery shops, candle stores, leather shop, woodcarving shops - just all sorts of great places to browse and even watch some demonstrate their craft.  We came upon a small tea shop called The Wild Plum Tea Room.  We ate lunch and had the most wonderful miniture banana muffins and wild plum tea.  I bought Cindy Freeman Black's cookbook called "All My Best Recipes", but it did not have the recipe for The Wild Plum Tea.  Cindy so graciously gave me her recipe (see recipe at end of blog).  Lots of sugar - I keep trying to cut back on that, though.  It is just to die for and so refreshing on a hot summer day.  I have these vintage Anchor Hocking Glass Fruit Ice Tea Tumblers at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles that would be perfect to serve wild plum tea.

The glasses are decorated with cherries and oranges and at this writing, there are 8 glasses available.
By the way, The Wild Plum Tea Room is still located in the Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg.    
Visit CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles for other great vintage glassware.

Wild Plum Tea
1 quart boiling water
4 family size tea bags
2 cups sugar (I don't use the full 2 cups anymore)
2 cups water 
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cups cold water
orange slices if desired
Steep tea bags in boiling water 5 minutes.  Combine sugar and water and boil for 5 minutes.  Add to tea mixture.  Stir in orange juice and lemon juice along with cold water.
Makes 3 quarts    

Nothing better on a hot summer day, than to sit in a rocker on the front porch with a tall cold glass of wild plum tea and remember all the wonderful memories of the past.  Enjoy!!!!!!!!