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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A New Look For the Dining Room Table

Hello, Glitterinas!

I'm so glad you stopped by 
Pink Glitter
today.

I was ready for a new look on the 
dining room table.

I started with an old, lacey, white 
table cloth....


......and then topped that with one of my 
vintage cotton table cloths.

The green cloth is so pretty, I think.



In the center of the table, I used a mirror in an old 
wooden frame.

My dear friend, Mary Jane, gifted me with this 
wonderful mirror several years ago.

On it, I arranged a pair of tall, white candlesticks 
and 
some mercury glass pieces.

I also sprinkled some linen pieces
 around....




.....so, what do you think,
Glitterinas?

Does this conglomeration of pretties work?

Does it have enough variety?

Is it interesting enough?




Let me know what you think, please!

I enjoy it when you leave me a note 
about what I've shared....thanks, Glitterinas!


It's very hot here so I am really thankful for our 
air conditioner.....if it's hot where you are,
stay cool and drink lots of water!


Cheers for pretty tables!

Tammy















Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's a Picket Fence!

I bought a piece of old, chippy 
picket fence at an antique store many years ago.

The friend I was shopping with thought I had 
finally gone completely off the rails!

Where on Earth are you going to put that?!

Oh, you just wait and see......

Have you ever had a conversation like that with 
a shopping buddy, Glitterinas?

All these years later, I still love that piece 
of chippy ol' fence.

When we first moved into the house where
we live now, my old picket fence lived
on the screen porch.

I decided to move it inside to the
living room.....I dusted it off and brought it in....


....it stood in the kitchen while I decided exactly
where  it wanted to live in the living room.

Did it want to live by the front windows?

Or by the fireplace...

Or by the couch....

Well, I finally decided to put it in front of the 
fireplace.


My decorator in training helped me 
decorate the little picket fence with a 
wreath, a tall candlestick, a big sign, a small heart,
and a faux plant behind the fence.

I liked it.

When it was time to take her picture by the 
fence she had helped decorate......

little brother came over and wanted in the 
picture, too!

Little brother had his Incredible Hulk 
with him.....


.....he told me the pickets look like a place where the Hulk would live.
Hulk would squeeze through when it was time 
to save someone.....I got a demonstration, complete with 
sound effects and lots of arm flexing!

Hmmmmm, did I really want something decorating my 
living room that looked like a place where 
Hulk would live??!!

I decided that I did not!

I started looking for the next resting place of my 
little, chippy fence.

Would I put it back out on the screened 
porch?

It did look cute out there.....

....with the grapevine chair and table,

......with the Texas flag table,

....and the barn wood bench.

Hmmmmm, decisions, decisions.....


Oh wait.....

how would it look behind the library table 
in front of the dining room windows?

Let's give it a try there.....


....yes, this might look good!

I wonder what super hero would want to live 
in my dining room by the windows?

None of them, I hope!!


Here's another shot.....


......I think I like it here.

It adds just a small touch of chippy texture to the 
dining room!



What do you think, Glitterinas?

Thank you so much for stopping by
Pink Glitter 
and letting me share some 
decorating ideas with you.



Now, if you'll excuse me,
I have to find Wonder Woman.

I have a question for her!



Until next time,
Tammy







Saturday, July 29, 2017

I Love Olives!

I really do, Glitterinas....
how about you?

Olive haters, this is not the post for you.

If you loathe olives and never let them 
touch your palette then 
it's probably best if I thank you for stopping by 
Pink Glitter
and let you go on to your other e-mail.


Today I want to share a simple olive recipe 
that makes a nice party nibble,
or a great treat to pass around when 
friends stop by for a visit,
or a yummy addition to a glass 
of wine before dinner.

First, we'll take a quick trip to 
Southern Italy to pick up some delicious 
provolone cheese......
or a stop at your favorite deli will work, too.

Then we'll swing over to Greece for some yummy 
kalamata olives....
or maybe your favorite grocery store.

The only other ingredients are 
green olives, shallots and zesty Italian dressing.

How easy does that sound, Glitterinas?

Let's head off to the kitchen and get started!

Start by draining a jar of kalamata olives and a jar 
of regular pimento stuffed green olives.


Then in a nice, large, glass jar with 
a tight fitting lid
I start layering in the cheese and shallots.



I have the deli slice the provolone at 
an 8 or 9 thickness for this recipe.

I use a half pound of cheese 
and three or four fresh shallots.


I slice it into strips and then small 
rectangles.

I cut up the shallots with my 
kitchen shears.



Next, I place about half of the drained 
olives into the jar.

I use one of my favorite kitchen tools....
a canning funnel
to make this step easy.




Now, add in some more of the chopped provolone 
and shallots.

Reserve a little of each to go over the last layer
of olives.


The rest of the olives can go in.....


.....and the last of the cheese and shallots.


I add one cup of zesty Italian dressing to finish up
this jar of yumminess!


Put the lid on tightly and give 
the jar a good, hard shake.


Tah Dah!

I have a jar of olives and provolone 
cheese to enjoy!

I like this tasty treat cold, so 
into the fridge it goes!

It will last up to a month....not that it's 
made it that long around our house!

If you enjoy olives, I hope you'll give this 
simple recipe a try!

Thank you so much for letting me share 
some time with you today, Glitterinas!

I love to read your comments, so 
please leave me a note!


Now, I'm off to curl my hair....
Sweet husband and I are going to the movies!

Hmmmmm, Jordan almonds or popcorn?



Until next time,
Tammy
















Saturday, July 22, 2017

LEGO Table

Our grand~darlings love, love, love 
playing with LEGOs.

We have a round table in the kitchen, and a 
large dining room table that are great for building 
but when it's time to eat, all the wonderful creations have to be 
put away.

That's not always a popular announcement....
"Clean up for lunch!" was followed by
"Oh man, Gigi, we're not finished....just look at 
this animal,
building,
house,
car,
etc.
that I'm working on!"

Hmmmm, surely there's a solution for this pressing, 
extremely important and re-occuring problem!

While cleaning up Papaw's house we found several 
large, wooden trays.

One of these would be perfect for a LEGO table.

Paint was the first step in this transformation.



It doesn't look like one coat will be enough....


.....so the second step in the transformation was 
simply another coat of paint.

Easy peasy!


The little edge on this tray will help keep
all those pieces corralled....I hope!

When the paint dried, I glued a LEGO 
building mat on one area.

Now, the grands have a place to work on their 
LEGO masterpieces for as long as they need!

Fabulous!


When the LEGO table needs to be stored away 
we simply slip it under the guest bedroom bed!

Do you have a LEGO table at your house?

Please share your LEGO ideas with me,
I'd love to hear about them!

I'm so glad you stopped by 
Pink Glitter 
today!

Thanks for reading, Glitterinas.

Until next time,
Tammy




Thursday, July 13, 2017

Little Surprises......Mushrooms!

I'm heading outside for a walk, Glitterinas,
won't you join me!

We've been having some good rain 
lately that's keeping everything watered.

I'm thankful for every drop of rain 
this time of year!

One result of all this good moisture is 
mushrooms......they pop up all over the place.

Lots of colors, shapes and sizes.....
all poisonous.
(I don't really know that they are poisonous, but I'm 
not taking any chances with the grand~darlings....
so all the mushrooms and fungi growing at 
Gigi's are poisonous!)

It's sunny here today so spritz on 
some sunscreen.

Let's see if we can find some 
mushrooms to look at....




Here are some more....


......these are sturdy guys!


Sometimes I have to move a bit of grass to see 
these little surprises.



A stick can help me move the grass to get a 
better look....
ooooops, that's not a stick.....


......that's Mr. Snake who raised up his head as I 
started to pick him up.....eeeeek!

He gets to live because I can hear my friend 
DeeAnn telling me not to kill every snake I see.

Well, Glitterinas, let's continue our walk.....
......here's some colorful fungi growing on a fallen branch.


Most of these little mushrooms are neutral colors.



I think these are my favorites.....


....those bright red tops are so vibrant!
They really show up!

I've enjoyed our walk, Glitterinas,
thanks for coming along with me!

Let's go back to the house and have some 
tea.....how does sweet tea with lemon sound?

Have you had any of these little surprises 
popping up around your house?

Leave me a comment so I'll know you've
stopped by, please.

Until next time,
Tammy









Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stuffed Zucchini......A Yummy Recipe

I want to share a recipe that uses 
some delicious, fresh summer bounty,
Glitterinas!

Our garden is providing us with so
much tasty produce I have to 
cook with it every day to keep up!

Today I want to share a 
zucchini recipe with you.

Let's head to the kitchen and get busy.

Begin by slicing two zucchini in half 
lengthwise and removing some of the middle pulp.


Then in a baking dish that's been sprayed with non-stick 
spray, place some herbed tomato sauce and the 
cut zucchini.


Lightly salt and pepper each.

Bake the zucchini at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While that's baking.....

......brown a pound of lean hamburger meat.
I added some Herbes de Provence and some 
shallots....use your favorite savory hamburger spices.



And I set the table.




Now it's time to fill the zucchini with lots of yumminess!

Seasoned hamburger meat goes in first....



.....then some more of the herbed tomato sauce.

I used some homemade tomato sauce I made 
that had mushrooms in it.





My tomato sauce turned out pretty good this year.
Some years it's the perfect candidate for the drain....
but this year I guess the culinary stars were all lined up!


The last little bit went onto the plates.

I used this jar up but luckily the batch made 
a couple of large jars, too!




Next, I piled on some grated cheese....



.....and lastly I sprinkled a good amount of panko
bread crumbs over the top.


This dish is ready for another trip into the oven.

Still 350 degrees.....this time for 10-12 minutes.



I checked on my dish and it was all good and melty.

I like the top browned, so....

...... I turned the 
broiler on for a couple of minutes.

Watch this step carefully......do not walk away 
from food browning under the broiler!


Ooooh, yummy!
Gooey, hot and ready to eat!

The zucchini had baked into soft, melty 
holders of goodness!

So, I used a long, narrow spatula to 
place them on our plates.



This entree would make a nice meal served with 
bread, a salad, your favorite herbed rice....

but today I'm serving it with 
pickled cabbage and cauliflower.


I have never been much of a cabbage fan but 
I pickled a couple of heads of cabbage that 
husband grew....and guess what?!

I really enjoy pickled cabbage!
I'm glad I tried it!

Dinner is ready....let's eat!



We both cleaned our plates....husband 
cleaned his twice!



So it's time for a little something sweet....

...... zucchini bread!

These cute loaves were made using 
gold zucchini!


Thank you so much for stopping by and 
letting me share with you,
Glitterinas!

I really appreciate you taking time 
to read each post here at 
Pink Glitter!

I love to hear from you and what you think
about the posts you read here.....so, leave me a comment
and share what you think!


Zucchini love,
Tammy