Thursday, February 11, 2016

ANOTHER Something New at the Bar!!!!!

I shared  when Joe built our bar, when he added real stone to the bottom and then when we added the stone WALLPAPER to the wall. Yes. that really IS wallpaper and  even people who are standing right next to it have to touch it to make sure it is wallpaper!!! If you would like to see the original posts of the bar you can see them here: http://designsbypinky.blogspot.com/search/label/bar  Now there is another something new!!! When he first built the bar he decided to buy some tap handles to display which beers he had for our guests to choose from. This is the original set up for the tap handles.
 Well, he now has QUITE a collection!!! He actually painted this wall, installed the electric switch, hung the shelf and added the tap handles and lights while recuperating from his hip replacement!!!! You can NOT keep that man down!
 He got this idea at a place we frequent up near Strasburg, Pa.

 And he couldn't stop there so we also have 2 MORE shelves of them across the room!


 We kind of have a little tribute to our Dads on the stone wall. This is Joe's Dad, he was a pilot in WW2 and then after the war as his career. I really miss him, he was such a fun guy!!!
 My Father was an artist. My maiden name was Martini, so he did this of his hand and my Mom's holding Martini glasses. I miss him too, even though I don't really remember him: he died when I was 4.
 He did not sign a lot of his work so this is a real treasure to me.
 I thought I would include a shot of the stone under the bar for those of you that missed it.

 This is a drawing of a stained glass window that a neighbor is going to make for Joe. The blue squares that you see are tape, holding the bottles etc. onto the paper....they are not part of the design:)
 
Thanks for your visit. I am longing for Spring. We got some more snow yesterday and it was absolutely GORGEOUS this morning. Every branch of every tree and bush looked like God painted them with snow. I wish I could have gotten a picture to share with you.
XO, Pinky
 
I will be sharing here:
Dixie Delights - Share Your Style
Our Home Away From Home - Tuesday at Our Home
The Dedicated House - Make it Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style - WOW Us Wednesday
DIY By Design - Fall Into Fall

Monday, February 8, 2016

Breakfast Room Refresh with Texture!

I got tired of the snowmen so put them all away. It was time. I needed and am enjoying a lighter, cleaner look. As  many of you know, Joe made this hutch for me in the old house. I still love it and changing the look of it for the seasons.
 I did a new arrangement in the demijohn. Then added a bee skep and an old bottle for the vignette on top.
 Greens, baskets and pottery are features right now.
 My little bicycle planter came back here.

 This pot of faux succulents is a favorite.
 The little wire cloche on the wire stand seems to be a staple here: I just change what goes under the cloche! Love this set of bird finials I got last year.
 Another faux succulent in a pottery basket planter. This piece is one of the first pieces of pottery that I bought over 30 years ago!!! I added 2 small antler sheds.


 I also refreshed the 2 plant stands in here.
 A basket on it's side with faux greenery and a pottery pot with white flowers.


 A beautiful, bright, sunny day when I took these shots. 
 
Wishing you a beautiful day. Thanks for your visit. Today is my daughters birthday. Happy, happy birthday, Tracy. I love you!!!!!
XO, Pinky
 
I will be sharing with:
Dixie Delights - Share Your Style
Our Home Away From Home - Tuesday at Our Home
The Dedicated House - Make it Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style - WOW Us Wednesday
DIY By Design - Fall Into Fall

Friday, February 5, 2016

Easy, Peasy and Delicious Baked Ziti

My neighbor had surgery last week so I told them I would bring dinner over one night. They requested Thurs. so I made 2 pans of Ziti, one for them and one for us. I used to make my own sauce all the time but we found THIS sauce that we just LOVE! So, I will show you how I put this together. I put one jar of the sauce in the pan. I had cooked one pound of ground beef for the 2 pans so then added 1/2 of the ground beef to the sauce and mixed it together. Then I added half of the container of ricotta cheese to the pan.

 I use the part skim ricotta.
 And this is the sauce; Classico Italian sausage.
 The 2 pans partly put together.
 I added the cooked ziti and stirred it all together which distributes the ricotta. I then added another jar of the sauce: half of it in each pan.
 Then I added a bag of shredded mozzarella to the top and baked it. I recommend baking it for 20 to 25 mins. covered with foil then 25 mins. uncovered. I forgot to get a picture before Joe dug into it:):) We will get another meal, probably lunch from this. If you try it please let me know!!!
 
I will be sharing here:
Dixie Delights - Share Your Style
Our Home Away From Home - Tuesday at Our Home
The Dedicated House - Make it Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style - WOW Us Wednesday
DIY By Design - Fall Into Fall
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