Saturday, October 3, 2015

Coconut pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Yes Please!

All I can say is everything in this photo is beyond wonderful: From the fridge, the color scheme down to the glasses and the turkey itself. We are in that season of warm spices, pumpkins, turkeys, and warm kitchens. Why not add to this wonderment a coconut chiffon pumpkin pie?

Coconut Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
1 envelope unflavored gelatine
¼ c cold water
1 ¾ c mashed cooked pumpkin
¾ cup evaporated milk
½ c water
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
¾ c brown sugar, firmly packed
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
2 egg whites
½ tsp vanilla
1 c shredded coconut, toasted*
1 baked 9 inch pie shell
¾ c cream, whipped and sweetened

  1. Soften gelatine in ¼ c cold water.
  2. Combine pumpkin, milk, ½ c water, egg yolks, ½ c of the brown sugar, salt and spices in the top of a double boiler.  Cook over boiling water 10 minutes stirring constantly.
  3. Add gelatine and stir until dissolved.  Remove from boiling water.  Chill until slightly thickened.
  4. Beat egg whites until foamy.
  5. Add remaining sugar gradually and continue beating until stiff.
  6. Fold in pumpkin mixture, vanilla and ¾ c of the toasted coconut.
  7. Spoon filling onto cold pie shell, and chill until firm.
  8. Before serving, top with whipped cream and remaining toasted coconut.

*To toast coconut, spread thinly in shallow pan. Place in 350 degree F oven and toast about 10 minutes or until delicately browned, stirring occasionally to toast evenly.
Recipe thanks to Ruby Lane.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Halloween "Lassie"

This is the Halloween month, so why not lets start it off with a good ole' Lassie episode containing a 'witch'. I bet witches do make the best pickililli.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cigarette pants vs leggings

Somehow the tight pants of the late 50's early 60's looked nicer and more put together than today's leggings. Is there someway the modern trend could get a nudge towards the classic look of then? They still were a skinny woman's game though, do you think?‪#‎leggingsintocigarettepantsmovement‬

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

1915 Fall Fashion Inspiration.

Fashion for Fall 100 years ago. 1915 fashion has a loose fitted natural waist, long forgiving layers and just pretty draping. This, to me, is fashion FOR women. Because it is comfortable and pretty and open to our own touches with jewelry and layers. It is not sexy tight wasted , low riding, hip hugging, tummy baring, or likely to slip or fall in any 'wardrobe malfunctions'. 1915 you might be a touchstone for my Autumn wardrobe.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ria's Birthday Dinner.

Yesterday, 26 September, was my Sister in law's birthday. She stays at Toad Hall in the Boat House apartment in the Summer and comes down some weekends. She had her birthday weekend off and arrived happily with her kayak and ready for a birthday weekend.

We were lucky that her birthday coincided with a full moon tide as then we get the flats out front so we had a day walking about where we usually swim and enjoying the sea life exposed.

I made a simple Birthday luncheon of freshly gathered mussels from our own little beds, and things from my garden as well as our local Farm stand. I dug some of my potatoes and roasted those with French Breakfast radish and squash (with edible skin) from our local farm. I added olive oil and cut rosemary and dill from our garden.

I made simple pasta and then in a pan with olive oil roasted fresh picked basil, parsley, and tomatoes. Cooked it down just a bit. When the pasta was done I put it in the pan with the cooking basil and toms and mixed it all together. The mussels I steamed with lemon grass from the garden and those when on top of the pasta.

There was also a fresh salad with garden greens and nasturtiums. Hubby and Ria returned from a long walk to the harbour on the flats to the meal and we sat down and eat to our fill. It was a lovely day and the weather was so warm and bright.  A lovely start to Autumn.

Ria"s birthday luncheon was quite good.

A quiet morning

The quiet and calm of the morning is punctuated with the loon's cry. A blue heron takes its place on its rock. Puss and the sea our my only companions this morning. Heaven.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tiny Houses

With the trend to tiny houses, micro cottages, and smaller living, I can't help but love these old house plans. They new back then, when home ownership was a new thing for many people, that small space was affordable but also could be darling. Two of these were obviously inspired by Massachusetts because Duxbury and Eastham are both Ma towns. I lived in Eastham on Cape Cod years ago. Any way, if one is thinking of going small these simple shapes seem adorable with the right siding, trim and proximity landscaping.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My Morning Walk

Autumn is kissing Summer's cheek goodbye. The cool morning is still filled with the fragrance of her, the lingering heady mix of warm air and flowers. Autumn is beginning to don her own scent: an earthy aroma.
My morning walk was six miles. The cooler air compels me onward. I am lucky in my morning jaunts as I see shore and tree lined glen. The rise and fall of the wood and the flat salted beauty of the beach. There is a scent of smoke and even the sea has taken on her Autumn flavor: A bit sharper and more fresh.
A fine crisp Day heralding what I hope shall be a lovely season before Old Man Winter arrives. He can be a pushy sort of guest who can oft times over stay his welcome. At least his departure always leaves the door open for Spring.
My Walk:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Vintage Inspired set for Fall 2015 fashion show in London

This is such a great idea. I do love to watch the production (and the clothes too) of fashion shows. The trend over the past few years have begun to move towards more theatrical dressings and set ups, rather than just models walking.For example the Fall Chanel show had stars and actors in the center protraying themselves at a high end Monte' Carlo style Casino whilst the models walk around them, as if they were breaking into the tableau.

This set was made to seem like an apartment caught between the 1950's to 1970's and it really is fitting for the lovely fall 2015 line of Erdem Moralioglu. Here is the article with some photo's of the set and the show, which has some wonderful vintage inspired looks.

1950's Hat Design inspired by the Kitchen

Is it a tea kettle? Is it a Hat? You decide. Interesting designs inspired by the kitchen.
South Molton Street, London. Madge Chard has a whacky range of hats inspired by her kitchen. Designer Madge Chard is seen in her typical 1950's kitchen, incl...
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