Saturday, September 17, 2011

Crepe Squares with Ham and Egg Inside

Ham and Egg Crepe Squares
1 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups milk

4 large eggs

3 tablespoons melted butter

9 thin slices ham

9 eggs

Chopped fresh parsley

1. Combine flour, sugar, salt, milk, four eggs and the melted butter in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Let rest for 15 minutes.

2. Heat a 12 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat and lightly coat with butter. Add 1/3 cup batter and swirl to completely cover skillet. Cook until underside of crepe is very lightly starting to brown, about 2 minutes.

3. Loosen edge of crepe with spatula and then either using large spatula or your fingers, lift it up and flip it over. Cook another minutes and then slide out of skillet onto wax paper. Repeat until all crepes are done. You should have about 9 when you are done.

4. Preheat oven to 350. Place crepes on a rimmed baking sheet (you can fit 3-4 per sheet). Place am slice in center of crepe and carefully crack egg onto ham. Fold edges of crepe toward center, using the egg white as a kind of glue. Season with salt and pepper and bake until egg white is set, about 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve at once.

Recipe and entertaining dialogue found here. I will omit the sugar if I ever make this recipe. Wouldn't it be a nice dish for a Sunday breakfast or brunch tomorrow? Why not plan on making this?

Furry Friends

Enjoy the weekend and embrace the differences of friends and family. via

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sweet Bathroom

I really like this sweet bath, don't you?
The free-standing cabinets are especially nice.
I like the sink cabinetry too. And the window mirror.
Very nice indeed. Agreed? via

Busy as A Bee

I am still as busy as a bee around the house and in the garage. I know you are tired of hearing about it but I must keep at it while the spirit moves me. I'm quite sure I am not alone. It's time to put summer away and prepare for fall and winter just like the animals do. 

I scanned this image from The Royal Book of Crests, one of my favorite antiquarian books in my own collection.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Home Library with Fireplace

Yes please. I'd like a fire today while I sit and read. A cold front came in and it's very chilly and windy. via

Wonderful Potting Bench

This would certainly come in handy for all of your potting endeavors. The big industrial wheels make this bench very useful since you can roll it around where needed. I like the galvanized top too. I put all of my watering cans away yesterday since my garage now has some extra room.

Much of the junk I put out at the road yesterday afternoon has already disappeared. Hooray. via

Botanical Wall in Spanish Summer House

I've always loved framed botanical studies and this collection in a Spanish summer house is especially attractive. Click here to see the rest of the house and be prepared to fall in love.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hanging Out the Clothes

It's always a wonderful day when you can hang out the clothes. I did a white load today and they dried very nicely in the sun. I worked some more on cleaning out the garage too. I put another pile out at the curb for trash day a week from Monday. Webster supervised and was so happy being outside all afternoon. It was after 8pm before we all had dinner. A very productive day indeed.

This illustration is a scan I made from one of my antiquarian books:
R. Caldecott's Picture Book (No. 2) ~ The Queen of Hearts

These Chairs are Reserved

Get your own chairs.
These are saved.

Life's Little Instruction Book | Volume II, page 45

We love to be told what to do, don't we? 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Medieval Houses in Sarlat, Périgord France

Medieval houses in France. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. via It looks wonderful, doesn't it?

Fantasy Cottage Ready for Halloween

Found on Flickr. Original drawing by cottagelover1953 and these are her words:
"I know it is nuts...but each summer at the onset of hot weather I dream a bit of October weather and fat, sassy pumpkins. Can't help myself. This is the latest in my Retro Storybook Cottage series inspired by vintage book and deco era ephemera."

Vermont Children Walk Over A Mountain to School

It may be weeks before storm-damaged roads are fixed in Vermont. Until then, there is the path. Students in Vermont can honestly say they had to journey through a forest and across a mountain to get to school every day. Read more about the resiliency of Vermonters in this wonderful article in the New York Times.

This is my favorite part of the article - Don't you love Riley and his mother too?
It was raining and muddy. Several of the girls, including Charlotte Tyler, a kindergartner, wore pretty boots, but not Riley, who said all he needed was sneakers. “If you walk around the house, the mud just wears off,” he said.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hen Adopts Ducklings

Come on in guys, there's always room for one more.
via Pixdaus

Wall of Authors

I love this wall and the rest of the delightful room too. If you were an art lover you could stencil the names of artists you admire.  via

Checking Out the Chicks with A Trunk to Beak Kiss

Isn't this just the sweetest photo you've ever seen? We can learn so much from animals about trying to get along in spite of our differences and we should. via

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Transparent Sleeper Cabin - Finland

Now this is what I call camping. Wouldn't this be a nice place to bed down and dream away the hours until sunrise?

Flag Covered Inn 9-11 Memorial

The 18th century Parrot Mill Inn Chatham New Jersey draped in American flags to pay tribute to September 11.  Read more. . .