Pictures and Two Recipes~

We are trying to stay cool in this hot, muggy weather.
I have to be sure to keep my plants watered too.

In the girls room.

I'm still reading Keats. The letters that he writes are so sweet.
I wish that my husband-to-be ( when I meet him some day ) would write letters like this to me.
Truly, that is the way to win a girls heart ( at least this one :)
Just read this:

My Dear Girl...
..... Forgive me if I wander a little this evening, for I have been all day employed in a very abstract Poem and I am in deep love with you - two things which must excuse me.
I have, believe me, not been an age in letting you take possession of me; the very first week I knew you I wrote myself your vassal; but burnt the Letter as the very next time I saw you I thought you manifested some dislike to me.
If you should ever feel for Man at the first sight what I did for you, I am lost.
Yet I should not quarrel with you, but hate myself if such a thing were to happen - only I should burst if the thing were not as fine as a Man as you are as a Woman.
Perhaps I am too vehement, then fancy me on my knees, especially when I mention a part of your Letter which hurt me; you say speaking of Mr Severn "but you must be satisfied in knowing that I admired you much more than your friend."
My dear love, I cannot believe there ever was or ever could be any thing to admire in me especially as far as sight goes - I cannot be admired, I am not a thing to be admired. You are, I love you; all I can bring you is a swooning admiration of your Beauty. I hold that place among Men which snub-nosed brunettes with meeting eyebrows do among women - they are trash to me - unless I should find one among them with a fire in her heart like the one that burns in mine.
You absorb me in spite of myself - you alone: for I look not forward with any pleasure to what is called being settled in the world; I tremble at domestic cares - yet for you I would meet them, though if it would leave you the happier I would rather die than do so....."
Letter to Fanny Brawne

And then there is The House of Mirth.
An excellent book, I have watched the film ( with Gillian Anderson ) several times, but this is the first time I have read the book.
I love Edith Wharton's writing style, very much like Thomas Hardy's.

~Keeping Organized~

I have many patterns, tips and such that I have printed out from the web, and I have tried to find an easy way to keep them all together.

I keep them in big tree ring binders, that have plastic sleeves.

I have fabric samples, inspiring photos, pattern helps...

..and catalogs.
I love Smoke and Fire, such great stuff, and The Renn Store too.

Oil paintings.

::The Recipe::

Out of this cookbook.
Cocoa Fudge.

2 cups sugar
1/8 t salt
6 T cocoa
2/3 cup milk
2 T butter
1 t vanilla

Mix first three ingredients.
Add milk and bring to boil and cook till soft ball stage, 234 Fahrenheit on candy thermometer.
Stir occasionally.

Remove from heat and add butter.

Pour into buttered pan and let cool.

Let the littles lick spoon :)

Slice into squares and enjoy!

~Hearty Lentil Stew~
I'm not sure of the exact measurements, but I'll give it a try.

Beef broth- 4 -6 cups.
Onions- 3 large.
Potatoes- 9 big ones.
Carrots- maybe 8.
Lentils- one bag.

Add to taste:
2 bay leaves

And cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serve with homemade rolls ( I'll have to post that recipe another time ) and sour cream.

Filling all the oil lamps.

A wonderful yard sale find, to hang art work in.


Chubb and Nicholai resting after working hard.

Squash in the garden.


Green beans in the garden, and cucumbers.


  1. I hold that place among Men which snub-nosed brunettes with meeting eyebrows do among women...

    What a funny line! The unibrow has never been a good look, through history, I guess. Hee hee.

    Nice recipes, Rosie, and everything looks delicious. Your garden is lovely. Do you have much problem with squash vine borers? I saw one buzzing around my squash plants yesterday, and not sure what to do about it. We lose our plants every year to borers. Don't want to use insecticides. If you have any good advice there, please do share.


  2. Rosie: Looks like you all are pretty dry, I will ask the good Lord to send you a bit of our rain, we have been about drownded lately. I know the other day my auntie who lives in Green Ridge, about 30 miles from us, got 4 inches of rain in one afternoon. Loving that recipe for lentils, will try that out this winter. We have nice fresh tomatoes that will be ready to pick tomorrow or Friday. Much love - Raquel XO


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