Friday, September 23, 2016

A teeny-weeny recipe & my love affair with cupboards

                1/4 cup of brown sugar
                  1 Tbsp. of cinnamon

                 A simple treat that goes great with tea or coffee.

My love for cupboards started, not from my own home as a child, but from my grandmother's summer kitchen in her little two story clapboard farmhouse.
This turn-of-the-century step-back cupboard reminds me of the one that stood as the focal-point of her humbly-decorated kitchen with the wood-stove and the large kitchen table.
My grandmother's cupboard  almost reached the ceiling, was painted dark green and it held her glasses, tea-cups and saucers, glass jugs and the much-loved porcelain cookie jar loaded with home-made hermits on the top shelf. Hermits were made with nuts, raisins and lots of brown sugar.
The little drawers held a mish-mash of cutlery and baking tools.
It had the smell of tea, cookies, kool-aid and sugar all mixed together. To a child it was heaven.
But it never held candy because, well, that was in a different cupboard. :)))
Each of the grand-kids had a special tea-cup that was sought out and used only by them when visiting gran. Mine was red with a dragon on the side and a rim of gold on the cup. I couldn't tell you how many cups of tea and coffee I drank from it but it was more than my mother knew. ;-)

I wish today I still had that cup and saucer to drink my tea from but unfortunately my grandmother lost everything in a fire in the early '70's while she was recuperating at her daughter's from a fall. They said it was the old electrical wiring that caused the fire but to this day I'm really not sure what happened. It was one of the saddest days I remember.

So to this day I think about that old cupboard when I see photos like the above or this one which I would love to find in an antique shop. Goodness, that is gorgeous. :)

Now, with grands of my own, I like to let them find little treats or special tea-cups in my step-back cupboard when they visit. 

I've never met a child that doesn't love to discover the unexpected so I enjoy their excitement just as much as they do.

Hopefully, I'm making memories.....
I'd better get baking again.

Another post on this old cupboard...

hugs, Deb

Thursday, September 22, 2016


It's time to take a walk and photograph some of  the changes that Fall brings our way. But first, I'll be content to bask in it's beauty as it's light enters the mouse-house and captures the innocence of an unsuspecting feline.

"Thanks, Audrey."

Off for a walk...
hugs, Deb

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Preferred places.

Our birds have a favorite feeder around here. It's the platform feeder that is easy to access for small and large birds. Oh yes, squirrels and chipmunks prefer it, too.

And inside the mouse-house, there is a favorite spot being taken up by one of the resident felines, Annie.
We all know that as the couch. :)


hugs, Deb

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hairy help & stocking up.

It's been on again off again rain all weekend.
That gave me time to clean cupboards, with much help, I might add.

"Hey, you missed a spot."

                   "What am I thinking; I could be napping."

I so appreciate their help.

All dusted up and ready for company :)

I found this recipe and was more attracted to the photo than the recipe itself.
It does look like a good cookie, though.
Notice they are referred to as 'little cakes'.

I've been watching the numbers of Mourning Dove increase at the mouse-house over the last few days. I guess they remember that this is where they were safe and fed all last fall and winter. Perhaps some from last year are bringing their young here. It is so good to see them again and welcome the new ones as they rank right up with the chickadee as a favorite of mine.
I just bought one hundred pounds of seed this week. We were given a heads-up where there is very good and reasonably-priced seed grown right on the owner's farm in the North Gower area. It is a feed and seed business and the mix is fabulous. I hope my birds really love it. To attract even more birds the seed is sprayed with peanut oil. It sells for .50 a pound. And to add to the positives, the drive up there is so nice; all well-kept farms, barns and farm land.

Audrey's thinkin'... "More birds...more chance for a bird burger."

"What do ya say, Deb?"
She loves helping me fill the feeders in the garage, too. 
"That'll have to do, Missy."

hugs, Deb

Friday, September 16, 2016

Autumn light

As Autumn moves in, we enjoy the changes all around us at the mouse-house;
especially the different light throughout the day.
This is the most beautiful time of year.

Yes, we are still eating tomatoes.

Audrey was delighted to hear of all the birthday wishes from everyone.
Thank you so much for your fun comments. :)

"You beans rock"

"That's the best you get, folks."

hugs, Deb

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A very important day.

5 is the number today. 
                 "Happy Birthday to you." 
Our audacious one is celebrating her birthday. That's her to the right.
Five years ago, she was born, along with her two siblings, to a lonely, skinny and neglected pastel tortoiseshell who wasn't more than a kitten herself. The momma cat, known now as Annie, was found at the animal shelter nursing her day old kittens but needing so much care herself. 
I brought the little family home and they started their new life in our spare bedroom.

How can that be five years ago already? But it is.

So "Happy Birthday, Audrey." We love you so much and to celebrate we were off for a car ride, which she loves, by the way, to purchase a bag of her favorite treats, a new toy and maybe a coffee and a doughnut for the humans. What? We're celebrating. ;-)

"Help, I've been incarcerated."

Ah, but now you can join us as we celebrate your big day.
 "What'll it be, Audrey?"
2 coffees, 2 doughnuts and 1 bird breakfast wrap?

"Have I got that right?"

"Hold the pickle...hold the pickle."
"Ya, hold the wrap, too, and add a large mouse."

"'s your day. :)"

Believe it, she really enjoyed her outing. She loves the car.

"Here's to many more, love."

hugs, Deb