Monday, January 23, 2017

Charming clutter & a recipe.

I swear if I ever have an animal come on our property that needs tending to I'll just send Audrey out to stare it down.  That oughta do it. :)
 She really is a cat of many faces.

I call this my 'distraction' feeder.
 If I keep it filled with peanuts in the shell and seeds it keeps the squirrels busy and gives more time for the birds to feed at the other feeders without them interrupting.
And it's funny to watch the squirrel eating inside, out of the rain, acting like they are pretty special.


I found a cute addition for my country cottage cluttered china cupboard today. A teeny country cottage cupboard.
Of course, it had to have some blue and white added.
I know some grandittles
that will love to find it the next time they take a peek.
They can play with the wee dishes without any worry of breaking them.
And, I could not pass this little beauty up, either.
Calico -Staffordshire, England

Annie listening to her favorite song
by The Rankin Family
Fair and tender ladies
My favorite, too.

Would you like a muffin recipe?
I'll bet there's a few frozen bananas in your freezer.

Best Banana Muffins
1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
2 eggs
3 med bananas mashed
1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup crushed pecans (or walnuts, if preferred)
cinnamon and sugar for topping
(1/4 tsp cinnamon and 2 tsp of brown sugar)

Here we go...
Cream butter & sugar together
Beat in eggs
Add mashed bananas

In another bowl
stir flour with soda, powder, salt & nuts

Add to banana mixture

Place in muffin tins
Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and sugar mix on top.
Bake at 350 deg. 25 min.

So delicious with tea, of course. ;-)
And butter, says the retired-guy.

It's getting chilly here again and a snow-storm is expected tomorrow.
I'm heading out to fill the feeders and wish them all luck.

"Stay safe, birdies."

hugs, Deb


  1. Oh that is such a cute mini cupboard and dishes . Oh these banana muffins sound delish just one thing bananas never last long enough here to be put in the freezer we gobble them up lol ! Yes they say the storm will miss us and travel along east of us all though it is getting cold again out tonight . Our squirrels would tip over that glass jar and break it they are such little tyrants . Thanks for sharing , have a good night and stay safe and cozy in the storm .

  2. Please tell Annie that the Rankin Family have long been favorites of mine also. I remember driving through their home town and seeing the mural depicting them painted on a barn wall.
    I think I had a quilting calico very similar to the Staffordshire cup!

  3. Love the teeny little cupboard! So cute.

  4. Perfect timing with this recipe Deb! I have a few bananas that need using up.
    Thanks for posting!
    Oh, I love the tiny cupboard!

  5. The distraction feeder's a great idea!

    The Audrey Glare is perfect!

  6. Love Audrey's expression ;) heehee
    A distraction feeder! Just the thing I need with my squirrels and chickadees fighting over the current feeders.
    Your cupboard is very charming.
    Nancy and the kitties

  7. That teeny tiny cupboard is just adorable and I love the little dishes on it, too! Your grands will just love that!

  8. I love blue and white china. Your latest cup is beautiful. Hugs, LJ

  9. I like cottage cluttered china cupboard. :) and the teeny tiny country cottage cupboard is so cute! I love that picture of the doves. It almost looks like a wreath. Doves are beautiful birds, aren't they? I think you're right about Audrey's stare, but sweet Annie looks like she would not harm a flea.

  10. Beautiful Deb ... love your new teeny country cupboard. And that new cup ... my Oh My - I do adore Calico. Audrey's stare is priceless!!!

  11. I like the idea of a distraction feeder for your squirrels. I know a few people who might use it in their own backyard. Is that a little bird house they go into?
    Love your blue dishes! I have a few delft blue items...but no tea cups and saucers. Part Dutch =)
    Give your beautiful girls an ear scritch from me!

  12. Oh, I agree with the lady who said the doves look like a wreath. So beautiful.
    Such a cute little cupboard with the teeny tiny blue dishes! Loved this post with the pics of your kitties up close again. Be safe in your mouse house while it storms. Nebraska ><>
    P.S. Will be trying the muffin recipe. Thanks for that.

  13. love your new additions to your pretty cupboard! Did y'all get any more snow? love the picture of Audrey---she truly is a cat of MANY FACES! ha ha LOL

  14. I loved everthing in this post today Deb! What a lovely, lovely china cabinet! Audrey is simply "the best!" And the muffins....I'll bet they are amazing!

  15. The mini-cupboard is beyond adorable! Stay safe out there, bird friends.

  16. Deb, I love the new little cupboard! I went to a favorite antique store and took some cupboard photos just for you.

  17. Love that Dove picture..aren't they just so pretty?
    And...that wee cupboard is adorable!!
    Think I'll whip up a few of those muffins tomorrow...
    your recipes are always so easy and delish!
    enjoy your week Deb...
    Linda :o)

  18. Oh I do like your new tea cup & saucer. Audrey does have a face of distraction (col). The addition of the little cupboard to your cupboard - a perfect pairing. We were lucky to have missed that storm (phew).

  19. Audrey really is a cat of 1,000 faces. She's missed her calling as the star of print ads. No photo editing needed.

  20. What a stare! And what a wonderful squirrel feeder! Love your tiny cabinet and that cup and saucer are beautiful!

  21. You just gotta love Audrey - that stare! I like your mini china cupboard too. Keep warm, Jo