Monday, December 12, 2011

Making progress

Almost all the shopping is done. Wrapping parcels today. Bathroom is almost finished. I need to do a bit of paint touch-up,  a piece of accent fabric and a pressing will finish off the shower curtains.

When I saw this "chamber pot" I just had to have it. Brings back memories of visiting "grans" house. She had a wood burning cookstove in her kitchen and no indoor plumbing. A hand pump at the counter with water draining into a bucket under the sink; and of course no indoor plumbing meant no indoor toilets, so there were chamber pots under the bed for night time use. This was a real novelty to us kids.

( another chamber pot lid...just cause it was so pretty)

(note to self: refill toilet paper holder before taking pictures for blog)

I still need to do the window curtain, but that should not take too much time and there is a small blind on the window for now. I have to tell you there was a lot of painting in this bathroom. I not only painted walls and doors and trim, but I painted metal fixtures like towel bars, toilet paper holders, medicine cabinets, picture frames etc. We put in new flooring as well. For the most part I am pretty pleased.

I am off to make scones for tea this afternoon. I have a friend dropping in for tea and a visit to my sewing room. She is anxious to meet "Ruby". She may be in the market for a new machine soon and is checking out different options.

I have made some order out of the chaos that I call my sewing studio. It still needs a little tweaking to complete things, but I had to concentrate on Christmas gifts and cooking and cleaning because I had 10 for dinner yesterday and I am afraid I have really let things slide in the housekeeping department lately. There is nothing like having company to "motivate" you into dusting etc. Hope to share a few "studio" pics later in the week.

Cranberry Scones

3/4 cup buttermilk (or yogurt)
1 egg
2 3/4 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup coarsely chopped cranberries(fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup sugar
rindo f 1 orange
1TBSP. butter melted
1/4 cup icing sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Whisk buttermilk and egg together in a small bowl and set aside.
In a larger bowl measure the next 4 dry ingredients. Cut in butter and mix to a crumble. Add cranberries, sugar and rind. Add egg and buttermilk mixture. Stir to a soft dough. Do not over mix. With hands form dough into a large ball and pat out to 1 inch thickness. Cut in 4 inch rounds and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes. While still warm brush with melted butter and sprinkle with icing sugar.
** Sometimes I omit the last step and just sprinkle with coarse sugar before baking.
Makes 8 Large scones
** taken from "The Best of The Best" cookbook.

Come and share a pot of tea 
My home is warm and the friendship is free.


Linda H said...

Wendy, your bathroom is BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats- you've done a wonderful job!

HollyM said...

Wow, the bathroom is lovely!

bArb said...

i wish....i want to come for tea RIGHT NOW !!! your bathroom is gorgeous always. Love the valance topper. it turned out great! and it was fun shopping with you for supplies too over the past year! LOL heh, and even buying , eh! LOL where is the other half of the chamber pot? only seen the lid! (under the bed??)

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