Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Lord truly Delights in you, His love is Beautiful

1 Samuel 12:22b "The Lord was pleased to make you his own"

Psalm 18:16-19 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday Night Dinner ......

Tonight while talking with Jolie we decided that tonights Tuesday night dinner will consist of a TV diet.  We are putting the TV aside and tending to things around our homes that need attending to.  So far I have cleaned my kitchen, vacuumed my house, did a load of laundry and now getting ready to work on my homework. I am in a Beth Moore study with the girls at church, it is awesome, but if you even been in a Beth Moore study you know the homework can be challenging :]

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Apple Strudel

 This was a Wonderful dessert and perfect for this Beautiful Day.  Happy Easter to all! 

I found this recipe in my New Points Plus WW Cookbook, it was more than delicious.

Colossians 2:13b-15 (New Living Translation)

 13b  God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed[a] the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ture Love - John 15:13

This bunny teapot was given to me by my sister some years back, it is too adorable for words and just fun to sit with,  very much like my sister.

This is a music box that is in the form of a teapot clock, it plays a delightful melody, it has a special place in my heart and in my kitchen, another gift from my sister.

This sweet teapot photo frame was giving to me by my mum, she found it at the little Antique shop in Boca Raton that she visits often. I just love it :)  xoxoxo

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
John 15:13
Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Night Dinner Across The Miles - Lobster Salad

1 pound cooked lobster meat cut into chunks
1 pink grapefruit, peeled, sectioned and coarsely chopped
1 navel orange, peeled, sectioned and coarsely chopped
1&1/2 cups cantaloupe balls  
1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
2 cups lightly packed tender water cress springs ( I used some baby lettuce that I had) 
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

Mix together lobster, grapefruit, orange, cantaloupe, and mango in a large bowl
Line platter with watercress; mound lobster salad on top
To make dressing, whisk together all ingredients except chives in a small bowl until blended. Spoon over salad; sprinkle with chives.

291 Cal per servings ( about 2 & 1/2 cups per serving)  Points Plus value: 8
Makes 4 servings 

I have been looking forward to having lobster salad out and when I found this recipe in my new WW cookbook I was overjoyed :)  and now even so more because it was just FABULOUS!!!  Here is a link to Jolie's  beautiful dish, she used a lobster tail and cooked it up herself, she is just too awesome.
I did not have a melon baller but I do have a strawberry hauler and it resembles a melon baller so I used it to scoop out the melon and it worked

I need to do some research on selecting mango's, the one i picked was not as ripe as it should of been, that is the only thing I would change in this recipe, next time use a ripe mango.   

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tea Cup of Love

This weekend I had the privilege of sharing tea with Grandma Flato, if you look close you can see Grandma's reflection it the mirror in the background.   Love you Grandma!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Todays Verse

This sweet tea set sits in Grandma Flato's China Hutch

Psalm 36:5-9

5 Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, 

   your faithfulness to the skies. 
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, 
   your justice like the great deep. 
   You, LORD, preserve both people and animals. 
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! 
   People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 
8 They feast on the abundance of your house; 
   you give them drink from your river of delights. 
9 For with you is the fountain of life; 
   in your light we see light.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beauty made in the good ole USA

This Beautiful dinner plate was made in Salem Ohio By the Century Company. My friend I work with collects these precious treasures, her Grandfather worked for the company that produced the china, he was one of the artist who hand panted the lovely flowers on the china. I would love to find a teacup in this same pattern. Thank you Amy for sharing your beautiful plate.

My Mum gave me these next set of plates for Christmas and they were also made in Ohio, but my set was made in Alliance Ohio by the Lifetime China Company.  Sadly both China Companies are no longer in business, it is a treat to own these treasures from the past.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday Night Dinner Across the Miles - Vegetable Panini


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 small Japanese eggplants or 1 medium to large regular eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 zucchini, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 baguettes (each about 2 feet long)
  • 1/2 cup Basil Pesto, recipe follows
  • 8 ounces fresh water-packed mozzarella cheese, drained, sliced
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 8 large basil leaves, optional


Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle the oil over the eggplant, zucchini, and onion slices, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Working in batches, grill the eggplant, zucchini, and onions until they are tender and grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Cool completely.  ( I changed this a bit and grilled my veggies in the oven under the broiler for 6 minutes on each side)  
Cut each baguette into 6 pieces. Working with one baguette piece at a time, slice in half and spread both sides with the pesto. Working with the bottom slice of the baguette, stack 2 slices of eggplant, 2 slices zucchini, 1 slice onion, 1 slice tomato, 1 slicemozzarella, and 1 slice of roasted pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place top half of baguette on top and continue with remaining baguette. (The sandwiches can be made 4 hours ahead. Wrap well with plastic wrap and refrigerate.)

Basil Pesto:

2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup (about) extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
In a blender, pulse the basil, pine nuts, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper until finely chopped. With the blenderstill running, gradually add enough oil to form a smooth and thick consistency. Transfer the pesto to a medium bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of cheese. Season the pesto with more salt and pepper, to taste. (The pesto can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
I added one more step to the recipe and grilled mine in the Panini Maker to toast the bread and it was awesome!  
Tonights dinner was great and would also make a wonderful lunch. Thank you Jolie, you picked another wonderful recipe. Please click here to see Jolie's beautiful dinner dish. Tuesday Night Dinner across the Miles started some time back, Jolie and I share recipes we make the same meal each Tuesday evening and post on our blogs, it's fun, come join in :)    

Monday, April 11, 2011

Prince William and Miss Catherine

When we were visiting England Epcot recently we found these sweet tea mugs, they are a tribute to Prince William and Miss Catherine

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Grandma Flato's Teapot and Antique Tea Chest

This Lovely Teapot belongs to Grandma Flato, I have the fondest memories of sharing tea together.  The name of my blog was inspired by Grandma Flato, she always calls me Lou Girl.

This Beautiful Exotic Tea Chest belongs to Grandma and Grandpa Flato. I took the photo today while we were visiting . Our Dear Grandpa is recovering in the hospital from a stroke, he was having a very good day today. Praise God from whom all Blessings flow.
Grandma has this beautiful tea chest sitting in the  living room next to Grandpa's chair, inside are Grandpa's gadgets.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Beautiful verse for the day:   Give Thanks in everything
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Mini with her Easter Eggs and miniature bunny tea set 

Sweet Little Red Teapot Cup and Saucer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Easter Eggs in a Crystal Teapot

But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” (Psalm 86:15)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday Night Dinner Across the Miles / Chicken with Rice

1 1/2 pound bone in chicken parts (breasts, drumsticks, thighs) skinned
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper chopped
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves. minced
1 (14 1/2 oz can) diced tomatoes
1/2 cut reduced-soduim chicken broth
1/3 cup long grain white rice
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Preheat oven to 350*F
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to lidded 2-quart casserole dish.
Add bell pepper, celery, onion and garlic to skillet; cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes with their juice and broth; bring to boil. Stir in rice, oregano and saffron; add to the chicken.
Bake, covered 25 minutes;sprinkle with peas. Bake, covered, until chicken is cooked through, rice is tender, and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with the cilantro.

Per Serving (1/4 of casserole) 321 cal.   PointsPlus Value 8  (makes four servings)

Tonights dinner was so yummy, and very filling, I am looking forward to leftovers tomorrow for lunch. Please click here to see Jolie's dish. I am having so much fun cooking with Jolie each Tuesday Night, in this technical age it is like sharing virtual dinner but with all the aromas and flavor.  The only thing I forgot to add in the recipe was the cilantro..I was so hungry I dished it all up and started in.. then when I was doing the dishes.... I saw the cilantro still on the counter... ahhhhhh,   :]

Monday, April 4, 2011

April's Teapot

This sweet teapot is a Border Collie all dressed up for the Circus. I have named him Littlefoot in honor of a very special puppy I know. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Getting Ready for Easter

And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. (3) His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. (4) And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. (5) But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. (6) He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. (7) Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
- Matthew 28:2-7 (ESV)