F Simple and Serene Living: September 2011 09 10
Thursday, September 29, 2011

happy coffee day

Today is National Coffee Day, so to all you coffee drinkers, and you know who you are, have a happy day. I love coffee, but as I have a big problem with caffeine, I only drink decaf. I know B-O-R-I-N-G.

To brighten up your day, here are some fun vintage images.

Wishing you a fun, wide awake kind of day.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

overnight blueberry french toast

Fall is here, the holidays are on their way and now that it has cooled off, I am once again thinking about cooking in the oven. I found this old Amish recipe that sounds delicious for a special big family breakfast. I like the fact that you make it the night before and then pop it in the oven in the morning. I'm thinking my grandchildren will really like this one. 

Overnight Blueberry French Toast

12           thick slices of bread cut into 1" cubes
1            8-oz. pkg. cream cheese cut in 1/2" cubes
1 1/2      cups blueberries (fresh, frozen, or canned)
12          eggs
3            cups maple syrup
2            cups milk

Place half the bread cubes in a buttered 9" x 13" baking pan. Distribute all the cream cheese on top. Add remaining bread cubes and blueberries. Set aside. In a bowl, beat the eggs, syrup, and milk; pour evenly in the pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Then cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 20 to 30 minutes (longer if necessary) until golden brown. Serve immediately.

I'm picturing your family gathering around your farmhouse table this upcoming holiday season.


Have a wonderful day.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

etsy shopping on a monday

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Friday, September 23, 2011

clawfoot tubs

I love clawfoot bathtubs, although they are a bit difficult to get out of with cranky knees. When I was a child, I used to love to go to my grandparents home because they had such a cool clawfoot tub. My daughter's family has one in the 1800s farmhouse they recently purchased. They have been discussing ways to add a shower to it as it stands out in the room away from the walls.  I just love to see how other people incorporate them into their vintage bathroom decor.

I love that they have left this one with its vintage wear on the sides. 


If you don't have to worry about peeking neighbors, this is a lovely way to go. 


This looks like a great way to add a shower.


or this one.


Wow, this is kind of the ultimate isn't it?


Just a nice old fashioned feel to this.


as I'm sitting here dreaming about bathtubs, I am noticing the dust that seems to be accumulating on my furniture. Guess it is time to do something about that. Have a great day.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

farmhouse furniture shopping

It must be Monday, because my body has not wanted to wake up. Monday, ugh, that day that the weekend is over and it's time to head out to the office. WAIT!!! I don't have to do that, anymore. I get to stay at home and run my wonderful vintage business, and since it is Monday, I get to cruise around Etsy and do some shopping. Now I am definitely awake. 

I decided to punch in farmhouse furniture under handmade to see what those talented folks have to offer in their shops. Here is a sample of what I found.

1800s reclaimed heartpine table and bench

painted cottage distressed cabinet

primitive rolling pin spice rack

primitive step stool bench

plate rack cupboard

garden table

painted early american jelly cupboard

Have a great day.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

vintage glam inspiration

some fun vintage glamour inspiration for your Friday.






so, you may be wondering if I am planning to attend a fancy ball, or rejoin the ballet after all these years, or become a debutante. well, no, i am actually sitting here in my jammies having a cup of tea and trying to get myself motivated to just get my jeans on. my imagination just got the best of me. I don't actually even wear high heels anymore, because my youngest daughter informed me, quite some time ago, that I was too inclined to fall off of them and kill innocent bystanders. 

Oh well, a girl can dream. hope you have a dreamy day too.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

vegetarian lasagna

I love lasagna, but as I don't eat beef, I am always looking for new vegetarian versions. Here are a couple of finds that I am going to try.

This looks like a fairly simple recipe with not too many ingredients and lots of cheese.

Hearty Vegetable Lasagna
from allrecipes


1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 (26 ounce) jars pasta sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 (15 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse with cold water, and drain.
In a large saucepan, cook and stir mushrooms, green peppers, onion, and garlic in oil. Stir in pasta sauce and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
Mix together ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and eggs.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread 1 cup tomato sauce into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer 1/2 each, lasagna noodles, ricotta mix, sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layering, and top with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese.
Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

This has a few more veggies.

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta Filling

Serves at least 8
Vegetarian; not vegan or gluten-free

  • Prep time: 30 minutes

    Cook time: 1 hour

    1 plastic produce bag stuffed tightly full of spinach (preferably not baby spinach)
    1 lb. ricotta
    2 eggs
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 head cauliflower florets and some stem, cut small
    2 large (28 oz.) cans plain tomato sauce
    zest from 1 lemon
    1.5 pounds no-boil lasagna noodles (or regular lasagna noodles, par-boiled)
    salt, pepper to taste
    1 lb. grated mozzarella
    4 oz. grated parmesan cheese

    Clean the spinach well and wilt it, cool, squeeze out all water, stir it into the ricotta along with the nutmeg. Salt and pepper to taste, then beat in the eggs.
    Saute the onion & garlic  in a good amount of olive oil, add the cauliflower and saute 5 minutes, add the tomato sauce and lemon zest, simmer 5 minutes, salt to taste
    Oil an 11" x 13" pan (at least 2" deep). Build up layers of noodles, sauce, ricotta mixture, and mozzarella. Be sure to get the noodles quite wet since they are the no-boil type and need plenty of moisture. You'll have about 4 layers total. I do sauce on every layer, but ricotta on some and mozzarella on others. Do what you feel.
    Finish with a heavy layer of mozzarella and the parm, mixed together.
    Bake at 375 F., covering with tin foil part of the time if needed to avoid overbrowning. It is done when internal temp is say 170 F. (check a few spots) or when you can easily pierce the noodles with a fork, and the sauce is bubbling around the sides.
    If the cheese isn't crispy and brown enough, finish judiciously with the broiler.
    Allow to rest at least 15 minutes before serving so it has time to set up a bit.

    add some fresh Italian bread


    a tasty salad



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