March 17, 2018

Collections: Baking Pies with Pie Birds

Ever see one of these? It's called a "pie bird."
Dating back to Victorian times, pie birds are placed in the center of pies
to serve as a vent for steam produced from juicy fruit fillings.
The use of one results in a nice, flaky crust,
not to mention a very cute pie!

This nursery rhyme comes to mind~
Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye...

A charming vignette.

Poultry pie birds.

Salt glaze.

Not to be outdone by their feathered friends,
a sheep, a frog and a dragon get in on the act.

Quite a collection!

Have you baked a pie with a pie bird?
If so, what did you think of the result?
(Let us know in the comments!)

Stay tuned...
I'm on the lookout for the perfect vintage pie bird
and plan to share my baking experience!

Illustration by Riani.

Here's another post in my "Collections" series:
A Show of Hands

March 14, 2018

Visiting Philly's Museum of the American Revolution


A recent addition to the many historical and cultural museums 
in Philadelphia is the Museum of the American Revolution. 
Intriguing and educational, it was a worthwhile experience for our family!

We began our tour by watching the 15 minute orientation film called Revolution.

Beginnings of unrest, discontent, and rebellion in the colonies...

This mural is part of the War at Sea exhibit,
which includes a life-size replica of a privateer ship.

A Chain of States symbolism in the flooring design.

Interesting artifacts~
A very accurate map of the Continental Army's encampment
at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania is carved on this powder horn.

One of the wood canteens issued to soldiers in the Continental Army.

See an interesting film about General George Washington
and view his original field headquarters tent.

What a wonderful way to learn about the rich history of our country!
Check out these links for information:

March 6, 2018

Best Ever Sausage Egg Breakfast Casserole

One of my favorite ways to entertain is to have family or friends over for brunch.
Breakfast casseroles are an easy way to serve many guests.

This sausage and egg casserole has been in our family for many years.
Hats off to my sister Lee for introducing this one to us.
It's become one of my go-to recipes, and I think it will for you, too!

A shout-out to Tanner Brothers Dairy Farm in Ivyland, PA,
where we always get our eggs, cheese & milk!

Best Ever Sausage Egg Breakfast Casserole

2 T butter
8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
1 dozen eggs
1/2 roll breakfast sausage, brown & drain
4 oz. can mushroom stems & pieces
2/3 C half & half

Preheat oven to 350.
Spread butter in 13 x 9 dish.
Sprinkle half of the cheese in the dish.
Break 12 eggs on top of the cheese.
Poke each yolk with a fork; do not stir.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Top with crumbled sausage and drained mushrooms.
Pour 2/3 C half & half over all.
Top with remaining cheese.
Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake 30-40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes to set.
Cut into squares with 1 egg per serving.

Thanks, Lee. Love you, Sis!

March 3, 2018

The Peaceful Paintings of Melissa Launay

I was delighted to come across the art of Melissa Launay.
She uses bold colors, often in shades of purple or blue -my favorites.
Each painting evokes a sense of peace and rest.

I'm drawn in.
I want to sip a cup of tea in her sunroom,
laze in a hammock beside her palm-fringed lagoon,
choose some ripe vegetables from her garden,
and lean on her gate to watch the sheep.

More of Melissa's work can be found here:

Images used with direct permission from Melissa Launay.

February 28, 2018

A Fun Lunch in Florida at Ford's Garage

I guess you could say I'm a sucker for any themed restaurant.
This one - Ford's Garage - is at the top of my list!
Not just for the fantastic, it's-all-in-the-details decor,
but also for the primo food they offer!

Both outside and inside, the look is a retro automotive service station,
complete with vintage Ford cars, antique gas pumps, and racks of tires.
We highly recommend this fun eatery!

Above the copper-topped bar is a Ford automobile up on the lift.
Wheels are spinning and the headlights are shining.

A mosaic of pennies is behind the craft beer taps.

Juicy burgers grilled to perfection, topped with a branded bun,
with killer onion rings on the side!

Here's the optional European Pretzel Roll.

I decided to have a veggie burger and go no-bun with the "Low Carb-uretor!"
Switched the fries for the Sweet Potato Tots.

In the wash room -gotta love it!

There are several Ford's Garages in Florida,
as well as one in Dearborn, Michigan.

So long, Sunshine State!
We'll look forward to seeing you again soon!