Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas


Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please to put a penny in the old man's hat;
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny then God bless you!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tea Party toy


There are lots of tea party toys on the market this season, but since my daughter said she preferred educational toys, I thought this would be welcome.  Of course, Nana is always happy to give a gift with a tea party theme.  Amazon has this Leap Frog Musical Rainbow Tea Party for a good price.


I can’t wait to enjoy this toy with my little Santa’s Elf grandbaby.  ☺ 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Cross-Stitch Teapot

Last spring I posted about a Transferware Teapot pattern that I asked hubby to stitch for me.  When I picked up the November/December issue of Just CrossStitch magazine for a stocking stuffer, I saw another pattern (last in the six part series) that I hope he will make for me.


The pattern designer is Donna Giampa and the teapot features a beautiful pair of cardinals with a pretty holly border.


How about you – do you stitch Christmas cards or special Holiday pictures for your home?  Or like me, does someone stitch them for you? 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Wilkes House in Savannah, GA


On a recent trip to Savannah I enjoyed lunch at the The Wilkes House  for the first time.  Now I can’t wait to go back.  If you enjoy Southern style food including wonderful fried chicken, cornbread dressing, sweet potato soufflĂ©, black eyed peas, okra gumbo, creamed corn, biscuits and so much more, then you’ll love Mrs. Wilkes dining room. 

From their website: “Boardinghouse Ruminations

Most Southern towns used to boast a boardinghouse where you could find a simple, quiet room and a communal dining room that offered at least two hearty meals a day. Boardinghouse food was de rigueur daily fare for locals, among them young, working class laborers, schoolteachers, bankers, washerwomen and middle-class merchants alike.

In 1943, a young Sema Wilkes took over a boardinghouse in historic downtown Savannah. Her goal was modest: to make a living by offering comfortable lodging and homestyle Southern cooking served family style in the downstairs dining room. Mrs. Wilkes picked up where the previous proprietor left off, cultivating relationships with nearby farmers who dug sweet potatoes for her in the fall and shelled whippoorwhill peas in the summer.”

This lunch served as our Thanksgiving dinner, since we were travelling the next day.  They don’t take reservations, so we lined up outside around 11:30.  It was very cold that day, but we persevered and waited about an hour before we got in.  It was fun talking to other tourists waiting in line and, as it turned out, well worth the wait. 

IMG_0739Our table was loaded with dishes, at least two dozen bowls.  It really was next to impossible to try everything.  There was something for everyone.  If you don’t like fried chicken (gasp!) there was stew, sausage & rice or pulled pork.


My plate was filled with delicious fried chicken, cabbage, mashed potatoes & gravy, mac & cheese, okra gumbo, cucumbers and collard greens.  There was banana pudding and cherry cobbler for dessert.

We’ll be back in Savannah next summer and I plan on being in line for lunch at The Wilkes House.  ☺ 

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