Sunday, May 3, 2020

Bagel Baking


    Well, being home a lot more, with everything closed down, I am cooking and baking a little bit more!
    I've been  baking these easy 2-ingredient-bagels, trying different varieties.   They are so easy and it's nice to make fresh bagels when I can't get out to the store.

My daughter Julie taught me to make these.
Super easy and so good!, Everything Bagels
 



These are "Everything Bagels"
They sell the Everything Seasoning 


 

At  home I tried them with Mrs.Dash. 


They were great, but very soft, so I'll knead them more next time to try to 
get a little chewier texture. 

Then a week later, I only had Blueberry Yogurt. So I made them , with some
 frozen blueberries mixed in at the last minute.


     They were messy, as the berries softened and got squishy, juicy, so they weren't 
shaped as neatly.  I think the extra liquid, from the fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt made
 them tougher, but I liked them chewy! 
 Now, if I only knew how to make cream cheese, since I am out of that!  




      Perfect!   Ugly, but delicious, chewy and fruity!  It's fun to experiment,
    and use what you have!  
        Next I want to make cinnamon raisin bread in my bread machine! 
     Do you have a good recipe?
                              
                                           Love, Linda










Sunday, April 26, 2020

I Live In Faith Not Fear

I am feeling like sharing a message of hope today.
The news is always so scary, we don't know whether to believe the Coronavirus threat is going away, case numbers declining or not.  Are they counting correctly, or jacking up numbers of fatalities that were not really caused by COVID-19?   It will be a while before we will know the exact truth. There is so much going on in the world, within our country there is dissent, much concern, and we can't ignore that, but we must remain calm and hopeful.   It will take a while before everyone feels "normal" again, before we recover from the trauma of isolation,  devastating financial problems, and  stressful fear.  I am troubled by the seriousness  of this deadly virus.  I am concerned about health-care workers- my daughter is a nurse.  I know we must protect the elderly. My own mother is among the vulnerable.   But I feel we will get through it. We are showing a steady decline of positive cases, and we can sensibly begin to return to our jobs and activities if we follow the common sense guidelines that the Task Force and our local officials recommend.


 I have not panicked or hoarded, and it's because I have a peace that comes from simply trusting in the Lord. He is still in control.  I know that God will take care of me.  I am not afraid of dying, and know that He will care for me, protect me and give me strength that people without  faith cannot understand.  They may think I'm silly, or ignorant, or in denial.   But I choose to live in faith, not fear.
I've been saddened by rejection of a couple people I tried to pray with.  How can you live without faith?
 I've felt bad when I couldn't help them with their anxiety, because they didn't want anything to do with hearing a Bible verse,  or just letting me pray with them.  My boyfriend expressed concern that I may be becoming a "religious fanatic".
 Still, why would I not want to share with you, the answer to calming your fear, making you feel safe, when I know in my heart that God is real, he cares for you and me.   My mother and I still sing, over the phone, every night, Does Jesus Care? , because the song has special meaning to her and me.


 Please don't suffer, when you can just trust in Him, believing there is hope.
 Please don't feel alone, because He is always with you.


 I am at times worried about my business recovering. So is everyone else.  But I do believe that Americans are strong and resilient, and will get out there again soon,  and be the consumers they are, and we will thrive once again.  I have to believe, and keep building my business, working to grow my business. I have been using this lock-down time wisely to do things I usually don't have time for.  Polishing, painting, organizing, refinishing, repairing  all my vintage treasures. I started a new online store , so maybe I can stay viable while the physical store has to be closed, and my Etsy is failing .

I was surprised to find my small tree
blossoming, when I made a recent
 " curbside pick-up"  delivery.  A sign of hope?

This is the storefront, St.Patrick's Day,
right before we had to close down.

 More importantly- I am helping home-school my grandkids, and planting seeds of God's word in their hearts.  I'm planting containers with vegetable seeds too, doing practical things, during the quarantine.
 Grow through
 what 
   you go through


Every little bit helps, so being frugal, growing things, taking
 extra special care of ourselves and our family,
staying in touch with our friends, and being extra kind
is what we can all do.


I'm hopeful and pray you are feeling hopeful too!
 Please leave me a comment , so I know someone
is reading my blog, and so I can pray for you!
Be safe, stay well and have faith- there is hope!

Love, Linda

Sunday, October 20, 2019

5 Year Survivor of Breast Cancer


      Five years is a big deal to a breast cancer survivor. 
 It's when the oncologist might say, "You're cancer-free", or
 "You can stop taking the Arimidex, that causes you so much joint and muscle pain".
At least ,that's what I dream of hearing at my biannual appointment tomorrow!



           Breast cancer steals lives and body parts, does damage to your body and mind, 
       but I am very blessed to have come through it very well.  Many are not so "lucky". 
            I was challenged, and my life was threatened, but I'm healed and stronger now.
           I've learned to trust the Lord more fully,   He was always with me. 

           I urge you to do self-exams and get mammograms because early detection 
           can save your life. It can make treatment much simpler and more effective, 
            if you are diagnosed with breast cancer. 





    With the support of friends and family, and God's grace and healing, 
I have survived!   I learned a lot too.


     But for now, let me say, I am so grateful to be here, alive and happy, feeling pretty well,
    for an old lady.  I know I'm a real senior citizen now, because I got my Medicare card!

     They still needed me, and still loved me, when I was 64!   At 65, I'm blessed to still be able
      to keep up with the grandkids. I can still go to soccer practices and games, cub scouts,
     and parades where they are on a float, even if I limp a little. 
     They still want to snuggle with me, help bake cookies, and have me pray with them at the
     school bus-stop. I don't know who enjoys it more- me or them!
     So, I think I'm doing pretty well, and I feel very blessed!

     Family, friends, sister survivors, support groups members, ministers, prayer partners-
     Thank you all, for your love and prayers, encouragement and wise counsel.
     I could not have faced this alone, your support means everything.
     Thank you for all your help and listening, thoughtful gestures and gifts
     that helped me so much.
     Thank you to all those wonderful professionals who have cared for me at the hospital,
      doctor's offices, diagnostic centers, and labs.
       Doctors, nurses, physical therapist, technicians, receptionists, all of you!
      Your incredible expertise and overwhelming kindness have not gone unnoticed
       or unappreciated, and will always be remembered!
     

Love, Linda

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New Shop!

     I just opened a new shop, in the small town of  Berlin, New Jersey, about 15 minutes from my home. 
 It's called Linda's Vintage Treasures!
     It all happened very quickly, the little bake shop became available, and we took a chance and decided to have a store with all our old things.  It's something I've always wanted to do, and I already had plenty of stock to sell! 
     The neighbors have been welcoming me, customers are finding me.  I've made some wonderful new friends!
     The town's business association has invited me to join and is promoting my business!
































 


We're ready to go, with gifts for Dad, weddings and grads!
 Something for everyone! I'm grateful for this opportunity!  
I can't say thank you enough, to my daughters, my friends and family for all your support and encouragement!  

  Love,   Linda

Sunday, January 27, 2019

My Hot Tea Month Celebration, Part 2

Welcome to my virtual tea party!  Each day, all month,  a different tea and a different tea cup!
 Most are from my collection, and some are my friend's tea ware!

Day 16  
             This is an old tea cup my daughter inherited from her great-grandmother.
                    I'm having Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea.   I'm fighting the flu!
  


Day 17 
  Tea Time Magazine featured this fresh idea! Salad cleverly served in pretty tea cups!
 Super cute!  I'm having soup in my tea cup today, though. 




Day 18          Delicate Rose China cup, Made in Occupied Japan, 
                                and Thomas Kinkade teapot with Bentley Blackberry Tea
             

     
  Day 19            My Believe mug and Thomas Kinkade teapot 
                      If you believe you'll get anything you ask for in prayer.  Matthew 21:24



Day 20            Queen Ann  China  filled with Lipton Soothing Moments Blackberry tea



Day  21   Cheery cherry tea cup -a happy memory from a tea  party I attended last summer. 
                   A friendly group of ladies, set up a tea room, filled with local art, pretty china 
                  and sparkling conversation. We had good tea, scones with clotted cream and 
               fresh peach conserve and lots of other yummy teatime sandwiches and treats.

                         .                                         
Lemonade Scones
An easy, yummy scone, from Best Recipes.com.au/recipe/lemonade-scones-L325.html
     
Click here for tea some yummy sandwich recipes, from TeaTime Magazine
                 


Day 22    My brown transferware, Harvest Time Johnson Bros. Ironstone
                                          I'm sipping Bentley Raspberry Green Tea                                                                


Day 23        My daughter Julie's gorgeous china, inherited from her Grandmother. 
                              it is  Johann Haviland, Bavaria, Germany.
                                         We'll have tea here with Grandma soon!                                                


Day  24,     My mother's  88th birthday, 
                    my blog's 8th  anniversary,                                                        and also my Etsy shop's  7th anniversary                       This pretty set is for her today, I have a matching birthday angel figure! 






My other , Betty , with Thomas, me and Emilie





    Day 25    Bigelow lemon tea at Sandee's, with her beautiful brown transferware
                               Alfred Meakin Staffordshire china.
                              Always a delightful time, having tea with such a dear friend.



Day 26          Chinese Tea with Maureen,and  a delicious lunch at the 
Eastern Phoenix Restaurant. in downtown Hammonton, N.J. 
Some great antique shopping too, at my friend's antiques and vintage store,
               Vintage Betty's, the  Antiques  Marketplace , and  Ideal Blend      .                                                  
      


    Day  27       
   I like to mix  new things with my vintage stuff.  
                     Here  is a cute Mary Engelbreit teapot plate, with my not-old red teapot, 
       and an old ironstone cup. We're having herbal peppermint tea today!




















Day 28           Drinking  delicious  St. Dalfour's Golden Peach Tea
                                                      from a vintage Del Mar teacup, Made in Japan                                                                                                   






I love teacups with designs inside!         
                     


                                                                             







Day 29         What a nasty night, gonna get really cold  now and freeze up, after raining                                           almost all day and all evening,a nice cup of Benner chamomile herb
 tea is perfect to warm me up!

                       




 Maybe a couple
         Magic bars too!                                                                                                               




Day 30        A fine bone china tea cup, for sale in my Etsy shop!
www.etsy.com/listing/225410710
                                                       Sipping Stash Flowery Darjeeling                                                                  



Day 31,    the last day of  National Hot Tea Month,
 What will I do for fun now?

This delicate tea cup is from a dear friend and  I broke the saucer!  
But I love it and I'll find another suacer, it's okay to mix and match!




Thank you for coming to my virtual month-long tea party!
  It was so much fun! 

Visit my facebook page for lots of tea quotes, tea history and pretty tea things!
All  January, and all sorts of  other vintage goodness too!

               

Happy Teatime!  Show me your favorite tea cup in your comments!
                 Love, Linda