Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Guest House

Living on a mountainside can be very interesting.  Some of the houses are built right into the hillside so that you enter them through the basement.  This is the case with my guesthouse.  Someday, I will refinish this basement but for now it is dark and scary.  I did hang this old schoolhouse chalkboard at the entryway in the laundry room and it is fun to play with.  Blogspot is giving me fits this morning and I have lots of photos to post so I apologize for some being out of order.

I made homemade marshmallows for my guests to toast in the outdoor fireplace.

I filled the candy jars.

I made peanut butter cookies for munching.

And stocked the refrigerator.

The kitchen witch apron and hat hangs right by the back door just in case someone wants to whip up some magic.

My antique German spice set.

The canisters that match it sit above the plates.

I made them a loaf of rosemary bread to go with the meat and cheese platter.

This door leads to the terraced orchard.

One side of the living room.

One of my favorite paintings.

Looking from the living room to the kitchen.

These doors are in the dining room and go out to the patio and the fireplace.

This is a double fireplace in the middle of the room.

An upstairs bathroom .

One of the 4 bedrooms. The photo on the floor is of my daughter with Jaromir Jagr when she was little. She had such a crush on him.

The bedroom where my guests will sleep.

Back downstairs in the main room. There used to be a sofa by that table but my daughter took it to her place and I haven't replaced it yet.

Another bathroom on the top floor.  This one has the original tub, mud slip floor and wall tile.  The window looks out on the gardens.

This bedroom has bunk beds.

And a dollhouse.

I made these blocks for The Blog Tech when he was born.

The 4th bedroom.

This is the lower pond which you can see and hear from the kitchen and dining room.

Antique Argentinian cedar doors leading to the vegetable garden off of the patio.

This is the powder room on the first floor.  It also has the original mud slip floor.

A bronze and silver dragon door knocker on the powder room door.
The dining room.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!  Off to a festival!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Beans and Greens

I have house guests this weekend and I have been working furiously to get my guest house ready.  What a job!  You really can't let things sit for long times without attending to them.  I got it done and I am stocking the refrigerator.  I made a large loaf of rosemary bread and was thinking of what might be good for a late night snack and I thought that garlicky greens and beans would be good to eat with the bread.
 First I fried some Italian sausage in a bit of olive oil.

 Remove the sausage and set it aside but leave the oil in the pan.

 Add 1 diced large onion to the oil and cook for 2 minutes.

 Sprinkle it with some cracked black pepper and dried thyme. Sprinkle in a bit of red pepper flakes.

 Add 2 tablespoons of butter.

And lots of minced garlic.  I used about 6 cloves. Saute' for about 2 minutes.
 Add about 8oz. of spinach.

 Cook for a few minutes until the spinach wilts.
Add about 1-1/2 cups of chicken stock.
 Add 2 cans of drained and rinsed cannelloni beans.  Cook this until the liquid is almost completely absorbed and the remaining sauce has thickened.

 Slice the sausage and add it back to the beans. Add salt to taste.  I added 1 chicken bouillon cube for added flavor and it had enough salt that I did not add extra.

 Sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese before serving. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Cool Chow Chow and Spaghetti Salad

This is what Teddy does all day to stay cool.  I actually found her leaning on the fan yesterday.  This weather is horrible and she is one smart puppy! Cool stone, A/C and a fan blowing is Chow Chow heaven during hot weather. If I could just get her to go in the pool!
 With temps right around 100 degrees, I wanted to feed the kids something cool for their Wednesday lunch so I made them good old-fashioned spaghetti salad. I quadrupled the recipe to feed 30 kids so I will give you the instructions for 1 recipe.  Dice 1 onion, 1 zucchini, 1 cucumber, 3 stalks of celery, 1 green pepper, 1 can of black olives and 1 container of cherry tomatoes.

 Add 1/2 lb. of diced pepperoni and an 8 oz. block of cubed cheddar cheese.

 Boil 1 lb. of spaghetti until al dente and rinse with cold water.

 Toss it all around.

 Add 1-1/2 cups of Italian dressing.

 I made my own but most recipes call for a bottle of zesty Italian from the grocery store.

 Add 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and toss to coat all the spaghetti.

The Blog Tech said the kids devoured it.