How is your week going so far? Mine has gone really well so far.
My sweet friend over at Red Pine Mountain sent me these latte bowls. She had them up as a giveaway. Not that many people entered. Too bad for them, but very happy lucky for me :) :) These bowls are from a company called Anthropologie. Aren't they just the cutest? Plus, they are very vintage chic.
THE GREEN LATTE BOWL WITH ALL MY OTHER TREASURES, EVEN MY STUFFED PINK CAT NAMED MR. KITTY :) :)
I decided to have coffee today. I made my own version of a "Depression" (as in Depression Era) mocha latte coffee. My little stuffed pink cat, Mr. Kitty, decided he wanted to drop by for some tea, too :) :)
If you remember, Mr. Kitty is the stuffed pink kitty cat that I made when I was just a mere five years old. I cut out the fabric, decorated it, stuffed it, sewed it together. Mr. Kitty and I go way back :) :) He's my precious toy from childhood. His eyes look a bit strange, like they burn with the fires of Mordor (remember the movies Lord of the Rings? )...but I was only five years old :) :) Anyways, I think Mr. Kitty fits in just nicely with everything today :) :)
My sewing box always looks like that, too. It seems like I can't make up my mind what to do with it. So I pile it with memories that make me smile :) :) Gifts, treasures, antiques.....:)
Mr. Kitty loves to be color coordinated with his tea things, so he chose the pink floral teacup today. I think it is a really nice compliment to the green latte bowl, too.
THIS IS ACTUALLY WHERE I ENJOYED MY "DEPRESSION ERA" MOCHA THIS MORNING. THE PINK FLORAL FABRIC IN THE BACKGROUND IS ACTUALLY A BAG THAT I USE WHEN I'M GROCERY SHOPPING AT THE STORE OR THE FARMER'S MARKET.
Normally, I would sit at the table. However, my table is FULL of craft stuff and other things. So I sat in my dad's recliner and set the mocha on my wooden bench. It was great :) :) I watched a little bit of tv while enjoying my coffee. I'll post the "recipe" at the end of this post today :) It's really easy. It was just a matter of using what I already had in the kitchen :)
I have to watch my money, which means I cannot shop at yardsales/garage sales as often as I would like to. However, I had to purchase that little coffee tin because it was only a quarter . I thought it would make a cute container for sewing supplies. What do you think? What would you use it for?
The hot pad is great. I like this style in particular, because it's like a mitt without covering up your whole hand. I have another one like it that has a coffee theme on it. The green hotpad has a picture of a barn. In one of my magazines, there's a project that takes hotpads like this and extra fabric. You use the extra fabric to cover the hotpad. So you make it prettier, more vintage chic AND you have recycled an item all at the same time :) :)
You can also see some of my Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and a glass latch/hook jar. I've been using a lot of recipes out of those cookbooks lately. So they are always nearby. The glass jar was purchased at my church's yard sale for $1. I love jars like this and Mason jars, too. I LOVE Mason jars. So this will make a really pretty storage container for something really cute someday :) :)
MY RECIPE FOR DEPRESSION ERA MOCHA LATTE COFFEE:
*1 packet of instant coffee
*1 packet of cocoa mix
*some milk, however much you like
* sugar - to taste
Set some water to boil. While that is coming to boil, mix all the other ingredients together in a nice latte bowl ( or cup). The order of ingredients doesn't matter, since it's all going to mix with the boiling water, anyway :)
Once the water has come to a boil, turn off the heat. Add boiling water and stir until everything is well blended.
Make sure to drink this in a really cute latte bowl or mug. It's a guarantee that it will taste better :) :) In any case, this tasted really, really good :) :) I added just a bit of granulated white sugar to help sweeten it up a bit. It turned out surprisingly well. It was really cheap, too, because I just had to buy the milk. Everything else I already had at home :) :)
I'd love to hear some of your "Depression Era" tips and recipes. Most of us have relatives who lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s. Economic times were tough here in the States and around the world. I know it's not that bad now, however, it's important to be wise with what we've been given . So I made up this recipe , because it was cheap and met a need. In this case, my need for a good cup of coffee :) :) :)
Oh, welcome to all the new followers. I definitely notice all of you. Welcome, welcome to my blog ;) :) You make my heart very happy. Feel free to sit a spell and visit ;) :)
One last thing, you have probably heard about the devastating tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. The town has been virtually decimated/wiped out...even important facilities like hospitals and fire stations. Please pray for the people there. Pray for the weather. It's a difficult time for them right now. There are so many prayer needs. Right now pray for the people who are on the ground doing the daily task of trying to help the people there. There's so much to be done. They really need our prayers and support!! It is a difficult thing to see the images on the news. It's a very insecure world that we live in. However, God is the one sure thing in a world of uncertainties. In the midst of all this, there is hope we can cling too :) :) Thanks, folks :) :)
That's the news from Oregon today. Love and hugs, Heather :)