Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bee Kind ~ Celebrate World Honey Bee Day

August 17, 2019 ~ World Honey Bee Day!

 Please come join in the 
celebration out on the terrace.

 We are serving sweet 
honey lemon bee hive cakelets.

Everyone knows I'm a collector at heart.
Are you surprised that I would have a collection
of bee hive honey pots and other bee items?

 Buzz right on in and get a "bees" eye view
of all the bee inspired details.

 Mack the Bear is here to also share some 
important details about the day. 

A day to honor those busy buzzing bees who are responsible 
for more than a third of the food we enjoy eating.
A day to honor those dedicated honey bee enthusiast 
who care for the hives of bees across the world.

Mack the Bear wants to put a "bee in your bonnet"!
There are many envionmental issues that affect honey bees today.

We all need to be aware of what we 
can do to make a difference.
The Honey Bee Conservency 
offers excellent suggestions here.

Don't forget:

Plant a garden of bee loving plants. 

Support your local bee keepers.

Buy local honey and .   .   . 

Take advantage of the many 
health benefits associated with local honey.

Sadie encourages you to 
become an advocate for bees.

"Woof, Woof"
Spread the word!

If interested, you can find the recipe for 
Honey Lemon Cakelets 

Ten Ways to Make Your Yard More Friendly
to Bees and Other Pollinators 

Let's Celebrate 
World Honey Bees 

~ Save the Bees ~

Sadie Mercedes and I always 
appreciate your comments and visits.
Thank you for buzzing in today.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Celebrate with the Hedgehogs ~ National S'mores Day

Come celebrate with the hedghogs for
National S'mores Day!

Summer isn't summer without s'mores!
I'm long retired from my days in an elementary classroom,
but if I were still teaching, I'd have a small teepee set up
for a quiet reading spot that would include a couple of these big, soft pillows fom MacKenzie-Childs.  
I predict such a reading corner would be in high demand for those students looking for some quiet solitude.  

Sadie doesn't read, 

but she agrees this cute MacKenzie-Childs pillow is a 
perfect soft addition for lounging.

It was also the springboard for setting a dessert tray to 
celebrate the day with s'mores and an afternoon cup of expresso.

Too hot for a campfire, so I'm serving these delicious bites
 of chocolate with roasted marshmallows ~ S'mores Tiny Pies.

Do you see those cute little hedgehogs?
Chocolate is toxic to dogs, so
I added a safe little treat for our Sadie girl.
Trader Joe's Organic Honey Hedgehog Cookies
are for people, but a bite or two is safe for Sadie.

The petite cup and saucer was a antique shop find  
last fall when I visited Kansas City.
It's the perfect size for an expresso, but mostly it was the rim of words that name different animals that intrigued me.
This teacher loving heart couldn't resist it!

S'mores is the contraction of "some more"!
As a young  Girl Scout, camping always ended 
with these gooey chocolate treats.
As an adult, campfires are no longer a frequent occurance 
in my life, but I never turn down a chance to indulge 
in a s'more of any variety.

S'mores Tiny Pies, 
chocolate custard baked in a graham cracker crust and topped with homemade marshmallows roasted to perfection.

What is your favorite way to eat s'mores?

Congratulations to Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen,
the winner of our Starbucks Besties Gift Card.
Thank you to all who visited and left a comment on 
Fun in the Sun with Miss Merri Mac.
If you missed the post, you can read it here.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Fun in the Sun with Miss Merri Mac

Welcome to a special summer edition of 
Tales of the Traveling Totes!

Are you a buzy bee this summer?
Is you summer filled with special trips and events?
 No travels for my BFF Miss Merri Mac and myself.
We are at home for the summer!
Most mornings are spent taking an early walk in the 
neighborhood, then some time in the garden.

Texas can get pretty hot in the summer, with temps
reaching triple digits and high humitity.
Best to stay inside reading, stitching, 
and visiting my favorite blogs and Instagram accounts.

That said,  Miss Merri Mac and I invite you 
to come in out of the heat 
and join us for a sweet, cold treat.
A little tidbit you may not know about me ~
I have a daily Starbucks habit.
It's my pick-me-up time late afternoon.
My drink of choice is a non-fat coffee Frappuccino
with an extra pump of coffee roast and an affogato shot on top.
No flavors or whipped cream for me!
Give me the caffine!

What's you favorite way to beat the heat?
Are you a Starbucks regular?
What's your favorite drink?

To celebrate summer, Miss Merri Mac
and I are offering one of our readers 
Starbucks drinks on us.
☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀ ☀
Leave a comment and tell me about your summer fun in the sun.
 Let me know if you are a Starbucks fan 
and would like to be entered into the drawing.
~ Giveaway Closed ~ 
Congratulations to Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Korner
😎 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎
Grab your bestie 
to get out of the heat 
and join you for a sweet, cold treat.
Happy Summer!
Click on over to visit my Traveling Tote Buddies for more 
~ Fun in the Sun ~

Patti and Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box (w/ Giveaway)
Debbie and Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily and Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna and Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P and Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah and Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul 
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Horray for the Red, White, and Blue

Horray for the Red, White, and Blue

The red and white and starry blue
Is Freedom's shield and hope. ~ John Philip Sousa

Flag Day ~ June 14th

A few thrifty finds just in 
time to honor the Stars and Stripes!

Staffordshire Liberty Blue 
Promotional Pattern Developed for 
Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings and Loan
to Commemorate the Company's 50th Anniversary in 1975
and the American Bicentennial Celebrated in 1976

The dinnerware features fifteen 
different historical scenes, all from Colonial America.

The borders are a typical floral 
often seen on English transferware.

The cereal bowl features Betsy Ross,
the legendary seamstress credited with 
making the first American flag.

Each piece is marked on the back 
with the name of the historic scene.

This dinner plate 
features Independence Hall.

The mark on the dinner plate is much more 
refined and includes specific information about the 
original copper engraving used to produce the scene.

~ Red ~ White ~ Blue ~
~ Stars ~ Stripes ~

The perfect patriotic dishes!

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits
I like to buy vintage hankies and scarves to use as 
napkins and tray covers.  The added texture is unexpected.

~ F is for flag ~
It's red for love, and it's white for law, 
And it's blue for the hope that our forefathers saw 
Of a larger liberty.