Sunday, April 26, 2009
Here's the entrance of the Knights Ferry Boutique. How quaint it is! Doesn't this entry just promise that there will be one-of-a-kind treasures inside? I just love the little, white picket fence!
here. You can see they sell other items too like hand-painted signs, stylish jewelry, and hand-knit baby items.
This is artist Michelle Maher she paints signs, furniture, ladders, etc. Michelle has the support of her dear husband, son, father and mother. They are such a wonderful family. Michelle has been so nice to paint some custom signs for The Green Pea and they are sooooo cute.
Here is Anita with Lucy (with a muzzle and a tummy harness) walking along with us, Lucy is not very fond of other dogs.....that is why she wears a muzzle. There is my friend Margarete waving. Anita is holding my paper holder/cutter that came from the old Knox dress shop that was in Sonora on Main Street for many, many years. It would make a sweet little shelf, I will take some pictures and show them later...
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tiramisu looking down at her friends as she walks the railing of the patio chair.
Tiramise looking pretty on the garden bench. I think she really likes her picture taken...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Look at the very pretty lady showing me her hat decorated with lots of flowers. Red and purple they were everywhere all over the store........
This is Phyllis standing with the ladies at Leonardo's. Just getting ready to visit with me.
Here they are getting their picture taken, we could not fit all of them in at once. So we took a few more pictures. Thank you ladies for the visit. Blessings, Sandi
Sunday, April 12, 2009
My daughter took pictures for me of their busy week and just sent them my way. They ran out of time and didn't get the entire project completed, but I think it turned out just fabulous! Plus it gives Mr. Pea another excuse to visit our daughter again.
Our daughter is thrilled with the way it turned out.
The bedroom is pictured below. The wall with the window is where the bookcases will go. Mr. Pea thought it was best to assemble the bookcases in the room itself since they were supposed to go to the ceiling.
I think Mr. Pea loves his daughter; don't you??
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Three weeks ago, as I was driving home from work, I saw something run across the street in front of me. It was a little black blur! I stopped alongside the road and combed the two-foot tall grass to discover a tiny little chick. It was peeping and its mommy was nowhere in sight. Being the softhearted, animal-lover that I am, I had to take it (he? she?) home.
The little chick was so hungry and thirsty! After getting it fed, we cuddled for awhile before I put it in a bird cage. I decided to name it "Tiramisu."
I have begun to let Tiramisu sleep in the bathroom at night, at least until it warms up outside. During the day I turn it loose to wander around my backyard and eat the bugs. As soon as the sun goes down in the evenings, I can hear it peeping on the back doorstep from inside the house. When I open the back door, Tiramisu hops right in and walks to the bathroom to go to bed. Since it is growing larger by the minute, I am hoping it will stay outside at night soon!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Sue's Country Barn
12607 E. Hwy 120 Manteca, CA 95336
Sale Begins: Thursday Evening, April 23rd
6:00 pm-9:00 pm
with Wine & Hors d'oeuvres
Friday April 24th thru Sunday May 3rd
OPEN DAILY 10:00 am-4:00 pm
cell:607-6013 Sue CASH OR CHECKS ONLY
Remember Sue always has a barn full of treasures!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The Gas Bash is a well-kept secret until now. It is held in March each year at a private ranch in Escalon. The vendors sell antique and collectible signs, gas pumps, and gas station memos . This last year there were a few old telephone booths from England in the mix---they were so cool painted red.
I found an old ice cream sign I really wanted but it was too much $$ for me.
The owner of the ranch allows everyone to walk through his large work shop. What a treat! I really enjoyed all of the signs. Next year I will remind everyone when it comes to town.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Our daughter knows that Mr. Pea's favorite ice cream is rocky road. She had a special "birthday" dessert for him and his son-in-law (whose birthday is in two weeks!) to share.
Mmmmm!! Layers of toasted walnuts, marshmallow cream, chocolate sauce, vanilla and chocolate ice creams on a cookie crust! This dessert was easy to make and was a real hit with the birthday boys.
My daughter found the recipe on Epicurious.com and made a few alterations according to reviewer's recommendations. Here it is:
- 1/2 bag of Oreo cookies (9 ounces)
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
For milk chocolate fudge sauce
- 2/3 cup whipping cream
- 8 ounces imported milk chocolate (such as Lindt), chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For marshmallow sauce
- 4 cups miniature marshmallows (about 7 1/2 ounces)
- 1/3 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
- 1 quart chocolate ice cream, slightly softened
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped (about 3 3/4 ounces)
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Finely grind oreo cookies in processor. Add melted butter and process until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake crust until set, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
Make milk chocolate fudge sauce:
Bring cream just to simmer in medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add milk chocolate; let stand 1 minute. Whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Let stand at room temperature until sauce cools and thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.
Make marshmallow sauce:
Combine marshmallows and cream in large metal bowl. Set bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Stir until marshmallows melt and mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes. Remove bowl from over water; stir in vanilla. Let stand until slightly cooled but still pourable, about 10 minutes.
Spread 1 quart chocolate ice cream evenly in cooled crust. Drop half of milk chocolate sauce by tablespoonfuls over ice cream, spacing apart. Sprinkle half of walnuts over sauce. Drizzle half of marshmallow sauce over walnuts. Freeze until sauces are set, about 10 minutes.
Spread 1 quart vanilla ice cream evenly in crust. Drop remaining milk chocolate sauce by tablespoonfuls over ice cream. Drizzle remaining marshmallow sauce over, allowing some chocolate sauce to show through. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Freeze until pie is firm, about 4 hours. (Can be made 5 days ahead. Cover tightly with foil. Keep frozen.)
Cut around pan sides to loosen. Let pie soften slightly at room temperature, about 10 minutes. Remove pan sides.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Downtown Escalon, my building is the one with the flat awning . Look! dirt roads, horses and cars all along Main Street. My building was built in 1906 and most of the town burnt to the ground in 1920. I do not know the date of this picture but it's somewhere in between those dates.
Look at this beautiful old oak train station bench. It originally had six iron arm rests (I was told that the iron rests would keep anyone from being able to lie down on the bench). When the bench was no longer needed in the train station the city used it in the park in the state of Washington. Eventually it was purchased by a family in WA and they moved to Escalon. I bought it at an estate sale some years ago. The condition is great and it should be around for many years to come.
Here are some burlap hand made place mats with Bon Appe'tit embroidered acrossed them. They have sold very well, I have about eight of them left. Hurry if you are interested......
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I also have some new blogging friends that I would love to meet face to face while I am in Canton!
Allow me to introduce you to Mr. Pea.
You are bound to find Mr. Pea staying busy around the store someplace. Here he is checking out the custom door he constructed. The doorway was so large he had to brick it in to make it a smaller opening. This area was once a livery stable and this doorway was wide enough to lead a horse through! (Poor Mr. Pea; he was once a golfer and look now what I have him doing!!)
Currently Mr. Pea is laying down bricks in different rooms. He is even bricking the floor beneath the staircase that is now closet space. These bricks have yet to be grouted. I will update you with more pictures as he finishes. Hurry, Mr. Pea, I have some other projects I haven't told you about yet!! (Stay tuned for those too.)