Vintage English Dessert Serving Plate Johnson Brothers

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When you think of Johnson Brothers you typically don’t think of Shabby Chic styles such as this lovely round dessert cake server! Fine vintage quality English porcelain by the “BOYS”, the Johnson Brothers. Sweet!

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Pretty floral swags including pink roses and blue accents. Love the flared gold accented handles for easy carrying! So pretty for a dessert party, tea party or wedding shower! We’ve paired this plate with some pretty mismatched vintage flatware, small knives for easy cutting and dessert forks!

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Just add some pretty desserts and your all set!

Vintage Elegant Happy Hour for 2!

So you have had a long day and it’s finally quitting time! You rush home to enjoy a little relaxation time with your best bud (aka hubby, friend, cat or dog, I’m sure I’m leaving others off the list so my apologies). Treat yourself to a pretty scene!

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This is a great vintage glass ice bucket, small scale, thus for 2! It still holds plenty of ice for a happy hour treat and of course can be used for parties etc but in our hectic lives, I like to emphasize you treating “you” nicely!

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See. Holds plenty of ice!

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Great detailing and lines with a pretty gold metal trim on the rim and for handle. I love to set this up in my bar area with some easily accessible glasses, stirrers etc. So pretty in a silverplate tray or even tole tray. Ready to go when you come home!

This doubles nicely as a fresh flower vase too!

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So, I hope I have inspired you to treat yourself to a pretty happy hour instead of one standing up in your kitchen beginning to cook dinner! Relax, take the time to enjoy and unwind!

Thanks for reading,

Chrissy x0x0

My Mac & Cheese Attack…..

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Mac and cheese attack (with ham)…I just had to do it!

Last night I had a severe craving for mac and cheese. No idea where that came from nor did I even get a chance to display it in a pretty plate for you before I ate it! (sorry). But here is an upclose shot and recipe….indulge:
1 pound box of corkscrew pasta
1 tablespoon salt
Boil pot of water and add pasta. Cook for just 6 minutes. While waiting for the pot to boil. Saute 1/2 of thinly chopped onion in 2 tablespoons of butter plus drizzle of olive oil (about 2 tablespoons). Once onions are opaque, add 3 heaping tablespoons of flower to make your rue. Stir around the flower and saute for about 1 minute. Then add 1 cup of chicken stock, 1 cup of milk (I actually used low fat), a tablespoon of dijon mustard and I added a splash of white wine (optional and by splash I mean 1/4 cup). Bring the liquid to a boil whisking to remove any lumps from the flower. This should start to thicken in a few moments….as it thickens, reduce heat and add 2 bags of shredded cheese. I used sharp cheddar but feel free to mix different types of cheese. Once it thickens and cheese is absorbed into the mixture, take pot off heat. By then your pasta will be done, drain well. Mix pasta and mixture well. I added the pre-cooked ham in diced pieces at this time. Transfer to large casserole dish, sprinkle top with bread crumbs and more cheese. Stick under broiler for about 3 to 5 minutes until cheese melts on top and bread crumbs brown….wait for it….ahh..now dive in once it cools. Enjoy!

Mom’s Famous 4th of July Potato Salad

Mom’s Famous Potato Salad for the 4th of July! 
Served in a lovely antique transferware tureen and matching under plate. We also used stunning silver plate fork and spoon set! Here is Mom’s recipe for yummy simple potato salad:

5 pounds of baking potatoes
4 hard boiled eggs
1 cup of salad dressing (we used Miracle Whip)
1/2 of onion diced finely
large bunch of parsley roughly chipped
1 tsp of salt (taste to test)
1/2 tsp of pepper

Boil your potatoes and eggs in one pot. Boil the eggs for about 8 minutes and the potatoes about 20 minutes until fork tender. After the potatoes cool and the eggs as well, peel them both. Cut into bite size pieces. Dice up your onion and parsley. In a large mixing bowl gently toss potatoes, eggs, salad dressing, salt, pepper, onions and parsley. And as Mom says, taste to test! Add more S&P as you like. Mom’s special secret too is to add a drizzle of olive oil at the end..adds a nice fresh taste! Here are some photos of the potatoes and eggs boiling together to save clean up time and our potato salad all ready to go to the party!