The Porch

Welcome to Betty's favorites! My name is Betty and I am a self proclaimed "Serial Plate Collector!" Please, take out your best tea cup, fix yourself some tea and stay a while.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

For A Son, Scott Who's A Special Blessing

Happy Birthday Scott ~

Life holds some spectacular blessings,
and one of the greatest by far
is having a son
who turned out to be
the warm, caring person your are.

Happy Birthday With Love,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tea Cup Tuesday

Tea Cup Tuesday...

Our first teacup Tuesday and my photos are
not ready and it will be a while longer.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Write it on your heart

Write it on your heart
that every day is the
best day in your year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


All this beautiful snow makes me feel warm inside, and desire to cook some good old fashioned food.  So, the pinto beans are on and meatloaf will soon be in the oven.

What is your favorite snowy day meal?

Stay safe and drive carefully,

Beautiful Winter Wonderland

From the porch...
the scenery is wonderous.  Our 3 dogwood trees heavely laden with snow in the form of balls.  I must buy a new cell phone for taking pictures.  Wish you could see it from the porch.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Royal Daulton Salt & Pepper Set

Royal Daulton Chanticlair Salt (hen) & Pepper (rooster)
set 2004, Studio, Rooster, Flowers, Stripes.

This photo is from the Royal Dalton ad.  A copy of my set, found at the Good Will in January 2012.  I've always been attracted to roosters but this is my only choice.
They are so cute and adorable.  I have bought rooster items for family gifts and this set is the best.
All their red colors are striking.  I am a thrift shopper of the Good Will and find some
beautiful home decor.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Belle Ayers Tea Parlor and Boutique: Apron Collection

Belle Ayers Tea Parlor and Boutique: Apron Collection

Apron Collection

Apron Collection ~

Are you a Tea Lady, wife & mom,
or student?  Do you collect aprons?
I do.  Can't resist those lovely aprons.

Most of mine are in storage but I bought a new one
last week...that I will be showing you!  I'm messy in cooking, dishwashing and various household duties, so I have to wear
an apron.  Started as a young married woman, I enjoyed them
so.  Come to think of it, an apron was my first sewing adventure
in school (4-H Club).  Mine was green checkered with dark
green trim.  Gee, was I proud of it!

I look forward to hearing about your apron collection and seeing
photos when possible. 

May this be your sweetest spring,
Blessings, Betty
(please tell us your story below)  Thanks!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sweet Remembrances: Recipes

Sweet Remembrances:  Recipes

It's the perfect time for homemade soup...


2  tablespoons cooking or olive oil
1  cup chopped onions
2  chopped garlic cloves
3  cups chicken broth
2  tablespoons fresh cilantro (don't skip this)
2  tablespoons lime juice
1  teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce
1/4  teaspoon salt
1  can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
1  can (15 ounces) great northern beans, drained
1  can (15 ounces) butter beans, drained
2  cups chopped cooked chicken breast

  In 4 quart pan, add oil and cook onions, stirring occasionally until tender.
Add garlic.  Stir in remaining ingredients except chicken.  Heat to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Stir in chicken, and cook until hot.
Serve and enjoy!


2  pounds ground beef
1  onion, chopped
2 boneless chicken breasts
1  can each black-eyed peas, lima, kidney and black beans, undrained
1  can corn
4 cans (chopped) stewed tomatos
1  can water
2  packages taco seasoning
1  package ranch dressing

  Place ground beef and onion in large kettle, and brown.  Boil chicken breasts until done and cube.  Add chicken and remaining ingredients to ground beef.  Simmer for 1 hour or in a slow cooker on low for 4 to 5 hours.
Serve with corn bread or corn chips, grated cheese and sour cream

Makes a big pot and freezes well.

May yo be surronded by warmth and love this March.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!