Tuesday, March 24, 2009

THREE OR MORE TUESDAY: CREAM, SUGAR & BREAD

Today is Three or More Tuesday brought to us by our beautiful hostess Tam at A Gypsy's Corn
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. Give Tam a visit and see a list of everyone participating today. Pay them a visit to see all they have to share with us. Visiting those blogs is a sure way to make new friends and see some beautiful treasures!

Today I have a few things that I fell in love with when I shopped at Marshalls last week. I already showed everyone the beautiful white salad plates I bought to match my blue dinner plates, (if you didn't get a chance to see them, they are posted on last weeks Tablescape Thursday).
I bought this creamer and sugar bowl as well. As usual, I love them so much that I hate to use them! Alas, all I have are the pieces that go with my china and they are way off limit! I love the milk glass style and the three dimensional flowers. The colors are so spring ~like as well. The husband is happy he doesn't have to haul the milk out of the fridge for every cup of coffee and Kevin is the only one who likes sugar so he no longer has to forage around for my canister. By the way, Kevin arrived home from Naples last week and is back at work at the golf course in Illinois. Not only was he promoted to manager of the Pro Shop, (after only one season working there!), but the Pro Shop was recently named Number 1 in the country for overall excellence in a private golf club. Yahoo!!!). But back to real business~

Here is a closer look at the creamer and sugar bowl. They looks hand painted, don't they? I absolutely love them. I soaked the price tags off and can't remember what I paid, but I'm sure it was a bargain.




The third item I bought... wait, I definitely bought more than three things. Hmmmm, the third item I have for today is a baguette baking pan. Everyone knows by now that Blondie does not bake. Someday I will give it a whirl. But I do love to bake bread. I make all sorts in regular loaf pans, but when I make French or Italian bread on a baking sheet it spreads out a lot. So this is perfect. The little vents also insure a nice browning on the bottom. As you can see from the price tag, I paid only $4.99. If you were to look at Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table, it would cost a lot more! :-)



As you can see, I can make two loves. Can't wait! I think making bread is quite easy and fun, especially if you have a mixer with a dough hook. You just pop that dough in there and let it knead for ten minutes while you go wash your hair or something. Another trick I learned if you have problems getting your bread to rise, preheat your oven to 200 degrees for 5 minutes. Turn the oven off and open the door until it is just ajar for 5 more minutes. Put the bowl of kneaded dough inside until it has doubled. Simple!! Works like a charm. Instructions always say to put the dough in a warm spot to rise. Well, in this old drafty house, that doesn't exist. I remember my mom always making bread (she learned from my grandfather who was an excellent baker) and she let the dough rise in our tiny little bathroom, just sitting on the hamper, rising away. Doesn't sound too appetizing, does it? But we kids couldn't wait for dinner and slathering butter or honey on that bread! Yum! :-)
So that is it for today! Try making a loaf of bread yourself soon and then sit down with a nice cup of tea and a bowl full of jam, preserves or honey and enjoy!!
xoxo
Janie




45 comments:

Bo said...

Hi Blondie...very pretty creamer & sugar bowl! I've never made bread but with your new 'gizmo' it might be fun...congratulations to Kevin!
;-) Bo

April said...

Hey, girl...I always love seeing what things you've found when you've been out and about...you didn't disappoint me today! Love your creamer and sugar bowl! Wow..you sure got a deal on that baguette baking pan for only $4.99! The only bread I can make is sourdough from a starter. Of course, if I start eating that stuff, the rest is history! :)

Kim Chalfant said...

I've never made bread except for in the bread machine. But haven't even done that for years. But I love homemade bread.

Barb and Steve said...

Ive just learned how to make bread & I love it! Wish I had more time to devote to it. Thanks for the tip about rising dough in the oven.

Smilingsal said...

Now, I want to confess right off that I did NOT read that last paragraph because I don't need to learn how to make things that are going to make me fatter! I can barely get through the doorway now!

congratulations on Kevin's promotion.

skoots1mom said...

fun...i like seeing bargains people get
i like to hit thrift stores and closing sales...
i like shopping at marshall's...i found some great shoes there recently for $12, and they were leather!

ellen b. said...

Well I am totally impressed that you bake bread!! Love the sugar and creamer...

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Such a pretty creamer and sugar set! Really like those! I love making bread too, but have never owned a baguette pan, nor made that type of bread. You have inspired me!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I look forward to following yours!

Chandy said...

I love your items, Janie! And that baguette pan, so cool! Happy Tuesday! Maybe someday, I can venture outside of banana bread, lol!

Thanks on the kudos for the awards, Cielo was very generous to offer a boatload for us to share with all of you. I hope you took them all, too! :-)

Carolyn

Linda C said...

The creamer and sugar bowl are so pretty! And thanks for the tips for getting bread to rise!!

Great 3OMT post!!:)

Linda C

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am lucky to boil water, Janie! And I admire your bread making.

Congrats to Kevin!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Kathy said...

Love your Spring cream and sugar. I have one of those baguette baking pans too. Here's a suggestion that doesn't require any real bread making skills. Use frozen bread dough from the supermarket. Grease the pan, lay one frozen roll of dough on each side and let it raise, then bake. You'll have nice crispy home made bread without any of the trouble or mess!

Have a perfect week...Kathy

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Oh, me also like the creamer and sugar bowl :-) It really is pretty with the raised circles and flowers. I'm gad you decided to use it. It should be showcased :-)

Sugarplum Cottage said...

You have me giggling right now. Making the bed as a project, I may have to resort to that. Lying here in bed I'm thinking of all kinds of projects I can do. I have got to visit alot of bloggers, went to some sites I've never visited before. Congrats to Kevin, you must be so proud of him. After seeing you and your beautiful daughters, he has to be very handsome. Guuuuuurl, you know I love the cream and sugar. I haven't even had a chance to put my goodies out, that I got from KY. Have a great day, Rose

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Jane, I know, I loved that toile chair too, but I just have no more room. I'd have to get rid of something & I have to plan for those things. Thanks for stopping by!

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, great finds - especially the baguette baking pan! I'd like to find one of those. And thank you for the break baking tips! :)
Have a great week!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Making bread was my favorite thing to do when the girls were small. I love your creamer and sugar bowl. Thanks for the link, I must go see Tuesday Cream and Sugar and Bread.
Karen

xinex said...

Congrats to Kevin's promotion! He must be one dedicated guy! Love your sugar and creamer....so pretty! About your question on the bust, I am not sure what it is made out of. It is not bronze nor spelter though but was made to look like it, but it's heavy....Christine

Rhondi said...

Hi Janie
Your cream and sugar are really pretty.

The White Bench said...

Hi Jane, this new look is just divine!
To reply to your question, sorry I am not going to sell pillows in my shop:(... and thank you very much for your beautiful words!
Baking bread is soooo funny and such a pleasure, isn't it! I always bake bread, too!
Have a great Thursday,
Monica.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Blondie
The sugar and creamer are so pretty, and I had not seen a baquette baker before and at such a good price!! We have a Marshalls here but I don't go to often because I start up at T.J. Max, and they get all my money first. LOL Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Sue

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I had never seen that type of bread baking sheet. (Perhaps I am living under a rock. :)

It's neat!

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Hi blondie,
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love meeting new people! I really enjoyed looking at your blog and will definitely be back. Our dinner was not a special occasion, but yet I love to have candlelight at every meal, even breakfast on the weekends!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Love that sugar and creamer!

I don't bake much either, but the new gadget looks like fun!

Lorrie said...

Hi Blondie, I just love baking bread! Have fun with your new pan. What great bargains from Marshalls--good job!

bj said...

Oh, Blondie...I love your creamer and sugar...and I love HOMEMADE BREAD !!
xo bj

Cynthia said...

Hi Blondie,
i am in love with your new finds, the creme and sugar set is just gorgeous. The bread pan is very interesting,you got a great deal on it! I'm slow getting around to blogs this week, but I'm starting to catch up! Have a nice week-end and use your sugar and creamer, you deserve it. Cindy

Olive Rue said...

Oh I love me some homemade bread. And I wouldn't even know where to start if I were to make it.

The Muse said...

some very nice finds...
i really love the baking tray...my husband would be thrilled :) LOL

cityfarmer said...

Hi hon.....I just love it that you're the first to comment on soooooo many of my posts...up early with the birds, eh?

I have two baguette pans...I LOVE them..I also make scones on them...ooollllala

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Jane,
Oh they are soooo pretty!
Your sugar and creamer. You're right they look hand painted.
I shop at Marshalls all the time as well.

I have yet to attempt making bread but that is a cool looking baking pan to use! I might try that.

Thanks for checking out my Red post and your kind words.
Have a wonderful weekend.
~Melissa :)

Janie's World said...

Your creamer and sugar bowl are so pretty! I've never seen a baguette pan, so cool! I love gadgets (that work). I have never made homemade bread, but my grandmother used to make it. I loved the smell of the house when the bread was baking!

Liz said...

Interesting.... maybe the humidity in the bathroom made the bread rise better????

That little cream and sugar set is darling!

~Liz

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love the creamer and sugar bowl. Guess where I let my bread dougn rise. I wash my dishes in the dishwasher. It has a stainless steel interior. It stays warm for hours. I unload it and stick my bread bowl in. Works perfect. It's even warm after I puch my dough down and need to let in rise again. I do love my new Kitchenaid mixer with the bread hook.

About the tomatoes: can you build a cage around them?

Gloria/ Happy to be said...

Hi Blondie...love the bread pan...seen those and din't know it was for french bread...Now I also put my dough into my kitchenaid and let the hook do the work for me...Congrats to your DH how evciring that is..Love those creamer and sugar and Marshall's one of my favorite store...I lived in Chicago as a kid and remember going to Marshall fields to shop with my Mama...Thanks for much for becoming a follower of mine..may you have a great weekend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Helen said...

Hi there! Your bread baking tips are priceless ... thank you so much sharing them. I love homemade bread and love to bake it, though I don't do it often enough.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Now I have one of those perforated pans, and haven't ever used it! Shame on me --- your bread is fantastic!

Thanks for visiting...and, yes, That Old House IS a she. She's a grand old dame, a little cracked and eccentric. We don't let her look in the mirror, as she might be distressed at what the years have done to her complexion!

She is also quite bossy -- always telling me what to do! (OK, now you think I am totally nuts.)

Take care! Best... Cass

Katherinellen said...

Jane,
Love love those sugar and creamer. Thay are beautiful! Thanks for your sweet comment....I got the ideas about 27 years ago form my Aunt...She just had a dry mini-roses on my invitation she made. My sisters and I thoughts of you can do with rosette,baby spreath, dry flowers,and ribbon to decorate...you can do anything on it with your own ideas. I'm glad you enjoy my project Friday. Sometime I have to use my magnify to work my project...like the invitaion one. Burn my finger with the hot glue...OUCH! LOL! I guess I get my creative ideas from my Mom & Aunt. Thanks for your sweetness comments....Love to visit you....I'm sorry I haven't visit lately. Just been busy with commitment project. Have a wonderful weekends...Off to get our Tax done...Uhhhh! Pray we get money back...:) Kathy

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

For someone who doesn't bake, I spy an excellent stand mixer behind your baguette baking pans. :-) So there's a baker inside of you for sure!

I just read your comment on my blog and OMG...I sooooo remember the Sara Lee cookies with the hole in the center that you'd wear as rings! Weren't they fabulous?! Ahh...sweet, sweet memories...

That's really great news about Kevin's Pro Shop...you must be over the moon!

Hope you're enjoying the weekend...and that it's not riany and cold like it is here! :-(

Laura
xo

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

I love those! that creamer and sugar is just so sweet! and have fun doing bread, I need one of those too! I adore baking bread, the scent is heavenly and the rewards are delicious!! :) Great tips too!!

Beth at Aunties said...

Working with bread dough is so therapeutic. I love making it in different shapes and just the feel of it in my hands... and the
and lovely creamer & sugar bowl are so prettty!
Congrats to Kevin! Our youngest is named Kevin.
Thank you for you sweet comments. I am so sorry you have suffered so much with pneumonia.. I wish I could lose a pound or make a dollar for each cough:) It would seem all the coughing would burn calories:)...instead of causing sore ribs and stomach muscles.
Thank you for your expertise and well wishes. You are a good friend.

Beth

Deb said...

Such a pretty creamer and sugar bowl set! The baguette baking pan was a great find - homemade bread is a favourite in our home too.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Did I tell you how much I love your new blog dress and header? It's the prettiest that I've seen. I adore it!!
Hugs, Terrie

Sugarplum Cottage said...

That would be great. I have some of those pictures myself, like my living room. I've got to do something with all the stuff in it. Hope you have a great week. Hiugs, Rosemarie

Lori E said...

I am so all about the kitchen "stuff". I have so many different gadgets but I do use most of them.
Good equipment helps right? It has been a pleasure to see your site. We have a cabin but we didn't get it until our kids were grown so they missed out on the fun. :-(
Thanks for stopping by my pad.