July 4, 2015

The Birth of One Nation Under God



Last year I posted the words to one of my favorite songs. It is actually a song we sing every year in church during the 4th of July holiday weekend. The tune is set to the the national anthem of Finland and the words are by Lloyd Stone. 

(To hear the song just follow this link)

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


This is My Song
(Finlandia)

This is my song
Oh God of all the nations
A song of peace for lands so far away
This is my home, the country where my heart is
Here are my hopes my dreams my holy shrine
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine
My country's skies are bluer than the ocean
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine
But other lands have sunlight too and clover
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine


July 3, 2015

Scrumptous Mixed Stone Fruit Pie






The fourth of July is upon us and this year for dessert I decided to diverge a little from the traditional Independence Day fruit pie. Now I love chilled pies for the summer and absolutely adore anything with a cream cheese, so when I saw this recipe in the July issue of Southern Living I felt it calling my name. There are three components to this delicious pie...the crust made of graham crackers and almonds...a filling of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and heavy whipping cream...and then the yummy stone fruit topping. It simply screams SUMMER!!!

Ingredients:

1 cup graham cracker
1 cup sliced almonds
6 tsp. butter melted
1/4 cup sugar

1 cup fruit juice (I used grape juice but your can also use cranberry)
3 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup honey
1/8 tsp salt

2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 8-oz packaged of cream cheese, softened
1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp of lemon zest
 2 T. of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp of almond extract
1/4 tsp salt 

4 cups of mixed stone fruit (I used peaches plums and cherries)

Heat your oven to 325 degrees F. Start with the first four ingredients and place them into a blender or food processor. Pulse them until they are finely ground and then press the crust mixture into a 10-inc round pie plate, Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes and then let cool completely. Place in frig to chill.

Next whisk the fruit juice with the cornstarch. In a small saucepan stir together the honey and salt and heat until it begins to bubble. Whisk in the fruit juice mixture into the pot with the honey and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Chill in the frig until ready to use.

In a medium size bowl using an electric mixer, beat the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. Be careful not to over beat the cream. Then in a medium bowl of a heavy duty electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth while gradually adding the condensed milk.  Add the next 5 ingredients and mix until blended.

Fold the cream cheese mixture into the prepared pie crust and chill for 12 to 24 hours.

Place fruit slices in a bowl and then toss with half of the chilled juice mixture. (If the mixture is too thick your can slightly heat it on the stove or in the microwave.) Once the fruit pieces are coated spoon onto the chilled pie and serve immediately with the remaining fruit mixture. 

(PS...I put the fruit on top to shoot my photos and then should have immediately removed it. If you leave the fruit on the pie the pie itself will begin to lose its firmness. My advice is to serve a pie slice and then add the fruit. But I do have to say the pie is absolutely delicious!)

Wishing you all a very safe and
XO
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July 2, 2015

Share Your Style Link Party #20


Welcome
 to the 20th SHARE YOUR STYLE party

 We are grateful to each and everyone one that joins in the party each week.  You have made it such a success! Your inspiration and style is such a pleasure to see. This week, your host is me, Lynn, of The Vintage Nest blog. I have not done much stylin' this week as all my family is coming for a visit for several weeks and I have been preparing for that.....cooking and freezing meals, cleaning, trimming up the yard from the Spring overgrowth, painting, planning a 4th of July party,  and just so looking forward to seeing them.  I thought I would just share with you a simple dish I plan to make that involves all that delicious corn that will soon be coming into season.  Sourced from a little community country paper we receive each month
 It's easy and so yum!!!!

******(cook's note:  1 pint is 1 reg. size canned corn)

When you share your link with us, it will go on 8 blogs each week.....great exposure.



Now on to the party and features from last week.

And speaking of corn and summer recipes, Home is where the Boat Is gives a plethora of yummy summer recipes with gorgeous photographs to go with it.  You are bound to find at least one you want to try.  I know I did.


We are having a large gathering for 4th of July but I hadn't yet decided on my table setting.  But now I have!  I have a large white tote and will be using our very own SYS hostess, Debra of Common Ground's post for my inspiration.  Thank you Debra,.....that's what this Share Your Style party is all about.....inspiration. :)

So many of us vacation at the seashore for our summer vacation, so wouldn't the kids love these darling beachy cupcakes for a treat one evening?

 Ms. Toody Goo Shoes tells us how to make them on her delightful blog.   
Fleaing France is In the Pink with her post.  So pretty....I wanted to share.  I think I need to start looking for an old bicycle I can paint pink.....how about you?


Home to Cottage turned a dingy white Craigslist find into a charming beach themed table using "Wonders of the Sea' gift wrap.  Isn't it so cute!!?  
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June 30, 2015

A Super Read by One of Our Fellow Bloggers



Hey everyone how have you all been doing? Enjoying the beginning of a fun packed summer I hope. Well here at Rosemary Lane we are in full summer mode and that includes, at least for me, a super summertime read. I am sure many of you know our dear friend Diana of the wonderfully witty, and often times downright side-splitting blog, Nana Diana Takes a Break. Well Diana has written a book "The Mystery of Lucy and the Dark Woods" and my copy just arrived yesterday afternoon!

I haven't had the chance to begin reading it yet but from what I have read and heard this story is sure to be one I won't be able to put down. The book is currently available through Diana's Esty shop as well as Amazon.

But I did crack the book open just to peruse through some of the pages and look at what was written just inside the front cover...


...you are such a sweetheart my friend.

I am really looking forward to getting into the Mystery of  Lucy and the adventures she encounters throughout the book. 
Also I want to add a special thank you to Diana for getting her beautiful book to me so dang fast!

Please don't forget to stop by tomorrow evening at 7pm for our 20th SYS link party...


...and to have a great day!!
XO

June 25, 2015

Share Your Style Link Party #19



Hi everyone and welcome back to another Share Your Style link up party! This week your party hostess is me, Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane, and I am absolutely thrilled to be here hosting. Remember there are 7 other blogs also hosting this party so when you link up with one host you will be linking with all 8 of us from the Share Your Style team!!
 
 
Myself and our little family are spending a few lovely days relaxing at the beach enjoying the surf and sun, so there was plenty of time for me to sit and peruse through all of your fabulous links from last week's SYS party.
 
This week I am coming to you
 
 
Well summer is off and running and so is the incredible amount of inspiration from all who linked up to SYS #18. There was an amazing number of creative DIY projects, room makeovers, recipes, fun ideas and much more from last week's party, that I really had a tough time narrowing down just what to highlight. So without further ado, here are a few links I hope you will enjoy checking out!


From Beyond the Portico Sheila shared some tips on how she created this darling throw pillow for her screened in porch.


The Curator's Collection revived two gorgeous 1920's chairs with MMS Milk paint and a grain sack striped upholstered seat cover for a romantic shabby look.

 
 Another chair makeover came from A Stroll Thru Life. Marty was brave enough to remove the rush seats from two of her beautiful 1972 dining room chairs and replaced them with stunning new seat cushions. She gives a wonderful step by step tutorial on just how to achieve this look.
 
 
Michele from The Joyful Home shared her sister's stylish formal living room of which she helped to decorate with some of these beautiful elements.
 

 
 Back Porch Musings enjoyed a delicious scoop of French vanilla ice cream with a fresh strawberry and some milk chocolate pretzel bark, all in a pretty yard sale glass. Now how simple yet elegant does that look?
 

And finally Julie from A Little Farmstead shared the most adorable old fashion baseball themed birthday party for her 6 year old son.
 
 
Complete with hot dogs, Coca-Cola, the cutest party favors you ever saw, a rousing game of baseball and even a Babe Ruth cardboard cut-out to help welcome guests to the party.
 
 
If your link was featured this week please make sure to take our "Featured My Style" button to proudly display on your blog.

 
Now on with this week's party. Please remember to have a link back to one of our 8 hosts and to be a bit of a social butterfly by visiting some of the other party goers!
 
XO
 


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