Friday, October 22, 2010

Let's get the shed ready for the family.

Uncle Charlie is a master pancake maker. This past Sunday he made the most perfectly cooked peppered bacon and Buttermilk with lemon zest pancakes!

He even threw in some flax seeds to keep them extra healthy.

He found a note in the White Dog Cafe Cookbook about how to make your own buttermilk. We love this Philadelphia restaurant and stop here every time we head up to New Jersey or Brooklyn.

It was a perfect meal for a very busy day! He even made me a homemade latte. I love you sweet Charlie.

So after I was all charged up with wacky espresso I took on the once a year task of polishing the silver. I'm kind of a freak. I LOVE to polish silver. Bonus, the Ravens game was on in the background.

The immediate reward is so satisfying.

With good hard work the tarnish becomes shiny and new almost immediately. 

When I'm finished it reminds me every time how God makes all things new in Christ. 

We are just one step closer to getting the house ready for Thanksgiving and some very special guests. My 92 year young grandmother, Mary Frances a.k.a. Francie is coming all the way from Memphis to be with us. And my aunt Susan and cousin Lucy will be here from Brooklyn too. We can not wait and are reorganizing the shed to make room for them. Meaning, we are moving the man cave, or Mannex as my cute friend Kimberly so aptly named Graham's man den, to the shed. The shed will eventually get an overhaul into an office space with a glass door for the best view of the sunset on Stone Hill Farm. So the Mannex will now be a second guest room. Party at Stone Hill y'all. Can NOT wait.

Thanks again for the wonderful brunch sweet Charlie. You really are the sweetest man I've ever known. I look forward to our shed redecorating over the next few weekends. Thanks Mom for starting my silver collection for my 25th silver birthday. I'll never forget you polishing the scalloped bowl because you were so mortified how tarnished it was. Thanks to you too Tayloe for finding Granddaddy Howard's wedding gift to Auntie Margie for being in his wedding. I love that mint julep cup! Nina, thank you for the silver charger with Grandmommy Nancy's monogram. David, you gave us your silver for our wedding because you knew how much I loved to polish it and you were "over it". That was the most unexpected and generous gift! We think of you every time we use that fabulous leaf tray and the ten other trays you gave us. We are so blessed. Thank you good people.


Ella said...

Hi Nelle
I visited the Library yesterday and looked for the book The other Wes Moore, but they didn't have it, and they thought that it wasn't translated into swedish. Then I asked if they could order it in english and maybe they do that.
Have a nice weekend!

Nelle Somerville said...

Thanks Ella. You enjoy your weekend too. If you are on Twitter you can follow the author Wes Moore at @WesMoore1
We are enjoying glorious, crisp fall weather here on the East Coast. What is the weather like in Sweden?

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

LOVE the pumpkins on the sill & up the stairs like that! And yum on the pancakes...great idea to add lemon zest & flax seed. I love putting flax seed in my yogurt but have never tried putting it in anything else. This weekend I'm going to do that choc chip muffin + pumpkin puree idea that Darby posted about for my little one. Sneaky. Have a great weekend! xo

Ella said...

Have just learned how to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit so I'm proud that I can tell you that we have 23°F and it was snowing this afternoon so we have a thin layer of snow on the ground. I love the snow but I will be up early tomorrow to drive 30 miles with my youngest daughter to a hockey match so I hope the roads won't be too slippery.

Pigtown-Design said...

love the wee punkins. i picked up a couple for my mum at eddies.

Nelle Somerville said...

Thanks for the punkin love ladies. I bought them at the grocery store along with bright yellow mums for outside. Makes me so happy to see such cheerful colors at the house. Wishing you all a gorgeous weekend. Ella stay warm. Brrrrrr....cold.

Anonymous said...

You are so lucky to have an at-home-chef! He is obviously very talented and I love the placesetting. I too often throw out paper plates and call it a day. It really is important to go the extra step, right? Also, I LOVE your stairs!

Nelle Somerville said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. So fun to meet another blogger. I try to set the table over the weekends for sure!