One of our children must spend every penny given to him. So when he walked with a friend to the Grower’s Market, I was curious to know how he would spend every one of those pennies in his pocket. He did so successfully on strawberries. Pounds of strawberries, in fact.
I met Deb of Smitten Kitchen at my high school reunion a couple of years ago (was a bit starstruck!) and as much as I loved her blog, I hadn’t tried many of her recipes. Really I just enjoyed her beautiful pictures and clever commentary. Lately though I have been dipping into more and more of her recipes and clearly she knows what she’s doing. This Strawberry Summer Cake will be your go-to for picnics, summer barbecues and neighbor gifts – trust me. And, Wendy, had I made it to the Devon Horse Show this would have come along . . .
This cake provides the perfect segue into my next and latest find – Dishfunctional. It’s a bit difficult to tell but the pie plate above is sitting on a silver (plate) platter that is one of many purchases from Alfred at Dishfunctional. He runs an Ebay business out of a 17,000 sq ft warehouse space in my town and occasionally opens up to the public. It is a gold mine.
This is the only picture I took but trust me the place is enormous and filled to the brim with hidden treasures. I decided to concentrate my efforts on silver plate. I wanted serving pieces that weren’t too precious. Here is a bit of my loot before the big soak.
I line my sink with tin foil and dump in a box of baking soda with boiling water to great effect. This works far better with sterling silver but the silver plate did well, too.
I also took home some Waterford crystal wine glasses and double old-fashioned glasses. These were new in a very dusty box but in mint condition and for a fraction of what I would have paid new.
And, I leave you with some garden pictures. A short-lived but pretty burst of candytuft (Iberis) in my spring garden. This is a quick spreader and doesn’t need much love but the flowers don’t last for long which is unfortunate as they are so pretty.
Some hibiscus for the pots – freshly planted.
A pot just planted waiting to fill in with petunias, a blue passionflower vine and some helichrysum (licorice plant).
We finally had glass cut for our urn table. Much better!
I would love to do something like the below but probably not enough air flow.