My Casa Bella







-Thomas Osbourne Davis

Welcome To My Casa Bella

My Casa Bella- means-my beautiful home- but it can mean so many other things. How you make your home a home. The sounds of children or pets playing. The aroma of scones in the oven or a lilac candle burning. The flowers blooming in your garden. The home grown vegetables ready to be picked. Grandma's quilt at the foot of the bed. A fire to curl up to with a good book. Or just a family spending time together with love, laughter and a good time.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Our Apartment

After 11 years of owning a home I never thought I'd say,
"welcome to my apartment".
We've been here now four weeks, still waiting to hear if we have the house we put an offer on, and in the meantime, still house hunting.
So we're "settled" in our little one bedroom apartment.
The only thing is,
there's no kitchen!
That is hard for someone like me who loves to cook and bake,
but I get to use the kitchen upstairs.
Not the most convenient but for what we pay for rent here,
we'll make sacrifices.
I'll give you a little tour of our little apartment.
The living room:
(our new sofa, from Broyhill called "Cora" love the arms and the feet.
It's a eight feet long and deep, good for someone like me who's 5'8)

(found these great pictures at Marshall's and the colors match our new
sofa perfectly)
(no place for litter boxes so they're in front of the fireplace, not the best
but it's the place with tile so easy clean up, don't worry, no smells,
I'm too much of a clean freak for that to be allowed)

(great place for my plants, on the other side of the fireplace)

The Dining Area:

(which is in the living room, thank goodness its a large room)


(my cats have discovered they can open the cabinet so
that's why the string is there...LOL)

(much smaller bathroom than what we're used to)

(my shoe collection)
If this was going to be our home for several years we would redo some things down here, not sure why the closet isn't a walk-in there is plenty of wasted space that they could of built it out,
and we'd have the owner add a kitchen of course.
But it's a temporary arrangement,
in a really nice area, and we have the view of the lake right outside our doors, very peaceful.
So there you have it, a short tour of our little apartment.
Hopefully soon, you'll get a tour of our new home,
wherever that is!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

German Desserts Search

For some reason, these past few days I have been craving certain desserts.
I used to work at a Shop that was in an old school built I think in the late 1800's.
The shop owner had everything and anything in that shop, handmade items that were beautiful.
She decided to have a local German lady who owned a bakery in the neighboring town bake her some goodies to sell at the shop.
That was a mistake.....well, dangerous for those of us who worked there.
Way too much temptation.
But she made desserts I never had before and I am searching high and low to find the recipes, but its hard to do when you don't know the proper names.
She made these tortes that would sell out, they were apple, cherry and blueberry.
Words can't describe them.
Then she made cakes, cakes that I've never heard of or had,
one had pears in the middle of the layer, another had a mousse of cappuccino of some sort, another was coconut with a lemon curd filling.
Her cakes, tortes and cookies I think were the best sellers in this shop.
I want to find these recipes and bake these cakes and tortes.
The above photo is similar to what she made,
that was the closest I could find, but the cherry torte is so hard to find.
And the cakes, well, nothing comes near them when I put in a description.
To have a slice right now.......does anyone have any  clue of what I talking about?

Monday, March 5, 2012

That Time of Year...

it's that time again,
that time to wish Spring were here.
Flipping through gardening books or magazines.
Looking at websites that sell seeds or plants.
Going to the nurseries that are starting to open to the public
and stroll around for ideas.
To want to dig in the dirt.
To enjoy being outside in the warm sun.
To watch those Spring Flowers push through.
Sadly, this will be my first Spring when I will not be
able to see my hard work pay off.
Will not see my Spring flowers push through the ground.
Someone else will be enjoying that, well, I hope they will.
(this is my favorite Spring flower that bloomed at our home, we have the seeds packed away for my next garden)
we plan on buying another home,
in fact, we have one in mind, but are waiting, waiting,
waiting, and waiting to hear back.
In the meantime,
this house is a blank slate.
The last owners didn't bother to garden.
It will allow me to dream up some plans, to learn
from my mistakes.
I have all kinds of ideas, of course, assuming we may get this house.
(one of several rose bushes we had)
I was checking out some different Cottage Gardens online for inspiration and found some beautiful ones out there.
(Google search)
I'd like to make an entry to the garden like this, an arch with
Wisteria growing over it,
and when you enter, I'd like to have cutting flowers, a vegetable garden and some roses.
Lots of work, fertilizing, tilling, and planting to do, but I enjoy that.
So more Google searching I will be doing, and saving
pictures for inspiration.
Spring is around the corner, if we get this house, I won't get to do any of this until next year, but that's OK, I can be ready
when that time comes.