Saturday, August 30, 2014


Hello, all 

I had a can of BREAD STICKS in the fridge that really
needed baking this morning.
And, sure enuf, when I hit the can on the side of the kitchen counter,
they burst forward like a Jack in the Box.

I decided to make
with the dough.

I made plain ones with butter this morning
but they are delicious with lots of other spices added....
garlic powder...
red pepper...
black pepper...
grated cheese spread over them before

and, with part of the dough, I made
with brown sugar and butter. If I'd had
pecans, I would have added them, too.

The possibilities are endless.....and yummy !

 Not only are they great for any meal or snacks, they are just a step above a plain
bread stick...just simply FUN.





AND, I just remembered that they are FANTASTIC with a little CREAM CHEESE spread around....ummmm


 Here they are looking all smug and yummy

 and pretty on my vintage CAKE PLATE that belonged to my mama and held the BEST HOMEMADE CAKES all my life.




I asked her once where she got it and a lot of other pretty glass pieces that are now fine vintage pieces .....she said from Woolworth, a well known five and dime store "back in the day."

She was such a wonderful cook and desserts were her forte..

So simple ....there's no "recipe"......just a can of bread sticks, unrolled, sprinkle with whatever you like, stretch just a bit...and just tie into a knot. My can said 375 oven for about 15 minutes.

 My very sweet blogging friend, MARY, that lives in THE LITTLE RED HOUSE, sent this adorable pitcher to me several years and I have really enjoyed using it...for many things.

 Today, they hold pretty, faux pink flowers.....





And, speaking of FRIENDS...and KNOTS..

 This is MADELINE of MADELINE'S ALBUM blog and her husband, KARL. 

 I asked Madeline, when I first met her, if I could call her MADDY and she said, "Sure" so she will always be Maddy to me.

Maddy lost her Karl several years ago.

.... she walks every morning, has an orange when she gets home..

works in her yard and loves to decorate her pretty home and property for every holiday.


Maddy also embroideries. 


[em-broi-duh-ree, -dree]

noun, plural embroideries.

The art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle, 
sometimes consisting of KNOTS of thread.

She works on pillow cases and would you just look at what I recently received in the mail from Maddy.       A beautiful set of pillowcases.

I'm not sure what's showing up yellow in these photos.

The cases are snow white..dirty camera lens, I guess.
 The work is magnificent, Maddy.

I lightened this photo to show the pretty stitches.

.Thank you so much, Maddy.

I love them to pieces !

I've had problems with this post right from the start and no idea WHY... 

My font goes from large to tiny..skipping spaces...just one of those days for Blogger and/or Google, I guess.

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  1. What sweet gifts from your blogging pals! Your biscuit pics remind me of when I used to make monkey bread all the time. The kids loved it. I haven't made any in years..well..since the kids moved out I guess.
    Have a blessed day!

  2. Those look good! Nice gifts - thanks for sharing them with us.
    Have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend.

  3. One of the first things I learned as a child was how to embroider. We had feed sack dish towels with transfers of different days of the week, and learned how to make them come alive with color. Thanks for bringing up a good memory.

  4. sweet embroidery! lovely pitcher, too. my mother made knots from her homemade bread dough. she'd roll them out and tie them up, then sprinkle poppyseed on them before baking. YUM!

  5. BJ, Thank you for the kind words. I am so glad you like the pillowcases and that you notice the color turquoise in them I guess that is why I chose them for you because I know how much you like that color. Your bread sticks look real good. Have a blessed day and a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Madeline

  6. You seem to have an knack for turning anything into something great and fun. You have the best cooking ideas ever. I have a lot of vintage linens and one looks like this. True friends cannot be beat.

  7. I don't think I've ever tried a knot, or maybe not... I could have and just forgot.

    1. I so love your sense of humor, Adam...
      I came to your blog and also sent you an email about it and even tho you won't see this reply (who has time to visit the same blog twice in one day??)... but just saw your comment again and had to laugh.

  8. Those pillowcases are just beautiful! Oh the work they represent!

    And your bread I want to make some. I'll use my breadmaker, though, because I don't have any in the fridge. They'll be great with Saturday night beans.

  9. I love embroidered pillow cases -- and those are very special! Plus, I want one of your knots -- right now -- for breakfast! But NO pecans -- how did that happen in your kitchen??? Sally

  10. Ha! I thought knots would be knots but these are the kind of knots I would like more than the kind of knots I thought you'd be showing. The pillowcases are so pretty and nostalgic to me as my little grandmother would gift us with pillowcases and other linens she embroidered only having one hand! How sweet to get those. I do remember my grandmother showing me how to knot the thread when embroidering....

  11. Looks like a yummy knot creation to me ! Your polka dots are adorable, I have a fondness for polka dots! Your friend Maddy is very talented, enjoy your pillowcases as I know you treasure them. Happy Labor Day weekend.

  12. The breadstick knots captured my imagination. I think I'll pick up a can and add some to my meal soon. The pillowcases are absolutely gorgeous. There's nothing like hand-embroidered gifts from someone special.

  13. Your blog is absolutely beautiful!

    I had a problem with blogger this morning; all my contacts on the friends list were gone. But, I was able to
    go back into the layout. Whew.

    Your friend Maddy does such gorgeous embroidery! I never learned, but remember most of the other
    ladies in my family did. Not sure about my mother, but I do know she made rag rugs, and now of
    course I wish I'd gotten her to teach me.

    Have a blessed day! :)

    1. Dear Sally, I am so sorry to post my reply HERE...I tried to find your blog...nothing listed on your profile email address, either.
      Blogger is driving me nuts right now.
      I thank you so much for your nice comment. I can embroidery just a TINY bit but NOTHING like Maddy. My mother could do ANYthing...she was so gifted and I didn't get one lick of it. Bummer.
      xoxo bj

  14. magnificent Maddie! Yummy rolls too!! Such a beautiful plate for them as well, a real treasure,

  15. You always make everyday thing to be super special, and I do mean always. I hate banging those cans on the counter, I jump every-time they pop. The embroidery brings back such wonderful memories.

  16. Sweet gifts from your sweet friends . . .
    Pretty faux tulip like flowers too.
    I think Maddy is a fine name . . .
    Kind of SASSY!
    Guess I will have to check out the frozen bakery bread stuck isle!

  17. The knotted bread sticks look so yummy and pretty for a special occasion. Might try that sometime. We mainly use frozen biscuits. The pillow cases from Maddy are beautiful ... such a sweet lady. When I made my selections on the vote thing on your sidebar, I got a red warning of something being forged. It did not work and I got out of it. Could that be causing your computer to act up.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  18. We've made such wonderful friends with our blogs. Maddie sent you these beautiful pillowcases! What a blessing she is to others. You would have been proud of me today. I mixed up some buttermilk biscuit batter and made peach fried pies! They were incredible! I saved you one! heehee! Hugs, Diane

  19. Exquisite pictures, that beautiful flower vase!

  20. Hi there, wow I bet those knots were delicious! How sweet of your friend to make the embroidery for you! Take care and enjoy your week.

  21. Wow you really made me hungry with all the varieties of those knots. The cinnamon/sugar would be one I would enjoy.
    Tell Maddy her embroidery is fabulous. I love those pillowcases. My grandma did that and I believe I still have a pair she did that have Peacocks on them.

  22. Such pretty post. Love that embroidery!


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xo bj