Sunday, January 6, 2013

Downton Abbey Sunday

We are very excited as tonight the third season of Downton Abbey begins!  I had ordered the 1st and 2nd seasons set from PBS and so today, we are immersing ourselves in the 1st two seasons so we'll be all fresh on the first 2 (we saw them one at a time over 2 years and had forgotten some things).  
I finished a hot pad yesterday and used it last night when I made fried chicken for our dinner in our new cast iron pan.  I learned from my first experience that I need to lower the temperature to get it cooked through before the outside is browned.  I had to finish off my large chicken breast and Dayle's 2 thighs in the microwave.  But they turned out tender and delicious and next time I'll know better.  I boiled some yellow potatoes, cooked some corn and made cream gravy from the drippings.  I was so busy cooking that I did not have time to take photos.  But I'm very pleased with cooking in the cast iron pan! If you don't have one, you should find one in in an antique store or 2nd hand shop.  Only buy vintage as the iron and manufacturing was better, and never buy a "wobbler" - it should fit flat on a flat surface and look for smooth insides and bottom.  And always season it by rubbing it with oil and bake it in the oven for 3 hours and let it cool in the oven after - at 350 degrees.
The other day hubby and I went shopping.. it was funny as when we met back up both of us had picked up a budding hyacinth bulb - so we decided to keep both.  They are coming right along and I can't wait for them to be in bloom! 
I thought you might like to see a photo of the cupcakes on the game table in the dollhouse.  Don't they look yummy? 
And the apple pie on the sideboard, waiting to be sliced. 
The family dog seems to have jumped up in mother's lap.  :-)
I thought I'd tell you the names of the family that you helped me pick out.

Mother - Victoria
Father - Albert
Nanny -Mary
Son - Oliver
Daughter - Fiona
Baby - Rose

OK, now I must get back to paying attention to the goings-on in the Abbey!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Love the names of your little family!!! We are both awaiting Downton Abbey tonight too. We are excited : ) can't wait!!

  2. Nice hot pad. I love quick projects. I have never seen Downton Abbey, but if it has British actors it is no doubt good. We did the same thing with the Tutors, I ended up buying all the seasons. Love the dollhouse stuff, you know me, I love anything miniature.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  3. Dennis and I are at the coast all settled in and awaiting Downton Abbely to come on the TV. We watched both season one & two in the past two weeks at Mandy's and we're hooked! I saw the interview Friday morning with six of the cast members and it promises to be a great season.

    Love your dollhouse goodies and the names you chose.


  4. I am also a Downton Abbey fan and was so glad to see tonight that Mary and Matthew finally made it down the aisle! Hope Lord Grantham won't have to sell Downton off...will be watching next week as well!

  5. I hope you enjoyed the first night of Season 3. I certainly did. I've looked forward to this for so long and it didn't disappoint. Did you get a chance to see the story of the castle where it is filmed? I thought that was very interesting.

    Love the hot pad. Glad you are enjoying your pan.


  6. The little house looks wonderful and I love the pot holder! So pretty and they work so well in the kitchen. ( ill send you an email tomorrow about the coffee... Thanks my dear friend ! )

  7. Ahh you used my name as the daughter! I used to do dolls house miniatures with the girls, they each have their own house that now we have to look after as they have no room in their house/student digs! They are not that bothered now, but used to make food out of fimo and sew tiny little cushions etc. Great fun. Fiona

  8. But I forgot to say you will love Downton! This series is much better than the last, that got a little ridiculous. There is the Christmas Special too, but I will not spoil the surprises! F x

  9. You know just where I was last night, enjoy each and every frame. I just read there are only six episodes in Season 3. That can't be off to early jazzercising since this cold is finally over.

  10. I watched the new season last night! Love Downton! Thinking about starting new dollhouse that I found at an antique mall last year...One of my plans for the new year. It's always fun to visit your dollhouse! Love the details! Still working on my crochet. Trying to challenge myself with new projects. Have a great week! ~Hugs, Patti

  11. LOVE Downton Abbey!!! The 3rd season is already on Amazon Prime because it's already aired in the UK. I am so tempted to watch the whole season before everyone else does!

  12. Did you love it! I so enjoyed it. The "house" is looking great!

  13. I bet your fried chicken dinner was fantastic! YUM! Now I want a hyacinth bulb, although I'd probably kill it with my brown thumb. I'll just watch yours instead!

  14. I was so excited to see Downton Abbey last night, but I had to tape it so I could watch the second half tonight, Love the show. I am reading the book about the the lovely Alimna who was the real Countess that lived and Highclare and made it into the hospital during WWI, very fascinating. Did you see the special; on before Downton Abbey last night about Highclare?
    Hugs to you Teresa,

  15. I haven't heard about Downton Abbey until lately so I must get in on the train and find out what it is all about. Glad you like you new pan...I knew you would.
    The little family looks all settled in their new home and the names suite them well! Hope you have a wonderful day and if you don't mind...send me some sunshine! ") Shari.

  16. Hi Teresa, thanks for popping by. Always good to see you. I am glad you can catch up on Downton. We had the Christmas special here recently and goodness me there is a cliffhanger at the end........enjoy series 3. I love all you dolls house pieces and what fun names for the family..... is their surname Windsor by any chance ;0)
    Jane x

  17. Hello Teresa love the names you've chosen for your dolls house family. Glad you enjoying Downton - I love it. I still have the Christmas Special to watch!!!!! Anne x

  18. Teresa, I just want you to know that I am having great fun playing dolls with you :) The family names are perfect. I was tuned into Downton last night, too. I had boned up on some of the past episodes by reading the articles in the Sunday, Oregonian and got to watch some of the program before it which my OPB program guide says will be rebroadcast Tuesday at 1am...maybe I can figure out how to record it so I can see the whole thing...such a different way of living from mine! Glad you are enjoying the new skillet and enjoyed seeing your new hot mat. That is so neat that both you and Dayle chose bulbs to enjoy together :) I had to restart my cowl last night because my first attempt somehow got an unwanted twist in it. I am enjoying making it, though. xx from Gracie

  19. Oh yes, I am with Gracie! I am loving the dolls, the dollhouse, the names...oh be still my heart! Fiona.....oh how I love this name!! I have always had a bit of a "thing" for all things British for some reason. I love British authors, movies, etc. I was a firm fan of DA from the very first episode! I loved Sunday's premiere!
    Funny, I knitted a hot pad too the other day!!!

  20. I am a big fan of Downton Abbey! Isn't it fun? I missed it on Sunday. Oh well, I can get it on Hulu Plus. I don't want to miss a single episode. I am so addicted. Take Care my friend!
    Eileen :)


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