Wednesday Hanna and I took a little day trip up the Hudson. We were headed for the Frederik Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY.
This is one of 43 mansions built by the Vanderbilt families.
Hudson river view - north.
view south -
The side facing the river -
Entry hall. Italian marble, French tapestries. The interior shots were taken on my cel phone and no flash was allowed, so I'm sorry they are so bad.
The gold room (ladies sitting room)
This is Louise's bedroom. It was styled after Marie Antoinette's at Versailles. Check out the gate around her bed.
A column on the 2nd floor landing. I thought it would make a good border pattern.
The gardens - lovely.
This is a model of the 60 member staff that worked at the mansion and on the grounds.
Fun Fast Food to make at home on a busy summer day -
BBQ Pulled Pork
A 2-3 lb pork shoulder, salt, pepper and 1 can of cola into the crock pot. Cook on High 4-6 hours.
Prepare cole slaw - the photo says it all. People have actually asked me for the recipe.
Remove fat and bone from the pork and reserve liquid. Using 2 forks shred the pork. Return to the crock pot adding a bottle (or to taste) your favorite BBQ sauce and heat through. I also add back some of the liquid to thin it a bit.
Easy and delicious!
I recently tried this box mix cookie bar. It was great. I added a banana to the brownie portion. They were gone in a hurry.
Along our way we ran into Jake and Elwood statues, the Blues Brothers - how funny!
A quilting report is on tap for next week. In the meantime I hope you are finding ways to have fun!