The Schwinn

The Schwinn

Ain’t she a beauty?!?!  The HHH (Hilton Head Hogbottoms) brought this down to me last night for a little bridal shower my sister asked me to host for myself.  I thought that was a little strange.  Maybe something new they were doing nowadays.  Those shower thingies are always changing in the way they’re done, so I said, sure, ya’ll come.

IMG_6901So I washed and even pressed the tablecloth; got out the cute girlie dishes I had purchased forever ago and had never used; got out my super dainty super fragile tea cups and dishes as well.  Out came the Gooseberry Patch Tea Time Book for a great egg salad recipe.  It has lots of good ideas, but I only had time for the egg salad (which was very tasty I might add).  Next came the Savannah Bee Winter White honey.  All I can say is order it now before it’s gone.  We ate half a jar of the tallest they sell which is small but still quite a bit of honey for only four of the HHHes.  I’m fairly certain it’s not a year-round item; that it’s only available certain times of the year.

waiting on the ladies

waiting on the ladies

Since my paper napkins were just so darned cute, I opted to use them instead of the normal cloth ones.  After all, the HHHes weren’t really going to care.  It’s more about the dresses and the hats.

the gals in their finery

the gals in their finery

Every once in awhile the little girl in us just has a conniption fit to come out and play, so we drag out any of our old or new fancy dresses and shoes or go to the Goodwill and buy us a brand-spankin’ used new one.  I have a variety of vintage hats, a couple of newer ones, and some gloves.  We doody up with make-up and jewels and get together for some girl/woman talk and fun.

We drink delicious hot tea with the grounds caught in a silver tea strainer as it goes into the cup and eat yummy tea sandwiches or other concoctions on fancy little crackers.

having tea with some of my best friends

having tea with some of my best friendsthe

It’s fantastic!!

So when I saw who I thought was Matilda Hogbottom riding a bicycle down the road toward the house, I couldn’t imagine what in the world was going on.  Darla had come to the door and said, “Come on out here, you’ve got to see the girls.”  Were they lined up along the drive or what?  I was expecting four of them.  There was Terah and Darla in all their finery, but where was Geri (turns out she had an emergency) and Lisa?  That’s when I saw Matilda riding her bike down the dark road.  Perplexed does not even come close to what I was feeling… but I knew it was going to be good.



Turns out it wasn’t Matilda at all but her alter ego Lisa!  And she was on one of those beach bikes I have been coveting ever since the Hilton Head trip last year when I rode all over the place on one of them.  I forced all the gals (all but Geri; she stood firm) to rent one, and we rode on the beach, all over.  It was great, so they’re all in (except for Geri) this summer to get one and ride again.  On one of the bike excursions we ran into the guy who owns them and asked where to buy one because I was definitely going to get me one. Loaded with the information I got on the internet and drooled all over the computer looking at them before I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t justify buying it.  After all, I have a good bike albeit skinny wheels, hand brakes, nothing like the one I was coveting.

And here was Lisa riding one!!  To the fancy bridal shower!!  I was so shocked and excited for her that it never dawned on me that it was rather odd her riding that bike to my house (of course they had let her out just a block up the street).  “Lisa!  You got one of those bikes!” Sometimes I wonder about myself.

Turns out that wonderful bike was for me!  They had been planning it ever since last July while we were still on the island, while I was still going on and on about going to get me one of those, while I was riding all over the place on the rental.  My bridal shower gift!!

getting ready to try the little baby out

getting ready to try the little baby out


As much as I love that bike, I love my Hilton Head gals so much more.  They are the bomb… especially with a french roll!

elegant french rolls

elegant french rolls

I am a blessed woman!  Thank you HHH gals!!

I am a blessed woman! Thank you HHH gals!!


My newest favorite breakfast

English muffin with orange blossom honey, banana, grapes

This is my newest favorite breakfast.  I used to toast English muffins and put crunchy peanut butter on them, but since I went to Savannah and bought honey from the Savannah Bee Company, I am totally addicted to their Orange Blossom honey.

the best honey in the whole world

They also have Tupelo, Black Sage, Sourwood, Winter White, just to name the ones I have tried.  Tasting the differences in the Savannah Bee Company’s honey is a treat in itself.  It was like going into a fine winery to have a wine tasting.

As soon as we walked into the store on River Street, I saw the testers lined up.  And I was in love!  After reading about it once upon a long time ago, the differences in the flavor of honey had been something that I had wanted to try out.  It was totally the experience I thought it would be… and if you are ever in Savannah or Charleston, look up the Savannah Bee Company and do a little honey tasting.  But in the meantime, check out their web site (click on their name in bold above) and read about why honey tastes different.  I couldn’t believe the difference in the taste between them!

My very favorite is the Orange Blossom.  Doesn’t that look buttery?  It has a buttery, citrus flavor.  I think I could just tip it up and drink it out of this bottle.

delicious honey

The breakfast isn’t that hard to make.  Here are some easy directions:  Cut the English muffin in half, toast, then add a bit of butter.  Pour honey over muffin (although I have thought about pouring it all over everything… it’s that good).

Start with a fresh English muffin, whole wheat

While the muffin toasts, cut up a banana or strawberries, get out the grapes, kiwi, blueberries, whatever fruit suits your fancy.

(Please do not enlarge the picture of my little toaster oven. It is dirty; it needs cleaned; who wants to volunteer for this job?)


Normally I only use butter unless I forgot to set it out to soften. This is good too.

begin the pour



Pop out the cork on your favorite honey and try to stop yourself from pouring the whole bottle over your muffin, fruit, in your coffee or tea, all over your fingers (so good to lick off, by the way) …

keep pouring