A Victorian Red Hat Lady

After I turned 50 years of age, I had decided I was going to live each day as if it was my last. I will do all the thing I had only dreamed about. I am going to live, love and have fun. Life is to short to worry about tomorrow, just live and enjoy today!

"Come on this life journey with me and experience the thrill"
Lady Estelle T. Barada

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A True Red Hatter's Life and Home.

Queen Mary of the Rhody Red Hatters in Warwick has one of the most delightful Red Hat decorated homes I have ever seen.
 She is a true Red Hatter. 
Enjoy a tour of her beautiful Red Hat Home.
A beautiful Bedroom
The Delightful Sun Room!

Meet Queen Mary with Mascot, Auntie Dora

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Funnel Cakes

Funnel cake or funnelcake is a regional novelty food popular in the U.S. at carnivals, fairs, sporting events, and seaside resorts.  

Country cookies know this goodie from back when, and they know it's best to get 'em while they're hot!
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling
In a large bowl combine the four, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
Heat 1 inch of oil in a frying pan. Hold your finger over the bottom of a funnel and pour in 1/2 cup of the batter. Holding the funnel over the hot oil, drizzle the batter into the oil.. Cook until golden brown, turn and cook the other side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
Makes 5-6 servings
Nancy Sharkey, Queen Mum Nanette
The Budding Red Roses of Arizona,
Glendale, Arizona

Thursday, August 19, 2010

First day of my Red Hat Vacation.

 On Tuesday, my first day of my vacation, I was invited to lunch with my Red Hat friends. We traveled to Galilee to enjoy lunch at Champlin's.
You can't go wrong with Champlin's - great views of the boats coming and going through the Breachway.

If you love quiet days by the ocean, the village of Galilee on Point Judith is the place for you. Located in the town of Narragansett in Rhode Island's South County, Galilee is known for fishing, boating, beaches and, of course, seafood restaurants.


Fishing boat in the Galilee breachway The history of Galilee and Point Judith has always been tied to the Point Judith Pond and the Breachway that joins it to the sea. In the eighteenth century, the area around Point Judith Pond was inhabited primarily by farmers who used the Breachway to transport crops to markets in Providence, Newport, Boston and New London. In the nineteenth century, a thriving fishing industry also developed. Area farmers often supplemented their income by fishing for bass and alewife, or digging oysters.

After lunch we enjoyed each others company on the beach.
Named for the legendary Rhode Island radio personality, Salty Brine State Beach is a short stretch of sand adjacent to the breachway in Galilee. Formally known as the Galilee State Beach, Salty Brine has quiet waters that are great for kids. It is also a wonderful spot to watch the ships coming and going through the Breachway.

What an amazing afternoon. But before we started our trip home, we had to stop for an ice cream to cool us off from the day in the sun!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Red Hat Garden Party 2009

The Colliston Classics Red Hatters invited us to a Garden Party on June 27th, 2009, at the Hilton in Tewksbury. Queen Judith and her chapters put on a really good show. Deee lightful. Many thanks to them for a wonderful afternoon. Below are some photos others are linked up on Shutterfly... see photo album page.
Enjoy the memories.

The Rhody Red Hats, all the way from Warwick RI!  Queen Mary and her many hats, left she has a butterfly... a little larger than you'd find in a garden... and below in a large brimmed sun hat. 

Her beautiful companion with the grand Victorian hat was charming.
 lady Estelle of Providence.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tea By The Sea!

Tea by the Sea

Newport Potters Guild Hosts National Juried Exhibition of

Tea-Related Pottery March 3-April 5
Opening Reception Sat. March 6
(Newport, RI, February 22, 2010)  Where classical meets contemporary and clay meets the sea.  The Newport Potters Guild, located at 302 Thames Street in Newport, RI will host Tea by the Sea, a national juried exhibition of teapots, teacups, tea bowls and tea accessories from March 3 through April 5. An opening reception with live jazz from the Lois Vaughan Jazz Duo will be held on Saturday, March 6, from 6:00-9:00 pm. The exhibition and reception are open to the public.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Great Links

The Official Red Hat Society Website
 Happy Hatters Boutique
Red Hat Fashions 4 You
When I Am An Old Woman
Loving Life After 50

Can Not Wait for the Spring!

In the lovely month of flowers blooming, birds mating and all come out of their winter hibernation, we Red Hat Ladies come out in all our glory and colors to attend the Spring festivities. My favorite is the Newport Flower Show. All the lovely colors, the women in lovely Spring hats and the cheer of bring in the Spring.
Every year I have attended this event I just had to visit the hat tent. You just can not go to a flower show and not buy a new spring hat!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Red Hatters Poem!

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph

Meet Antie Dora!

This charming and wise looking women is our mascot. She travels with us to most of our events if she feels up to it. She get a lot of attention from secret admirers. She enjoys the most, afternoon teas and senior luncheons.
She enters and exit functions in grand style.

Lady Estelle and Auntie Dora

Auntie Dora and Queen Mary relaxing at home.
Two gracious hostesses!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A visit with the Queen!

I had a wonderful visit with Queen Mary of The Rhody Red Hatters.  I always get a happy greeting when I arrive at her door.

She greets all with a whole hearted smile and a cheerful laugh.
Her home has a light house charm with a hint of craftiness. You definitely feel right at home.

She made us a delightful Pompadour Pudding
Here is the recipe.
This recipe is just vanilla pudding with a chocolate crust, but it's soooo good! It's a little fussy, but worth it!
4 cups milk
3 slightly rounded Tbs. cornstarch
1 cup white sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate OR 5 Tbs. cocoa and 1 1/2
Tbs. margarine
Bring milk to boiling point. Mix next four ingredients together in separate bowl until well mixed. Add to milk. Cook until thick. Put all in baking dish. Put 4 Tbs. milk and chocolate or cocoa into small pan and cook until thick, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool. Beat whites of 3 eggs, add 1/2 cup sugar, then add chocolate mixture and 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Turn this over the custard and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Chill and serve with whipped cream.

It was so good to see some of the girls today at the house. It's been a while sense we have been together. They didn't want to have their picture taken, but I needed to share with you those who made my day.

I know the weather wasn't the best for a trip to the beach. But all in all, it was the best day to be with friends

Snowing and going to the Beach!

Well, as I told you I am always in for an adventure. 
Today, I will be visiting my Red Hat friends on the beach. What makes it an adventure is that it is snowing.
New England, this year had so many snowy days. If snow was to stop me for going to my fun events, than I would have spent most of this winter in hibernation.
I find the beach quit tranquil without all the sun bathers. 
It will be a pleasant and peaceful afternoon spent with good friends.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Queen!

I belong to The Rhody Red Hatters. I would like to introduce you to Our Queen. You do not have to bow, but you must treat her like the Queen she is. Our Queen Mary

My love for all things Victorian!

I love all things Victorian.There is some thing about lace, pearls and frilly things. The Victorian Woman loved these things and could not get enough of them. I can relate. I enjoy collecting old photos of women all dressed up in their elegant clothes and attending fancy events.

Visit with my friends tomorrow!

I will be visiting with my long time Red Hat friends tomorrow.   What will I wear?
I have not seen these ladies in quit some time. I have spent so much time in my reenactment, that I have neglected my play mates.

It's time to grab my favorite Red hat, an light box lunch and head on to the beach.
Tuesdays are always a box lunch gathering at the beach. One of the lovely ladies who we hail as our Queen, dwells in little cottage  by the ocean. It is such a quaint little place. I always enjoy my visit.

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