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The year has simply flown by. Shouldn’t we be in about July (ignore the bare branches and cold weather)? Last July? But if you are a Downton fan, you were in probably in withdrawals by March! Three weeks left. Twenty-one days

This video is something one of my Facebook friends posted on my wall and I want to share it with you. It’s three Downton characters using American accents (weird because we don’t have one). I love Lady Mary’s the most!


Can You Believe It?!


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I have officially heard. it. all.


Who is the last celebrity couple you would think that would be fans of the show? I’m still in a state of shock, so I’ll just spill it. KANYE WEST and KIM KARDASHIAN!!! Now you understand my bewilderment/bafflement.

Actually, according to this, they call their new home Highclere Castle, and Kayne refers to Kim as lady! Now to the best (or worst) part: Kim has been asking Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, for a guest roll. I know she has acted, but I just don’t see Kim Kardashian as a Crawley!!

P.S. Can she do an English accent?



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Me, after hearing the news.

I must say, it’s devastating news: Apparently season six is the end, which starts in January 2016! I had a feeling when the characters started going their separate ways the end was near. I mean, Tom leaving. Edith and Marigold (hopefully) going with him. Mrs. Hughes and Carson. Rose getting married.

But fear not! According to this, the writer of “Downton” is creating a show for NBC. Unfortunately, it looks like a miniseries.

Apparently it was partly the cast’s decision to end it. How selfish!

Good thing it’s on DVD. I feel some binge sessions coming.

(Image courtesy of fineart-china.com)

Give It A Try…


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I’m not sure Mrs. Patmore would fix this for the Crawley family; it’s probably not fancy enough. But it’s been my favorite cake since I was a little girl.

Just in case she could convince them:

Mississippi Mud Cake

4 eggs                                                    1 c flaked coconut

2 c sugar                                                 1/2 c chopped pecans

1 cup butter, melted                                 1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow creme

1-1/2 c flour                                             Levee Frosting (below)

1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder               1 c chopped nuts, if desired

1 tsp vanilla extract

Levee Frosting:

1/2 c butter, melted                                  6 tablespoons milk

1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder               1 (1-lb.) box powdered sugar (4 c)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until thick. Gradually beat in sugar. Combine melted butter with flour, cocoa, vanilla, coconut and pecans. Add to egg-sugar mixture. Stir well with a spoon. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes or until done. Remove from oven. Immediately spread marshmallow creme gently over surface of cake. Prepare Levee Frosting. Spread frosting gently over warm marshmallow creme, swirling to give a marbled effect. Sprinkle nuts over top, if desired.

Levee Frosting:

Blend all ingredients in a medium bowl.

Just Think About It, Edith.


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Edith dear,

In the past I know I have been hard on you. Pro Mary, anti Edith. I don’t know if Mary and I—both oldest sisters—had some kind of connection or what, but my opinion has done a complete 180. I can’t abandon Mary completely; we both understand how annoying little sisters can be (sorry, but I have two myself). We have mostly outgrown the constant bickering, but I feel so sorry for you. Isn’t Mary a tad too old to be constantly putting down her younger sister?

I watched part two of the finale last Wednesday. I must say Mary gave big sisters a bad name (okay, I am not a saint, but it’s my birthright). I never thought I would say this, but you need to get out of that house! It is one jab after another! You have to take it day in and day out. Tom offered, and I truly think you and Marigold would be happier in Boston. It’s just like Tom was saying, you could find a job at a newspaper and Marigold would already have a friend in Sybbie. The perfect plan, right…?

I wouldn’t even care if something “happened” between you and Tom. The two of you have been off on your own lately.   I just wanted to encourage you to explore that option. He is very handsome and you would have a friend (or possibly more), somewhere where you could make a fresh start. Please just think about it.

Sorry for my previous opinion,



(Image: I’mSorryLetters.com)


Coming Up Roses


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Courtesy filmreviewonline.com

Recently I took a quiz on PBS.com to see which “Downton” girl best represented my personality. I got Rose. I was so flattered! The quiz said, at the end, I was “flirty, frothy, fashionable, and fun.” I don’t know about the flirty part, but I take everything else as a complement. I love Rose’s wardrobe!

If you want to take it click this link.

Dining Crawley, …Er, Tharp Style


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What’s dinnertime like at your house? Is it anything like it is at Downton Abbey? Do you have staff waiting on you hand and foot?

Me neither.

Assuming Dad is on a business trip, then Mom and I often eat in front of the kitchen TV at oh, about four o’clock because my father can’t judge us. He will call at 3:45. “Let me guess, you’re eating.” No smarty pants. We have 15 minutes. I can practically see the eye roll through the phone line. The bill-o-fare? Pancakes (yes, pancakes), omelets, or baked sweet potatoes.

We go formal when Dad is home, and the word “formal” is used very, very loosely. We do sit at the table. But we do not have place cards, an excess of forks, spoons, or knives. Silverware does not have to be in a perfect row. No flowers or candles. And we do not change our clothes for the occasion.

Courtesy visiontv.ca

And as you might have guessed, there are no oysters or rack of lamb. Boy, Mrs. Patmore would sure like us! We like the simpler: Homemade pizza with diced tomatoes, chicken quesadillas, or spaghetti.

Dinnertime is my favorite time of the day. We say grace and thank God for all He has provided and ask Him to watch over my sisters, who are off on their own. But then we just share about our day.

Although Downton was a different era and a very different lifestyle, why did it have to be the production it was? In my opinion, just sharing a meal with people you love most is special enough.