Sunday, April 27, 2014

Un cadeau pour moi~I am again early with this post~



















But before the buds burst open..and before I make pies with my gift..

I thought I should share..:)♥

A gift for me.. a gift ..or two and more..

Spring..number 1 gift..♥
As I walk along Main Road..I spy the lake through the still bare trees..but I see buds too..
I spy the scillas beautifully... naturally... popping up amidst cute  garden accoutrements on Main Road too:)
Sights I love..
The greening of QC~♥

Number 2 gift..♥

I am a blog lover..don't comment on all ... I peek..but often   I cannot bear to stay quiet..in the case of thanking them for a great recipe..or because of a beautiful child..or a heart string that gets tugged..or super inspiration..or friendliness..of humor..quirkyness..beauty..funny..nice..talented..sad..sweet..
Or I follow..:)
Some bloggers I have been friends with since 2001..maybe 2002..

And sometimes it' s a thing that catches my eye.
Like the rolling pin you see above.
I spotted it on a gorgeous French blog I gleaned a go to baguette recipe  many months ago..
..I've shared it here..
And a different macaron recipe etc..

One day she made cookies with her personalized rolling pin.
I've loved monograms..words..quotes..stamps etc..since grade school.
It just took my husband to tell me that  it would be an heirloom:-)
So..I ordered one.
And it's a little work of art.
Beautiful quality..came perfectly packaged from Poland..little note for the care instructions and a cookie.
Yes I spoiled myself..but maybe one day Max or Noah..Oli or Lulu..will roll out a pie dough or cookies thinking of me.
This is where I bought it..on Etsy..
It's very special.
I lost sleep  over buying it ( I have been married 40 yrs..I have a few rolling pins..and buy less and less "things"..except cookie cutters..:)..and then lost sleep thinking what else I will make with it:-)Once it got here.. a pie..different cookies..it is an exciting  treasure in a well loved kitchen.
By the way..I am sure there's no need to mention this..
But this is not a sponsored post or anything like that.
It was love at first sight for me..and thought maybe it would be for one of you..
Can you imagine a little shop's name..oh lala..
Or your mom..daughter..dear dear friend's name..:-)?
Someone that loves to bake obviously♥
Not for someone who  doesn't use her kitchen...
My kitchen is like a little laboratory to me and I get a kick out of making things.
My parents must be flabbergasted.
They never knew me as a cook/baker..  and even less a nana:)
Life has a way of instilling likes in you as you go along.
Like gardening..reading..music..baking.

Bonne Semaine~  Bonne Semaine!


PS I used Chef Nini's cookie recipe..  but omitted the salt..used salted butter.. added real vanilla..and lemon rind..lots..They are harder than a shortbread..perfect for tea.
Any cookie that holds it's form well will work..
I have posted many many here and numerous blogs have them too..
It's the newest addition to La Table De Nana~

66 comments:

  1. Es lo más original que he visto galletas aromáticas y lindas un gran regalo,abrazos

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  2. It is all perfect. Better get more as I have a feeling they are all going to want that.

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  3. Oh, this is so perfect for you. I think I will need to order one of these for my niece. I've given her what was left of my cookie cutter collection. The fact that she is now making lots and lots of decorated cut out cookies makes me regret that I gave the majority of my cutter collection away when we moved to this house. Yes, I think she needs one of these. Thank you for sharing yet another great idea! '-)

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    1. I love when you mention her and you have to me before..I think it would be SUPER..

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  4. Très sympa ce rouleau... Un wonderful gift. Thanks for the lovely spring pictures.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Your new cadeau is a work of art and absolutely perfect for you in every way. I am impressed that is can be personalized. It will make a wonderful gift for your family in years to come too. I'm still smiling at the scarecrows in the third picture. Someone has an amazing talent to create them.
    Sam

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    1. Love driving by..the house is named too..:"Hyde Tea"~
      Gotta love it..

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  6. Everything is always so beautiful here on the blog. I find myself dreaming of personalized rolling pins, paper products, and deliciousness and creativity in the kitchen.

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  7. Nana - what a lovely idea! I will wait to see which of the grandchildren is the baker and then, perhaps, a "Mimi" rolling pin? So good to see your beautiful signs of Spring!

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  8. I am loving all your blogs and this one is the best. I saw those rolling pins on etsy and now you have it. It will surely be an heirloom. I think they would make a wonderful gift too for the special baker in our lives. The cookies look so pretty. Have to give this recipe a try because we will be having British guests later in the week and they will love them with their afternoon tea. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. You too!

      Shortbreads would be lovely also:)

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    2. I am trying the wanna be walker recipe. Made sugar cookie dough instead yesterday but then got called for grandma duty as Katherine is home from nursery with a fever and cold. I made the shortbread dough while she napped.

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  9. Your scarecrows are marvelous! Creative...hope they scare the pests away, almost think they are too pretty for that!
    Love the personalized rolling pin. I went to the Etsy site and such cute things! Thanks for the tip, Monique.

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    1. Hi Barbara..not my scarecrows..up the street and turn right on Main Road:) So cute and whimsical..the house sits high away from the road..charming 1910's I think..

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  10. Too cute ..this morning I had an email from one of our daughters saying that is what she had wanted to offer me for my birthday..but worried about delivery time frame.
    She knows me well..:)

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  11. Me ha encantado el rodillo, quedan unas galletas preciosas. Puede que te lo copie.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot,com

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  12. J'Adore tellement ton blog!! Quelle raffinement et délicatesse dans chacune de tes présentations!! Bravo et bon début de semaine Nana :) xxx

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  13. I have been stalking these rolling pins on Etsy forever! I can't believe how beautiful the image is. I have long wanted one, but had no clue just what I'd want mine to say. Today I think it would be "staving off crazy." ;-)

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  14. I had never seen them on Etsy..and it was just well covet at first sight..
    Hate to admit it but it was..
    Roll out your dough with a regular pin first as you cannot back up.. straight ahead:) or straight back..
    It comes with instructions..and well packaged..in a triangular box.
    I am sure it is hard to pick what to write..In a way i would have liked my name..but ..this will always make em remember being a nana and having my little blog..

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  15. Beautiful! And, I love the cookies in the Weck canning jar!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  16. Love, love, love those cutters, so YOU Monique! We are ahead of you a bit with our spring but I continue to be delighted each day. Such a lovely time of the years and so evident in your pretty pictures!!

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    1. Funny when I ordered the rolling pin..you came to mind too as maybe wanting one for your Café:)

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  17. ça fait très classe d'avoir un tel rouleau, avec ses propres références! C'est un très bon achat!
    On doit avoir l'impression que les gâteaux sont encore meilleurs! :o)

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  18. You really need your own shop/corporation/bakery empire! The rolling pin is a treasure. Do you still have snow?

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    1. No snow..scillas have replaced the snow! So pleased.. gardens are raked for the most part of winter debris..started some dahlias.. The glory of Spring!!
      No forsythas like you yet..TBA :)

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    2. The scillas's are beautiful. TG no more snow. Your kitchen is an artist studio!

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  19. Wowww that is great !!!...lovely week from me...xxx !

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  20. How gorgeous is this!! You are going to have so much fun. I think this would be a wonderful heirloom and a great addition to any kitchen.

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  21. You find the neatest things! I love that rolling pin. I am going to go on over and look at it and also find her baguette recipe. That is what I attempted today but need to tweak it some.

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    1. The small baguettes have sun dried tomatoes..etc..more like fiçelles to me..

      Looking forward to seeing all your breads with your new tools of the trade.

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  22. What an amazing idea - rolling pin! I would love to have one-))) Stunning!!!

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    1. And you should have one Yelena...With everything you do :)

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  23. I love that you've given yourself a gift!!!
    That's awesome.
    I love that rolling pin .... what a lovely thing and a wonderful heirloom!!!! I must go to Etsy and check it out!
    Love your cookies!
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  24. Dear Monique, if I may call you Monique. This rolling pin is a unique treasure & I was surprised that it did not cost more!! It's times like this when I wish I were a baker...This is a gift that brings joy to others in the form of cookies...I too love stamps, words, quotes, calligraphy...and I too am delighted by the changes that early spring is bringing...no more ice on the lakes in our region! Beautiful post!

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  25. PS I enjoy that you are such a heartfelt blogger & I'm glad you chose La Table de Nana for your rolling pin...

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    1. Dear Rita,of course I am Monique.:-)
      It's been a pleasure for me to meet you in the last year.
      I put a little bag aside for a little getaway with a watercolor book and paints and wondered what you would put in yours:-)
      See your influence!
      Thank you Rita:-)

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  26. Qu'il est beau, ton lac ! Et ces épouvantails ! J'adore ! Quant au rouleau, je ne suis pas étonnée que tu y aies succombé ! Ravissant !
    Bisous
    Hélène

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    1. Ce rouleau te conviendrait tellement bien♥x

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  27. I can't imagine anyone in the world getting more pleasure out of this rolling pin, Monique! It is so perfect for you and all of the baking you do. A perfect addition to your wonderful stamp collection. I had never seen them before and already wonder what name....:-) Mack and I baked cookies yesterday when they were here. Having grandchildren is always a good excuse for baking and for many years to come ♥ I would love to see how a pie crust will turn out with the roller - the cookies are perfection. So much green here too - scillas are almost done, daffodils not as abundant, only a few magnolia blossoms, several shrubs badly damaged. Such a hard winter but there are many survivors too. I love the scarecrows with their 'jeans' matching the scilla!

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    1. When I bake with the boys.. I always think of you doing the same thing on Mondays..
      You know..it may be fleeting this pleasure..
      So I am holding on while I can..
      The boys are now avid "Canadians" hockey fans..They can name players with their numbers.. who's in the finals..(much to J's joy..finally someone who gets it..)
      I tried a pie crust just before..many people come home and like to relax..I like to come home and bake a pie..if there is no time for gradning or the weather is just a bit off..or I would have to take off my better jeans..lol

      So it worked..but an apple pie is not the best..I stuffed it too much and of course when they bake..you know..so next time I will cook down my apples first..then they will be ready and juicy and not fall..still worked but the centre..not so much..
      I still love it:)
      Survivors and goners here too..the grass is really damaged..

      Too soon to tell for many things..but those poppies I loved seem to gone..:(

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  28. That is so special, it's perfect for you. Such a great idea for a gift too. Maybe a new toy for me....We love our kitchen gadgets. I am also interested in the baguette recipe. Thanks for sharing your lovely cookies and new fun gadget....Happy Tuesday....

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  29. It is a cool little fun gadget..I found it to be a work of art..I admire the girl:)
    A perfectionist..in her merchandising..you can just tell when it arrives..
    and she was so nice..answered my questions etc..

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  30. De superbes biscuits appétissants et un très beau cadeau fait à vous-mêmes que vous méritez amplement :) Cet ustensile est fait pour vous !
    Bonne semaine !

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  31. Oh Monique, what a wonderful addition to your kitchen! It is so "you". I adore your cookie cutters and cookies with words and phrases...and this, well it is so perfect.

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  32. You find the most unique gadgets Monique! You will get a lot of use out of your lovely rolling pin. Perfect in every way for you.

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  33. Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to "oh so cute" items that you find for your baking. I'm certainly glad you purchased the rolling pin…it is so you. :)

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  34. How cool is that? I always come away with a smile from your posts!

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  35. Thanks :-)
    It's a fun thing..
    See..I figure we never go out to eat...ahh..I could name a million excuses right?
    Actually we had a bite at IKEA..we were starving...and had a starving girl with us:-)

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  36. Bonjour ma chère Nana,
    Tu as bien eu raison de te faire plaisir avec ce petit trésor de rouleau à pâtisserie...
    Je crois bien que je vais craquer !!... je craque également à la vue de tes petits biscuits qui me donnent l'eau à la bouche !
    En ce 1er mai je te souhaite à toi et tous ceux que tu aimes plein de bonheur.
    Je te fais de gros bisous ♡

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    1. Etant l'artiste que tu es M~A..je crois bien qu'il serait bien chez toi ce rouleau.:)

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  37. Lovely post, Monique. I can imagine how delighted your family is to receive little cookies from their Nana. I love the little family looking out for the garden. It's going to reach 90 degrees here today.

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  38. that rolling pin is amazing, you have the neatest little tools for your baking, i love it and i love the spring flowers are they bluebells? I Bluebells are a favorite of mine and I wish they grew more wild here in the states. Happy Spring :)

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    1. They are scillas..

      They are so similar in their carpeting effect no?
      Would like to try and paint:)

      It seems to be the wettest chilliest Spring yet..
      Hope it warms up a bit soon..
      I've started plants indoors and with this gloom they are yearning for light to root etc..
      Hope you are enjoying Spring Jenni..I know you love your flowers..hope the projects are sailing a long too:)



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  39. Monique, I'm in love with your rolling pin. I spotted it a couple of weeks ago on Etsy, seeing yours tells me I have to have one!! I love all your wonderful cooking treasures. I ordered the French Sables Maison cookie stamps because of you. Now, you're motivated me to make some soon. Thanks for all the inspiration you give me to try and bake. You are the Queen of Baking and of course your photos are the best!! Love all the beautiful flowers especially the scillas, so pretty! Happy May Day!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  40. Lots of lovely presents! I think that rolling pin is wonderful! what fun you will have :)
    Mary

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  41. You always have the most beautiful gadgets and things Monique and this roll pin look abdolutely beautiful!
    And I love yours cookies:))

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  42. For my new kitchen...I think I will get one too!
    Just gorgeous Mon...like everything you do.
    Bisous xo

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  43. What a fabulous rolling pin Monique! I love it. Had look at the page. It's on my wish list. As always everything you do is just beautiful. The photos are gorgeous, etc. You make me smile. xxoo

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  44. It's a splurge I know.. but ...I like cooking things way better than shoes etc..:)

    I like flowers and cooking and books and paints.:)LOL

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  45. That is amazing - what a treat! One is definitely going on my wishlist now.

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    1. You should absolutely have one..For everything you do..and for the hard work at Chef school!

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