Monday, September 1, 2014

Philo..her snaps..and Petits Pains d♥


Philomena and her snapdragons~









Snapgragons! Look at them from afar and they are pretty..but up close? Even prettier..Frills and curls and buds..all make these the perfect cottage garden flower..and for cutting?
Adorable in vases.
And within a few days..so many more..
I find they go very well with Philomena♥
She's named Philomena after a client I had in the past..her name was Philomena..and this statue was in her garden..she was selling the home  she had shared with her companion....
Moving into an apartment.I couldn't bear to see the statue be sold.with the house..in case the people did not like to garden..So I bought it...the day she did her yard sale..w/ a rolling pin and a meat tenderizer/mallet..vintage of course..
She weighs a ton..and is slowly losing fingers..hands..the base..
...moss grows out of her head..she's rusting away in some parts.
I love her as much as the day I brought her home in much better shape.
My gardens are waning waning waning..the dahlias are still strong and I have sunflowers to bloom..but only the annuals ,phlox,hydrangeas..rudbeckias,..coneflowers and sedum are putting on a show right now..
Oh and the herbs..will miss those~





Now onto the buns..
Fun to make little snail shaped buns..
Aren't they pretty?
After making  2 the rest were easy..
I made half the recipe for 4 buns.
I know I am a bread machine lover but for 4 buns..I used my hands..
You can find the delightful recipe ..
Here..
Best eaten same day~IMHO.
And I found a great little yeast conversion site..
Here~

Hope you enjoy both sites..and one day grow some snapdragons~



They are prolific..
Bought some Parrot Tulip bulbs..for planting..next Spring I will be happy I did..
Bought some garlic..received some garlic..will plant..next July I will be happy I did..
Planning slight changes in the gardens.My shovel will be ruthless this fall.
Shovel pruning..roses..and things that have been telling me for the past few years..that they are miserable here..or just too comfy.
Nothing major..I think a tidying up..is needed.
In more places than one..
I don't know why but since the tree I loved went away..some of my gardens have lost their charm:(
C'est la  vie..  ce sont les saisons..
On y peut rien.



64 comments:

  1. Good morning, and may I be the first, to wish you a Happy September!

    Tessa~

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  2. Those flowers are so pretty and I love their name. Great rolls. I'm a big fan of caraway seeds.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. -chuckle- I got it in, in time, to be first (commenter)!!!!! Silly me. It happens so infrequently, that I find myself, able to be the first commenter, on a blog... That I like to make a big deal out of it. For myself anyway. Find fun, where you can, is my motto. :-)))) Well, one of my mottos.

    Oh your photos, as always... Have to download that GIMP. And learn to use that GIMP! ,-)

    My husband's snapdragons have not done well. -pout-

    And oh they are lovely!!!! Can't you just see faeries flitting about, near them? And perhaps using a blossom, to make a lovely skirt? Oh yes! Snapdragon blossoms and Hosta blossoms... Surely make dressy skirts, for faeries!!!

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa~

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    1. You are right about the hostas..and fuschias..:)

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  4. Happy new week Darling...love from me Ria...x!

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  5. Monique, Sounds like a wonderful day in your garden. I love your snapdragons, ours are done this year. I can tell our garden is changing into fall. The wisteria, grapes and peonies are starting to lose their leaves. The pumpkins because of the heat are about done in their growth. I'm happy with what we have so far. The summer has been very hot and I'm looking forward to some cooler weather. Love as always your inspiring photos!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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    1. Your season is so much LONGER!
      Your gardens have been resplendant..and no a new area:)

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  6. Snapdragons are gorgeous, aren't they. Your photos are gorgeous and you always have the best recipes. Thank you. Deb

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  7. What an interesting way to shape the buns. I have to try it. My mother used to grow snapdragons and when my sisters and I were little we would pick off a flower and gently squeeze it on the side so their little mouths would open and close. We were so easily entertained back then. Sweet memories.

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  8. Il faut accepter les changements qui viennent vite pendant cette saision! I LOVE your story about Philomena...a Rescure Statue bought with Love & Caring...She too is susceptible to changes as was her owner as we all are...A Van Morrison song lyric comes to mind: "Let's enjoy it while we can..."
    Oh, gorgeous are those fleurs, & yummy are those buns! They are also sculptures!

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    1. You brought back a nice VM memory..
      Moondance ..I LOVE Moondance..always have ..always will.
      And now you jolted another song in my way back when brain portion:)
      Yes as we all are..
      Spot on Rita.

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  9. The photos of your snaps with Philomena are beautiful...such a lovely garden. ...and, the buns! I enjoy caraway to I know I would love these beauties!

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    1. Fun to learn how to shape these..we could use many recipes..I am almost certain..They are cute:)

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  10. you captured such pretty pictures of your snapdragons, i have a few growing in pots but its very hot and humid now so they are sort of droopy. I love that you are starting to plan for your garden next year, i need to remember to do the same.
    It looks like you have new photos of your grandsons on the sidebar, so cheerful.
    Hope you have a happy week,
    Jenni

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    1. I wish you a happy week too..
      It turned very hot and humid all of a sudden here also after 2 grey days..
      Thanks for noticing my little loves:)

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  11. Such pretty Antirrhinums/Snapdragons you have in your garden. Do you know what variety they are ? They look so much bigger than the ones I have had here. They certainly make lovely cutting flowers. So fitting to be planted by your beautiful Philomena.

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    1. No idea..Just regular i thought Barbara..I have seen much taller ones..but in the past they have been fleeting beauties for me..so I tried shorter and they work far better here..
      They do make charming bouquets for sure..
      Bet your garden was good to you this summer.

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  12. The buns are absolutely adorable! And the snapdragons look majestical with the statue :)

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  13. Oh, I love Philomena and her garden of snapdragons! When our youngest, Stefan, was small, he loved for me to pluck off one blossom and make it "talk" to him by squeezing it near the stem end. They are still his favorite flower and mine too.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  14. I love your snapdragon flowers and Philomena. I will have to try some next year. The buns are beautiful! Thanks for the conversion link too.

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  15. Those snaps are amazing!! I will want to come back and stare at those pictures when the cold winds blow. And those rolls - nom, nom, nom! So pretty too!

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    1. Chris..thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes.. we are having fish tonight with your honey asian dressing on it:)

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  16. So lovely to read your story of finding Philomena. A reminder of a friend. The Japanese Anemone have taken over my garden, but the are so reliably virile that I hesitate to pare them back. More annoying are the moles that are making a path into the lawn. I keep stomping down their tunnels hoping that they'll just go away...

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    1. One year a neighbour down the street had mazes through his front lawn from voles..have not spotted them again..
      I feel the same way you do about Japanese Anemones..cannot bear to take them out!

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  17. Beautiful snapdragons...You always have the prettiest flowers and garden. Love the story of Philomena. I am starting to get in the mood for baking, so your recipes are calling my name. xo

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    1. Will you be baking Halloween Treats for the little ones?
      There are some cute downloads for cupcake toppers:-)

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  18. They are pretty, both the snapdragons and the buns. My snapdragons would come back every year without any help from me;-)

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  19. Your photos with Philomena and the snapdragons are so pretty. She is a great addition to your garden. It would have been a real shame to see her sold with the house. Your buns have such a lovely shape.
    Sam

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  20. Even in my garden days, I never planted snapdragons. I don't know why, because I've always thought them beautiful. Philomena is adorable and age just makes her more endearing.
    Yummy looking rolls. I must get in the bread mode!

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  21. Glorious, your snapdragons! A lovely frilly patch of color in the garden, cheering up Philomena as we flip the calendar over to....September:) My so called garden did miserably this year and I don't know why, it was mostly tomatoes and beans, peas and zucchini that still has only blossoms. Your garden is oh so lovely, Nana!

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    1. I only show the better parts Katrina:)..it's not been that beautiful..It needs work..like me:)
      I can just picture us bemoaning winter this March..Oh lala....

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  22. Paris buns shaped like a snail.
    You rescued a lovely lady!

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  23. I love Philomena and how she is growing more beautiful with age!!
    Your buns are beautiful! Wish I had one right now fresh from the oven! I am fine with savory for breakfast.
    Sounds like lots of fun changes in the garden. I still am conflicted about my grapes, they simply took over this year, but we will see!
    Have fun digging!

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  24. Mon do you think Adam would enjoy the book your reading? I was thinking for part of his 40th birthday...Di

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  25. Where or where did my comment go? It was a long one I typed yesterday. I talked about my mother making the snapdragon flower talk too and how wonderful the snaps are doing this cooler and rainier summer. Strange! Oh well, here I am again :)

    Love Philomena and what a nice remembrance of your client too.

    I would love to try those beautiful snail rolls - I even bookmarked the yeast conversation table yesterday. Lovely recipe and snaps!

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    1. Your mom:)

      Now maybe we didn't have snaps..Can't say my mom was a gardener..Or I have no memories..I remember portulaca..and they did super well..and a few roses..they always lived in a rented duplex in Montreal until I was 10 and then bought a home..but gardening wasn't a passion I think..there were only 8 full years there..
      with her..
      The buns are fun to make..but best the same day..:)

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  26. What beautiful photos, and the little breads are absolutely perfect!

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  27. Love the snapdragons! I think I must plant me some of those next year. They are just beautiful. I am new to your blog and your newest follower.

    Judy

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  28. The snapdragons are so beautiful, love your little breads!

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  29. I loved the story about Philomena and how she came to live with you and that she lives along side your snap dragons. What the perfect space to live in. I could quite happily spend the rest of my life amongst such pretty delights even if moss did grow out of my head. Love your little breads also. I must give them a go. Most of all I love you and all that you say, write, photograph etc. It always delights. xxoo

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    1. I am just having a croissant with Bitter Orange marmalade:)
      TY TY.
      :)

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  30. Monique, you have such an eye for beauty. So nice your rescued your Philomena. Lovely rolls.

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  31. I was just looking at your side bar, noticed the Hello September, and then your sweet grandsons ;o) How is the book you are currently reading? Love Philomena, and she found herself a wonderful home. I never take time to make rolls, but yours look fabulous. Snapdragons are a memory from my childhood....my grandmother was a gardener, and we used to visit quite often. My mom wasn't into it, she was a big fan of sports and very athletic and that is how she spent her time.

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    1. The book is different..I have read it all now.
      He writes well..For some reason I bought it thinking it was Ed Harris!
      Not at all.
      This gentleman was the first Star Search winner..he is an accomplished singer..best friend of Liza Minelli..some lines are great..sad parts too..funny ones..
      Nice ending..not a spoiler..he and his partner adopt a son..Cooper..
      Check on Goodreads..
      My fave book is still The Art of Hearing Heartbeats in the last 2 years..this one could not be more different.
      I liked Goldfinch too..but ..not like TAOHH..
      Guess what I am planning on making tomorrow?
      Umm..eggplant..tomato..basil..cheese:-)
      You are like your mom!
      But garden and cook too..and love pumpkins;-)

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    2. Oh for sure, TAOHH was excellent. If you find anything almost as good, you can let me know. Can't wait until you let me know about the eggplant pizzas. My FAV of the entire summer :-) You remembered about the pumpkins....mom wants us to set them up soon. She gets excited.

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    3. I will never forget her set up:) I'll let you know:)

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  32. Bonjour ma chère Nana,

    Je suis contente de te retrouver et d'ouvrir la porte de ton bel univers... Des fleurs aujourd'hui pour mon plus grand plaisir. Tes photos sont sublimes. Il faut profiter des fleurs de cette fin d'été qui fut en France très court. La météo n'était pas au rendez-vous.
    J'aime ce prénom de Philomène qui était le prénom de ma grand-mère, Marius celui de mon grand-père...
    Et pour terminer j'ai mis en mémoire la recette de ces adorables petits pains en forme d'escargot.
    Je te fais de gros bisous.

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  33. Snapdragons have always made me smile since I was a child. Love the buns…especially with the caraway seed topping.

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  34. Love your flowers and Philomena she looks beautiful!
    Love yours buns look delicious:)

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  35. Those snapdragons and Philo look so pretty and your rolls with the seeds sprinkled are absolute eye candy.
    Happy weekend.
    Shel

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    1. Soon?

      I thought it was last weekend..but I gather we have 3 more weeks to go?:)

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  36. Mme. M, I wonder how a Snapdragon, with its frilly and delicate petals, ever got its name. A misnomer, to be sure.
    Speaking of which, some would probably eschew 'snail buns' based on the name. Unless one takes a moment to look at the photos above.
    In regards to 'Philomena,' well, that is a fitting name for a beautiful garden maiden.

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    1. A misnomer for certain..what a lovely word.
      Your vocabulary is exemplary:)

      I miss you..ok that's twice I have said that..:)

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  37. Guess what? I am making this bread today as I type!!!! :) I am so excited! We will be eating it with some homemade Pasta e' Fagioli. I will take pictures and try to post tonight. :) Thanks for sharing and I pray I converted all the measurements correctly :) -Bev

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  38. Ces petites fleurs sont tellement mignonnes et belles, j'adore !
    Et ces petits pains sont vraiment rigolos et vraiment appétissants ! Bonne semaine ~

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  39. Your buns are gorgeous and all your pictures also.

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  40. I will plant my snaps soon. Then they will be ready for early spring. Snaps remind me of my grandmother. She always make them snap for me. '-)

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