In just a few short hours..February will be upon us..
I don't know about you..but January flew by.Very easy winter so far,knock on wood.
Rain expected tonight..
Truly ..the Littles inspire me for Vday,and my daughter inspires me for February.
If I was on my own..or even just the two of us..February would not have the same meanings.
I am easily influenced by outside influences;)
I saw a floral arrangement on Martha Stewart..a BEAUTIFUL arrangement in a birch bark pot..
we snowshoe and X-country ski..I didn't even see where to buy it or what to do...instructions as to how to make a birch bark pot.
I Pinned her pic.
And we snowshoed again..because this keeps happening;)So beautiful.
I know..I should have straightened the above pic..I love my neighbors homes..on both sides..and like both my neighbors..lucky me.
I am way behind because I am gathering birch bark and taking pics..never a dull moment~
He's thinking..OMG now what's she doing~
Going anywhere out of the ordinary and even the ordinary..I love taking pics..so I am always far behind~
The first day I came home w/ thick bark from a dead tree.. ..dead because it is snapped in half laying across the lay of the land..
I soaked the bark..rolled the bark..hoped..made a mess everywhere ..even of my nails.. not acrylic..mine.But I like them and take care of them;)Mostly in winter..
Threw my first efforts away..the next time..I only peeled off the thin outer layer and came home w/ a pocket stuffed of thin bark..and le tour was joué~
I glued the bark over a diced tomato can;) And used oil paint that was in my palette that day to inscribe my heart w/ my alphabet boys initials.
I added a primula..because I love primulas..and it made my heart sing.
The whole thing.
Another thing that made my heart sing..
..just before Christmas..I received a surprise package..unexpected..such cute things inside:)
I have shared some..not this yet.. cookie stamp..a set of 3 rubber heads that fit on a lovely wooden base..I am a cookie cutter lover.
I have a few of these..but none as quirky and fun as this set of three..
I truly believe what that stamp says:"Damn it feels good to be a baker"..
some days..baking is all the therapy I crave~♥
Cute n'est-ce -pas?
Terry lives in NY..we "met" through Gardenbuddies and found each other again..
we share Pins and new recipes and ideas..and Littles stories;)
how she knew I would like this I have no idea..;)..but I DO:)
I used this recipe..for the shortbread stamps..and used a half recipe..this is when a scale is of the utmost importance in a kitchen..
I love them..not too sweet at all and a lovely shortbread crispness/flakiness..and it stamps well..I did chill the stamped cookies in the screened in porch first.
The next day..even flakier..keeper recipe !!
Really..and who doesn't have a stick of butter,some flour,a wee bit of icing sugar and rice flour hanging around?:)
Do you see 2 bee stamped cookies?Plain old Michael's $1.50 in Canada stamps..so..maybe $1.07 in the US..
I had seen cookie stamps hand made..from France..and they looked like my ink stamps..
use new ones only and use them only for food.
Bags..how adorable can bags be?
at our Winner's and Home Sense..always bags at the cash..$1.49..perfect gift wrapping no?
I could not resist 3 for 3 girls I know...Saw it ,loved it,bought it~pink and grey and polka dots on sides.
And what about cupcake Dollar store gift bags?
Things that are cheap and cheerful and cute.
I love packaging up something in special ways.
I have received gifts wrapped in fabric:) I have received plain paper w/ an old ribbon:)I love them ALL.
Speaking of Love..this was The movie when I was a teen..
Watching the trailer brought back so many memories..such a different time..you never even thought of growing older..having grandchildren..losing people you love..
it really does fly by..so many people used to say that and I would think:"yeah,yeah.yeah"..and yeah..it did.
Who can forget gorgeous natural Ali McGraw? And she still is..
and the name Oliver..I adored it when she would call him by name..I was infatuated with that name..little did I know that some almost 50 yrs later I would have a Little by than name♥
That's a love story:)xox
P.S. Did you see the movie..About Time?Not the best link I think..but I LOVED the movie..Jacques..not as much as I did..
I even loved the music..
If you could go back in time and change one event..do you have one? Or two?
I am sure we have many..but my most recent came to mind..
the next morning..after I listened to the soundtrack before sleep on Spotify the night before..
Jacques said..;'I know which moment you would pick.'
He was spot on.~
I have a little idea up my sleeve for those cute miniature cupcake chocolates..that I did not make......
La Recette de "shortbread"
From Roti and Rice (adapted version)
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup rice flour
2 sticks salted butter softened
1/2 cup icing sugar
1.Combine flour and rice flour in a bowl
2.In a larger bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3.Sift in flour mixture..combine w/ pastry blender until dough comes together..form a ball wrap and chill 15 minutes.
4.Place dough on parchment paper and roll out..cut with desired cookie cutters..when I make stamped cookies..I use the stamp..then cut around with a larger cookie cutter
5.Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for ap 20 mins..transfer to a wite rack..cool..enjoy.
Refer to her recipe and instructions for a more detailed version:)~
And don't hesitate to make som of these just for you:)
Half a recipe..makes enough..to keep you happy and feeling..not guilty;)
I still remember the felling of Valentine cards in my hands..when I was a child..I love feeling that feeling all over again..
I wish I had them..so many wishes..
maybe that's my new middle name;).