Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Meet Philomena~Or I seem to have a lot to talk about these days:)















Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice..That's what little boys are made of..
and now I know this to be true.
Because of..the Alphabet Boys♥

This is Philomena..she flew here from Texas..arrived safe and sound and ready to brave our cold winters..she has a special spot on my windowsill..that way the sun can warm her.

She was not frazzled.. nor tired,nor jet lagged..
She traveled lighly..no extra baggage..unless cuteness would have counted.
She is tiny enough that she could have  lots of room in her first class seat.
She enjoyed the best French Cheese and a spot of wine.
She read her favorite books..and requested Ratatouille as her movie.

I am going to take such good care of her..

I loved baking those shortbreads with her..the recipe was courtesy of  here..we loved munching on them w/ tea and honey..
I took out cups a lovely client gave me..they were his mother's..how sweet was that?  He and his wife came for dinner and he noticed I loved old things..and old china..the next time I saw him..he insisted I have them..as they did not use them.his lovely wife agreed.
Years ago.Seems like 100 actually..and other times..like yesterday.

Many people have collections..I seem to have comfortably ...serendipitously... and happily.. fallen into the cookie stamp/cutter collection category withouth knowing what hit me.

A new stamp..is always thrilling.

Damn it feels good to be a baker stamp..is comfy  w/ sharing the spotlight w/ Philomena.
Generous of heart:)
Like Custard Cream..and the French ones..and the Home Made..And Love You..and Linzers..Starbucks..Ricardo,Christmas and Valentines ones..Easter and Halloween..Minions ..Star Wars have been relegated to the Littles..the list goes on and on...Brigitte..remember?

Je te remercie Sarah:)
Un coup de coeur pour moi.

You may remember Philo in our gardens too:)Philo was in a clients garden..when she moved..Philo came home w/ me.
Is it just me or has winter..flown by..well  .. is flying by..?
I think I talk more in winter..because we partially hibernate.






I bought Calendula seeds..I forgot last year and they didn't self seed..
I missed them..you only really miss something when it's gone~
I was reminded all summer~

54 comments:

  1. I'm sure Philomena is going to enjoy life with you! Delicious!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. Oh, I love Philomena and the short breads will look terrific and I know they are so good. That sounds so good with tea and honey, yum....
    Have a wonderful week. I am getting anxious to get into the garden and dig. Found two plants at 99 cent store that said take me home and love me. So I did and hopefully they will thrive.
    Mary

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    1. Those plants are so lucky you adopted them Mary..I have seen your gardens:)99 cents always says take me home here too;)

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  3. Philomena is so stinkin' cute! :) My word, what an ingenious cookie stamp. Thanks for the reminder about calendula - it's been a few years since I've grown it. Talk all you want :-)

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    1. I'll be quieter when our gardens grow ;)
      Stinkin' cute will always be you to me.
      Isn't she precious?

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  4. Philomena looks right at home...and I've been dying to try stamped cookies but never seem to remember, thanks for the beautiful inspiration, as always <3

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    1. Can't tell you the number of times you've inspired me and have continued to do so.

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  5. Très belle ambiance raffinée et superbe photo de mufliers. Merci

    Roger

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  6. Oh des shortbreads ! Quel délice ! :)
    Bon teatime !

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  7. What a beautiful cookie stamp (and pictures)! Such a treat for the eyes and yet I am sure... better for the taste buds :)

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  8. Que delicia de galletas, además de preciosas. Unas fotos fantásticas.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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  9. And you have made me a cookie stamp collector too (and now jello mold oil lector). Just catching up after the birth of Lillian. The cookies look so good. Sugar and Spice describes Katherine, I wonder if it will apply to Lillian. She has been nick named Lilly Bean.

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    1. Lilly Bean:) I see vanilla bean in your future too:)
      Every Little is so different..wait and see.. even in girls;)
      Well you know that already w/ 2 daughters;)

      Congratulations again:)

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    2. Thanks. Oh I know they can be so different. That is what makes the spice in life.

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  10. Such gorgeous photos Monique. Love the little Philomena and the shortbread cookies too. I'd keep her on the window sill to see her all of the time too.

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    1. I look out there..so many times during the day..I showed 2 of the boys today..LOL..a smile..and then..can we have chips nana?:)

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  11. Thank you for my lovely little break in the day. Your posts are always such a treat.

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  12. Your shortbread cookies are lovely, as are all the photos :) I am ready for spring!

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  13. OH my......oh my......such precious photos....
    I am always awed when I devour your posts with my eyes....so beautiful....
    What else can I say?
    Glorious....
    Enjoy your evening....stay safe from the latest storm....
    Rain for us tomorrow....gonna try the movies again....
    Beautiful post....
    I wanna be just like you when I grow up!
    Cheers mon ami...
    Linda :o)

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    1. Oh no you don't..want to be like me when you grow up..trust me;)

      You've had some gorgeous weather..we hit a few raindates too..we have been known to sit on the beach in the rain and read..under our umbrellas..unless.it rains hard..
      I love the sound of the rain there..much prefer the sun though..even there..technicolor turns to black and white..I find..

      Have a blast!

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  14. What a wonderful Coup de Coeur. Oh your posts do cheer my heart each time I read them. Cookie stamps are fabulous, especially with a great recipe and that sweet Philomena, totally adorable. Can you believe our snap dragons are already up. I fear for them as we have had a heavy frost during the night. This time of the year is so haphazard temperature wise. Kind of like Forest Gumps box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get! Have a wonderful Wednesday! xoxo

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    1. Already?

      Your climate is so nice if you are able to garden already..yet still experience a season or two:)
      She is so cute Mari..you would be making her clothes;)

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    2. Like a book:)Well..not as a fully read one..just enough to know that we would have a lot to talk about together over tea and custard creams or caramel cake..or...;)

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  15. I am absolutely certain Philomena is going to love living with you. I am quite touched by the lovely china you received from a client. They must have realized (as we all do) what a special person you are.
    Sam

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    1. They are special..unfortunately I have not seen them in about 5 yrs..funny you move 10 minutes away and you never see each other,I think we are at fault..they bought a beautiful home Sam..a lifelong dream of his on the water:)

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  16. C'est le petit plus pour apprécier the cup of tea...en plus dans ces jolies tasses... Bisous

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    1. P'tites tasses..p'tite souris..p'tite auto:)

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  17. philomena is so cute and looks like she will love baking with you:) what an amazing gift from a client, i was thinking how pretty it all was and then to read that it was a gift from a client. and of course i love that calligraphy so much, is it yours? so pretty
    yes winter is flying by it all flies by so much doesn't it?

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    1. It does ALL fly by..
      Yes I wrote that..

      I used to love doing real calligraphy..have not really done much since my oldest daughter married..and now I have found on Instagram..so many wonderful "writers" Are you on Instagram? I don't post but what beautiful sites..!! Stitching.. writing..painting..very much like the ones you are prettily painting.I think you would love it..I follow my daughters;)

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    2. PS all that to say..I basically see I know nothing about pretty writing now..things have moved along so much.so much to try and learn:)

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  18. Philomena will enjoy living at your house and helping with the baking...eating....of those delightful shortbread cookies.

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    1. Kate..I placed her in the midle window..that does not open..too many mishaps with things placed in front of the opening windows..actually I banned another to put Nancy's canisters:)
      Thanks Kate!

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  19. Monique, this is the most delightful post, but then I say that every time I visit La Table De Nana. You have the gift of presentation. The sweet cups gifted from a former client are perfect for you. I agree with Sam in her Carolina Kitchen, we all know what a special person you are. It's obvious with each thought you share, your unique way of expressing yourself, the gorgeous photos, and the charming bits and pieces you seem to create so effortlessly. Of course you are also a calligrapher. I believe you are one of the creative souls that can do anything you try. Your script is beautiful!

    I'm happy Philomena arrived safely and is enjoying the winter sunshine from her windowsill perch. I just knew you two would be instant friends. '-) The cookies are perfection. I must try my baking skills and see if I can measure up.
    It's cold and windy here. I think March plan to enter like a lion. All the best, my friend!

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    1. Merci encore Sarah..tes mots me touchent.
      It is blustery here w/ a winter stormette..and rain perhaps freezing to follow.A most perfect day to stay in and keep Philomena company:)
      She misses you..but is adapting very well..quiet as a church mouse:)
      All the best to you too..it's been years:)

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  20. Philomena is darling. I love her travel itinerary. Didn't you have a better feeling about DA this week. Made me cry for some reason. Just hope things work out for Edith.

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    1. For some parts..Mr Mosely for certain..I am thrilled w/ his spellbound group..I was hoping for that.
      Thrilled for Mrs Patmore..I wish her so much success..
      Dear Mr barrow..yes now I call him that..the last few episodes..have endeared me so much to him..and yes shame on those who were so blatantly nasty..I know he was for a long time..but he has changed..and everyone deserves a second chance.He did not kill anyone..;)
      Gee I said I wouldn't say anything..but it's not in my main post..
      Lady Mary and Henry Talbot..the union..leaves me cold.
      I do hope things work out for Edith:) Jacques thought that was the last epi..thanks to Pinterest..I think there is more..
      I want Edith to marry ..guess who?:)I want her happy..
      I din't cry..the last time I got ferklemped was when Branson returned....

      fingers crossed for a memorable finale for one of the very best series.

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  21. Love Philamena, what fun she has. Lovely cups really entice our eyes with your beautiful photography skills. You make everything beautiful.

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    1. We have had no power since before last night..Tuesday..until this morning..internet is still way off ..as in non functioning..Philo is a breath of frseh air;)

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  22. Love the beautiful gold and white. Sweet little Philomena.

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  23. I would also like to sit on your windowsill, enjoying sun and cheese and wine.
    Amalia
    xo

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  24. I only have one cookie stamp and I believe it was because of you that I bought it back when I lived in Virginia. I am now inspired to make some shortbread cookies with my cookie stamp, I just may do that tomorrow! Thank you for always knowing exactly what I need! :) Have a blessed weekend :)

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  25. Hope you are well..I know you are..!
    Have fun stamping..chill them before baking..even outside..:)

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