Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pause.. Paris~Garden Break..










A front bed by the road starting to bloom..Harrison Yellow Rose(Yellow Rose of Texas)..single peonies..standard Korean Lilac..Baptisias..Irises are almost done there,centaurea is done..allium done..tulips done.., still to come..roses and daisies..and clematis ..hydrangeas and Cobea to come..salvia..monkshood..David phlox..it's a large kidney shape..didn't get the middle and right side in:(The colors will pop soon.
That hedge you see across the road..right after is is the lane one of our  daughter's lives on:)






Let's have a tea pause

I have another post ready in the wings re Paris..but I want to just think about the gardens for a minute..
it took an afternoon to spit and polish them up..and the weather has been so bright ..I don't want to omit to value the gardens..they are here for such a short time..and if we had not been to Paris..they are what Iwould be talking about♥
 By the end of my Paris posts..many pretties will have bloomed and left..
I am shamelessly showing off my new teas.
I love the tea from this company..I have mentioned them before..Teavivre..while away..one of our daughter's ..Caroline picked up the mail for us..
A lovely little brown box..with their pretty large pouch filled with those cute cute mini pouches..had arrived for me during my absence.
That afternoon I trimmed and primped..I made a pot of tea..green tea..Xin Yang Mao Jian Green Tea.. and put it in a tumbler..and brought it outside..a little treat in between gardens.
So sweet of that company to think about sending me some.
I am a tea lover.
Whie we were in Paris..a storefront featured packaged Eiffel Tower cookies..I have had the cutter for many years..a gift from a friend..
I decided to make some to give to the Littles when they leave Sat..after our Father's Day dinner here..to thank them for their treats to us..the drawings..the send off..and the welcome home..
I used this recipe..
and they're good..but I was looking for exactly Bonne Maman taste..I have made so many sablés..galettes..
I just keep trying for my absolute favorite one..I have come sooo close..just not there yet...this one..not quite sure  differentaited it from the taste I crave..
beautiful blog and great recipes she has:)


The Jack -in-the Pulpits are multiplying every year..I love the way they look and catch the light~
Simple Pleasures..



28 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous garden!
    Your cookies are so cute. I'll have to look for a cookie cutter like that.

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    1. I wish I could tell you where it came from..it was a gift...many years ago.

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  2. Such a pretty post, like you Monique.

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    1. Your kids are so lucky.
      You always have something nice to say.

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  3. It's such a wonderful time of year in the garden. I'm glad you're pausing to primp and enjoy :) I'm sitting at my computer watching two fawns frolic around their mother ♥ "Please don't eat my clematis" I'm telling them. I know I've said this before, but you are so lucky to have your daughter and family so close. I love trying new green teas too. So light and perfect for summertime, anytime. Jack is so handsome :)

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    1. My lucky day when they bought that home♥
      I will tell him you said that:)

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  4. Such a lush serene property and gardens you have Monique!
    And...so lucky to have your littles right around the corner♥️
    That Jack-in-the-Pulpit is so spectacular...and proud!! Just look at him!
    We are off to the cottage right after lunch...time for another 3 day weekend!
    Hope you enjoy yours..
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It's got it's good spots and less good spots:)
      We don't have a long weekend this w/e..next weekend we do;)
      Have fun and I hope your weather is absolutely perfect!

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  5. Your Paris trip will be at the front of your mind for a long time, after settling back home you will even remember somethings that happened and had somehow gone to back of your mind. Loved seeing your garden, all spruced up and trimmed. Your cookies might taste different to the French ones, for many reasons. ie different flour or shortening/butter. all these little details can make a big difference. I'm sure they tasted delicious.

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    1. I have made some that have come very close..and you are right..so many ings. differ..I can get BM cookies here..I did read an ing..no one has added..I'll have to reasearch a bit more:)
      Yes..we are waking up so early..and the trip is right there in my mind:)

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  6. Ah, yes, simple pleasures! I love seeing your garden and the world where you live. The ET cookies are darling. They look crisp and yummy. Cute cutter with the side details. Mine is smooth around the edges. I think I'll go make myself a cup of tea and sit down to write you a reply. '-)

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    1. Just got it;)Thank you..so nice and interesting!
      It was errand day for Father's Day here Saturday..
      :)

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  7. Your garden is lovely and I adore those cookies!

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    1. You are going to have one soon!! Did you ever hear the folklore story about plantinga blessed statue of St-Joseph upside down in the garden?
      Assures a quick sale:)
      http://www.catholicsupply.com/christmas/stjoe.html

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  8. French butter, French flour and French altitude are hard to compete with. The water too. Bocuse had his shipped in to Disney land

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    1. I can't get the French altitude:) the butter yes..the flour..will check:)
      Interesting about Bocuse..and Disney..

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  9. Your garden looks great! We have so many different animals visiting in ours, that like to tear everything up. A deer bedded in the middle of my perennial bed and mashed it to pieces. Anyway, there's nothing like gorgeous flowers outside in the summer time!

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    1. I need to reorganize a few areas..but since we loved them after our return..they are no longer sulking:)

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  10. Thanks for the tour Monique. Love seeing your gardens and your cookies. Enjoy the weekend. Two more weeks in this cast and then I hope to be able to start getting back in my gardens and having two hands to do things!

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    1. I love how a cast can fix things..you must be ITCHING:) to get your nails dirty.
      What a refuge our gardens are:)
      Eevn if they are humble ..

      You hellebores are being spoiled:)
      TYAgain.

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  11. Welcome Home! What a spectacular trip, Monique. I read your last post along with this one - I'm a little behind.
    Your gardens are absolutely lovely. A cup of your special tea surrounded by all that beauty is such a special treat.
    Living in a townhome, we have just a tiny courtyard, but it is filled with trees and bushes and pots of colorful plants and I find such joy in it as I know you do in yours.

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    1. No matter the size:) A arden is a garden:)
      A friend I had at one time..her mom was an English gardener..eventually moved to an apartment with a small small balcony..
      it became filled w/ an English garden:)

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  12. Rien de tel que de se ressourcer dans la nature après un long voyage dans une grande ville ! ;-) Re-bises

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  13. The cookies are adorable and perfect in between your Paris posts. Love the garden flowers and now I want a cup of tea! Have a lovely weekend Monique

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  14. You are so clever with your Eiffel Tower cookies!

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  15. Delicious color, oh those cookies!!! And the writing in French, very full of life!

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  16. The Eiffel Tower cookies look delicious! I think I have that cookie cutter too, have to make some:) I'm in love with your
    Jack-in-the-Pulpits, gorgeous color!
    Hugs, Jody ♥

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  17. Such a pleasure to see your garden - and the Jack-in-the-pulpits are gorgeous! (and your cookies are just perfect and making me long for one...or two. Beautifully golden)

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