Thursday, January 18, 2018
How did below happen? Remember when he was born and I put him in a Water Lettuce ?Like Ann Geddes?He's 12.. came over on Sunday..and watched Football w/ grandad..Miss crafting w/ him lol..now he organizes our Mini Ipads and phones;)Let me tell you that twelve is as sweet as sweet can be.This boy♥
The days of Beatrix are long gone w/ them~
I had the perfect excuse to make a pie..Lucas was popping by..
I used Karin's pie dough recipe..you can find it in her recipes here..Just a little note..her recipe says 5 tbsps of water or 80 ml..I use Jacques chem burettes lol..and when I put 5 tbsps it's around 50 ml ..I think 80 ml is too much..in the long run you will know.Start w/ 50..
this dough holds shapes etc..and is still flaky.
I found her on Instagram..which is sooo lovely! I used this Nordic Ware cutter..
The weather has waffled between frightfully cold w/ artic air..and mellower..on a mellower day I took a walk to one of my fave spots..well..let me rephrase that..I drove to my fave spot ..then got out of the car and walked.. even on mellower days..fingers tend to freeze taking pics..mellower meant above 0 F:) I hink it was 22F.
We have an area up shore road that looks like an ice fishing village..but where I went..this little one sat alone..my dad was an avid ice fisherman....:) The fish as I remember were delish.I remember going once.. sooo cccold..I think it was in QC city though..at my uncle Rolland's with my dad.
As I took my walk..one man walked 2 of his dogs against the stark landscape and a couple.. later on.. we were hardly any out.. the man walked further onto the ice to take photos and I snapped the Lady In Red~ ♥
I've been thinking of Valentine's Day because it's around my daughter's Birthday.. and Easter..
I purchased this video set months ago second hand and have just gotten around to watching..so dear and old fashioned..
Days gone by.
I just keep very busy in this weather..I have fabric to recover the wicker settee cushions..I have paintings to do..cakes to bake..cookies to frost..books to read..tea cosies to stitch..
I organize in January..lol..I am so weird..I think.. well..if I died tomorrow.. they would think I was organized at least..;)
Way too much "stuff" ..but organized.;)
However I know none of these things went through my mind or mattered as I went through my mom's personal belongings..all I remember is the fresh clean scent of everything..her slips..her bras..nylons..girdles w/ hook type things to attach your nylons..she did not need a girdle..at all..
..I remember wearing some of her clothes for months..after..maybe years..finding my last birthday card..the one I would have gotten in February..signed.
Looking at her Revlon Red lipstick..cotton batten wool in a roll covered in indigo colored paper.I sucked my thumb w/ that till I was 10.
A new cream she had bought..a skin cream..I just remember a gold jar..she wasn't one to have drawers full of cosmetics.
A natural .
Her Jergen's cream that smelled like almond.
L'Air Du temps by Nina Ricci..
Muguet Des Bois.
Her crystal and silver on her toiletry table..
I LOVED that table..there was a stool..a rectangle..I have it.. a big round mirror.. a middle thin long drawer under the top..and 3 drawers on each side.
I LOVED sitting there.Oh I can feel the feeling now♥
Truly a Mrs Maisel toiletry table.♥
Friday, January 12, 2018
~Time for tea and melting snowmen~
~Chicken Soup For The Soul~
~Great New No-Knead Bread..thanks TERRY!~
Bought new seed starter trays..not starting till April though:(She looks keen below;)
Wow..how can we go from minus 20 F to almost 50?
And tonight back to snow..
The weirdest winter evah!
A scene out of Wuthering Heights all around..in the valleys..achingly haunting..but no camera..
In my borrowed landscape..knee deep in snow..I ventured out..who can resist wne nature puts on such a show?
Lots of tea..hazelnut coffee..some hot chocolate and red wine..the latter not during the day..
Chicken soup..you know what? I added a large tsp of butter..like w/ jam ..the foam almost instantly disappears..
The stock simmered for hours..I just love that..that's my mom..
A new LITTLE book..which I have only perused and quite love already..I bought it from The Book Depository and I love that place.
The book was recommended on Parka Blogs ..December round up.It's a my kinda tea book..and part journal..have not started yet..I had a busy week...nothing fun..just things.
This was fun though..I have mentioned Terry from GW and she visits and send recipes she loves..she send me this easy no-knead bread and said..it's like Ricardo but easier and so good you will like it.
I love when she send me recipes..
I was late in making this..she sent it while I was away..then December happened with all that lovely Christmas preparation..so I just just made it..
With cranberries and Walnuts..OMGee..and toasted?
ANYONE Can make this anyone..
you do need a cast iron enamled pot w/ lid..I have done them in Pyrex ..but no..get a pot..so worth it..
The recipe is from Sally's Baking Addition..you can find it here..
I am not a great sourdough starter baker..these do work for me..so well!!
Honestly if you can measure things..and stir..you have this bread covered.
Have a good weekend..I will be painting in that little book I think:)
I am getting back into my Provence photos because I want a Shutterfly book before we go back:);)
Next time I am NOT taking 3000 pics.
It's taking me days to keep and discard..
A few places you won't see a lot of out of the more than 40 places we set foot in..either just too small with really not that much to see..or..like Grasse..big..busy..and where we parked..(omgee how he got in and out of that underground parking God only knows..)..the exit led us to a part of town where we were told to leave..that it was not for us.. well we kept walking..and became more and more uncomfortable.. and left:(
I am sure we missed a lot..
but the gentleman frightened us and we have not forgotten our Paris episodes..so we left..
One place..we were there for just a short short time..we had gone somewhere else first..charming Valbonne~had lunch in the square..and then still had enough time to drive onto Cannes before heading home
Where we spent less than 2 hrs.. just basking in the sun walking up and down Long Beach..where the stars come out to shine for the Cannes Film Festival.
Cannes..the Cannes we saw last time in 2008 and this time..
Palm trees and more..
Simply vista gazing and people watching is a trip.
Little dogs..high heels..white white white..
Lots of clothes..very little clothes..
Purses and gold..
I bought shoes just like hers:) No I didn't :)
That's me on the left:) No it's not:)
I loved seeing these men:)
Cannes IS SO MUCH MORE than these photos.. this was just a walk we took while there for under 2 hours.~
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Ahhh..Memories In The Baking..I "met" Sol at Gardenweb...soo many years ago..maybe 16..and then I followed her on her blog and then I found her on Instagram♥
This girl has such a touch for everything she touches..
The Midas Touch~
When I saw her cheese plate;) And read her description..I just had to..
We love cheese crisps etc..
so why not try Sol's?
look how cute.. cut like cheese:) She told us how..see the layers of crispy? She gave us the recipe.
If you go to my link it will take you to Sol's IG..from there click on the photo of this dish..
You will find the recipe there.
A few minutes out of the oven..OMGEE..
But even the next day..and the next.
W/ a glass of wine you are in heaven..
I am sure w/out also;)
Anyway had to share..she's a sharer..always was always will be.. and funny:)
I slit my finger on the blades of my FP..I used a small one..and it was too small..had to transfer to a touch bigger one..long story short I had to wash 2..
stick my hand in the warm sudsy water and the sting was immediate and you would have though I slit an artery.
I still have a bandaid.
it's true what the warning says on the FP..;)
Did you notice that pretty plate?
I had spotted it on VS..$5.00
But she lived a bit far because of my time constraints at the time..my daughter teaches in that area..but blocks and blocks and blocks away..and w/ Christmas etc..it just wasn't the right timing to impose all those blocks away.
She offered it to me for Christmas..♥
Sweet and thoughtful surprise.
Looks so old..I love old.
I've been doing some other baking..a delicious little coffee cake from Linda..I used frozen raspberries..what I love about it..well the lemon..the sugar top..and it tastes like a muffin.you know not a big heavy cake..just a treat..♥
You can find the recipe here..
Other than that..drinking Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee..tea..
and painting...hate the sunflower..my little girl..I grew fond of her..from my online Fancy Lassies class..
beacause it is so CCCCCOOOOOLLLD here. So cold..You have no idea!
My Little Life...parts of it below..
I said Goodby to Christmas 2017 today..Felts and glass are in that special big cardboard Italian box.
Words and fairies in the big green bin..FYI for me..Misc in there too and baby Jesus and crèche.
PS..these are years of receiving..making..keeping..the misc..range from Strawberry shortcake to Mod Podge balls..huge pine cones..pearls..etc..when you get to be 64..the newest newest one is Falalala from Heather♥
Until next Christmas~
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Some things..you know are made for you..
like when I tried and tried to learn crochet when we went to The Cape..and it worked..with help and inspiration from super stitching girls like Marie and Susan and Linda and inspiration from Tanna too..
and..it was meant to be..
my first efforts were..well quite bad and my poor girls got a few for Christmas..including ones that had started turning out quite..cute..cute enough that I felt I could offer them..I may have offered some too soon..:(
You just get such a good feeling when something finally works..
So ..I thought try a blankie!
LOL..Linda was making them..and Tanna..and Marie..
See that large napkin above..? That was supposed to be a blanket..either I didn't use the right hook or wool or most probably both but it is ..awful.
Love the colors love the feel..too small for a baby blanket..doll crib..or small lap..so it's on my small lap cause it's freezing..
so NEVER again..Never.
Hate it..hated stitching it all together..hated it...it's folded there..so believe me ..there are a lot of hated squares there..
And there's been a lot of tea drank..drunk? Both..:)
I love Brambly Hedge so sweet to me..lucky lucky girl..I have the 4 seasons and a plate..second hand..perfect condition.
I fell in love with BH later in Life..
I have become smitten w/ tea cozies..
little dresses for your tea pots..my girls would never want one..but hey..that's what being granny lets you do..:)
Pinterest is packed with TC adorableness..I have one I am saving for Easter that Kathleen stitched.
I have been using that beautiful tea cozy I showed you..made by that same wonderful Kathleen:)
I thought ..try..try..
I had Pinned quite a few patterns and found 2 that were quite similar to each other..crochet..not knit like Kathleen's..
I started with the first one..and that Bernat Cotton..then the second..they are both very similar and such nice girls to share~
So I got to use a stitch counter for the first time:) I learned to work 2 sides.. and decrease for around the lid..and things were going ok..
that cotton doesn't stretch like wool that Kathleen uses.. so this needs a button..and I wasn't excited by the rough edge by the spout so I added a frill.
Not one leaf is the same..I just have not found a pattern I have down pat:(They are all turning out differently and there was supposed to be a few more roses..mine turned out HUGE..
I thought..it's your first..your mistakes will become less..like the granny squares..and you will get this..
so I went to Michael's and bought red WOOL..
I stitched and stitched and it became big enough for 2 tea pots..so..all the wool is wrapped up.
I may never make another.
See that little stitched pillow w/ my blanket? I made that perhaps 30 yrs ago..it's been following us from house to house..well I may have noticed 10 yrs ago too and thought I would get around to it..but didn't..I still have straight pins in it at the bottom for the hand finishing:(
Thank Goodness no one has been harmed.
That's my only New Year's Resolution.
Stitch the thing.
Still have Christmas baking..so I've only made soups that you have seen..I may bake some wonderful savoury cheese shortbreads I saw at Sol's @memoriesinthebaking https://www.instagram.com/memoriesinthebaking/,shared on IG:) I need Gruyère.
And oh dear I forgot to mention that the ice ornaments are a breeze..muffin tins..I have made wreaths and lanterns..never an ornament..idea was gleaned @redtealeaves on IG.
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