Friday, January 12, 2018

Wuthering Heights ,Provence..etc...looong.



~Today~


~Time for tea and melting snowmen~







~Chicken Soup For The Soul~


~Cute Books~


~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

beautiful Cannes..

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..

La Croisette..
..is luxury.

Wealth.Water.Yachts.Umbrellas. Vistas.Fashion.Cars.
Sunbathers.Cardplayers.
The Ritz.
Gucci.
Chanel.
Dior.
Le Majestic.
Le Grand.
Topless bathers..
Card players.
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

Bye Bye Christmas 2017~





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..
Savoury Shortbreads..
We love cheese crisps etc..
so why not try Sol's?

Absolutely Perfectamundo..

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.
Anyway..it's NOTHING.
Just saying..
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

Jan 2018~A time for Cozy if ever there was one~







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..
Nevertheless..

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.


Christmas is still up and the fires are burning..more polar weather expected to continue~
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.

Extreme Cold Warning
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018~right around the frigid corner..



Bonne Année~
Happy New Year~









I love that gate above..












Christmas has come and gone~

It was so white and so pretty~

So much work for Jacques..and the snow removal people..but a Christmas..as if a postcard~

I love the feeling of a snowy day..walking into my daughter and son-in-laws' home Christmas eve and getting that feeling..

Christmas is a feeling..
the preparations..anticipations..yes..that's Christmas..

It's a feeling..that there is so much good around us.
Have to hang onto that..


It's seeing my family together..the ambiance my daughter creates..the food..the delicious food Fred prepped for days.

I think he could have fed "The Hill♥" ~Wink to Amanda;)

Looking at The Littles table..seeing Lucas now at the big table..having Giuliana and Adamo want to be with us on the eve..they are big kids now..adults..they could chose to be with friends etc..so nice to have them..

Giuliana is an expert make up artist:)Caroline gave her a perfect framed print with :"I came ,I saw,I contoured"~
♥ She loved it.
I was quite excited to give Adamo knives.. I think he liked them..he told me he makes a few awesome chicken dishes.

Fireworks..thanks to BIGGER BOYS  we had fireworks..as I watched I thought who is this lucky..? These Littles are soo lucky..family..food and fireworks.:)And a TON of snow!

The eve was brilliant.. blue skies and freshly fallen snow..in between cake etc preps..I went for a walk and snapped some nature..that is Christmas too..reflecting on the beauty of nature..not man made..

In the afternoon..my son-in -law and his dear friend came over and I aksed them to bring the cake over..heavy..:)

Lovely lovely Christmas eve.From beginning to end.

I know it's different for everyone..I read blogs where families are flying off to one family..sharing events..TG at one..Christmas at the other..  here we all live close..so close ..as in across the street down the lane..and the other 15 minutes away.

We've always done the eve and morning..my daughter took over the eve..Fred's mom..it's always Christmas day dinner..
 So so far there has not been a conflict of places.

Everyone is so different.

Here Christmas is all about the others lol..Jacques and I exchange nothing..we stopped maybe 30 years ago.Wait maybe more..

He's not a giftie guy.Never has been..
..lol his first business trips when we were first married,he was 33 ..I was 20..I bawled my eyes out because he never brought back a souvenir.:(
I would eye his suitcase as he opened it..and ..nope..nothing.

I grew up the baby of the family..the only girl after they had lost one..
so you can well imagine that if they had an extra dollar..I would be the recipient of something..small but that was us..

when I first started making money..babysitting..I would buy my mom something..she had a collection of el cheapo porcelain:)
But we did that..little tokens of love..
Ohmgee what a learning curve..

I must say though..I don't like lists and wish lists..I am an impossible romantic and I think you just know what someone would love..
I batted zero with J too at the beginning..I loved turtlenecks and corduroy blazers w/ patches..(Ryan O'Neal,Love Story lol)..he hates them ..hates anything around his neck....so honestly ..can't fault him .
He had the courtesy of wearing a jean shirt I embroidered for him..one year..OMGEE..brave man.

One thing made me so sentimental..if you have one moment..go read this..At Sarah's..she posted it on Instagram..♥


Christmas day itself..  it was a tad cloudier..but after lunch..in the aft..when everyone had left here..I strolled up the street and marveled at the sweet homes and how different things look in the snow..

Just like postcards every time I turned my head.

Different than Provence postcards..yet postcards nonetheless..

So ..2018..  let's hope it is gentle to all of us.For all of us.


PS.. The cake.. the cake was cute and I was excited by it..but the taste? Again..I should stick to tried and trues like a great chocolate cake..this was from COUNTRY LIVING..where I got the inspiration for the candy cane theme..

I made my icing..but their cake..not FAB..plus we are all so full by the time dessert comes around..:(
Sounds so terrible when so many have no food..

One of my dishes breakfast morning..lol bake time said 30 minutes..NO WAY Jose..more like 1 hr plus..

Southwestern breakfast strata

Not sure how it got 5 stars..
I made my 28ozs can of tomatoes weigh 20..and added 1/2 a can of diced hot  peppers..  drain all well also..like I did or you could have soup.

Finally..Happy and healthy New Year  to you....
I am looking forward to everything you all share so generously throughout the year.

I am sorry for the losses some of you have had this year.. so sorry:(

I am sorry for the ill health of some..

work worries..

no work worries..

family concerns,money concerns..

The floods..the fires.. the weather..the attacks..

I hope everything is so much better in 2018.

SOMUCHBETTER.

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