Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Oh Goody!








Oh Goody..stands for Karolina..aka Goody Woody custom wood products..she has a line of beautiful large rolling pins..and a beautiful line of small rolling pins..you can even have your rolling pin customized..you may remember years ago I had one done with my blog's name..new wood products have been added..the beautiful boards.
She can personalize them..think of your blog..a dear friend..a collector of pretties..a nana for her Littles..with their names ..etc..a shop name..a bakery..a tea room..a housewarming gift..a foodie friend gift..etc..

..on Instagram I discovered Karolina..

..her photos are fantastic..and the rolling pins caught my eye..so different and cute..

I ordered one for a friend..personalized..regular size..and a small one for me..for me I chose the Scandinavian design..

In corresponding with Karolina she was great:) I had a few questions because..well Canadian currency is not US currency and I got a bit confused..she was so helpful..never missed a beat on our Etsy Convos.
The shipping was so fast!  And duty free.
Her products are top notch..Jacques has remarked on how beautifully crafted they are.:)
They come so well packaged..I am sure no harm can come to them.

There are sooo many to chose from.The ease of use was great.
They come with a recipe..I made hers and mine..the first I will share are the first ones I made above..I mean come on..how cute is that pin? 
They would be lovely things to collect lol.

Lucas came over and it's on a little antique washtub type piece of furniture in the kitchen w/ my antique scale..and he said..:"Oh look nana..that's cute".♥

I used that recipe I have shared a few times..the one I make the Starbuck's cookies with..



..the one Jacques and I LOVE..Google Translate..if you need to..I halve the recipe.

it's a little weird the recipe..because you have to play with it..
..basically..

80 grams of butter..cream that with 60 grams of brown sugar....till it's very creamy..add 125 grams of flour and 50 grams of almond flour..the zest of one organic lemon..and a pinch of salt.stir..pour on work surface and knead until lovely and soft..
wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hr..
roll out..cut.. and then refrigerate again for about 20 mins..then bake at 350F  for about 20 minutes..check them dough..:)

My notes..

I use more butter..not sure why but for the perfect ratio of fat to dry..I need more..you will have to experiment..you could even add really soft butter afterwards..and knead again..if you find it too dry..the original poster said you could dampen your hands..not me..

I don't salt them because I always always use salted butter.


Lastly..that's the new watercolor book I bought..I like it..if I could paint out of my head how she paints I would be very happy..Joyce Hick's..I love her houses..fences..flowers..the book has exercises..I have done 4..she suggests 9x12..I am just not comfortable that big..so am going more in my comfort zones..
She says to use watercolors as if you were a millionaire!
I need manganese blue lol..she uses it everywhere.

PS..
This little post about cute cute things..well it was my idea..no one asked me to post a review..or say anything..I bought them myself...they were not sent so that I would review them..but..once I received them..had to share..
When I worked..every thank you meant the world to me.I was working  with a salary based on commissions..and when people pay for a service..that is thanks enough in the real world..
I was so fortunate..to get hand written notes to me..sometimes to my manager..on top of my salary.
I still have the notes..even w/ all the simplifying I have done over the years w/ magazines..letters..cards..etc..
well not all of them..many of them..

So this is like a thank you card to Karolina..:)


The snow is slow to melt..but we have had some beautiful sunshiney days..just not today..



55 comments:

  1. My first thought was YUM! But the carvings are beautiful even without the cookies! The paintings in the book are delicate like yours. Don't forget that other people wish THEY could paint and cook and bake and create beauty and happiness and find lovely things they way YOU do!
    Groups of birds are perched on the tree outside my upstairs window. Robins and chickadees now, before, there were eight tufted somethings....Happy Spring!

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    1. Happy Spring dear Rita:)
      The wonderful wood worker is Polish..such talent:)

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  2. Oh Goody, indeed ;) What beautiful work she does...heirloom treasures. Her designs and photos are really lovely. Goody for you for finding her! I can't wait to try the cookie recipe. They look so crispy and delicious. Perfect with a cup of tea ♥ while painting :)

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    1. Before gardening and golf:)♥!
      Have a great day..just a few shy of a special one:)

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  3. Those are so cool! What a fun treat. My daughter gave me a lovely rolling pin a while back but I have yet to use it...seems I spend more time admiring it! I will have to take a look at her shop. Thank you for sharing....the rolling pins, the lovely cookies and your art!!

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    1. Thanks Kate..yes go peruse..hard to resist..:) Maybe your daughter would love one from you:) Or that DSIL who is so good in the kitchen;)

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  4. Lovely cookies! I love your roll pin :)

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    1. I think her pins are so pretty too Gloria:)

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  5. You know how to find us the cute things :-)

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    1. I forgot to tell you that I have that same Hula Hoop and love it. I wonder what Xavier will think when he sees me use it. lol

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    2. The first time..everyone looks WEIRDLY uncoordinated.. nthing has made us laugh so much as the night the times the boys etc..tried it..they've mastered it..so it's not funny anymore..:) I bought myself another as I gave my original one to the boys..when Oli was over this week he asked if I had bought another:) When I said yes..he said good for you:)

      I see there are light up ones lol:)

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  6. That rolling pin is too pretty for words but the cookies are even prettier. It's great to have a recipe that doesn't spread and keeps the pattern so crisp.

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    1. I have been thinking about you..I haven't received any new posts..I know you have so much going on..Take care Chris..:)

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  7. Oh Monique, I love the pin. And I agree, when you have something so pretty or fun or that works so perfectly, it's nice to share the news. Your cookies look great -- I'll have to see about translating the grams and such! (Or use Rick's scale. Duh.)

    And the watercolor book looks great. I need to get back in the paint this weekend!

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    1. Yes Rick's scale:) always..I love my scale!

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  8. I love your rolling pin! Now, do you cut out the cookies with a knife? I've only used cookie cutters so am curious. One of these days I need to make one of your plain butter/sugar cookies - they always look so delicious, making me hungry even after a full breakfast:)

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    1. I use a knife if I want to fit a small thing in..like just 1 bird:) or one horse..or a nice big square..but cookie cutters work perfectly..she has a video..that I will share when I can link up to one or when she does:) They are darn cute:) This little recipe is so fine..so goood..the little brown sugar almond..lemon kick:)

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  9. Oh Monique, just got back to the farm and there is nothing to eat. Those cookies make me drool. I love all your stamps and pins. Wonder who thought those up? Love the new book. It looks like a good one. Hope everything melts so you can see your tulips.

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    1. LOL..I won't see the tulips..the squirrels will first! I hope you had fun at the farm and that we will see pics:)

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  10. Thanks for sharing info about the rolling pins. I would love one for sure! Her work is lovely. And your cookies are too :) Have a terrific week!

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    1. I can see you with one for sure!
      You too..have a great week!

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  11. So many yummy cookies.. Love the rolling pin..XO..

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  12. Tu as toujours des tas de gadgets étonnants ! Tes tampons ou encore ce magnifique rouleau à pâtisserie en sont encore une preuve ! Bisous
    Hélène

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    1. Elle a du talent cette fille:) Superbes rouleaux..tu dois avoir besoin de nouveaux gadgets:)?
      J'espère t'avoir fait sourire.

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  13. Oh queen of embossed cookies!
    Love yr watercolors...so refreshing

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    1. She's the queen of all things embossed:) Paris Breakfasts ..rolling pin:)

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  14. Her rolling pin makes such wonderful looking cookies. And the price is not bad. Hmmm...How cute that Lucas noticed it and commented. I love you watercolors. Wish I could do them but I started my paint by number project and got tingling fingers. Carpel tunnel issues maybe. At least I can bake. It was so sunny and warm yesterday, today is sunny but oh the winds are back. Brr.

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    1. So brisk and windy here too!! But actually..more than brisk 10F in the full sun:(
      The prices I find are good..not as much here because Cdn funds are suffering:( I hate that..:)I do.
      But just the shipping alone is fantastic.. I wanted to order 4 watercolor paintbrushes from Cheap Joes..they must weigh what? 3 ounces? $30.00 plus for shipping..nope not going to happen..
      her rolling pins are HEAVY and I think shipping was $16..I can't remember..and that's for a big one!

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  15. Almost too beautiful to eat...almost! hahaha!
    Love your paintings..do you sketch them first?
    Cold here today, but lots of sun...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. yes I do..she gives you the examples..I love her sea views..rambling roses..whitewashed homes..I am SURE you do too:)

      Just playin..watchin my seedlings grow..

      I am so exciting.

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    2. your tomatoes???
      I picked up the peat pods and the wee greenhouses for Vivian and I...no seeds yet...perhaps nearer to Easter!
      You are exciting! I have been dusting and decluttering...crocheting...off to COSTCO soon...

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    3. :)
      I used empty Kirkland yogurt pots..lol..so not cute this yr..but my peat pots just dried out every yr...not a lot of seedlings since this is a garlic farm now lol.

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  16. The cookies are so cute…Lucas is right, love the pattern that you decided on.

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    1. Thanks Karen..she is amazing that girl:)

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  17. Beautiful cookies, as always Monique! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Hugs, Jody ♥

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  18. Such lovely cookies! You are so inspiring, dear Nana, I'm about going to my kitchen to bake cookies!
    Hugs
    Nina

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  19. These are so pretty. If I was invited for cookies I couldn't eat them out of guilt because they're too beautiful. Guess that's good for my waistline, LOL

    Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy..one little cookie wouldn't hurt;)

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  20. YES, Monique... thank you notes are currency of the soul. We tend to criticize more freely than we compliment and appreciate. I LOVE when people choose to spread appreciation and encouragement.
    Those rolling pins are amazing and I'm going to have to check out that watercolor book. It's been crazy busy around here and I'm holding as a reward to myself a new watercolor project mid-April! ;) Your quote in your last post about the creative urge... hit home. Love that you have Noah doing painting with you! And, YUM for all the cookies you make. Your grands are so wonderfully spoiled to love from their Nana! Makes me smile. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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    1. Spring is such a busy time isn't it? It's not here yet so I am doding the indoor things I love while Ican..thank you tanna..always such nice words..a thank you card in every comment::)

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  21. you always find the most unique little things for your baking it must be so fun... so glad that spring may be on its way for you, we have been back and forth and i am looking forward to some consistent 70 degree temps. oh and did you do those watercolors they are so wonderful and colorful

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    1. It was on IG I found Karolina..are you on IG ? You might love that..so many artists:)
      I hope you get straight 70's soon:)

      Yes those ae practice runs in her book..you might like that book too:)There are a number of exercises to do..I like her style:)
      Have a good weekend:)

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  22. Sorry to have been largely absent for most of the week Monique. I have felt utterly blah! Love, LOVE those rolling pins. I am saving my pennies. I would love to buy one and she is just in Europe, so not far! Your cookies are adorable. Your paintings also. I want to get back to my painting. I have far too many irons in the fire. Time to pull a few out! Love all that you post. I especially love it when you post about your grandsons. What a blessing! Hope you are finally getting some spring weather. Love and hugs. xoxo

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    1. Blah is blech..I know..blech blech..and YES you are doing so much..but the book is a must for the now:) And it is almost done..keep going..you are at the finish line:)

      She is in Europe..ships fast..you will LOVE your pin:)♥

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  23. The rolling pins look like the perfect gift for a baker! I love them 😍

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    1. Because they are art on wood:) Yes great baker/blogger gift..nana..auntie..niece..a niece who bakes..etc..I do like them:)
      Have a good weekend Gail:)♥

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  24. Beautiful post Monique. Thanks again for sharing Karolina's wood products. I will pay her a visit. Lots of great gift ideas. Love your stamped cookies, so pretty. Getting here late, because we were traveling. Happy Sunday.

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  25. The rolling pins are beautiful - you find the most lovely items Monique! :)

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    1. I think it's called.."not working"..and time..

      :) You're so sweet Lee-Ann.♥

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  26. Monique!!!!
    Saw your gift to Susan over on her site. Have written to the gal via her etsy shop! Am over the mood with these! Thank you! What a find! I have truly been living under a rock since my sister passed 2 years ago - and my grandson was born 3 days later (the miracle that saved us all).... and have just this past couple of months began to rear my head. I cannot wait to get some custom rolling pins made.
    Big hug to you!
    Hope you are well, and thriving!
    Valerie

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