Friday, February 15, 2019

Tulips and cookies and winter and Peter Rabbit~


















It's been quite a winter..as you can see by some of my pics above:)
But we love it believe it or not..

Jacques never complains about what he does outside and he makes everything look so nice in winter with paths..and walkways..all just perfect.
He even makes a winding walking path to the She~He Shed...

I wanted to tell you something about tulips because I love them..and they can last 2 weeks if I am lucky..

When we get them home they are upright..in water like the first shot for a few days..slowly..they start their dance..which I love even more..arabesques..and curtsies..a virtual little waltz..but around the 7th day..they can all droop right over the large fishbowl type vase I keep them in..
I found a trick..take them out of the water and and snip the ends at an angle again..like you did when you brought them home..wrap in newspaper snuggly ,straight...stems and all lying on your table or counter.. and leave out for a couple of hours..put them back in your vase that you have put fresh water in..and watch them dance again..and again..I have done it twice..they are still beautiful.

I also wanted to share a new rolling pin..cookie stamp recipe..that I made up as I went along.
Works for both.I used the Brigitte cookie cutter for the Justin Paul name..and my GoodyWoody rolling pin.


La Recette


1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Vanilla paste or sugar..again to taste..I used 1 tsp paste
1 egg
instant coffee powder..I use espresso..as much as you like I used 1/2 tsp
1/2 cup dk brown sugar
1 softened stick of butter


Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy..add vanilla
Mix egg and coffee powder  add to egg and sugar mixture
Sift flour and cocoa powder..add to the above.

Bake in a pre-heated 350 F oven for ap 8-10 minutes.


You must flour your surface w/ cocoa powder for choc cookies..roll dough out and again cocoa powder  that.
Cut out your name plate cookies..
or roll ONCE with your engraved rolling pin....don't come back..just roll once I roll away w/ your engraved rolling pin.Cut desired shape.

Place on parchment paper on your baking sheet.
At this point I freeze mine..outside in our screened-in porch..in winter..in summer I freeze in the freezer..they freeze fast.
Bake and enjoy.
My impressions stayed clear and lovely.

Note..These are not for first timers..  at least I don't think so..

best to stay w/ a vanilla plainish sugar cookie to begin with:)
Chocolate is messy..and I don't want you getting discouraged:)


On a fun note..

For years I have coveted a child's Beatrix Potter Tea Set..because you know me and BP and Tea..
Never something I felt I could invest in..after all I'm 65 not 5..

Well lo and behold one of my favorite sellers on Varage Sale had one for sale  for $20.00 and I felt that was not the end of the world to be a little girl again..one tea cup is missing and the lid to the tea pot..but luckily I have one that fits well enough..I searched online for the replacement lid to no avail..

For my fellow BP/Peter Rabbit lovers and tea party lovers..as well as tea and tea cups..


Look how cute.








It even has the lace picnic blanket 

Even the suitcase ..♥Be still my young girl's heart:)

Have a lovely weekend~

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    1. Oh, Monique! Of course you had to buy the tea set! Think of the fun you will have styling a mini tea party, illustrating the charming scene with your paints. I've been slowing gathering the little Beswick figures the last few years when I find them for a few dollars at estate sales or the antique markets. A few months ago, I stopped in to a Goodwill location. There was a box with many assorted figures, very reasonable. I took the ones that were not duplicates of what I have to the register to check out. Much to my surprise, the price was for the set, not individual. My plan is to gift them to my little grand nieces, but I'm waiting till they are a tad older. Each one is so charming! Do you have any of these figures?

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    2. I have different ones..a Jemima Puddleduck musical one..large..and a large Peter in his mother's arms in a rocking chair..none of the minis..what find..s we had you and I:)Really is the small things right?:)

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  2. Where do I start! What's not to love here today! (I feel the same EVERY time!) Thanks for your tulip tips. I have for the most part avoided them as they don't seem to last long! I will try your tips next time! Your snow looks so cold and yet to elegant, and that font you have used. I love it. Can I be cheeky and ask what it is called? I have always loved your potting shed, and your cookies are beautiful! Gorgeous, and you have a great knack for photographing chocolate, which is really quite hard to do! Oh, your home. Quelle Belle! But finally, that tea set, how utterly adorable. What a lucky find, despite the missing tea cup and lid. How utterly, utterly adorable! I love it! Happy weekend sweet friend. I can't wait to see what you share with us next. You are my Canadian SB. True. xoxo

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    1. :) Of course I will share the font..I think we're fonties you and I..

      I am surprised I remember it..INKLAND on DAFONT..


      The tea set..Marie..I know ..knew you would love it too..in looking at the pics I am thinking try the sugar pot lid on the teapot and switch:)I have it set up on the window bench in the guest room(No guests):)
      Thank you!Have a nice weekend Marie..you're being a super trooper.

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    2. Thanks for that Monique! I love that font. Yes, I AM a true fontie! xo

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  3. Love the tulip trick. Will try it. So much snow!

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  4. Thanks for the tulip trip. And the lovely tribute to winter (which I was growing tired of and am now moving back to appreciating)

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    1. :) It's really over before we know it;) To me..it's a time to play indoors..as soon as Spring arrives..nature calls..yells:)The cleanup..planting..staking..I love thet too though;)

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  5. Your tea set is the cutest thing ever! And it's a good thing I didn't see it first for I would have snatched it up in a heartbeat. Oh, I love that. I love all things Beatrix so my smile is very big!

    And thanks for the tulip hints. I adore tulips -- and especially in the winter because they remind me tehre will be a spring. But yes, they do droop after a bit. This is pretty brilliant -- I'll have to try.

    Your home and yard looks lovely, even in the snow. Do you send your chickens off to "camp" for the winter, someplace warmer and easier to manage? I can see why it might be a little bit of a problem getting to them. And I love your cheery yellow house and shed. Big smiles. The cookies are lovely! As always, I look at your beautiful images and sigh with joy.

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    1. It's a good thing we don't shop together..this is online and you have to be lucky to see it first.This seller is so nice.I have no idea where they find their things.
      I know I would love Northen Exposure;)
      Yes my chickens ..well chicken..remember I lost Caramelle:( She's off with her cousins at my son-in-laws house ..who has a much larger coop..bettter access..and heated..
      Apparently the chickens have had a non laying winter this year compared to last.I must get 2 new girls this year.
      Have a great weekend:)

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  6. At first the COOKIES hit me like a ton of bricks.
    And then I saw your tea set
    Simply gorgeous
    Is Vantage bla bla in Canada? Do they ship? ❤️❤️❤️
    oooh and ahhhhhh

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    1. It's Varage Sale..which is part of Facebook.I don't do Facebook but I do Varage Sale..it's an online garage sale and I have favorite sellers♥

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  7. Divinos tus tulipanes!!!, Y las galletas...un amor!!!. Besos!!!

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  8. I'll be saving your cookie recipe :) I am so excited to try your tulip trick also! But oh, my goodness, that tea set...what a find! it is indeed so adorable. I think you deserved it :) But not all of that snow!! It's pretty, but wow! I love the paths that Jacques plows ♥

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    1. I love his paths too! All our married life!! Every home we lived in:)My kind of in my mind fairy tale.
      Love the tea set..and some people live long enough to have great grandchildren..so we may have tea set girls one day Pea.
      Although our boys..are our hearthrobs♥

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  9. Thanks for the recipe and perfect timing. I ordered a from Goody Woody a few days ago.
    Thanks for the tulip trick too.

    Cindy

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  10. Your tulip photos are such a day-brightener! I am looking forward to trying the newspaper trick, too.
    The cookie recipe will be circulated in my chocolate recipes that I need to try - thank you!

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    1. I have to redo the tulips tomorrow..you only lose hope once the petals fall.Have a great weekend.

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  11. The tulips are lovely. Thanks for the tip. I have one of those pretty rolling pins, it creates pretty cookies. The snow looks so pretty. What a fun tea set. I noticed they have the Beatrix Potter dishware on sale at Pottery Barn Kids. The melamine are $6. They also have ceramic. Beatrix Potter

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    1. I would love a PB here close by..BUT..I am getting a Sephora;) Once a girlie girl always a girlie girl;)

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  12. Your post looks like spring and Im agree I love fall/winter , I only wants fall arrive.
    Of course I lovePeter Rabbit and I have some little things of him !
    and love the cups !! all lovely!
    The tulips are wonderful. all beauty! hugs!

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    1. Peter Rabbit is a love of mine..like he is for you..still little girls inside:)

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  13. So like you are amazing! Just coming over here makes my heart jump. The tulip trick? Can't wait to check this out. And those cookies? We have lots of Peter Rabbits hopping around in the backyard. Drives Manservant crazy. They eat everything. Zoe used to go to a father daughter dance and every year they gave them a new tea set. They are hidden somewhere in the depths. We used to have a lot of tea parties!

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    1. The tulip trick works! I am about to do or the third time♥Imagine!

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  14. I am so glad you bought the tea set. It is darling. Enjoy.

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  15. Hooray for the tea set - I hope you have many tiny cups of tea from it. We have one that is more basic - no gold, more rounded shapes, and it has been happily used by children and grandchildren. Now there is a great nephew who might enjoy it.......! You have inspired me.

    ceci

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    1. I am hoping to be here for great grandchildren to use it.Thank you!

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  16. Great post, with plenty of tips dear Nana. I mainly enjoyed those about keeping tulips for a longer time.
    Those snow pictures are amazing.
    Have a lovely week.

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  17. The snow and tulips looks so beautiful! Love your rolling pin too! :)

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    1. It has been a pretty winter I find..lots of snow..cold though..brrr..And the tulips..that trick works so well and it's not long to do..I keep very little water in the bowl..so it is easy to empty:)Have a great day!

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  18. You are a sweet child, delighting in treasures that you find year round and sharing them! I love winter, except for the ice...You must have the world's finest and biggest cookie maker collection! Your house is soooo inviting, it's as if the snow custom frosted it!

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    1. My biggest cookie:) Our home..LOL..it's ICED today..soo cold!!But beautiful sun and blue skies!!

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  19. J'aime beaucoup Peter Rabbit et je trouve ta dînette tellement ravissante ! Moi, en ce moment, j'achète des services à thé anciens chez les antiquaires. On en trouve des très jolis et pas très chers. pas plus tard qu'aujourd'hui, j'en ai trouvé un à Forville en porcelaine de Gien. Le modèle Coq et Pivoines de 1940. J'adore. Avec le grand plat à gâteau et les assiettes à dessert. Trop contente. je ne sais plus où ranger tout ça mais j'aime trop ça ! ;-)

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    1. Pour de si beaux objets qui touchent nos coeurs..on en trouve de la place:) J'ai Googlé:) C'est beau!

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  20. The tea set is absolutely charming...I'm happy you didn't hesitate and bought it. And yes, I can see why you like winter, I did too when we lived in New Hampshire. The white snow makes the world look like a fairytale.

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